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Anthony Averill Former
St. Louis Newspaperman
No movie scout would have. located Anthony Averill where literary agent Don Stetson Davis found him. Nor would Averill, a handsome young newspaper man on the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, have sought movie fame.
Sheer chance brought about his discovery, a competition for his contract by three studios, and a final compromise through which he came to Hollywood on contract to two of them.
With Warner Bros. he had signed a regular, long-term contract. With Selznick he had signed a two-picture arrangement which would allow that studio to call on him to play Rhett Butler in ‘‘Gone With the Wind.’?
Agent Davis, accustomed to being with writers and newspaper men, was with a group of them in the tavern of the King’s Way Hotel, St. Louis. Averill, a member of the party, was induced to make a humorous speech to ‘*the gang’? and sing ‘‘Pennies From Heayven.’’
Davis had just been talking stories in Hollywood, so he saw in Averill a great screen bet. He signed him on personal contract, hustled him to New York — and after a mad whirl of screen tests, had him within a few months, enroute to Hollywood.
Young Averill became interested in amateur theatricals when twenty-four, four years ago. The director of the Community Theatre at Webster Grove, Mo., persuaded him. to become an, actor. So he played Scrooge’s nephew in “* Christmas” Carol,’?* the lead-in ‘Pair. O’.-Sixes,’’’ and: Captain Stanhope in ‘‘Journey’s End.’’
His first picture was Warner Bros.’ ‘‘Mystery House’’? which comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday. He had meanwhile attended the Paramount sehool in New York for several months, and been tested for five important roles with three film companies.
In person Averill is a handsome young man, six feet, two inches and 180 pounds.
Ann Sheridan and Dick Pureell are starred in ‘‘Mystery House’’ which was directed by Noel Smith.
Dennie Moore, who scores a comedy triumph with her portrayal of the jumpy servant girl in Warner Bros.’ detective melodrama ‘“Mystery House,’’ once was chosen as the girl with the most beautiful legs on the New York stage.
“MYSTERY HOUSE” is the title of the thrilling Warner film coming Friday to the Strand Theatre. Group scene above shows the principals, from left to right, Ann Sheridan, Elspeth Dudgeon (in wheelchair), Anne Nagel, Anderson Lawlor, and Dick Purcell, the detec
Walter Winchell Lauds Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan, lovely Warner Bros.’ actress, received a boost toward stardom recently by Walter Winchell, widely-syndicated Broadway columnist for the New York Daily Mirror, drama _ critic, and actor. Winchell called attention to Miss Sheridan’s tovely figure and flaming red locks, which he _ suggested, ‘should be used to dress a few Technicolor films, too.”
Recently chosen by continental artists as the girl with the “perfect American girl figure,’ Miss Sheridan appears in ‘“‘Mystery House” at the Strand Theatre starting Friday.
“LANGE O°LEARY” REALLY PLUMBER
One of the chief essentials of a good mystery story is a good detective hero. Many a novel or movie of the type never achieved popularity because its central eharacter wasn’t interesting.
Mignon Eberhart, one of the erack authors. of ‘‘whodunit’’ novels and films, wrote the latest Warner Bros. thriller ‘‘ Mystery House,’’ starring Ann Sheridan and Dick Purcell. One of her problems when she started this latest mystery series of. novels which were to be filmed by Warners, was to develop a detective hero who would rival the Sherlock Holmeses, the Philo Vanees, Perry Musons and Thin Mans.
The slick, suave detective had been done. The derby wearing oaf had. been filmed to death. The mysterious clue-finder was no novelty. The screen was full of whiskey and soda-drinking sleuths.
And then the bright idea came to her. Why not an ordinary fellow? Someone who moved about like you and me, who laughed at something funny, was serious when the occasion called — a natural character. So she wrote just such a character and here he is!
She was stumped for a name, until one day she passed a store with a sign proclaiming, ‘‘ Lance O’Leary, Licensed Plumber.’’
‘¢There’s my name,’’ she said, and Lance O’Leary ace detective of many a yarn, was born.
tive who solves the murder in a remote hunting lodge.
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Mat 103—15e “MOST PERFECT American
Girl Figure,” is what continental
beauty experts visiting in Hollywood recently said of Ann Sheridan, who will shortly appear in “Mystery House” at the Strand.
Ann Sheridan Falls Asleep
In Bed On Set
The man capable of sleeping in a busy boiler factory has nothing on lovely Ann Sheridan, the film star.
One recent afernoon at 1:30, Ann finished her day’s work in ‘“Mystery House’? at Warner Bros. studio and was told she might go home. The beauteous Ann smiled and stretched languidly.
She was in hed. Attired in a most comfortable suit of pajamas, she had spent the morning in that bed filming scenes for the picture.
