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Volume XXIX CONTENTS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1928 Number 1

The entire contents of this magazine are protected by copyright, and must not be reprinted without the publishers' consent.

What the Fans Think . . . . ...

An open forum for and by our readers.

Back Stage in Vaudeville

A glimpse of William Haines and Josephine Dunn, in "Excess Baggage."

You Can't Do That!

The vagaries of censorship are authoritatively set forth.

Oyez! Oyez!

John Barrymore smashes some conventions.

The Girl Grows Older .

Mary Brian displays surprisingly sophisticated fashions.

The Stroller

Ironic observations of a Hollywood rambler.

And Now the Deluge! .

The spectacular production of "Noah's Ark."

Hot-weather Cures . . . .

Pictures that show how the stars combat the torrid spell.

There's No Place Like Home ....

Esther Ralston's residence is minutely inspected.

Reginald's Lament

Edwin Schallert

Helen Louise Walker

Carroll Graham A. L. Wooldridge

Mr. Denny proves that happiness and comedians are strangers.

Margaret Reid Myrtle Gebhart

Portrait of a Wow . . .

A keen interviewer's impressions of Joan Crawford.

Favorite Picture Players .

Full-page portraits of eight favorites.

The Interviewers' Waterloo

Richard Barthelmess is frankly analyzed.

Over the Teacups .

Fanny the Fan steadily chatters.

The World Is Upside Down to Them

Topsy-turvy pictures of some stars.

Just What Is Acting, Anyhow?

The stars express conflicting opinions.

A Girl Comes to Hollywood

The fourth installment of a fascinating serial.

Malcolm H. Oettinger

Madeline Glass The Bystander

Katherine Lipke . Alice M. Williamson

Manhattan Medley ....

Impressions of the stars who visit New York.

. Alma Talley .

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High-hatting the Fans 60

Who do you think is guilty?

Mother's Boy Grows Up William H. McKegg . 61

Barry Norton, of "What Price Glory?" is interviewed.

Hollywood High Lights ..... Edwin and Elza Schallert 63

Paragraphs of Hollywood news and gossip.

A Confidential Guide to Current Releases ... . . . .67

Brief tips on pictures now being shown.

The Screen in Review Norbert Lusk . . 68

Critical opinions of the latest films.

We've Heard of California Sunshine . . ... . . . .72

And now the stars show how they protect themselves from it.

Money, But No Airs Myrtle Gebhart . . 74

A description of Estelle Taylor.

"Gimme a Lift?" . . . . . . H. A. Woodmansee . 83

An interesting phase of Hollywood life.

Far Away and Long Ago Myrtle Gebhart . . 84

The stars' earliest impressions are painstakingly recorded.

There Are Styles in Stars, Too . . . Ann Sylvester . . 89

Tracing some radical changes in public taste.

"Talking" Bathing Outfits 93

Beach costumes are eloquent this season.

Red-headed By Preference . . . ... . . . .99

Pictures of stars who have heeded the call of henna.

Information, Please The Picture Oracle . 102

Answers to readers' questions.

The Talk of Hollywood

WHAT is sweeping over the motion-picture colony like a storm, threatening to wreck some careers and bring added fame to others? Why, "talking" pictures, of course! There is not one player whose future is unaffected by this innovation, which is more than a passing fad and, indeed, shows every sign of completely supplanting silent pictures in the next few years. Did you know that one company has invested three million dollars in the future of talking pictures, and that within a few months, a greater improvement has been shown in the recording process than has been the case with any other develop- ment of motion pictures in the history of their existence? All this is a matter of grave import to the stars as well as the fans, because new players are due to appear, new favorites will surely develop, and an entirely new form of screen acting is expected to evolve from the combination of sight and sound.

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Leslie Fenton, Ben Lyon, and Olga Baclanova

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THE first day of Dorothy's house party at her cottage on the shore had been a huge sucess. With an afternoon of swim- ming, boating and golfing we were all set for the wonderful dinner that followed.

"Well, folks," said Bill enthusiastically, as we were leaving the table, "I don't know how you feel, but I'm all pepped up for a good dance."

"Fine !" cried Dorothy, "Dick Roberts has his banjo and can sure make it hum. Now who can play the piano?"

