Big City Blues (Warner Bros.) (1932)

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ADVANGE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN JOAN BLONDELL and ERIC LINDEN in a scene from the Warner Bros. picture, “Big City Blues.” Out No.17 Outi1ice Mat dc your L.. story “Big City Blues” Full of Action and City Types As fast-moving as a subway e€xpress train, as kaleidoscopic as a New Year’s Eve crowd milling along Broadway. ‘‘Big City Blues,’’ the Warner Bros.’ production starring Joan Blondell, promises lovers of the unusual in enentertainment something more than satisfying when it comes tos the. ees re:. Theatre next.. The — experiences of a coun snesnarsassrs as EEnerelt te F by Gack Wo Bb chance in the Out 15e Mate whirlpool of the metropolis, con stitute the chief pattern of the drama. Everything that happens to these two “—and almost everything imaginable does happen to them — takes place within the compass of three days. Before the boy from Indiana has been in town twenty-four hours, he has been a horrified witness to a murder, and a few hours later finds himself suspected as the murderer—and as such, the quarry of the law’s bloodhoods. The girl herself—likewise a member of the party at which the killing took place—is in a scarcely more en viable predicament. She, too, is wanted by the police. An unusually large cast is required to depict the numerous individual characters, men and women, who shuttle back and forth through the situations of ‘‘Big City Blues.’’ Every part, down to the briefest, is played by an experienced actor with an authority that stamps the most transient of the boy’s new-found acquaintances with the badge of reality. As Vida, the happy-go-lucky chorusgirl who hails originally from Oneida, New York, Joan Blondell is in her element. Eric Linden, as Bud Reeves, the Indiana boy, contributes one of his portrayals of modern youth that have made him the foremost of the younger actors on the screen. Both Blondell and Linden also appeared together in ‘‘The Crowd Roars,’’ as sweethearts. As Gibbony Brightwater, Bud’s smart-cracking big-town cousin, Walter Catlett brings into play the ability that has made him one of the leading comedians of Broadway. Inez Courtney, as Vida’s pal, is the perfect type girl without a single fear or a single regret. The author of the play, Ward Morehouse, is a member of the ‘‘New York Sun’’ staff, who also wrote “Gentlemen of the Press.’? Mervyn LeRoy, who already has to his eredit such hits as ‘‘Little Caesar,’’ ‘Five Star Fimal,’’ ‘‘Tonight or Never,’? ‘*‘Two Seconds’’ and ‘“The Heart of New York,’’ directed ‘*Big City Blues.’’ FEE Neel AYR Seem Cees ee eae your pF story Joan Blondell Hob Nobs With Olympic Swimmers Stellar honors as a movie favorite are not enough for Joan Blondell, star of ‘‘ Big City Blues,’’ the Warner Bros. picture which comes to CHGS toateo ieee [Neatess Sa Always a crack swimmer, she recently took up diving with a group of champions, among them ‘‘Dutch’’ Smith, Georgia Coleman, Mickey Riley and Olive Hatch. All of them were entered in the Olympics, Miss Coleman as the holder of all women’s diving records, while Smith and Riley, between them, had all the men’s honors. A few years back, when the Blondells, favorites of the. Orpheum circuit, would go off for half a year’s trip, they left the young Joan at the seaside in Santa Monica. After their return from one of these circuits, they found her holder of the 400 yard swimming record for Santa Monica, home of several of the most noted swimming champions. Movie work followed soon after this, and Joan left high school and the swimming record to take care of themselves, while she aimed at the erown of the Chattertons and ‘the Pickfords. Her future in films now assured, she has turned, in leisure moments, back to that first love— back to swimming and diving. In her new picture, a melodramatic romance of the metropolis, Miss Blondell plays a small town girl who makes good in the city in a chorus girl sort of way. She is supported by Erie Linden, Walter Catlett, Grant Mitchell, Ned Sparks, Thomas Jackson, Inez Courtney, Jobyna Howland, Lyle Talbot, Guy Kibbee, Evalyn Knapp, Josephine Dunn, Betty Gillette, Sheila Terry, Gloria Shea and Humphrey Bogart. Mervyn LeRoy directed the play, which was written dae Ley ee toa, ‘ : your story Joan Blondell Works Hard But Must Watch Her Diet When blonde and peppy Joan Blondell, star of Warner Bros.’ ‘‘ Big City Blues,’’ wants to shed a few pounds she goes on a three-day diet of skimmed milk and baked potatoes. Although Joan, who is five feet fourinches and weighs 115 pounds, is one of the busiest players on the Warner Bros. lot, she finds it necessary to watch the Blondell avoirdupois with a practical eye. ‘“T notice that it is usually right in the middle of the filming of a picture that I acquire an extra pound. The camera’s eye doesn’t lie—rather it tells the sad tale only too quickly. So back on my potatoes and milk diet I go—without any butter,’’ she sadly adds. For exercise Joan rides horseback and swims, but her favorite recipe for an all-round keeping fit practice is walking. ‘‘When I swim,’’ says Joan, ‘‘I go at it too strenuously and feel worn out instead of