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SEPT. 7, 1929
“Speedway,” With Many Scenes Made in Indianapolis,
Opens Today at Loew’s Palace With William Haines,
Anita Page and Torrence in the Cast.
THE Indiana Is now offering as their stage presentation for a week,
“Rah Rah Rah” with Charlie Davis and his band together with a
girls’ orchestra and a big Publix cast of stage talent.
“Dark Streets” is the picture production. It is an all-talker starring
Jack Mulhall and offers to motion picture audiences the first dual role
in the talkies.
Jack Mulhall, erstwhile comedian and now dramatic actor of power,
plays the role of twin brothers, one a cop and the other a crook.
“Dark Streets” depends for its story on the resemblance of the
brothers. One grew up in way of the law, and the other found a career
outside the law. They attempt to
protect each other, although still
remaining within the code of their
own worlds.
To complicate matters they are
both in love with the same girl,
played by Lila Lee, who. being able
to pick and choose, can’t decide
which one she wants.
“Dark Streets” is the film adapta
tion of Richard Connell’s “Pat and
Mike.” a Cosmopolitan magazine
“Rah Rah Rah” is a Publix pro
duction, devised and staged by Jack
Patington, with Art Frank, the
grandad rs whoopee; Helen Lewis
and her collegiates, ten masters of
melody, the Foursome quartet, Bar
bara Vernon, Marie Pauli and Lew
Charlie Davis and his, orchestra
have arranged a special prologue to
the show, which includes a medley
of collegiate musical comedy tunes.
Dessa Byrd at the organ and a
Paramount talking news reel com
plete the program.
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A college show, staged with all the
lavishness and color of a Broadway
production, is “Words and Music,”
Fox Movietone musical revue which
w’ill be the attraction this week at
the Apollo starting today.
Singable, whistleable songs, a well
balanced cast, gorgeous costumes
and a beautiful collection of girls in
ensembles give this production rank
with Broadway’s best.
Lois Moran. Tom Patricola and
Elizabeth Patterson heap individual
honors on themselves.
Miss Moran, making her musical
comedy debut, establishes herself as
a marvelous singer and a dancer.
Patricola was the star of George
White’s “Scandals” for several years
and is well-known in vaudeville. In
this picture he has created anew
dance with the assistance of Bubbles
Crowell and a group of dancing girls,
which undoubtedly will become pop
ular throughout the ocuntry. It is
called “Steppin’ Along."
On the Vitaphone presentation
program you wil see and hear Whit
ing and Burt, famous vaudeville
headliners and musical comedy stars
and a comedy sketch called “The
Opry House." Clark and McCullough
in a late Movietone comedy act and \
the Fox Movietone News will com- |
plete the bill.
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Sensational speed on a great race
track, before thousands of specta
tors; high powered cars roaring
around curves in America's great
speed classic; breath-taking stunts
in an airplane climaxed by a para
chute Jump in which William
Haines, dropping from a WTecked
plane, carries Anita Page to safety—
these are some of the the thrills
in the thrill classic of the year,
"Speedway,” Metro-Goldwyn-May
er’s sound synchronized racing
drama bringing William Haines to
the Palace theater on Saturday.
The great Memorial day race at
the Indianapolis track was used as
a background for the production and
Ray Keech’s sensational victory in
the five hundred mile drive fur
nished a thundering accompaniment
for the love story that was the cen
tral thread of the picture.
More than twenty-five thousand
extra spectators, it is estimated, at
tended the races to catch a glimpse
of the movie celebrities, as Haines,
Ernest Torrence. John Miljan and
Karl Dane all drove in the race. In
cidentally, famous racing drivers
turned actors, too, for many of them
were induced to don movie make-up
for the picture. So curious did the
crowd become over their appearance
that finally an explanation of the
panchromatic make-up was mega
phoned to the grandstand. Indian
apolis traffic was jammed, when
Haines drove a racing car down the
main street, with police impressed
as actors, too, in a comedy highlight
of the play.
The new story by Byron Morgan
author of the famous Wallace Reid
plays, was directed by Harry Beau
mont, the director of “The Broad
way Melody.” Haines plays a wise
cracking young auto mechanic who
finally wins a place as a racing
driver, and Miss Page is the aviatrlx
with whom he falls in love. She
takes him on an aerial joy ride,
manages to wreck her plane by
“stunting” to scare him —and he
stages the thrilling rescue. This
was all done in close-ups. and .s
probably the first time two cele
brities of their magnitude worked
such a thrill without doubles.
Haines says this is significant of
the fact that aviation is coming
more and more to be realized as a
safe and reliable form of travel.
