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POPULAR ACTOR TRIED
MANY JOBS BEFORE LANDING IN MOVIES
Grant Withers’ Career Uncertain
Until He Found
His Place in
Hollywood Studio and Settled Down
RANT WITHERS, appearing as¢
lead in Warner Bros. and Vitaphone picture, “Dancing Sweeties,” now: -at— the. <2. Theater, was born with a golden spoon in his mouth—and with the greater fortune of good looks, a fine mind and a sense of humor,
His father was president of the Iron City Fuel Company, the largest of its kind in Colorado, and his mother’s father president of the Newton Lumber Company of Colorado and Utah.
His grandfather was editor of the “Pueblo Chieftain,” the leading paper of Grant’s birthplace, and he was employed on it in due time, as printer’s devil, copy boy and manof-all-work.
His parents sent him to the exclusive Kemper Military Academy in Boonesville, Missouri, where he became adept at drill, fencing, swimming and riding. He also got his dramatic beginnings there in the title role of “Clarence,” later being prominently cast in other school plays.
At graduation he came to Los Angeles as salesman for the Standard Oil Company. Newspaper work had always interested him and he soon went to work for the “Los Angeles Record,” where his first assignment was the funeral of Wally Reid. It was during the year and a half that he spent on the police beat of the “Record” that he spent five memorable days in the Santa
NEW TREND IN DANCING SHOWN IN LATEST FILM
The changing fashion trend is very aptly shown in the types of music now appealing to the public. After the war the hot jazz was the public’s favorite. Later music beme more melodious but was still pid in tempo. Now the waltz ~~fias become the order of the day, just as it was in the late 90’s and at the beginning of the new century.
“Kiss Waltz” in “Dancing Sweeties,’ the Warner Bros. and Vitaphone picture now playing at the ee Re Theater, bears out this trend. It is a slow waltz which, nevertheless, adapts itself to rapid tempos for those who enjoy fast dancing, and if our mothers and fathers are to give evidence, the * waltz, too, can be a very fast dance.
Al Dubin and Joe Burke, Warner staff music writers, composed “Kiss
Ana jail with Bebe Daniels and her party.
One day he worked as an extra for Douglas MceLean, and after that people began looking him up to play bits. He finally de
the movies. Luck forsook him and he was almost at the point of starvation when the fickle lady again smiled. Since then he has been in “Bringing Up Father,”’ “Upstream,” and about fifty other pictures.
Withers is six feet three inches in height and has curly brown hair and blue eyes. He is a fine swimmer and spends vacations hunting.
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His Warner Bros. pictures also include “In the Headlines,” “Hearts in Exile,” “So Long Letty,” ‘The Time, the Place and the Girl,” “Show of Shows,” and “The Second Floor Mystery.” He was featured in First National’s ‘“‘Saturday’s Children.”
Mr. Withers was recently married to lovely Loretta Young, who played opposite him in “The Second Floor Mystery.”
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Sue Carol Sings New Song Hit in “Dancing Sweeties”
Sue Carol, the Chicago lass who paid a social visit to Hollywood and was stolen from society by the movies, continues her singing career in “Dancing Sweeties,’ the Warner Bros. and Vitaphone picture now at the__________. Theater.
Miss Carol is best remembered for her singing in the Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 which did so much to popularize that song hit of a year ago, “That’s You Baby.”
In “Dancing Sweeties” Sue Carol sings another hit, “Kiss Waltz.” It is a beautiful number that has already gained great popularity. She portrays the part of a “dancing sweetie’ opposite Grant Withers, also featured in this picture.
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“DANCING SWEETIES” — A Warner Bros. Production
Grant Withers Learns a New Trade for Screen
(Current) O the casual observer the art of jerking sodas appears quite simple, but according to Grant Withers the graceful mixing of drinks is no easy task.
It seems that the youthful player was required to learn soda dispensing for his role in “DANCING SWEETIBS,” the Warner Bros. and Vitaphone production now showing at: thes se Theater.
Withers points out that when he was first informed about his part, which is that of a drug store soda jerker and dance hall habitue, he harbored no worries and felt sure that he could sling a “mean”, malted milk or double chocolate marshmallow nut sundae as well as anyone, but he soon learned that a mixer of soft drinks has no cinch occupation. ‘
It was not until Withers had broken six glasses and spilled a tray full of liquid sweets into a woman’s lap that he realized he had overrated his ability.
