Variety (April 1932)

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Tuesday, April 26/ 1932 PICT E S VARIETY 25 JHE MIRACLE MAN (Continued from page 13) material of some years bacH. iPVHat was 100% acceptable then, too oiCten lias required modertilizatloii, refur- bishing or other treatment to attune it to the immediate present- Save for these intermittent short- comings, 'The Miracle Man' has its inomente. The basic, appeal of good over evil Is undeniably as powerful a premise as It always has been. . The Buppoi't casting is more hot- _fl,We in spots than In the case of the principals. Irving Plchel as the un- . believer; Bobby Coogan as the re- claimed crippled. youngster;• Ned Sparks In a tip'-top dea4-pan role; Lloyd Hughes in a secondary sym- pathetic assignment; Boris Karloff as Nikko; Frank Darien as the hotel keeper, and Virginia^ Bruce as an- other who ip reclaimed by faith, do papltal jobs with their assignments. Abeh THE WET PARADE Mett-o-GoIflwyn^Mayer pro<luctloti. and re- lease. Directed by Victor Fleming. Adapt- ed by J. ti. Jklabin from .Uplon Sinclair's jioveU George" Barnes,. photog.. At the Rl- Blto, N. Y., tor grind run starting April 22. Rtinnlnff time, 118-mlnR Maggie May Roger Chllcote . Boger Ghllcote, • Jr Mrs. Cbllcote,..... Kip Tarlcton.... Pow Tarleton. ,. Abe Shilling.... Jerry Tyler..... ^Ileen Plnchon., Slojor Doleshal. •«t.« t«• •. '* Doro.lliy Jordan ....Lewis Stone ..Nell Hamilton .. .Emma Dunn ..Robert Tourig .Walter Huston Jimmy Durante ..Wallace Ford .... .Myma Loy John Miljan Tlbbs , .Clorence Kluse Mrs, ..Tarleton i.. .Clara Blandick While chancing, the most definite picture stand thus far. on the pro- hibition Issue, this second of the ^season's two booze pr61>lem talkers —the first was D. W. Grlfflth's 'The Struggle'^—Is, like Its predecessor, ho more successful, $.3 an entertainment than prohibition itself has been as a law. Ellihination of the entertain- ment angle leaves only the excite- iheht Its propaganda could cause as an avenue.for profits. But 'Wet Pa^ rade' tells the sjyets nothing theiy don't know, nor does it Inform the drys on anything they don't hear about daily. So Its bbxbfllce future looks pretty dull. In footage, time consumed, size of cast and ground covered, this is more than one picture—It's a couple. But as an amusement, discounting the propaganda phase, it's not even one.picture. Fault Is with the story, an almost impossible yarn for suc- cessful screen adaption.. Sometimes the players almost malce it a pic- ture. Chiefly effective is Jimmy Du- rante, who breezes in after an itour and a half of tragic dullness and grabs ^the only laughs. The prob- able technical gem of the many in- telligent readings is Walter Hus- ton's, but he's always hedged in by dreariness. Two distinct stories are hem- ■tltched into one scenario by the 'Variety^ Says: March 26, 1932 . "Probably the applause honors of the layout go to Freddy Mack, pit' leaxler, who puts his boys through a bracing 10 minutes before- the stage show gets going." KaUf. routine process of holding over tlie same characters for Part Two, and making each section a contrast for the other.. The first hour or so treats of pre-prohlbltlon days, going the limit In sympathizing With the dry movement. At the turn, after showing the evils of drink and mag- hifylng them by sticking to two familiea, both of whom meet; sorrow via the booze route, it follows thie same plan to show the evils that go with prohibition. Antl-prohlbitiph sentiment wlue