Paramount Pep (1923)

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12 Paramount Pep One of the Big Scenes The above picture shows the technical staff getting ready to shoot one of the big scenes for “Mr. Billings Spends His Dime,” starring Walter Hiers with Jacqueline Logan featuring in support. This is Mr. Hiers’ first starring vehicle and director, player and cameraman are leaving nothing undone to make it a success. The above is one of the many exterior scenes being taken on location at California. “Bella Donna” Completed “Bella Donna,” the first American-made starring picture of Pola Negri, has been completed after nearly three months of production work at our West Coast Studio, by George Fitzmaurice. “Bella Donna” has occupied the star’s attention since her arrival in America last autumn. A notable cast including Conway Tearle, Conrad Nagel, Lois Wilson, Claude King, Macey Harlam, Robert Schable, Adolphe Menjou and Mario Carilo was assembled for this initial American ap- pearance of the heroine of “Passion” and other European successes. Mr. Fitzmaurice and Miss Bergere will spend the next few weeks cutting and titling the pro- duction. Miss Negri will enjoy a well-earned va- cation before she rejoins the other two members of the trio in preparation for her second American picture, “The Cheat.” Long Island News By Siegel George Melford, now directing “You Can’t Fool Your Wife,” with Leatrice Joy, Lewis Stone, Nita Naldi and Pauline Garon, has added Paul McAllister to the cast. He will have the role of a distinguished and profound experimenter in therapeutic chemistry. Mr. McAllister was last seen in “Peter Ibbetson," wherein he had the role of M. Seraskier. In the present production, McAllister, as Dr. Kon- rad Saneck, compounds a new anaesthesia which permits the surgeon to hold a subject’s life in suspension for hours at a time. A new procedure in staging dance numbers for motion picture productions is being fol- lowed at our eastern studio. As is done in musical comedy, the “ladies of the ensemble are rehearsed in advance of the actual shoot- ing, and it is a common thing for visitors at the Long Island studio to find perhaps two dozen girls in workmanlike rehearsal togs “working out” a new dance. With a director of the dance, and a three-piece orchestra, they practice and rehearse until they get the de- sired kick, snap and pep into their steps. At present there are twenty-four girls from the Ned Wayburn school rehearsing a pirate's dance for the Bootleggers’ Ball in Nassau, which is to be a feature of George Melford’s “You Can’t Fool Your Wife,” by Waldemar Young. Thomas Meighan has cabled from Panama where he and his company of players are making exterior scenes for “The Ne’er-Do-Well,” un- der the direction of Alfred E. Green, that rainy weather has delayed the shooting sched- ule and the company will not return to New York before the first of February. Bebe Daniels celebrated her birthday last Saturday by working all day and part of^the night in scenes for “Glimpses of the Moon,” an Allan Dwan production. It’s not for the p. a. to tell what birthday it was even if he knew but one may guess that there were not many more than twenty candles on the cake.