Indianapolis honored this picture
company, between scenes, at the
banquet opening the Aircraft ex
position* when Haines, Ernest Tor
rence, John Miljan, and Karl Dane,
together with Beaumont and the
technical staff, were guests of honor,
and Miss Page attended as the guest
of the Governor’s wife.
Several of the sensational acci
dents in the race, too, were caught
bv the cameras at the track and will
add to the thrills of the production.
In fact, audiences seeing the picture
will see practically all the actual
thrills of the race in addition to
the dramatic love story, interspersed
with flashes of Haines’ whimsical
Souftd apparatus at the races re
corded the roar of the crowd and
the thunder of the racing cars, the
whine of the super-chargers and
the rest of the vivid aural detail of
the atory. Filming and directing the
actors while racing was an odd task.
Huge signs were used as signals,
by the director, and prior to the
actual race, preliminary scenes, tun
ing motors in the garages, changing
tires in the pits, and so forth, were
filmed. Many of the famous race
drivers, such as Leon Duray, Jimmy
Gleason, Cliff Woodbury, Frank
Farmer and others are caught in
action in the film.
Added film novelties comprising
the surrounding program include an
M. G. M. color classic, “The Princess
of Destiny,” adapted to the screen
from one of life's great events.
George Dewey Washington, the vag
abond baritone, will be seen and
heard in anew Metro movietone
The M. G. M. international news
reel, a cartoon comedy, Fox movie
tone news and Lester Huff at the
organ console round out the bill.
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Striking drama and wide human
interest is woven into the problem
of secret marriages between mod
ern youngsters in “Fast Life,” the
new First Natlonai-Vitaphone all
talking special opening today at the
Circle theater.
Loretta Young and Douglas Fair
banks Jr., two of the screen’s most
popular young people, portray the
secretly married ultra-modern pair
in this fast-moving “talkie.” Chester
Morris, who played the same role in
the stage play and who also scored
a big hit in “Alibi” is also featured.
Ray Halor, Rita Flynn and other
youthful screen folk are also promi
nently on hand.
“We couldn’t have treated this
subject of youthful wedlock so viv
idly and at the same time with no
preaching and no sacrifice of dra
matic quality, nn entertainment
value, before the era of the talking
picture,” is the opinion of John
Francis Dillon, who directed “Fast
Some innovations in talking pic
ture art such as scenes that go on
uninterruptedly for ten minutes,
make the film breathless with sus
pense from the novel and daring
“whoopee” party at the start, to a
thrilling but happy ending.
“Fast Life” is based on the play
by Samuel Shipman and John Hy
On the program of short subjects
this week are Arthur Pat West and
Paul Cunningham and Bennett. A
tc’king news reel will complete the
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The Marx Brothers, long known
as the world’s funniest men. have
carried their inimitable fun-making
to the screen in “The Cocoanut,”
opening today at the New Ohio as
the second of the New Show Era
features to be shown at this theater.
It is an all-talking, all-singing, all
dancing. all-laughing Paramount
Groucho. the talkative member of
the Marx quartet, introduces an in
terminable line of funny chatter
that keeps the picture bubbling with
laughter. Harpo, with his dumb
show and his constantly changing
pantomime, is always surprising and
Chico pulls some of the funniest
stuff in the whole film. Zeppo, who
always plays straight, is not only the
successful foil for his mad brothers,
but he steps once or twice for jest
ing honors.
Joseph Stanley and Robert Florey
directed together. Irving Berlin
wrote the music for the original
stage production and contributed
the theme song. "When My Dreams
Come True.” Oscar Shaw and Mary
Eaton, stars of “Five O’clock Girl,”
and other musical comedy successes
have the romantic leads in the pic
On the supplementary program is
an all-talking comedy “Ain’t It. the
Truth,” and Vitaphone short sub
Following is the program to be
played by Anton Brees on the Scot
tish Rite carillon on Sunday, Sept.
8, 4 o'clock p. m., and Tuesday,
Sept. 10, at 8 o’clock.
•'Wedding March” from ‘‘Lohengrin”
R. Wagner
"Jesus. I Live to Thee” Bradbury
"Saviour. Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
"Work, for the Night Is Coining".L. Mason
"Awake. My Soul" Beethoven
Minuet" Boccherini
"Oh. Sweet Mystery of Life”.. .V. Herbert
"Sonny Boy" Ai Jolson
•How Can I Leave Thee?” Mendelssohn
• Indiana” j. F. Hanley
"Star-Spangled Banner” Key
At Colonial
“Speeding Up,” will be the offer
ing at the Colonial the coming week.
Comedy, song numbers, added vau
deville specialties and picture num
bers will be found on the bill.
“Baldv” Hill and Jimmy Bova
handle the comedy lines.
Among the new members of the
cast are: Camille Gardner, a sou
brette, who sings songs, “Dutch”
Moon, juvenile, and “Sleepy” Chap
man, straight man.
‘The River Woman.” a synchro
nized music and sound picture, will
be shown on the screen, featuring
Lionel Barrymore and Jacqueline
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Premier Indianapolis Showing
‘Come Across'
Night dab life that Is different.
Talking Review—First Ran News
Sun., Flret Sheering. “College Lavs”
1— Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Loretta Young have this pleasant task in “Fast Life,” now
at the Circle.
2 Elizabeth Patterson, Lois Wilson in the all-talker, “Words and Music,” now at Apollo,
now at the Apollo.
School to
Open Season
Many Important Master
Classes Are Now
THE Irvington School of Music
announces the opening of the
eleventh season. Monday, Sept. 9,
with four branch studios in the city
and one in Terre Haute. The
school is progressing in number and
Madame Baihle Steinhart, a re
cent addition to the faculty, and a
concert pianist, will hold master
classes in piano at the school and
downtown branch for advanced pu
pils and teachers.
Signorina Adelaide Contee is pre
paring to have a master class in
New York next summer, and al
ready has a number of students en
This master class will include les
sons every day in voice, Italian,
French and Spanish diction, stage
deportment, pantomime and makeup.
Trips to the different artistic
buildings and places of musical in
terest will be included for recrea
The play-acting shop is planning
to turn out some very unusual work
this year. Some of this material
will be used in connection with radio
An Irvington Community band is
being organized by Mr. Carlin, in
structor of band instruments, at the
school. Any one wishing to join
may do so.
Gives Up Sleep for Golf
Harry Bannister, making his talk
ing picture debut opposite Ann
Harding in her second Pathe talkie,
“Her Private Affair,” gets up at five
each morning in order to have a
round of golf before starting the
day’s work at the studio.
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The International Uniform Sunday
School Lesson for September 8. Co
operation in Religious work. N’eh. 4:6,
Editor of The Congregationalist
A PEOPLE with a mind to work
can accomplish a great deal.
Walls are built stone by stone, but
it is amazing how fast they rise
when many hands co-operate and
each man builds his part.
That is plain, prosaic fact In
every time and circumstance. For
the rest, our lesson is largely one
of symbolism in its relation to
modern life. We are little con
cerned with wailing about an an
cient Jerusalem, but there are
modern abodes and holy places that
need to be safeguarded against
The rebuilding of their homeland
and institutions by the Hebrews who
returned from their exile in Baby
lon was not without difficulty. Their
task was like that of the pioneers
in our own land ■who had to guard
themselves from enemies while they
built their homes and communities.
In those days a wall was still a
protection to a city and safety often
depended upon the care and success
with which the walls were kept in
tact and in good condition of repair.
The returned exiles were relatively
few in number, and they had large
tasks to perform. Their enemies
also, harassed them constantly, so
that it was probably not to their
discredit, but due to some disaster
over which they had no control, that
the walls of Jerusalem were reported
to be in bad condition, with the
gates masses of charred wood.
The report concerning the walls
was brought from Jerusalem to
Nehemiah by his brother, Hanani.
Nehemiah was cup-bearer to Ar
taxerxes Longimanus, the king of
Persia, a position that brought him
in close relation to his sovereign,
as it was his duty to taste the wine
offered the king so as to make sure
it was not poisoned.
A man in such a position, how-
Weekly Sunday School Lesson
3 Nick Stuart, Sue Carol and Walter Catlett as they appear in “Why Leave Home,"
opening today at the Lyric.
4 The Marx Brothers in a scene from “The Cocoanuts,” now at the Ohio.
5 Karl Dane in a scene from “Speedway,” opening today at Loew’s Palace.
6 Jack Mulhall plavs a dual role in “Dark Streets,” which is now showing at tho Indiana,
ever, can not presume too much on
his master’s favor and it was with
some trepidation that Nehemiah re
quested permission to go and build
the walls of his beloved Zion. There
were enemies, too, who sought to
Will Sing

George Dewey Washington
One of the features on the
Metro Movietone program now at
Loew’s Palace is the singing of
George Dewey Washington.
1 prevent the accomplishment of his
purpose, and who for a time seemed
likely to succeed.
Our lesson comes to the story
of the actual wall building, and
describes vividly the conditions
under which it was carried on. Ene
mies had to be fought off cs the
work proceeded, and the w jrkers
kept one hand for the work and the
other for their weapon of defense.
The sword and spear were as es
sential as the level and trowel, and
the trumpet as a. rallying call sum
moning all where some emergency
of danger existed symbolized the
unity and mutual aid with which
the whole enterprise was carried on
and fulfilled.
