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PRODUCTION NEWS What’s Happening at the Studios and Exchanges Headlines of the Week. (7 December 1927)
 
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  • PRODUCTION NEWS What’s Happening at the Studios and Exchanges Headlines of the Week. (7 December 1927)
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  • PRODUCTION NEWS What’s Happening at the Studios and Exchanges Headlines of the Week. “The Patent Leather Kid,” Richard Barthelmess special for F.N.. retitled “The One Woman” For release early next year. # * * * F.N. announce “Two Weeks Out” as Milton Sills next. George Fitzmaurice directs. •» * *■ -* A /​ Jolson makes big hit on Broadway in his first for Warners, ners, “The Jazz Singer.” Master Pictures to release picture in mac season. * * * * Ernst Lubitsch to make “The Patriot" for Paramount. Emil Jarmings for star role. * * * * Florence Vidor stars in “Doomsday,” a story by Warwick Deeping, for Paramount. * * * * “College,” Buster Keaton s latest for United Artists, to have Australian premiere at Brisbane Tivoli, December 19. * * * * M.-G.-M. announce Joan Crawford for the title role in “Rose Marie.” Edmund Goulding directs. * * * * George Lewis stars in college story, “Red Blood. for Universal. * * * * Alice Joyce with Universal. Supports Jean Hersholt in “13 Washington Square.” * * * * Eqquine star, Rex, in five for Universal. Jack Perrin in featured human role. “Wild Beauty” “Outlaws,” “Wild Blood” first three. -» * * * Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell again co-star. In “Lady Christilinda.” Frank Borzage, director of “Ith Heaven,” also directs this one. * * * * William Russell featured in “Womanwise for Fox. * * * * “Casey Jones,” one of J. C. Williamson I ilms big ones for the new season completed. Cast includes Ralph Lewis in featured tured role. * * * * Paramount’s British release, “The Flag Lieutenantgets last iveek record at Prince EdtVard, Sydney. * * * * “Resurrection” set for Sydney long-run at Crystal Palace, as Christmas attraction. Gaynor and Farrell Again Co-Star. Borzage Directs Picture, “Lady Christilinda.” THAT happy combination, Gaynor, nor, Borzage and Farrell, has just started work in another Fox production adapted from Monckton ton Hoffe’s stage play “Lady Christilinda.” The picture which which brought the trio fame, “7th Heaven,” is about to be released generally throughout the whole of Australia and New Zealand. Allan Dwan Directs Five for F.N. ROBERT KANE has just signed Allan Dwan to direct .five pictures tures for First National, and Ben Hecht has been engaged to write the first story. Arrangements have also been made with Elinor Glynn for a special screen story of a modern romance. Equine Star “Rex” in 5 for Universal. Jack Perrin in Featured Humar Roles REX, the King of Wild Horses, is now being starred in “Will Blood,” the third of a series of fivi Universal-Jewel productions. Thi first two were “Wild Beauty” am “Outlaws.” Jack Perrin and Eth lyne Clair are appearing in th leading human roles, While Theo dore Lurch and Nelson McDowel portray important supporting rolei “Starlight,” Perrin’s trained horse will also play a prominent part. ' “Home Made,” Johnny Hines' \ev “TTOME MADE,” Johnny Hinej next for First National, is nov in fhe cutting room. The comedia] intends losing no time for his pro ducer, C. C. Burr, is already prd paring for another as soon a “Home Made” is released. Edmund Lowe plays the role of a "wise cracking ” soap salesman in Fox Films’ “Publicity Madness." released this week. Doris Kenyon, First National featured tured player, who is note working in Milton Sills' “The Valley of Giants .? International Productions tions for F.N. Several Listed Next Year FIRST NATIONAL’S international al producing policy is now an established fact. In England, “Confetti” is in production, duction, while Germany has already ready released “The Dancing Vienna.” This picture is the second ond one made by Defu First National. ional. Press criticisms are unanimous in their praise for the picture’s highlights and desirable entertaining ing qualities. “Dancing Vienna” will be released ed in Australia next year, together with other productions made under the International Producing Policy. La Rocque to Make “Stand and Deliver.” ROD LA ROCQUE will be starred red in “Stand and Deliver.” Donald Crisp will direct. La Rocque will not star with Leatrice Joy in “The Blue Danube,” as was intended. Miss Joy will. how r ever, make the picture under the direction tion of Paul Sloane. Larry Kent with Colleen Moore LARRY KENT has been assigned to John McCormick as leading ing man for Colleen Moore in her current production. The story is founded on a novel by Howard Irvine vine Young. Merrill Don’t Need Doubles Frank Merrill is one of the few motion picture stars who has never