By VIRGINIA VALE (Released by Western Newspaper Union.) nOSALIND RUSSELL, J-V who considers Columbia her lucky lot, has been signed to play the feminine starring role in that studio's new comedy, com-edy, "This Thing Called Love," a tale of a six months' trial marriage which goes on the rocks before it is well launched. Miss Russell will be seen as a brisk and competent com-petent insurance executive (and let's hope she won't over-act, as she sometimes does) and Melvyn Douglas, playing opposite her, will be a mining engineer. A few years ago the beautiful Rosalind was borrowed by Columbia for the title role in "Craig's Wife," an unsympathetic part, as you'll probably recall, but in it she proved ' .In J w ! l n ; i k .AjTiisfti.-SW. i. ROSALIND RUSSELL so conclusively that she could act that the picture gave her a place at the top. She scored another Columbia Colum-bia triumph as "Hildy Johnson" in "His Girl Friday." 1 Two daughters of famous football coaches are np for roles in "Tillie the Toiler"; they are Marcia Shaughnessy and Annie Lee Stagg, and were suggested by no less a personage per-sonage than Maude Adams, the famous actress, who coached them at Stevens college. The 52.6 second kiss record set by Ann Sheridan and George Brent in "Honeymoon for Three" brought reactions re-actions of all kinds from here, there and elsewhere. A Los Angeles laundry asked for the handkerchief used by Brent to wipe off Miss Sheridan's lipstick, offering of-fering to launder it for nothing. An inventor in Indianapolis asked Brent to be the first to try his new lipstick remover. A clock manufacturer inquired in-quired what kind of watch was used to time the kiss. A New York promoter pro-moter telegraphed a $500 offer to the pair if they would officially open a "kissathon" by repeating the performance. per-formance. And then a woman's club in To-peka, To-peka, Kan., passed a resolution recommending rec-ommending that endurance kissing be banned on the ground that it is unhygienic. And countless males between be-tween the ages of 17 and 60 wrote in, volunteering to take over Brent's next assignment of that kind for nothing. When young Betty Brewer was working with him in "Rangers of Fortune" Fred MacMurray taught her to croon. Since then she has been rehearsing her sister and brother broth-er and a little neighbor girl in a quartet which she calls "Betty Brewer Brew-er and Her Playmates," and it's so good that an advertising agency may put them on the air this fall. As old as radio is the annoying production problem of performers kicking the microphone stand or striking it with their hands if they make gestures while on the air. If a grating sound comes from your receiving set, that's probably the reason. Cecil B. DeMille thought he'd solved the problem for his radio theater last year, by using a hanging hang-ing microphone but without a base stand to guide them, actors bumped their heads into the mike. - (Gluttons (Glut-tons for punishment, these actors!) Undaunted, C. B. went to work again. And this year when the cast assembled for the theater's first production, pro-duction, "Manhattan Melodrama," with Myrna Loy, William Powell, and, of course, Don Ameche, they found that a circular guard rail had been built under the mike. That suited them perfectly they could rest their scripts on it ODDS AND ENDS H"Most Inspirational Extra of the Year" is the title bestowed on Dons Davenport by the Hollywood Studio Club, because she rose from the extra ex-tra ranks to die feminine lead m "The Westerner." C Douglas Fairbanks Jr., is vacationing vacation-ing at his farm in Virginia. C Susanna Foster, starlet of Vara-mount's Vara-mount's "There s Magic in Music, was all ready to leave for a vacation in Kearney, Neb., when her dog Hex, was struck by an automobile. She unpacked un-packed her trunks and abandoned her plans, to stay at home until Rex re-covered.