The Happiness Boy

by Dora Albert
Modern Screen
October 1939

Ty Powers feels no one has a right to be as glad as Don perpetually is!

HE IS said to receive more fan mail than any other actor on his lot except Shirley Temple. Recently he was chosen by the deaf people of this country as the actor with the finest voice. (What they really meant was that his lips were the easiest to read.) He has a fan in Oakland, California, who has seen every picture in which he has appeared from fifty-five to one hundred and thirty times. A woman in Warren, Pennsylvania named a pig after him and entered it in a contest of the Ladies’ Aid Society.

(more…)

How Don Ameche Lives

by Irene Zarat
Movie Mirror
August 1941

donmirror

If you should pass a house near Encino, from which sounds of uninhibited hilarity ensue, it’s probably Don Ameche’s house. If you should sneak across the lawn and peer through the window, you might be greeted by some such spectacle as this.

(more…)

Don Ameche

screenameche

Screen Album
Summer 1937

WHEN you hear that Don Ameche attended four universities, you immediately think, “Whew! What an educated gent!” And just before you visualize pictures of him completely surrounded by cap and gown, sheepskin, et al, he’ll up and tell you that he didn’t graduate from one of them. Don had the desire for book larnin’, but he jest nat’urally weren’t a scholar.

Seriously, this handsome lad’s eyes were on the stage from the first time he attended a play and was old enough to realize what it was all about. When he actually got his chance in 1928, he came through with flying colors. It seems that the leading man of the local stock company was featured in a motor smashup. Who to get at the last moment, for—you know the good old theatrical slogan—the show must go on! Someone thought of Ameche and with only four hours to learn a lengthy, difficult role, Don scored.

(more…)

John Payne – The Star Who Likes People

by Hedda Hopper
Chicago Sunday Tribune
September 14, 1952

When he isn’t making a picture he’s out meeting the public and winning friends for Hollywood and himselfBy Hedda HopperAmerican movie goers have found John Payne. With the exception of Gene Autry, I doubt whether any other star has topped him in visiting cities, meeting more people, and selling himself and his pictures. Long before Movietime U. S. A. came into being, John, usually with a troupe of entertainers, was on the road creating goodwill and understanding between Hollywood and it’s public. He’s played as many as 23 cities in 17 days, making from five to ten appearances in each town, besides giving innumerable interviews to press and radio. His shows are usually tied in with some local organization such as the chamber of commerce for a children’s hospital. On one tour of our southern states, John helped raise 670,000 for the Community Chest.

(more…)

The Best Son A Mother Ever Had

jpart1

by Ida Zeitlin
Modern Screen
December 1942

John Payne’s mother has just spent a month with him in Hollywood—her first visit. It’s hard to uproot her from her Virginia home. But when John phoned and said, “Mom, I’ve got this beach house now, so why don’t
you come out and stay a while?” she packed bag, baggage and a dozen napkins embroidered by Rosie, and went.

Though he rents his place furnished, linens and all. Rosie insisted on sending the napkins. A relative by marriage, seventy-five, perky, the world’s best needlewoman, she lives with Mrs. Payne, and her favorite character is John.

(more…)