Cinema: Variations Apr. 1, 1929

¶ Criticized for bad synchronization in recent films, producers denied their technical incompetence by confessing that "doubles" had sung and talked for certain performers: for Richard Barthelmess (Weary River), one Frank Withers; for Louise Brooks (The Canary Murder Case), one Margaret Livingston. ¶ In Beverly Hills Mabel Normand, sick with tuberculosis, was not told, for fear that she would worry, that her husband, Lew Cody, was also ill. In a San Bernardino health resort Cody, in bed with a nervous breakdown following influenza, was kept ignorant, for a similar reason, that there was anything the matter with his wife.


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