Picture-Play Magazine (Mar-Aug 1926)

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55 Teacups new idols, of long-awaited premieres engages Fanny the Fan's interest. Bystander being formal — went abroad for a vacation a few days after the opening. They stayed here long enough to get the thrill of watching long lines at the box office. I saw them before they left, and Mrs. Niblo remarked on the difference between New York and Hollywood premiere audiences. Here, she said, every one looks sort of gray and middleaged. That isn't altogether true, though. I'll match May Allison against any ingenue anywhere for youth and vivacity and glorious pirjk-and-gold coloring. But after you've named May it is hard to mention any one who can compete with the Hollywood beauties that turn out for every big film event. "Every one who comes to New York, either for a vacation or to make a picture, tries to crowd all the plays, operas, hockey games, prize fights, and night clubs into a brief visit. Then they spend their days running from shop to shop, and the result is they look all fagged out and old in a week's time. But they have memories enough to tide them over a long exile in Hollywood. "After being here for weeks and weeks and doing her shopping in a leisurely manner, Helen Ferguson started running around ■wildly the last few days. It suddenly occurred to her that she might as well do a thorough job of dazzling Patsy Ruth Miller on her return. So she got a new, tight hair cut, bought a lot of new dresses, and all the new kinds of slipper buckles and fancy slipper heels she could find. I hope Pat is properly impressed. "In the midst of her most breathless shopping tour Lois Wilson sent word to her that May McAvoy was arriving, so Helen did take time enough out from her buying orgy to go to the train to meet her. "May came East to make 'The Savage' for First National. That sort of evens up misfortunes between May and Dorothy Mackaill. Twice May has fallen heir to marvelous parts because Aileen Pringle came to New York for a vacation and, as usual, several picture producers wanted to borrow her and put her to work. photo t>» Bfcbea Photo by Edward Thayer Monroe Before the craze for color photography dies out, if ever, some one ought to film May Allison in her natural colors. Dorothy was busy making something much less interesting. But this time Dorothy got the marvelous title role of 'The Dancer from Paris' and May has to make 'The Savage' which Dorothy turned down. "May can afford to make more than one program picture with 'Lady Windermere's Fan' and 'Ben-Hur' spreading her fame on Broadway. She wasn't here for the openings of either, incidentally. She did arrive, though, in time to attend the gala opening of 'The Sea Beast' at Warner's. I can tell you all about what she wore, even to the design of the seedpearl embroidery on her dress, because she sat next to me and during the gruesome parts of the picture I turned away from the screen and looked at her. "I like openings that are conducted with a grand ballyhoo. At 'The Sea Beast' the crowd in the lobby was so dense that two or