The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 19, 1981 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, November 19, 1981
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Page 16 The Salina Journal — Thursday, November 19,1981 li Tough-talking Blake tackles Steinbeck By VERNON SCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) — The irrepressible, volatile Bobby Blake, Peck's bad boy of TV talk shows, becomes almost reverent when discussing author John Steinbeck. Blake stars in Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men," Nov. 29, a 2'/2 hour NBC-TV movie which he also produced. The tough-talking Blake has been noodling around with the idea of playing George in Steinbeck's classic novel for many years, going back to his longtime friendship with the late director Louis Milestone. Milestone directed the first movie version of "Of Mice And Men" in 1939 and later befriended Blake. Before his death a year ago, Milestone gave the actor his original shooting script, complete with margin notes. Earlier this year Blake bought TV rights to "Of Mice And Men" and proceeded to shoot the film directly from that 42-year-old script, including some scenes which Milestone omitted. Starring Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr. and Betty Field, "Of Mice And Men" won an Academy Award nomination and became a cult film. It still is shown occasionally on television. Alive in Salina "The Uninvited," 8 p.m., Fitzpatrick Auditorium, Kansas Wesleyan. Additional performances Friday and Saturday nights. Salina Movies Fox — "Joni." Vogue — "Halloween II." Sunset Plaza Cinemas — "The French Lieutenant's Woman." "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper." Mid State Cinemas — "Time Bandits." "Looker." TV Tonight NBA Basketball, 6:35 p.m., Channel 17 — The Atlanta Hawks vs. the New York Knicks. Magnum, P.I., 7 p.m., Channel 12 — Magnum has trouble proving that a young woman may be a drug dealer. Mork and Mindy, 7 p.m., Channel 10 — When an old boy friend of Mindy's shows up, Mork wonders how he would have competed for her attention ten years ago. Lewis & Clark, 7:30 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — For a celebration, Roscoe turns the cowboy bar into a fancy New York nightclub. Best of the West, 7:30 p.m., Channel 10 — A campaign is launched by Sam and Tillman to bring the railroad to Copper Creek. Diff rent Strokes, 8 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — Willis is upset when a white schoolmate is chosen over him for the basketball team. Knots Landing, 8 p.m., Channel 12 — Though he is recovering from his accident, Sid may face dangerous surgery. Barney Miller, 8 p.m., Channel 10 — A prisoner claims demonic possession. Gimme a Break, 8:30 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — Carl plans a party to help him forget his wife's death. Taxi, 8:30 p.m., Channel 10 — Louie (Danny De Vito) is furious when he learns his mother (played by De Vito's real-life mother) plans to remarry. Hill Street Blues, 9 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — A prostitute shoots heroin before going to jail and Jesse is arrested. Returns from convention Karol Hickel, 1518 Cloud Circle, attended the 70th state Kansas Music Teachers Association convention last weekend at Pittsburg. Guest lecturers were Dr. Willard Palmer and Robert Starer. Both men are well-known for their work in music research and composition. The convention featured concerts by winners of high school and college music auditions and by the Pittsburg State University Choir and orchestra in a composition by Starer. A second, less successful production of the property was made for television in the 1960s with George Segal in the role of George. According to Blake, the tape was later destroyed. Before beginning his own version of "Of Mice And Men," Blake watched Milestone's film several times. Needs somebody "The basic premise of all Steinbeck's work is that everybody in the world needs somebody," Blake opined. "George needed Lenny as much as Lenny needed George. They both needed to hear George's fantasy story about their farm. "In Tortilla Flats,' 'Cannery Row' and 'The Grapes of Wrath,' Steinberg stresses the need for love and family. But it all really crystalized in 'Of Mice And Men.' Everyone in the story is alone except for George and Lenny." . Blake recalled Milestone's admonition when he told the distinguished director his plans for remaking the film. "Milly told me, 'Remember, let John Steinbeck do his job.' I passed that along to our director, Raza Badiyi, and actors when we started production. I told them not to get fancy, no gimmicks, no tricky camera angles. "And that's the way it turned out. We couldn't improve on Steinbeck. We allowed his presence to be felt and told the story his way, without frills. "Another thing I told the cameraman and the director was that I wanted to give our picture a John Ford look. Ford was a traditional American filmmaker in choosing wardrobe, music, locations. That's the feeling I wanted. We shot on locations in the country PLAYBOY CLUB 925 W.Lincoln 825-9457 Featuring Country-Rock Music For Members & Their Guests OPEN At 12 NOON Saturday & Sunday Tuei. thru Frl. 4PM Cloied Monday! 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