Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 103
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 103

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
Page 103
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By BERT RESNIK TV ind K,J*, EJilor If you want to know what happened lo summer television, just ask the audience. If you can find it, that is. The audience, that is. Betwixt the equinoxes of vernal and a u t u m n a l , there lies a great chunk of dead air space. H is the fashion, during this period, to complain about the programs. The programmers, however, have a great deal more to complain about than the programmees. The plain fact is that hardly anybody watches television during the murky summer evenings. Hardly anybody, of course, in comparison to tlic millions who--when the snow is piled high on East Second Street --congregate around the tube and spill popcorn on the broadloom. SINCE THE PROGRAMMERS must have a considerable congregation to properly peddle t h e i r girdles, gas pills and goiabada, they come up short in Ihe summertime. What more natural, then, to pluck from the files the more successful shows of the w i n t e r past, and have at them again? * * * TO PROPERLY research this problem, we conducted a survey. We interviewed Shirley Trimmer, the landlady of an apartment house at 3G19 E. First St. Nobody knows more about how many television sets are t u r n e d on, we figured, than a landlady. "The evenings are too nice," she explained, "for people to stay inside and watch television." And the daytimes? "The beach is too near." * * * SENSITIVE TO THE FACT thai the l i t t l e beams that radiate from their antennae are h i t t i n g turned-off tubes, the television people trim t h e i r budget to the times. In television, there are four seasons: fall, winter, spring and repeats. In fact, you can't even find a television editor around these days.--G.C.R Television Movie Tips THE HUMAN COMEDY-Sunday, 5:30 p.m., channel I I . Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson, Frank Morgan, Marsha H u n t , Butch Jenkins (1342). William Saroyan's optimistic philosophy of the h u m a n race in a tale of a boy who learns about adults. * * * REBEL W I T H O U T A CAUSE-- Sunday, 7:30 p.m., channel 9, in COLOR. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper, Ann Doran (1955). Youth loses the respect of his parents and gets involved w i t h a gang of delinquents. First run. NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL -- Monday through Friday, 9 p.m., channel 9. Broderick Crawford, Anne Bancroft, Richard Conte, Marilyn Maxwell (1055). First rim. F,xpose of an international syndicate operating out of New York. SUSAN SLEPT HERE -Wednesday, 11:15 p.m., channel 9, in COLOR. Debbie Reynolds, Dick Powell (1954). Teen-ager worms her way info the heart of a confirmed ' bachelor. * * * BELLS OF ST. MARY'S - Ftiday, 1, p.m., channel .5. Bing Crosby, Jngrid Bergman (1946). Priest and Mother Superior plan new building in sequel lo "Going My Way." SUMMERTIME -- Friday, 11:15 p.m., channel 2. K a t h - arine Hepburn, Rossano Braz- ·/.i (1935). Romance in Venice between old maid and I t a l i a n merchant. * * * SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday, 8:30 p.m., channel 11. Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Jeanetle MacDonald (1935). Barbary Coast comes to grips w i t h Nob Hill, but earthquake wins. if * * WAKE ISLAND -- Saiur- day, 11:30 p.m., channel 2. Brian Donlevy, Macdonald Carey, Robert Preston, William Bendix, Walter Abel (1942). Glorious but b i t t e r defeat of the U.S. Marines. HAVE YOU GOT AMY ROSE COLORED ONSS T COULD SSND TO A CERTAIN TV CRITIC.? " ANDY DEVINE INDICATES DOOR TO NEW SERIES ANDY DEVINE WANTS SERIES Gravel-Throat Comedian Portrays TV Detective By VERNON SCOIT HOLLYWOOD (UPI)--Gravel-voiced Andy Devine has given up comedy to join the mob. The mob of detectives wedged into television, t h a t is. Andy has completed a television pilot titled "Big Jake," in which character is taken from a real life Seattle detective. The pilot was aired recently on the " B a r b a r a Stanwyck Show." "It's sort of a detective series with Lawrence Welk music," he said, intimating (he show would not be filled w i t h bongo drums and beatnik flutes as are such whodunits as "77 Sunset Strip" and "Peter Gunn." Andy is round, but the show is square. "There's no comedy in it for me," he added. "1 play a big, soft-hearted slob who takes his work seriously. Big Jake spends as much time proving men are innocent as he does arresting them." Devine, who must weigh 300 pounds, is best remembered by televiewers for his role of "Jingles" on the "Wild Bill Hickok" series. * -t -N t "I'm still making money outta that show," he said. "We made 118 episodes in seven years. Guy Madison and I each owned 10 per cent of the program. Guy sold his interest, but the money keeps rolling in for me." Actors half Andy's age refuse TV shows, claiming the grind of a weekly series is too exhausting. "It's hard work, but I enjoy it," Andy grinned. "I'm in business lo make money, and there's plenty of dough to be made in a series. "Besides, the new show will be easier t h a n 'Wild Bill Hickok.' At my age a horse gets higher and wider every year. U will be r bree?.e exchanging a horse for a desk." ^ * t % ANDY IS ON tenterhooks with his new effort. But if it doesn't sell, Andy Shoot TV Pilots Starring Top Names Pilots for six proposed television shows are being filmed by 20th Century-Fox. They are "Bus Stop," "The Hunters," Margie," "House on Rue Riviera," "The Ginger Rogers Show" and "The Jay- bawkeis." "Bus Stop," based on the William luge play, has a cast including Marilyn Maxwell, Joseph Cotton, Tuesday Weld and Buddy Ebsen. "The Hunters," a big-gnnie hunting scries, features Brett Halsey, Skip Homeier, Guy -Stockwell and Felicia Fart. "Margie," the story of * teenage girl in the 1920's, stars Cynthia Pepper in the title role. "House on Rue Rivie*a^" set against the background of the French Riviera, stare J;tyne Mansfield and Diana Trask. "The Ginger Rogers Show" will feature the actress i« twin roles. Charlie Ruggles has a key part. "The Jayliawkers," a post- Civil War western, stars Dan Dailey and Ann Blythe. needn't worry. He lives well in a b e a u t i f u l home in Newport Beach, right on the water. He spends his days playing golf a n d s a i l i n g around the bay in his boat. "I'd like to see the series go," he said. "For years 1 was the second guy through ihe door who always got into trouble and had somebody a lot smarter get me out of it. "It would be nice to get myself out of trouble for a change." CALL HE 2-5677 Prompt, Guaranteed Service TV SERV1-ZOHE 1406 E. 10th St. Own Sundays --Closed TuCidavi BOOKCASES For the ffome AAAYFAIR SALES CO TO E. 4lh St., L. B.. HE 7- CAN VOU SWIM? IF NOT WE CAN TEACH YOU! ENROLL NOW! 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