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"I've tried all ciga- rettes and there's none so good as LUCKIES. And incidentally I'm careful in my choice of ciga- rettes. I have to be because of my throat. Put me down as one who always reaches for a LUCKY. It's a real delight to find a Cellophane wrapper that opens without an ice pick.

Jean Harlow first set the screen ablaze in "Hell's Angels/' the great air film/ and she almost stole the show from a fleet of fifty planes. See her "Goldie," a Fox film, and Columbia's "Platinum Blonde."

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Photoplay Magazine for January, 1932

The Family conference— about the "pink" on Mother's tooth brush!

PEOPLE used to be able to enjoy "pink tooth brush" in peace and quiet! But not today! Dental science has found out too much about it! And if the new generation doesn't warn you about it, your dentist is certain to.

Why is "pink tooth brush" so com- mon an ailment in this day and age? "Because," says modern science, "to remain sound, the gums need the stimu- lation which only coarse foods can give them. But modern foods are soft foods and, lacking exercise, gums tend to become touchy. Eventually, they be- come so tender that they bleed."

"Pink tooth brush" may cause the teeth to lose their sparkle. It all too often leads to serious gum troubles such as gingivitis or Vincent's disease, or even pyorrhea. And it sometimes endang- ers apparently sound teeth.

The answer? Daily massage of the gums. But even more effective, daily massage of the gums with Ipana Tooth Paste.

Clean your teeth with Ipana. Then put a little bit more on your brush or fingertip and rub it into your gums. Leave the Ipana there. It contains zira- tol, and the ziratol will get results better if left on the gums.

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Tooth paste is not costly! Skimping on your tooth paste is decidedly poor economy. For a good dentist and a good dentifrice are the most economical things on earth !

You'll like Ipana, first of all, because it is a splendid tooth paste. It cleans the teeth thoroughly without any possibility of the enamel's becoming marred.

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Charlie Ruggles, Vivienne Osborne, Juliette Compton, Harry Bannister




Judith Wood, Charles "Buddy" Rogers,

Dorothy Hall and Stuart Erwin.

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You want to eee the stars everyone's talking about . . . they're Para- mount stars! You want to see the greatest Broadway stage hits, the most popular novels and magazine stories . . . Paramount has them! Para' mount is your "buy" word because Paramount gives you what you want, SUPREME ENTERTAINMENT— always good, often great, never a doubt that "If it's a Paramount Picture it's the best show in town!"

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With Jackie Cooper and Robert Coogan.

Directed by Norman Taurog.

Same cast and director as "Skippy"


With Kay Francis and William Boyd. Directed by Stuart Walker


The World's Leading Motion Picture Publication

Vol. XLI No. 2

JAMES R. QUIRK, Editor and Publisher

January, 1932


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Information and Service

Brickbats and Bouquets .... 8

Hollywood Menus 17

Friendly Advice on Girls'

Problems 70

Questions and Answers .... 82

Addresses of the Stars 109

Screen Memories from Photoplay . Ill

Casts of Current Photoplays . 1 1G

High-Lights of This Issue

Close- Ups and Long-Shots James R. Quirk 25

Hollywood's Cruelty to Greta Garbo .... Ruth Biery 28

"Five Star Final" Premiere. 30

It's A Long Way to Tipperary! Leonard Hall 34

Cal York's Monthly Broadcast from Hollywood 36

Auntie Wanted 'Em Bad . . . . . . Jack Jamison 50

Chanel Styles in Gloria's Picture 52

The Unknown Hollywood I Know .... Kathehine Albert 56

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 58

Seymour Photoplay's Style Authority 61

Our Guest Page Roland Young 65

Winners of $5,000 Contest 66

Look in the Mirror! How Do You Rate Yourself? Carolyn Van Wyck 70

Hollyhoo , . 73

Photoplay's Famous Reviews

Brief Reviews of Current Pictures 6

The Shadow Stage 46

Short Subjects of the Month 101


Well, That's Settled 27

Queen Marie of Hollywood Josephine Jarvis 32

Ach ! That Pola ! Sara Hamilton 40

"Charlie MacArthur's Wife" Katherine Albert 45

Man About Town S. R. Mook 54

We Should Have Known Sara Hamilton 60

"I'm Not So Sure," Says Clark Gable .... Ruth Biery 68

'Til Have Vanilla" Harry Lang 72

That Stuff Is Out Francis Denton 77

Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier 78

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Copyright, 1931, by the Photoplay Publishing Company, Chicago

