Picture-Play Magazine (Mar-Aug 1927)

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no Is iNeVer ontent very reason, he has won success on both ;reen. Because Leslie Fenton is never what he has already accomplished, but jjer to push ahead to new conquests, he name for himself, and will probably 2n bigger one before he is through. ly William H. McKegg 1 ', I can never feel content," Leslie Fen;ssed. "Two years ago, when I first pictures, my one desire was to climb to 1-day. And now, though I realize that progress, I find that I'm still not satisgo further, jveling along a road with many turnight each distant turn, you think you d there, only to discover, when you road stretches still farther ahead." jarette, slid down in his chair, and let out toward the sunlit Pacific. We the porch of his Santa Monica home, 11 view of the ocean, done a thing I wanted awfully to do, s so wonderful as I thought it would have a glimpse of Leslie Fenton, a rtly explains why he has, within the fo years in the movies, succeeded in more than fifteen pictures, and acable fan following. Still — he is not ither is he discontent, t he is always wanting to strike out His twenty-three years have been f adventure. He came to America m he was seven years old. Liverthplace. But he knows more of lis native land. Since childhood, he seeking to realize a succession of not much more than a boy, he felt His room overlooked a railroad light, he used to hear a freight train for an unknown destination. He One night he decided he would, g his landlady discovered nothing but the occupant. ne of many similar escapades that lifetime. He has always had a water, and has more than once (friends, to sail off on a boat to |e him, in whatever capacity, p, after he had had a good taste fe. For a while, he wrote reams 'rote a story, and even sold and \ some of the poems. \of twenty-one, having roamed jitten, he suddenly decided to \ New York stage is not very but Leslie did manage to get rest he ever came, however, iderstudy to Glenn Hunter in play with a stock company. But Hollywood is just about New York is to stage ispi Photo by Spurr Leslie Fenton has, in his varied career, been tramp, poet and shortstory writer, as well as actor. This photo shows him as Clyde Griffiths in the Los Angeles stage production of "An American Tragedy." rants. And extra work loses its fascination after a while. "This is one ambition I'm going to abandon," Leslie told himself, after having tried in vain to get a real part on the screen. He decided to give the movies up, and unhesitatingly accepted the juvenile role in the stage play, "The Goose Hangs High." He left Hollywood — for San Francisco, where the play was running. But when it came down to Los Angeles, Leslie suddenly found himself headed for the movies again. Pursue the movie goddess, and she flees from you; but turn your back on her, and likely as not, she'll turn and start pursuing you. Before his show closed, Leslie had received offers from six different film companies. He went to work for Fox, and was soon distinguishing himself. Among the most notable of the pictures in which he appeared while under contract with that company were "East Lynne," "Havoc," "Sandy," and "What Price Glory." His latest Fox release is "Jungle Rose," with Dolores del Rio. F. W. Murnau, the German director, thinks very highly of Leslie. "He is a fine young actor," he says. "He has depth and a fine comprehension of characters. I liked particularly well his work in 'Havoc' There is power in Fenton's acting, and he knows how to make the best of it." Leslie has now left Fox, and is, at present writing, Continued on puge 114