called a double to help him out. All through his film film career Merrill has personally performed every stunt his stories call for. His feats include parachute chute leaps from airships, leaps from speeding automobiles, dangerous ous house-top jumps, high diving and athletic contests of all kinds. “When I have to call on a double, I’ll quit the business,” sayg Merrill. rill. In “Cupids’ Knockout,” the J. C. Williamson Films Rayart feature, Merrill demonstrates his right to be called the “Stunt King of Filmdom.” dom.” John Bowers with Columbia COLUMBIA, whose “perfect thirty” product will be released by Master ter Pictures, has signed John Bowers for the leading role in a forthcoming production, the title of which will shortly be announced. •lime Collyer Featured in Three l’or Fox. TUNE COLLYER, who had an im- J portant part in “East Side, West Side,” is now at the Fox coast studio where she has been cast in two pictures. John Ford gave her the role of the American girl in “Grandma Bernle Learns Her Letters,” and she was just chosen for a part in “Womanwise” opposite William Russell. “Grass Widows” Now Green GRASS WIDOWS," one of the twenty-four Tiffany features to be delivered for the 1927-28 season, a selection of which Master Pictures will release, has been changed to “Green Grass Widows.” “The Patriot” Next for Jannings. LUBITSCH will direct Emil Jannings’ next picture for Paramount. It will be titled “The Patriot.” Evelyn Brent and William liam Powell are in the cast. “The Patriot” is one of Paramounts 100 per cent. Program. Universal Makes College Feature George Lewis, Star. T TNIVERSAL has purchased an original college story which will be made into full length feature ture of undergraduate life. It is is called “Young Blood,” and was written by F. W. Rath. George Lewis, who starred in “The Collegians,” and recently completed pleted “The Fourflusher,” and is now working in “13 Washington Square,” will probably be selected for the leading role. “The Leopard Lady” Stars Jacqueline Logan A LAN HALE, director of the De Mille Studios, has started work on “The Leopard Lady,” starring Jacqueline- »Legam -The leading role of this picture was intended at first for Jetta Goudal, but owing to that star being engaged on another other production her part had to be cancelled. Paramount Change “Side Show" to “Two. Flaming Youths.” W. C. FIELDS and Chester Conklin lin were co-starred in “The irjide Show,’} one- of 'Paramount's 100 per cent. Program. The title of this picture has recently been changed to “Two Flaming Youths” Jason Robards and Tom Santchi in a scene from “Hills of Kentuck y.' starring Rin-Tin-Tin. Master Pictures first for the new season. Chester Conklin “sings” a ballad for W. C. Fields. A scene from the Paramount picture “Two Flaming Youthspreviously titled “ The Side Show.” “The Black Diamond Express” is Monte Blue’s first on Master Pictures 1928 programme. Edna Murphy is the featured feminine lead. Columbia Finishes 9 Big Features All for Master Pictures in New Season WITH nine of the new pictures for the 1927-28 schedule completed, and several others under way, Columbia umbia has reached the highest peak of activity for the new season. Those completed are;—“The Blood Ship,” “Alias Lone Wolf,” “Sally in Our Alley,” “By Whose Hand,” “Island of Forgotten Women,” “The College Hero,” "The Tigress,” “The Opening ing Night,” and “Stage Kisses.” Each of these will be released by Master Pictures. Circus Lite Story for Billy Sullivan “CPEEDY SMITH,” a circus life story, is the first of the Williamson liamson Rayart Pictures featuring Billy Sullivan, on next year’s release lease schedule. Sullivan has been in a large variety of characterisations, but the part of “Speedy Smith” is one of originality. Supporting Sullivan is pretty Hazel Deane, who will be remembered for her excellent work opposite him in “The Speed Cop.” Warners Busy on New Season’s Line-up. WARNERS announce seven big W pictures are under way for Master ter Pictures release. These are Dolores Costello’s “Glorious Betsy; ’ Irene Rich’s “Beware of Married Men.” Initial scenes are being filin°d °d of ‘‘ln Name Only,” in which Owen Moore and Helene Costello are featured, and scenes are being shot of Mone Blue’s new vehicle,” Brass Knuckles,” and “If I Were Single,” with May McAvoy and Conrad Nagel as the chief players. In preliminary ary stages are A Race for Life,” Rin-Tin-Tin’s new picture, and “Ambitious bitious Annie,” with Louise Fazenda in the chief role. Dane-Arthur Team in Circus Story. IS ARL DANE and George K. Ar- thur, who romped through a citizen’s training camp in “Rookies,” ies,” and recently through college in “Baby Mine,” are going to cavort ort under the “big top” in their next for M.-G.