AFFAIRS OF ANNABELLE, THE— Fox JeanettC MacDonald and Victor McLaglen in a laugh- worthy farce. (July)

AGE FOR LOVE, THE— Caddo.— Billie Dove is good but the old familiar story doesn't click. (Oct.)

ALEXANDER HAMILTON Warners.— George Arliss, need we say more? Another superb characterization of an historic figure. {Aug.)

ALIAS THE BAD MAN— Tiffany Prod— Vou probably won't like this even if you're a Western fan. Ken Maynard is okay but you simply don't believe that story. (Sept.)

ALWAYS GOODBYE— Fox.— Elissa Landi gives a charming performance in a rather ordinary piece. Lewis Stone and Paul Cavanagh support her. See la Landi. (July)

AMBASSADOR BILL— Fox.— Will Rogers, a mythical kingdom and a lot of laughs. (Dec.)

AMERICAN TRAGEDY. AN— Paramount- Dreiser's great tragedy becomes one of the month's best pictures. Phillips Holmes and Sylvia Sidney head a glorious cast. Not for the children. (Aug.)

ARE THESE OUR CHILDREN?— Radio Pictures. Inside, and pretty serious stuff on what goes on in some high schools. Neither parents nor children should miss it. (Dec.)

ARIZONA Columbia.— (Reviewed under title "Men Are Like That"). Laura La Plante and John Wayne find life and love at an army post. (Oct.)

BAD COMPANY— RKO-Pathe.— A gang picture that's different, with Helen Twelve- trees and Ricardo Cortez doing some fine acting. (Nov.)

BAD GIRL— Fox.— You'll laugh and cry over this, made from the novel of the same name. Sally Eilers is all the girls who live next door. That new kid, James Dunn, bears watching. Don't miss this one. (Sept.)

BELOVED BACHELOR, THE— Paramount- Complications between a sculptor, his ward and his sweetheart. Paul Lukas and Dorothy Jordan are the heartthrobs Charlie Ruggles screamingly funnv. (Dec.)

BLACK CAMEL, THE— Fox.— Here's your old pal Charlie Chan (sure, it's only Warner Oland) un- raveling the mystery of a movie star's murder in Honolulu. Great stuff for the mystery-minded and other folks, too. (Sept.)

BLONDE CRAZY— Warners.— Reviewed un- der the title "Larceny Lane." James Cagney and Joan Blondell in another "crook picture" that's top-notch entertainment. (Oct.)

BOUGHT Warners. Connie Bennett and her father, Richard, rip off a real picture. Elegant acting, clothes you'll be ca-razy for, and a vivid, human story. Ben Lyon does the best work of his career. (Sept.)

BRANDED Columbia. Good scenery, good riding, good ol" Buck Jones. But let's have less talk and more action in Westerns. (Oct.)

BRAT, THE— Fox.— Remember Sally O'Neil? What a comeback the kid stages in this old Maude Fulton comedy-drama. And what a rough and tumble fight she and Virginia Cherrill have! (Sept.)

BUSINESS AND PLEASURE— Fox.— Will Rogers is a riot. (Oct.)

CAPTAIN THUNDER— Warners.— A dull story about a Robin-Hoodish captain whose lawless deeds are all for a good end. Victor Varconi and Fay Wray. [July)

CAPTIVATION Capital Prod. Ho-hum, a wife-in-name-only situation, a stouter Conway Tearle and a leading woman who almost out-Dietrichs Garbo. Made in England. (Dec.)

