The Crash (Warner Bros.) (1932)

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CURRENT PUBLICITY STORIES Opening Day Story Chatterton-Brent Again Together in “The Crash,” Now At The .._. Theatre The hectic days of post-war stock gambling, the spectacular crash of the stock market, the ruin of the idle rich who went down with it, are de. picted dramatically for the first time on the motion picture screen in “The Crash,” starring Ruth Chatterton and with the sensational George Brent again her leading man which opens today atether ee Theatre. The picture, presented with all the fastidious lavishness typical of a Ruth Chatterton starring vehicle, is based on the successful novel, ‘Children of Pleasure,” by Larry Barratto. Against this colorful background is vividly told the story of a young couple who have made a fortune in the market, only to lose it, like thousands of others, in the debacle that ended a nation’s gambling for quick riches. Ruth Chatterton as the stock broker’s wife, and George Brent, in the role of the rapidly rising broker, earry the burden of the drama, which sweeps from the penthouses of Park Avenue to the tropical latitudes of Bermuda and back to the metropolis before the events that engulf the husband. and wife, finally run their course. Surrounding Miss Chatterton and George Brent, who is her husband, is an exceptionally able cast consisting of Hardie Albright, Henry Kolker, Ivan Simpson, Paul Cavanagh, Lois Wilson, Barbara leonard, Richard Tucker, Helen Vinson, Edith Kingdon and Virginia Hammond. William Dieterle, whose name is identified with such successes as “The Last Flight” and “Jewel Robbery” directed the production, which is an adaptation by the author of the novel in collaboration with Earl Baldwin, author of many outstanding screen adantations._ Miss Chatterton’s wardrobe during the early scenes of the picture is declared by fashion experts to eclipse anything this star has presented for the delectation of women fans since she came to the screen. REVIEW Don’t Miss ‘‘The Crash’ — Chatterton-Brent Superb! oom Score another outstanding success for Ruth Chatterton and George Brent, Hollywood’s sensation, who recently were married to each other. They certainly make the finest screen team that has come this way in a long, long time. PATE POs. ae eer tee, Theatre last night they delighted a capacity audience in their latest First National picture, “The Crash,” a dramatic and smashing story “of the stock market collapse, and its effect on the rich. Miss Chatterton has never appeared in a finer picture. And certainly she has never before had such a fine leading man as_ Brent who, as in “The GEORGE BRENT Rich Are AlCut No. 16 eur: ” Cut 15¢ Mat 5c ways “With Us with the same star, again proves that he is one of the best screen leading men in Hollywood. “The Crash” is something more than just a spectacular drama of the follies of the idle rich, however. In its scope, it undertakes to bring home the extent to which the speculative mania had seized on all classes. It brings out, in a dynamic and startling manner, what happened when the bubble burst. It is entertainment, and what entertainment! The story deals with a beautiful wife, sent by her broker husband to win, from an_ international banker with her “charm,” tips on the market. Just before the erash she is sent again. This time her charm fails. The unexpected drama, the unlooked for results, of this failure, makes a story that is full Page Eighteen Pe ee Ruth Chatterton as Linda in “The Crash,” her second starring picture for First National, in which George Brent, her husband, plays the leading male role. Cut No. 21 Cut1s5c Mat 5c of punch, loaded with thrills and with unexpected twists. Miss Chatterton was never more charming than she is as Linda Gault, the extravagant wife of a struggling broker. She plays each sequence with charm and with a fine dramatic touch, that is all her own. Brent is superb as the husband, carrying a role that might well be overdone, but never for an instant bringing it anything but sincerity and genuineness. Every member of the cast is excellent, including Paul Cavanagh as the other man; Helen Vinson, Hardie Albright, Lois Wilson, Ivan Simpson, Henry Kolker, Barbara Leonard and Richard Tucker. In “The Crash,” William Dieterle again demonstrates that he is one of the finest directors in Hollywood. His direction, smooth and subtle adds greatly to the interest of the story. One paragraph, certainly, should be devoted to