Prairie Thunder (Warner Bros.) (1937)

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PUBLICITY—PAGE 2 , ee ee Towns Are Made To Order kor Western Movie Plays Frontier Village Is Thrown Up In Hurry For Foran’s “Prairie Thunder” You expect miracles in movie studios. You expect to be amazed again and again at every visit to a set. You’re prepared for anything that may happen. But no matter how much you may be forwarned, you can’t suppress a gasp when you turn a corner and see, instead of the green meadow that was there three days ago, a sprawling western town. No miracle this. Just another job for the Warner Bros. studio workers. A telephone call from Breezy Eason, director of “Prairie Thunder,” starring Dick Foran, which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre. “Say, I need a western town for my picture.” “Sure,” says the voice at the other end in a matter of fact voice. “How do you want it?” The specifications are given — and three days later, there it is. As you stroll through the deserted village, there is no feeling of a movie set. You’re in a western town—even though you know that there are 2 x 4 planks holding the fronts of the buildings up. Even the sidewalks are boarded. They creaks as you walk on them. Here and there a board sags under foot. Some are rotted with age. Dick Foran Mat 1o1—10¢ Horn Casino. There’s the Elk And Honest John’s—he’ll buy and sell anything. The Pony Hotel, hitching post and all — Harry’s Feed and Grain Store—the Express office—the general store— Mike’s Beer Hall—they’re all here. At any moment you expect the door to open in one of the small one-story homes and see a gingham-gowned lady stroll out. But no. Youw’re in a deserted, — movie village. Are you? There’s a clatter of hoofs and a band of cowboys turn a corner, guns in hand, galloping toward you. Your heart stops beating for a moment and you wonder if it ean be real—if you’re seeing things. And then you see the sound and camera trucks rolling around the corner behind the whooping cowboys and realize that the picture will be shooting in a few minutes. FORAN HEALTHY MAN The healthiest male in Hollywood is none other than Dick Foran, red-headed, 6-foot Warner Bros. star, according to Dr. Ludwig Pershonsweiger of Vienna, who is visiting the film capital. Dr. Pershonsweiger weighed, measured and tested Foran on the set of his latest western romance, “Prairie Thunder,” which opens next at the Strand Theatre. After leaving Hollywood, Dr. Pershonsweiger intends to visit all the principal cities of the U.S. in his search for the healthiest male in the world. Maybe Dick will prove to be that man. INDIANS ADOPT FORAN Dick Foran, the film star, is the only white man who was ever made an honorary chieftan in four Indian tribes. Already inducted into the Sioux, Iroguois and Blackfoot tribes, Foran was made an honorary chief in the Navajo tribe by Chief Rising Sun and other Navajo Indians working in “Prairie Thunder,” Warner Bros. western. It comes to the Strand Theatre next week. Novel Technique Offered By Girl In First Movie A novel technique in characterization, called “Basie Concept,” has been evolved by Ellen Clancy, 18-year-old dramatic actress recently signed to a Warner Bros. contract. On the set of “Prairie Thunder” in which she has her first featured role, Miss Claney explained about her acting theory: “<Basie Concept’? more clearly defines the character one is called upon to play. Essentially, it traces the character’s life back before the play or film opens, and then follows the character after the play closes. In that way, you get to know your character so much better, feel closer to it, and then acquire more logical reaetions to certain situations in the script. “T don’t think an actress can rely on her intuition to convey a character to an audience. If I were to play a woman of the streets, I don’t know enough about one to do her justice. So I try to mentally recreate her life before the film opens, and then imagine what happened after the play closes. I realize that you don’t always get your character correctly. But at least you get consistency—even if it is bad.” Ellen Clancy hasn’t had much opportunity to put her ‘Basic Concept’ theory into practice, only having appeared in a few plays before signing her Warner eontract. She hasn’t been able to do much with her cowgirl heroine character, because girls aren’t too important in westerns. But she’s got her fingers crossed—and hopes for a real good dramatic role soon. “Prairie Thunder,’ which has Dick Foran, the Singing Cowboy, as its star, and was directed by Breezy Eason, comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday. OFFICIAL BILLING Warner Bros. 40% Pictures, Inc. presents 5% PRAIRIE THUNDER 100% with DICK FORAN 715% (The Singing Cowboy) 10% Ellen Clancy—Frank Orth— Wilfred Lucas 20% Directed by B. Reeves Eason 20% Original Screen Play by Ed Earl Repp 10% A First National Picture 20% caused by unfriendly Indians. town and rescue the gang. FORAN FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM Mat 201—20c¢ In the pioneer days of the West, men lived by their wits and their ability to shoot before they were shot. This scene shows Dick F oran, Ellen Clancy, and Frank Orth, facing a difficult situation in a scene from Foran’s latest western thriller, “Prairie Thunder.” ELLEN A DESIGNER Outside of film acting, Ellen Clancy’s greatest ambition is to be a designer. She has never bought a dress in the last three years, wearing Clancy designs exclusively. She has her first feminine lead opposite Dick Foran in Warner Bros.’ production ‘Prairie Thunder,” now showing at the Strand Theatre. DICK’S OLD WEAPONS Dick Foran, the cowboy star, is an ardent collector of old shooting irons — probably because of his connection with western films. His most valuable piece is one used by the Pilgrims when they landed at Plymouth Rock. His latest Warner Bros. film, “Prairie Thunder,” is