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Barbara Stanwyck Finds Fans From Coast To Coast
One constant in a changing world is the loyalty of fans, a virtue sometimes tinged with eccentricity, but always highly regarded by the stars.
Come war and_ revolution, flood or drought, the fans continue to resort to extreme measures to get a fleeting glimpse of their favorite screen celebrities or to establish a momentary personal contact.
Barbara Stanwyck, currently starring in Warners’ newest drama, “My Reputation,” at the Strand, recently disclosed a few of her own experiences in this respect which occurred during her tour of the country when the star visited military and naval establishments.
“Tt seems the fans grow more, not less, ingenious as the years go by,” she declared.
“I thought, with the war and other diversions, that the fans would possibly be distracted,” she said. ‘Such, however, didn’t prove to be the case.”
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Miss Stanwyck made another novel point about fans. The belief has been prevalent that they come exclusively from the lower income groups. The star has conclusive proof that this isn’t true.
While on tour she visited one of the most fashionable and exclusive department stores in the South.
“Barbara was _ recognized shortly after entering the store,” said Miss Barnes, the star’s constant companion and close friend. “Immediately a crowd of smartly dressed people started following.
“But the climax occurred when she went into a dressing room to try on a gown. They came along, opened the door, and took a peek inside.”
In Dallas, Texas, the fans’ .
enthusiasm was further inspired by the additional presence of her husband, Robert Taylor.
“The high point of our experience with the fans there,” Miss Stanwyck added, “was when we had breakfast by ourselves in a hotel breakfast room which had glass walls. The fans lined up on the outside and kept us company as we ate.”
Now The Cocker Spaniel Is Toasted In Hollywood
Running in number one position at the end of the film stars’ dog leashes now is the cocker, which has outdistanced all other breeds in popularity, it was recently revealed by Jack Gorton, trainer, and leading dog source in Hollywood.
“The cocker has nosed out the police dog and the great Danes,” says Gorton, two of whose dogs, pointers, can be seen in the Barbara Stanwyck starring film, Warners’ “My Reputation,” currently at the Strand.
Likes Big Dogs
“Hollywood has always had a great affection for big dogs, especially Belgian shepherds and Danes, but about eighteen months ago they started going out of fashion.
“IT don’t know whether this was just a fad or not. Maybe the war had a lot to do with it. I remember many of the stars got in touch with me at the time and expressed alarm at not being able to buy meat.
“Shortly after that dog food stands featuring horsemeat began to spring up along Hollywood Boulevard, and since that time there hasn’t been any shortage of food. But when it
comes to shifting tastes in dogs, I guess a person shouldn’t look for any logic.”
Many Own Cockers
Among the stars and other players who have acquired cockers are Irene Manning, Alexis Smith, George Brent, Ann Sheridan, Errol Flynn, and Joan Leslie.
Gorton said when he first arrived in Hollywood many years ago the reigning favorite was the airedale. This breed was followed by the collie, and then there was the period when dog racing was popular and the wolf-hound became the number one dog.
After that came the French poodle, which Claudette Colbert popularized, and immediately after that the Irish setter was in style. English bulls also had a brief vogue, they were followed by the police dogs, Danes, and now the cockers.
“Don’t ask me how long the cockers will stay in style,” said Gorton. “If dogs could talk, they’d tell the stars something about the fickleness of the public, including the film people.”
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Scotty Beckett and Bobby Cooper play Barbara Stanwyck's young sons in the new Warner drama, "My Reputation,’ which is currently playing at the
Strand Theatre. George Brent supports Miss Stanwyck in the film which also
features Lucile Watson, Warner Anderson, Eve Arden and John Ridgely.
It Looks Like A Visit To The Great Wall As Barbara Stanwyck Plans A Chinese Venture
Barbara Stanwyck, who is currently starring in Warners’ newest film drama, ‘“‘My Reputation” at the Strand, always wanted to be a China missionary but had to abandon the idea when she became an actress. Recently, however, China “‘called”’ again and at last she will be a missionary.