the argument as It .was presented at the Rialto on Broadway, by the sim-^ pie method of having the final word. ■The good old days when drinking was .lawful are painted as dreadful for a full hour. ' But they're still the good old days contpared to the post- prohibition conditions which tliis picture later presents to lay Its earlier airgument.on the shelf. Ardent prohibitionists of the cast are a southern girl and northern boy whose respective fathers Jose their battle with the bottle. The girl's father (Lewis Stone), a distin- gulshedt Wealthy, southern gentle- man, is the first casualty, cutting his own throat during D.T.'s that follow a lengthy. bender. The boy's fathei^ (Walter Huston), a n;oi'onic old roue who does most of liis drihk- vlng on the cuff, survives the pre- prohlbition days, but goes to Jail when a half gallon of poisoned alky drives him to murder his wife, His father's tragic finish urges the boy to find the source of the poiiaon and he joins the prohibition force. Meantiniei the common bause has drawn the boy and girl together and they wed. In the prohlbitioh enforcement se- quence, and there only, does 'Wet Parade' possess strength, it starts with a powerful condenmation of the law by the district •administra- tor, who asserts enforcement Is Im:- possible, but a job is a job. He doesn't believe In it himself, he de- clares, and. neither do most of the agents, the majority of .whom are cheap graftei's.. Durante, "as one of the few honest guys on the force. Is teamed with the boy, arid this is where the laughs start. They're sus- tained until Durante does a Hamlet towards tlie. finish. They called on Durante to play a'death scene after ca.tching a bootlegger's bullet, find Jinrimy plays it, schnoz arid all. How that prohi administrator's panning of the law will hit the bone j dry spots ia a question. It may start yells in such localities, al- though for that matter the entire second part of the picture Would have to be basically changed to comply with di'y sentiments. . Wind up is in a hospital, where the boy and girl's newborn baby, the 6nly noh-speaklng part, in the large cast, appears to turn the tide completely against prohibition. Having been saved from a 'ride* while his wife was in the delivery room, the boy suggests at the finish that he fought, a losing fight, with- out directly saying so. . Mention of repeal naturally met with applause from the Broadway audience. Hisses greeted expres- sions of dry sentiments. Much of the footage could stand cutting. As an example of the ter- ritory the scenario attempts' to cover, even war scenes are dubbed in for the hardly important purpose of having the soldiers tritely com- ment on what the boys back home are pulling on them while they're away. Held down as they are by their lustreless pi-opaganda lines, most of the name-full cast find it difficult to shine. Dorothy .Jordan and .Robert Young are the girl and boy leads; Neil Hamilton, with curly hair now, does the happy-go-lUcky brother who goes blind; Wallace Ford Is a newspaper reporter who's In just to carry the war scene and minus an opportunity to make a showing. The character work by Huston and Stone outshine everything else, with the likelihood that Huiaton won't get the credit he deserves for one of the finest manipultttlohs of a hazardous part yet seen, in a talking picture. Bige. ARE YOU LISTENING? Metro .production And rele.ise starring' William Haines. Barry Beaumont di- rected from J, P. McE^oy's 'CoUlcr'.s' serial. Adapted by Dwlght Taylor; cam- era. Harold Ros^bn. Running time T.'l mine. At the Capitol, K. T., wee:< April i2. BUI Orlmea;................William Uulnes Laura, .Madge ]]:vana Sally Alice ■'.. ,., Clayton ........ I.ilrry .. .. George Wagner. Honey .; Russell Carson , Mrs. iPeters.......... '.«.«• , .'Anita Page ,..Karen Mbrley ..Nell Hamilton . .', Wallace Ford . .Jean Uersholt :.,.,Joan Marsh ..i.John Mlljun .Murray .KInnell ...IDthel Grimes : 'Are You Listening ?' has only the dubious advantage of' being the forerunner. of a ne'w cycle, of pic- tures centered around the broad- casting business. Otlierwise it's a mediocre product, presenting Wil- liam Haiiies at a great disadvant- age in more than one.respect. In an endeavor to take him out of the ■wise-cracking eatcgory, he brodies, as a dramatic actor, and further hurts himself by his actions and delivery to the Insiders. . Whether it, was Metro's idea to adhere as much as possible to the J. P. ^McEvoylan original style of episodic flashes, . the result is a wandering continuity which be- comes exciting only towards the end. It is just another variation of the good, old-fasbiohed chase which has al'ways been sure-fire. . ' Haines is a. radio continuity writer with, an unhappy married life (Karen Morley) and a sweet young thing (Madge Evans) who has two gayer sisters (Anita Page and Joan Marsh) as her other do- mestic problems. Miss ; Marsh, a highly decorative eyeful, as is Miss Page; ■ goes In for one of those scenes showing i^n iinsophisticated kid gone virrong. The one dramatic novelty is a radio-telephonic liookup wliereby a double-crossing tabloid editor picks up a direct pseudo-confession from Haines as the murderer.. -Fadeout I ia a three years' stretch for man^ slaughter (his wife was the acci- dental victim) with the inference it will be reduced to one yeair by good behavior. The picture on the whole is one of those disagreeable messes. Everybody I5 out to do dirt by each other. There are Jean Hersholt and Nell Hamilton on the make for Anita Page and Joan Marsh. John Miljan is an unbelievable tabloid- editor. Miss Morley Is the almost unbelievable shrew of a wife and Haines is unbelievable generally., Same goes for Beaumont's dis- jointed direction, which no amount of cutting could: knead together considering the basic looseners of the general structure. Aid of character, but Marian Nixon , is always on the job, turning in a far better performance in view of as- signment, considering everything, than the star. Characterizations, notably a meanle neighbor of this impecunious Smiths,, and plot situ- ations are sometime.'* a little oft keel, but In many ways they add realism to the han-ative.. v.. Strong maa^s .appeal is developed throiigh the fbur parentless kids, their plight and their simple, truc- to-type ways and attitude. Two lit- tle girls, Joan Breslaw and Gail; ICbrnfeld, are a delight; while Frankie Darro proved good casting as the yoiing boy. iuta LaRoy's vamp scene, as played, becomes an unintentional iaiigh. John Blystpno's direction on the whole able. More bfltri than othor- .wise, he has exhibited' a keen un- derstanding of the backwoods farhv and other lite, a big "slice: of which this picture cuts as its pattern. Char. SKY BRIDE Paramount production ana release, fea- turing Kichanl Arleri arid Jack 'Oakle; Dlrooted by Stephen Roberts. Screen play by Josdi>h Tj. Maiiklcwlcz, Agnes Brand T.,efthy and 0 rover Jones. : Photography by David Abel nnJ Charles Mnrslmll. At the Paramount, X. y.,' one week, starting April 22.. Running t1nu', 7.1 mins. Speed Condon .Richard Arten Aleo Dugiin.' < Jack <):ikle Ruth Dunning..,, .Virginia IJrure WIlUe .Robert Ooogrin Jim' Carmlchael.........-.. .Charloa Slnrrott Mrs. Smith. . ,,, .T/OUlse Closser Hale Kddle ....Tom Douglna Bill Adams..,'.............Harold Goodwin Standard situations, chiefly the aviator who loses his nerve, to re- cover it'in a moment: of stress, ^g- monted with the theme of 'The Man I Killed,' but well; plotted except for a lack of love Interest, and offering a wellrbuilt suspense episode. Ariel! is star of a barnstorming troupe. In the dog 'fight he comes too close to his partner, Tom Doug- las. Th'ey crash' and Douglas is (Continued on pag^ 5-i) NOW At THE FOX, BROOKLYN, Indefinitely Wild Women of Borneo (BRITISH MADE) Tplevl!=lnn Productions, Ltd.. producllon, released In the V. i^. through Flt-'st Di- vision. No cost cre<litB. At the famoo, Y.. bi'glnnlng April Ilunning time, 48 minutes. . • AMATEUR DADDY Fox production and release. Directed' by John Blvstone. Based on novel, 'iScotch Valley." bv Mildred Cram, 'with adaptation by Doris Malloy and Frank Dolan. "SDIalog by Willlom Couhsclman. Stars Warner Rnxter, with Marian Nixon In support. Photography by James Wong Howe. At Roxy, N. T., for ■week starling April 22. Running time, 71 mIns. Jim Gladden ..Warner Boxlcr Sally Smith Marian Nixon Lottie Pelgram .......Rita La Roy Olive Smith.; ,Lucille Powers Fred Smith No. 2..... William Pawloy Sam Pelgrani... t-. Dovid Landau Bin Hansen .r. Clarence Wilson Pet© Smith..................Frankle Darro Nancy Smith ; Joan Bre.slaw Lily SmI th > Gall Kornfeld Som Pelgram. Jr.. Joe-Haehey Fred Smith No. l Edwin Stanley FANCHON& MARCO The Mad .Wags of Malibu BERNIE and WALK E R 111 "ANtTIIING CAN II.VrrEN" NOVAK and FAY "All Tnngle*! t'n tat tan" "TOWN AND COUNTRY" Idea The title i.s more or less a mis- nomer. "VVhlle this travelog at the start, whfen the action is In Mexico, . has a talking reporter liinting about ! tiic women, they don't appear until i the last five minutes of the picture, ' and then partially secreted by .shrubbery and loin, cloths. | : A lot of I'amiliar scenes and Kitu- ' htions aro r.PhashPil.in this, ■ There i i^5 soarcfly an incident which could i-.he rated a.s spectacular or thrilling. ■ ]''icture possp.s.scs a certain. st.Tigi- noss and artiilclalily. Shots of oam- ; oramen rptfoatlhg from jUngle bca.sts . cannot l.o convlnclji^r. bpcause thr ; cameras that were pioturlng this r.c- : treat were hoKUn:; tlifir o.tvn ground. Mexico and. /the. Isle Of •(•;u;i(1;i-, : liipe are visited bcfurc llif action •i concentrate-s on P.orneo. The cus- I ternary loading and unloading of i supplies Is' iien.uittcd too much ' footage. W'My. Has 'Daddy =Long Legs' and War- ner Baxter as something to fall back on. 'Amateur Daddy's as a drawing card should do pretty well, Picture does not have Janet Gay- nor with Baxter again, but it has Baxter in another papa role. It's being sold at the Roxy on the strength of 'Long Legs' and will be merchandised along those lines else- where by smart showmen in an at- tempt to put teeth into the pull at the box ofllce. In that 'Amateur Daddy' strikes a strong human interest note and re- produces the color of the story faithfully in many respects, it ,is more than often very .iagreeable en- tertainment. Now and then it wan- ders a little, getting out of its setr ting somewhat, and theriein lie some of its deficiencieis. The first reel is fclose