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Plan Screen Vamp Gowns To Sway Moods of Actress
Claire Dodd, “Gambling Lady’? Home Wrecker, Thinks Costumes Most Important to Villainess
actress, for the artist falls readily into the role for
.. may not make a man, but they do make an
which she is dressed and the slinky trailing silks of
the modern screen ‘‘
vamp’’ are planned as carefully for
their effect upon the wearer as for the impression they give
This is the belief of Claire Dodd, blonde young Warner Bros. player, whose specialty is breaking up homes on the
silver sereen and who continues to smash hearts and hearths in “Gambling Lady,” which comes TOMEMG acne Theatre on
who igs an ambitious, studious and eapable actress, seems entirely pleased with the unsympathetic roles to which she hag been assigned, and she has created really distinctive types of sirens, each differing from the other.
Menace To Screen Brides “ve been a menace to the screen happiness of practically every star on the Warner Bros. lot,” says Miss Dodd.
“If I sincerely believed that playing unsympathetie roles meant that I would never be given the opportunity of leading roles, ’d probably beg the studio powers to let me do now the sort of things I want to do later.
“T did enjoy working with Barbara Stanwyck, who is not only one of the most talented actresses I’ve ever met, but is one of the most generous and ¢onsiderate of stars. No member in the cast of a Stanwyck picture is able to justly eomplain that his back is always to the camera.
“If a scene demands that Miss Stanwyck be photographed from an unfavorable angle, the scene is shot just that way instead of being rewritten, as is the case with many important players.
The Part Gowns Play
“Unless an actress is given a part with great opportunities to display her technical and dramatie ability, she is always interested in the clothes designed for her use in a particular picture.
“In ‘Gambling Lady’ Miss Stanwyck wears the most extensive and up-to-date wardrobe ever assembled for her in one production, and she proves conclusively that wearing clothes is not the least among her many talents.
“Orry-Kelly also designed some interesting creations that I wore in the picture. At the time that he showed me the sketches we discussed the relation of color in gowns to their effect on a woman’s mood when she wears them.
“He was emphatically of the opinion that a screen vampire, more than any other player, has to dress her part. What the audience sees is merely the general effect of the costume, the fabric, and to a greater degree, the lines, but the actress herself cannot help but be influenced in creating a mood through the color of the garment itself.
Influence the Moods
“Come to think of it, perhaps it’s Orry-Kelly’s subtle influence that makes me content to be a screen siren. He has been designing clothes for me in tawny, dusty shades that would make any woman feel like Sappho.”
In “Gambling Lady” Miss Dodd has the role of a two-timing society girl who does her best to break up the home of Miss Stanwyck who is happily married to a wealthy man about town, portrayed by Joel McCrea.
There is not only another woman in “Gambling Lady,” but another man, Pat O’Brien, who is very much in love with the gambling lady.
The picture is based on the thrilling romance by Doris Malloy in which Miss Stanwyck is depicted as a square shooting gambler who takes chances not only at the gaming tables, but with the game of life, playing it with the same courage and cool assurance as she does her ecards.
Others in the cast include C. Aubrey Smith, Phillip Reed, Philip Faversham, Robert Barrat, Ferdinand Gottschalk and Willard Robertson. Archie Mayo directed the picture from. the screen play by Ralph Block and Miss Malloy.
Joel Holds A High Pair
The pair of queens which Joel McCrea
something to talk about.
seems to be holding in his hand is really Claire Dodd and Barbara Stanwyck are the ladies concerned. They battle for h
Mat No. 9—20c.
is affections in “Gambling Lady,” the Warner Bros. film coming to the Strand Theatre on Thursday.
The cast of “Gambling Lady.”
From the bottom up we see Pat O’Brien, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea and Claire Dodd. The film comes to the Strand on
Thursday. Mat No. 12—10c.
Stanwyck Wears Muff With Wedding Gown
Muffs for all occasions, sports, street, afternoon and evening, were designed for Barbara Stanwyck, the gambling queen in the Warner Bros. picture, “Gambling Lady,” now showing at the... ape SETA tials Sonesta} Theatre. She even carries a muff with her wedding
gown when the gambling
lady marries a wealthy society man. This is of shirred velvet to match her gown, and is
adorned with a cluster of ermine tails.
