Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on December 26, 1941 · Page 14
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 14

Oakland, California
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Friday, December 26, 1941
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14 OAKLAND TRIBUNE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1941 Secrecy Held Key To Jap Successes Veteran Correspondent Discloses How Far East Nation Fooled Entire World . ' (Editor's Note: How was Japan extent of her preparedness for war? service as a correspondent in , the this secrecy was accomplished.) By GLENN BABB NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (Wide World) No matter what further Surprises the-Japanese may spring in this war they will produce no " secret weapon half as effective as secrecy itself. - No midget submarine or other innovations of war can approach, in deadliness, toe utter surprise of that first blow at Pearl Harbor. The same is true in less degree of "the preparedness for the conquest . o Hong Kong, the first drive into Malaya and the landings on the ' Philippines, all of which surpassed In numbers employed, efficiency of staff work and quality of weapons the expectations of the Anglo-. Saxon powers, ' i 70,000,000 COUNTER-SPIES; The. Jnpnnese owe all this to the most effective veil of secrecy that any nation has been, able to.throw about its military projects. Nearly the entire nation of 70,000,000 peo le had been mobilized In the greatest counter-espionage effort of history. .- : - During four and a half years of war in China they kept their best divisions hidden in Manchukuo, .. their battle-fleet Inactive, and gave demonstrations of military ineptl tude In China that made many ex- perts rate their land and air forces as second rate. Behind the curtain, the Japanese Army and Navy" elaborated a tre mendous plot against the Anglo Saxon world, of proportions that would nave seemed ' fantastic naa v they been disclosed before December 7. ' GENERATION OLD The purpose of the1 Japanese military clique, to drive the white man out of East Asia, had Its inception at least a generation ago. Even while Japan was the ally of Britain and the United States In the first World War, some of her generals and admirals were plotting to make Nippon the mistress of the whole Orient, a program which involved tossing the Occidentals out, Westerners may well wonder how such deep secrecy could wrap an undertaking so vast, how 40,000 or 50,000 ton fighting ships could be .hidden away, millions o( men armed and armadas of shipping made ready. . But the Japanese have two tre- ; mendous. ( counter-espionage assets to begin, with. Their language is the most difficult used by any major people, In practice almost a secret code of which knowledge Is shared by only a handful of foreigners. And the Occidental in Japan : is a marked man by the '9ary color of his skin;, a foreign agent has two strikes on him before he begins. For" years foreigners have been bnrred from certain zones, and else-whore their most innocent travels and actlvties have been spied on , and fully reported to the police, The Japanese people, naturally se- crotive and suspicious, lent themselves readily to the anti-spy campaign, at the same, time unUsfylng an all-pervading, childlike curiosity. RIGOROUS CENSORSHIP A rigorous censorship of thedo-mestlc press and radio supplemented a tight lid at the sources of information. .. Japanese translators for foreign 1 embassies and news correspondents were told forcefully by the gen Shirley Temple to Come Back To'Screen,- Parents Are Happy By SIDNEY HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 26. Shirley Temple is abot to come back , -t that Is good news for the younger set. The parents of the Nnllon, how-. ever, will be even more elated than the youngsters whpn - they see the - mighty moppet In "Kathleen." In a breakfast scene 1n the picture Shirley will eat tip all her hot cereal, and hrr eERS and her chocolate milk. 