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INTRIGiUE REIGNS as the popular Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, "The .Mikado", goes on the boards in Tucson's Temple of Mutic and Art this week Saturday Review Of Literature's - THE DISENCHANTED, by Budd Schnlbcrg. New York: Bandom House. 388 pp. $3.50. By HARBISON SMITH The years in this country between the end of the first' World war and lie stock market crash in 1929 exist in curious vacuum as if they were set apart by some unique quality and combination of circumstances which cannot' appear again., It is a difficult period for any writer to resurrect; there is an air of unreality about its bootleggers, criminals, gamblers, gilded youth on the rampage, all of them, an the country too, riding for a fall. I: "The Disenchanted" Budd Schu berg has succeeded in bringing 1 to life against the still feveris' background of Hollywood in 1936 In this'Solid and brilliant novel h has suceeded in another feat a which so many Accomplished writ «rs have failed; Se has made a creative writer his principal character It is inevitable that the tragic fig ure of Manley Halliday In "The Dis enchanted" should. bring' to mind Scott Fitzgerald "the creator of the jazz age"; for Halliday is the epi tome of the .extravagance, the waste of health and talent through which Fitzgerald brought his flash Ing career to an end. Indeed, the fictional career of Halliday can be summed up In the words uf one o: Fitzgerald's titles, "The Beautlfu «nd the Damned."Heyday Is Past When the novel begins, thii darling of the gods is thirty-seven years old, but the gods have long ago forsaken him. He -Is' affllctec with diabetes and a bad heart, the aftermath of a long struggle' with alcoholism/ and even worse, he is heavily in debt to everyone. Nevertheless, a remnant of his fame still clings to him, He is given his last -chance to pull himself back and perhaps to go on with the novel he has .been trying to write for many months. Victor Milgrim, the-'latest producer to hit the Hollywood, jackpot, pick's him up for two thousand a week for ten weeks,, during which .he is supposed to collaborate with a young writer on a script which 3s to combine skiing and a New England college in an absurd musical fantasy titled "Love on Ice." . Held to. Awe .-...: To Shep Stearns any association with Halliday seems too good to be true. He has read every word of those novels that were onco so famous and that are .now out of print, and the decade from which they came has always fascinated him. In the story''conferences with him be finds that it is' impossible to escape from' the twenties, from Halliday's reminiscenees, ana" from his own responsibility-'.toward this relic of a past which he thinks of as "a ball to which he .had not been invited, in a ballroom which had, been .torn down years before he had even learned to dance." "Love on Ice" vanishes, except for a few-moments of hasty improvisation when Milgrim summons them to his overwhelming office and reveals, his own crassness and virtuosity, as well as his respect for the weary and battered but famous writer he has bought.'Then Milgrlm has an idea. He will take his strangely reluctant writers to the New England college wher 'Love on ice" is to be filmed.'stag i skiing carnival on a nearby mountain, and reveal himself as aenefactor and an associate of famous writer knoVn and worshii ped by every teacher of Englisi iterature in its ivy-covered halls Returns To Drinking Halliday' had' not told Shep -hi jealously-guarded secret, that h .s a diabetic and a drunkard wh had sworn off for over a year. Th'' bottle of" champagne they share 01 the trip to New York is enough t send him to whisky," gin, apple Jack, any bottle 'he can get, hi hands on. When they reach Web ster college, he is in an alcohol! laze through which his penetral ng mind and his creative imagina tlon can sense the absurdity of the 'inal. disgraceful scene, with Mil grim, "the potentate in the topper onfronting a battered drunk f aller rom grace"--the dark pattern o; :eterioration from which he hac ieen trying to break away. Death .e knew, was only ' around 'the orner. · ' Portrays American Values "The Disenchanted" is - not,, a Light 'Opera ''Mikado -~'i ·'.