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When The Show Opens Opening Day Story — Review — Current Readers
_ (Opening Day Story) KAY FRANCIS COMING TO STRAND TODAY IN "GIVE ME YOUR HEART"
"Give Me Your Heart," a dynamic drama revealing the human emotions of love, passion, hate and sacrifice, comes to the Theatre today with Kay Francis in the stellar role.
She is supported by an exceptionally strong cast which includes George Brent, Roland Young, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Helen Flint, Halliwell Hobbes, zeffie Tilbury and Elspeth Dudgeon.
The picture, a Cosmopolitan production released by Warner Brose, is based on the smashing Stage nit; “Sweet Aloes," by Jay Mallory. The plot of the play is ultra-modern and startlingly daring, and although frank in treatment, is handled with the utmost good taste.
The story concerns the romance of a young English girl with a nobleman who is married to a semi-invalid wife. Their child is taken into the nobleman's family by the grandfather who longs for an heir his son's wife cannot give him. The girl seeks forgetfulness in America, marries a fine business man whom she respects, but does not love.
Torn with mother love and the loss of her child, she seeks to drown her anguish in social gatherings, but her nerves are on the breaking point, and an estrangement seems imminent, when a friend of both families, an English playwright comes to America, where the young nobleman, his wife and "their" son are visiting. He arranges a meeting of the two couples, unbeknown to either. This creates a situation so intense both parties are on the breaking point, but through the bigness of the nobleman's wife matters are finally smoothed out in one of the most tremendous climaxes ever filmed.
The picture was directed by Archie L. Mayo.
KAY FRANCIS HAS HER AUTOGRAPH ON SAILOR'S SKIN
Kay Francis told this one on the set of her latest picture, "Give Me Your Heart,” the Cosmopolitan production now showing at the theatre, as a Warner Bros. release. She was swapping tales about autograph fiends with George Brent.
"I've written autographs on leather jackets, Sweat shirts, frayed cuffs, dog collars and traffic tickets,” said Kay. "However, the one experience along that line that stands out in my mind was when I wrote an autograph on living human skin.
"Once I enjoyed the hospitality of an officer ona French battleship in the Mediterranean. There was a dance on board, refreshments, and some entertainment by actors and athletes among the sailors. :
"My autograph was promised to the winner of a fencing contest. I thought it would be’on a photograph or in an autograph album, but noe The man presented me a copying pencil and showed me where to write it on his bare forearm. There was a sort of oval blank space just large enough for the signature, in the midst of a Soc. Gr tattooing.
" 'That will not last very long,’ I had made the signature.
" "Ah, mademoiselle, it will last until I die. see, I shall go immediately and have this signature tattooed!" "
"Give Me Your Heart" is a stirring drama of a woman's love and sacrifice, taken from the play by Jay Mallory. Miss Francis has the stellar role while others in the cast beside Brent include Roland Young, Patric Knowles,
Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Helen Flint, Halliwell Hobbes, Zeffie Tilbury and Elspeth Dudgeon. Archie L. Mayo directed the picture.
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ARTIFICIAL WIND STIRS FILM TREES FOR FIRST TIME
A new "first time in film history" went on the records when an artificial breeze rustled the foliage of real trees on an artificial lawn, inside a movie sound stage.
According to movie technical men, this simple event has never occurred beforee On rare occasions shots of storm effects, with blowing dust or rain or snow, have been made inside sound stages, but never a breeze merely for the purpose of adding realism to an exterior filmed indoors.
Sound stages being of necessity air conditioned, to shut out noises during the making of scenes, the air inside is always still.
Director Archie L. Mayo broke the tradition in filming a scene of the Cosmopolitan production,
"Give Me Your Heart," which is now showing at the
theatre as a Warner Bros. release. The actors were
in a room surrounded by wide, high windows showing foliage outside. As Mayo watched his scene in rehearsal, it suddenly occurred to him that the stillness of the
leaves and branches outside was unreal.
"In this part of England there's nearly always a breeze blowing outside," he said. "Let's have a fan or wind machine stirring those branches while our scene is played."
A silent electric fan large enough to do the trick was located, and a new paragraph in the history of movie technical realism was jotted down.