'That little scene will ... make the breakfast hour easier for a million , parents. When Shirley eats cereal, it's like Popeye eating spinach. The youngsters follow suit, and no questions asked. Ida Lupino, who can be as glamorous as the next one, if shewants to, i doesn't want to for hor role in "Moon Tirie."vDurih"g ttTe entire film, ; which stars Jean Gabin, she wears .' two cotton dresses, a coat and a hat. The wardrobe Will set 20th Century back exactly $19.72. ,, ACTUALLY HAPPENED For a scene in "The Spoilers," which Marlene Dietrich is making j over at Universal, the script writers have wrjtten In a scene that a few old timers may recall "The Spoilers" ' deals with the Alaska gold ruch. One enterprising profiteer ln thej picture will rush town to each new'i boat as it lands at the Alaskan port, purchase the first newspaper rush back to town, and read the precious journal w a selected group of listen erg at a dollar a head. The scene may strike a responsive chord among the old timers because that newspaper stunt was actually pulled by Sid Grauman, the veteran theater manager; when he was -gold-. ruling in Alaska. Among veterans of the Nome days, .the 'tale is a classic, ' . '' , TFE STOICAL BRITISH " A truly stoic people, these British, leu oiiicr day 20th Century called Major Francis Douglas, a British veteran of the last World War, and asked him to com over and drill. able to conceal from the world the Glenn Babb, veteran of many years' Far East, tells for Wide World how darmerie how far they could go in letting the white man know what was In the Japanese press. This was more effective than it appears, because on a very few Occidentals have a reading knowl edge of . Japanese. Most of these are missionaries who in -"order not to jeopardize their own work have avoided involvement in political or military matters. Foreign naval and military at taches especially' the Americans and Britons have worked almost entirely in the dark for the last ten years. Their visits to the big naval bases or Army centers have been confined to brief ceremonial occasions and they were kept carefully away from those sections where real work was in progress. ECONOMIC SECRECY As war preparations gained mo mentum and the day of action approached, the wall of secrecy was reinforced by laws against "eco nomic sabotage," which would cover almost any fotrn of Inquiry into the state of the Nation. All this secrecy at home was completed by a vast espionage and fifth column organization extend ing to all the shores of the Pacific and beyond. We knew there were dangerous fifth columns in Hawaii and at Davao in the Philippines, that Jap anese were showing a strange enthusiasm for level farmlands in Central America near the Panama Canal. But, the war has shown how sin ister alljthls was. Secretary Knox said the Hawaii fifth column surpassed anything of its kind except perhaps in Norway. The. most -important secret was the extent and thoroughness of the Japanese ' preparation and ' their readiness to risk it all In a gamble that staggers the imagination. SURPRISING STRENGTH Their first blows .indicated that they had more strength in aircraft carriers' and naval planes than had been expected; that some of their planes were German Messerschmitts perhaps made In Japan under Nazi supervision and that they were able to send tanks into action thousands of miles away from home. The Americans and British have yet to learn whether there are Jap anese counterparts of the great battleship Bismarck ranging the Eastern seas, whether the Japanese really have built pocket battleships for raiding the distant reaches of the Pacific, whether they have de veloped a really formidable armored force and whether the experts have underestimated their capacity for training and equipping with modern wepaons an 'Army greater than the 2,000,000 at which their strength had been estimated. l Another question to bo answered is whether the striking force displayed in the first weeks mnn- 'he Japanese are shooting the works-all their best weapons in uiOir desperate effort to win quickly, whether the Messerschitt and tanks encountered in Malaya are only the forerunners of hundreds or thousands still in reserve. The depth of Japan's reserves of weapons and her productive capacity are mysteries still to be solved, Certainly, however, Japan has