CAUGHT— Paramount.— The plot is pretty silly. Boy (Dick Arlen) finds mother (Louise Dresser) is outlaw he was sent out to get but Louise is worth the admission. (Sept.)

CAUGHT PLASTERED— Kadio Pictures.— (Re- viewed under the title "Full of Notions.")— If you like Wheeler and Woolsey, don't let this get by you, for it's one of their best comedies to date. (Sept.)

CHAMP, THE M-G-M. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll thrill at this superb picture with those two great artists, Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery. Don't miss this one. (Dec.)

CHANCES— First National.— Young Doug's first starring picture is a war thriller. The lad is good but the story is so-so. (July)

iJrief Ixeviews of Current Pictures

•jt Indicates photoplay was named as one of the best upon its month of review

CISCO KID, THE— Fox— Warner Baxter makes the girls' hearts beat double time in this thriller. The plot isn't new but the treatment is. (Nov.)

COMMON LAW, THE— RKO-Pathe.— A poor adaptation of an old favorite but Constance Bennett is worth seeing. Sophisticated fare. (Aug.)

COMPROMISED First National.— ( Reviewed under the title "We Three".) Just uh-huh on this one. It neither bores nor thrills. About a million- aire. (Nov.)

CONFESSIONS OF A CO-ED— Paramount Not a very convincing piece with Sylvia Sidney, Phillips Holmes and Norman Foster. College atmosphere. (Aug.)

Spring r ashion

Preview !

Lights sputter, the camera grinds, a star walks across the stage in a new gown and that is how Spring fashions make their first bow from the screen.

What's new for Spring 1932? Is the silhouette straighter? Shall you tilt your hat?

Let Seymour answer these questions for you in the Feb- ruary Photoplay. Don't miss his section of smart new screen clothes you will be copying them for Spring.

CONSOLATION MARRIAGE— Radio Pic- tures.— Don't miss this truly sophisticated 1931 movie, with Irene Dunne and Pat "Front Page" O'Brien. (Nov.)

CONVICTED Supreme Features. A murder mystery at sea and a good one, with Aileen Pringle and Harry Myers. (Dec.)

CUBAN LOVE SONG, THE— M-G-M.— Lawrence Tibbett's voice. Lupe Velez' love- making and Jimmy Durante's darn foolishness in a lusty story of marines in Cuba. Great stuff. (Dec.)

DADDY LONG LEGS— Fox.— The beloved classic with Janet Gaynor in a r61e just suited to her but just a little too saccharine. Warner Baxter as the bachelor. Take the family. (July)

DANGEROUS AFFAIR, A— Columbia— A fast- moving and surprise-filled "shrieker" with Jack Holt and Ralph Graves. (Nov.)


Sessue Hayakawa and Anna May Wong in an Oriental mystery. Recommended if you like your murders sinister. (Oct.)

DER GROSSE TENOR— UFA.— A slow moving. all-German talkie with Emil Jannings in a typical Jannings role. A song or two. (Aug.)

DEVOTION— RKO-Pathe.— Perfect cast, ex- cellent direction and sparkling dialogue make this moth-eaten plot a picture you must not miss. Ann Harding. (Nov.)

DREYFUS CASE, THE— Columbia.— An accu- rate account of the famous Dreyfus-Emile Zola rumpus, made in England with a fine British cast. (Nov.)

EAST OF BORNEO— Universal.— The title tells the story. Real Borneo scenery, excellent studio "fakes." Charles Bickford and Rose Hobart make it interesting enough. (Sept.)

ENEMIES OF THE LAW— Regal Prod.— Unless you want to see Lou Tellegen's brand new face-lift, you can check this off your list. Not even Mary Nolan's beauty compensates for that old formula 877 a gangster story. (Sept.)