Instantly the laughter and merriment ceased. All looked at one another foolishly. But no one said a word.

"How about you, Jim, you play, don't you?" asked Dot.

"Yes I'll play 'Far, Far Away'," laughed Jim. "Well then, Mabel, will you help us out?" "Honestly Dot, I hate to admit it, but I can't play a note," she answered.

It certainly looked as if the party were go- ing flat. Plenty of dancers but no one to play.

Then I Offered to Play

"If you folks can stand it," I offered shyly, "I'll play for you."

The crowd, silent until now, instantly burst out in laughter.

"You may be able to play football, Jack, but you can't tackle a piano."

"Quit your kidding," cut in another, "I've never heard you play a note and I've known you all your life."

"There isn't a bar of music in your whole make-up," laughed Mabel.

- A feeling of embarrassment mingled with resentment came over me. But as I strode to the piano I couldn't help chuck- ling to myself when I thought of the surprise I had in store for them.

No one knew what to expect. They thought I was about to make a fool of myself. Some laughed. Others watched me wide-eyed.

Then I struck the first snappy chords of that foot-loos- ing fox-trot "St. Louis Blues." Dick was so dumbfounded he al- most dropped his banjo. But in a flash he had picked up the rhythm and was strumming away like mad.

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What the Fans Think

Guide, Philosopher and Friend.

IN a town the size of Montpelier, even a back-yard, fire calls for comment. A short time ago, one of our jewelry stores suffered the loss of some five thousand dollars by theft. The offense was committed by a clerk, a comparative newcomer in the city, during the noontime absence of his employer.

Rumors and speculations were many, but one in par- ticular certainly roused my wrath. The youth is said to have had movie aspirations ; indeed, that he once started for Hollywood. Consequently, more than one person made use of this information in the wrong di- rection entirely. "He got his idea from the movies, of course. They are to blame. We might have known !"

This is the sort of thing that surely makes me see red. Why cannot people see that the movies do enough good more than enough to counteract any bad influence they may exert ? One cannot possibly find any thriving industry, in which the good and bad elements are not always present. The movies are no exception. Talk them down if you will but try to get along without them ! Just what, I ask you, would the small towns and villages, far removed from the metropolitan centers, do for amusement were it not for the cinema? They are the only way out. But still a certain class of people kick. They say the movies are an undermining influ- ence, destroying the elementary goodness of the younger generation, and introducing unwelcome examples to the old.

Some are more broad-minded, of course. But there are those, I am convinced, who actually believe that the movies are all bad, right through. This class are simply laboring in ignorance. Some of their ideas are fan- tastic, quite unbelievable. But I have known unpreju- diced persons to be completely reversed in opinion after viewing one of the really worth-while films.

In a way they are right. The industry does need patching. But it is yet a baby movement. Judging ac- cordingly, use discretion in picking your films. If you go every night, quite at random, regardless of the film, expect to be disappointed. Choose your pictures, and you will not be. By that I mean choose them through some worth-while source. Among the very best are the splendidly frank reviews contained in Picture Play, and other fan publications. With these as reference, one need never go blindly to the theater, whether one lives in a city or small town.

Read the splendid articles in Picture Play. They are not written as space fillers. They present to us, in the best possible manner, the things we want to know about our stars and the right things. They are care- fully filtered, and only the best remain. Picture Play deserves much credit for its frank and straight-from- the-shoulder interviews. Most sayings of the stars sound like hokum, and are. But these, especially those by our admired Mr. Oettinger, are well worth any one's time.

So, you who kick the movies : Have you read Picture Play with an open mind ? Have you seen the truly fine pictures? Or are you laboring under a warped vision?

Give the movies a chance ! They're doing their level best to please you, but you make it mighty hard. Don't be high-hat, but judge them honestly, and I'll wager you'll find in them just that little something you're now groping for, and gain the friendship and understanding which we who acknowledge them have gained.

S. Garvey Thomas.

43 Summer Street. Montpelier, V ermont.

Use Common Sense!

We all look back, with relief, that the day of the old, mechanical piano is ended.

The movies have become an art, because they can put over acting without the aid of voice or any other sound.