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KAY FRANCIS HAS FINEST ROLE IN STIRRING DRAMA AT STRAND
"GIVE ME YOUR HEART" PROVIDES GLAMOROUS STAR WITH OPPORTUNITY TO DO BEST ACTING IN HER CAREER
"Give Me Your Heart," the Cosmopolitan production released by Warner Brose, which had its local premiere at the theatre yesterday, held capacity audiences spellbound by its beauty and entrancement and the sheer power of its dynamic drama.
The picture, based on the smashing stage hit by Jay Mallory, was custom made for Kay Francis. The intensely emotional situations of the play offer her the finest dramatic opportunity of her career, and she rises to them with all the brilliant artistry for which she is famous.
There is a remarkably brilliant supporting cast which includes such famous players of stage and screen as George Brent, Roland Young, Patric Knowles,
Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Helen Flint, Halliwell Hobbes, Zeffie Tilbury and Elspeth Dudgeon.
The play is ultra-modern with a startlingly daring plot, which is handled with the utmost Sincerity and delicacy.
Miss Francis plays a young English girl, reared in Italy, who loves an English nobleman already possessed of an invalid wife.
The child of their union is adopted by the deceived wife who loves it as her owne Later she recovers from her invalidism and regains the complete love of her husband. Meanwhile Miss Francis has gone to America, where she meets and marries a prominent young business man.
She is not happy, however. She grieves for her child, and her nerves are at the breaking point when an English playwright who knows both the girl and the nobleman intimately, secretly arranges a meeting between the two couples.
This leads to a situation in which the sparks fly, when the nobleman's wife suddenly comes to a realization of what is going on and that the other girl is the mother of "her" child. Through her nobility of character she finally solves the riddle and brings happiness to all in one of the most remarkable climaxes ever screened.
George Brent has the role of the American husband of Miss Francis and gives a sterling performance, as also do Roland Young as the playwright and Patric Knowles as the nobleman involved in the romance. Frieda Inescort has created a remarkable character in the nobleman's wife who adopts the other woman's child as her own.
She brings to her portrayal great charm and intelligence.
Henry Stephenson is excellent in the role of the English lord and grandfather of the child he plans to make his heir, as also is Halliwell Hobbes, father of Miss Francis who dies as she is about to tell him of her difficulties. Helen Flint gives a fine performance as an American doctor with whom the playwright falls in love.
Archie Le Mayo has done a fine job of direction.
MOVIE PLAYERS DANCE IN WATER UP TO ANKLES
A circus wagon arriving at a midwestern town broke a hydrant in California. As a result, water flooded the dance floor of a New York hotel.
It happened at the Warner Bros. studio in North Hollywood. The circus wagon, rolling along for a scene in a motion picture, smashed into the hydrant outside a film stage.
Water gushed out and quickly flooded an elaborate hotel set, swishing about the ankles of Kay Francis and George Brent, dancing for the Cosmopolitan production, "Give Me Your Heart," which is now showing at the
theatre as a Warner Bros. release.
The flood of water sent dancers, musicians and technical crew scurrying from the building. Director Archie Le Mayo called the studio's fire department, which found itself confronted with the problem of stopping water instead of supplying it.
Production of the picture was held up several hours, until props could be dried, a process which was hurried by use of the giant fans used in the creating of wind effects.
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KAY FRANCIS' FACE LAUNCHES THOUSAND QUIPS
Helen of Troy's beauty launched a thousand ships, but a certain film actress's beauty launched a thousand quips e
It's the contention of George Brent, currently playing opposite Kay Francis in the Cosmopolitan production, "Give Me Your Heart," now showing at the theatre as a Warner Bros. release, that Kay's beauty puts gentlemen on the set into a romantic daze.
For example, there's Mushy Callahan, property man on the picture, and former junior welterweight champion. If that jokester, Brent, is to be believed, Kay caught Mushy regarding her with dreamy reverence, when Director Archie Mayo, on another part of the set, summoned him. Mushy hadn't heard.
"What's the matter?" Kay asked Mushy anxiously.
Mushy awoke with a start. He blushed all over his battered countenance. The star began to laugh.
"Gee! Miss Francis," he said. "Isn't there someone you'd like me to take a punch at for you?"