EVERYTHING'S ROSIE— Radio Pictures.— One of the talkiest talkies yet released. (July)

EX-BAD BOY— Universal.— If you like gag- farce, you'll get a kick out of this. Robert Armstrong and Jean Arthur give fine comedy acting. (Aug.)

EXPENSIVE WOMEN— Warners.— A pretty un- happy return to the screen for Dolores Costello. The less said about it the better. (Aug.)

EXPRESS 13— UFA.— A thrilling German- dialogue film that makes you wish you'd paid more attention to your German teacher. (Oct.)

FANNY FOLEY HERSELF— Radio Pictures- Edna May Oliver's first starring film. You'll laugh and what's more vou'll cry. In Technicolor. See it. (Oct.)

FIFTY FATHOMS DEEP Columbia— Why waste Jack Holt and Dick Cromwell on that same old plot? Oh sure, they are deep sea divers in love with one girl. (Nov.)

FIGHTING SHERIFF, THE Columbia. Recommended for dyed-in-the-wool Western fans. Others will find it just average film fare. Buck Jones is the hero. (Sept.)

FIRST AID— Sono Art.— In which a lot of people Grant Withers, Marjorie Beebe and Wheeler Oak- man do a lot of unconvincing things unconvinc- ingly. (Sept.)

FIVE AND TEN— M-G-M.— Marion Davies with a splendid cast. Adapted from the Fannie Hurst story— jerky in spots. (Aug.)

FIVE STAR FINAL— First National.— Rush to the nearest theater. You mustn't miss this exciting story of tabloid newspaper sensa- tionalism. Eddie Robinson is superb. (Sept.)

FLOOD, THE Columbia. A weak, poorly directed story which the good acting of Eleanor Boardman and Monte Blue cannot save. (July)


Photoplay Magazine for January, 1932


Ask the manager of your favorite theatre when they're playing DELICIOUS. And keep an eye out for other superb attractions soon to come: Elissa Land/ and Lionel Barrymore in THE YELLOW TICKET, Will Rogers in AMBASSADOR BILL, James Dunn, So//y Eilers and Mae Marsh in OVER THE HILL.



It's well-named. ..this most entrancing of Gaynor-Farrell romances. Here Janet is a Scotch lass. ..very close to your heart. A handsome American (Charlie Farrell to you) falls madly in love with her, a romantic Russian adores her, a Swede befriends her and a burly Irish detective pursues her! You've never seen such a comedy of errors, so gay a tangle of laughter and romance. A love story deliriously different!

Six sparkling musical hits by world-renowned George Gershwin, com- poser of "Rhapsody in Blue, "are woven into the story. You'll enjoy Gersh- win's new and brilliant "Second Rhapsody."

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With Brickbats and Bou- quets Photoplay Readers Voice Their Opinions of Pictures and Personalities

When the audience speaks the stars and producers listen. We offer three prizes for the best letters of the month— $25, $10 and $5. Literary ability doesn't count. But candid opinions and constructive sugges- tions do. Write up to 200 words, no more. We must reserve the right to cut letters to suit space limitations, and no letters can be returned. Address The Editor, PHOTOPLAY, 221 West 57th Street, New York City.


A few months ago my sister came over from Norway. She had not the slightest knowledge of English and therefore I hit upon the idea of taking her regularly three times a week to the movies.

It was surprising to see the work of talking pictures as an English teacher to a foreigner. At the same time they were entertaining. By seeing the actions of the players and hearing them speak at the same time, my sister picked up the language very quickly.

Both she and I are grateful for the invention of talking pictures and I hope others will experiment in the same way.

Magdalena Hansen, New York City


The movies have a wonderful message of encouragement for middle-aged people in the accomplishments of Marie Dressier, George Arliss, Lionel Barrymore, and many other not- young actors and actresses.

When you see them on the screen, being their age and making that age vital, interesting, enviable and powerful, you know that in real life they are beloved, respected and popular. Then you realize that real success is not measured by years but by spirit.

Alice Cassidy, Oakland, Calif.