^~ ' · * · . ' - · 'Opens Next Thursday . -No two performances,will be the, same when the Opera Workshop of Tucson presents "The Mikado" this week in the Temple of "Music'and Art. That's .because there-at leas two--sometimes three-- people cast-in almost every role No two shows will Jiave the same cast. The directors think that arrangement will, make th. HARPO MARX, harpist and pantomlmist, will headline a variety show In the University of Arizona auditorium Nov. 7., Hollywood .novel. It is the story f a man whose genius'had been estroyed toy fabulous success, by nitrating all of life in hi's youth, nd leaving nothing for his -mid- le age.* Primarily it is about American · writers, and why so many, of them:-have nothing left o say'when, they-are past forty. I 1 .- is; about; the ·- American dream f 'success; for its..own sake, of a oncejpt of dove that remains adoles- ent,)and, of a, lack of any stand- rd 'of' value. .As a novel it has epth and humanity, and a leaven- ng of humor. Budd Schulberg's wa. previous .novels have been rilliant and satirical" Hollywood tories, "The Disenchanted" shows lat he is capable of understanding and sympathy for his characters that he .has not shown before, At the present time -he is certainly one of themost talented and.prom-' ising of our younger ntivelists. GROUP SHOW O P E N S IN 26! light opera's run more interesting for everybody--and provide mem bers of' their group with a gooi deal of stage experience. A formal first-night 1 opening o the show Is scheduled.for Thursday at 8:15 pjn. A special feature o the opening performance will b interviews .with the cast and audl ence during.. Intermission to broadcast over radio station;KTKT Two Want One The,',Gilbert,': and Sullivan 1 bper etta'.to, he: presented :is : one of the most popular written by the farn ous team., .It concerns ,,the desires of one. Nankl-Poo to'marry J5Turn Yum, charming young charge of .o-Ko, the Lord High Executioner in the service of the "Mikado." Complications' arise. Ko-Ko wants Yum-Yum himself, arid Nanki-Poo or a time 'seems, doomed to execution. .But in the end Ko-Ko has.to marry an ugly old maid and the wo lovers are united. There will be four performances f the show, .on Thursday, Friday .nd' Saturday nights and a chil- Iren's matinee on Saturday afternoon. : · The part of Ko-Ko will be played y Burton Muslin on Thursday and aturday- nights. The 1 other two per- ormances will see. Keith : Loftfield n the role. Katisha, ,the old. maid, rfll be played by Connie McCon- .ell on. Thursday and Saturday ights, while Marguerite Ough'will aye the part in,the other two hows. , Mikado Always The Same Two members of the cast will ppear in all. performances. They re Samuel P. Goddard Jr., the Mikado himself, and'Victor Parker-, son, playing the part of the Urn-: brella Carrier. Other, cast, members and the shows they will sing are: Thursday --Clayton .Niles, . Larry 'Wilson, Loren Hollenb'eck, Sara Durazzo, Margaret Hoskins and June Snidery Friday --· Roland Ralph, .Rollinj Pease, Tony Van Riper, Barbara Blair, Kay Dunlap and Jewel Parkerson;" Saturday matinee -- Niles, Pease, Van Riper, Kay Bramley, Pat Bldgood and Pat McCaughey; A group .show of artists who are Saturday evening--Ralph, Wilson, 'WEEK' OR NO, WE HAVE ART In case you cidn't"kn'ow it, na tional art week begins Wednesday Apparently, it won't have~foo much of an observance in Tucson, bu' there will be events -*honetheless. Members of th e-American Artists Professional jeague in Tucson-wil observe the" week, to -the. exten of lowering their prices on paint ings they sell through, the : :"Made In Tucson" art shop, which is'lo cated at-.