Little Orphan Julie, cont'd

When his friends want to annoy him, they tell Julie he is going Hollywood. Actually, his complex about not going Hollywood has developed to such an extent that it is a phase of going Hollywood. For what does "going Hollywood" mean, except a form of extremes?
Mr. Garfield took pains not to live where other picture people live. No Beverly or Westwood or Brentwood or San Fernando or Santa Monica for him.
"I know a playwright with a forty-thousand-dollar house in Beverly and he's miserable."
So Mr. Garfield lives in Hollywood proper because he likes to be near crowds and noise and lights and city things. He didn't buy his house. He rents it. However, the house is a nice rambling place with lots of porches and a swell mountain view. It was designed by a man who used to build boats. The Garfields are very proud of the bar which is built into the wall, like a yacht.
"A bar already! That's Hollywood," tease his friends. And Julie turns green.
"But there won't be a swimming pool," he swears.
Still, his wife confided to me that she would like one. "So our poor friends can enjoy it."

Priscilla Lane and John Garfield are together again in "Dust Be My Destiny." They are a fine film pair.

When he heard about this Julie gritted his teeth in mock anger. "So she wants a swimming pool, does she? Well, she'll never have one."
Not that Mrs. Garfield is at all Hollywood. She wears simple linen slacks and is utterly natural and talks to you about Julie, how he gets up earlier than necessary just to play with the baby, how he and the baby both have small feet and how he calls during the afternoon to see how things are going.
Mrs. Garfield frankly tells you she used to be a salesgirl at Macy's, and that she arrived in Hollywood with exactly two maternity dresses and a pair of shoes.

SHE AND JULIE feel alike about most things. They love the idea of no permanence. Even when they were poor and living in Greenwich Village, they used to move every three months "just for the fun of it."
Together they posses an inarticulate silence, the sort that Vina Delmar portrayed so expertly in "Bad Girl." For example, it was only a couple of months ago that Mrs. Garfield went to the studio for the first time. When I asked her why this was, she said Julie had never mentioned her going and she didn't like to ask.
And how are they reacting to money? Well, Julie says, "Now that I'm making it, I haven't the time to spend it."
They spend like average young folks would spend. There is a nurse for the baby, who is as brown as a chocolate pudding and the image of Julie.
And there is a cook. And there is Julie's brother.
"He's one of the unemployed," says Julie. "Thinks he can write." Then, with a characteristic shrug of the shoulders, "Who knows, maybe he can."
They did all the things people do with their first big money, little human things. Robbie took her girl friends for cocktails at a smart hotel, and the cocktails were too strong and didn't make them feel so good, so she never did it again.
And she went to a very good milliner and must have bought a hat because I saw her autograph in the milliner's showroom along with Baroness Somebody-or-other and Gladys Glad and Myrna Loy.        continue>>