Newspaper Clippings - 1944


Feb 28, 1944 (by Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times)

While Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones have not been able to solve their differences as yet, both are faring very brilliantly in a professional way. Miss Jones' Bernadette is likely to capture the Academy Award this week, while Walker is highly estimated at M.G.M., ever since “See Here, Private Hargrove” registered so lustrously at preview.

 It will be Walker who will soon be seen in another unusual story of the war, “Taps for Private Tussie.” M.G.M. has been able to close its deal for this “Tobacco Road” type story about a group of hillbillies who are beneficiaries from a soldier's insurance when he is killed in action, and who temporarily go money mad. Walter Brennan will probably be sought for a primary role.


March 8, 1944 (by Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times)

 Robert Walker's contract has been extended at M.G.M., and he will star in “Taps for Private Tussie” after “30 Seconds Over Tokyo .”


March 24, 1944 (by Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times)

 Anything is possible, of course, and maybe Frank Sinatra can be sold on the idea. The one player Clarence Brown figures would be ideal as the grandson Sid in “Taps for Private Tussie” is the crooner-swooner.

 The character has been altered very greatly from the book – that is, he will not be just a teen-age youngster in the film version, and furthermore if Sinatra should be captured for the production, he would be allowed scope for song.

 Assignment would give Frank a real chance at a characterization in an unusual film, Robert Walker and Donna Reed have been mentioned for other prominent parts.


 March 25, 1944 (by Hedda Hopper, Los Angeles Times)

 Metro wants Ketti Frings' “God's Front Porch” as a starring vehicle for Bob Walker. He'd be great as Pinky.


August 3, 1944 by (by Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times)

 Only four important roles are listed in “The Clock,” which stars Judy Garland and Robert Walker, and one of these goes to Audrey Totter. In case her name seems unfamiliar, it might be well to recall that she was in “My Sister Eileen” when that played at the Biltmore Theater. She has been signed by M.G.M. on that account and because executives were impressed by a broadcast she did for “Stage Door Canteen”.

No fewer than four producers are anxious to have her in their features, but she will be seen first as the roommate of Judy in the wartime affair, and will have a dramatic part. Hume Cronyn plays the other important character in the quartet of leads.


 August 4. 1944 (by Hedda Hopper, Los Angeles Times)

 While Jennifer Jones is in Washington and Philadelphia being introduced to the press by Anita Colby, her husband, Bob Walker, from whom she's separated, is living in her home and taking care of her two boys.


October 3, 1944 (by Hedda Hopper, Los Angeles Times)

 Bob Walker, on “The Clock” set, had a phone call from his brother who was at Hollywood and Vine, asking if he'd leave him a pass at the studio so he could get in . Until he walked on the set, Bob didn't know which brother. But this one was Sgt. Wayne, from the South Pacific. The other one is in Italy .


 December 7, 1944 (by Hedda Hopper, Los Angeles Times)

 At “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ” opening … “the guy who stole the picture was Bob Walker. That lad has a way with him. Van Johnson should take time out and learn. Not that Van isn't good, but, Bob is better.


 December 26, 1944 ( Los Angeles Times)

 Actor Robber of Undelivered Christmas Gifts

A “Santa Claus” who took instead of giving paid a Christmas Eve visit to the Mandeville Canyon home of Robert Walker, estranged husband of actress Jennifer Jones, and besides plundering the actor's wardrobe of all his suits, stole all his valuable undelivered Christmas presents including a “most important” one for his famous wife.

 Walker yesterday spend several hours assisting Det. Sgt. Dick Morgan with the business of fingerprinting the window screen which the intruder pulled off the guest room to gain entrance.

 Walker discovered the burglary when he returned shortly before midnight from a Christmas Eve tree decorating party with his sons, Robert 4 and Michael 5, at the Bel-air home of their mother.

 What was in the gaily wrapped Christmas box that Walker had so carefully selected for his wife?

 “If you'll forgive me for declining to state – well, I would prefer not to state,” he sighed. “Yes, we are still separated but the boys are having a wonderful time with their mother and that's what counts most – doesn't it?”

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