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KAY FRANCIS FOUGHT LURE
OF THE THEATRE FOR YEARS
"GIVE ME YOUR HEART" FINALLY SUCCUMBED TO DESTINY OF HEREDITY
The desire to be an actor or an actress seems to be inherited. A glance at the family trees of stage folk Shows that the passion for acting at least is contagious for the offspring. :
Or perhaps it's a curse which goes on down unto the last generation born.
Kay Francis, who has the stellar role in the Cosmopolitan production, "Give Me Your Heart," now showing at the theatre as a Warner Bros. release, made half-hearted attempts to escape. Her mother, the well-known actress Katharine Clinton, probably gave her that idea. Or perhaps Kay's earliest memories, which were of rapid moves from place to place, influenced her.
She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklae, and moved with her family to Santa Barbara, California. Then to Los Angeles. Then to Denver, Colorado. Then to New York City, where Kay's mother secured a long engagement on the stagee
Convents, Miss Fuller's School for Girls, and the Cathedral School in Garden City, Long Island, gave her her education and gradually diverted her early ambition to be a trapeze performer to other athletic aims. She won tennis tournaments, sprints and relays.
Completing college, and already bitten by the drama bug through writing, producing and acting in a class play, Kay made a last desperate gesture to avoid a stage career. She took a secretarial course learned typing and shorthand, and shortly found employment with Mrs. Dwight Morrow, and later Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt.
At any rate she had a brief career with both ladies, wound up with an eight months tour of Europe, and decided to cease the struggle against becoming an actress.
She had the luck to step into the cast of the modernized version of "Hamlet," which made a big hit.
Then she played in stock in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Dayton; returned to Broadway to appear in "Venus," "Crime," and "Elmer the Great."
It was inevitable that the movies got her. Her first film was the lead opposite Walter Huston in "Gentlemen of the Press," and after a few more successes she was Signed by Warner Bros.
In "Give Me Your Heart," her current starring vehicle, based on the stage play by Jay Mallory, she has two leading men, George Brent and the handsome young Englishman, Patric Knowles. Frieda Inescort, Roland Young, Henry Stephenson, Helen Flint and other favorites appear in support, under Archie L. Mayo's direction. The screen play is by Casey Robinson.
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FILM STARS ALL HAVE SIDE LINE WORK BETWEEN SCENES PLAYERS IN "GIVE ME YOUR HEART" KEPT BUSY ALL THE TIME
Kay Francis knitted sweaters. George Brent worked out card tricks. Roland Young wrote chapters for a forthcoming volume of satire. Patric Knowles studied Spanish with a tutor. Frieda Inescort read, edited and criticised a certain writer's new detective-mystery book manuscript.
And all the while they were making the Cosmopolitan production "Give Me Your Heart," now showing at the
theatre as a Warner Bros. release.
The old days of merely sitting around talking or playing cards are about over. On most movie sets all sorts of activities occupy the spare time of the principals. Stories are written, business deals discussed, interviews given, fittings are made for tailors, and so on.
The fact that the principals in a production such as "Give Me Your Heart" have time for such things between scenes has always puzzled outsiders. Actually, it represents the ultimate arrangement in movie-producing efficiency.
Since all such players are on weekly Salaries, they are required to stand by ready for work on those days when scenes in which they figure are to be made.
Archie L. Mayo, who directed the film welcomes diverting activities for his players between scenes.
Mere waiting makes them stale and fagged at the end of a long daye Activity, particularly something quite apart from their screen work itself, keeps them fresh and ready to give scenes before the cameras their best efforts.
Rehearsing must nearly always be done in the scene, before the cameras and immediately preceding the actual filming and recording. Dialogue is memorized "in the rough" by most players at their homes, the night before it is to be spoken. It is given a final rapid conning, usually with the dialogue director, just before a scene goes into rehearsal.
Only an occasional dialogue rehearsal (huddle) is necessary between scenes. Most directors taboo prolonged dialogue study because in practice this shows a tendency to rob movie line-reading of Spontaneity.
All of these conditions, emphasized rather than otherwise by the increasing efficiency of movie mechanics and the better understanding of artistic principles, create more rather than less time between scenes for important players. So in the future, even more than today, there'll be more and better knitting, boondoggling, literary work and what not from our stars on the set.