- 80; S. -Stone. Artists 'in .the 'group include Hutton Webster Jr., Charles Ryan Rafael Martine, Al Wales, Florence Nesbitt, Velma Lee Lisberg, Ora 0 Leonard, Leonne Salter,: Lawrence ruetthoff, Ross Stefan, Cornelius L. Fiske and Natalie' Norris. ' While they are not particularly connected with art week ther e will other important art events in Tucson this week' too. Ruby .Warren Newby is opening her 261 gallery, 261 N. Court, for the.'season. And a brand new gallery,-the Desert Gallery of.Kathal Wales, will open to the public next Sunday. An nvitational preview opening of.the jallery on,Tanque Verde road will je'held Thursday. ' At the Country Club plaza a ser- es of- weekly outdoor art shows .tarts today with, a one-man'.show by Tucson artist Mac Schweiteer.' And.in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuc- on artist John Maul .has a one- man show of'watercolors. that be;ins this week in the Santa Barbara /luseum of Art. . · ,' Maybe most people won't remem- ler that it's art week,-but there will e art activities even so. And that's ot counting the real, observers of he week--the artists' themselves, t home .quietly producing the things, that come to. be called art. Dimitri. Mitroupbulos,. conductor f the New York Philharmonic sym- hbny, likes to attend movies and at drugstore hamburgers. THE ALMA TRIO Famed Alma Trio Play At University Sunday A chamber trio who began practicing together merely'for recrea tion- in the evening and'later rose to one of the higher -places i musical ranks will play a concert next,'Sunday afternoon for th Arizona.Friends-of Music in-the : new Liberal.Arts auditorium on th Jniversity of Arizona campus. The Alma trio, composed of Adolp viac S c h w e i t z e r Has Plaza Show Mac Schweiteer, Tucson artist s being featured in a one-man ari how opnlng today at the'Country Club, plaza, Broadway and Treat venue. The show marks the beginning f a series of -weekly', outdoor.-art hows at the plaza. On : Wednesday- . , meet-the-artist . the plaza honoring Mrs. Schweitzer. .The .artist will: do a demonstration painting that afternoon at 4 p. m. ' Mrs. . Schweitzer, a native, of Cleveland, Ohio, long has- had. a fondness for western life, and her paintings reflect this interest. Paintings in the show were selected by Ruby Warren Newby, - director. of the 261 gallery in Tucson. of flowing season eadl, day. In th . mroTinnrte- in M^ Momirnn'c n-mct scheduled for" one-man shows in the 261- r gallery" opened yesterdaj for two weeks In the gallery. Euby Warren Newby, gallery d rector, said several new artists who have not had one-man show before are included in .the group They are Jeanette -Brown, Juli Brix, Bette Vogt, Florence,Nesbitt Phyllis Roper, Frank Page, Robert Spray, Robert Hartman, Bert Wright, Norman Vance, Rober Garlock'and Mike Cbstello. Some of the established: artist Included In the 261 show 'are Ray Strang, Mac Schweitzer, F. A. East man, Peggy Ventres and Countes* Zichy, all of whom have fouric markets outside Tucson-in the pas' year. Many other artists are included In the showr The entire group represents varying degrees of realis tic through to the semi-abstract and abstract. S p a n i s h B a l l e t Troupe C o m i n g Ana Maria and her corps, de bal- et, the only Spanish ballet.troup'e ever to-tour 'the United States, will present a group of Spanish ballets at the -Temple ot Music and Art Nov. 12., The ballet is appearing in: this ountry r under" the management. of SoL Hurok, impressario .who also manages the Sadler Wells ballet rom England. 'Tickets,-are on -.sale currently-' at ·Jteinheinier's ;Down! Town Book tore, 24 N; Sccitt st'.' v Hollenbeck and_ Misses Durazzo, Hoskins and. Snider. 