noither the Industrial strength nor the matcrlnls to match the American effort when it reaches flood tide. CARROLL some troop-, for sequences in "This Above Ait.' Major Douglas, and he is every Inch a major, came as requested. His hosts, sniggering up their sleeves, led him out on the lot. and placed him face to fane with inn young ladies, all in the uniform of the Women's Auxiliary Air Fm-w and al'l led by Joan .Fontaine. "Are these the troops?" asked tlae major. "Yes." smiled Director Anatnle Lilvak. Jhe major didn't bat an eye. "Excellent," he said, "but I'll have In retire for a few minntn T Vinvo to revise mv drill Brnnnrl vneahn. lary." FATHER WHO JOINED ARMY WITH SON IN '17 SEEKS 'REPEAT' SAN DIEGO. Dec. 2fl WPiWhon the United States entered the first World War 24 years ago, Carl M. Anderson and his oldest son, then 19, enlisted in the Army. Anderson, now 61, had his enlistment papers again today. This time he hopes he will be accompanied in thelserviee bv h! est on, Benjamin, 20. "(This jg what I've been waiting for," Anderson aid. He held In his hand a newspaper slipping announc-wjgthat all men from 18 toD4 would be registered. "I've already enlisted, and I'm Boine to tell Brninmin nnt in .n until the draft. We'll go into the Army together. ' -Anderson came hpre rrnnlv from Monrovia. His Knn. ITranWin i with whom he enlisted In 1917, reside In San Jose. ' He said Benjamin waa a clerk in a Lot Angeles deparfcnefllritora. ; ,- n ikirvA i in j a ""..". Perfect Comfort Is House Ideal Modernism Reigns In House Situated At 'The Crossroads' Promptly at 7 tomorrow night the doors of the new Orinda Theater will awing open for the lirst time to welcome Eastbay theatergoers. The Orinda is located at the junction of the main Tunnel-Walnut Creek Highway with the Orinda and Mo-raga lateral highways. Two complete performances will be given at tomorrow evenings Gala Opening event. For the first time, all but approximately 200 seats have been sold on advance reservations, but first-nighters will be able to obtain seats in any part of the theater at the box office for the second performance of the evening. Those who attend tomorrow's night's premiere will find the Orinda Theater unlike any they have visited in the past, the management predicted, both in the type and number of the many features planned for the enjoyment of its patrons. Prom the outset it has been ' designed and constructed to provide perlect comfort and pcr- fec presentation of the picture plays, so audiences may "live'1' the stories, totally free from any distraction. Comfort and beautiful surroundings, however, are secondary to the quality of the pictures presented, it was stated. On thU all-important point the new Orinda has completed arrangements to bring the best releases of all the major producers to its screen, soon aftor they first leave the studios. Pictures of varying types have -been booked to provide variety, hut. in each case selections have beeh made with the greatest care to assure only the outstanding features. CENTRALLY LOCATED . Located conveniently for all resi dents of the Orlnda-Moraga-Lafay- ette suburban residential areas, the new theater can be reached from Berkeley and all parts of north and central Oakland by a short, rapid drive over the four-lane Tunnel Highway in 15 minutes or less. Directly adjoining the theater on its own property Is a large paved area for quick and easy parking, re served without charge for patrons. Ample space has. been provided for more than 200 cars. This arrangement enables -city people actually to ba at th? box office as soon as they can reach many of the city amuse ment centers. Patrons will discover the Orlnda's atmosphere of warm hospitality as soon as they enter the foyer, the manager said. Here in a pleasant setting, are comfortable facilities arranged to provide a quiet resting place, more like a "living room'" than a theater lobby. Oval in form, the room is flanked by four specially designed sofas in modern baroque style, , and the decorative scheme employs American Beauty Rose, I Congratulations and Welcome to Our New Next Door Neighbor CASA R I N D A Orinda Crossroads Big New Year's Eve Party