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Section II asbury Park Evening press Sports, Features, Classified Advertising THE EVENING NEWS AMUSEMENTS ASBURY PARK, N.J., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1955 AMUSEMENTS Doris Day, Free of Warners Pact, Won't Rush Into a Lot of Deals HOLLYWOOD Ufi Free of her Warner Brothers contract after seven years and 17 pictures, Doris Day is not going to rush into a variety of deals. The sunny singer from Cincinnati has ended her Warner's con- ' nection on a friendly basis. Now Ehe intends to sit back and take the likeliest film deals when they come along. She. is now working on MGM's "Lqye Me or Leave Me," the biography of songstress Ruth Etting. She was doing one of the final ccenes as her film husband, James Cagney, watched her from fthe bar. Between takes, she talked about her future plans. "I'm not going to knock myself," she said. "What for? You can't save any of the money you make. I'd like to do just two pictures a year, then just enjoy life for four months of the year." Her plans preclude accepting the fabulous offers that have come from Las Vegas, England, Australia and other places. She has said that she no longer wants to sing before live audiences. "I can't explain why," she said. "I really can't I've tried to figure out the reason, but it just doesn't come. You might think it is because of insecurity about my work. But that's not true. I'm not Insecure." Reluctance Curious She admitted that her reluctance is curious in view of the fact that she spent years singing before vast crowds when she was a band singer with Les Brown and other outfits. Fortunately, she doesn't need namAnal f,nnnnMnnAA. 4 11 i dt i""""" onycai antes 10 weu Jier . j tv .., rk-.i.. viW "T Income. The sales of her rerorrtsiP.rt.ed .D ?ctor Charles Vldor. I mmmmS ..... . 1 Vl) DORIS DAY like "My Secret Heart" and "If I Give My Heart to You" have been astronomical She is one of the top five female draws In the movies. Her fee for "Love Me or Leave Me" is reported at $200,000. She's working for her money. The Etting story is her toughest assignment, requiring sustained dramatics. "Doris is coming thru fine," re- j s. Rk sx iWk yit I STRAND THEATRE ! P LAKEWOOD, N. J. J Tony Curtis Piper Laurie In P "SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS" w g Plus "DESTRY" 4 W Audie Murphy Marl Blanchard w think she'll surprise everyone with the performance she gives. I he girl can really act." Believes What Told He made these remarks when she wasn't present, so he wasn't under duress. Vidor observed that Doris is a literal girl who believes everything she is told. She had a hysterical scene and got so carried away that the, director had to shake her to stop her sobs. One of his stipulations when he started the film was that she couldn't see the rushes. He didn't want her to get self-conscious. "It s the first time I haven t gone to the rushes" she said. "I feel much better because of it I always used to suffer thru them. You know how it is when you see a bad PAUL ALLADIN AT THE ORGAN NITELY at CAMRANO'S BAR & RESTAURANT 663 Kensington Ave., Long- Branch Tel. LO 6-6583 STEAKS CHOPS PIZZA CHICKEN-IN-THE-BASKET IPO G9 THE HOME OF HOME COOKING OPEN ALL YEAR 'ROUND FANCY ITALIAN STYLE DISHES Steaks Chops Lobsters . Dinners Served from 12 P.M. to 1 A.M. POSILLIPO'S Restaurant 715 2nd Ave., PRospect 4-5819, Asbury Park snapshot of yourself and you want to tear it up? Well, that's the way way it is with the rushes." She is doing the Etting role from scratch. Doris has never met the famed singer of the '20s and '30s and hasn't listened to her records. There will be no attempt to impersonate Miss Etting. Now that she is free of all movie contracts, Doris could jump into TV. I asked her about it. "Yes, I'd like to do TV," she said. "But I don't know when. It all depends on working out a format. I don't want to do just a variety show. I want to do stories, with some singing added now and then. It seems to me that Loretta Young has found the Ideal format; it allows her to play all kinds of characters." Skelton Show On the Upgrade In New Format HOLLYWOOD W) Groucho Marx calls him one of the world's great clowns, and most would