Star-dust in Hollywood (1930)

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Star-dust in Hollywood not as individuals but as representatives, not only as men but as button-bearers, and, while satisfying a purely human curiosity, were conferring a not wholly despicable honour. If Chambers of Commerce hastened to provide cars for their use, how could Publicity Departments deny them ? Or there were wandering newspaper people, representing small papers in unknown towns, the Smithville Eagle or the Heinzburg Clarion, papers which, as likely as not, boasted no more than an editor in shirt-sleeves, who did his own typesetting and printing, and in his spare time sold his own paper over the counter. Such correspondents were often wandering matrons who had married off their children and now wrote glib travel letters full of superlatives to the home-town paper. Nevertheless they had to be enthusiastically received by Mr Dick and introduced to the stars, who at once put on their reception- of-wandering-publicity manner; to snap it off again as soon as the lady's back was turned. " Now," we heard one saying to a star, " I can tell you that Smithville is profoundly desirous of hearing you on the subject of your next film. What can I tell them on the subject? " " I can't say a thing," he answered. " You see, when I am working on a film I make a rule never to think of the next. You see, I have to sink my personality entirely in the one I'm acting at present. I've got to psychologize my char- acter completely, get under his skin, if you understand me. [102] BUTTON-BEARERS