And those who cannot hear, have found in them a real solace.

Then why, in the name of common sense, are we go- ing to be "educated" to Movietone and Vitaphone, and all the other such annoyances?

In "Tenderloin," for instance, the action was slowed up so the voices of the actors could carry the story. How do you suppose that would entertain a deaf per- son? Not even subtitles to help, in the slow places. Looks bad for those who are hard of hearing.

And as for those who can hear I am sure they prefer the trained voices of stage folk, and the standard stage acting, to this maudlin melange which gets no- where.

The movies have plenty of room for improvement, just as they are. There's no reason why they should retrograde like this. Editha L. Watson.

711 Seventeenth Street, Denver, Colorado.

What the Fans Think

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Does She Like Foreigners?

Why all the controversies over Valen- tino? He was my ideal, and, so far, I have found no one to take his place, and never shall. He had something that I can find in no other actor. It certainly was not his love-making, it was some- thing deeper.

I have seen no letters in praise of "White Gold." Why? This film is my idea of a perfect picture. The acting is the best I have seen. I rank "Seventh Heaven" with it, and "Soul Fire," in which Dick Barthelmess proved he could act. Why can't we have more pictures like these, instead of the never-ending series that show nothing but jazzy youth, and drunken orgies?

British films have certainly improved. To me, American movies seem to con- sist almost of the same type, with a few exceptions. America is crazy over youth and good looks. In a British pic- ture the dramatic value is taken more into account, and the surroundings are more natural. I do not know whether many American fans have seen our movies, but "White Gold" and "Seventh Heaven" are more the style of movie we go in for.

One other item. There has been a great number of brickbats thrown at the foreigners in Hollywood. I agree with one of your readers that the film in- dustry in America would look queer, if some of the stars took it into their heads to go back to Europe.

And, lastly, I notice that the "fallen stars" of Hollywood are beginning to come to England. I, for one, do not want them. If they are not good enough for the States, then they certainly are not good enough for us. J. Ernest Browne, Jr.

Cairo, Bridge Road, East Molesey, Sur- rey, England.

Harbor Impressions.

I am going to tell, if I may, how some of the moving-picture people look in real life.

San Pedro is really Los Angeles har- bor, and consequently this port is used by most of the studios, when they have a harbor scene to film. For that reason, I have had opportunity to see a few of the stars "emoting," and know how they appear while doing it.

Reginald Denny is handsome, boyish, and seems to have the same personality off the screen as on. He is really better look- ing in real life. I saw him making the yacht scenes for "That's My Daddy," and he was patience personified with the lit- tle child actress used in that picture. He explained the action to her, rehearsed it with her, and gave her all the best cam- era angles.

_ Robert Frazer made a picture here. He didn't seem particularly handsome. My main impression was that he must have the vocabulary of a government mule driver. The day was warm, and the director in- sisted on numerous retakes. Between shots Robert mopped his brow, and remarked quite audibly that the day was hot as well, anyway, he gave his impressions of the movies in general, the retakes in par- ticular, and the air took on a sulphuric tinge.

Milton Sills well, I don't want to say much about him. Mr. Sills no doubt has many admirers, and they might not care to know that he looks a great deal older off the screen. And,- does he like himself? And how !

William Boyd is quite nice looking. Of course, most of the fans know that his hair is really gray, not blond. My im- pression was that he is a regular fellow.

Ramon Novarro made scenes from "Across to Singapore" in this harbor. He is handsome, with an olive complexion not too dark and that spiritual quality so hard to describe. I know that phrase is overworked by admirers of Ramon, but it is the only way to describe it. He seemed rather shy, and not at all the over- confident type of actor so often encoun- tered. He seemed very considerate of the others in the company, and this may sound trite, but it's true he is every inch a gentleman. Marie Price.

San Pedro, California.

A Fine Sentiment.

"Lest we forget" should be graven, on our calendars, across the months of May and August. Each one holds a day of memory the first, a happy anniversary— the birthday of Rudolph Valentino; the second, a sad one the date on which he left thousands of hearts to weep his pass- ing. Will you remember Rudy, fans? Will you stop every once in a while to re- call details of an undying past will you not think, sometimes, of a story we know so well Valentino's life story?

