Modern Screen (Dec 1937 - Nov 1938)

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MODERN SCREEN stage in 'French Without Tears.' Then, to my great astonishment, I had three offers from Hollywood. When I finally worked up courage enough to take the plunge 1 first thought I'd buy a car in Hollywood and have other things I wanted. Then suddenly I got scared. If someone had come along and offered me five pounds a week I'd have stayed right there in England. What did I know about pictures?" EVEN now, after staking his future on the turn of the camera, the engaging tyro knew nothing of the results of his work, had seen none of the "rushes." But studio enthusiasts who did look at them had gone to such lengths of language as to declare, "He'll knock 'em dead !" One fellow actor did nearly that for him. It happened in a fight scene, with various huskies mixing it up and a yacht-depth tank of water to make the brawl still more ambidextrous. A fist swung out and caught the innocent from abroad on the point of his chin. Now that incident might have been part of the directorial purpose of John Ford, who has his full share of an Irishman's love of fight. Possibly, but be that as it may, young Greene went down with great success. But he picked himself up, weaved forward, and dived into the tank. Mr. Ford nodded his head in serene approval. The kid could take it. "My grandfather, Wallace Davidson, was the one to buck me up," said Richard Greene. " 'God bless you, my boy, and keep you on the front side of the screen.' My grandfather was the first to exhibit films in England at a time when they were shown on both sides of the screen. Spectators at the rear saw the picture in reverse for a smaller fee than was paid by those sitting in front. He added the ad In "My Lucky Star" Sonja Henie and Richard Greene make a comely couple. vice, 'Keep your head and save your money.' Secretly, I swore I'd spend my first American money for a car. I have a small one, and with it I've found something I like best of all here — the drive-in restaurants. I've gone to every one in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It's great fun sitting in a car and eating one's meals. We don't have 'em over there. If ever I make enough money to do it I'm going to open a 3rive-in place in London." That sounded as though he were already planning to return to roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I looked disappointed. "As far as I'm concerned," was his instant reply, "they can keep me out here for the rest of my life. I've been so bitten by California that it seems like my second home. All I ask is that they let me be myself. I want to be judged by my work, not by any accidental resemblance to someone else. And I don't like gush. Acting is a profession, and has nothing to do with the personal side of anyone in it. I hate having that side brought out. Being called 'Dimples,' for example, drives me into a white lather of fury. I don't mind what work they give me to do just so long as they let the rest of me alone." He turned to the fish he was having for lunch. And as our chin-wag happened to be on a Friday, it was my guess that this Englishman has a dash of Irish in him. Fish aside, I take him to be a good trencherman. Certainly the eupeptic look of him suggested good red meat. His face held none of the pallor exhibited by some of our stars. Here is one movie actor who carries his own color. "After my Hollywood baptism, I'm now going to try frozen water," he laughed. "I'm doing a picture with Sonja Henie — she's delightful — and it's great fun. I can go fairly fast on skates, but the trouble is I can't stop. That proved most humiliating at a rink in England one night when the band played 'God Save the King' and everybody stopped — everyone but me. _ I went round and round till a shocked assistant grabbed me. I needed practice. I still need it, so I'm going over to the set. Come along?" 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