-M. The elongated comedian and his diminutive partner in laughs will be seen as a circus performer in an assortment of trials and tribulations lations while travelling with the show. A large circus has been chartered as a background. Edward Sedgwick, director of “Slide, Kelly, Slide’ ’and “Tin Hats” will direct. “Two Weeks Out” Sills Next George Fitzmaurice Directs New First National Film “TWO WEEKS OUT,” a story by the same author as ‘The Barker,’ has been purchased by First National. It is intended as a Milton Sills story of the Special calibre, with George Fitzmaurice directing, and A 1 Rockett producing. ing. “Ben Hur’s” International Success. “TYEN HUR,” which stars Ramon Novarro, is meeting with unparalleled paralleled success in practically every corner of the world. The M.-G.-M. picture played for fifty-one weeks on Broadway and recently concluded a record run of forty-nine weeks at the Tivoli Theatre, atre, London, where it was seen by 1,210,000 people. In Dublin, where it opened recently cently at the Capitol, it played to capacity houses at each performance, ance, doing the biggest business ever done in that city. Fourteen weeks were played in Melbourne and fifteen in Sydney. At the Grand Theatre, Christchurch, church, where it recently concluded ed its fifth week, a new record was established for week-in-week-out gross takings, doing more business in its first four weeks than any other picture has done in six. “Ben Hur” is now doing consistently ently good in the country districts of N.S.W. and Victoria. Row long does solitaire remain “patience ” when wifey lends a hand 1 Lew Cody’s answer in “Adam and Evil,” the new M-G-M Lew Cody- Aileen Pringle comedy feature, is just one of the wealth of chuckles in this production . Clive Brook in “ Underworld,” which will be released next year in Paramount’s 100 per cent. Programme. Another scene from the M-G-M production, " The Road to Romance,” in which Ramon Novarro is starred with Marceline Day in the feminine lead. Alice Joyce with Universal “13 Washington Square’ Her 200 th Picture A LICE JOYCE, one of filmdom’s most popular leading ladies, s celebrating the anniversary of ler two-hundredth motion picture it Universal, where she is appear - ng in a featured role in support >f Jean Hersholt in “13 Washingon on Square,” under the direction of Jel Brown. Playing oppiste Carlyle Blackrell rell during the early days of her creen career, Miss Joyce made a deture a week for two straight ears. “Wildcat Law” for Tom Mix. P()M MIX, Fox western star, is *■ now working in “Wildcat /​aw,” a story of the Texas Raners. ers. Tom was a member of the iangers for several years. “Helen of Troy” Completed v LEXANDER KORDA has completed pleted “The Private Life of relen of Troy,” in which his wife, laria Corda, is starred and Lewis tone featured. “The Gorilla” in Production. PRODUCTION has begun on “The A Gorilla,” one of First National’s special attractions for the coming year. The mystery farce, which has won such a name for itself on the stage, is to be an Alfred Santell production presented by Asher, Small and Rogers. Taken from the stage success of that name by Ralph Spence, “The Gorilla” has laughs, thrills and romance. ance. It ix an ideal screen vehicle for Charlie Murray, who has been cast as the famous detective, Mulligan. gan. “Stage Kisses” Stars Ken Harlan, Helen Chadwick. KENNETH HARLAN and Helen Chadwick will be co-starred in “Stage Kisses,” a Columbia production tion on Master Pictures 1928 programme. gramme. The balance of the cast comprises, Frances Raymond, Philip Smalley, Ethel Wales and John Patrick. rick. Marjorie Beebe Has Comedy Role In “Very Confidential.” jV/​TARJORIE BEEBE, whose work in “Ankles Preferred,” has gained the attention of critics, serves up another hilarious delineation ation in “Very Confidential,” which James Tingling is directing, with Madge Bellamy in the starring role. This is the third Fox picutre in which Miss Beebe has appeared with Miss Bellamy. The supporting cast includes Patrick Cunning, Mary Duncan, Joseph Cawthorn, Isabelle Keith and Arthur Housman. Mai St. Clair Directs “The Travelling Salesman.” D I CHARD DIX has finished “The Gay Defender” and will commence mence “The Travelling Salesman” immediately. Mai St. Clair, who recently directed Ruth “Lorelei” Taylor in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” will also direct this latest est picture for Dix. “The Travelling ling Saleman” is one of Paramount’s mount’s 100 per cent. Program. Joan Crawford Plays “Rose Marie” Edmund Goulding Directs Production ” () SE MARIE,” the screen version sion of the famed musical comedy, is now in production at the M.-G.