agree. He has a comic spirit that is rare these days. It is a complete un-worldliness and a pure love of fun the qualities that distinguish a clown from a comedian. Harnessing these talents to the monster medium of TV has been a problem. The subject is Red Skelton, the pixy redhead from Vincennes, Ind. His TV career has been an up and down affair. No TV debut was awaited with greater expectation. Hollywood agreed that Skelton was made for TV and vice versa, since he Is one of the best pantomimists. Red didn't disappoint. His first shows were humdingers and he won the TV Academy's emmy. He kept up the pace for a sea son or two, then a series of dis asters followed. This year he bounced back with two new spon sors, a new producer (Doug Whit ney) and director (Jack Donohue), a good Tuesday night time slot and a wealth of enthusiasm. The result is a show which is drawing praise and building to a good rating. The new Red Is in good form. He is a trim 195 pounds and looked happy. He was fingering a cigar (he never smokes them) In his big new trailer which was parked in the studio. Wanted Him Moving- "CBS gave it to me," he laughed. "They told me to keep moving." Red kept up a steady stream of gags, making notes of those he thought might be usable on his show. He said he was working on a new product. "It's called instant money," he explained. "Little green stuff you drop in a glass of water and it becomes a five dollar bill. He added: "Have you heard the definition of an alcoholic? some one you don't like who drinks as much as you do." In a more serious vein, Red said he was happy with the way the new show was going. "We're stick ing to the script and building the show, around a comedy situation each week," he explained. "We're trying to develop a character the public can identify and like." A Rare Breed Hard to Find Hollywood Producer Who Isn't Planning to Film 'War and Peace' NINE CM' X i i CONTINUOUS TODAY FROM 2:00 P.M. A SMASHING DRAMATIC TRIUMPH! GARY BURT -ill COOPER LHNCHSTER with TECHNICOLOR DENISE DARCEL CESAR ROMERO SEDUCTRESS-Olivia DeHavitland, wearing patch over right eye, is a Spanish lady in this scene from "That lady," in which she is being dressed by maid-in-waiting. British film, which features Gilbert Roland and Dennis Price in supporting roles, will be shown at the Shore in the spring. Crosby Says His Start Comparatively Easy THURS.-FRI.-SAT. Matinee Daily 2:30 Evening Cont. From 7:00 Sunday Cont. From 2:30 Saturday Special Matinee 1:30 "Gunfihters of the Northwest" , And Cartoons 300WMNC Mot 3 rftCHMi ooooooooooo Stab is Bohnx 0ruiMjUDy JAMBS c Garland Mason oooooCinimaScopCooooo THURS.-FRI.-SAT. Matinee Daily 2:30 Evening Cont. From 7:00 Sunday Cont. From 2:30 Saturday Special Matinee 1:30 "Riding With Buffalo Bill" And Cartoons THURS.-FRI.-SAT. Matinee Daily 2:30 Evening Cont. From 7:00 Sunday Cont. From 2:30 Saturday Special Matinee 1:30 "Gunfighters of the Northwest" And Cartoons SATURDAY ONLY OPEN WED. Si SAT. MAT. 2:00 EVE. 7 Si 9 j Saturday Matinee "Gunfighters of the Northwest" M-G-M's. ! action-packed adventure i i in COLOR and S CinemaScopei ! I TTTTTTt I IH'JilH II m )(P 6REEII FIRE 1 JOHN ERICSON THURS.-FRI.-SAT. Mat. Daily 2:30 , Eve. Cont. From 7:00 ' Sun. Cont. From 2:30 Saturday Special Matinee 1:30 "Riding With Buffalo Bill" and "Prairie Schooner" 1 ilJJ-rZ f 1 TAkrw ritfmc rlrvik ncLv.TUI D f V wf Mf ivoj fneiNMf fAlvn PAUlqilBtKI v By James Bacon HOLLYWOOD - OP) One of the hardest things to find today is a movie producer who is not going to make "War and Peace." No less than three major movie makers have announced plans to film the Tolstoy classic, first published in English in 1886, There probably will be more as soon as other producers read it and learn that it is now in the public domain. The race to get it on the screen may well become the greatest stretch run hereabouts. It is too early to predict which producer will win or even if all will finish. So far all Hollywood has to go on is the manner by which each has announced his plans to the press. Todd Gets the Nod On that basis, the nod must go to Broadway Producer Mike Todd who smokes seven-inch cigars. That's one inch longer than Za-nuck's and the same length as George