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St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri · Page 43

St. Louis, Missouri
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Friday, June 30, 1967
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Myles Standish The New Films Satire on Marital Straying ALTHOUGH IT is about a young married man teaching an older married man all of the fine points on how to cheat on -his wife with impunity, "A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN," at the FOX THEATER, is singularly inoffensive. That is because director Gene Kelly and scripter Frank Tarloff have approached the subject on such a broad satirical basis and loaded it with so many laughs that it can't be taken seriously by even the most strait-laced. Rather it can be hugely enjoyed as an extension of those racy black-out skits the big stage revues were full of 30 and 40 years , ago. Walter Matthau is an investment counselor and typical prosperous suburbanite, who is still very much in love with his sweet wife, Inger Stevens, but is disturbed by all the girls he sees in tight dresses, particularly a wiggly married siren, (Sue Ane Langdon) who lives across the street. A friend (Robert Morse), guesses his predicament, and with Satanic glee, eggs him on to wander, giving him an extended lecture on all the pitfalls to be avoided so he won't be caught. Morse is an expert, and explains piously he is so careful because he loves his wife (Claire Kelly) and wants to protect her from the shock of finding out what a Lothario he is. His scientific lectures are illustrated with flashback skits played by a raft of expert comedians among them Wally Cox, Art Carney, Lucille Ball, Phil Silvers, Louis Nye, Ben Blue, Polly Bergen, Terry-Thomas, the late Jayne Mansfield, Joey Bishop and Jack Benny. Almost all of the skits are ingenious, merry and clever. One of the funniest is Joey Bishop's practice of the technique of absolute denial even though caught in flagrante delicto by his wife. The film ends in a tongue-in-cheek paean to virtue as Matthau comes out of his first timorous adventure pure and unsullied and his Mephistopheles, Morse, gets his comeuppance. Brutal and Sadistic IT IS NOT ONLY THAT "THE DIRTY DOZEN," at LOEWS STATE and CINEMA I, is a preposterous film in its idea that an American general would order a dozen convicted soldier murderers and rapists trained to carry out a highly important commando mission before D-day. That is only silly. But the picture's glorification of these swaggering, vicious criminals as heroes, its constant ridicule of discipline and authority and its depiction of the sadistic zeal with which the party goes about murdering German officers and their women in a rest home are grossly distaste ful, sometimes revolting. ' , In the first place, there is no necessity for Ernest Borg-nine, as a rough-and-ready general, to pick the unreliable and r rebellious criminals for the mission and put them through a ... six-month training course when any commando outfit could have done the job immediately, and better. But this absurdity ..Jb compounded by the feats of the sneering convicts in showing up a martinet colonel (Robert Ryan) and a foolish major .-George Kennedy) in a war game, and the blood-lust which they let loose in a prolonged sequence of violence as they ? parachute down and attack the Nazi rest home. We are treated to such exhibitions as a drooling Telly , Savalas, as a religious fanatic and psychotic degenerate, dis-emtoowling a terrified prostitute and the raiders pouring gaso- . line down an air vent to a bomb shelter, then gleefully setting it afire as the Germans and their concubines are fried s Inside. What grist for the Communist propaganda mills this picture could make! '- Responsbility must be borne by Robert Aldrich's heavy-handed 'violence-prone direction and the crude script by Lu- kas Heller and Nunnally Johnson. But the chief star, Lee I Marvin, extricates himself favorably from the mess with a ; tense and realistic performance of the tough infantry major who trains the commando group. Among others involved are J Robert Webber as a colonel, John Cassavetes as a psychopath I under death sentence, Charles Bronson as a treacherous kill- er, football star Jim Brown as a white-hating Negro, Trini 'Lopez as a defiant criminal, towering Clint Walker as the least obnoxious of the dozen, and Richard Jaeckel as a hard sergeant. Neil Simon Farce ALTHOUGH "BAREFOOT IN THE PARK" opened last week at the ESQUIRE, this writer was on vacation and caught up with it belatedly. It is certainly worth catching up with, as H is as hilarious and pleasantly zany a farce as it 'A was 'n tne howling stage success by Neil r S .CiimYn utfhrt Qilari AA tha aiyrlnt frur 4i film wuiivi) UW u.f t-r, .vs. Ulb ...... . Although it is of course exaggerated, the