Cal York's Gossip of Hollywood: October 1938


When Melvyn Douglas rode his horse over some of the high hurdles in a scene for Universal’s That Certain Age, he came proudly back to where his small son, four-year-old Peter, was seated among the interested onlookers, hoping for a word or two of praise. But when the director, Edward Ludwig, asked the lad what he thought of his dad and the feat just accomplished, the infant merely looked at him and said, “Well, I like Gene Autry better.” And that, so far as Peter was concerned, was that!


After a strenuous trip across the continent in their own private boxcar, Bambi and his girl friend, Saline, are resting in their palatial quarters at Walt Disney Studios, enjoying the feel of their soft grass yard between feedings from their oversize nursing bottles.

Meanwhile, the entire lot dances in admiring attendance. Studio officials state that Bambi and Saline will be ready for the arduous (?) duties of modeling the characters of the forthcoming Walt Disney feature, Bambi, in a very short time.

In case you don’t know, Bambi and the girl friend are two minute Virginia white-tailed deer sent from Maine to the Disney Studios for the animators to study.

Meantime, the animators of Pinocchio are wandering around, mumbling in their mustachios, as it were, on account of they say it ain’t fair or just to their ‘Monstro.’ Fact is, there’s considerable talk of organizing a whaling expedition to bring back a baby whale so their pet can get a break or two—Monstro being a baby whale who plays a whale of a role in the Pinocchio opus.


Gary Cooper is most embarrassed about the whole thing, but the fact remains that he’s setting women’s styles again. The first time was when a group of exclusive shops in New York featured adaptations of his costumes in Marco Polo for their feminine clientele. And now they’ve done him dirt by creating a most fetching playsuit for Merle Oberon in The Lady and the Cowboy—from one of Gary’s shirts. And it’s just the type of an outfit that is very likely to have a tremendous vogue with the ladies as soon as the picture is released—so Gary woefully states, while Director Potter, who thought up the garment in the first place, wickedly grins.