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Tailpiece to a dreary, nundy winter's day. . . . "Almost any moment you can expect Boris Karloff lo hiss


of course, a microphone roar. Acting ability is not necessary, but it would be considered an asset, says the publicity man with tears in lils voice.

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Rare Films».

'?PHE largest scale film collcctoi in the

world recently arrived In London in search of new finds She Is Miss Iris Barry', curator of Hie Film Library of New York, which has a grant of nearly £20 000 from the Rockefeller Foundation lo pre- serve significant films for posterity Occa- sionally some of the old-time flickers aro taken from their tin cans and scieened before select audiences ' Wav Down East" and 'Biith of a Nation' have been so honoured, but although Al Jolson's The Jazz Singei ' lias a niche in the archives, no one is biave enough to ask for an encore

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\VllKN tbcv were testing girls for the

leading p-irl in "Dr.irult's Daugh- ter," they were photographed hing in a coffin . Sounds more like ptc hear«-! that re-hc.trsil

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Aboul Comics

1 SAW Sydney How aid in Fame the

othei night, and now I am moie than ever convinced that British scicen comedians aie lapldly becoming "typed" Howard himself is always bland and im pcrtutbable, with his arms at strange

angles and his feet splayed in a comic walk, irrespective of the character called for by Uic script Leslie Hen- son is a restful tvpc, goggle-eyed and goldflsliy, who has a penchant for extracting humour li oin false mous- taches and feather cushions Tom Walls is always bhd-like, and Ralph Lynn

toothllv sltipid He is never seen without a monocle Robertson Hare Js the perfect suburban type in all his films, and always on guaid against personal assault from othei chaiacters Gordon Harket s Cockney is ti ue lo life, ' Berllmey if it ain t " and there is sheer delight in Jack Hulbert, whoso pait as an aviator is so like his character of a sailor Jack Buchanan is of the ftothy school of comics, but he no less mils true to a standard type So too, do the British comediennes, for Winificd Shotter, Jane Baxter, Ann Todd, Jessie Matthews, Gracie Fields and Cicely Courtneidge can be identified by "sound" equally as well as by sight, another thing they have in common is theil ability to laise


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HOLLYWOOD gossips tell this one -

A leading film _tudio official was discovered eonttmpl itn.g the sunset from the window of his office "look »I Mr. So-alid-so," exclaimed one of his staff. "He is such a big -ind important man, yet he finds time lo admire a little thing like the ski "

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Concerniiifï Crilic_


paper World " lets himself go on tlip cheap journalese in which the eui rent lace of film ci liles works and especially on the poveity of their efforts over

' Modern Times '

The slnngo-Ameiicnn jaigon. now al- most generally adopted by the film critics, was used to describe it Like men stand- ing bcfoie a masterpiece and sa. big 'It's easy on the eye,' they pounded out their pestilential patois in an oigj of second- hand epigram and gai bled grammar Thev told no tale, pointed no argument Thev mei ely confessed the pathetic effort of the writer to display his shoddy slickness in syncopating the King's English It is an insult both to artist and reader that fine work should be heiaided by drunken Eng- lish ' Oh, yeah'

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Bedtime ¡tory - for adults {By Bing Crosby). / plau a musical in- strument - 611/ only for my own amazement , , Dear, dear, what


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Sonic Echoe

H OLLY WOOD S scenaiio w liters aie

high-priced ladies and gentlemen who seem to believe that a sloiy. like a good pipe, gets better and better the more you use it Membeis of my flock who think that I am Just having another fit of the blues are invited to join in an autopsy on some biand-new films "Everybodys Old Man' identical with ' The Working Man " ' Small Tow n Girl " the old talc of the country miss and the millionaire 'Desire" just the old 'Trouble in Paradise' theme all ovci again Devils Squadion," a duplicate of any half-dozen aviation pictures; "Petticoat Fcvei," an idea in which Adam. Eie and the serpent were the first leads ' Robin Hood of the Rio Grande " the plot that was "shot" for "Viia Villa' - almost The manufacture of so many films that centre round the same story looks as if business men aie not the only tired people in Hollywood