'There will even be two directors. Pease will direct on Thursday and Saturday nights, Mustln on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Cast Has Experience Several members of the cast have had extensive' experience in musical^, and-,, theatrical,, productions Three .are'merribers- of the 1 University of Arizona.music-department, including " Mis's - Ough, Pease' and Hollenbeck. -Pease- :has.sung In such, operas as Faust, , Mignon, Der Meister Singer and Aida./.Mustiirhas done considerable ' amount of; choral work and sung-roles in Faust and The Barber'of Seville. Hollenbeck was for five years tenor soloist in Radio City under Erno Rappee. The box office at the Temple of Music and · Art will be open each day this. week from : 10 ajn. to 4 ).m. for reservations. Tickets also may be obtained from McWhor- er's music'store, Steinheimer's-university book store and Swanberg's oofc store. On Friday and Saturday here will be stands at Levy's and Steinfeld's department stores and the Valley bank building. The late Huey Long is said to :ave . taken his self-styled title of ingfish;from;the'character of the ame name c.n the radio show, Amos 'n Andy." RADIO TUCSON Bailer, pianist; .Roman Totenberg violinist, arid Gabor .Rejto, ^ cellist will be the second attraction on th Friends; of Music' chamber series. The three musicians, each a con cert musician in his own righ began -to play together, in. 194 while they were tfie guests of-their friend; violinist · Yehudi Menuhln at.his 'Alma estate. In the- Sant Cruz mountains ''of California. During the historic mountain sojourn the three.musicians practicec their individual programs for th BY NORMAN HARRINGTON I Harold Lloyd Returns -Harold Lloyd, whose current ilm, "Mad Wednesday," will be Istributed shortly by RKO Radio, as beenl recognized for years as ne . of · the .industry's, greatest omedians;. but actually'"Mad Wed- esday" fs 'only" the", sixteenth, fea- ure-length comedy in which he has ppeared. -Lloyd, .produced and arred .in,' Hollywood's .-first, : full- ength 'comic feature, oy.'" Graridina's American Returns To Past InTHS. Drama V --**noio oy Kcgjpe Jtusseii "THE WEEK OF YOUR ABSENCE Jias been to me a desert," says Throstle (s tending, ^center). The scene is froni the Tucson high school production of "Berkeley Square". Student' acton shown, left to right, are Peter Coulson, Beverly Lockett, Max Palmer and t«anor« Levy. The story of a man'who slips back into a past century. to live with his . ancestors^ will be portrayed Thursday;. and Friday eve^ nings by members of the Tucson senior high, school dramatic arts department. Peter Coulson and Beverly Lockett will have the leading roles in the high schoof production of "Berkeley. Square" 'by John L. Balderston, a play about a .young American architect who/inherits an old ISth century house In England and in the course, of - claiming it finds himself back- In that century. Lloyd E. Roberts, ^head of the dramatic arts department, is directing the .production, first of the 1950-51 season. Camilla, Powers is assistant director.- y Amusing .situations -develop In the course of the play as the young architect on occasion :- lets slip a cnowledge of the future" to his ISth century companions. ,' Romance also plays a part as ie young-man, falls in love with lis.young cousin of another cen- ury. But eventually he has to return to his former place In time. Other characters, in. -the' drama are played by Bill Cox, Donna loyt,. Leanore Levy, Sharlene Mc- Illusky, Max Palmer, Colin'Burrow, loslyn Bergida, Mary Kay Behnke, Rueben Nunez, Elaine; Tremblay, "'·Jova Dee Futrell, Dick Kewhall, Ramon" Cadiz and Miss Powers. This Is National 'Radio and Television week. It's, "the 30th ' anniversary of the great industry .that suddenly shot up from an exciting. experiment to a: sensational success .during the readjustment period following, the; first World war. And the same thing .happened, to television after .the second World war There are now 90 million radio in use in American homes an there "are 8.5 million television sets in use. There are now mor than 3,000 radio stations in th nation and over 100 TV broad casting stations. That's rathe an amazing growth, in 30 years LOCAL PRODUCTION STEPPED UP AJ1 of our local outlets are stepping up their local produc tlon. We