Cinema: Variations Feb. 18, 1929

Pay—to Feodor Chaliapin, Russian basso, $200,000 on a personal contract with Adolph Zukor to make a singing picture for Paramount.

Offer—by Thomas Meighan, to pay the railroad fare of any two "good" bridge players who would accompany himself and wife from Manhattan to Los Angeles. Meighan, an expert, has played with such famed bridgers as Milton C. Work and Sidney Lenz. Cinema people also consider Bebe Daniels capable of earning her living at the game.

Removed—Eric von Stroheim as director of Queen Kelly, starring Gloria Swanson. He was paid $75,000 for the story and his...

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