Western Style Dance Orchestra Unique Favors Noiscntahers Dance, Dint', Gather Around the Ilig Circular Fireplace Till Dawn YOUH HOST JACK UNOW CRAVIOTTO MARKET at Orinda Crossroads On the Main Highway Orinda's Complete Food Store Grocery, Meat, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Departments Free Deliver? .Wrfi , PIIONSi Orinda 6811-6821 GOOD to the ORINDA THEATER Fred T. Wood Inc. Homes and Homesires Corner of Tunnel and MoragY Highway Orinda 6081 TUC ATcn nn cuicnc rrkArn nrki kllUT m i r- READY TO ilk " - m-i? &" rflil IITTTfcK rrrT-33 I il I T T.I Mllinnr IH i r-r ii -j- j. i 1 1 n ti ii nri ir.r-1 i w?wi tu u "f t iii ek i u-qi mKsnKuiimm iimit r ,1,, .iy 11 here is the artist's conception of the new Orinda Theater, which now is completed and read? for its opening. The new theater is located at the Tunnel Highway junction with the Orinda-Moraga lateral highway. There will be two complete performances on stage and screen for the "first nighters.". It will show nightly, starting with Sunday and Monday. Bright Blue, and Midnight Blue. Well-appointed rest rooms are situated on each side, including a pow- room beautifully furnished and finished in soft pastel shades. RAMPS LEAD - O CENTER Ramps lead to the .center of the theater proper. This is in two sections, the lowe" section, or auditorium, comparing with the conventional lower floor and upper sec tion, or stadium rising above. Whichever section is preferred, theatergoers enter at the center of the house and may reach their seats with a minimum of effort. Designed and executed by the distinguished mural decorator, Tony Heinsberger of Lob Angeles, the great wall paintings in the auditorium and stadium interpret the lands bordering the Pacific, and the great ocean itself, now the scene f America's growing activity in the determined effort for complete and final victory. Theater' chairs reach a new high in comfort at the Orinda. Every seat is a loge. Cushions are luxuriously deep, the chairs are wide, and the high supporting backs and arm rests are heavily upholstered. Cush ions are made ..with the new Beauty By Floyd Permanent Waving Hair Styling Acros from Theater Phono Orinda 2102 Wa offer the greatest selection of homes and homesires in the Orinda-Lafayette area. In our office you will find detailed maps of all tracts and open country in close-in Contra Costa County. Experienced, courteous office force to serve you.' Willoughby Realtors TUNNEL ROAD at Orinda Junction Orinda 6711 ' LUCK new re f WELCOME THEATER GOERS U-FdiJi ii I r W NX r- "feather foam" front that eliminates all pressure on the back part of the leg, a common cause of feet that "go to SleW' and nervous discomfort. Patrons will enjoy complete relaxation, permitting full attention to the picture. SPACE BETWEEN ROWS Al the expense of sealing capacity, the Orinda Theater management ha ; allowed extra room up to a full 42 inches between rows. This generous spacing does away with the neces sity of standing when people pass in anu out, and provides extra leg room for tall people. The air-conditioning system em ploys both healing and cooling apparatus to maintain temperature and humidity constantly at the cor rect level. It furnishes more than twice the quantity of fresh conditioned air per minute1 usual in auditoriums of like size. There are no drafts at any ptfint THE ORINDA THEATER ownership and employee! wno- nave prm;Hnew m ww A. A. Cantln. Architect C. R. Tteplogle. Consulting Engineer Sallh Bros.. Contractors A. G. Heinsbersen, Interior Decorations Gnms'a. Furniture . . Ace Iron Works. Ornamental Iron Aladdin Heating Corp.. Heating and ' Ale Conditioning American Seating Ce.. Theater Chair Bord Minting Fixture Co., Light v, Fixtures Brann.n St. Waning Mill, Mill Work I s i i r a. i mv i a ii ii i r i 1 yi II v' I I J l 1 ri 1 II II M XI js I I I I r .ill . I f I M I "I 1 II II IV -i I I I I I l A X I MAX I I I I J J ' II II k I II I II ii i v mm' m i i i v y m r 1 I II II I II V '-i I I I m m J kw -v. i a - i mmm t ii ii n i i i i mpy I 5 STARS IN PERSON! 