-M. studios with Joan Crawford in the title role. Edmund Goulding - is directing, with Lucien Hubbard supervising. James Murray, a player whose rerent rent work has been highly praised, has been cast for the male lead. William Russell in “Wonianvvise.” “YY/​OMANWISE,” being directed ** by Albert Ray for Fox Films, features June Collyer and William Russell. Charles Rogers Makes Good. A MONG the fine things said of Mary Pickford’s latest production tion by American critics is the praise accorded Charles Rogers the star’s new leading man. In “My Best Girl” Rogers is said to have met every demand and is credited with having infused rare Jartistry into the romantic episodes sodes that abound in the picture. This Oriental exterior shot is taken from “White Wings,” a forthcoming First National release, in which William Boyd is starred. Harrison Ford is up to the bursting point in his love for Phyllis Haver, who. however, is more concerned about the less romantic subject of the tyre’s fate. A scene from F.N.-P.D.C.’s " The Nervous Wreck.” William Boyd, Mitchell Lewis, Jack Hoxie are in the foreground in this scene from “The Last Frontier,” a colorful story of the west. J. Farrell McDonald and Marguerite de la Motte are also in the cast of this forthcoming coming F.N.-P.D.C. picture. Richard Dix Most Popular Paramount Player Wins Another Newspaper Competition D ECENTLY a competition was conducted through the * columns umns of the “Brisbane Daily Mail” in which readers were asked to set down their individual selection of Paramount stars. Many thousands of entries were received. The honor falls once again to Richard Dix, who headed the list in the Victorian competition a little while back. 1, Richard Dix; 2, Thomas Meighan; han; 3, Bebe Daniels; 4, Adolphe Menjou; 5, Wallace Beery; 6, Mary Brian; 7, Esther Ralston; 8, De MJlle Starts “Chicago.” YV7ITH Cecil De Mille directing ** “Chicago,” the screen version of the stage play, has just gone into production. Frank Urson will be De Mille’s associate director, and a comprehensive cast has been assembled. “Balaoo” Cast Revised; Edmund Lowe the Star following revisions have been made in the cast of the Fox picture, “Balaoo,” which Richard hard Rosson is directing. Norman Trevor replaces William Turner. Barry Norton, recalled for his work in “What Price Glory,” takes over the role formerly assigned to Lloyd Pantages. Maude Turner Gordon has been added to the cast. The leading characters in “Balaoo” aoo” are played by Edmund Lowe, who just finished work in “Publicity licity Madness,” and Leila Hyams. Another prominent role is portrayed trayed by Gustav Von Selffertitz. Gaston Leroux wrote the strangely stirring story of “Balaoo,” which concerns a mysterious ape-like man who stalks ominously through the action. From the oppressive, steaming, sweating tangles of the jungle to the lights and shadows of Paris, Leroux’s narrative takes the audience. “Mail Who Laughs" Cast Completed. THE cast for Universal’s production tion of Victor Hugo’s classic, “The Man Who Baughs,” has been completed. Paul Leni, director of “The Cat and the Canary,” is directing while the cast is composed of: Mary Philbin, bin, Conrad Veidt, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, George Siegmann, Stuart Holmes, Josephine Crowell, Sam De Grasse, Albert , Gran, Julius ius Molnar. Eight elaborate sets have already been constructed on the lot at Universal versal City which will be used for “The Man Who Baughs.” These include an immense boat landing scene in the South of England, land, the Queen’s chambers, Josiana’s ana’s boudoir, Southwark fair, which will be the largest of all, the House of Bords, the Thames embankment, the streets of Bondon don and an eighteenth century travelling circus. ' The Jazz Singer” Opens Big on Broadway Al Jolson Makes Hit in lnitia Picture \ B L the New York papers cam< out with extremely laudator: criticisms for “The Jazz Singer, 1 a Warner-Master picture, whicl had a triumphant opening oi Broadway. Al Jolson, the stai made an immediate hit, and th other big personalities of the cas which includes May McAvoy, War ner Oland and Richard Tucker, d< brilliant work, it is said. The Moving Picture World o October 22, in reviewing the pic ture, says under the heading o “The Best Show on Broadway”— “Entertainment all the wa through, the sort of box-ofhc combination of tears and smile that always will be sure-fire, “Th Jazz Singer” is' nothing short of i magnificent triumph for Warne Bros., for Al Jolson and for direc tor Alan Crosland.” George Fawcett seems a trifle exasperated at the precocious Glenn Tryon. Universal’s new comedy find, who jumped to instant popularity in “Painting the Town.” Reed Howes and the train crew suggest by their tense expressions that something sensational is about to happen in this scene from the J. C. Williamson Films' first Rayart release for next year, “The Lost Limited.” Magnificent settings are a feature of “The Devil Dancer,” a drama set in the exotic background of Thibet. Gilda Grey has the title role in this, her first starring picture for United Artists.
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