When one of the Duncan sisters, in "It's a Great Life," catches a cold the other one suggests raw, sliced onions sprinkled with brown sugar as a cure and it worked wonders not only for Vivian Duncan but for Frieda Corman as well. For, ever since I saw this picture, I've used the raw onion cure for colds and it's always been successful.

Frieda Corman, Toledo, Ohio


I'm just a boy but I know my actresses and actors, also what pictures I like. What we kids want is pictures like "Skippy," "Tom Sawyer," and "Huckleberry Finn." My chum and I go to the show every Saturday, and gosh, we don't want to sit through an hour and a half of love-making and such mush, we want pictures with some pep and laughs in them.

On Saturday we saw Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in "Pardon Us" and it was great. I like Marie Dressier (I go to see all her pic- tures), Wallace Beery and, of course, big Gary Cooper and Dick Barthelmess and I think I'm going to like Clark Gable, but I don't like (and with a big D) Nancy Carroll (she puts on too much), Greta Garbo (she has no pep) and Connie Bennett (she is too high-hat).

And please make them let Fatty Arbuckle come back. I have read lots about him and I


know he must be good because my mother and dad say he was a good comedian.

Frank Logan, Winnipeg, Canada


Where can I meet the sort of people who know how to live warmly and beautifully? Where can I mingle with people whose lives consist of something more than eating, sleep- ing and producing children? Where but at the movies? Here, for two hours, at any rate, I live among a charming and delighted com- pany. I chat with them, laugh with them and dream with them. For two hours they are close to me and I strain them to my heart. Then, the final flash upon the screen, the cruel lights, and they are gone, hopelessly out of reach.

Mary Wallace, Jackson Heights,

Long Island, N. Y.


I've seen "Susan Lenox," and never have I seen Greta when she seemed more human. She was adorable. If Clark Gable

THE postman got a crick in his back from carrying in letters about "Susan Lenox." Some folks liked the girl who did all that rising and falling and some didn't. Some were crazy about Garbo, some about Gable and some didn't like either. But there were more who liked than didn't. Every- body wrote about it and there wasn't a lukewarm opinion in the bagful.

There was all praise and no blame for Helen Hayes in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet," and if you folks mean what you say, that little lady is the next big star, although there are plenty of boosters for Madge Evans, Joan Blondell, Jimmie Dunn and Mae Clarke.

Crawford, Shearer, Garbo, Bankhead and Dietrich still inspire the literary Muse and, with tears in their letters, Buddy Rogers' fans beg him to throw away that saxophone, give up those ideas of conducting a band and string along with the Hollywood cameras.

"The Spirit of Notre Dame" caused a lot of discussion some were "fer" some "agin." But there were a lot more "fers," and everybody seemed to like Ann Harding and smooth-voiced Leslie Howard in "Devotion."

So that's how you felt this month. What do you have to say next? Don't mind the postman he likes his job. Sharpen up your pencils and your wits and tell us how you feel about the movies. This is your department.

has that effect on her, she should act with him more often.

Helen Perry, Pasadena, Calif.

Impatiently waiting for the showing of "Susan Lenox," I almost knocked the door down getting in the minute of the first show- ing. Imagine my bitter disappointment and positive rage to find the heroine in the picture a poverty stricken, low-bred, raw-boned Swed- ish girl when in the book she was described as a dainty, lovely American girl of refinement. Ora Widener, Jacksonville, Fla.

Greta Garbo thrilled me so in "Susan Lenox" that I had to see the picture twice. I am worried by rumors that she is going to leave the screen. Oh, Greta, please stay and make the world more beautiful.

Mrs. G. Fleming, Michigan City, Ind.

Miss Garbo's "Susan Lenox," in my opinion, was badly directed and not nearly as fine a picture as it should have been. Garbo re- mains dumb throughout the first scenes. Mr. Gable carried the play entirely here, but his shoulders are broad and his talent true. Stella D. Rothwell, Brookline, Mass.

