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Actor Kicroii Moore owes
stardom to Korda
KIERON MOORE, who plays opposite Vivien Leigh in the Korda production of the famous Tolstoy play, "Anna Karenina." Moore is an Irish actor discovered by Sir Alexander Korda. who has cast him
in three important films which are waiting to be released.
By cable from BILL STRUTTON in London
That shrewd cigar-smoking old wizard of the British screen, Sir Alexander Korda, has been keeping a bright new star-Kieron Moore-on ice for more than a
So far he has put this young man into three films, none of which has yet appeared in public to satisfy Britain's curiosity about him.
KORDA whisked him out of
the cast of an Irish play when it came from Dublin to run in London. Sir Alex gave me many reasons why hefty, dark, twenty - two - year - old Kieron will be a screen sen- sation.
"Firstly," said Slr Alex, blinking behind his horn-rimmed glasses and drawing gently at his cigar, "he has a brilliant acting talent. Then he has six-feet-two of brawn, a mobile photogenic face, rich ex- pressive eyes, and ability to adapt himself to any type of role-ultra romantic or the last word in vil- lainy. Very soon he will be one of the big names on the world's
Sir Alex must believe this or he wouldn't have put Kieron into three highly expensive pictures in suc- cession without waiting to test public reaction.
I met London Films' new star re- splendent in a blazing uniform, designed to impress Vivien Leigh, when I walked on to the set of "Anna Karenina," in which Kieron Moore has the highly coveted lead as Vivian's lover Vronsky-and for that reason alone is assured of making box-office news.
Towering aoove those around
him, Kieron lounged against a piece oí scaffolding, cracked jokes with studio carpenters, nibbled at a fruitless fruit cake, and gave his opinions about everything from acting technique to fan mail.
"I don't like the methods of those people who make a fetish of casual acting," he said. "One can be too subtle and too inclined to throw away one's lines. I believe in re- serving a little forcefulness in stage methods, too, and adding it to the more intimate technique you require in front of the camera."
In his first film Kieron stepped straight into a stellar role oppo- site Australian star Margaret John- ston. The film is adapted from Francis Brett Young's famous novel "A Man About the House," and Margaret became straightway one of his admirers.
For the second part of his big build-up Sir Alex Korda cast Kieron in another villainous role as a nerve shattered flier who suffers from a split personality and turns killer. Burgess Meredith was brought from Hollywood to play the part of
Now Kieron is rejoicing in a new test of his acting powers with his role as the romantic, dashing young
lover of Tolstoy's novel. As soon « the filming is completed, he telbj ne. he and his young English fllm-sW fiancee Barbara White will marr»
In Italy he would quite easflj pass for an Italian. It was his Lat¡¡ looks that won Kleron his first flin
His ambitions range even beyond the things that London Films plag
for him. "I want to find time to j learn French, because it has alwayi been a dream of mine to make film in France," he said. He will have tc use some super charm to wheedle his way Into that nel¿ Britain has a seven years' lease on his acting life, according to the con- tract he recently signed.
His hobbles fit him for most ot the roles an imaginative producá might think up. Kieron rides well, swims better, is a great fencing en- thusiast, plays the guitar, and maka a formidable back at football. Not will he need a stand-in for rough and-tumble parts.
British boxer Dave Crowley trained Kieron Moore for a cliff-top brawl in his first picture. The big irish star mixed it so well that all the pugilists gathered round and watched. Crowley rang up Britain's biggest boxing promoter to announce a boxing find, but Kieron laughed and said, "Oh no, it's films for me."
From recent e xhibitions of fan fever at film premieres, it looks is though Kieron will need all thia ability to cope with the mobbing
But he has an attitude to fans that many other stars would do wet to copy. "If cinema-goers who pay to see me want to know anythinj
about me, then they are entitled ti do so," he smiled. "The day I start to ignore my film fans will be UK day I am finished as an actor."