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APRIL 1, 193(5.
Penns Grand Folks; She's Miss George Stage Star’s Husband of Six Months Helps Her Work. BY JOHN W. THOMPSON Now we know why It is that Gladys George seems so fresh and vibrant in her portrayal of Carole Arden in “Personal Appearance" although she s done the thing 600 or 700 times. Its because her dearest friend and severest critic, her hubby of six months, is with her (his name is Leonard Penn if you must know), and every night after the show as they play cards in their hotel room. Miss George “gets a load" of What Mr. Penn thinks of her perform ance. Last night he agreed with us that his wife was “almost perfect" in the part of the “blond hussy" who all but runs off with a country girl’s sweetheart. He’s Nice to Have Around “He's not always so compli mentary" she said. "But it’s aw fully nice to have someone like him around to take care of you, to really mind what becomes of you.” One can’t help admiring the Penns. In the first place they’re in love and they don't seem to care who knows it, (somewhat of a nov elty among stage folk). Miss George off-stage is as unlike Carole Arden behind the footlights as she is like her. Mr. Penn, tall, dark and hand some, takes a genuine interest in all his wife’s activities and likes to talk about technicalities in the play. We would like to see him op posite his wife some time, in a play. If you see “Personal Appearance" you'll get a, glimpse of him in the movie skit which precedes the open ing of the first scene. He plays the fellow Carole leave#* behind. Miss George, who as Carole Ar den, had panned movie queens every night for two wears, is on an ex tended contract with Metro-Gold wvn-Mayer until the current run of “Personal Appearance" is over. The producers, who probably didn’t dream the play would last two months l?t alone two years, are planning put Miss George to work in movies as soon as they can get her to Hollywood. She Was Here in 1914 Born in Boston, Miss George has lived “in a trunk" most of her life. Her father came from England with Sir Henry Irving and later toured in vaudeville. When little Gladys became old enough, she was put to work. The troupe appeared here in 1914, probably at Keith’s, although Miss George isn’t sure. “All I remember about Indian apolis then," she said, “is the Circle and the monument in the middle. And, oh, yes, I had my picture taken here.” Mr. Penn fished through his pock els, pulled out a. somewhat faded brown photo of Miss George, dressed in her Sunday best, perched on a stool, calmly con templating life—or something. He treasures the photo highly, probably uses it to win arguments. And Again in 1919 Miss George appeared here again in 1919 with the road company of “The Better ’Ole," in which DeWolf Hopper starred. ’the present en gagement i'i the first tour she has made since that time. “I'm just beginning to get my sec ond wind,” sl.e said last night. "Last season I was worn out, but this year I am really getting a lot of enjoy ment out of playing the part.” Although Mr. and Mrs. Penn are a thoroughly happy couple, their tastes differ in some things. For in stance Mr. Penn likes to hear Jan Kiepura sing while Mrs. Penn pre fers Nelson Eddy. She even seemed a bit proud of the fact that she occupies the same dressing room Mr. Eddy used when he sang at English’s recently. “Personal Appearance" is to be presented at English’s again this afternoon and tonigh,. From here the company goes to Columbus. After that they get a week’s rest. Mrs. Penn plans to sleep and sleep and sleep. Mr. Penn is going to get his teeth cleaned. They love their work with the effervescent enthusiasm of youth and our hats are off to them. Grand folks, the Penns. WHERE, WHAT, WHEN APOLLO "Colleen." musical picture with D k Powell. Joan Blondell. Jack Oakie. Ruby Keeler and Hugh Her bert. at 11:31. 1:31. 3:31. 