toned-up. The same applies to riding. But a good brisk walk of two miles or more makes me feel rested and promotes untroubled sleep. It is the most stimulating sort of exercise I know, and it doesn’t take a whole lot of energy if the walk is not too long. Making ‘‘Big City Blues,’’ which COMES =bO2-GhOrss siete es eet Theatre, eee eee was so strenuous for Joan that she had no need for diet or any other weight-reducer. She was on the go all the time. ‘‘Big City Blues’’ is a metropolitan romance of a small town girl and boy caught in the whirl of the city. Eric Linden, of ‘‘The Crowd Roars’’ fame, again plays opposite her. Others in the cast are Grant Mitchell, Walter Catlett, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Lyle Talbot, Humphrey Bogart, Evalyn Knapp, Jobyna Howland, Inez Courtney, Josephine Dunn, Sheila Terry, Betty Gillette and Gloria Shea. The story, written by Ward Morehouse, was adapted by the author and Lillian Hayward for the screen, Mervyn LeRoy directed. your A story N. Y. C. Is Adopted Home Of Most Its Citizens It’s a truism that New York City is the adopted mother of more ehildren, and the real mother of fewer, than any city of its size in the worid. The cast of ‘‘Big City Blues,’’ the Warner Bros.’ production starring Joan Blondell, which comes to the er eS NOMA S: sie ep US Sa perfect illustration of the truth of the above statement. Ward Morehouse’s kaleidoscopic drama of the big city as it bursts upon the bewildered vision of a country boy just arrived to make his way, is a story about New York and New Yorkers. It is enacted by a cast of Broadway players, only six of whom are natives of the Big Town. Joan Blondell, happens to be a born New Yorker. Like Joan, Erie Linden, who plays the part of Bud Reeves, from Hoopersville, Indiana, was born under the shadow of the Tammany Tiger. So, too, was Thomas Jackson, who is Quelkin, the Central Office ‘‘dick’’ in the picture. Betty Gillette and Gloria Shea, two of the juvenile beauties, were both born in the Greater City, and Humphrey Bogart also is a Manhattanite. Inez Courtney—Joan’s pal in the drama—is an up-stater from Amsterdam, New York. Lyle Talbot hails from Pittsburgh, Guy Kibbee, who staggers through the picture as an inebriated hotel detective, is a longhorn from Texas. Walter Catlett, Bud’s wisecracking city cousin, and Mervyn LeRoy, the director, are native sons of California, both born in San Francisco. Ned Sparks, who plays the part of a travelogue in human form, hails from Ontario, Canada, while Dublin is the native heath of Tommy Dugan. Jobyna Howland, comes from Indiana. So -does Geneva Mitchell. NU Ahan Grant. Mitchelass7 Kerry, “one of the — bevy of chorus-giris who make things lively for Bud in ‘‘Big City Blues,’’ was born in Minnesota. Clarence Muse, whose mellow voice you will hear lifted in song amid the costly trappings of the ‘55’? Club, is a product of Baltimore. Suggested Vitaphone Shorts BROADWAY BREVITY and MERRIE MELODY anda NEWMAN TRAVEL TALK cd your oD th story Pictures Just One Fight After Another for Talbot Lyle Talbot’s screen career promises to be just one fight after another, until some author writes a peaceful role for him and gives his fists a vacation. In ‘‘Big City Blues,’’ due at the Seu. oes Theatre: NOX 6:5 srincscsieie ces which Mervyn LeRoy directed for Warner Bros. with Joan Blondell as the star, Lyle is an accidental kilier in one of the most savage fights over a girl ever staged as the climax of a wild party. When the lights go on again, one of the girls is dead, a broken ginger-ale bottle lying near her is the mute witness of the tragedy, and Lyle has vanished. In his first picture, ‘‘Love is a Racket,’’. Lyle plays the part of a4 tough racketeer. If he had lived to the end of the story, a fight would have been inevitable. It was just luck, Lyle is certain, that one of the other characters in the story shot hin before he had a chance to mix it up with Doug. Fairbanks, Jr. In his next picture, however, ‘‘The Purchase Price,’’ with Barbara Stanwyck, Lyle found himself true to form, with a first-class battle on his hands before the final fade-out. He and George Brent made history for Director William Wellman in a knockdown-and-drag-out fight. your 1 th story “Big City Blues,’ Has 3 in Cast Born to the Stage The stage as a family traditi“s for the theatric*’ is of at le--"* uy pee AB NL eas aay Warner Bros.’ picture Blondell, which comes to ti. Neate, ss. ee ‘Joan herself is the daughter theatrical parents and made her first appearance on the stage at the somewhat early age of four months. She even plays a chorus girl in the pieture, a fast comedy drama which reveals what may happen to a small town boy or girl alone in the city. The father of Eric Linden is a successful actor; Lyle Talbot’s father and mother have had their own stock companies for years in various cities of the middle west. Lyle’s first experience behind the footlights was as a magician. He has looked upon acting as his natural destiny ever since he was old enough to lisp. JOAN BLONDELL, who plays the leading rolt th “Big City Blues,” in which she is supported by Eric Linden, Guy Kibbee, Evalyn Knapp and Jobyna Howland. Cut No. 19 Mat 10c Page Three