Big Business Girl (Warner Bros.) (1931)

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ADS AND STORIES TO MEET Trinity Of Cameras Needed To Illumine Modern Talkies Set “Big Business Girl,” First National Film at Theatre, Best Example of New Lighting eee eee (Advance Story) Lighting a motion picture set such as used for First National’s “Big Business Girl,” the First National picture which comes to the Tater Theatre next, starring Loretta Young, has become a problem in higher mathematics. This situation has been caused by the practice of using three cameras on every scene. The cameras are used so that the film cutter can switch from angle to angle as best suits the action and use the same Vitaphone sound track. Naturally this gives better results. The head cameraman must arrange the battery of powerful incandescent lights so that the players will be so perfectly lighted that each of the three cameramen will have a “set up” as artistic as if the lights were arranged for him alone. With one camera in the center and one on each side, five to ten feet away on a small set, the head cameraman must have the lights placed so that no light gets into the picture, and no unwanted shadows on the faces of any of the players. Lighting a set of medium size takes from fifteen minutes to a half hour of experimentation. William A. Seiter directed “Big Business Girl,” while the supporting cast includes Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darion, Dorothy Christy, Mickey Bennett, Nancy Dover, Oscar Apfel and Virginia Sale. Microphone Records A Falling Pin As Loud Gunshot ee (Current Story) It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop—but no one expected a dropped pin to sound like a gun shot. It did, however, on the set of “Big Business Girl,” when William A. Seiter, director, was trying to record the ticking of a watch on Loretta Young’s wrist. The electrical power of the microphone was stepped up to make the mike super-sensitive. At the end of the scene the sound-monitor called out “That was fine, except for the gun somebody shot off during the scene.” No one on the set had heard a sound, but investigation disclosed that a bar-pin from Loretta Young’s dress had dropped to the floor too close to the microphone. Supporting Miss Young in Business Girl,” now at the Theatre, are Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Christy, Nancy Dover, J. C. Nugent and Virginia Sale. “Big Fan Favorite Is An Ardent Talkie Fan (Advance Reader) Loretta Young, star of First National’s “Big Business Girl,’ which comes to the Theatre AAS SS next, is an ardent movie fan. She has her favorite screen personalities and goes to practically every new picture. “Big Business Girl” was directed by William A. Seiter with a supporting cast including Frank. Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darion, Dorothy Christy. IT’S NOT HER TYPING IT’S HER SPEED She was great at her @m desk, but you should e see her on a dance| floor with a big buyer. | What she does after : 5 p. m. is nobody’s| business! LORETTA YOUNG Frank ALBERTSON Ricardo CORTEZ Joan BLONDELL A First National @ Vitaphone Hit! Cut No. 13 Cut 60c, Mat 15c EVERY GIRL FROM SIXTEEN TO SIXTY SHOULD SEE IT! REXY Another Clever Part (Biography as of March 1, 1931) Mickey Bennett’s first appearance on the stage was at the age of eight months. He was in vaudeville several years with his father. Eight years ago he played in his first motion picture. Some of the silent pictures in which he played were “A Boy of the Streets,” “Big Pal’ =“Tillie’s = Punctured: <<Ro= mance,” “United States Smith” and “The Cohens and Kellys.” He was the first child to play a lead in a talking picture, having had the title role in “The Dummy.” Among his recent talkies are “Father’s Son,” “Big Business Girl,” “The Ghost Talks,” “Footlights and Fools” and “Strictly Modern.” Mickey was born in Victoria, B. C., on January 28, 1916. Broadway COLISEUM °::::: BIG GIRL ALSO Special Attraction BUSINESS LORETTA YOUNG and Ninth BOBBY JONES No. 2—*Chip Shots” Cut No. 28 Page Six Cut 406, Mat 10c Mickey Bennett Does|/Sound Mufflers In The Talkies Dead As Dodo “Big Business Girl,” Now at Theatre, Latest in Filming (Current Story) The cumbersome sound mufflers used several years ago in the making of Vitaphone pictures are as obsolete today as the old fashioned turnip watch that seemed to weigh a pound. “Big Business Girl,” the First National picture starring Loretta Young, now at the Theatre, had all the advantages of modern equipment. The