tribulations of two newly-weds in a fifth-floor Manhattan w a 1 k u p apartment, the mistakes of an ardent but addle-witted wife, the meanderings of a fluttery mother-in-law who gets stoned at an Albanian restaurant and the suave approaches of a Bohemian-type foreigner who lives on the building roof are productive of continuous laughs. Jane Fonda in this finally emerges as a competent farceur as the feather-brained wife. Robert Redford, of the Broadway cast, is fine as the distraught husband whose wife thinks he is a stuffed-shirt and a hopeless square because he won't walk barefoot in the park in the winter. Mildred Na-twick repeats her immensely funny Broadway work as the mother-in-law and Charles Boyer brings polish and charm to the role of Velasco, the Hungarian Bohemian. And don't overlook the comic talent of tall Herbert Edelman as the friendly telephone man. There are some technical flaws in the direction of his first film by Gene Saks, and some uneven editing and matching of scenes but that's lost in the laughter. Ann Landers Speeding Teen-Agers DEAR ANN LANDERS: Last weekend, five teen-agers from our town were killed in an automobile accident. Four of these kids were friends of mine. One was an only child and two were brothers. The driver was going at a very high rate of speed and he lost control of the wheel. The car went through 25 guardrail posts and down a 40-foot embankment. Every kid in the automobile had a broken neck. The funerals were like nightmares. You can't imagine the grief of the parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters of those kids who were killed. Classmates and friends felt awful, but in a few weeks we will get over the sadness and think about something else. For the families of the kids who died, the pain will go on for a long, long time maybe forever. I just hope you will urge all teen-agers everywhere to ask themselves, ."Could this terrible thing have happened to me?" I admit I've been guilty of speeding and I have been in cars when the driver was going too fast. I was . just luckier than the kids in the death car. Please print my letter. If it will wake up just one teenager and make him realize that a few minutes of excitement could end in five funerals, I will feel it was worth the effort it took to write to you. A YOUNG MOURNER Dear Young Mourner: I have received dozens of letters about this same accident. Yours said it best for m booklet, "Teen-axe Sex Ten Wayt to Coal It," tend 50 tent in coin and a long, tell- addressed, ttamped envelope to Ann Landers in care of the Post-Dispatch, Ann Landers will be glad to help you with your problems. Send questions to her in care of the Post-Dispatch, inclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Jack Bergman . . . proved pilot was right. One-Night Stand As a Wing Walker St. Louis Engineer Volunteers For Stunt at July 4 Air Show By Jack Rice Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A 32-YEAR-OLD industrial engineer, Jack Bergman, will do a wing-walk in the air show preliminary to the Fourth of July fireworks display on the riverfront. Bergman assumes that at the end of the act he will have the good judgment to retire from the field, thereby ending a wing-walking career of about 10 minutes. Bergman has not done a walking, wing-walk before. When I called The salesman's fervor seemed on him at the offices of the Nooter Corp. we spent an hour in a glass-partitioned confer ence room, asking one another why he will do this one. In the adjoining room, a traveling salesman was trying to sell a Nooter purchasing agent a million or so tons of something or other, and the salesman's persuasive voice occasionally rose and came through to us as we talked of wing- to make Bergman envious, wishing he could bring the same conviction to bear on wing-walking. The best we could do was arrive at the incomplete answer that Bergman will walk the wing because it's there. He never has felt obliged to climb a mountain for that reason, but Bergman's hobby is falling, not climbing, and some esthetic sense can be made of his simultaneous debut and re- Play Bridge By Jerry Levitt WEST EAST 4 Q J 109 4AK42 f A73 V 8 6 42 A83 107 AK4 J73 West North East South INT pass 2 pass 2 a pass 3 e pass 4 a) pass pass pass Opening lead diamond king EAST'S "Stayman" response to his partner's opening no-trump requested that West name a fow-card major holding. When East raised the spade response to three, West, with a maximum no-trump opener, easily bid four. One diamond, one club and two hearts losers threaten to break the contract unless the club queen is doubleton. How do you proceed to give yourself every chance for success? If hearts break 3-3, dummy's fourth heart will provide a parking place for your losing club. However, since the spade honors are dummy's only entries to the long heart, just the queen and jack of trumps