Miss Chatterton’s gowns. Prohahlv ~ever hofore has a star had such an array of advance fashions as is displayed in “The Crash,” OrryKelly, a new designer in Hollywood, has certainly demonstrated in this picture that he is a stylist with the creative ability of a genius. “The Crash” was adapted from the successful novel, “Children of Pleasure,” by Larry Barratto. It is a timely, thrilling story loaded with popular appeal that makes an ideal vehicle for Miss Chatterton and Mr. Brent. It is a GREAT picture. Don’t miss it! Prd day of run Army And Stage Gave George Brent His Training The army and the stage gave George Brent, who plays with Ruth Chatterton in “The Crash,” at the ease ee Sen ee Theatre, the training and experience that has made him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. Born in Dublin, Brent had made a name for himself among the Abbey Theatre players in that city, and had distinguished himself as a dispatch-bearer in the Irish rebel army, by the time he was twenty years old. His activities as a militant Irishman eventually made him a fugitive from the British authorities, and he made his escape to America. Here he took up the more peaceful occupation of actor, and for six years played in stock in various parts of the United States. With an aptitude for management, Brent organized and operated six stock companies of his own, in Colorado, Florida and other states. During his years of stock playing, he accumulated a repertory of more than three hundred parts, which he declares make it simple for him to successfully interpret any role a playwright can create. — It took Hollywood more than a year to discover George Brent, but once his ability was recognized by Warner Bros.-First National studios, he began rapidly making up for lost time. Ruth Chatterton pronounced him “The best leading man she had ever known,” and insisted upon having him in the principal role in “The Crash,” her second starring vehicle for First National. Boat day of ran Popular Screen Team Seen Again In ‘The Crash’ One of the most popular screen teams around which there hovers an air of real romance, seen in this city in many months is delighting huge audiences—ats the=. <2 sk Theatre this week where Ruth Chatterton and George Brent are appearing in the dramatic story of the stock market erash, “The Crash.” Brent, the sensational new leading man, who is also her husband, again plays opposite Miss Chatterton in this story, after their initial success together in “The Rich Are Always With Us.” “The Crash,” which has been called Miss Chatterton’s finest picture, is proving one of the most popular films of the season. Aw day of run Ruth Chatterton Wears Gorgeous Clothes In Film Ruth Chatterton, in the stunning setting of dull black velvet and pearls, is the feast in store for the eyes of the patrons of the -.7. 24% Theatre where her latest picture, ‘The Crash,” is on the sereen with George Brent, to whom she was recently married, again playing opposite her. This attractive fashion creation, but one of twenty-two equally fascinating costumes to be worn by the star, originated in the mind of Orry-Kelly, First National designer, who created all her gowns for the picture. Leaving Miss Chatterton’s beautiful shoulders bare, he swathed her in the midnight velvet, close fitting to the point where it reaches a long train, and then added the master’s touch— a narrow flare of starched black tulle around the dropped neckline of the decolletage. The pearls, in a long rope reachino to her knees, bring out fhe autiness of the velvet and the whiteness of her skin. i This outfit was not only very striking, but in perfect harmony with Miss Chatterton’s character in “The Crash,” a story dealing with the effect of the stock market crash on the idle rich. The exceptional supporting cast includes Paul Cavanagh, Hardie AlIlbright, Henry Kolker, Ivan Simpson, Lois Wilson, Barbara Leonard, Virginia Hammond and Edith Kingdon. The picture is adapted from Larry Barratto’s novel, “Children of Pleasure.” 