5:31. 1:31. 0:31. CIRCLE "Give Us This Night,” screen operetta with Jan Kiepura and Gladys Swartout, at 11, 1:45. 4:30, 7.20 and 10:10. ''Preview Murder Mystery," with Reginald Dennv. Frances Drake and Gail Patrick, at 12:45. 3:30, 6:20 ard 9:05. ENGLISH’S "Personal Appearance, or How Far Is the Barn," with Gladys George, Merna race, at 6:20. INDIANA "Love Before Breakfast." with Carole Lombard and Preston Foster at 1:01. 4:07. 7.13, 10:19. Also "First a Girl." with Jessie Matthews, at 11:43, 3.49. 5:55. 9. KEITHS "The Brat,” Federal Players pro duction. with New LeFevre. Jack Du val. Betty Anne Brown, at 8:15. LOEWS "Robin Hood of El Dorado." with Warner Baxter and Ann Lpnng. at 11. 1:45. 4 30. 7:15. 10. Also "You Mav Be Next." with Ann Sothern and Lloyd Nolan, at 12:30. 3:15, 6, 8:50. . „ LYRIC Snowed Under," on screen, with George Brent. Glenda Farrell. Gene yl*ve Tobin, at 11:28. 2:21, 5:14. 8:07. 1439 •'Going Hollywood." on ttage, with Harry Howard. 1:00. 3:53. 6:46, 9:39. ISgfflSllß I_ 2 D *y*—Tttdajr-Tomorrow I tfr.'S; i" c"oronTso 1 Bk 1 Bh COLLEEN . Romance, Mystery, Humor and Satire Promised in Attractions Coming to Downtown Theaters 'HI - ■ '/t-Mmy/''/, * mu n ....uflwwOT" jjh § J -5 1 /smm TMIL; JBPI •; im&m PM®' ? .... ’ * ,s.,Vv^T‘ 1. That popular young hero, Fred MacMuray, is to be seen in “Thirteen Hours by Air” at the Indiana starting Friday, with comely Joan Bennett as his lead ing lady. The Indiana’s second feature is to be “Too Many Parents.” 2. In the type of role he likes to play. Lionel Barrymore is pic tured with Charles Grape win in a scene from “The Voice of Bugle Ann,” which with vaude ville will make up the Lyric's new show bill starting Friday. 3. Anew Philo Vance comes to the screen in “The Garden Murder Case,” w'hich opens at Loews Friday. He is Edmund Lowe, and his sweetheart this Leading Film Singers Just Sing; Don't Seem to Need Instruction Bing Crosby Didn’t Have Money for Lessons; Later He Feared Training Would Change Crooning Style. Timet Spednl HOLLYWOOD, April I.—Some of filmland's most famous singers never had a singing lesson—they just sing. Bing Crosby, Mae West, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich and Carole Lombard are typical of those who sing when the script calls for it, but who never studied voice. Asa boy, Bing Crosby thought he had a pretty good voice, but he didn’t train it because he didn’t have the money for a teacher. Then, after he got the money, he didn't take lessons because he was afraid a teacher would change the style of crooning that brought him the money to pay the teacher. Mae West says any one who feels like singing love songs can sing them. “And I feel that way,” she added. Lombard Voice Untrained. Audiences like Miss Lombard’s singing, but she refuses to cultivate her voice, preferring to spend her time preparing for dramatic roles. Likewise, Miss Colbert, who sang in ’ The Torch Singer,” refuses to study singing, prefers to rely on her ver satile acting ability rather than songs. Miss Dietrich frequently sings in her pictures, and although she never studied voice, she did study violin at one time, but gave it up. She sings “Awake in a Dream” in her latest picture. “Desire.” Grace Bradley became a night club singing star before entering movies—but she never took a singing lesson. But on the other side of the pic ture, there are the stars like Gladys Swart! out and Frank Forest who Ra'uitOU LOMBARD in^l rTIOVE before 5 BREAKFAST" I PRESTON FOSTER MARCH OF TIME J fjiTs.l kFIRST A GlßL'ffl EX WALTZ TONIGHT D KLK Ladle* Me—lne. Cherklnvr KtS i.JI G.-ntlemen Me Before B Dutton-DeSautelleOrcfi. fj| KF.ITN'C TRLKPHONK •■ O I Inrflln *MUMt TONIGHT AT *:U Federal Players in “TftE BRAT” 1 NIGHTS—ISe, t4eT~4#e I ’ WAT. MAT.—lOe. ;p c , .roe | NEXT WEEK—"THE HAMKB" time is Virginia Bruce. Loew’s second picture is “Don’t Gamble on Love,” with Ann Sothern and Bruce Cabof. 