He took lessons from an expert for several days and now claims he can, with a graceful gesture or two, concoct the most complicated concoctions.
The supporting cast in “DANCING SWEETIES” includes Sue Carol, Edna Murphy, Eddie Philips, Tully Marshall, Kate Price, Adamae Vaughn and Margaret Seddon. It is adapted to the screen by Gordon Rigby and Joseph A. Jackson for the original story by Harry Fried. Ray Enright directed.
Kiss Waltz” Is Called Best of 1930 Screen Songs
HERE’S ONE GIRL WHO HAD TO BE COAXED INTO A SCREEN CAREER
UE CAROL tried, but unsuccessfully, to keep out of the movies.
Unlike thousands of other girls, Miss Carol, who plays a featured role with Grant Withers in the Warner Bros. and Vitaphone production “DANCING SWEETIES,” now playing at the... theater, attempted to quit after her first day’s work in pictures.
Ia was during a visit to Hollywood from Chicagio, where she is highly prominent in society, that several studio officials met her at a social gathering and insisted on her taking a screen test.
Her test proved more than satisfactory and she was given a bit in “Is Zat So,” but after the first day of work she wanted to quit. Her friends, however, made her
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on the screen, and as a result of their arguments she decided to make one more picture before starting to Chicago.
She was given the ingenue lead in “Slaves of Beauty,” which was
soon followed by featured roles in “Soft Cushions,” “The Cohens and
Critics hail “Kiss Waltz” as the
outstanding picture song of 1930, claiming that its appeal will place it in the immortal waltz class, along with “Three O’clock in the Morning” and a few other perennial favorites. “Kiss Waltz” is a promi
nent feature of “Dancing Sweeties,” :
the Warner Bros. and Vitaphone picture featuring Grant Withers
and Sue Carol which is now play
ine atthe Theater.
A Los Angeles music critic stated
that “I have yet to hear as lovely a song as ‘Kiss Waltz’ in a picture.” Another critic maintains that the “simple beauty of both lyrics and melody assures ‘Kiss Waltz’ of a high place in the music firmament.”
“Kiss Waltz’ was written by Al
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mates of more than fifteen years association and writers of such song hits as “Tiptoe Through the Tulips With Me” and “Painting the Clouds With Sunshine” from ‘Gold Diggers of Broadway” and ‘“‘When the Little Red Roses Get the Blues for You” from the comedy success “Hold Everything.”
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that tells the real story of Jazz-mad
Kellys in Paris,” “The Air Cifcus,” “The Big Party,’ “The Exalted Flapper,” “Fox Movietone Follies” and many others.
According to Miss Carol, there is nothing she likes better than to work in pictures, and she has not forgotten those of her friends who overcame her stubbornness and Iiterally forced her into the movies.
Her reluctance to start a screen career was not based on any aversion to work in pictures. On the contrary, the idea intrigued her but she was afraid she would not make good and as a result suffer bitter disappointment. Rather than have this happen she thought it best to put all thought of a career out of mind and continue her social life. It was the enthusiasm of her friends after they had seen her first picture, that gave her the courage to continue and now Miss Carol is one of the most promising of the younger stars.
Al Dubin and Joe Burke, writers
of the already famous “Kiss Waltz,” featured in “Dancing Sweeties,’ a Warner Bros. and
Vitaphone picture, now showing at the __.__.. Theatre, have to their credit some of the leading waltz hits of the past decade.
Among those best remembered are “Just a Girl That Men Forget,” “Carolina Moon,” and the more recent “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes.”
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These are dancing days! Get in step with the newest
fad—the Hullabaloo—as done by Grant Withers and
Sue Carol in this fast-paced, red-hot story. It makes
the Charleston and the Black Bottom look like the Polka and the Virginia Reel.
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GRANT WITHERS SUE CAROL
Edna Murphy, Tully Marshall, Kate Price, Adamae Vaughn. the story by Harry Fried. Screen dialogue by Gordon Rigby and Joseph Jackson. Directed by
Hear the newest song hit:
“THE KISS WALTZ”
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