Jessel's. First to announce plans for the 1,300-page novel was David O. Selz-nick. His announcement came in the form of a mere release mailed to the press. . It was disappointing, coming from the flamboyant producer of "Gone With the Wind." In his heyday, Selznick often spent $4,000 a week with Western Union just to telegraph six-page memos to staff members down the hall. Italian Impressive More impressive was the announcement of Dino de Laurentis, the Italian producer. De Laurentis only chatted informally with Hollywood reporters but, after all, he did cross an ocean to do so. Todd, however, lived up to the traditional Hollywood way of life at his news conference this week. The setting was the palatial board chairman of 20th Century-Fox. Schenck's butlers and maids, working beneath a wall-high portrait of Norma Talmadge, served goodies to 50 columnists and re porters. Besides Schenck, Todd also brought along Robert E. S h e r-wood, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who will do the screen play, and Fred Zinneman, Academy Award winning director who will direct for Todd. Yugoslav Deal Told And if that wasn't impressive enough, Todd told how he had arranged with Marshal Tito's government to film all outdoor scenes in Yugoslavia. "Those Slavic faces," Todd rhapsodized. "They're wonderful. The government has promised us 25,- 000 to 30,000 or more of its troops to work in the battle scenes." Todd said he hopes to be shooting by fall with a minimum budget of $7,500,000. Schenck said: "You know this picture will be made. Bob Sherwood would never let his name be associated with it unless such was the case. "Besides, we bad to pay him a lot of money." Narrator HOLLYWOOD Eddie Foy, Jr., will narrate the film biography of his late father. "The Seven Little Foys," big-scale VistaVLsion pro duction starring bod Hope ana Milly Vitale. Mel Shavelson directed the Paramount musical comedy and Jack Rose produced from their own screenplay. VISITOR HOLLYWOOD Bing Crosby's mother was a frequent visitor at Paramount during production of "The Country Girl." William Hold- mansion of Joseph M. Schenck, en and Grace Kelly also star. HOLLYWOOD Bing Crosby, relaxed, lolled back in an easy chair in his dressing room at Paramount, to hold forth on couple of theories. After more than 20 years of making motion pictures Bing, who has starred most lately in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and "The Country Girl" for his home studio, allowed himself the luxury of contemplating Bing Crosby. Rich, famous, at the zenith of his power, Bing today wonders what it would be like starting all over again. The thought makes him shudder. "It would be a lot tougher," he admits. "There are so many singers now. At least when I first started there were only one or two vo calists on records: people like Cliff Edwards, Wendell Hall, Margaret Young and Ann Harris. There were at most about four or five outstanding singers, and plenty of opportunities for newcomers. List of Records "Today? Wow! Just look at the list of records any week In Variety. They have 30 or 40 listed there regularly, all sung by top people. CONTINUOUS TODAY FROM 2:00 PM. THE YEAR'S SURPRISE HIT! RICHARD BURTON I tk uiAAir u.uiuinl I fflMfi """EL 1 SSr rfS YLTi j: if Raymond also " RORY CALHOUN PEGGY CASTLE "THE YELLOW TOMAHAWK" just don't happen to-have their names on the list that week, but who are still very big names. It must be much more difficult for them to get anywhere than when I started out. "When I broke In there wasn't nearly the competition there is now. It was much easier. In my case, I just did what I liked to do. I liked to sing, so I started looking for a job singing. It was that simple, and in spite of the obstacles today, .I'd have to follow the same route were I starting all over again." Bing, who should know, thinks the kids starting out to sing today, or at least many of them, are going about it wrong. "They pick difficult, little-known songs," he says, "and then have them set in arrangements so flowery and complicated that the folks can't recognize the tunes. I think that's wrong. For my dough (Dough!) kids starting out today should latch onto songs with which people are familiar old