I used to wonder why all this noise about Greta Garbo. She didn't look so hot to me, but I hadn't seen that masterpiece, "Susan Lenox." What a perfectly gorgeous picture! They tell me that Clark Gable was in it, too, but I hardly saw him for looking at Garbo. Grace Smith, Ellensburg, Wash.

In "Susan Lenox" the magnificent Greta Garbo demonstrates once more that she is the screen's finest actress. The combination of Miss Garbo and Clark Gable is perfect. Mrs. Josephine Stiebel, New York City


"The Spirit of Notre Dame" is everything the publicity agents say it is. The football scenes are authentic; the students act like pleasant, ordinary young college men and not like the silly fools some pictures make of them; the scenes in the college dining hall are just as they would take place; the college dances are free from drunken couples.

"The Spirit of Notre Dame" bears the dis- tinction of being the first college film that is true to life.

Catherine E. Flinn, Dorchester, Mass.

The first football picture of the year, "The Spirit of Notre Dame," was sure an upset to me. Imagine boys of the build of Billy Bake- well and Lew Ayres as backfield men in one of the country's great football teams.

Of course, we all realize that light men are no freaks in modern football, but this picture carried it too far. Light football players are usually well built.

Joseph Eigen, Los Angeles, Calif.


Photoplay Magazine for January, 1932

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I never knew just why "Madame X" left me rather unmoved in spite of Ruth Chatter- ton's good work. Only after seeing the un- forgettable, poignant and soul stirring per- formance of Helen Hayes in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" did I realize what was wrong with "Madame X." Contrast the final scenes of both plays, and note the make-up of the stars, to find the answer.

Louise Branx, New York City


I have been watching with interest the fight over Garbo supremacy from a dis- tance of 12,000 miles. Why are the Amer- icans gone head over heels on Garbo? Their own actresses are not lacking in Garbo appeal. For instance, Joan Crawford is a perfect actress. She is divine. Give her a Garbo story and I'm sure she will excel Garbo.

Kutxikar, Mysore, India


Although even the foremost talkie theaters in Manila are showing silent films, Filipinos like the talkies. They like revues and musical romances the best. They still prefer the Valentino and Gilbert type of hero and they like their love making spread on thick. The outstanding favorites are Ramon Novarro, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, the Farrell- Gaynor team, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks.

Blas A. Alejaxdre, Manila, P. I.

The talkies are splendid but who wants true

How do you keep it on, Dorothy? Your hat, of course, Miss Jordan ! It is a very pert piece of millinery but you shouldn't trust it in a strong wind. Seymour thinks it's great —he likes its rakish tilt, and the smart combina- tion of felt and chenille. That feather pom-pon is good for these new half- and-half turbans


Underwood & Underw

These children cost their father $7,185 last year for food, lodging, clothes and amusements. But daddy can afford it. In fact, he provides $6,000 a year for each. The rest is put in savings accounts. Who's the papa? Why, Charlie Chaplin. Don't you think the boys Charlie, Jr., and Sidney look like him?

to life stories? Such pictures as "Cimarron." "The Last Flight," "The Spider," "Daughter of the Dragon" and the Charlie Chan pictures mean romance and adventure in our everyday monotonous lives.

Elizabeth Webb, Regina, Canada


It's a Molly Gump day and your daughter's birthday to boot and you're far from those who care and you feel that life is a bitter pill that you can't swallow. And then you see a movie advertised and for three lire you may go in and feel that you're across the pond in good old Richmond. The movies help homesickness. Mrs. Carroll T. Scott, Rome, Italy


The news in the London press of the banning in this country, by our grandmotherly censors, of "An American Tragedy" has led me to write and ask what on earth you people who are (to use one of your own expressions) '"cinema conscious" must think of us over here?

