Going Places (Warner Bros.) (1938)

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GOING PLACES with CURRENT PUBLICITY FilmComediansGet Into A Jam Session Comedians and movie villains never know what to expect in a picture. Short of winning the girl from the hero, anything is apt to happen to them. Take the case of those tough guys, Allen Jenkins and Harold Huber, for example. They never dreamed they’d be crooning and prancing their way through a song and dance routine. Yet that’s what they found themselves doing for a scene of “Going Places,’ the Warner Bros. farce with music which is now showing at the Strand Theatre. The setting was a Maryland hotel room, Jenkins and Huber, in the roles of race track tout gangsters, were calling on Dick Powell to “‘persuade” him to ride in the big steeplechase. What started out to be a sinister business meeting turned into a jam session. To divert the gangsters’ attention and save his neck, Powell started composing a song. It was a number about a horse and Jenkins and Huber fell right into the mood. They began adding lines of their own. In a moment they were singing them. The song became a dance, with Comedian Walter Catlett joining the frolicking villains. Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer wrote the number. They made it long, as well as funny. When the scene was finished, Jenkins and Huber were puffing like caliopes. “Jeepers Creepers,” growled Huber, “to think that one of the toughest gangsters in all Hollywood should come to this.” (Fashion Story ) Youthful Fashions Shown In New Film By HELEN WALTER A riding habit fashioned without a single thread, a tweed sports jacket trimmed in wide brown silk braid, a silk crepe dress with wide kid belt and accordion-pleated plastron, and a Grecian draped white jersey gown having overskirt which also serves as cape are the highlights of the wardrobe Anita Louise wears in the Warner Bros. picture, “Going Places,” which is now showing at the Strand Theatre. They were all designed by Howard Shoup who is famed for his youthful modes. Anita’s dashing riding costume is made up of jodhpurs and Dutch boy vest in black suede, with all seams, buttons and buttonholes sewed with slim leather thongs. Her blouse of featherweight rose suede is constructed in the same fashion while her matching ascot is pinned with a tiny gold riding crop. The unique sports jacket, which Anita teams with an accordionpleated brown wool skirt, is a mustardy checked tweed. Broad strips of brown silk braid bind all edges and pockets, and on each sleeve there appears a single horizontal stripe of the braid. As youthful as Anita herself is the beige crepe dress with its finely pleated skirt, its wedge-shaped pleated plastron and its roll collar. Her wide crushed belt and the clasp on the collar are dubonnet kid. Youth loves to be served by twoway apparel, so Anita Louise wholeheartedly adores the costume in which an over-skirt doubles as a cape. The dress of chalky silk jersey is draped in the accepted Grecian manner from the shoulder, where it is caught up with a huge antique brooch of beaten gold and rubies. The overskirt can be draped from the waistline to fall into a train or it can be swung from Anita’s shoulders. In either case it is held in place by a brooch which is the twin of the one on the shoulder. Mat 207 — 30: THE HERO COMES HOME-—Dick Powell, after riding a dizzy steeplechase comes home the slightly dazed winner in a hilarious scene from "Going Places,” now showing at the Strand. Supporting him are (left to right) Minna Gombel, Ronald Reagan, Thurston Hall and Anita Louise. BRIEF Anita Louise merely looks at the cuff of her spongy grey wool suit jacket when she wants to powder her pretty nose because each sleeve is cleverly trimmed with a big round mirror button, Anita’s latest Warner Bros. picture, “Going Places,” is now playing at the Strand Theatre. Harold Huber’s earliest childhood ambition was to be a policeman. He’s now a movie gangster in the Warner Bros. musical farce ‘‘Going Places.” Prop men rigged up an eyeshade for ‘“Jeeper’s Creepers,” horse featured in “Going Places,” to keep the strong studio lights out of his eyes during rehearsals. BIG JAM SESSION TONIGHT NOTES | Allen Jenkins believes his latest fan gift is the largest ever received by a film star. It’s a full-sized diving bell sent him by an amateur inventor to help Jenkins’ film underwater motion pictures. Ronald Reagan’s latest pastime is touring the jittering havens armed with a candid camera. Anita Louise does her first singing for a picture in “Going Places.” She harmonizes with Dick Powell in a novelty swing number called “Mutiny in the Nursery.” Dick Powell, star of “Going Places”, spoiled a scene in the picture by riding his horse too well. In the film, he’s supposed to be a novice at the sport. Scenes from ‘'Going Places'' Now Showing at the Strand. Mat 206—30c When LOUIS (Satchelmouth) ARMSTRONG and dusky-voiced MAXINE SULLIVAN get together, it's the biggest swing fest in town. Top right, Armstrong gives out his trumpet; left, Maxine croons sweet swing; bottom, they truck on down with a group of dusky chorus girls. [15] No Moon, No Roses In New Love Scenes Motion picture love scenes aren’t what they used to be. Prop moons, rose-scented gardens, and soft music once were requisite. Today, a crowded subway or an apartment kitchen will serve as a setting and the five o’clock factory whistle will do very well for sound effect. Dick Powell and Anita Louise played their first love scene for “Going Places,” the Warner Bros. picture now running at the Strand Theatre, in a brightly lighted doorway with 200 cocktail party guests looking on. And when they kissed — the kiss is still an accepted essential of cinema romance — the guests were watching closely. It was the sort of thing that could easily happen in real life. Powell had just miraculously escaped death in a daring, if accidental, horseback ride, Miss Louise, flushed with hero worship, met him in the open door, looked into his eyes, and nature took its course. Powell and Miss Louise have other love scenes in the picture. One of them is played in a stable with a couple of curious thoroughbreds and a colored groom as witnesses. Still a third is enacted at a crowded race track, with a grand stand full of spectators as cheering section. Information, Please Before he could telephone home from the ‘“‘Going Places” set at Warner Bros. Dick Powell had to bribe the staff to get his own number. The number is a new one and Powell had forgotten it. After he had dialed four wrong numbers, he appealed to Assistant Director Jesse Hibbs. “Sorry,” replied Hibbs, “but Mr. Powell issued strict orders not to give his new number to anyone.” Script clerk Wanda Sybald carried on the rib. So did Don Page, second assistant director. Not until he had promised to treat the entire crew to chicken dinners did Powell get the number. Formula Takes Rap In “Going Places” That old rascal, formula, is taking a bad beating from Hollywood these days. Apparently out to prove that there is something new under the sun in the way of screen entertainment, the studios are cutting adrift from precedent and raising Cain with precept. The current attraction at the Strand Theatre, for instance, is a Warner Bros. picture entitled “Going Places,’ which embraces a lot of hard horseback riding and some music. According to formula, a horse picture should either be a western or a race track melodrama. And a musical certainly should have a chorus line. “Going Places” doesn’t flourish a pair of chaps or have a six-shooter battle from first scene to final fadeout and it’s equally devoid of scampering chorines. It does have a dash of track melodrama, but just to be different, the race is a steeplechase. As for the music, Dick Powell sings, Maxine Sullivan sings and Louis Armstrong trumpets. What dancing there is, all contributed by Allen Jenkins, Walter Catlett and Harold Huber, is strictly for comedy purposes, with some special routines added by a demon-eyed horse. “Going Places,” which features — besides those mentioned — Anita Louise, Ronald Reagan, Minna Gombel and Thurston Hall, was directed by Ray Enright from a screen play by Maurice Leo, Jerry Wald and Sig Herzig.