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Young and Beautiful (September 17, 1934)

Young and Beautiful
 

Released on September 17, 1934: (running time 1 hour and 8 minutes) The WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1934 parade through a story about the most promising female movie stars and their brush with fame.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Joseph Santley

The Actors: William Haines (Robert Preston), Judith Allen (June Dale), Joseph Cawthorn (Herman Cline), John Miljan (Gordon Douglas), Ted Fio Rito (band leader Ted Fio Rito), Al Shaw (piano mover), Sam Lee (piano mover), James Bush (Dick), Vince Barnett (Sammy), Warren Hymer (the champion), Franklin Pangborn (radio announcer), James P. Burtis (reporter Farrell), Syd Saylor (reporter Hansen), Greta Meyer (Mrs. Cline), Fred Kelsey (Hennessy), George Beranger (Henry Briand), Ray Mayer (song writer), Roy Russell (Don Raymond, singer), Edward Hearn (movie director), Judith Arlen (Wampas Baby Star from Hollywood), Betty Bryson (Wampas Baby Star from California), Jean Carmen (Wampas Baby Star from Oregon), Dorothy Drake (Wampas Baby Star from California), June Gale (Wampas Baby Star from San Francisco), Hazel Hayes (Wampas Baby Star from Paris, Kansas), Ann Hovey (Wampas Baby Star from Indiana), Naomi Judge (Wampas Baby Star), Lenore Keef (Wampas Baby Star from Indianapolis, Indiana), Lucille Lund (Wampas Baby Star from Washington), Lu Ann Meredith (Wampas Baby Star from Dallas, Texas), Mary Wallace (Sheila), Katherine Williams (Wampas Baby Star from Seattle, Washington), Lynton Brent (man at movie studio), Phyllis Crane (telegraph clerk), Bill Dooley (painter at hospital), Otis Harlan (sugar daddy), Frank Jenks (cheerleader), Dennis O'Keefe (dance extra), Rolfe Sedan (Pierre), Harry Tenbrook (movie scene clap board marker)

 

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The Wampas Baby Stars of 1934

The Western Association of Motion Picture AdvertiserS, or WAMPAS, sponsored an annual showcase of twelve to fourteen most promising new female movie stars for Hollywood producers to meet and hopefully launch their careers in motion pictures. Started in 1922, the event took place every year until 1934, the year that this motion picture was filmed. A stage burlesque style event was held each year with comic skits alternating with dance and performances by the Wampas stars titled the "WAMPAS Frolic".

The famous ‘it’ girl Clara Bow was a Wampas Baby Star in 1924. Mary Astor and Joan Crawford, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray were in the class of 1926. Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer who created the fan dance and the bubble dance was a Baby Star in 1927. Jean Arthur and Loretta Young were part of the 1930 group. Ginger Rogers was a Wampas Baby Star in 1933.

This movie showcases eleven of the Baby Stars of 1934. Missing from this movie are Gigi Parrish from Cambridge Massachusetts, Jacqueline Wells from Denver, Colorado and Helen Cohan from New York City. The story is a fascinating peek at Behind-the-Scenes Hollywood and the making of motion picture stars. In the story that was created around that year’s WAMPAS Frolic we meet a Hollywood publicity man Bob Preston, played by actor William Haines, and he is determined to promote the career of one of the lucky starlets called June Dale, played by Judith Allen. Judith Allen was never a Wampas Baby Star, but the rest of the girls are the actual WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1934.

They all get their close-up shots and script lines to show the world their acting ability and their screen beauty, and all are called by their real names. The other ‘real’ person in the story is Ted Fio Rito, a famous radio band leader of the time. One of his female singers, Betty Grable, would go on to become the most famous pin-up girl for World War II soldiers to take with them in the bunkers of war. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy a time-machine visit to 1934 Hollywood and the thirteen young, beautiful and most promising female starlets.

Judith Arlen, 1914-1968, Hollywood
Judith Arlen, 1914-1968, Hollywood
Betty Bryson, 1911-1984, Los Angeles, CA
Betty Bryson, 1911-1984, Los Angeles, CA
Jean Carmen, 1913-1993, Portland, Oregon
Jean Carmen, 1913-1993, Portland, Oregon
Dorothy Drake, 1916-2005, Santa Monica, CA
Dorothy Drake, 1916-2005, Santa Monica, CA
Jean Gale, 1912-1974, San Francisco, CA
Jean Gale, 1912-1974, San Francisco, CA
Hazel Hayes, 1910-1974, La Crosse, Kansas
Hazel Hayes, 1910-1974, La Crosse, Kansas
Ann Hovey, 1911-2007, Mount Vernon, Indiana
Ann Hovey, 1911-2007, Mount Vernon, Indiana
Naomi Judge, 1908-1978, Mitchell, South Dakota
Naomi Judge, 1908-1978, Mitchell, South Dakota
Lucille Lund, 1913-2002, Buckley, Washington
Lucille Lund, 1913-2002, Buckley, Washington
Lu Ann Meredith, 1913-1998, Dallas, Texas
Lu Ann Meredith, 1913-1998, Dallas, Texas
Katherine Williams, 1908-1982, Seattle, Washington
Katherine Williams, 1908-1982, Seattle, Washington
Al Shaw, Sam Lee
Al Shaw, Sam Lee
Ann Hovey
Ann Hovey
Betty Bryson
Betty Bryson
Dorothy Drake
Dorothy Drake
Edward Hearn
Edward Hearn
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Fred Kelsey, William Haines
Fred Kelsey, William Haines
Harry Tenbrook, Katherine Williams, Judith Allen
Harry Tenbrook, Katherine Williams, Judith Allen
Hazel Hayes
Hazel Hayes
James P. Burtis, Syd Saylor
James P. Burtis, Syd Saylor
Jean Carmen
Jean Carmen
Jean Carmen, William Haines
Jean Carmen, William Haines
Jean Carmen
Jean Carmen
Jean Gale
Jean Gale
John Miljan, Judith Allen
John Miljan, Judith Allen
Joseph Cawthorn
Joseph Cawthorn
Joseph Cawthorn, Greta Meyer
Joseph Cawthorn, Greta Meyer
Joseph Cawthorn
Joseph Cawthorn
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen, William Haines
Judith Allen, William Haines
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Katherine Williams
Katherine Williams
Katherine Williams, Judith Allen
Katherine Williams, Judith Allen
Katherine Williams
Katherine Williams
Katherine Willliams, Judith Allen
Katherine Willliams, Judith Allen
Katherine Williams
Katherine Williams
Lenore Keef
Lenore Keef
Lu Ann Meredith
Lu Ann Meredith
Lucille Lund
Lucille Lund
Naomi Judge
Naomi Judge
Rolfe Sedan, William Haines
Rolfe Sedan, William Haines
Ted Fio Rito
Ted Fio Rito
Vince Barnett
Vince Barnett
Vince Barnett, William Haines
Vince Barnett, William Haines
Vince Barnett
Vince Barnett
William Haines
William Haines
William Haines, James Bush
William Haines, James Bush
William Haines, Judith Allen
William Haines, Judith Allen
William Haines, Judith Allen
William Haines, Judith Allen
William Haines
William Haines