Desirable (Warner Bros.) (1934)

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Telling About JEAN MUIR Jean Muir was born in New York City, and educated in private schools in the East and in Paris. Returning to Broadway, after touring with John Drinkwater, she became well known through fine performances in “The Truth Game,” ‘Peter Ibbetson,” “Melo,” “Life Begins,’ and “St. Wench.” Less than a year in motion pictures, she has reached stardom through outstanding work in “‘Dr. Monica,” ““A Modern Hero,” “As the Earth Turns,” “The World Changes” and “Female.” Photo on right available—Mat No. 1—20c Hollywood Goldfish Bowl To Her, Says Jean Muir Star of ‘“‘Desirable”’ Doesn’t Like to Have Private Life Pried Into By JEAN MUIR (Starring in the Warner Bros. picture, ‘Desirable,’ the dynamic drama by Mary McCall, Jr., now showing at the —______-__---.---------------------Theatre.) One working here has just about as much chance of | i OLLYWOOD reminds me of: a vast goldfish bowl. submerging one’s private life as a poor fish. I came out here a year ago to work as an actress in mo tion pictures. should remain my own. I was determined that my personal life The actress that was me I would give freely to Hollywood. But the real Jean Muir I vowed I would preserve inviolate from public comment. It was simple to do this, at first. Gradually, as I appeared in one picture after another, the task became increasingly difficult. Every. time I opened a news paper and turned to the motion picture page, it has seemed to me that I discover a new romance I am having. ' One paragraph recently linked me with five very interesting men — William Powell, Dick Powell,Phillip Reed, George Brent and another young man who is not an actor. Of course, it'was flattering, in a way, but frankness compels the admission that the two Powells are just men I have met casually about. the studio, and-the same is true of Mr. Brent, except that he plays opposite me and is my lover in my latest production for Warner Bros., “Desirable”. Hollywood life is concentrated upon only one objective—movies. After being here for nine months I am beginning to understand why this is so. There is keen competition, and we who live in the midst of all the exciting and interesting personalities find them to be an absorbing conversational topic. I find Hollywood’s system -of work a while, and play a while, difficult to follow.. Aside from my work at the studio, I feel like a lost..soul. Jean Muir, star of Warner’s “‘Desirable,” at the Strand. Mat No. 2— 10c I don’t go to dancing parties, beach parties, picnic parties, or just parties. Several times I have tried to join in, but I constantly find myself confused. I seem unable to say what I should think instead of what I really think. In Hollywood when an actress does not run with the pack, she immediately becomes a _ Lone Wolf, and a Lone Wolf in Cinemaland has a hard time. Hollywood is extravagant, which jars my Scotch instincts. But Hollywood is a grand place in which to work hard, and that’s exactly what I want to do for the next five years, until I earn the $250,000 I set out to make. Jean Shivers Before Log Fire in July It was mid-July, the temperature, under the Kleig lights, was well above one hundred degrees. Yet Jean Muir, clad in a heavy leather coat, stood in front of a blazing log fire and shivered from the cold. Director Archie Mayo, to give a realistic touch to the scene, dropped a hand full of ice down the back of her dress just as the cameras turned. Jean shivered, but the scene was won. And her latest film “Desirable” was one step nearer completion. Blonde Jean Muir joins with raven-haired George Brent in ‘‘Desir able,” the new Warner Bros. romance coming to the Strand Theater on Wednesday. Verree Teasdale and John Halliday are featured in the cast of favorites. Mat No. 12—20c JEAN MUIR Jean Muir, now playing the leading role in the Warner Bros. picture, “Desirable,” at the ERE atte ie Theatre, is the best knitter in the film colony—and the poorest liar. She had her future mapped out years in advance. She is a tall, long-legged girl who walks with a swinging stride. She has generous hands and feet and accentuates the latter by wearing long flat-heeled walking shoes and white socks. She is ambidextrous and writes a neat backhand script with either hand. She is fond of children, likes to take them to circuses and enjoys nothing so much as decorating Christmas trees. Jean talks to herself when she is alone and to anybody who will listen when she isn’t. She hag ideas about everything—some of which she admits are merely prejudices. She wears no costume jewelry and would rather attend a funeral than a wedding. Jean is convinced that no one is entirely happy. She eries at the end of