The Exhibitor (Jun-Oct 1939)

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13 ADVANCE SHOTS Tip-Off to New Pictures Reviews of the following pictures have been received during the past week. The advance shots are given for the benefit of out-of-the-can exhibi¬ tors, pending complete Six-Point Reviews in the next issue of the Blue Section. Features BRIDAL SUITE (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)' — Robert Young, Annabella, Walter Connolly, Billie Burke, Gene Lockhart. 69m. Annabella gets Robert Young, but Metro did not do much bet¬ ter by her (or exhibitors) than did 20th CenturyFox. THE CITY (Civic Films) — Documentary films, from an original by Pare Lorentz, with Lewis Mumford commentary narrated by Morris Carnovsky. 44m. An excellent presentation of the past and present (and future) of better housing. EX-CHAMP (Universal — Victor McLaglen, Tom Brown, Nan Grey, William Frawley, Con¬ stance Moore, Donald Briggs. 72m. Another prize-fight story, but this keeps the audience in¬ terested and satisfied. GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (Metro-GoldwynMayer) — Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul von Hernreid, Lyn Hard MANAGER WILL MAKE YOUR HOUSE PAY! Veteran at theatre management. Live -wire showman. Reasonable salary, go anywhere. • WILLIAM E. RAYNOR 100-11 197th STREET HOLLIS. N. Y. ing. 114m. Four generations of students at the Brookfield School come under the watchful eye of Headmaster Robert Donat. MY SON (Jewish Talking Picture) — Gustav Eerger, Fannia Rubina, Jerry Rosenberg, Herman Roten, Harry Field. 91m. A high-rating drama, with music, for Yiddish consumption, this offers the coming youngster, Jerry Rosenberg, in a pleasing role. SOUTHWARD, HO! (Republic). Roy Rog¬ ers, Mary Hart, George Hayes. 5 6m. Reconstruc¬ tion days, following the Civil War, and as lived in the Texas open spaces is portrayed by ExConfederate Dispatch Runner Roy Rogers, aided by Hop-a-long Cassidy’s one-time pal, George "Gabby” Hayes. WOLF CALL (Monogram). John Carroll, Movita, Peter George Lynn, Polly Ann Young George Cleveland. 61m. Jack London’s story is brought up-to-date, to make for good, sus¬ penseful entertainment. Shorts BELIEVE IT OR ELSE (Vitaphone). 7m. A Merrie Melodie burlesque on Robert L. Ripley’s famed phrase. BOLA MOLA LAND (Universal). 7m. (Write your own say-so, we can’t.) CHINOOK’S CHILDREN (Central). 10m. The breeding and training of huskies (Chinook was Admiral Richard E. Byrd's lead dog), this is one of the finest subjects of its kind. LARRY CLINTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA (Vitaphone). 10m. The musical aggregation gives out with a musical single sans the usual socalled vaudeville interludes. COMMUNITY SING, No. 9 (Columbia). 10m. With Gene Morgan as master of ceremonies, the Sons of the Pioneers offer a cycle of western songs. DARE DEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE (Re¬ public). Charles Quigley, Herman Brix, David Sharpe, Carole Landis, Charles Middleton. Serial in 12 episodes, first 27m., others two reels. An escaped convict vows vengeance on his partner who sent him to the penitentiary as an em¬ bezzler, but three circus acrobat-pals — the title trio — vow countervengeance when the young brother of one is killed by "39-0-13.” It starts off as a fine entrant in the chapter-play class. DARK MAGIC (Metro). 10m. Robert Benchley, in the best of the series, discourses on magic, tries — and succeeds — to disappear at the end. DEAN OF THE PASTEBOARDS (Vita¬ phone). 10m. Luis Zingone does more card tricks, in another of Vitaphone’s sharper reels. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE (Vitaphone). 10m. The Color Parade’s usual collection of un¬ usual occupations and strange-as-it-seemses. GALS AND GALLONS (Universal). 17j4m. A good Mentone musical, with East and Dumke ("Sisters of the Skillet”) leading a nice array of talent. GOING PLACES, No. 63 (Universal). 9m. Subtitled "The Theatre of the Sky,” G raham McNamee takes his audience on a trip through Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. HOLLYWOOD HOBBIES (Metro). 10m. Stars are seen at play, in a more or less routine consideration. LUCKY PIGS (Columbia). 7m. Poppa Pig wins the sweepstakes, the tax collectors clean up. QUIET PLEASE (Vitaphone). 20m. A "sequel” to "Swingtime in the Movies,” this offers firstrate entertainment. RADIO1 HAM (Metro). Pete Smith pays tribute to radio amateurs ("hams”), for their ever-willing contributions in emergencies. SAGEBRUSH SERENADE (RKO-Radio). 19m. Ray Whitley sings his way through a two-reel western, finally getting Jean Joyce. SEASCOUTS (RKO-Radio). 8m. Walt Dis¬ ney’s treatment of the sea-going Boy Scouts. STRANGER THAN FICTION No. 63 (Uni¬ versal). 9m. A routine entry in the series dealing with interesting miscellany. WITH BEST DISHES (Universal). 17m. Lillian Roth and Charles Kemper lead the roster of Mentone entertainers. YOU’RE NEXT— TO CLOSING (Vita¬ phone). 18m. Cross and Dunn, with associated artists, offer a pleasing musical. Number 32 of a Series: NEWELL KURSON GRAPHIC CIRCUIT Boston, Mass. "It is with much pleasure that I receive each copy of THE EXHIBITOR. The magazine gives me a clear and concise status of film activity in this territory. I believe that it fills the demands of the the¬ atre owner who likes to keep tabs on the industry without wasting too much time.” Nearly every Exhibitor reads THE EXHIBITOR! AN INVITATION Throughout 1939, expressions of praise, comment, criticism or sug¬ gestion from our many Exhibitor Friends will be carried in similar form in every issue. W,e welcome the expression of every reader and will .use them in the order in which they are. received. May 24, 1939 THE EXHIBITOR