It will be in an ultra modern way, though, and will take advantage of her ability as a leading actress.
She agreed to appear in one of a series of international good-will pictures which the Chinese government is planning
to produce shortly. tradition.
In it she will interpret the American
Miss Stanwyck gave her promise of cooperation to Dr. Fung Leon Tuang, Chinese diplomat, who visited her on the Warner Bros.’ set during the filming of her current picture, in which she appears opposite George Brent.
Movies Have A Horse To Thank For Lucile Watson
Lucile Watson, remembered for her memorable portrayal of Bette Davis’ mother in “Watch On The Rhine,” remains in Hollywood only because of a fractious horse and the absence of an elevator in a private New York home.
Currently playing the role of star Barbara Stanwyck’s mother in Warners’ newest hit drama, “My Reputation,” at the Strand, Miss Watson is among the most sought after actresses in Hollywood but she would spurn it all for a return to Broadway were it not for a couple of ill turns of fate.
Months ago, before pictures had lured her away from New York City, she had returned to the barn after a ride with Ruth Chatterton. As she dismounted from the horse, a gust of wind carried a piece of paper against the horse’s feet.
He kicked at the paper, but struck the actress’ knee, instead. It has troubled her ever since. Her home is a two-story house, and going up and down the stairs is painful. She tried to have an elevator installed, but priorities prevented that. The result is that she had to choose between living in her house or in a place without steps.
She found the latter in Hollywood, and that, together with the fact that every studio in Hollywood was anxious for her services, combined to pin her down in California.
“When a woman reaches my age—-sixty-three—her home becomes more important than anything else,” the veteran actress explains. “I love my New York house and I look forward to getting back.”
A recent development in the theatre also exerts a pull in the same direction.
“They tell me that war pros
Propeller Arrives Minus Plane But Everyone Is Happy
Barbara Stanwyck’s friend and compainion, Hollis Barnes, received word recently from an express company that a package had arrived for her son, Legene, seventeen, who has become a fighter plane enthusiast since Miss Stanwyck’s husband, Robert Taylor, became a Navy flyer.
The boy’s mother absented herself from the set of the Barbara Stanwyck starring film, Warners’ “My Reputation,” currently at the Strand, just long enough to make a bus trip to the express office, intending to pick up the package.
The “package,” however, proved embarrassing. It was a nine-foot, discarded airplane
propeller, sent by one of Robert Taylor’s friends, who met the boy on a recent visit to Hollywood. The propeller was finally delivered by truck.
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When ladies meet there is always time for a heart-to-heart talk and that holds true for Eve Arden and Barbara Stanwyck in the above scene from Warners’ new romantic drama, "My Reputation" now playing at Strand Theatre.
perity has created an entirely new audience,” she says. “It is made up of people who aren’t accustomed to the theatre. Everything is new and fresh to them. They respond and laugh where the older audience at times was jaded. I’m a comedienne. I love laughs. Maybe that will make you understand.”
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Mat 108—15c LUCILE WATSON, remembered for
her memorable portrayal in "Watch On The Rhine," is featured in the new Barbara Stanwyck starring film, "My Reputation,” at the Strand.
James Wong Howe Receives Eloquent Proof Of Success
An obscure Chinese boy who came to Hollywood twenty-five years ago had his greatest triumph recently when he received eloquent proof that his success in the film colony had broken down in his aged mother one of the most stubborn Chinese superstitions: fear of the camera.
The Chinese boy, now one of Hollywood’s leading photographers whose most recent effort, the Barbara Stanwyck starring film, Warners’ “My Reputation” is currently at the Strand, is James Wong Howe.
When Howe bought his first camera, for which he paid ninety-eight cents, he not only distressed his mother, but convinced her it was a disaster when his first snapshot cut her off at the head.
Recently, however, he received a letter from his brother at the family home in Pasco, Washington, and he knew he had been forgiven. The brother said the mother now wants all three of her sons to become photogra
Other Warner Bros. films which were photographed by Howe are “Danger Signal,” “Objective, Burma,” “Passage To Marseille” and “Confidential Agent.”