Norman Hapgood Visits Faversham on Set
Philip Faversham, who plays the role of a society gambler in Barbara Stanwyck’s latest starring picture for Warner Bros., “Gambling Lady,” now showing SCTE Os ete ewede. uss her ‘Theatre, entertained his father, William Faversham, and Norman Hapgood, editor and former Ambassador to Denmark, on the set at the studio during the produetion of the picture. Hapgood, who is godfather to young Phillip, was in Hollywood to lecture on the recognition of Russia and spent a day watching the flickers being made.
Real BrideW atches McCrea Woo and Win Screen Love
Supervises Technique of Spouse As He Courts Barbara Stanwyck in “Gambling Lady”
HETHER it’s fun for a bride to have a chance to W publicly eriticize her husband’s love-making technic, or if it is more annoying to have one’s groom rush from her arms to make passionate love to another woman, are questions of domestic relations that could be answered by Mrs. Joel McCrea, if she should ever decide to
Joel McCrea, who shares honors with Pat O’Brien in the two leading masculine roles opposite Barbara Stanwyck
in the Warner Bros. picture, “Gambling Lady,’ now showing BPG ARN eas ae a! Theatre,
was recently married to Frances Dee, but true to the traditions of his art that “the show must go on,’ rushed back to the studio, bride on arm, and his honeymoon was spent in wooing and winning beauteous Barbara Stanwyck.
Bride Not Jealous
McCrea is a famous screen lover, but bis wife is not a bit jealous. In facet, she constantly watched his work and criticized his technique, much to the amusement of Archie Mayo, the director; Pat O’Brien, his screen rival in love; Claire Dodd, C. Aubrey Smith and other players.
McCrea, however, insisted it was good for him to have his love-making supervised by his wife, because it made him nervous, and a bridegroom should always be nervous. Not even to his closest friends would he admit it cramped his style. After the picture was finished, the couple departed on. their delayed honeymoon, the happy groom having the unique privilege of being able to tell his bride, should oceasion ever arise, “Well, you taught me.”
Chance for Fame
McCrea was born in Pasadena, but despite some success in high school and eollege theatricals, had no thought of adopting the sereen as a profession until Sam Wood, a well known director, saw the young man in a college play. Wood had journeyed to Pomona College to see his daughter, Jean, who also had a part in the production. Wood talked to the big six foot two college senior. The
“Gambling Lady” Herself
result was a screen test and a chance to take a small part in “The Jazz Age’.
Shortly afterward he was given an important role with Marion Davies in “The Five O’Clock Girl,’ and then a featured role with Greta Garbo in “The Single Standard”. He was the juvenile lead with Will Rogers in “Light
nin and had the leading masculine roles with Evelyn Brent in “The Silver Horde,” with
Dorothy Mackaill in “Onee a Sinner” and “Kept Husbands”. Services in Demand McCrea has gained the reputation of being Hollywood’s busiest leading man, being featured in rapid succession in such pictures as “Born To Love,” “The Lost
Squadron,” “Bird of Paradise,” “The Most Dangerous Game,” “Sport Parade,” “The Silver
Jord,” “Rock-a-Bye” and “Chance at Heaven’.
MecCrea’s favorite sport is swimming and he spends much of his spare time at the Santa Monica Beach Club. He owns a thousand acre ranch near Hollywood on which he raises cattle for the market and breeds fine horses. He can be seen most any time he is not working astraddle a brone and riding herd on his ranch.
In this picture McCrea has the role of a wealthy society man who marries a square shooting gambling lady, who is so loyal to him she sacrifices her love to save him from a murder charge of which she knows he is guiltless. The picture is based on an original story by Doris Malloy and adapted to the screen by Ralph Block and Miss Malloy.
Lovely Barbara Stanwyck, who comes into her own at last with her
finest cinema effort, “Gambling Lady,” itt which she is teamed with
Joel McCrea, Pat O’Brien and Claire Dodd, comes to the Strand Thursday.
Mat No. 6—20c.