may be played. If the outstanding spades break 3-2, you must postpone drawing the last trump. Lay down the ace of hearts and concede a small one. The defense will cash the diamond queen and force dummy to ruff a third round with the trump king. Lead a third heart and win any return. If hearts break, you are home. The spade ace now provides the needed entry to dummy's fourth heart, for a club discard. If hearts do not break, you must fall back on the possibility of a doubleton queen of clubs by cashing the ace and king. You have no club finesse, since dummy's jack is not supported by the ten in either hand. Never lead an honor, intending to finesse, without a touching honor behind it. You have no guarantee that proper play will insure a contract. At least you will have given yourself every chance. NORTH ijy ljl0 5 KQJ2 10 8 6 WEST EAST QJ10 9 4AK42 VA73 V 86 42 A83 4107 AK4 J73 SOUTH 483 VKJ9 4 9654 Q952 tirementasa wing-walker, come the glorious Fourth. Bergman's hobby is parachute jumping. He has made more than 900 jumps, beginning with 23 when serving with the Eleventh Airborne Division. He was a founder of the Greater St. Louis Parachute Club in 1956 and several times has been its president. He was the right adventurer for a Famous-Barr man to call on for help in putting together an adr show to keep the gathering crowd on the riverfront amused before darkness falls and makes the annual fireworks display look good. The Famous-Barr man hired a stunt pilot from Iowa for the aerobatics and asked the flyer to recommend an added decoration, a wing-walker. The flyer asked if there is a parachute club in St. Louis. Told that there is, the pilot said the wing-walker supply was right at hand. "You just call someone in the club," he said, "and tell him you want a wing-walker and ask for a volunteer. I'll bet nobody in the club's ever done it before, but half of them will trample over one another trying to be first in line to do it." The Famous-Barr man I V I V- M VJ By a Post-Dispatch Photographer Bergman prepares to climb onto the upper wing of a biplane. Do you have bridgm problem? Send questions to Jerry Levitt, in care of the Post Dispatch, with a ttamped, telf -addressed envelope. ON SAVINGS CERTIFICATES Minimum $1000 ACCOUNTS INSURED UP TO $15,000 DrlM-ln nklm Dilly, 8:15 'til ( lAf EBSTER GROVES il TRUST COMPANY 1 WEBSTER GROVES. MO. F.D.I.C. WO. 1-2400 75 W. LOCKWOOD SAVE 20- BMP Clsanlne Alterlnt llUU Bindlnf Repairing DRIVE IN DISCOUNT Open Sat. 'til 5:00 P.M. W00DARD wo. 1-9102 9308 MANCHESTER thought that the stunt pilot had been flying upside down too long, but he called Bergman anyway and asked if he would poll the parachute club for a wing-walker. Bergman said, "Absolutely not." "Why not," asked the caller, feeling smug about the comparative insight of young executives and old pilots. "Because," said Bergman, "I want to do it myself." Sitting in the conference room ait Nooter, Bergman speculated that he might be trying to make up to himself for last year's disappointment. He was booked to make a jump into Busch Stadium, between games of a dou-bleheader, but somebody canceled the act. Professional jeal- ousy, perhaps. The Cardinals! were diving hard themselves, at the time, but not so spectacularly. Bergman was disappointed. He had made survey flights of the stadium and was certain he could score a clean double, a spot landing on second base. So now he has the consolation of a wing-walk over the Mississippi. Actually, it will be a wing-stand. He will stand on the center of the top wing of a Stearman, and that is a comforting platform. The Stearman biplane is the old gray mare of the air, never in a hurry but sure to get where it's going without a stumble along the way. Bergman will be held in place by lines attached to the wing and to his parachute harness, and by the positive gravity of snap rolls and outside loops. That means he will stay feet-firm on the wing for the same reason that water remains in a bucket when the bucket is swung around and around. . He won't wear a parachute, not just because he has all that much faith in positive gravity and water staying put in fast-swung buckets, but because the Stearman will be flying rather low over the Mississippi. In the conference room next door, the salesman seemed to be stating his case well with the purchasing agent; Bergman looked their way again, still envious. "A lot of people," he said, "make one parachute jump and no more. But they've got to do it once, they think. I guess I feel the same way about wing-walking." . ADVERTISEMENT Lemons For Beauty To keep your skin clear and fair you need the natural cleansing and bleaching properties of lemon. Ask your druggist for a bottle of lemon Jelvyn, the latest type skin freshener that beautiful women throughout the world are now using. 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