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with Mon_day from r " is ni- reprinted r d R Victory Caravan Is Given Tumultuous Welcome by St. Paul, Minneapolis Crowds Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Charles Boyer, Other Names of Stage and Screen Help Army, Navy Relief and and By DAVID B. KAUFMA.V PATTT ,,· G| obe-Gazelte Movie Editor) ,,,) , .¥,,' M'nn-- Given a tumultuous welcome by many thousands thousands of w.MJy enthusiastic Twin Cities fans, the Hollywood Victory 8 X ^°^ mtmy Of the hr 'Shtest names of the screen responded nobly Saturday afternoon by presenting a 6 «' hi " e great P. T. Barnum would heartily have f , n greatest show ° n earth." Services of everyone associated i the Caravan were donated, and as a result this nationwide tour will net m the neighborhood of half a million dollars for the army and navy relief funds, Comedian Bob Hope estimated There were 10,000 in the audience at the Saturday matinee in St. Paul, and they had paid from 51.65 to $11 for their tTckeTs bu" " * " * there wasn't room for even a lone grumble after the three hour show had enfled, for it was by far the best entertainment ever to presented in the northwest. be BOB HOPE --King of Comedy For singing the Caravan offered the king of the troubadors, Bing Crosby, plus Metropolitan opera star Rise Stevens, radio songbird Frances Langford, Desi Arnaz and Ray Middleton. If comedy was your favorite form of entertainment there .was Bob Hope, ace ad lib comedian of the day, plus Bert Lahr Cary Grant, Frank McHugh, Groucho Marx, laurel and Hardy, Jerry Col.onna and Charlotte Greenwood. Greenwood. Diet you say drama was your favorite? Well, the Caravan featured featured Charles B o y e r , Pat O'Brien, Olivia dellaviltand, Merle Oberon, Joan Blondell, Claudette Colbert and Joan Bennett. Dancing? None other than James Cagney climaxed the shrr.v dancing and singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and he was preceded preceded by 'the queen terpsichoreans, Eleanor of the Powell. BING CROSBY "I Have Horses, Too" It was a great show from every standpoint, and one which was infinitely more enjoyable in the realization that these great names of Hollywood were voluntarily contributing their services in behalf behalf of the army and navy. Charles Boyer, that masterful masterful French actor, brought many a tear to the audience as, after his skit, he spoke directly to the people, saying: "I am a new American--I was naturalized *eu. 13--and I speak to you with a Free French accenf. I do not want you to think that I have abandoned France in her darkest hour. No. For the men ·who rule France today are not the Frenchmen you have grown to love in the past . . . they arc but puppets of nazlism. I pray for one thing--the return of freedom to'-all peoples of the world." He heartily praised, the work of General Charles de Gaulle. In a tensely dramatic skit had as its theme the last days before the fall of Bataan, Pat O Brien, seen as a Yankee p r o m i s e d Frank wounded Yankee soldier "We won't forget fellow . . . We're §??. tl L be ru "iing forever. WE'LL BE BACK." Crosby scored heavily, singing "Blues in. the Night" and the sentimental "I Miss You." Bob Hope, alternating with tall, dark and handsome Cary Grant m the role of master of ceremonies, was one of the crowd's favorites, favorites, quipping continually in that inimitable Hope manner. Typical Hope-isms: "Crosby's horses finish so late they arc given passkeys before each race now, so they can back into the stables." "I was kissing Claudette Colbert Colbert and Joan Blondell the first week of the tour until "Beans" pulled a sneaky trick" "on He told them HE was Boyei me. . . Boyer." "When Madeleine Carroll kissed me I went so high I have flying time than Crosby's stork" * ·¥ * "Bing pays so much income that when a bomber flies over house, it curtsies" After Bob had kissed Miss Colbert he asked her proudly: "How did you like that?" Turning Turning to (he audience, hands outstretched, outstretched, the. French actress replied replied sorrowfully: "I hope the army and navy appreciate what I'm doing for them." Bert Lahr, too, was a hit of sboiv. Quizzed by "Income Tax Collector" Cary Grant as to a S200 a week wage for a Japanese valet in his tax returns, Lahr answered: "Well, he wasn't -ao ordinary valet. He was an admiral n the Japanese navy, he needed '.he money for cameras, binoculars." binoculars." Hundreds o£ soldiers, stats guardsmen and police officers were on hand to protect the stars :rom over-eager fans at both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Several imes the thousands of fans surged .(trough, the police-soldier cordon outside the Nicollet hotel to touch 1 a movie star, : and they kept the armed guards busy most of the evening. V * * The Twin Cities will never forget forget the one day in which Holly- vood came to Minneapolis and 'aul. . . They will never forget he willingness of the stars to cooperate in every way in order help the army and navy relief funds. As Pat O'Brien told Frank Mc- lush in that dramatic skit, there £ ? n ° ther ' a ve 'Y serious matter hat "WE WON'T FORGET." Barking and cycling lizards and louse building rodents are among the strange animals found in Australia. Australia.

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  1. The Mason City Globe-Gazette,
  2. 11 May 1942, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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