the first day of work on every new picture. She once learned to live successfully on eight dollars a week. She doesn’t read mystery stories nor funny papers. She does not think some people are luckier than others, but she knows how many legs a fly has and she has slept in a sleeping bag. She likes old book stores and fast speed in automobiles. She would like to watch a great surgeon operate and she is curious about the people in houses she passes at night. She has never found a four leaf clover. In fact, she has never spent any time looking for one. She is not superstitious about opals. They are her birth stones. Jean has been poor but she has never been inside a pawn shop. She hkes to climb mountains and eat picnic suppers. She has Jean Muir’s Film Rise Real Cinderella Story Leaps From Obscurity In One Year To Leading Role in ‘‘Desirable”’ Someone used the phrase, intending to describe ck ‘ OLLYWOOD CINDERELLAS!”’ the movie city’s young stars who have vaulted suddenly from obscurity to renown. If any one of them is a Cinderella, that one is Jean Muir. She has reached dizzy heights as quickly, and with as little warning, as did the girl of the glass slipper. Even Hollywood, long used to skyrocket careers, has watched wonderingly this swift ascent. A year ago Jean Muir, Jean Fullarton then, was not only unknown; she was not even in Hollywood. She was an obscure understudy on Broadway and she had played but one real part—in a production that lasted a week. When she reached Hollywood she was just as unknown as before. Recently this young lady completed the leading role in Warner Bros.’ screen version of “As The Earth Turns” and now she has the. stellar part in “Desirable,” WhielwoOmMes to the. ss. ee---s Re AAO TON. ee ee es at Between this and the obscurity of a year ago lies a story that outdoes Cinderella’s own. All the season before Jean worked as an understudy, that is, when she could find a job. In New York, she had been “very hard up,” she says, just before she got her chance to come to Hollywood. Now she hag no worries of that sort. Some months previously, Jean had made a test for another company. The young man who made it with her (his name, by the way, is Franchot Tone) had been signed at once. Apparently nothing was going to come of the test—for her—and Jean had forgotten all about it in the stress of job-hunting on Broadway. Suddenly there was a call from Warner Bros. New York execu an Intimate Portrait by Carlisle Jones never slapped a man. She has found that to laugh at him hurts him more. She doesn’t like to swing or play golf or sleep in a hammock. She doesn’t smoke, but she reads the shopping news and attends auctions. Jean doesn’t like puns, her clothes hangers don’t match and she doesn’t like to hear a clock tick. She has been in Hollywood for a year without a serious love affair. Her real name is Jean Muir Fullarton and it goes without saying that she is Seotch!! In “Desirable,” a stirring drama of theatrical and high society life by Mary McCall, Jr., Miss Muir has the role of an unsophisticated girl whose mother has kept her hidden in a boarding school because she fears her daughter will interfere with her theatrical eareer. Others in the cast include George Brent, Verree Teasdale, John Halliday, Charles Starrett, Joan Wheeler and Pauline True. tives of the company had seen the test, made so many months before, and wanted her to go to California. Jean went — two days later. This was the most thrilling thing that had ever happened to her. Once on the Warner lot, however, her heart sank again. There seemed to be no assignments for the novice from New York, and the ones that were discussed with her were obscure. Then, with the abruptness that seems to characterize Jean’s career, and Cinderella’s,. there was another change in luck. Mervyn LeRoy selected her for a leading role in the east of “names” which supported Paul Muni in “The World Changes’. Jean made a swift—and deep— impression. Almost at once she got a new assignment—this time an entirely different one, the leading role opposite Joe E. Brown in his hilarious “Son of acSailor”. Next came an important role in “Beside” and, as soon as that was finished, the part of all parts that Jean wanted—Jen in “As The Earth Turns”. In “Desirable,” a stirring drama of theatrical and high society life by Mary McCall, Jr., Jean has the role of a naive and unspoiled daughter of a Broadway star, whose mother has kept her hidden in a boarding school. Others in the cast include George Brent, Verree Teasdale, John Halliday, Charles Starrett, Joan Wheeler and Pauline True. Personification of the simple lass is lovely Jean Muir, whose latest picture “Desirable” will be seen at the Strand beginning W ednesday. Mat No. 11—10c Page Three