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Warren William Featured As Big Political Boss In “The Dark Horse’’ Comedy
» The first political picture of our hectic political annum is due here soon,
In a General Election year, with primaries, con
ing the nation; with candidates rom_ poundkeeper to president engaging he voters, “The
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Advance reports reaching the management of ther) yi) put “The Dark Horse” in the running as one of the standout screen offerings of the year. Aside from its timeliness, the picture apparently is an authentic story of political manipulation, highlighted by comedy and melodramatic action in which Warren William, the sensation of “The Mouthpiece,” plays the role of a “maker of men.”
The screen play was written by Joseph Jackson and, Courtenay Terrett, two of Hollywood’s ace writers and former political reporters on metropolitan dailies.
Bette Davis, triumphant in ‘The Man Who Played God,” starring George Arliss, “So Big” and “The Rich Are Always With Us,” Ruth Chatteron’s latest success, Guy Kibbee and Vivienne Osborne, both featured contract players of the Warner Bros.First National Studios, all have important roles, while other well known names in the list are Frank McHugh, Sam Hardy, Robert Warwick, Burton Churchill and Harry Holman.
The production was made under direction of Alfred E. Green, two of whose recent pictures, “Union Depot” and “The Rich Are Always With Us,” are among the sensational screen successes this year.
Warren William gives a stirring portrayal of a high powered man of action in “The Dark Horse” that even surpasses his great work in “The Mouthpiece.” The character he portrays is likeable, that of a reckless, devil-may-care personage, who inspires men through his magnetic per
Many of the scenes are laid in a
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“The Mouthpiece” Proved Warren William Worthy
Of Top Screen Rating
Elevation of handsome and capable Warren William, First National player now playing in “The Dark Horse,” one of the first political pictures of the present year, which COMES: bo THe. egies Theatre next HO FRING (piel , to stardom ig only a question of moments, so great has his popularity in his latest releases proved.
That will make him one of the few dramatic movie stars who began their careers in the A. E. F. William, after the armistice, joined a soldier show troupe and, after touring the war zone, returned to America a full fledged actors
He was an outstanding leading man on Broadway with Mary Boland, Billie Burke and other famous women of the stage, when he was airplaned to Hollywood, just one year ago, by Warner Bros.-First National.
Since then he has wrought havoe with the hearts of feminine movie fans. His latest masterpiece, “The Mouthpiece,” brought Warren William to the front as one of the best actors in pictures. And now his work in “The Dark Horse” is hailed by metropolitan critics as even greater than the best he’s done before.
In “The Dark Horse,’ William is featured with Bette Davis, and Guy Kibbee. Others in this picture of a political circus are Frank McHugh, Vivienne Osborne, Sam _ Hardy, Robert Warwick, Harry Holman and Burton Churchill.
Alfred E. Green, director of “Disraeli,” “Union Depot” and “The Rich Are Always With Us.” directed “The Dark Horse.”
quarters of the candidate for governor, committee rooms and debating auditorium.
The story coneerns the “Maker of Governors” (William) whose personal magnetism sweeps everything before him, except in his own domestic and financial difficulties. The particular angle of this story deals with his electing as governor a candidate who is an absolute dumbbell. His domestie difficulties are tangled up between a beautiful secretary he loves and a gold digging ex-wife.
The treatment is light and airy and somewhat satirical entertainment with no inelination toward moralizing.
Bette Davis Has Been Lucky In Getting What She Wanted Out Of Life
Bette Davis, blonde First National player who plays opposite Warren William and Guy Kibbee in “The Dark, Horse’) coming tothe ike. APH SALre sweat ke ke is wondering just how long her luck is going to hold out.
Everything, so far, that she’s wanted from life she’s got. She wanted to go to an exclusive academy in New England. Her mother was of very limited means, but Bette worked her way and went. She wanted to be an actress and play with Richard Bennett on Broadway. She did—in “Solid South.” She wanted to try her hand at the movies—and did. She wanted to play opposite George Arliss. She did.
And now she’s afraid.
There are only three things left that she wants very badly. A son, and then twins, a boy and a girl. And she isn’t married yet, so she’s wondering But then Bette’s only 24, and there’s a boy back at Amherst, so the story goes, who’s only waiting until she says the WORE: ie
Bette and William are supported by a large cast in “The Dark Horse.” Among the prominent players in it are Frank McHugh, Vivienne Osborne, Sam Hardy, Robert Warwick, Harry Holman and Burton Churchill, most of whom are seen as politicians of one kind or another.
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Guy Kibbee Possesses Title Of Hollywood’s Most Photographed Star
If someone asked :you who the most photographed individual in Hollywood is, you’d probably say Joe E. Brown, wouldn’t you?
Or at least Ruth Chatterton or George Arliss.
Well, as a matter of fact, Guy Kibbee holds the honor right now, believe it or not.
Guy plays the role of a gubernatorial candidate in the First National production, “The Dark Horse,” Warren William’s latest picture which comes to the......... Theatre i eh AMD In fact Guy Kibbee is the Dark Horse—and in order to properly present his sterling qualities to his constituents, even in the
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Courtenay Ter York reporter a | Warner Bros. ne a hurried trip to Washington, C. to study certain aspects of tional politics before adapting ‘ith Joe Jackson, “The Dark ape First National’s first political co nedy of the presidential election year, which comes to the: oe 2 see WRemre >... S. with Warren William, Bette Davis, Guy Kibbee and Ls) aim Osborne playing the leading roles.