stand ards and favorites and then keep their arrangements simple, so the melody comes thru. That s about rnvriMioUS TODAY FROM 2:00 P.M. PASSION NO PERIL COULD STEM! .... i rWV Cornel ' 'vonne I t "i WILDE De CARLO TiTV rlilUir ANKo-iAoencnM also ...for love of jms am. man!" 1 5 -. I And there are a lot of singers who the best advice I can give them." Eva Le Gallienne's Choice For Broadway Return Monotonous By Mark Barron NEW YORK -MV- One of the theater's most brilliant stars, Eva Le Gallienne, has chosen a folksy but monotonous, lusterless play in "The Southwest Corner" to mark her return to the Broadway stage. This drama, which John Cecil Holm has based on the novel by Mildred Walker, arrived at the Holiday Theater Thursday night and aroused little enthusiasm among the premiere audience. The story concerns Marcia Elder, an 84-year-old Vermont woman who occupies an old-fashioned house which she has inherited from her grandparents and, in turn, her parents. Marcia realizes she hasn't long to live, and spends most of her time sitting alone in the huge primitive kitchen dreaming of the days when an adjoining room, the south- most of her friends are dead, that she hasn't a relative to whom to leave the house. To solve her problem she turns to David, a friendly young man who works on the village newspaper. Thru him she places an advertisement and story in the newspaper saying that if some woma"n as lonely as herself will be her companion for her few remaining days she will give her the house and her belongings when she passes away. Surprisingly, she hears from many women eager to accept her offer. The one who most appeals to her is a sympathetic, middle-aged woman, Bea Cannon, who says that she, too, is lonely because she is a recent widow. , Moves Into House So Bea moves in with the elderly CONTINUOUS TODAY FROM 2:00 P.M. am tflMH ml mm-m BUXCIURHTU iETTGfHORI sTISOH-TJOMUS MrTCHFll- -pill II also THE OUTLAW'S DAUGHTER" west corner room, had been occu- Marcia and a will is drawn up pled by her parents. It is also the .deeding the house and furnishings room in which she was born. Hasn't Lone to Live As she admits to herself that she hasn't long to live, she also faces the fact that all her relatives and fwn m wwmmmmmmiwmmw mmvmimmmmmm O tfh )w fJ I l t?i I ' -tr fr lJ-J l U A 0 j ; hh . I . to Bea in the event Marcia should die first. But Bea is a bossy, rather than companionable, type of woman and immediately takes charge of the complete household. She also takes charge of Marcia's handyman, Orvllle, and practically leads him by the ear into marrying her. Then she decides that Marcia should auction her belong ings, sell the ancestral house and move with her and Orvllle back to Bea's former home. In the midst of the heartbreak ing auction, Bea and her bossy ways are stopped by a tragic fate. So Marcia is permitted to keep her ancient home for her few last days. : Miss Le Gallienne gives a touch ing performance as the lonely Marcia and she is supported by a splendid cast including Enid Markey and Parker Fennelly. But, aside from some colloquial New England type of humor, the play offers them few opportunities to arouse an au dience. (mm (TxSBD HOLLYWOOD PREVVE TOMCUTl CARLTON 11:03 PARAMOUNT 8:30 STRAND 8:20 HUMAN EMOTION STRIPPED TO THE RAW! I Warnch I I 0, V ROBERT ICHUM'Wright m WILLIAM A. WELLMAN'S iBCOPU WINEMi i s. k van Lynn -Hunter THIS IS YOUR ARMY' Box Ofllce Oprna 6:30 P.M. Show Starts at 7:00 E, ton town 3-9760 IJV-CAR HEATERS OPEN YEAR 'ROUND AW DIG DOUBLE-ACTION SHOW! LAFFS! MUSIC! FUN! nr. jJI fr mar w a mna GlOftlAKHAVINiQtNE NELSON CORINNC CAlVH PAUl GilBERLc ixn. Every Saturday Night WESTERN ENTERTAINMENT SHORTY KAYE & His Jersey Ramblers at RAC'S HUT at the LAKE, JACKSON MILLS DRAMATIC SCENE-Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March and Robert Middleton in "The Desperate Hour," movie version of Joseph Hayes' novel. FREDA'S V RESTAIIRANT BAR ilNE ITALIAN FOOD WE CAN PREPARE Vol R PAVORITI rIKH TO TAKE HOME 112 RIDGE AVE, A. P. PR 1-6207 Closed Mtnity lEltwpt RalKsjri) JEFE CHANDLER JACK PALANCE "SIGN OF THE PAGAN" 1ST CINEMASCOPE Press Classified Advertising Brings Results

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