Once Rudy was a little, dark5eyed, im- petuous boy, laughing, with the sunshine of his home in the heel of Italy. There was a gentle mother who held him fascinated with stories of daring ancestors who fought, ever, for honor and high ideals. There was a father, stricken by death while his sons were yet young placing a cruci- fix in the hands of little Rodolpho tell- ing him to remember, always, "Mother and Italy."

Then later Rome and Paris ! Rudy as a reckless youth hitting the pleasure trail, dancing the tango, even as did Julio! And one cold, ice-bound night he sailed into New York harbor, greeted the lights of a strange, new world with dauntless cour- age, and a gallant smile for Miss Liberty! He extended his love to America, but could he have understood, this lad of sev- enteen, that in return there would come to him the deep devotion of our millions?

Struggle for years hardship, sometimes hunger ! Then a chance in "The Four Horsemen"- and with romance and art- istry, inimitable Rudolph Valentino swept into the drab humdrum of our lives ! A sensation, a star and, finally, a beloved friend, whose place in our hearts will never be usurped by another.

There were ifive glorious years that fol- lowed— years of amazing success for the handsome, black-haired Rudy. Disagree- ments, discouragements, harsh criticism, but over them all he rode triumphant ! Behind the gaudy press agentry he was simple hearted and trustful, sensitive and cultured, never too famous to take the hand of an admirer and say, "I thank you !"

Can we not commemorate the five years Rudy was ours, even if only in some small way? Flowers may be sent to his resting place. Letters can be written to friends, and managers of the smaller, second-run theaters are only too glad to grant the request of showing one of his films, now and then. Rudy gave to his fans his all. Now it is our turn for a gesture of grati- tude. Gan we not find some way to say, "Rudy we thank you"?

Trix MacKenzie.

Box 443, Atlanta, Georgia.

They've Been Kind to Her.

I read, with great interest, the article in a recent issue of Picture Play, "How Can the Fan Please the Star?" Writing to stars, and receiving photos of them, is as old as moviedom itself. It is some-

thing that never fails to interest, and so perhaps the fans would like to hear about my experiences in writing to stars.

I sent a water-color sketch to Norma Talmadge, of herself, which I painted, and in return came a beautiful photo, auto- graphed : "For Elinor Garrison. Thank you for your sketch. It is very charm- ing. Sincerely, Norma Talmadge." It is the third of three photos from Miss Tal- madge, autographed to me personally, with messages in answer to letters of mine. When I was ill and using crutches, I wrote to Mary Pickford, and told her how much I loved "My Best Girl," which I saw, through the kindness of a friend. She replied with a lovely, large photo, au- tographed: "To Elinor Garrison, with lov- ing gratitude, Mary Pickford." From the indifferent Barrymore himself, in reply to a letter of mine, I received a lovely photo, and his autograph for my album, "To Miss Elinor Garrison. Sincerely, John Barrymore." Mary Pickford sent me an enlarged snapshot of herself, autographed to me, and Richard Dix replied to my let- ter with a personal answer. John Gil- bert, my supreme favorite, has sent me at least six large photos, all autographed to me personally, and from Vilma Banky came a beautiful letter of gratitude for a letter I wrote her. I have autographed snapshots of Reginald Denny, 'Mary Phil- bin, Olive Borden, and Richard Dix, 'be- sides about fifty other snapshots of the stars the newest one is a lovely post-card snap of Dick Barthelmess, in "The Pat- ent-leather Kid," taken here in Washing- ton, at Fort Lewis. Irene Rich, and our own Myrtle Gebhart, sent me beautiful Christmas greetings, and on Miss Rich's sheet in my album, along with her auto- graph, is a tiny photo she pasted on the paper. I have the autographs of at least twenty famous English stars, a snap of Betty Balfour of England, and two pho- tos and a note from Ivor Novello ; auto- graphed photos of Pauline Frederick, Pearl White, Tallulah Bankhead remem- ber her years ago over here, in the mov- ies?— and, Betty Blythe, sent to me from London. These are just a few of m'y wonderful photos, and, by the way, I have tinted them all.

