What effect the tardy return of open drinking will have upon the show business nobody knows; but the gentlemen responsible for your entertainment are certain of one thing, and that is the night, of December 5th will be like a combination of New Year’s Eve and Election night, only noisier. Box office treasurers have been polishing up the S.R.O. sign and it is going to swing brazenly in front of most of the town’s ticket booths on that evening. Many of the houses will charge top prices and reservations have been pouring in with increasing volume. It will be the gayest night Broadway has seen since the Armistice was signed. You’ll have to be present if for no other reason than to be able to tell your grandchildren about it.
Having launched Maxwell Anderson’s “Mary of Scotland” with fitting pomp and no little praise the intrepid Theatre Guild has gone into its fourth production of the season. Again the Guild has dipped into Eugene O’Neill’s exhaustless portfolio and this time pulled out a work which is called “Days Without End”. Unlike so many of Mr. O’Neill’s plays this one has a happy ending, which is certainly news. The entire cast has not yet been announced but we are assured that Earle Larimore will be among those on the stage when the play opens some time in January.
THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD
Why no moving picture company saw the possibilities in a dramatization of the history of the famous Rothschild family is beyond comprehension. If ever an epic theme was ready-made for screening it was this. A rich historical background, perfect type characters, and drama of world wide significance, all of it practically begging for attention. At last it has found a backer. Joe Schenck and Darryl Zanuck recently announced that 20th Century Picture will do a picture based on the family which will be titled “The House of Rothschild.” George Arliss will head the cast of distinguished performers. The release date has not yet been announced.
S. J. Perelman, aided and abetted by Alura Perelman, will greet the “Wet Era” on Tuesday night, Dec. 5th, with a comedy titled “All Good Americans”. It opens at the Henry Miller Theatre and is one of those funny things about the American expatriates in Paris and how they do or don’t get along. Reports from Boston where the play had its tryout, were encouraging.
RUSSIANS PICK SAYLOR
Little Oliver Saylor, whose interests in the theatrical business are as complicated as Fox’s testimony before the senatorial investigation committee, announces that he, together with Mrs. Marjorie Barkentin, has been appointed official and exclusive American representatives of the leading theatrical companies in the Soviet Union. The pair will negotiate the tours of Russian companies desiring to come to this country. Saylor, more or less of an expert on the Russian theatre, believes that the recognition of Russia will increase interest in Russian theatricals in this country.
EDDIE CANTOR DUE HERE
Last Monday night at the over-decorated Grauman’s Theatre in Hollywood Eddie Cantor’s latest cinema effort, “Roman Scandals”, was flashed on the screen for the first time. The usual Hollywood crowd of celebrities was on hand and the opening was done in the customary Hollywood manner. You will be able to see Mr. Cantor doing just that at the Rivoli very soon, that is, just as soon as “Duck Soup”, the Marx brothers picture, moves along.
OTHER CINEMA NEWS
“Little Women” continues at the Music Hall for a third week. Although the picture broke the house’s gross, attendance is falling off so that you can now see it without standing in line for an hour or so. Bring an extra handkerchief and don’t be afraid to let the tears go, you won’t be alone.
If you are one of those who just must see your favorite movie star in the flesh you are in for a triple treat. This week at the Paramount, Gary Cooper, Raquel Torres and Sari Maritza will appear together on the stage. The trio will do a travesty on “Design for Living” in which picture, strangely enough, Mr. Cooper is featured. The picture at the Paramount is “Sitting Pretty” with two really funny comedians, Jack Haley and Jack Oakie.
“The House on 56th Street,” with Kay Francis stealing the picture, is current at the Hollywood. Paul Muni in “The World Changes”, after a nice run, has started for the neighborhood houses. If you missed it at the Hollywood you can now catch it around the corner. It is worth seeing. Over at the Strand, “The Son of a Sailor” is having its New York premier. Joe E. Brown has the leading role.