“The Dark Horse” deals ostensibly with state polit’es, but is modelled, nevertheless, along the lines of national political campaigns. There are characters, written into “The Dark Horse” by Terrett, that movie fans will recognize as great national political figures.
“The Dark Horse” was directed by Alfred E. Green from the story by an anonymous author.
The specially seleeted cast includes Frank McHugh, Sam Hardy, Robert Warwick, Harry Holman, Charles Sellon, Robert Emmett O’Connor and Burton Churchi’l, all of whom are seen in political, party roles.
Alfred E. Groen directed.
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motion picture, photographs had to be taken of him.
Some were tuken to show him tieing a ribbon/on a prize bull at a county fair, others to show him as an Indian Chief at the very moment of induttion into the tribe. He was snapped as a fisherman, standing knee-deep in a _ swirling Sierra stream; jas a referee in a horned toad race; kissing a baby at the baby show; judging a beautywinning contest; working in a mine with a pick and shovel; as a business man and as a farmer. Each picture was supposed to) appeal to a certain class of voters.
These pictures were used for political campaign advertising purposes. There were large twenty-foot placards, and there were handbill press pictures enlarged for the lec: ture platform, and little round yellow badges with his photograph on them for the school clildren.
Kibbee thinks with all the printing of his picture, he can come close to winning an actual election if the ambition ever strikes him.
Warren William, Vivienne Osborne and Betty Davis are featured in the picture.
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Guy Kibbee Almost Exhausted Supply Of Old Congress Gaiters
Wearing out six pairs of congress gaiters a day ought to give Guy Kibbee, First National player now in “The Dark Horse,” a political comedy coming to the ...... Theatre MOXG ie Ne , some sort of record.
Kibbee plays the role of a gubernatorial candidate who has trouble with swelling feet. A kindly convention neighbor advises him to use a knife on the gaiters, and Kibbee does.
It’s a nice comedy touch, but hard on congress gaiters, six retakes diminishing the supply by six pairs.
Prominent Pugilist In “The Dark Horse”
Many world celebrities like to slip into Hollywood, work for a while incognito as an extra on some of the motion picture sets, then go back to their own world.
Earl Mastro, leading contender for the world’s featherweight championship, was discovered working on the set of his friend Al Green, director of “The Dark Horse,” the First National picture coming to the ........ Theatre next...... ,» with Warren William, Guy Kibbee and Bette Davis.
*‘Dark Horse’”’ Author Is Well Known Politician
Anonymity guards the identity of the author of “The Dark Horse,” the political comedy drama coming tothe TW: Theatre! next. i/o ‘ which Warner Bros.-First National have launched simultaneous with the activities of a presidential election year.
Too many national figures and too many national issues are discussed for the author to make himself known, say the producers.
Warren William, Bette Davis, Guy Kibbee and Vivienne Osborne have the leads in the picture.
“The Dark Horse’’ Draws Largest Actor Cast
In “The Dark Horse,” featuring Warren William, Guy Kibbee and Bette Davis, Al Green, the director, was called upon to direct the greatest number of name characters that ever appeared in a talking picture. Ninety-seven persons have bits in the picture. “The Dark Horse” comes to Phe: erie ie THEATRE MOR: ifs Gis Me
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Staging Political Convention
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It takes more time and trouble—and perhaps even more money—to stage a State Convention for a motion picture than it does to stage the same convention for a gubernatorial election!
This was revealed to the hard-working art department of First National studios when they had to furnish a convention hall, a theatre, and a full-grown town for the newest Warren William-Bette Davis comedy of American political life, ‘‘The Dark Horse,’’ which comes to the......... Theatre next........
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Starting with what they thought would be the hardest item, the town-—they found it the easiest. The theatre was harder, be
cause they had to build that. Movie fans don’t as a rule know what an audience at a political debate looks like, and the whole thing had to be shown. So there was a theatre to build.
But a theatre, even by the greatest stretch of the imagination is not to be compared for snarls with the building of the state convention hall. A very certain kind of cheap wooden seat is always used in convention halls. Red, white and blue bunting, draped in a definitely prescribed manner, had to be obtained to outfit the convention hall for “The Dark Horse.”
But the hall had to be filled. What does the average American who goes to conventions look like? What was the state to be represented? What did the people wear there?
Once the hundreds of extras were assembled, certain matters of formality arose. How did the chairman open a convention? How many men sit on the platform with him? How
many women? What are the rules governing the various sections of the convention, their separate chairmen, committeemen, representatives, speakers?
Warren William, who professes to be something of a student of polities, believes that it is only a question of time when the conventions as we know them today will be done away with.
“They’re carried on today,” he says, “practically as they were in Lincoln’s day. Except that more people attend them, there’s very little difference.’
The state convention, as you see it in “The Dark Horse,’ will be the nearest thing to the duplication of an average State Convention that can be produced. Director Al Green, who has attended Republican and Democratic national conventions as long as he can remember, tried to make his convention in “The Dark Horse” the first realistic one to be shown on the screen.