4. A revival of the late Will Rogers’ famous film, “A Connecti cut Yankee,” is to be the Apollo’s new feature starting Friday. Myrna Loy and Frank Albertson are in the cast. 5. On the Circle Theater’s pro gram which opens today is “The Walking Dead.” a scene from which is shown here. Bor ; s Karloff is the principal character, with Marguerite Churchill and Edmund Gwenn showing concern over his condition. The other pic ture on the Circle screen is “Muss E;n Up,” with Preston Foster. studied for years, still spend hours daily training their voices for movie and concert work. Voice Helps Actress Because she surprised executives with an extraordinary singing voice, Leanor Whitney, vivacious new dis covery, has had her part in “Three Cheers for Love” enlarged to in clude several songs. ftbJiM beAiu Pwbujf mjjm " A CONNECTICUT YANKEE " A FOX Victor* wrtt> MYRNA LOY Kitllil SSIlllli) THE INDIANAPOLIS TIMES f| Br l * HUk/I ®P|jM ~ • • ■ ' jlfl* - - HHft Hf §|f Wmm §m Hk ! j; * H JHHH : > m gBBHf . , Opening Tomorrow Circle “THE WALKING DEAD”— Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez. Marguerite Churchill, Edmund Gwenn, Warren Hull. Directed by Michael Curtiz; story by Ewart Adamson and Joseph Fields; photographed by Hal Mohr. Story—Gangsters slay judge, plant evidence against prisoner, recently released, whom judge sent up. Prisoner is sentenced to die. Two intimidated young lovers, witnesses to the crime, tell story to scientist. He fails to stop execution, but gets body, revives prisoner by ex perimental process. Prisoner sets out to avenge own death. After destroying three gang members, survivors kill him, die in auto accident imediately after. “MUSS ’EM UP”—Preston Foster. Margaret Callahan, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan. Directed by Charles Vidor; screen play by Erwin Gelsey from the novel by James Ed ward Grant. Story—Detective called to home of banker, whose dog has been killed by extortionists demanding $200,000. Soon after, banker’s ward is kidnaped, her chauffeur slain. Suspicion rests upon six persons. Ward is re turned for extra $50,000 and mystery is cleared. Actor Is Glass Blower John Bachman, in “Poppy” with W. C. Fields, is one of the few old time glass blowers that used to be a feature of every county fair and circus, producing knick-knacks for the parlor mantel. Ha is also sec retary of the Showmen’s Associa tion. Bonus Inspires Screen Story Wallace Beery Is to Play War Veteran’s Role. Timet Special HOLLYWOOD. April I.—Pay ment of the veterans’ bonus is to be dramatic material for anew pic ture, “Bonus Money," which is to star Wallace Beery. The story, an original screen play by Leonard Spiegelgass, tells of the bewilderment of a veteran trying to devise methods of spending his new ly gained riches. Beery, recently returned from a personal appearan-e tour in the East, is to start work on “Bonus Money” following the making of “Old Hutch.” Signs With Paramount Paul Barrett, New York stage actor, has signed a long-term con tract with Paramount, bringing the studio's player roster to a total of 76. fsons KMIOFF T i WALKING flßfi A HHM RICARDO CORTEZ o, n 'em up I CALLAHAN I Cl °riw preview |B M 4fl|l xmM Bd MCRRER MYSTERY" |’ mrirrWM^^ ft J/BK mi . v IBiMlk M#jH| n r Accidents Have Brought Fame to Many of Filmland's Stars Throat Ailment Started Crosby, Colbert, Langford, Hol man to Success; Raoul Walsh Lost Eye, Became Director. BY" PAUL HARRISON HOLLYWOOD, April I.