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AFTER going off into a spciics of

ecstatic trance, the film exhibitor looked like one who saw a and glorious vision before him. His voice grew rirh and full with delight .is bis gii7c fell on the 24-shcet poster "If the picture Is a 'flop' and the public docs not like it," be said, "the producers «all the film a work of art and most Itkclv laisc Hie rent, rills, picture"-and his gaze wandcrcil again-"is the luVgcsl kind of ait I have teen for many a long das "

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The Hiccough

J THINK it was William Powell m

the "Thin Man " w ho began the cult of the hiccough in pictures Now every screen comedy features this aftei-effect of cocktails which arc consumed in lashings by the chaiacteis The old days

of the tin tankard topped bv a piece of cotton wool to represent the fioth on top of the beer have gone, now Jcames serves high- balls and fancy drinks in fancy tivstal gob'ets, and It's a poor actoi who doesn't di ink a pint of cold tea in several se- quences of any film And the potency of the

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stuff, the shudders It brings and the weak knees which follow Indulgence. I've seen a "ian drink two medicine glasses of liquor and bscome incapable. Bah! Film alcohol Is a delusion and a snare. And the cocktail, shakers and those stemmed glasses holding about a gallon from which hard drinking sahibs quaff their after dbiner brandy, save many a scene. Let a low-? comedian : loose among this sort of thing and a few bottles, soda siphons, ice blocks, and decanters, and he can be de- pended upon to raise laughs as well as hiccoughs. It will be a terrible day for Hollywood If ever repeal is repealed . .

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'PHE latest. Shirley Temple picture,

"Captain January," played to such capacity in a New South Wales theatre (hal throughout the run the manager was unable to obtain a scat lo see it himself.

. . . Well, they also serve . . .

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Leo tlie Lion

SO fas as I can learn the search for

a successor to M.ó.M.'s Leo the lion still goes on. The original died last year after 15 years of service to the movie company. Any old lion will not suit. He must be a lion in a million, with good camera angles, a dignified bearing, and.

riiblieltv note from the studios of Ko\ Films. Warner Baxter's gardener said lo him. "Someone told mc sou arc in the movies."

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Clara Chick.-Contralto

T^LSEWHERE op this page a correspon .*-' dent eulogises Wait Disney's latest

coloui cartoon "Mickes's Grand Opera " I agree if only for the introduction of yet another songbird of the screen-Clara Cluck We have had Grace Moore, Lily Pons and Gladys Svvarthout-but never such an "artist as Claia There is noth- ing of the spring chicken about lier She looks as if she has been reared on last

year s reject wheat Her voice is the kind that makes citv people hate the country a fine primitive voice full of high C's, grav el and deep breathing She not only brings down the loot, she goes clean through it-a great artist

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From a trade paper's review of a film: "They elope thal night and take refuse al an inn "... Ah, well, I sup- pose some inr\s arc like ¡hat.

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£1.000 E\ery Week

A PICTURE not yet titled will be made

by London rilms this month with Miriam Hopkins and Conrad Veldt in the principal roles Veldt, I should say, must bo the highest paid actor in England at the moment He gets a weekly salary of £1,000, whether he works or not OUiers receive higher pay cheques but only when they work ... I submit that London Films could have me at half the pi ice

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This docs not convince mc. It's .in observation by the American artist James Montgomery Flagg. "Men are better look- ing in Hollywood than women. Women seem better looking, bul the) arc not thev only look that -way." Of course that seems perfectly clear, and jet . . . .somehow . , .

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Dante the Great

DANTE the Great, well known to Aus-

tralian audiences for his clever con-

juring, was due to begin a two weeks' sea- son at the Alhambra Theatre, London, on August 10, with a magical îevue A

theatrical papel, announcing his season, mentions that Dante has never appeared In London in person, but was seen in a film story a few years ago

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Young al 86

CTILL active in semi-public theatrical ^ interests is Miss Meta Pelham, who, at 86 years of agc, although "beyond plav ing juveniles," as she puts It, could still "strut the boards" if the occasion de- manded She was last seen hi a profes- sional performance in Melbourne six yeais ago when she appeared in "Dear Brutus'

and " Outward Bound " With Dame Madge Kendall, she can share the honour of being the oldest actress in the British Empire




Beauty in Pencil Drawings

Beauty and the stais . . . beauty of expression, of figuie, and of pose. What more fitting than an artist should sketch on the screen of his imagination a composite portrait? And "The Argus" artist, Mr. Bernie Bragg, brings to this page to-day a selection of ten film types, each with some outstanding beauty.