bogie of echoing stages had been overcome by padding the walls and roof. The smaller sets placed therein have no effect on the sound waves except to magnify the sound, if the action takes place close to a wall. Then the sound monitor has only to reduce the volume of his recording to keep the voice volume of the entire picture at natural evenness. The big refrigerator boxes that cameras were placed in have been thrown away and a new thin box is placed over the head of the camera. The weight has been reduced from more than a ton to thirty-five pounds. Nowadays the director has all the freedom of movement —of players and cameras, that he had in the days of the silent film. William A. Seiter directed “Big Business Girl,” while the supporting cast includes Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darion, Dorothy Christy, Mickey Bennett, Nancy Dover, Oscar Apfel and Virginia Sale. New Orleans Native In “Big Business Girl’”’ (Biography as of March 1, 1931) Frank Darion was born and bred in old New Orleans. He was on the New York stage for more than thirty years, his first play being “For Her Sake.” For the past six years he has been with the Henry Duffy stock companies on the Pacific Coast, which he left recently to go into pictures. His first cinema experience was in 1915, when he was under contract to D. W. Griffith for a year. He didn’t like silent pictures and so returned to the stage. Talking pictures in which he has appeared are “Cimarron,” ‘Mother’s Millions,” “June Moon” and “Big Business Girl.” Joan Blondell Here As Divorce Aide In “Big Business Girl’”’ (Biography as of March 1, 1931) Until Joan Blondell was twelve years old she never enjoyed a birtbday in the same country. The petite blonde actress, who appears in “Big Business Girl,” the latest First National picture now at the ...... Theatre, as the pert divorce co-respondent, is the daughter of Eddie Blondell, known as the original “Katzenjammer Kid.” Her mother is Katheryne Kane, also a noted actress. Miss Blondell has a brother and sister several years her senior, both of whom appear in a vaudeville act with their parents. It was in this act that Joan made her first stage appearance, introduced by her father when only a few months old. It so happened that the Blondells were in some foreign country whenever Joan had a birthday. They were in Sydney, Australia, when she reached her twelfth. She remained in that country for six years, during which time she developed into a beautiful and accomplished singing and dancing comedienne. She returned to America with her family, but soon left it to join a stock company in Dallas, Texas. She remained there for several months and came to New York, where she played in “Tarnish” at the Provincetown Theatre. This was followed by a season in the “Follies.” She then was seen in the “Trial of Mary Dugan” with Ann Harding; “My Girl Friday,” “Maggie the Magnificent,” “Sporting Blood” and “Penny Arcade.” It was while playing in the latter that she was signed by Warner Bros. to enact the same role in the screen version of “Sinners’ Holiday.” Miss Blondell is five feet four inches tall, weighs one hundred and eighteen pounds and has ash-blonde hair and gray eyes. Her favorite sports are swimming and tennis, at both of which she excels. She was born in New York City on August 30, 1909. “Big Business Girl” Director Success As Actor Or Cameraman (Biography as of March 1, 1931) William A. Seiter was born in New York and after leaving school decided to become a screen actor, so went to Hollywood. He was one of the original Keystone Kops and also acted as an assistant. cameraman, but finally won the leading male role in a Northwest Mounted Police story directed by D. W. Griffith, He then played the juvenile lead with Norma Talmadge in “The Captivating Mary Carstairs,” acting also as assistant director, From that time on he was a director, making short comedies at first. He then signed a contract with Warner Bros. and directed “The Beautiful and Damned,” “The Little Church Around the Corner” and “Daddies.” He then directed a long series of pictures starring Reginald Denny for Universal, after which he signed a First National contract and directed many Colleen Moore pictures and several starring Corinne Griffith. Among his recent pictures are “The Truth About Youth,” “Back Pay,” “Prisoners,” “Mlle. Modiste” and “Big Business Girl.” LAST TWO DAYS BIG BUSINESS | GIRL WITH LORETTA YOUNG RICARDO CORTEZ FRANK ALBERTSON STRAN B’way & 47 St. Cut No. 25 Cut 40c, Mat 10c