—(NEA)—If ever. Heaven forbid, you break your back or lose an eye, or are stricken speechless, you might try cheer ing yourself u r ith meditation on all the fortuitous accidents that have happened to people in Hollywood. A throat ailment made Bing Crosby a crooner, provided him with the soft, husky timbre that has brought him riches. A glandular disorder left Eddie Cantor popeyed, and those same eyes are the trade marks of his comedy technique. A talented German girl was study ing the violin, and might have be come a minor concert artist—if she hadn’t broken a finger. Discouraged, she became an extra among the Berlin movie studios, where she soon began to attract attention. That was Marlene Dietrich. Claudette Colbert hoped to have an operatic career, but a throat in fection took away her voice. When she regained it, it was a remarkably deep contralto that helped her to prominence as an actress. Frances Blames Tonsils Frances Langford, too, was just a fairly good soprano until a tonsilec tomy gave her a contralto range and a radio job. Now she can also hit the high spots. And it was a throat operation that made Libby Holman a torch singer. Lieut. Com. Frank Wead was one of the navy’s greatest pilots until, one day at home, he fell down a couple of steps and broke his back. During long months in a cast, he began to write. Now' he's a contract author in Hollywood specializing in aviation stories. “Ceiling Zero” was his latest. Not so many years ago Raoul Walsh was a-little-known actor and his brother George was a star. Raoul finally w'as assigned a lead ing role—and then a frightened jackrabbit leaped in front of his speeding car and was hurled through the windshield. The unusual acci dent cost Walsh an eye and his act ing career. So Raoul turned to directing, and today is one of Hollywood's top notchers. His race horses are trained by Brother George, who also plays a few bit parts on the screen. That same lucky accident also af fected another player—Warner Bax ter. Baxter seemed to be about washed up in the movies; in fact, he was practically packed and ready to leave Hollywood in disgust. But Raoul Walsh's injury sent the studio scurrying in search of an other leading man, and Baxter was given the role, along with a come back chance for stardom. Then there was Jimmy Hogan, who broke a leg sliding into second base during a big-league game in Yankee Stadium. He hobbled out of baseball into a movie directorship. Harold Lloyd was doing Chaplin imitations when a film explosion nearly robbed him of his sight. Even as he began to recover, it seemed certain he'd have to wear glasses the rest of his life. So Lloyd de termined to capitalize on those in evitable spectacles, and they have been the trademark of his indivi dual style of comedy ever since. There are no lenses in the spec tacles now', for Lloyd has complete ly recovered his vision. Even Carole Lombard might not have reached dramatic prominence —and certainly not as soon—if she hadn’t been severely lacerated in an automobile accident. Before that she had been only a flicker beauty, but fear of disfigurement brought determination to try for straight acting roles. “GOING \ HOLLYWOOD" f Daffy Musical Revne With HARRY HOWARD M “America's Crazy Man" BALLET IX BLUE M Europe's Latest Hit W f Sea/s2£> e +6TMb ££ A BLIZZARD C KHftfln OF BLONDES GEORGE BRENT M GENEVIEVE TOBIN V GLENDA FARRELL J PATRICIA ELLIS [ FRANK McHUGH% 811B 11 ■ 5".',- —— ~'—rr~~ —— ysjw S^sentaticNS IG HBOR THEATfeR SM WEST SIDE n m i m ir 2*02 W. 10th St. S A I ’ Double Feature U A xw A u Barbara Stanwyck "ANNIE OAKLEY" ___ "MOTIVE FOR REVENGE" npi ljf/WTm W. Wash. 4 Belmont BELMONT /•*■• Richard Arlen "THE CALLING OF DAN MATHEWS" “ONE-WAY TICKET^ Da |O \7 2340 W. Mich. St. A I N Y Double Feature Ronald Colman "CLIVE OF INDIA" "CHEERS OF THE CROWD" NORTH SIDE Ri m 7 Illinois at 3!th ! I A Double Feature Richard Arlen THE CALLING OF DAN MATHEWS" "MORALS MARCUS” UPTOWN Katherine Hepburn "SYLVLA SCARLETT" > arleties-—Pictorial Headliners /- ADD l/'I/ B*th and Illinois UIU\KKjI\ Double Feature _ Margaret Sullavan SO RED THE ROSE" BROADWAY HOSTESS" CT /''! Ain St. Clair Sc FtTWavße 01. til/AIK Gregory Ratoff Joan Loder "THIS WOMAN IS MLNE” Comedy—Novelty DPV ®‘h •* Northw’t’n tVC/A Herbert Marshall Jean Arthur "IF SHE COULD ONLY COOK" Comedy—Novelty Cartoon TAI DOTT Talbot * Kid 1 ALISU 1 1 Double Feature "DANGEROUS WATMERS"’ 14 * TOO TOUGH TO KILL" STRATFORD Paul Kelly "SPEED DEVILS” "THE THROWBACK" MECCA Zasu Pitta "SHE GETS HER MAN" "SUNSET OF POWER” nn 17 A II 2361 Station St. DREAM D :'Y* SV” P.t ORrieo “THE FRONT l-AGE" ''BARS OF HATE" EAST SIDE RIVOLI s2SV2fS. 4VA ' Eddie Cantor “STRIKE ME PINK" t "ROSE OF THE RANCHO" PAGE 15 Dog Picture to Start at Lyric Friday Missouri Hound Is Starred With Mr. Barrymore in ‘Bugle Ann.’ Based on MacKinlay Kantor’s novel and starring Lionel Barry more, “The Voice of Bugle Ann" is to open at the Lyric Friday with vaudeville to balance the bill. Not since Senator Vest spoke his famous eulogy has the Missouri “houn’ dawg” sniffed his way into the spotlight as has Tillie, the gentle animal which is Mr. Barrymore's constant companion in the picture. She is the first “houn’ dawg” to come to Hollywood and become a star In her first film. She is known as “Bugle Ann” in the film and leads the pack of 44 other hounds brought from Missouri to stage the fox hunts for the picture. She is a descendant of the real Bugle Ann, for Mr. Kantor’s story is based on facts he found in the court records of Jackscn County, Missouri. Popular in Hollywood Not since "Blue Boy.” the boar in "State Fair.” has an animal so cap tivated Hollywood. In the film. Mr. Barrymore plays Spring Davis, veteran fox hunter who loves the dog so much that he kills a neighbor whom* he suspects of trapping Bugle Ann. Bugle Ann is a hound of the Spaulding strain, smaller than most fox hounds, more delicate, of high intelligence, and with a bay that so resembles the silvery note of the trumpet that her family line is listed by kennel clubs as "bugle voiced American hounds." Richard Thorpe, w'ho directed “Last of the Pagans.” made an ex tended trip into the Yellow Creek region to film exteriors and bring back clothing worn in the Missouri country. He even bought a convict garb from the Jefferson City peni tentiary for Mr. Barrymore to wear. Day or Night, He Acts Philip Merivale. famed stage star who made his film debut opposite Gladys Sw'arthout and Jan Kiepura in the musical “Give Us This Night." plans to return to Hollywood when his current Broadway play, "Call It a Day,” ends its run. Cooper Collects Guns Gary Cooper, an enthusiastic out doorsman, has one of the most complete collections of modern fire arms in Hollywood. The “Desire" costar is an excellent shot and en joys hunting of all kinds. ENGLISH LAST 2 TIMES—2:2O nnrf *:SO PEMBERTON PRIZE PLAT “PERSONAL APPEARANCE” or “HOW FAR IS THE BARN' 6LADYS GEORGE-r;:' , -,' T AO4 Tlmp. In N.T.—IOO Time* In Chicago VEAR’S COMEDY SMASH Night, 85c to *2.20. Mat., Sse to *I.S INCL. TAX EAST SIDE TITVrno 4029 E. New York lIIaEDO Double Feature Norma Shearer "SMILIN’ THROUGH" •SHIPCAFE" TACOMA vYini 'show * AiAUWl'lil Lyle T4lboU "BROADWAY HOSTESS” Also Short Reels In |l | El /■’ 35fl * E - Wash. St. ” IR VIINO *■" Harding Gary Cooper “PETER IBBETSON” j Comedy—Novelty Cartoon EMERSON ei&'gS; Irene Dunne "MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION” i [THE INFORMER" HAMILTON Double Feature Irene Dunne MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION" I “PETRIFIED PARKER Ki'S&JST ... John Howard MILLIONS IN THE AIR” HELLDORADO" S T R AND "THE GALLANT DEFEJfDER” WPfGg OVER ETHIOPIA" DAW 2121 E. WashT StT“ K U A I Double Feature "CONFIDENTIAL" “COCK ’O THE AIR" Paramount "MISS PACIFIC FLEET - ’” 1 * "THE GREAT AIR MYSTERY” FOUNTAIN SOU ARE ~ Double Feature Pranehot Ton* “EXCLUSIVE STORY" SANDERS ’GUARD THAT GIRL" "THIS WOMAN IS MINE" Ait i ■ /a At Frospeet-Churrhman VAL O N Ronald Colman “TALE OF TWO CITIES” "FOUR STAR BORDER” ORIENTAL Barbara Stanwyek ” “RED SALUTE" GARFIELD ~ V,il * tA,UA ' Cieelv CourtneidgU "THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN” * Short Reel*.