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"THEY TREAT YOU MEAN”
Continued from page six It was while they were playing in New York that Joan was spotted by one of those ever-present Hollywood talent scouts and sent to the coast lor a try-out. She did fairly well, but her between-age status handicapped her. She played a few very small parts, kid parts, at various studios, then was signed to a modest term contract by Warners. They gave her some inten sive dramatic schooling, tested her up and down and crosswise, and decided she had everything, potentially, to make a first-run actress. And not just eventually — right away, in spite of her years. Her first job of any consequence was as the clubfooted girl in "High Sierra.’’ with Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupine ~his was fast company, and the fast company was playing at peak performance in a strenuous picture. Hers was the ingenue lead. She did very well. After that she played in "The Wagons Roll at Night" and “Thirty Days Hath September," and was finally elevated to stardom in “Sergeant York" as the sweetheart, then the wife, of Gary Cooper. IirL—1. :_L_ .. I m wireic wc came ill. And now let’s take a closer look at Joan in respect to her relations with the California Board of Education, Welfare Division. Her teacher is ap pointed by the state, but paid by the studio. The teacher's duties consist not only of conducting Joan’s lessons in accordance with the curriculum laid down by the state, but of seeing that the prescribed division of time be tween work, school, recreation and rest is followed. Since she also is a deputy executive officer of the Welfare Division, her word is law, not only with Joan herself but with the studio as well. Joan studies and recites sometimes in her dressing room, sometimes in a corner of the sound stage, but very often, appropriately enough, in a lit tle 9choolhouse on the lot, completely equipped with blackboard, chalk and all the rest. When Joan goes on loca tion. her teacher must accompany her and be prepared to carry out her duties under such circumstances as present themselves. Lora and Grammar I never have seen the Leslie kid on location, but 1 spent some time with the ‘‘Brigham Young” company in the deep woods of the San Bernardino mountains, and there saw Linda Dar nell go to school. She was working in an intense love scene with Tyrone Power. The first part of the scene was finished, but the second part, a “follow shot,” necessitated the construction of a track for the camera. This meant a delay of half an hour. During this half-hour Miss Darnell, in the midst of the strongest emotional scene she'd thus far been called upon to enact, sat at the foot of a huge pine with her teacher in solemn conjugation of Span ish verbs. The four hours of school and recrea tion need not be — seldom are — comprised of a single period. But the teacher, with stop-watch precision, most keep track of the total, aa well as the total of working hours, which like wise is four. One afternoon during the making of tor thought there would be plenty of time for Joan to work on an especially large set; she had already done a solo session with Gary Cooper that morn ing. Walter Brennan and Robert Porterfield, supporting actors, plus bit and extra players numbering more than fifty, were called for work. It was a large scene, and took longer than expected to prepare. When all was ready and the cameras were about to turn, Joan’s teacher halted the pro ceedings. Joan was through for the day and must go home at once. The good lady showed her notebook to the assistant director. He had miscal culated. She had no alternative. The rest of the cast had to be dis missed, since the scene could not be played without Joan, and the studio was out a sizable chunk of money; but«there was no help for it and no grumbling. They learn to take things like that in stride when working with youngsters — although it does some times come as a shock when the youngster is the leading lady of the picture. If the production department must keep on its toes to take full advantage of its daily quota of four hours of Joan's time, pity the poor publicity department, which must grab such time as may be left over in order to carry out its manifold duties in behalf of the new star. Interviews, posing for the endless still pictures that are re quired for publicity, public appear ances and all such, are counted as work. One man at the studio is assigned to do nothing but attempt to fit all this together. He is losing his hair. He lost a large chunk of it this last winter when Joan was selected as the Sun Goddess in connection with an All-Winter Sun Festival, a tourist promotion stunt put on by Southern California boosters. The studio co operated by agreeing to let the girl do whatever she was supposed to on those days when she was not on call at the studio. She had to be present at in numerable civic luncheons, receptions and other activities, and to ride on floats in parades. The thing really did last all winter, and, to make matters worse, Joan's studio schedule, mean time, was greatly intensified, what with “Sergeant York” and her new stardom. Frtk-Alr Girl Joan is some kid. In commoh with the other young sters of professional Hollywood, she possesses a tanned, wind-blown bloom that is amazing to folks who picture theatrical adolescents as unhealthy denizens of the city’s night canyons, paled by late work and daytime sleep ing, handicapped at this period of growth and development by a totally, unnatural life. She lives in a cottage with her mother and father and sisters, follow ing a normal existence that fits the pattern of her years: the usual number of movies, now and then a party with her friends if there is neither school nor work the next day. At the studio she bounces all over the place, running upstairs two at a time, dashing around the lot with her schoolbooks, smiling, happy. And why not? At sixteen she has played opposite Gary Cooper and is a star of the movies. She has been the Sun Goddess, with floats and gowns, and a white crown upon her head. Of course it's fun. I had lunch with her the other day at the studio com missary. I came away with an impres sion of a swell, healthy, unspoiled kid who probably, each evening, tells her mother to awaken her early in the morning. For to Joan Leslie, every day is the day she's to be Queen of the May. TU EW i uin, 11iv- OKiiaiaiu uuw Lariar "Yes, sir, I can safely say that it's the best buy in its price field" WE SAW THE CIRCUS AT SUNRISE AND DISCOVERED THIS £1 /VBW4 S7AR BREAKFAST TREAT/ f HAVE TW EVER SEEN the circus come to town? We did last week. Nancy, Johnnie and I got up early in the morning and watched the circus train unload. We saw elephants pushing big, colorful wagons. Cages full of ferocious lions and tigers! Camels, giraffes, zebras. My ... it was thrilling! You should have seen the children. Their eyes were as big as saucers . .. 2 RS Hi KG TBITS went up, Johnnie com plained he was hungry. I was about to tell him we would eat soon at home, when the nicest man asked us to have breakfast with him. He was the Chef in charge of the circus dining tent, and had overheard Johnnie’s remark about being hungry. I didn’t know what to say. But Johnnie did . . .“Oh, boy,” he exclaimed,“I’d love to eat with the circus...” 9 WHAT A BREAKFAST we had! Crisp Post Toasties, swim ming in milk. M-m-m, they tasted delicious. The Chef said, i “Lady, Post Toasties are swell-tasting, easy to digest, and packed with food values that give us circus people the quick- jB energy we need to start the day right. . . More than that,” ^B he continued, “they’ve got a lot of Vitamin Bi in ’em H that’s so necessary for abundant energy, sound nerves, A normal growth and appetite. Food experts say it’s the^ftwBfl ‘missing vitamin’ in America’s diet. 3 out of 4 people don’tl^AHP* get enough of it in the food they eat daily. And now Post Toasties are generously enriched with it!” /jg HV 4 TWIGS HAPPENED when we got home from the circus! The children got up a circus of their own. And I got a package of Post Toasties. And, believe me, we’ve been enjoying them ever since. Post Toasties give my fam ily a grand-tasting break fast, real nourishment, plus precious Vitamin Bi . . . yet they cost sumrisingly little! ENJOY THE NOURISHING NEW POST TOASTIES FOR A 4-STAR BREAKFAST TREAT !