feel this is a good sign that .management is becoming aware that network program ming, while an easy way to fil time, is not always the mos: satisfactory. . : POLITICS 'CAKE TO AIR -Political material, will be- on locally from . morning to nigh fhis week as -the .various groups and candidates stepV up their appeals to the voter's. KCNA has a novel and basically sound.pub .lie service feature scheduled for .Saturday, Nov."4, from 7 ; p.m. to midnight. During those fiye hours, which.' the station is donating, they will present a full discussion of'the constitutional amendments "which' will be voted on_'the following Tuesday, and any candidate is welcome .to visit the studio and speak his piece- free of charge. Along this same line KVOA's 'Town Crier will devote a portion of his broadcast time every night until the'·election, to explaining the amendments. The station has engaged the services of Mrs. Annie E. Rogers,, retired high school teacher and prominent Tucsonian, to digest- the questions and explain their contents. HdTJSEWIPE JN SPOTLIGHT A local version'of "Queen for a Day" is being, produced by the. Tucson voice of Mutual--KTUC --every day Monday through Friday at 2:30 pJn. On each program Announcer-Pete Tufts has. as his guest a Tucson housewife who is presented with a-corsage from ,Flowerland and has an opportunity to participate in various contests with many fine prizes. It's a good idea, and it If one-man had been assigned the rinting and make-up operations or, the new. Chamber's 'encyclopae- ia, published in this^country. in uly by the Oxfor.d%University ress, he would have had to labor 9 yearrto put the.520-tons-of -pa- er used Into pubUinable condition; gives a little public recognition to the average Tucson housewife. MORE NEWS BROADCASTS Local news broadcasts are Increasing in number and we want to mention several this week that we left out last week. KCNA provides a quarter-hour 7 a.m. dail except Sunday using the Associated Press state wire for added Coverage. KTKT offers news and a- complete' listing of everything ·going on in the Old Pueblo, daily at3 p.m. ' Next Wednesday, 8:30-9 p.icu," KCNA win. offer again a.talk on atomic power by Dr. Lee Ohlinger, chief nuclear research for 'Northrop- Aircraft, Inc."" "The-broadcast was-' made last' week . 'and is being' repeated by p'opu- · lac- demand. , OS , . , '·.; . ; ''Bachara^StanwycJc arid? "Fred.-] MacMurray, recreate their origi- ual roles in the thriller Double Indemnity on.Lux Radio Theatre from-7. to"8'p.m; on KOPO. \ . KCNA's Original Amateur hour on .Thursday from; S to 8:45. p.m will be a benefit for Cerebral Palsy children and will salute Chicago. - - - Victoria Cross starring Herbert Marshall is the Suspense show this week on Thursday at 7 p.m from KOPO. It's a tale of violence and terror that will please every mystery fan. Next Sunday, Nov.' 5, the famous evangelist' Billy Graham will start a · series of ABC programs which will be released through KCNA. The time' is' still Indefinite for broadcast, so watch the Citizen radio dial for the time. UNIVERSITY ON THE AIR Two local productions from the IT of A radio bureau will be aired this week. KOPO'will/re- lease the Arizona Forum Tuesday at-9:3p p.m.. This will..be :a -discussion of the initiative measures on the general' election ballot. Robert .Morrow, Tucson school superintendent, Robert Brooks, Citizen.-political writer," .and Dr. 'Paul : Kelso.: of the faculty will participate;- ··'·. . .--'.- . . -;'.' The other campus production is the University Workshop over KCNA from 7:45' to "8 p.m., also' Tuesday. This week the original, play by Miss Patti Blanc, a local, student, is entitled Jealousy. Good listening until next week. Murrow 'Records Third In Historical Series evenings; in Mr. Menuhin's musi room, they- would play chambe music to relax. Later they wer persuaded to give a public concer of trios and sonatas in-Los Gatos and more concerts followed. Out o ;hese performances grew a reputa ion which "led to'concerts-'at. th University : of California in Be'rke ,ey and in other cities'."In northern California. Eventually the trio at :alned national fame. Today the Alma trio Is in demand .by..throughout' the United States'. In a field where perfection s demanded, the. Alma-trio has developed a reputation'as one of the 'oremost chamber' music.' groups now Before the public. The trio's, program, will include Archduke trio ,,..