Ann yawned prettily. Then she turned on her side and snuggled into the covers. ‘‘I’m going to rest for a minute,’’ she said, ‘‘and then go home because I must go to a preview tonight.’’
With filming of the picture continuing on the adjoining set, Ann fell asleep. Despite the noise and commotion emanating from the set, she continued to sleep, soundly and well.
And at six o’clock when the company finished shooting, -Direetor Noel Smith had to awaken her and send her home!
Ann has the feminine lead, opposite Dick Pureell, in ‘‘ Mystery House,’’ which comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday. The picture was made from a_sereenplay by Sherman Lowe and Robertson White, based on Mignon Eberhart’s mystery novel.
Dick Pureell, Warner Bros. featured player, never makes engagements that will interfere ‘with a Sunday devoted to fishing, .«One recent holiday he took owuti 45 mackerel off Malibu.
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Real Mysterious Sound Stops ‘Mystery House’ Set
Two Studios Sign Anthony Averill
Anthony Averill, recently signed by both Warner Bros. and Selznick International, is the first new actor to be brought to Hollywood on contract to two competing film concerns. Averill will soon appear at the Strand Theatre in his first Warner film, ““Mystery House.” For Selznick he must do two parts, one of those possibly being the much-disputed role of Rhett Butler in “Gone With the Wind.” He is tall, dark, and young, and a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where he was a star end on the football team.
DENNIE MOORE FOLLOWS CAGNEY
On West 47th Street in New York City, within a brick’s throw of the brownstone house where a little boy named James Cagney
lived, Dennie Moore a boy — was born.
Like Cagney, Dennie Moore decided to enter the chorus and like Cagney, chorus work she did. Again she followed in Cagney’s footsteps and stepped from the chorus to roles in Broadway plays.
Again like Cagney, she came to Hollywood with a Warner Bros. contract to start her motion picture career. Her first screen role since signing the contract was ‘*MysteryHouse.”?This is “the thrilling detective film that opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre.
After serving her apprenticeship in the chorus, Dennie Moore struck out for legitimate roles — and soon she was a full-fledged actress. She has since appeared in more important Broadway plays than she can remember. Among them are ‘The Trial of Mary Dugan,’’ ‘Pursuit of Happiness,’’ ‘‘ Three Men on a Horse,’? ‘20th Century,’’ ‘*Swing Your Lady’’ and Poreh: Song?
Her first . screen opportunity came about when George Cukor yas looking about for a cockney character for ‘‘Sylvia Searlett.’’ He remembered Dennie Moore, and now she’s in the movies.
a girl, not
A puzzle-question, in addition to the one propounded by the story itself developed during the filming of ‘‘Mystery House’’ at the Warner Bros. studio recently.
It involved a strange and eerie crackling that blurred the dialogue of the actors and the temper of the sound men.
The scene was a hunting lodge. A snow storm was raging. Ann Sheridan and Dick Pureell, the stars, entered during a_ swirling semi-blizzard.
Five times the scene was started. Five times Soundman Les Hewitt shouted ‘‘Trouble!’’ The disturbance was something new to this veteran detector of fugitive noises.
Hewitt is the man who first found a buzzing bee in a microphone, who ferreted out a peannt eater at -25 yards,.He can hear.:a cough from one end of a stage to the other. Noises are his natura! prey. He is one of Warner Bros’ ace trouble shooters. But this new strange crackle was a puzzler.
Les solved it by a process of elimination. He checked everything from the floor to the ceiling and found the trouble halfway be tween. It was snowflakes lighting on actors’ shoulders and slidinz off.
The ‘‘snow’’ was erisp corn flakes. The men on the eat walks above who conducted the ragin» storm simply dampened the snow. Then the show went on.
““Mystery House’’ comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday. It was directed by Noel Smith from a screenplay by Sherman Lowe and Robertson White, based on a Mignon Eberhart mystery novel.
Dick Sleeps Little
Dick Pureell, Hke~ Napoleon, sleeps only four hours a_ night, which enables him to combine his studio work with social life, squash, swimming, and allows him to do a great deal of reading. His latest Warner Bros. picture is ‘‘ Mystery House,’’ which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre.
William Hopper, son of the late DeWolf-Hopper, has just recently memorized his father’s favorite poem, ‘‘Casey At The Bat,’’ which he plans to deliver on the radio in the near future. His latest Warner Bros. picture is ‘‘ Mystery House,’’ which will be seen at the Strand Theatre next Friday.
NEW STAR TEAM finds the lovely Ann Sheridan in the arms of bruising Dick Purcell in “‘Mystery House,” Warner Bros. thriller coming to the Strand Theatre Friday. Ann plays a nurse while Purcell is the easy-going Detective Lance O’Leary made famous by
the Mignon Eberhart novels.