Paramount Pep (1923)

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Paramount Pep B In and Around Paramountown By Shirk Superb weather conditions have rendered exterior work the order of the day recently at the Lasky studio, and as a result there are few companies inside. At the Lasky ranch scenes have been made for “The Law of the Lawless,” directed by Victor Fleming and starring Dorothy Dalton, supported by Theodore Kosloff and Charles de Roche. Picturesque, indeed, is the Tartar village erected for this production and there is plenty of exciting action. In one episode a battle scene involved the use of hundreds of horsemen and a lot of ammunition in the way of blanks. “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” starring Mary Miles Minter with Antonio Moreno in support and directed by Charles Maigne, has likewise been made largely at the ranch and in other locations. Feud scenes, a village attacked by a klan of feudists, etc., made the action highly thrilling. Jack Holt’s “The Tiger’s Claw,” directed by Joseph Henabery, was brought to an end last week with a great flood scene also on location. A number of important final scenes showed Holt mak- ing a great jump on horseback over a chasm. “Grumpy’ is being made almost wholly at the studio, in contrast to the others, in a set that is both exterior and interior erected on one of the big stages. This is William de Mille’s pro- duction and Theodore Roberts, May McAvoy and Conrad Nagel are featured. The incidents attendant upon the theft of a great diamond have been made recently. “Prodigal Daughters,” starring Gloria Swan- son, Sam Wood’s production, had scenes on the Argyle lot and in other exteriors. The scenes where Gloria and Ralph Graves (lead- ing man) descend from an aeroplane in a storm and are forced to spend the night at the Cradle Inn, are being made. “Mr. Billings Spends His Dime,” starring Walter Hiers with Jacqueline Logan featured in his support, has been finished by Wesley Ruggles. Hiers left Sunday for Syracuse to marry Miss Adah McWilliams. He will take a trip to the South before returning with his charming bride to Hollywood. “Bella Donna,” starring Pola Ntegri, sup- ported by Conway Tearle, Conrad Nagel and Lois Wilson, is also finished. George Fitz- maurice is now preparing for the start of “The Cheat,” a few weeks hence, with Pola Negri as star, Jack Holt featured and Charles de Roche supporting them. The reproduction of the famous success will doubtless be a great hit with a public that has not yet wearied of the picture, first produced by Cecil B. De Mille. It is a record-breaker among photodramas. Jeanie Macpherson Here Jeanie Macpherson, author of Cecil B. De Mille’s new production, “Adam’s Rib,” is enjoying a brief vacation in New York. On her return to Cali- fornia she will resume work on the scenario of the forthcoming De Mille version of the Ten Commandments. Talking Things Over Jeanie Macpherson, author of many of Cecil B. De Mille’s successes and Paul Iribe are here seen talking things over on the huge prehistoric set of the big production “Adam’s Rib.” Paul Iribe designed and built this huge set which has been the talk of Hollywood and will soon be the talk of the country. Rob Wagner is to Direct Jesse L. Lasky announces that the noted’ humorist who has been doing title work at the studio for a year, will first wield the megaphone for a Walter Hiers picture as yet unnamed. “I don’t expect to create gales of cataclysmic mirth,” says Wagner, known far and wide as author of “Film Folk,” “A Girl of the Films” and “California Almanack.” “If I can make ’em ‘purr’ through the picture—that’s the thing L want.” And Rob’s the boy to do it!