Looking at these drawings, it occurs to me that a composite face, almost perfect in form, could be

made from the best features of the actresses. t

I"1 I had my way It would pos-

sess the colouring of Noima Sheaier the bone structuie of my first love Gi ela Gaibo the Mona Lisa mouth of Marlene Dietrich the well groomed look of Myrna Loy s head Uie wide set sympathcUc eyes of Ann Harding the pet feet teeth of Claudette Colbert Joan Ci aw ford s friendly smile the Grecian nose of Con stance Bennett the roundness of Jtan Harlow s cheek and lastly Mtrlc Obérons hair that has alwavs fascinated mc not only for Us brownncss lu an ate of platinum blondes but because of the completéis sunplc wav in which she


Whit a ricturc A face to launch i thousand films That is the composite I would build from the artists portraits

shown heie

Mr Bragg differs from my choice He emphasises points of beauty which only (he true artist can discern and he hris selected for his ten subjects these attri

butes -

Greta Garbo-Hei beauty deppnds on her special pose Note the thin uppci lip which forms that siren smUe that wrecks hearts or wins them according to


Her Fine Eyes

.tim Harding-Her fine eyes set oil a face that has all the lines of courage n face that makes for glamour vv lthout al ti ficlality Her fair hall makes a line set ting for the features

Cliudcltc Colbcit-Shoit hair makes any woman look younger and the wind

blown effect which is obtained by Miss Colbert is a special characteristic It adds years to any woman s tige to put hu hair in a knot and raise it above the neck line (Thank} ou Mr Bratg )

lean Hirlow-Once the best kiown of the platinum blonde type in the world hir chante to a brunette has emphasised

her beauty. My sketch shows how a change of coiffure will change a type or personality.

Myrna Loy.-A tip-tilted nose gives Miss Loy a supercilious air with a raised eye- brow emphasising this characteristic. The completely simple way In which she docs her hair gives an added charm to a typi- cal "artist's" face.

Norma Shearer.-The friendly, human smile of Norina Sheaicr, the evenness of her featuies, her wavy hair, and her charming womanliness-that's an old fashioned quality which we all admire - makes her a splendid subject for photo giaph, oil painting, or pencil sketch.

Clear-cut Features

Joan Crawford.-To mc this actress typifies all that Is graceful in a modem gill. Her clear-cut features and soft eyes aie excellent material for any artist She seems to enjoy trying new styles of hairdressing, foi I have seldom seen photogiaphs in which it is dressed (lie

same way.

Merle Oberon.-Is the mysterious type with a glamour all her own Her wide set, bewitchlngly slanted blown eyes give her an Eastern caste which is chai ming

Marlene Dietrich.-She has always lui- pi essed me as the type of actress who knows exactly xvlint she wants and slkks

to it A typically Teuton face, with the In addition to be most expressive mouth of any woman in ing an artist, pictures to-day. Cupid's bow in perfcc- knows li 1 s lion beauties of the

Constance Heimelt.-A prominent Jaw- se i ceil bone Is her dis

lingtiishing charnc tcilstic, which, tomy way of thinking, en- hances hci beauty You will notice however, that in all her pictures she wears her hair low to hide this fea- ture.

"I realise Uiat be- ing beautiful in Hollywood," snvs Mr Biagg, "is part of the business of an actress, and my selection of ten in this composite block does not mean that others arc less attractive. I could have expressed my ideas of beauty and charm in 50 ac- tresses equally well

From which it will be gathcicd that Mi. Bragg,

Bet mc Biagg's Star Selection.

Cicla Gaibo, Ann Harding, Claudette Colbert, Jean Hai loio, Myrna Loy, Norma Shearer, Joan Ciauiford, Merle Obeion, Marlene Dicl i/t/i, and Constance Bennett.

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Work began during the Mick on | _ "Pearl Lust," an original sccnailo, ;

which is being lllineil li} Apex Films : - Ltd, a local pi-during ttimpaiiv ; the llrst to opeiati under Vlctoitan

quota ti't|iihi-iiH nts. Several se- quent cs weic "shot" at Portsea, in vvhith the principals, John Bowden anti lav Kcvil, appear Others seiet ted for roles In the pioduction

ire Lame Nit bolls, George Edwards, Frill Mi Naughton, and Gcoige

Al Ililli.

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