It is thus that all great enter
prises are carried out in life, and
all good causes advanced and safe
guarded. “Eternal vigilance is the
price of liberty.” The world needs
its Nehemiahs—its leaders of initia
tive, skill and vision. Enthusasm
; and good will are not enough with
j out leadership and skillful planning
and achievement.
But it is in co-operation that
plans come to fulfillment. Nehe
miah could never have built the
w-alls himself. “The people had a
mind to work.” That tells the story;
that is the great message that comes
to us from the life of the Hebrew
exiles recolonizing their ancient
Modern Zions are no different.
Especially does the welfare of a
democracy depend upon the popu
lar mind to work and the co-opera
tion of all in securing and main
taining the common weal. What
wails need building in modern
America? What existing walls are
weak and in need of strengthening?
Where can we find our appointed
tasks, and give our service in the
common need and responsibilities?
The world needs Nehemiahs; but
it needs also the willing hands and
the ready feet to answer at the
trumpet’s call
Kenton to
Direct a
Big Movie
Selected to Produce for
Columbia 'Song of
SPECULATION as to who woula
be entrusted with the direction
of “Song of Love" ended this week
when Columbia Pictures announced
that Erie C. Ketnon has been as
signed to handle the megaphone on
I this ambitious roadshow vehicle
which will introduce Belle Baker to
the screen audience.
Not a small factor in Kenton's
selection was the great success
achieved by his latest special, “Fa
ther 1 and Son.” which followed its
outstanding Broadway run with rec
ord breaking showings all over the
His masterly handling of its pa
ternal love theme will again be
given full scope, as “Song of Love”
is an absorbing story of a fampus
vaudeville headliner’s love and sac
rifice for her son. It will be not
only one of the most elaborate, but
also one of the three roadshow pro
ductions on the company’s 1929-1930
Erie C. Kenton, one of the screen’s
ace directors, was started on his
brilliant directorial career, by Colum
bia, when he first used the mega
phone on “A Fool and His Money.”
This was followed by an association
with Fox, Warner, Paramount and
De Mille. Since returning to Co
lumbia he has been responsible for
such successes as “The Sporting
Age,” “Name the Woman,” “Street
of Illusions” and “Nothing to Wear.”
Mr. Kenton’s versatility and his
special penchant for sophisticated
comedy and human interest drama
will be given full play in his direc
tion of “Song of Love.”
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Oakie Is a
Hit in the
Miss Lulu McConnell Gave
This Wise-Cracker
• His Start.
THOSE thousands of aspiring and
perspiring youngsters who want
to have the short road to moving
picture success mapped out for ■
them can do no better than receva
tbeii directions from Jack Oakie.
Slightly more than a year ago,
Cakie, with only a comparatively
short period of stage training be
hind him. went to Hollywood sim
ply for a breathing spell between
musical comedy and vaudeville en
gagements. He planned no picture
career for himself; he had no idea
that he could “catch on” as a. film
Oakie, however, met Wesley Rug
; <ries. Universal director. Ruggles
persuaded him to take a part in
“Finders Keepers.” and the new
comer scored an immediate success.
Last week, just a year later, h®
was handed one of the film plums
of the year—the lead in Radio Pic
tures’ “Hit the Deck,” adapted from
the long-run musical comedy of the.
same name.
Oakie’s career, brief but colorful*
explains his rapid rise to stardom- ’
After his graduation from De La
Salle high school in New York City,
he “went into Wall Street"-—as a
very lowly clerk in a very busy of
He didn’t do much work, but he
gave everybody in the place a lot
of laughs. His reputation as a
smart-cracking humorist spread, and
when May Leslie started to cast for
Junior League’s charity show of 1919-
she found a place in the cast for
Wall Street was forgotten from
that time on. >
Lulu McConnell, famous come
dienne, “caught” Oakie’s act, in the
Junior League frolic and she sug
gested a partnership that lasted
until 1927. Asa team they played
in “Innocent Eyes," “Artists and
Models,” two editions of “The Pass
ing Show,” “Ziegfeld's Follies,” and
in “Peggy Ann,” filling in between
times with vaudeville bookings over
two-a-day time.
Then Oakie went to the coast,
and scored in Fuggles’ picture. He
clinched bis success in a series in
cluding “Close Harmony,” ‘‘The
Fleet’s In," “The Wild Party,” “The
Dummy” and “The Man I Love.”
A reunion with Ruggles came
when Oakie was cast as a comedy
lead in Radio Pictures’ “Street Girl,”
now playing at the Globe theater.
His effective work in that all-talk
ing musical drama led Radio offi
cials to unanimously select him for
the leading role in “Hit the Deck,'-*
which goes into production at an
early date, under the direction of
Luther Reed who, by the way, won
the “Hit the Deck” assignment as
a result of his excellent work on
“Rio Rita.”

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