- ......Beethoven B-flat trio '..". Mozart Sonata for piano and violin, Prokofiev Sonata for celito and pJano . Martina Columbia eased the Records- Inc. has third volume in eries, "I Can Hear It-Now", nar- ated by Edward R. Murrow and Tepared by Murrow, Fred Friendly nd J, G; Gude. According to -the editors, this third Volume "is an effort to pro- uce honest echoes of-the last glor- ous fling of a still adolescent Amer:a. It opens in 1919 with Woodrow Vilson's fight for the League 1 of ·fattens and wanders through that abulous era known as the age of ·onderful nonsense when America -as a.glamorous, reckless, irresppi ible youngster. The "candle burned rightly at both ends, and if tomorrow ever came, It was "bound o be better and brighter. It was the ra of bathtub gin and Mah Jongg, f Jimmy Walker and Will Rogers, le Scopes Trial and Etnil Coue, appers and flop houses . . /' New Art Gallery To Open Sunday Invitations are now in the mails for the preview opening Thursday of the Desert Gallery of Kathal Wales on Tanque Verde road.' The gallery will open to the public Sunday at 1 p.m. The new gallery will include ceramics by Ted De Grazia, the world-famed Natzlers, Jean Goodwin Ames and Jemenez of California. ' - · Sculpture will Include, the. work of Oscar Davisson and Daphne, Gladys Edgerly, Bates and Paolo. Metalcraft work--by Lepnnle Salter will also be displayed. Tucson artists who will have one- man shows during the coming season are Ray Strang, Hutton Webster Jr., Cliarles 0. Golden, Beatrice Edgerly, Havarc', MqPher-i son, .De Grazia, L. B. Curtis, Stan-; ford Stevens, Herbert' Lewis, Mac Schweitzer and Hurlstone Fairchild. ' " Out-of-town artists who will exhibit are Millard Sheets, Carolus Verh'aeren, Gladys Lloyd Robinson, Richard- Raines, Dan- Lutz, Eliot O'Hara, Grigory Gluckman, Olafi Weighorst and Rubin, a famous Palestinian artist , DRAMA BOOKS PADIO Sails CStttzra 28 Mondax Cv«nln«, Oct M, t»» l-Wifness Report librarian Censorship Decried By Professo In a recent issue of "The-Librarj Quarterly,";Professor Leon Cararv ky 'wrote, "I have .never met public, librarian who. approved Censorship" or one who failed t iractice'it in some measure. · "There is far less' danger to : th ommunity," he also- wrote,. "I ermitting questionable literatur o be.published and read than t'her s in. a'strict definition of 'obscen ;y' that, would deny access to sue iterature.. After all, what'is th eal objection? Are the · censor fraid that we will be off ended ~ b ooks like 'Studs Lonigan?' If ther e any among us who would be of ended 1 ,, ther-solution is simple an eadily at hand: We can close th ook. Happily'the freedow to.rea mplies'-the freedom to desist from eading. But many' of us will'no esist, and 'that is what the 1 censo truly .fears: Not that we will b" ff ended' leased." but that'- we will' be '·Ken-Tiki" .by, Thor Heyerdahl; is ow : In 'its fifth printing totaling 5,000 copies, s i n c e,, publication ept. 5, Rand McNally, the, publisher,'has announced. Z3JLL BO. Own Id**-Claim»:B« fctw ft b A Motto," By IRVnfG KOLODJ2C Music, Editor, The Saturday Revi«w of Literature HARTFORD, CONN.