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Charles Boyer Has Troubles BeingBoth Actor, Producer Looks Forward to BIGGEST CONVOY HAD STRONG SEA AND AIR ESCORT Fleet of Destroyers, Airplanes, Larger Ships Give Protection By WALTER CRONKITE United Press Atlantic fleet Correspondent NEW YORK, (U.PJ--A successful convoy is a boring convoy. . convoy so thoroughly planned, so perfectly co-ordinated and so strongly protected that the enemy dare not molest it from under under the surface or from the sky I have just compleed a rounc trip to the British Isles with, such a convoy. It was the largest con', American troops to cross Atlantic and it made the trip :without interference through an ocean meshed with nazi destruction. destruction. ; ; It was protected by a fleet r- ·" -- -- · -- v- fjj a. ILCKl. ot destroyers, which virtually screened it from enemy action and by two of the most powerful larger ships in the American navy. Out from the east coast it had aerial protection furnished by first American and ,then Canadian air supplemented by navy forces,. blimps. " . Out from the British Isles it had the aid of individual scouting units of the RAF, arid a British cruiser joined the convoy to escort it into the mined water of the Isles themselves. themselves. In mid-ocean its own scouting scouting planes kept watchful eyes * * * Nothing less than a suicide raid by ;the"enemy could have touched this; convoy and the ships in it were so speedy that at the first signal of danger they could have broken for safety and easily outrun outrun an undersurface craft. And the nazi was not believed able to throw enough / surface raiders at the. convoy to match the guns of its protecting fleet · This does not mean that the nail were not interested. *There was evidence that they knew of the existence "of the convoy, that their submarines hovered a safe distance away ready to pick off stragglers from the protected area, that their planes had th under surveillance after th convoy reached European waters Two days out from its destina tion, this- convoy's lookouts began "seeing things" darting in and ou the clouds. The "things" neve were positively identified becausi they kept for.the most part behim cloud -banks, but -they kep popping up at intervals: and they more than likely were lone German reconnaissance planes. The could watch, this big shipment o" troops to the British Isles but thej p pa r e n t ly weren't powerful to interfere with it. They gave the convoy officers moments of concern, however. I after a day of such reports the-late dusk of the cold Nortl Atlantic began dropping its protective protective shield around the blackek- ships, .that one of the senior said to me: "Stand by for your story tonight They've been watching us all But the story didn't develop that story, anyway. We were unmolested. As quiet as was this convoy, there was plentiful evidence on turbulent green-blue water of Atlantic that all convoys aren't lucky, or so well-planned, or so well-executed. Three times we passed through areas of debris- overturned lifeboats, charred bits ^timber,'sacks of potatoes and onions that float for some reason, of cotton half waterlogged thus-half submerged. Floating- debris carries with it a humor of its own to taunt in ghostlike fashion luckier ships still afloat. A. spar, its tower half water-logged water-logged so that its top sticks from the sea, looks a Time When He Can No Longer Be Idol " Press Hollywood Correspondent Correspondent HOLLYWOOD, We give you today Charles Boyer, a married married man. ^ e ' s P roduc «ifi a movie called Flesh and Fantasy." .He's also Playing one of the leading roles that of a circus acrobat. Not he is liable to fall off the high wire and break his neck, but got to sit up most of the night working on the script, and then try to fool the customers next morning into believing he's had good night's sleep. Last week he really had trouble. Julien Duvivier, his director became became ill. The picture shut down three days. IVJiss Barbara Stan- wyck, the leading lady, said fine; she'd take a rest and not charge for the time off. # * * Boyer, the actor,' was tougher, but Boyer, the producer, slapped his ears down and had no further trouble with him. Tuesday night Producer Boyer sat up until after l a . m,, on the story. Wednesday morning Actor Boyer got up at 5, rushed over to Universal studios, put on his overcoat and spent the rest of the day acting on one of the hottest sets iii town. Between takes Producer Boyer paced and worried. So it was that Boyer, man, never did get to sit down. He got himself into this predicament predicament with'his eyes wide open. He is, an honest man and he he's not getting any younger. He is 43 and he can't be a matinee idol the rest of his life. Therefore and eventually he's got to do something else. Producing movies seems to be the solution. * * * This is his first try in Hollywood, Hollywood, though he used to help the production in France. Being a producer, he said, has its advantages. He doesn't have to wear necktie or a coat. He doesn't even nave to shave. All he has to do nake decisions, but he can make them in an air-conditioned office. "It is when you are a producer and an actor, too, that things get a little hectic," he said, coming up out of his overcoat for a jrflath of air. The boys were · unloading the ting Lamarr circus, consisting of cages of wild animals, from a gigantic gigantic liner moored at the dock New York. This vast ship, or the side of it that showed, floated in a sea ot San Fernando Valley The circus wagons rumbled down the dock, passengers argued with customs agents, and everything looked real except- the sweat on the actors' faces in. the dead of winter., · . , - . ' * * ·' *. : ; " We don't know why it is that Hollywood invariably makes its wintry movies in the dead of summer, and picks cold, almost- freezing days for girls in lawn dresses and goose pimples at garden garden parties. Neither does Boyer. After he's been a producer a while longer we'll ask him again. This picture of his is in four episodes, with different actors in each one. The first one, already the cans, featuring Edward G. Robinson. This one includes acrobat acrobat Boyer and Jewel Thief Stan- wyck. The next two are written and ready to go, except that the actors aav.en't been hired yet. Producer Boyer is worrying about that, too, when Actor Boyer isn't before the cameras. * * ¥ We now come to the kicker of this dispatch: You must get the picture . first; Boyer in his overcoat, overcoat, Miss Stanwyck in mink, and all the other actors suffering 'simi- arly with the heat. Only one n the confusion looks cool. That's Mala, the Eskimo, who's spent almost almost all his time in Hollywood wearing fur parkas under the sun amps. He's renounced all that that now. Mala, the Eskimo, lias become assistant cameraman. All he wears s a pair of thin pants and a sympathetic smile.

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  1. Globe-Gazette,
  2. 17 Sep 1942, Thu,
  3. Page 11

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