In my album of famous autographs I have the following: Elinor Fair's signa- ture, Lillian Gish's, Myrtle Gebhart's, Clifford Holland's, Irene Rich's, John Bar- rymore's, Richard Dix's, John Gilbert's, Olive Borden's, the following from Fran- cis X. Bushman "This, dear Miss Elinor Garrison, is an oath of eternal friendship and gratitude. Your lovely letter was greatly enjoyed. Sincerely, Francis X. Bushman"; Betty Balfour's, Charlotte Greenwood's, with a personal message to me, Ruth Taylor's, Ann Christy's, Gloria Swansons', the following from Maurice Costello "To Elinor Garrison May the skin of a gooseberry be big enough for an umbrella to cover up all your troubles, is the sincere wish of Maurice Costello" I am very proud of that! and "For Miss Elinor Garrison, the good wishes of Alice Joyce."

Do the stars answer their mail? They have been wonderfully kind to me, and I appreciate their kindness with all my heart. Their very kindness has kept me from be- ing discouraged during two years' illness.

Elinor Garrison. 1105 Olympia Avenue, Olympia, Wash- ington.

Eddie Cantor's Daughter Speaks!

Perhaps the fans may be interested in knowing more about some favorites of the screen, whom I have had the pleasure to meet.

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What the Fans Think

Clara Bow. She's everything that we might expect of her. Very vivacious and enthusiastic. She explained she was mak- ing a study of the different makes of cars, and every automobile that passed was care- fully scrutinized by Clara.

Lew Cody. Brown as a berry, in light array of summer clothes. Full of humor.

Norma Talmadge. Nice clothes. Quite regular. Much shorter than she appears on the screen. She doesn't speak as you might want her to, after seeing her por- trayals; her voice is somehow different.

Norma Shearer. Just so charming. She said, "Do you feel grown up if I call you 'Miss Cantor'?" I am twelve.

Larry Gray. Beautiful teeth, nice eyes, altogether handsome. Quiet and gentle- manly.

Jobyna Ralston. Very real. Her descrip- tion of her morning's adventures in mak- ing "Special Delivery" was made vivid by her facial expressions.

Adolphe Menjou. He chews gum in the most adorable manner. Speaks quietly.

Billie Dove. Walks and skips, arm in arm with my mother. Raves to us about her loving husband, Irvin Willat, the di- rector.

William Powell. Fun-loving. Dances with every girl on the lot.

Bebe Daniels. Helps the director figure out certain sequences, and doesn't merely do as she is told.

Georgie Jessel Outside of Eddie Can- tor. I think he is about the most humor- ous man on the stage, or in the movies. And so nice ! Oh, sister !

In closing, I want to say that I'm mak- ing a collection of Alice White's pictures. I'd appreciate any pictures of that cutie.

Marjorie Cantor.

234 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, Long Island, New York.

An Interviewer Unbosoms His Private Grievances.

In writing interviews with stars and players, I get little chance to express opin- ions of my own. Possibly my opinions are not needed. But several things, of late, have occurred and will not float away into nothingness. Therefore I must tell them to some one. And what better way could I say them except in this department?

In a recent interview in Picture Play Gloria Swanson frankly stated that she "felt like an old shoe," when she saw Janet Gaynor in "Seventh Heaven." I am quite convinced that several other stars realized they were old shoes, after seeing Janet's performance.

With "Seventh Heaven" still in mind, I am wondering why the silver cup was given to Dolores del Rio at the annual Wampas Ball in Hollywood. The cup is supposed to go to the girl who has done the best work on the screen throughout the previ- ous year. Miss del Rio is a pleasing ac- tress. Her delineation of Katusha, in "Resurrection," was worthy of note. Good as it was, it came nowhere near Janet Gaynor's role of Diane, in "Seventh Heaven," nor her role of the young wife in "Sunrise."

Since William Fox presented the Gay- nor-Farrell team, the other producers are breaking their necks in an effort to ob- tain "finds." Paramount is creating a big furore over Fay Wray and Gary Cooper. Ruth Taylor and James Hall are also to be costarred. It will be interesting to see if the Paramount children turn out as well as Mr. Fox's proteges.