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ROLAND YOUNG YEARNS TO BE VILLAIN IN MOVIES COMPLAINS HE'S ALWAYS CAST AS FAITHFUL FRIEND AS IN "GIVE ME YOUR HEART"
Life, aS seen by screen writers, is filled with faithful friends. In every film there is at least one. Sometimes he is a novelist, Sometimes he is a dramatist, Sometimes he is a doctor and sometimes he is a lawyer. He is always on tap to give advice, straighten out tangles and pat the heroine's hand.
; "And I'm always it," said Roland Young.
At the moment, Young is Kay Francis' faithful friend in "Give Me Your Heart," the Cosmopolitan production now Showing at the —_Theatre as a Warner Brose release. He is a dramatist and novelist and it is he who Shows Miss Francis the way to happiness and who pats her hand.
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He looks forward to the time when, as of yore, he can play the blackguard who makes faithful friends neceSSarye
Young doesn't know why casting directors always choose him as the faithful friend. "Maybe it's because I look genial and harmless," he said. "I'm not, really.
I have a very black heart and if I choose I can make my eyes gleam with evil. I can look as villainous as Claude Rains which is very villainous, indeed."
Young feels that there are a great many better faithful friends than he is. Henry Stephenson, who plays a father in "Give Me Your Heart" is the finest faithful friend, according to Young. He is the lawyer-doctor type and there is in his face a fine benevolence.
"Faithful friends must always look benevolent," Young said.
Henry O'Neill is the clergyman-type. looks benign.
C. Aubrey Smith is one of the best faithful friends. He is the old English lord type, gruff and crochety, but with the heart of gold so necessary to those characters who go about patting the hands of the heroines.
Young has sent his list around to all casting directors in Hollywood.
"Then maybe they'll leave me alone," he said. "Perhaps they'll cast one of my list of faithful friends and allow me to be the villain for a change."
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GEORGE BRENT NOW KNOWN AS THE HERMIT OF ENCINO MASCULINE LEAD IN "GIVE ME YOUR HEART" SELDOM LEAVES HOUSE EXCEPT FOR FILM WORK
There's a hermit living not far from Hollywood.
He's a tall Irishman much too good looking for a recluse.
He is George Brent, the hermit of Encino, who has the
leading masculine role in the Cosmopolitan production,
"Give Me Your Heart," which is now playing at the theatre.
There was a time, not long ago, when Brent was much in evidence at parties and at smart restaurants. The chatter columnists were always seeing him there and with a beautiful woman on his arm.
But no one sees him on the boulevard or at the night clubs these days. He is at the Warner Brose Studio when he is working in a picture. But when the camera Stops, Mr. Brent goes home to his small ranch in the hills overlooking the San Fernando valley. His neighbors are Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Pat Knowles, Joan Blondell and Michael Curtiz, yet Brent doesn't drop in on them. He stays at home with his dogs and his pipes and his books.
If friends stop by, he is a perfect host, cordial and charming. But he seldom invites other residents of the film colony to call on him. And he never gives parties.
This hermit business is a new phase in the life of the man who once was a dispatch rider for the Irish rebel, Michael Collins. And Hollywood is wondering what has brought it about.
Is Brent a hermit because of unrequited love?
Brent resents these conjectures. He says they are Stupid. He's a hermit because he likes to be alone. That's why he was so enthusiastic about flying last year. Even that has palled on him. Recently he sold his plane.
He isn't unhappy. He'll tell you that he is happier than he has ever been, that he has worked out a mode of living that is particularly pleasant.
"One has to find one's own amusement," he says.
"I find mine in books. I find it walking out into the night and looking at the stars. I find it in talking to my dogs."
"Give Me Your Heart" is a Stirring drama of a womans! love and sacrifice taken from the play by Jay Mallory.
Kay Francis has the stellar role while others in the cast include Roland Young, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Helen Flint, Halliwell Hobbes,
Zeffie Tilbury and Elspeth Dudgeon.
Archie Le Mayo directed the picture from the Screen play by Casey Robinson.