Far be it from me to decry Great Bri in any shape or form. It's a great old cou but really, when it comes to the cinema are still back in pre-war days both as reg our mentality and our views on produci J. X. Eisexecger, London, Engla


After seeing Leslie Howard with'Ann Har in "Devotion," I am eager to see more p with English actors in the cast. Alter those English actors have a way with t and they do not have to be either youn handsome to hold their audiences.

Irene Kirkbride, Cleveland, Oh


I spent a belated vacation in Canada fall. In Toronto I saw two pictures— "Mor Business" and "The Unholy Garden" at of the leading downtown theaters. In theater, the screen was fairly good but sound apparatus was ghastly. I could ha understand the voices. In the other the. both projection and sound were only fair




This is a neat trick if you can do it. If you miss that other stirrup your head hits the ground and the orchestra plays "Hearts and Flowers." Ride 'em cowboy Ken Maynard just loves this sort of thing and doesn't enjoy his morning's oatmeal unless he does a few stunts like this before breakfast. "Oh yeah?" says Mrs. Maynard, with an Edna May Oliver sniff

In Montreal I had seen all the pictures playing at the larger houses, but went to two smaller ones in the downtown section. "Trans- atlantic," the photography of which was lauded by critics, was a foggy maze, out of which the voices emerged like foghorns. "The Magnif- icent Lie" looked as though it had suffered from smallpox. And Ruth Chatterton's glorious speaking voice sounded more like Marjorie White's (all right for Marjorie, but not for Ruth!). If some of the Canadians don't like talkies, I can now understand why. Somebody ought to sell them up-to-date pro- jection and sound apparatus.

Alice Francis, Brooklyn, N. Y.


To the stars who are willing that one should take a peek at the interiors of their homes and at their wardrobes, and who tell us about the expected arrival of the new baby, we should express some appreciation. It is not entirely through curiosity, as some would have it, but through admiration and interest that we like to know more about them.

Mrs. E. T. Stevens, Eureka, Calif.


Mary Brian is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in Hollywood. It's true she isn't gay like Shearer or glamorous like Garbo or sophisticated like Connie Ben- nett, but she has something that none of these actresses has that sweet, winning, winsome personality that everyone adores. In the bank where I work we took a vote and Mary Brian was the favorite.

Myrtle Stewart, Troy, N. Y.


If someone tells me of my faults, I am apt to become irritated, but I can see them on the screen and immediately decide to mend my ways.

Elizabeth Paulson, Longview, Wash.


I have a daughter eighteen who is just now trying to acquire mannerisms fitting a sophisti- cated young woman of today.

She cannot be persuaded to miss any of

either Connie Bennett's or Ann Harding's pictures and, believe me, she is beginning to be most satisfactorily proper. I think that this is one of the most important advantages of pictures, they teach a person how to handle many situations.

Mrs. J. Reginald Lynch, Flint, Mich.


We want Mary Pickford more often, but we don't want her to spoil herself in such pictures as "Kiki." There are plenty of ham actors for parts like that. Mary, give us something like "Tess of the Storm Country." You're not too old for little girl parts, you just think you are.

Mrs. John Ordway, Findlay, Ohio


Clean cut and handsome and a capable actor, perfect to typify the American youth, Buddy Rogers' place should be first among the young male stars. I hope he will continue with his acting and not turn to music. We have many good musicians but few actors as good as he.

George Christie, Berkeley, Calif.


One becomes weary of looking at beautiful wax figures and that's what these beautiful stars remind me of, with their same sleek hairdress, same languid and bored air, and same pose in holding a cigarette, with hand on hip.

Now look at Barbara Stanwyck. Strictly speaking, Barbara is not beautiful, but, I'll take her any time.

Bessie Krazok, Philadelphia, Penna.

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Once they were happy just like this ! Now Helene Costello has walked out on hubby Lowell Sherman and then- lawyers are having a big pow-wow. They say the trouble was that Lowell didn't like Helene's brother-in-law, Jack Barrymore. Yes, friends, "in- law" worries pester even in Hollywood


The Audience Speaks Up


To say that the "fcmmes" are going wild over this so-called handsome, fascinating Gable boy may be true, but why not give Lew Ayres and Joel McCrea a chance to win some hearts? Most girls of today, in my opinion, do not care for this harsh, hold type of Gable, so let's see more of Lew and Joel.