This last year has also seen an amaz- ing run on the tropics. On the stage, "Rain" gave us an unpleasant idea of what a damp climate can do to individuals

penned up in a native hotel, miles from nowhere. Gloria Swanson made "Sadie Thompson" a glorious success. Not to be outdone, Paramount made "The Show- down," starring George Bancroft. The chief idea of the picture was that all of the characters were animals under their skin. They blamed it on the tropics, too.

Greta Garbo is the next to be cast into the tropics. The picture was first to be called "Heat." It is to be set in Java. Recently, some monsoon of a conference swept the idea away. But very soon Greta, the one and only, will be seen sweltering with emotion, d la Sadie Thompson.

While still broadcasting, I might cor- rect one or two details that appeared in this department in the June issue. One fair lady, commenting on the players' looks, et cetera, said of Gilbert Roland that "He has black, curly hair and black eyes."

Now I can tell you every facial detail of such dazzling celebrities as Jetta Gou- dal, Pola Negri, and the Garbo- but the men I leave to the lady scribes. However, to be informative, and since I know Gil- bert very well, and often see him, I wish you to know that his eyes are a bright gray. They photograph black.

Madeline Glass, one of my fellow scribes, tells me that she finds them very magnetic and disturbing, on the screen. I don't know, as I have eyes only for Greta Garbo just at this moment.

William H. McKegg.

Hollywood, California.

Concerning a "Coming" Bald Spot.

There have been many poor pictures, but never one poorer than "The Patent-leather Kid." It was lacking in any element of appeal or interest. The years have not made any change for the better in Barthel- , mess, and unless my eyes deceive me, he will soon be combing his patent-leather hair over a bald spot. What a sadly ridicu- lous figure he made in his fighting togs, and how impotent his puny muscles ap- peared. His acting was weak throughout the whole picture.

As if the poor acting and appearance of Barthelmess were not enough, who must they add to the cast but that most in- capable of actresses, Molly O'Day?

Oh, mystery of mysteries, why is this characterless, shapeless girl allowed to grace (?) the screen? If the homeliest girls in America must be chosen for ac- tresses, why can't they choose one with a spark of ability? After seeing Molly O'Day and Barthelmess, I give thanks for the foreign invasion. We need it badly.

Gene Charteris.

Benton, Washington.

This Fan Likes a Certain Ford.

Month after month I read about the vir- tues of Gilbert, Colman, and Novarro. And, I say "Yes" to all this raving— "but what of it?" For my love is yet another.

Harrison Ford may not headline in let- ters several feet high, but he has been giving us sincere and varied portrayals for many years.

I wonder if there are other fans, like myself, who are fed up on these high- powered romantic stars, and prefer the sincere, real actors who are like the peo- ple we know. Louise.

New York City.

TheMostDivine Woman on theScreen.

It is about time some one defended the most divine woman on the screen Mae Murray. Miss Murray certainly can act, as she proved to us in "The Merry Widow." And I think she has by far the loveliest face and figure on the screen. I

know that "Valencia" was sordid, but could any actress have made it better? And in "Altars of Desire" she was the most exquisite creature I ever saw, though the picture was bad. S. E. Paxton.

1118 West Street, Topeka, Kansas.

Even Interviewers Have Defenders.

I have been reading this department for some time, and the unfair criticism of Mr. Malcolm Oettinger's articles has made me rise in his defense. Since when has it become unlawful for an interviewer to express his honest opinion of the person he is interviewing? I will admit that Mr. Oettinger's tone is rather sarcastic, but nevertheless I enjoy every word that he writes, for it is a pleasure to read what appears to be the truth.

I am an ardent fan and read all the movie magazines and have become fed up on all the stereotyped, sugary stories that appear. Mr. Oettinger is at least original and has courage. Virginia Cumings.

Washington, D. C.

A Plea for Tolerance.

In the department "What the Fans Think" and how ! I have found some in- teresting observations, some very sensible criticism, and some very idiotic comments.

I have not, however, in one magazine found so many things that I disagree with, as in a recent issue. As it is one of my hobbies to disagree with people, and there is nobody else around just now, I use this opportunity to air my views.

Mr. Livingston considers the movies as entertainment. He may be right. But why not be earnest also about entertainment, why not discuss