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.
Two years later, after touring in road companies for months, the young man landed on the radio, where he gleaned thousands of fans in short order. It was then that somebody propositioned him on the movie idea. Would he consider it ? For answer, Don whipped out his fountain pen and the deal was all set’ in no time. Now he claims he’s the happiest man in the world and will tell you why.
First of all, his home life is everything that can be desired. Concerning his career, Don might as well be a bank clerk or an electrician insofar as any special attention is given him. The fact that he’s in the movies doesn’t impress the Missus or his two lovely youngsters one bit. They’re proud of him, of course, but no fussing about it.
When his wife was in the hospital during the births of their children, Don did the housework after he was finished at the studio. There’s husbandly devotion for you ! There’s a case of not doing star stuff after hours! The Ameches are certainly home-lovers, even though they don’t own their own as yet. Don says he isn’t going to buy a house until he can take it outright.