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GOING PLACES with ADVANCE PUBLICITY
ANITA LOUISE plays the delovely debutante who sets Dick Powell's heart a-racing in "Going Places,’ Warner Bros. delightful new swingtime comedy which is scheduled
to open at the Strand Theatre on Friday.
Anita Louise, Star at 21, Grew Up with Hollywood
For a girl of twenty-one, Anita Louise who plays the romantic lead opposite Dick Powell in “Going Places,” coming to the Strand, has had an amazing variety of experiences.
She’s been rich girl, poor girl, peasant and princess. She has travelled on two continents and has had more romances than she can remember. The greatest stars of stage and screen have been, and are, her friends. She has even died.
That’s because she has been acting in pictures since she was five. And in her sixteen years before the cameras she has played almost every type of role in productions ranging from roaring melodramas and slapstick comedies to tragic dramas and romantic musicals.
Some well meaning persons have been inclined to pity Miss Louise because she stepped almost directly from the cradle into a career. They feel she must have been robbed of a normal childhood.
Miss Louise, however, feels she has been very fortunate. Looking back, she woudn’t trade her experiences in pictures for any carefree childhood joys she may have missed. Looking ahead, her future holds more promise than those of the average girls just turned twenty-one.
Miss Louise doesn’t even remember when she started working. Before she made her movie debut, she modelled for advertisements of a nationally known breakfast food.
Her first picture, made in New York, was “The Sixth Commandment.” It was a silent production, in which Neil Hamilton played the lead role.
Other screen parts followed and the baby actress also did stage work, appearing in the New York production of ‘Peter Ibbetson” and other plays. When film production began to center almost exclusively on the West Coast, her mother took her to Hollywood.
She was fortunate in escaping the dread “awkward age,’ which spells defeat and oblivion for so
many child actors and actresses. Her career progressed without interruption and her transition from young girl to adult roles was so gradual as scarcely to be noticeable.
Versatility has been, and is, one of Miss Louise’s greatest assets. She played a young murderess in “The Firebrand,” the picture which brought her a long term contract with Warner Bros. She was the fairy queen, Titania, in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a young mother in “Anthony Adverse” and played one of her many daughter roles in “The Life of Louis Pasteur.” Recently she received wide acclaim from the critics for her sparkling portrayal of the pleasure-loving sister, Helen, in the current dramatic hit, “The Sisters,” with Bette Davis and Errol Flynn.
Famed Ranch Seen
In “Going Places”
One of the world’s leading race horse breeding farms makes its motion picture debut in “Going Places,” the Warner Bros. farce featuring Dick Powell and Anita Louise which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre.
It is the famed Conejo ranch, 10,000 acre estate of the Janss family and is located in the California foothills some 40 miles north of Hollywood. In the picture, it is seen as a Maryland breeding farm,
Among the 101 blue-blooded thoroughbreds on the estate are Top Row, Boxthorn, Special Agent, Naishapur and other makers of turf history. And, matching the caliber of the stock, equipment of the ranch is as complete and modern as any to be found in the world.
Stock, stables and practice track of the estate all were employed to give authentic background and atmosphere for “Going Places,” which reaches its action climax in a thrilling steeplechase race in which Dick Powell rides the music-mad_ horse, “Jeepers Creepers,” to victory.
TOP ROW HAS LOST TASTE FOR BLONDES
Anita Louise and Top Row, the famous race horse, patched up an old feud one day when the actress was working in location scenes for “Going Places,” the Warner Bros. picture opening
next Friday at the Strand Theatre. The scenes were being shot that day at the Southern California ranch which is now Top Row’s home.
The last previous time Miss
Louise and Top Row had met was on the day that the great little horse won the Santa Anita Handicap.
On that occasion the horse had attempted to bite the beautiful blonde actress as she was trying to place the wreath of victory around his neck. When they met again at the ranch, the retired race horse was very friendly, so Miss Louise fed him sugar and had her picture taken with him just to show she harbored no grudge against him.
Dick Powell ‘Says It With Kiss
Recording musical numbers for a motion picture is all in the day’s work in these modern times, as was well illustrated one day on the set of “Going Places,” the Warner Bros. picture opening at the Strand Theatre next Friday.
Dick Powell was about to sing a love ballad to Anita Louise. The stage wasn’t closed, the members of the troupe were not talking in awed whispers and there wasn’t an atomizer or throat lotion in sight.
Seated at a baby grand piano, Powell was running scales and burlesquing a grand opera aria. Miss Louise amused herself by tickling his ribs to make him choke when he reached for a high note.
A couple of pipe-smoking electricians adjusted a light a few feet from his head and Powell didn’t so much as wince, The cameraman loosed a blast of cigarette smoke, said everything was ready to go and Director Ray Enright announced “we'll take it.”
Powell struck a couple of notes on the piano and at Enright’s nod, launched into the song, “Say It With A Kiss.” He went through it as easily as though he had been singing in the bath tub at home instead of on a film stage.
When the scene had been recorded, Powell walked off the set humming “Say It With A Kiss.”
‘Swune Her Way ToFKame& Fortune
Giving voice to an idea has brought fame and financial independence to a colored girl who worked as a domestic and waitress just a few years ago.
Maxine Sullivan is the sepia Cinderella. Her idea was to make swing music sweet and she chanced to have the voice to carry it out.
That’s how she became popular enough to be demanded by Hollywood, where she recently sang for scenes in the Warner Bros. musical farce, “Going Places,” which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre.
Miss Sullivan used to sing while she cleared up tables in her waitress days. She’d croon softly, in order not to attract attention.
She liked swing music and she loved to sing it. She couldn’t, however, endure the noisy, semi-shouting that often passes for singing.
She had an uncle who led a colored band and he gave her a chance to experiment with her idea of singing swing sweetly. They appeared in a number of small cities in Pennsylvania, and when it looked as though she really had something, Miss Sullivan went to Pittsburgh, where she got a job singing in a place called the Ben Harrison Literary Club.
It proved to be a musician’s hangout and Miss Sullivan was right in her element. She began singing favorite old melodies in swing rhythm. The sweeter the melodies, the better they sounded in swing.
“Loch Lomond” was one of the first old favorites she sang in swing. In movie parlance, it was colossal. She made a phonograph record of the song and overnight found herself famous.
Miss Sullivan remained in Pittsburgh a year, then moved into the Onyx Club in New York. It was supposed to be a tryout engagement but after her performance she could almost name her own ticket. She stayed at the Onyx a year. Then came Hollywood.
Miss Sullivan is one of the most petite adult entertainers ever to face the Hollywood cameras. She’s just four feet, 11 inches tall.
She’s 27 years old but looks younger. At 24, she was fairly well resigned to a life of waiting on other people. Now she has a maid of her own. Putting soft melody to swing rhythm proved to be a good idea.
DICK POWELL DOES A CORRIGAN-—It looks like Dick tries to go the famous ''wrong
way" Irishman one better in "Going Places," hilarious steeplechase comedy which is
coming to the Strand Theatre on Friday.