November 15, 1934
Cliffside, November 14 — The younger set in Rutherfordton and Forest City who have seen Hal Kemp’s orchestra and have danced to his music in Hendersonville, Charlotte or Chapel Hill will likely glance over this card from him with interest.
“We opened in New York at the Hotel Pennsylvania on October 1st, and ever since have been playing to fine crowds each night. We like it very much and hope to stay here for some time to come. With best wishes and thanking you for your interest. I am, Cordially, Hal Kemp.”
Miss Una Edwards telephoned this week to say that a Sunday school class of the town is sponsoring a turkey supper. This supper or dinner is held in conjunction with the bazaar of the same organization. The affair is informal and adjoining villages are extended invitations thru these lines. This is held just before the great turkey-football day, Friday evening, November 23 at the Haynes Memorial Building is the date.
I know a little lady who is nine years of age. She sings. In truth she is a little actress. She impersonates Joe Penner with no little ability. She overturned her glass of water one evening. Her mother only said: “Now that is alright.”
That relives the motion picture of the little girl who spilled her glass of water. Her Dad just overturned his too and a great laugh ensued. Richard Dix played but I have forgotten the movie’s title. This little lady went with us to see Cleopatra. And she pronounces the titled picture neatly. It was found almost necessary for the young Miss to wash her face. You know I made a very careful inspection and that face needed no washing and off we were to the Cecil B. DeMille spectacle. Some years ago many shows of this or that variety came to town and we did not see them. “When I grow up,” your writer avowed, “I am going to see shows.” And so maybe this little lady was doing things I would have done some years ago. The little lady expressed her appreciation for the evening in such a pretty style, it was entertainment to listen. In substance she said—she in such good style—“Thank you, for the lovely evening.”
The picture Cleopatra might be termed: Fair. Many of the leads were taken casually from our view point. This was true in the instances of Warren William as Caesar and Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra. Henry Wilcoxin as Mark Anthony had the limelight. Brutus impressed us living his part: his was an almost bit part. The “spectacle” idea of DeMille’s shows is gone. His creations of elaborate scenes have been many times over-shadowed by elaborate musical productions. Or, I will add: It had been done before. The scenes as concocted in this show offer no spectacle. It, I understand, will be in the village on Thanksgiving day.