now at the Strand Theatre. PRODUCTION STAFF Director.................. B. Reeves Eason Sereen Play by.....Ed Earl Repp Photography by Ted McCord, A.S.C. Film Editor... Harold McLernon Art Director..................... Ted Smith Sound by.................. Dolph Thomas THE STORY PRESS and PROGRAM SHORTS KNOWS HIS GREEK Frank Orth, hard-riding cowboy pal of Dick Foran’s in “Prairie Thunder,” the latest Warner Bros. Western movie, is an authority on Greek history and is well-known for an important paper on Pericles. Hé utilized his time between scenes reading volumes in the original Greek. He will be seen in “Prairie Thunder” next Friday at the Strand Theatre. CAN HANDLE ROPES In a knot-tying contest held on the “Prairie Thunder” set at Warner Bros., Olaf Borgson, a former sailor, tied more and better cowboy knots than any of the cowboy extras in the east. He’ll be seen with Dick Foran when “Prairie Thunder” opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre. CAST OF CHARACTERS Rod Farrell..................... Dick Foran Joan Temple............ Ellen Clancy Wiachitae2s.,050025 Frank Orth Nate Temple......... Wilfred Lucas bynch se Albert J. Smith High Wolf............... Yakima Canutt Matson.................. George Chesebro Blachy..22..c:230505. Slim Whitaker Colonel Stanton...J. P. McGowan Lieutenant Adams...John Harron Foreman... Jack Mower COAG, os) otc Henry Otho Nees <0 eeee Paul Panzer Rod Farrell (Dick Foran) is a member of the U. S. Cavalry assigned to duty along the telegraph lines. With his pal Wichita (Frank Orth), he goes out to find a break in the telegraph lines, Locating the broken line, Rod and Wichita follow hoof-prints to the Indian camp, where they discover a white man, Lynch (Albert J. Smith), has been inciting the Indians to prevent the coming of the railroad, knowing that it will ruin his freight business. Rod captures Lynch and brings him to the jail of a nearby town. Matson (George Chesebro), Lynch’s right-hand man, sees this and gallops off to get aid from the Indians, who return, burn the They capture Rod and his girl Joan Temple (Ellen Clancy). Lynch places the girl in Matson’s hands and rides off with Rod to the Indian eamp where he plans to torture, then kill him. Wichita sneaks into the camp, releases Rod and they both ride off to rescue Joan. On their way back to town, they meet the inhabitants in covered wagons leaving their fireridden homes. They warn them that the Indians will surely attack, but too late. Into sight comes Lynch with the entire tribe of Indians. In the ensuing battle, the odds favor the Indians, and when they resort to flaming arrows, all seems lost. . Just as the redskins are about to swoop down on them, the U.S. Cavalry rides into the scene and saves the day. Lynch tries to escape, but Rod rides after him and brings him to justice. | WESTERNS ARE 10 MOVIES AS STOCK IS 10 BROADWAY Through the years, western films have served the motion picture industry in the same capacity as the traveling stock companies once bore to the Broadway stage. Just as the brighter stars of the legitimate stage served their apprenticeship in road companies, many of our screen luminaries started their careers in western films. The most notable example of the rapid rise from hoss-opera to stardom is Gary Cooper. Another range rider was Richard Arlen. Among the feminine players who have learned the A’s and B’s of emoting in the prairie school are Sally Eilers, Mary Brian, Louise Fazenda, Jean Parker, Claire Trevor, Fay Wray, Billie Dove, Cecilia Parker, Mary Astor, Madge Evans and Marguerite Churchill, When Warner Bros. began a new series of western films starring Dick Foran two years ago, they decided that in them their young actresses could get a groundwork in motion picture work and prepare for featured roles in bigger films. So Dick Foran had a new leading lady in every one of his westerns, many of them getting their first sereen opportunity. as In “Prairie Thunder,” which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre, Ellen Claney won the feminine lead. A vivacious, blonde, 18-year-old girl, recently signed to a contract, she had appeared in a small role in “Alcatraz? before stepping into the western. According to Breezy Eason, director of the picture, this plan has proved invaluable to the studio. In her work thus far, Miss Clancy has shown herself to be a capable dramatic actress. After viewing the “rushes” on the film, producers discovered that Miss Clancy is a good dramatie bet—and from the west another leading lady may be forthcoming. Others who have started in the Warner. Bros. school of western leading ladies have been Jane Bryan, Jane Wyman, (Carol Hughes, June Travis, Anne Nagel, Linda Perry, Helen Valkis, Sheilla Bromley and Patricia Walthall. ACTOR SAVED AT SEA The life of Dick Foran, western movie star, hung in the balance for one harrowing hour when he was washed overboard from a freighter on which he was working during a summer vacation from Princeton. He related the story for the first time during the making of his latest Warner Bros. outdoor drama, “Prairie Thunder” and still shudders as he tells of that hour in which he miraculously stayed afloat in a raging sea as the crew struggled to row a small boat within reach of him. “Prairie Thunder” will be seen next Friday at the Strand Theatre. It was directed by Breezy Eason and has Ellen Claney as Dick’s heroine. DETERMINATION WINS Ellen Claney wins the Warner Bros. award for determination. Her heart set on being an actress, she reported to Casting Director Max Arnow once a week for three years. Each time she was refused a screen test. Finally in desperation, Mr. Arnow assented to the test, was amazed at her histrionie ability— and a contract resulted. Miss Clancy is appearing in her first featured role in “Prairie Thunder,” Warner Bros. western starring Dick Foran, which comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday.