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in this remarkable story on a daring, candid theme!

When a beautiful mother, bat- tling vainly against the toll of the years, sees an even more ex- quisite daughter as a formidable rival for a man they both desire, all the elements of drama are pre- sented. When the roles are taken by such charming and talented actresses as Jean Muir and Ver- ree Teasdale, and the lover is por- trayed by George Brent, there re- sults a production such as “De- sirable,” written especially for Jean Muir by Mary McCall, Jr.

Here is a screen play so replete in dramatic situations, so filled with emotion, and so thrilling in its conception that one is apt to lose sight of one of its most salient points.

Jean Muir, who became a star through her work in “As the Earth Turns” and “Dr. Monica,” for the first time will be seen on the sereen in all her ravishing beauty. Gorgeous clothes—she has no less than 20 changes—will en- hance her natural charm. Verree Teasdale, long acknowledged as one of the best dressed women in Hollywood, also will have a lavish wardrobe.

_Lois Johnson, portrayed by Jean. Muir, is the daughter of Helen Walbridge (Verree Teas- dale), a popular actress, who is greatly admired by Stuart Me Allister (George Brent), a suc-

“cessful advertising executive.

Helen has kept Lois secluded

in boarding school, but when she finally does emerge, she and Stuart are immediately attracted to each other. Helen decides to launch her daughter on a social career, and Stuart sees a romance spring into being between Lois and Russell Gray (Charles Star- rett) scion of a Social Registerite family.

Lois is not a success with Rus- sell’s family and bewildered by her predicament, the girl tele- phones to Stuart, who hurries to her aid. They are caught in a severe storm and take refuge in a mountain cabin, where Lois takes off her dress to dry it be- fore a fire. They are found by Russell, who thought nothing of the incident, but his parents make so much of the matter that Lois breaks off her engagement and returns to New York with Stuart.

Helen is angry because Lois has lost the. opportunity to marry wealth and social position, and when her daughter declares her love for Stuart, the mother in- timates that she had been having an affair with him.

Shocked, Lois hurried from the apartment, but is caught by Stuart who holds her firmly while he makes his first open declara- tion of love.

Convinced of his sincerity, Lois confesses her love for him and the sweethearts embrace.

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Telling About


Jean Muir was born in New York City, and educated in private schools in the East and in Paris. Returning to Broadway, after touring with John Drinkwater, she became well known through fine performances in “The Truth Game,” ‘Peter Ibbetson,” “Melo,” “Life Begins,’ and “St. Wench.” Less than a year in motion pictures, she has reached stardom through outstanding work in “‘Dr. Monica,” ““A Modern Hero,” “As the Earth Turns,” “The World Changes” and “Female.”

Photo on right available—Mat No. 1—20c

Hollywood Goldfish Bowl To Her, Says Jean Muir

Star of ‘“‘Desirable”’

Doesn’t Like to Have

Private Life Pried Into


(Starring in the Warner Bros. picture, ‘Desirable,’ the dynamic drama by Mary McCall, Jr., now showing at the —______-__---.---------------------- Theatre.)

One working here has just about as much chance of

| i OLLYWOOD reminds me of: a vast goldfish bowl.

submerging one’s private life as a poor fish. I came out here a year ago to work as an actress in mo-

tion pictures. should remain my own.

I was determined that my personal life The actress that was me I would

give freely to Hollywood. But the real Jean Muir I vowed I would preserve inviolate from public comment.

It was simple to do this, at first. Gradually, as I appeared in one picture after another, the task became increasingly difficult.

Every. time I opened a news-

paper and turned to the motion picture page, it has seemed to me that I discover a new romance I am having. ' One paragraph recently linked me with five very interesting men William Powell, Dick Powell,- Phillip Reed, George Brent and another young man who is not an actor.

Of course, it'was flattering, in a way, but frankness compels the admission that the two Powells are just men I have met casually about. the studio, and-the same is true of Mr. Brent, except that he plays opposite me and is my lover in my latest production for War- ner Bros., “Desirable”.

Hollywood life is concentrated upon only one objective—movies. After being here for nine months I am beginning to understand why this is so. There is keen competition, and we who live in the midst of all the exciting and interesting personalities find them to be an absorbing conversational topic.

I find Hollywood’s system -of work a while, and play a while, difficult to follow.. Aside from my work at the studio, I feel like a lost..soul.

Jean Muir, star of War- ner’s “‘Desir- able,” at the Strand.

Mat No. 2— 10c

I don’t go to dancing parties, beach parties, picnic parties, or just parties. Several times I have tried to join in, but I constantly find myself confused. I seem un- able to say what I should think instead of what I really think.

In Hollywood when an actress does not run with the pack, she immediately becomes a _ Lone Wolf, and a Lone Wolf in Cin- emaland has a hard time.

Hollywood is extravagant, which jars my Scotch instincts.

But Hollywood is a grand place in which to work hard, and that’s exactly what I want to do for the next five years, until I earn the $250,000 I set out to make.

Jean Shivers Before Log Fire in July

It was mid-July, the temper- ature, under the Kleig lights, was well above one hundred degrees. Yet Jean Muir, clad in a heavy leather coat, stood in front of a blazing log fire and shivered from the cold.

Director Archie Mayo, to give a realistic touch to the scene, dropped a hand full of ice down the back of her dress just as the cameras turned. Jean shivered, but the scene was won. And her latest film “Desirable” was one step near- er completion.

Blonde Jean Muir joins with raven-haired George Brent in ‘‘Desir-

able,” the new Warner Bros. romance coming to the Strand Theater

on Wednesday. Verree Teasdale and John Halliday are featured in the cast of favorites.

Mat No. 12—20c


Jean Muir, now playing the leading role in the Warner Bros. picture, “Desirable,” at the ERE atte ie Theatre, is the best knitter in the film colony—and the poorest liar.

She had her future mapped out years in advance. She is a tall, long-legged girl who walks with a swinging stride. She has gener- ous hands and feet and accentu- ates the latter by wearing long flat-heeled walking shoes and white socks.

She is ambidextrous and writes a neat backhand script with either hand. She is fond of children, likes to take them to circuses and enjoys nothing so much as decor- ating Christmas trees.

Jean talks to herself when she is alone and to anybody who will listen when she isn’t. She hag ideas about everything—some of which she admits are merely prejudices. She wears no costume jewelry and would rather attend a funeral than a wedding.

Jean is convinced that no one is entirely happy. She eries at the end of the first day of work on every new picture.

She once learned to live suc- cessfully on eight dollars a week.

She doesn’t read mystery sto- ries nor funny papers. She does not think some people are luckier than others, but she knows how many legs a fly has and she has slept in a sleeping bag.

She likes old book stores and fast speed in automobiles. She would like to watch a great sur- geon operate and she is curious about the people in houses she passes at night.

She has never found a four leaf clover. In fact, she has never spent any time looking for one. She is not superstitious about opals. They are her birth stones.

Jean has been poor but she has never been inside a pawn shop.

She hkes to climb mountains and eat picnic suppers. She has

Jean Muir’s Film Rise Real Cinderella Story

Leaps From Obscurity In One Year To Leading Role in ‘‘Desirable”’

Someone used the phrase, intending to describe


the movie city’s young stars who have vaulted

suddenly from obscurity to renown. If any one of them is a Cinderella, that one is Jean Muir. She has reached dizzy heights as quickly, and with as little


as did the girl of the glass slipper.


Hollywood, long used to skyrocket careers, has watched

wonderingly this swift ascent.

A year ago Jean Muir, Jean Fullarton then, was not only un- known; she was not even in Hol- lywood. She was an obscure un- derstudy on Broadway and she had played but one real part—in a production that lasted a week. When she reached Hollywood she was just as unknown as before.

Recently this young lady com- pleted the leading role in Warner Bros.’ screen version of “As The Earth Turns” and now she has the. stellar part in “Desirable,” WhielwoOmMes to the. ss. ee---s Re AAO TON. ee ee es at Between this and the obscurity of a year ago lies a story that outdoes Cinderella’s own.

All the season before Jean worked as an understudy, that is, when she could find a job. In New York, she had been “very hard up,” she says, just before she got her chance to come to Hollywood. Now she hag no wor- ries of that sort.

Some months previously, Jean had made a test for another com- pany. The young man who made it with her (his name, by the way, is Franchot Tone) had been signed at once. Apparently noth- ing was going to come of the test—for her—and Jean had for- gotten all about it in the stress of job-hunting on Broadway.

Suddenly there was a call from Warner Bros. New York execu-

an Intimate Portrait

by Carlisle Jones

never slapped a man. She has found that to laugh at him hurts him more. She doesn’t like to swing or play golf or sleep in a hammock. She doesn’t smoke, but she reads the shopping news and attends auctions.

Jean doesn’t like puns, her clothes hangers don’t match and she doesn’t like to hear a clock tick.

She has been in Hollywood for a year without a serious love af- fair. Her real name is Jean Muir Fullarton and it goes without saying that she is Seotch!!

In “Desirable,” a stirring drama of theatrical and high society life by Mary McCall, Jr., Miss Muir has the role of an unsophisticated girl whose mother has kept her hidden in a boarding school be- cause she fears her daughter will interfere with her theatrical eareer. Others in the cast include George Brent, Verree Teasdale, John Halliday, Charles Starrett, Joan Wheeler and Pauline True.

tives of the company had seen the test, made so many months before, and wanted her to go to California.

Jean went two days later. This was the most thrilling thing that had ever happened to her. Once on the Warner lot, however, her heart sank again.

There seemed to be no assign- ments for the novice from New York, and the ones that were dis- cussed with her were obscure.

Then, with the abruptness that seems to characterize Jean’s career, and Cinderella’s,. there was another change in luck. Mervyn LeRoy selected her for a leading role in the east of “names” which supported Paul Muni in “The World Changes’. Jean made a swift—and deep— impression. Almost at once she got a new assignment—this time an entirely different one, the leading role opposite Joe E. Brown in his hilarious “Son of acSailor”.

Next came an important role in “Beside” and, as soon as that was finished, the part of all parts that Jean wanted—Jen in “As The Earth Turns”.

In “Desirable,” a stirring drama of theatrical and high society life by Mary McCall, Jr., Jean has the role of a naive and unspoiled daughter of a Broadway star, whose mother has kept her hid- den in a boarding school. Others in the cast include George Brent, Verree Teasdale, John Halliday, Charles Starrett, Joan Wheeler and Pauline True.

Personification of the simple

lass is lovely Jean Muir, whose

latest picture “Desirable” will

be seen at the Strand beginning W ednesday.

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Romance Smashed, Brent Now Turns To His Career

Leading Man In “Desirable”? Hurls Self Into Serious Work

playing the leading masculine role in ‘‘Desirable’’ at

non having deserted him, George Brent, now


time and attention to his work and the rebulding

motion picture career.

all his of his

Theatre, has turned

No recent newcomer to the sereen has attracted the at- tention and praise that was showered upon George Brent during the first six months or year he was under contract to

Warner Bros. His marriage to Ruth Chatter- ton, the star, who had picked him

George Brent appearing in Warner’s ** Desirable ,”’

now at the

from a great number of candi- dates for the leading role oppo- site her in “The Rich Are AI- ways With Us,’ brought that first phase of his career to an end.

For the next six months or so Brent progressed rapidly up the ladder of screen fame toward stardom.

After that his career seemed to languish. He played roman- tic leads opposite Miss Chatter- ton in four of the six pictures

George Brent Gets Pilot License

George Brent’s plans are all up in the air these days.

The popular Warner’ Bros. actor, who will next be seen in “Desirable,” which comes to the Fs he Jer 2 Theatre on ae: has joined the legion: of the air- minded and is one of the most enthusiastic aviators in the cin- ema village. Every minute he can spare from working, is spent in his new plane.

Brent Sought by Film Stars as’ Leading Man

George Brent, whose return to the screen after a long ab- sence, has seen him rise far beyond the heights he had at- tained before his lay-off, is now in constant demand by other producers to play leading roles opposite their feminine stars.

Immediately markable Bros., in Bette Davis and Ann Dvorak, and his almost sensational per-

after his. re- work for Warner “Houswife,’ with

formance in “Desirable,” in which he shares starring. hon- ors with Jean Muir and Verree Teasdale, he was loaned by Warner Bros. to play opposite Greta Garbo in her next star- ring vehicle.

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she made during their courtship and marriage.

Brent appeared, all told, in twelve Warner Bros. pictures be- fore his disagreement with the studio resulted in his long holi- day from the screen.

Three times George Brent had tried Hollywood and _ pictures without any appreciable success.

He was on his way back a fourth time when his Hollywood agent telephoned him to hurry out to Warner Bros. studios to take a test for a role in the pic- ture, “The Rich Are Always With Us,” Ruth Chatterton’s first pic- ture for that studio.

It is studio history now that immediately after Miss Chatter- ton saw that test in the projec- tion room the next day, she turned to studio executives and said:

“Where has this man been all my life?”

He got the part.

For a time the marriage did not seem to materially affect Brent’s progress in popularity. No young actor ever moved for- ward more rapidly than did he. It was considered only a matter of months until he would win the right to be starred in his own pictures.

What happened to Brent is very difficult to explain. It was nothing tangible. He became aloof and difficult to please and at times completely out of reach of studio employes who wished to consult him on the business of picture making.

Full fledged stars can some- times get away with such an at- titude but for a young actor, just stepping into stardom, it was a nearly fatal mistake.

In more recent months his ru- mored domestic difficulties were reflected naturally in his con- tinued quarrel with his studio.

The whole unhappy affair was climaxed within one week—al- most within one twenty-four hours. Miss Chatterton, in New York, announced their separa- tion and the Warner Bros. stu- dios, in Hollywood, announced that Brent had been reinstated in favor and would be seen shortly in important roles in new pic- tures.

So, abruptly, Brent came back to the studio and picked up the tangled threads of his career. The Chatterton bungalow on the Warner lot where much of their courtship was earried on and where they lived as man and wife for a short time after their marriage, is occupied as a dress- ing room now.by Barbara Stan- wyck.

Telling About GEORGE BRENT

George Brent was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a prominent newspaper- man. George became an aide of Michael Collins, in the Irish Rebellion. He had won praise for his work in the Abbey Theatre plays, and in America had been successful in stock before entering upon a screen career. His recent

productions include “Housewife,


“From Headquarters,” “Lilly Turner,”

“Female,” “‘The Rich Are Always With Us,” “‘The Crash,” “They Call It Sin.” Photo on left available—Mat No. 8—20c

George Brent Now Saving His Money Against Rainy Day

George Brent, who plays the role of a man-about-town in the Warner Bros. production of “De- sirable,’ which comes to the Theatre on is now Hollywood’s outstanding quiet, small-town boy.

The popular actor has engaged a business manager, a financial adviser, who takes complete charge of the Brent pursestrings and sees that every penny goes where it is likely to do the most good.

George hasn’t ever been the spendthrift that every actor is supposed to be, but he has been wondering where his money has been going these many years. Now he’ll know the answers.

The Brent income is turned over directly to the business man- ager who disburses it in faithful allotments through the various channels provided in the budget. A part is doled out to the actor, but he is kept within bounds on his personal expenditures.

“Desirable” is a dynamic drama_.

by Mary McCall, Jr.

Jean Muir heads the all-star east which ineludes Verree Teas- dale, John Halliday, Charles Star- rett, Russell Hopton, Joan Whee- ler and Pauline True. Mayo directed.

George Brent

Handsome star of “Desirable,”

new Warner Bros. film starring

Jean Muir and Verree Teasdale

along with the personable young man seen above.

Mat No. 10—10c

Romance having deserted him, George Brent has gone back to work.

In “Desirable” Brent has the role of a bon-vivant and _ sue- cessful young business man who falls in love with the daughter of a brilliant Broadway star, after a . passing romance with her mother. The story by Mary Me- Call, Jr., is a dynamic love drama set in the sophisticated atmos- phere of the theatre and New

. York’s Four Hundred.

Others in the cast include Jean Muir, Verree Teasdale, Charles Starrett, Russell Hopton and Joan Wheeler. Archie Mayo di- rected.



in the new Warner Bros. romantic hit, “Desirable.”


‘Jean Muir and George Brent, featured along with Verree Teasdale

This dynamic

tale of the love of mother and daughter for the same man, offers an

unexcelled starring vehicle for the lovely Miss Muir.

The picture

will be seen at the Strand beginning Wednesday. Mat No. 14—20c

Actors Of Today Must Be Natural, Says Brent

Reflection of National Characteristics Neces- sary, Says Lead In “‘Desirable”’

CCORDING to George Brent, always a serious student of the drama, nothing reflects national characteristics

as accurately as acting.

Discovered on a set at Warner Bros. studios, where he

was making ‘‘Desirable,’’ which comes to the , Brent was asked how he liked Expecting a stereotyped reply, the interviewer

Theatre on his part.

was surprised to hear him answer:

“T like it because the role is a composite picture of thousands of men instead of one. All good parts must reflect the feeling and

habits and reactions of many people in order to be interest- ing.”

“How then,’ he was asked,

“ean a role be definite, if it spreads so far?”

“That’s just it,” said Brent, with an engaging smile. “A char- acter that is too definitely one person eannot have general ap- peal.

“You mean, a character must strike an average?”

“Not exactly,” he said. “For instance, the average person in your class says ‘I saw,’ while the average person in someone’s else class says ‘I seen. We cannot strike an average between I saw and I seen, but we choose the one that the greatest number of people will accept as right.

“Tn regard to acting reflecting national. characteristics. It is easier to illustrate than to define. Let’s take the three obvious ex- amples. The French are a lively, ebullient, demonstrative people— so their acting methods are the same. The English are repressed, dignified and imperturbable. So are the methods of English ac-

tors. Americans move fast and are inclined to a nervous alert- ness. The American actor re- flects this in his method.

“We are now in a eycle of realism and actors make every effort to be as natural as pos-

sible. Our only concession to ‘theatre’ is the over-emphasis necessary to project ourselves

across the footlights. The hero may whisper his words of love to the heroine, in some cozy nook, but he must remember that his words, gestures and _ attitude include his audience.”

In “Desirable,’ Brent has the role of a successful young busi- ness man who is enamored by a brilliant Broadway actress, but whose love turns to the woman’s daughter, whom he meets when she suddenly returns from a Broadway school where her mother had hidden her, fearing she would jeopardize her profes- sional career.

There is an all star cast, in- cluding besides Brent, Jean Muir, Verree Teasdale, John Halliday, Charles Starrett and Russell Hop- ton. Archie Mayo directed the picture from the story and screen play by Mary McCall, Jr.

Telling About


Verree Teasdale was born in Spokane, Wash., and educated in Brooklyn where she attended Erasmus Hall High School, the American Academy of Dramatic Art and the New York School of Expression. Her first stage experience was in “Cheaper to Marry,” followed by “The Constant Wife” and ‘‘The Greeks Had A Word for It.”” One of the most prominent film actresses, her more recent successes have been in “‘Madame Du Barry,” “Dr. Monica,’’ ““A Mod- ern Hero,” “‘Fashions of 1934.’’

Photo on right available—Mat No. 6—-20c

Verree Teasdale Likes Domesticity—In Its Place

Dominating Ambition Is Theatricalsk—Now Playing Actress In ‘Desirable’

tall, stately, blonde Verree Teasdale, now playing an

f % HERE are so many interesting things to be said about

important role in the Warner Bros. production of

apjesivable.”.at- the <.:........2%5

LE ae Theatre, that it’s a

little bewildering to know where to begin.

To dispose of the obvious statistics first—she’s an Amer- ican girl, born in Spokane, Wash., on a March 15, is five feet six and a half inches tall, and her eyes are a blue-grey in


Before she could spell the word “ambition,” Verree had one. It’s always been the same and still is -—the theatre,

“All my education was toward that end,” she says. “I have never expected to do anything else. I’ve never wanted to do anything else, and I have never done anything else.”

She studied designing, because she felt that it would be of ad- vantage to her as an actress. She plans many of her own gowns, and has frequently been made flattering offers to become a pro- fessional designer—all of which she has rejected: Similarly, she is clever with a pencil, and her sketches of costumes make it easy to understand why wide-awake kings of fashion have tried to tempt her into their world.

She plays the piano, swims and golfs, all better than she will admit, and rides horseback.

“T like domesticity. I think it is very nice—in its place,’ she says.

“T can cook, because my mother made me learn, but I never have used the ability, and never ex- pect to feel like cooking a meal.”

When she plays golf which she does, not to make a record score, but because she enjoys the game—she plays eighteen holes at a time.

Her beauty secrets will be dis- appointingly few to most of those who have been dazzled by the Teasdale loveliness. They consist of soap and water in gen- erous quantities; sleep and, once more, good sense.

Verree Teasdale knows how to economize, but she never has had to do so, and sees no reason for practicing it.

“T am an expensive person, but not an extravagant one,” she confesses. “There is a difference, you know.”

Her principal hobby is collect- ing photographs of babies! She has hundreds of them. “Perhaps thousands, I don’t really know,” she laughed. “And it doesn’t matter whether I know them or not. I want every baby’s picture I see.”

Under exclusive contract to Warner Bros., the actress’ chief desire now is to build her success on the sereen.

“Desirable” is the _ stirring drama of a mother who tries to cheat her own daughter of life and love because she fears she will interfere with her own bril- liant success as a Broadway stage star. Others in the cast include Jean Muir, George Brent, John Halliday, Charles Starrett, Joan Wheeler, Russell Hopton and Pauline True.



That’s Verree Teasdale, who is

featured in Warners’ “Desir-

able,” with Jean Muir and George Brent.

Mat No. 9—10c

Actress Wisecracks

In Perfect English

Verree Teasdale is a new kind of wisecracker. Most comediennes, who specialize in the sharper form of witty repartee, use slang, a _ bold manner and a_ smart-aleck sureness. This popular War- ner Bros. player, in cultured accents, with a polite lifting of the eyebrow and perfect English makes the wisecrack a polite stiletto thrust.

In “Desirable,” her latest picture now showing at the Hatha ie er eal Theatre, she is called upon to deliver her own particular brand of smart lines. Jean Muir and George Brent have the leading roles.

Verree Teasdale Memorizes Play By Talking To Herself

Verree Teasdale talks to her- self. She’s quite aware of the habit, however, and moreover, she does it intentionally.

When studying her dialogue for a picture, Miss Teasdale repeats the lines aloud to herself over and over again until she has fixed them indelibly on her mind.

During the filming of the Warner Bros. production “Desir- able,’ now showing at the..... Theatre, Miss Teasdale frequently walked back and forth in a de- serted corner of the sound stage talking away to herself. There was no mumbling, either, but each speech was delivered in clear, concise fashion, just as she would do it later when before the cameras.

Past Beauties Just Fat Ladies Now, Says Star

Ideas Change, Declares Verree Teasdale, Now Appearing In ‘‘Desirable”’

contradict such a distinguished literary figure as

: VAR be it from the Young Man About Hollywood to

Gertrude Atherton; but when famous lady novelists write columns for the newspapers, they should expect


For not long ago the public prints carried the informa- tion that Mrs. Atherton did not believe that we have Famous

Beauties these days.

She carefully explains that up until twenty years ago, Famous Beauties were neither rare nor obscure. In England, there was Lily Langtry, the “Jersey Lily,” as well as Ellen Terry and Lady Curzon, to cite but three whose beauty was as fabed as the Helen of Troy of antiquity.

Our country produced many, several decades back, such as Lillian Russell, Maxine Eliot, Geraldine Farrar and others.

The bygone era, explained Mrs. Atherton, worshipped beauty, and was none too eritical of act- ing.

Verree Teasdale, seen on a set at the Warner Bros. studio dur- ing the production of ‘Desir- able,’ which comes to the....... eae THEATO ON Ps eh es is related to two great woman authors, Edith Wharton and the late Sara Teasdale. She was not impressed by Mrs. Atherton’s views.

“Did you read this line? ‘The most popular women on_ the screen today would not take prizes in any beauty contest’?” she asked.

Verree Teasdale seems to be telling a thing or two to George Brent and Jean Muir in this scene from the new Warner Bros.’ picture, “Desirable,” featuring the three popular favorites seen above. “De- sirable” will be shown at the Strand beginning next Wednesday.

Mat No. 13—30c

“Tt’s just that standards of beauty have changed,” she con- tinued. “The great beauties of yesterday would look quite in- congruous today.

“Tf you look at portraits of two of those Mrs. Atherton men- tioned-—Lily Langtry and Lillian Russell, you will understand what I mean. Most of us would consider them nothing but fat, matronly women with character- less faces. Beautiful faces, of course, but little’ more than masks.

“T may arouse the disapproval of ‘old timers’ by saying that. Of course, Mrs. Langtry and Lil- lian Russell were known the world over as Famous Beauties— and justly so—to that genera- tion!”

“And today?” prompted the Young Man about Hollywood.

“Today there are just as many Famous Beauties.

Verree Teas- dale in War- ner’s “‘Desir- able’”’ at the Strand.

