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By "Observer"

HT ASM AN IAN film audiences will meet shortly Dorothy

* * ("Claudia") McGuire, the young actress who for almost : two years captivated Broadway with her delightfully refresh- ing portrayal of the Rose Franken heroine,-and,, who fresh from that triumph, makes her screen debut in the screen adap- tation of the play by 20th Century-Fox.

"Claudia" is the enchanting tale of a whimsical bride. It is

known to millions through the book. It has been dramatised for &

the stage and the radio, and after 722 performances on Broadway ^fe^

it comes to the screen with the original Claudia-Dorothy McGuire.

Featured with Dorothy are Robert Young, as David, and Ina Claire, as 1

Mrs Brown. '

T)OROTHY McGUlRE is à" refresh-

ing young person. At 13 she appeared on the stage with Henry Fonda in "A Kiss For Cinderella." At the time the noted actress Violet .Heming declared Dorothy a young artist of great talent.

In real life she is a study in contra- dictions. Although her appearance is beguilingly .informal, her manner is inclined to uphold the formal traditions of New York.

On tlie set of "Claudia" she always called Director Edmund Goulding

Mr Goulding, and she speaks of Ina Claire as Mis* Claire. It's a na bit she says she cannot break of giving everyone a "handle" to their name.

But she is also known 'as one of the frankest actresses in the business. She is straightforward and never minces her words.

In her short stage career Dorothy has played a number of varied roles. One of her first appear- ances on Broadway was as an insane girl in "Kind Lady" in which she appeared with Gladys George. Her next role was in support of John Barrymore in "My Dear Children," in which play she was cast as a tweedsy, fat little old lady whose brief moment of glamour occurred at the end of the play.

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nOROTHY had a bnei

role in . "Swingin' the Dream." which starred Benny Good- man. Maxine Sullivan, and Louis Armstrong. After that she under- studied Julie Haydon in "Time of Your Life." Then she understudied Martha Scott in "Our Town," and her break came when Martha lefi the cast to go to Hollywood.

When the run was completed Dorothys heart was set on getting thc leading .role in "Liberty Jones," but she lost out to Nancy Coleman. A few days later Rose Franken saw

her and imme- diately decided that she was Claudia.

"Lib e r t y Jones" ran for two weeks. and .'Claudia" for almost twp


Music is one of her favourite hobbies. Mod- ern and classi- cal Russian

music hold a soft spot in her heart, although her record collection of French love ballads of the whispsry sort is well-known.

Physically, Dorothy is tall and

slender with ash blende hair and large blue eyes. lt is said she refuses to use a bleach or to have her eye- brows plucked by studio make-up artists. As a re-

sult she is one of the few stars from, Broadway who . was not forced to appear entirely different on the I

screen. . >

As to Hollywood, she loves it, but makes no pro- 1

1 understand that "Guadalcanal Diary" was his first film for 20th Century Fox after signing a fat contract with that company.

It caps a fight to eat and make good.

It is said that Bill was a fat -and happy grocery clerk in the State of New Jersey when the depression caught up with him. He even essayed acting with Hie Federal Theatre Project as a means of getting enough to eat for himself and his family, but his first play did not open. Came six quick "flops" before he was given the part of a policeman in "Time Of Your Life." The play was a hit and

Bill a success.

Now he is on the contract list of two studios-20th Century-Fox and


mises as to staying there. It depends entirely on the success of her first picture.

This is the girl we meet in "Claudia." and

. <\ her portrayal of the naive, yet disarmingly " ; sophisticated bride who learns to face life in

its fullest measure only after she has faced its sorrows is said to be a delightful piece of work.

Filmgoers will welcome the return of Ina Claire to the screen. ' She plays the part of I Claudia's mother.

The adoring husband of Claudia is in thc safe hands of Robert Young, one of the finest actors on the


"Claudia" should be worth an appointment

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JUMBLING over my recent comment, on

Australian film production and likely sur- prises comes news that Charles Chauvel has personally acquired the screen rights of two Australian books "Green Mountains," by Bernard O'Reilly, and "Wards of the Outer March," by Kathleen Glasson Taylor. The first is to go into production immediately "Rats of Tobruk" is finished.

Both books are regarded by Chauvel as being most outstanding in cinema value and both arc far

removed from war.

Bernard O'Reilly, the author of "Green Moun- tains," is best known to Australians as the discoverer of the lost Stimson air liner, and Chauvel says that no Australian saga can ' compare with his remarkable human document of courage and endurance.

Chauvel plans to bring to the screen one of the strangest jungles in the world in the film version of the book, and for the purpose of realism he is pre- paring to set up a studio in the jungle. The Antarctic Beech Forest of Bethangabe] in the Lamingtons in Queensland will be the location of the film. This forest is said to date back to the Ice Age. when its timbers were preserved in glacial" ice.

"Wards of thc Outer March" is an action packed story of convict-bushranger days and, as Chauvel puts it, "it's a cinch for three beautiful girls."

On the eve of going to press 1 learn that Columbia is to start production in Australia immediately, and that its first film will be based on the life, career, and exploits of the late Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

The picture will be shot at Cinesound studios under the direction of Ken G. Hall. I shall make further reference to this development next week.

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J^ILMGOERS are -beginning to speak the

name of William Bendix. He is becom- ing quite a personality. Apart from what I have seen of him on the screen 1 know little about this tough looking serio-comic.

He first made a hit in a series of lowbrow comedies, look a step up the ladder of fame in "Wake Island.'' and impressed as an actor with dramatic rjossibilities in "Hostages." His performance in "Guadalcanal Diary" in Hobart this week measured up to his best


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jj Face about, jj Claudia, and let I! us see some jj thing of the jj wistful charm jj of Rose Fran

ken's heroine,

jj Left: Thank

jj you, Claudia (as jj created by Doro jj thy* McGuire).