to approach- ing the superfine in the manner In which it catches the atmosphere in- tended, but shortly after that it starts to veer out of its path. The most shocking discovery the fan win make is that there has been a case of mistaken identity and that in an effort to overcome it, dire melodramatic measures arc dragged in. Baxter, a construotinn engineer, leaves'" a dying friend with the promise hf>'ll take care of his wife and kids in Scotch Valley, quickly e.stabli.'ihed as a small country oil coniniunity with numerou.s typf.-s of. villains. The widow having died before his arrival, Baxter walks in on a houkcful' of four kld.s, . one (.Marian Nixon) who look.** younger than her age, and proceeds to play paija. . In the face of nelgbbor.'! who want the dirty, poorly-fod children coin- nil ttod to an institution, he puts up a fierce battle for their rights, not di.scover.ing untll thc final reel that their rem father was another Vred Sniiili, Mho iefl them high and dry by way fif a j.'til sentence, iJaxier at times nearly walks out A LOEW PRODCCTIOM "FORWARD MARCH" <A»rll 23), Ohio. (Munbut *FaUmg For You* Eddie Meyer* Dlr: CANDREVA 6 BROS 6 blr;:' Carglll & Dobson Lp YALTA'S "Arabian Stallions' DlT. Clias. v.. Tates CHESTER HALE'S FORWARD MARCH GIRLS A l(.OEW PRODUCTION "HI-LITES OF 1932" (Weak April 23), .PataM, Waihlniten JIMMY "The RunaDiay Do^* Dir: Sam. Lyona VANDERBILT BOYS "Crooitaderi^of Song" Dir.: Phil Tyrrell PEG LEG BATES World\t Greateai Slonoped Daiicet Dir.: Nat Kalchelm, Wm. Morria Agencjr CHESTER HALE'S HI-LITERS A LOEW PRODCCTION "DANCE DREAMS" (Week April 23), Penn, Plttiburfh Buck'"'Bubbles .In ''Rhythm for Sale" rcrsonal Direction:' Nat Nazzaro IVAN TRIESAULT Farnous International Dancer and Pantomimist OLIVE SIBLEY •'J lie Songbird 61 Txoo Coritincnia Dir.- Carglll-Dobspn MARY MILES IIoUytcood'a. Acrobatic H^nsialion. ', Dlr.V'Carglll'DbbBon Chester Hale's Dream Damsels A I.OKW PROnUCTlON "THREE SCREENS" (April 23), PaiUlM. New Yerfc CHANEY ASn FOX 'Dancing .StarH of . Ttro ContinKnlH* Dli.: Juhnnv Uyh Franklyn D'Amore with JACK T,AXE '•J>o Yoil Wfliit to Wrestle" Dir.: Alex. 'Hanlon AL NORMAN ? COMEDIAN ? 'J'liinks to Johfiny llydo JOSEPH GRIFFIN lJlilini-iii-i; filvlr^ in Hoi\!i A f.OEW PRODt'CTION "WHIRLIGIGS" (April 23), State, CltveUnd 4FLASHDEVILS S. W. WARREN C. C. GILL. C P. WADE C. A. BANKS **8 Feet of Flash" Per. Dir. Harry Romm BARTl>>^RDEN Dancers ol All TYPES, TINTS and TEMPOS VIOLA •ltd JERRX . La VERNE "From Cave Man to Olgplo" PAUL KEASt ' t)ramafic Baritone Direct ion' l.,yonB .tt Lyons Chester Hale's. Whirligigs A XOEW PRODCCTION "WESTWARD HI-HO" (Week April 23), toew't. St Leali DON BARCLAY FOUR CARLTON BOYS "Knockin' Around" Per. Dir.: Irv. & Chaa. V. Tales CHESTER HOLE'S HI-HO GIRLS OSCAR RAGLAND and ROBT. G. PITKIN A 1.0K\f PRODOCTION "CUBAN HOLIDAY" (April 2 3). Or iental. CtaUaH The International Comedy Couple CLIFFORD AND MARION Dir.: Lyona & Lyona O'Hanlon'^'Zambiiiii DAN'CE CRBATORS Smart and. Sensational ' D ir. CbftB. V. Yate a THE 3 GOBS STILL WORKING Hl-DE-Hl Dir.: N»t Kalefaclm—Wm. Mor ili Wric« JACK REID "SINCINC THE BLUES'' Dir.: A l«i Hanlon A Biin Sh»p«rd CHESTEB HALE'S SENORITAS A I.OBW production; "FRIVOLITIES" (We«h_Aprll 22), Loew'i., lertey. City GEORGE DpRMONDE "Scienlific Nonsense* I'Jir.: Johnny Ilyde, Morris btr-lce TOMMY and BETTY WONDER "The Dancing Wonders'" I'lr,:. Wik; .Morris .Offico W. ErRITCHIE ■'Jim Orifjinal Tramp Cyclitl" The lllryele Jiullet CHESTER HALE'S FRIVOLITY GIRLS