8mj)V 11 JEAN PARKER, Paramount Q u"l I J5ml 2" GUY KIBBEE' RK0 MGM 4 LzVml 3l w,th 6E0RGE FISHER, Mutual's "Hollywood VV IV t i Snooper" as M.C. irUj 4- J,MMY BURT0'. Mutual Radio Star Wrl rT V" B- PAUL WINCHELL, featured Ventriloquist I j i WW iL r3C on Bo1' Hop9 ni Ruc,y Va,,ee s',ow, A W lT"V V A l V3 -t, shw with 6 headlinera to greet you in I I Iky J$r2m person and a great opening screen bill: MttS 11 "TEXAS" " , a l22ak A Wi An E"ic Wc8tera-A Coiumbi-picmre J fit ancl toP-notcn Short Features, including new U W uftYl"l "INFORMATION PLEASE" wJ TO 2 C0MPLETE SH0Ws 7!30-0:l5 lUf U l V 200 eat remain for the 1st show, entire house- VV Vl U XIV I VlV lu available for 2nd show. W Wi SWvtV iU PRICES General Admission 40e J I lUl l 1H Reserved 5ect,on 55c I I i VVV rXVrra H 1U1 For You-ie a Date at the ORINDA'S M " ''J0tk GALA OPENING Tomorrow Night! jvfrP Vast Paved Parking A" (FREE) Adi!ning Tneafer iik ma ni.si mm i m m mm- r mm - 1 Mm m t mm jst w i i 11 urn em . mmomw . ma mmmmm. i I mmmmmmmm 1 1 . ., . . . ai a ai i- I VSOIkin I i r ivrrrrl r- i m in the theater, as the air distribution is controlled by new draftless dif-fusers. Smoking is permitted in the stadium section, but smoke, is instantly removed to the, ceiling and out of the house. 'BLACK LIGHT" IS USED The theater interior is illuml-ncted with "black light," utilizing the latest advances in the application of f lourescenee. Although people entering from the brightly-lit out side area find an adequate amount of interior light for clear seating, Orinda Barber Shop HENRY HODAPP Across from Theater Orinda Junction maiMKemeht expires sett PPrecUtion to wiwHMw. w , . i ' T. Ciay. Stale Dcortton Creoketl Electric Supply. Electric Contract . Electrical ProdncU Core, Slrn l4 Marauee ., ..' Gladdtni McrTemn C., Tile ? ' Golden Gate Sheet Metal Woraa, Sheet Metal .. h. J. Madden rinmblnr Heatlnt, C Plumbing . ' Melrose Bolldlnt Material Ce ' , Plastering Material 1 " n. " i fx m i'v v j v Jean Parker, Guy Kibbee Head Star Visitors to New Theater Six top-flight stars of the screen and radio are Eastbay-bound today to celebrate the opening tomorrow night of the new Orinda Theater, located at the Tunnel-Highway Orinda junction. Headed by Jean Parker, Paramount star, and Guy Kibbee, featured comedian of more than a hundred screen hits, the Hollywood group also includes George Fisher, 20th Century -Fox player and well known as a Hollywood commentator, who will act as master of ceremonies at the premiere; Paul Winchell, who will en-1 tertain with his unique ventriloquy; act, as recently featured on the Bob Hope and Rudy Vallee shows, and1 Mutual's Jimmy Burton. Miss Parker will arrive in Oakland Saturday morning and proceed with the rest of the Hollywood party directly to the Hotel Oakland, to be welcomed by H. B. Klingensmith, hotel manager. . Two complete shows will mark the gala opening at the Orinda, with "Texas,", a new Columbia saga of the West, as the featured picture. 'Texas" presents William Holden, MORAGA HILLS PHARMACY Fountain-Prescriptions Liquor At Orinda Junction SEASON'S GREETINGS to the Many FRIENDS AND PATRONS MARIE BENNETT ORINDA BEAUTY SALON Phone Orinda 4111 Directly Atrou From Thentr the Individuals, organizations and their National Theater Snvvlr Ce Projection EQuipment Palace Hardware Ce.. Hardware Progress Glass Co.. Class and Doors Bhodes A Jamleeen, Ltd., Concrete Material Kiehards Reinforcing Steel Car., Steel Rlctier Tile Co.. Tile Installation 8ohrader -Iron Works. Structural., Steel Smith Limber Co., Lumber Gar Taylor. Rooting B. N. t. Walter Co Carpet - w . i imw Claire Trevor and Glenn Ford in the leading roles. Short subjects to be screened include the latest edition of "Information Please," Superman, "kt the Zoo," a screaming comedy, and the new Paramount News. Doors will open promptly at 7. COUNTRY SHOP Individual Dresses for Particular People . at ' Reasonable Prices Orinda Junction COMPLETE That is the word people use to describe our hardware store. Now our shopping center is even more complete with the new Orinda Theater. We welcome them. PRESTO Cookers i Quart , 12 85 E G-E PORTABLE Radios AC-DC Battery HEATING PADS 3995 .3.95 OPEN SUNDAY MORNINGS HARDWARE At Orinda Crossroads CP- Ttf MORAGA i. i I

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