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“One who comes immediately to mind is Mary Pickford. Mary is a great artist, of course—but her beauty is even more famous than those others Mrs. Atherton mentioned. For over a decade her lovely face has been wor- Shipped all over the civilized world.

“Garbo is a truly great beauty, to mention another screen star. And there are others—many others—who might become Fa- mous Beauties if they so de- sired.” j

Verree paused for a moment.

“T shouldn’t even try to choose between the famous beauties of the sereen, apart from Mary Pickford and Greta Garbo. But there are many Marlene Diet- rich, Kay Francis, Dolores Del Rio—who certainly can be truth- fully termed Famous Beauties in the truest sense of the word.”

While Miss Teasdale was too modest to mention herself, there are millions of picture fans who would place her in the Famous Beauty Class. In “Desirable,” a stirring drama of theatrical and high society life by Mary McCall, Jr., she plays the role of a fa- mous beauty and theatrical star. Others in the cast include Jean Muir, George Brent, John Halli- day, Charles Starrett, Joan Whee- ler and Pauline True,

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Jean Muir Heads All Star Gast in New Dynamic Drama

“Desirable,’ Warner Bros.’ dy- namie and colorful drama _ of Broadway’s theatrical life and its contact with New York’s so- celal setyecomes to. the > .4-3). an. THEABREMON ooo oe ass , with an all-star cast headed by Jean Muir, George Brent, Verree Teas- dale and John Halliday.

The picture, based on the story by the famous magazine writer, Mary McCall, Jr., is filled with highly dramatic and intensely emotional situations, with rapier- like dialogue and a_ elimactic clash between a woman of the world and her unsophisticated daughter that fairly takes the breath,

For the first time Miss Muir appears in a role that ealls for gorgeous gowns and _ luxurious settings as well as a strong por- trayal of emotional upsets. Ver- ree Teasdale, one of Hollywood’s best dressed actresses, also will be seen in costumes that are the forerunners of the coming styles of the most noted of fashionable designers.

Miss Muir plays the part of a sincere and unspoiled girl who has been hidden away in a fihish- ing school by her mother, a reign- ing beauty of the Broadway stage, who selfishly fears the loss of her own popularity if it should become known that she has a grown daughter.

Verree Teasdale has the role of the self-centered domineering mother who, after reluctantly admitting to the girl’s existence, tries to marry her off to the scion of a snobbish family of blue bloods whom the girl does not love.

George Brent portrays a man of the world, once devoted to the mother, who falls in love with the unspoiled daughter.

Charles Starrett is the rich so- cialite who is intrigued by the charm and beauty of the girl, but whose family is shocked by her unconventionality and utter frankness. Others in important roles include John Halliday, a theatrical angel, Joan Wheeler, Pauline True, Barbara Leonard and Virginia Hammond.

Archie Mayo directed the pic- ture.

Brent Owes His Life To Retaking of Film

While working on the War- ner Bros. picture, “Desirable,” which comes to the Theatre on Brent was at the same time completing his lessons in air maneuvers to get his pilot’s license.

After finishing work one day, he started for the airport to practice flying with his tutor, Robert P. Riddell. But Archie Mayo sent a prop man after him to call him back to make a “retake’’.

Brent completed the work and then hurried to the air field. He learned Riddell had taken up another student flyer in his place and both had erashed to the ground and were instantly killed.

Walks to Keep Slim

Jean Muir, who has the role of a “hidden child” in the Warner Bros. production of “Desirable,” now showing at the Theatre, claims that walking is the only exercise any normal woman needs and that none would have to diet if walking were resorted to.

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Symphony In Lines

As the artist sees George Brent and Jean Muir in their latest Warner

Bros. picture, “Desirable,”

coming to

the Strand Wednesday.

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Jean Muir Coming To Strand Today In Thrilling Drama

Jean Muir, the young Broad- way actress who has risen to sereen fame in a few short months, comes to the Theatre today in the Warner Bros. production, “Desirable,” at the head of an all-star cast which includes George Brent, Verree Teasdale and John Halliday.

The picture, based on the story by Mary McCall, Jr., is said to be a stirring romance in which a young and unsophisticated girl who has been kept in seclusion in a finishing school by her mother, a reigning favorite of the Broadway stage, is swept off her feet by the glamor of the society world with which she eomes into contact for the first time, but who finally awakens to