7 day of run Ruth Chatterton Once Supported Henry Kolker Henry Kolker, who plays the role of John Fair, international banker, in Ruth Chatterton’s “The Crash,” NOW ate (NOs oe cee Theatre, played an important part in the early theatrical career of the First National star. It was the year during which Kolker was starring in “The Great Name,” one of the most successful dramas of its day. The company had concluded its Broadway run and was getting ready to leave for an extended engagement in Chicago. The actress playing the ingenue role was leaving the company for another engagement, and Kolker, as the star, spent several days in considering applicants for the part, only to reject all of them. “The morning before we left,” said Kolker, “a young girl came in to see me, accompanied by her mother. She had only had a little experience in stock, but she struck me at once as the player I had been looking for. “T engaged her. She was with the company for three months and we were all delighted with her work. The little girl’s name was Ruth Chatterton. We’ve been friends from that day, but this is the first time we have played together since, either on the stage or the screen.” “The Crash” is Miss Chatterton’s second starring production for First National and is an adaptation of Larry Barratto’s successful novel, “Children of Pleasure,” dealing with the effect of the stock market crash on the idle rich. > th day of run Brent’s Record 7 Varied Type Roles In 6 Months George Brent’s screen career as First National’s busiest leading man can hardly be said to lack variety, for within less than six months he has played seven different type roles. His first role with Barbara Stanwyck in “So Big,” was that of a famous artist. Then he was an author and newspaper correspondent in “The Rich Are Always With Us,” starring Ruth Chatterton. In “Miss Pinkerton” with Joan Blondell, Brent played a police inspector. The scene shifted to the Dakota wheat field and he was a farmer in “The Purchase Price,” opposite Barbara Stanwyck. While in “Week-End Marriage,” with Loretta) Young he was a business man. Now he is to be seen as a successful Wall Street trader in Ruth Chatterton’s current starring vehicle “The Crash,” adapted from Larry Barratto’s novel, “Children of Pleasure,” COLmOntly At ciee Shas oad. Theatre. William Dieterle directed, the exceptional supporting cast which includes Paul Cavanagh, Hardie Albright, Henry Kolker, Ivan Simpson, Lois Wilson, Barbara Leonard, Virginia Hammond and Edith Kingdon. It is a story of the effect of the stock market on the idle rich. Ou day of run Knowledge Of French Helped Barbara Leonard A knowledge of a foreign language may be an advantage to an actress in more ways than one. In Barbara Leonard’s case, her ability to speak French like a Parisienne won her the role of Celeste, RuthChatterton’s French maid in the star’s current production for First National, “The Crash;”?. now “at NG a.seca re Theatre, with George Brent as the Ta Sa "ol role, not because sne was able to read French lines correctly, but because her facility in the language gave her the correct accent in speaking English that an imported maid should have. Born in San _ Francisco, Miss Leonard was educated in Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland, and is as completely at home in French as in her mother tongue. @ ui day of run Ruth Chatterton Spends Spare Time Seeing Films That period known as “between pictures” may be the occasion for a vacation in the mountains or a yachting cruise for other Hollywood stars, but it offers no such opportunity for recreation to Ruth Chatterton, now Sb ines ss eae Theatre in “The Crash,” adapted from Larry Barratto’s novel, “Children of Pleasure.” Except for the fact that she does not have to put on make-up and appear on the set, Miss Chatterton is often as busy betwen pictures as she is during production. Hight to ten hours a day is her habitual routine. Keeping herself up to the minute on the latest developments in pictures occupies a great deal of her time. She is as well informed about current productions as a stock broker is about the daily state of the market. She spends many hours every week looking at pictures, both those made by her fellow-stars on the First National lot and the productions of other studios. And her own dual knowledge of the theatre, in which she has been both director and player herself, gives her a double interest in every picture which she studies, as she keenly analyzes each from both the acting and directorial angles. “The Crash” is a story of the effect_ of the stock crash on the idle rich. For the support of Ruth Chatterton, First National has assembled a brilliant cast. George Brent, now her husband, is again her leading man. . Paul Cavanagh, Hardie Albright, Ivan Simpson, Henry Kolker, Arnold Korff, Barbara Leonard, Juliette Compton, Lois Wilson, Virginia Hammond and Helena Phillips are entrusted with important roles in the drama.