--T h e r e was nothing but satisfaction here on the American premiere of London's Royal Philharmonic orchestra under the direction £ Sir Thomas Beecham. An audience which-crowded the Bushnell-Memorial auditorium give the visitors a hearty send-off for their' American tour; and those who watched the response of the veteran conductor could see that he was plainly pleased by the showing of his men. ' Here, certainly, is one of the- great orchestras of the world, with a style and person 'ity of its own.and a rich, satisfying way of playing music that is largely, but not wholly, the expression of the conductor's artistic individuality. One could paraphrase' it,, to a degree, by comparing its native tradition of "hand-made" ' with our over-riding concept. v{ "mass production," but t h a t would only suggest a segment of its character. A still larger one ; . is the expressiveness of the play- v ing of the-choirs as individuals, not merely as keys or buttons pushed by the conductor. In this respect, it is more like fine chamber music playing--in which the separate players are at once en-f titi.es and components--than any orchestra heard In tills country for years. Mitropoulos Takes Boir There were few new faces, evea an unfamiliar back in evidence when · Dimitri Mitropoulos, now Conductor (with a capital C, for he is this year No. 1 man of thr orchestra) of the Philharmonla symphony, began work In Carnegie hall on Columbus Day. Th» · most positive evidence of ilitro- poulos's new. status was 1 th» greeting he received from the orchestra, which rose to Its, feet for his entrance. With the playing- of the "The Star Spangled Banner," the audience rose also; that was the end for the evening 1 of -what might be called stirring moments. · £jince convention requires tv ' Philharmonic conductor to piay- · joth the quick and the dead, Mitropoulos provided Casella's arrangement of the Bach' "Chaconne" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4-as balance, in the ' :atter category, for. Prokofieff'i Symphony No. 5 in the former.- As performances, the level of ex-- ecution was high, the attention- value of the interpretations but niddling. In such older music, · Mitropoulos is much like" a new :enant of a very venerable house; he treads gingerly, as if not quite sure where the weakspots in the flooring are. Much more authoritative war his Fifth Symphony of Prokofieff. The forthright, well-planned reatment of Mitropoulos put it n a straight line of development with such other works of Prokofi- eff as the "Classical Symphony," the violin and piano concertos, even "Peter and the Wolf." 'Call Me Madam' Opens With a million dollars in the safe, the opening of "Call Me Madam" was less the first showing of an entertainment than the · preview of a bank which had moved to a new location. When the professional verdicts were handsomely delivered, those who had made their deposits without knowing whether the movement would be completed successfully could relax--they, would get their rewards, with interest, on the night in January or February when their tickets' became good. CRIME CORNER The "Week's Best Murders ' A SHOT OF MURDER, by Jack Jams (Morrow: $2.50). Polish Iron Curtain gets spirited can-opener · from -honey-mooning Ohio. news. -.'. scribe Rockwell 1 and vacationing society ed Pickett in search · of missing torch singer. Usual logic- out -of-: window lams cocktail, sometimes' funny and hair-raising, but zany humor and Curtain conspiracies perhaps not most tasteful - combination. If you 'like 'em cockeyed. ANOTHER MUG FOR THE BIER, by Richard Starnes (Lippincott: $2.50). Old Doc Peachy, forensic and poison expert · (including Bourbon) solves Wash- ~' togton, D., C., puzzle with ease but only after one man, two women, one norse are corpsed. Nice light touch on Capital doings despite narrator .Barney Forge'i :endency to coy wisecracks. Mystery pleasantly thick, solution too thin. Above average, , THE GREEN ,ACE, by Sutrat' Palmer (Mill -Morrow: ... $2.50). Scheduled Sing-Stag..chalr candidate protests Innocence' ln l anur- der of sexy blonde. Hildegard* · Withers,' with Inspector Piper panting' behind' all over.ilannat- an, does fast re-dealing, of :suj-, jects. Kotmuch logic here but,lri-,- rigulng- puzzle "and you 'i can't, wither- Hildegafde -nohow. Oh, ' * ' _ , Sprout

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