MARGE BlCKXEY, Sandusky, Ohio


In a story about David Manners in the October PHOTOPLAY, the author marveled over the fact that Manners, although he had been educated in staid British institutions, was really as American as a silver dollar and not a broad "A" in a carload. There is no mystery about that. Manners was born in Canada and educated in a well-known Cana- dian university where we don't go around sipping tea' and uttering "jolly good" and "simply ripping," and when we answer the telephone we don't say "Are you theah?"

Cory Kilvert, Winnipeg, Man., Canada


William Haines is one of the best actors who was ever on the screen or ever will be. He is both talented and handsome. In "Get- Rich-Quick Wallingford" he was perfect. Mrs. Grace Longo, New York City


Pictures of young kids going on wild parties are thought to be bad for youngsters to see, but my sisters agree with me when I say that the more I see of that kind of life, the more dis- gusted I become with it, and the more I see of the crazy things they do when under the in- fluence, the less I care to get drunk.

Those pictures haven't ruined me.

M. H. Long, San Mateo, Calif.


In traveling, I found the Europeans have a most unflattering opinion of American girls, which is based on the films they see. I began fancying myself a foreigner looking at Amer- ican pictures and was amazed to find so many jazzy, whoopee girl pictures. When I saw Douglas Fairbanks' picture "Reaching for the Moon," I couldn't enjoy it because I know how popular he is in Europe and how many eyes would see again a disgusting spectacle of American girlhood as portrayed in that film. Mrs. H. A. Laidlaw, San Francisco, Calif.


From the vantage point of three years as an usher and four years as a cashier at a movie theater, during which time I've talked to hun- dreds of fans, I make these comments:

Greta Garbo has reached the crest of her popularity.

The newsreel could be made much more ap- pealing to women.

The Cinderella motive could be used more than it is at present. Witness the success of " Daddy Long Legs."

The older folks do not care for vaudeville.

The average fan has long ago forgotten about Arbuckle's case and will welcome him back if lie delivers the goods.

Clara How will have a difficult time making good with many people, when she returns.

Sentiment is due for a return engagement. Isauell Verbella, Detroit, Mich.




Clark Gable is perfect, except for his un- plucked eyebrows. Pluck them, Clark. We'll lie watching for you to do it.

Helen Besse, Rayne, La.

This gown is lovely enough to be a wedding dress but it is just a gorgeous hostess gown that Juliette Compton wears in "Husband's Holiday." At the moment we don't know whether this is why husbands take holidays or why they shouldn't ! Seymour says jeweled embroidery is adding glamour to the best costumes these days. It certainly is doing its best for this blue crepe gown. Necklines are squaring off smartly, too, it seems


To all belittlers of the movies who claim that the film industry is still in its infancy, I recom- mend the entertaining Paramount "Screen Souvenirs." These two-reelers show the evolu- tion of the movies from the days of the nickel- odeons to the present time. We laugh at the overly melodramatic antics of Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Louise Glaum and Mae Murray. We wonder how we could ever have considered these ab- surd melodramas with even a modicum of seriousness. Yes, we have developed mentally along with the motion pictures, and the motion picture has been instrumental in our mental development.

L. E. Mexdlowitz, Pittsburgh, Penna.


Three years ago Greta Garbo sat on the top-most rung of my Hollywood ladder. The next fifty rungs below her were empty. Today Garbo is still firmly on top, but not far from the top is that charming girl who bowled me over by stealing "The Smiling Lieutenant" and "Twenty-four Hours." The name is Miriam Hopkins and I consider her the great "discovery" in a year full of discoveries. (Yes, I've seen Marlene and Tallulah.)

Robert R. Sandell, Syracuse, N. Y.