Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 102
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 102

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 16, 1961
Page 102
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TVS TOP FLAPPER DOROTHY PROV1NE: Just Like Roaring 20's Jones Boy Called Spike Spike Jones, the man who admits he "dc composes" music, zoomed into national notice overnight when lie recorded "Dcr Fueihrer's Face" in 1942. The record was released on a Saturday. The following M o n d a y , Mark Hellinger signed him for the movie, "Thank Your Lucky Stars;" on Tuesday, he signed for a radio program, "Furlough Fun;" Wednesday, Bob Burns persuaded him to do his new coast-to-coast radio series; Thursday and Friday he got offers to make personal appearances at most major U.S. theaters; Saturday, RCA Victor signed him to a new recording contract. Back for his summer replacement stint on national television at 9 p.m. Mondny on chanel 2, Jones' public relations staff reports than an audience is being prebuill for Spike. "For those who keep up with the Joneses," they say, "there are approximately 2,000 in New York; 2,000 in Chicago; 1,500 in Philadelphia; ],000 in Detroit; 500 in Cleveland, and so on." Some 7,000 of these Joneses are getting postcards addressed to "Dear Namesake," reminding them of the "Spike Jones Show," staring the .Tones (Mr., and Mrs.) and featuring another Jones. Jack (son of Alan Jones), and suggesting that- as lay a l t Joneses they keep a/t^f eye on -Spike. Charleston-Kicker Lives Part U.S. POST OFF(CE Dept. took only a moment to deliver a letter addressed to "Pinky Pinkham, USA," That's the name of the character Dorothy Provine (see story this page) plays in "The Roaring 20s." * * * * CAJOLING his Marquis Chimps into doing a scene for ABC-TV's new "The Hathaways" series, premiering in the fall, associate producer Gene Detroy put it this way: "C'mon now. Do this trick right and I'll take you to the zoo next week. If you don't, you'll find yourself there tonight." * * * * BESS M Y E R S O N , tall striking b r u n e t t e whose career was kicked off in 1945 when she was crowned "Miss America" complains that she's become so identified with dirty sink (through the TV salesmanship of a scouring powder) that when she goes into a restaurant, headwaiters-- and even chefs -invite her into the kitchen to show her how clean their sinks arc. By RICK DU BROW H O L L Y W O O D (UPI) -Every so often, a Hollywood star begins to live the role he (or she) plays on screen --and such is the case of Dorothy Provine, the Charleston-kicking flapper on ABC- TV's 'The Roaring 20s." The last TV star who acted similarly was Gene Barry, who played "Bat Masterson" and took to wearing his role's derby, cane and vest off screen as well. The blonde Miss Provine, who was born in Deadwood, S. D., and reared in San Francisco, does not mix with gangsters or handsome newspaper reporters in .speakeasies, the way she does in " The Roaring 20s." But she wears flapper-style dresses and hair-bobs, lives vicariously in the 20s through a real interest in its history and dances -- and has a whisky-tenor voice with a touch of childlike innocence that is reminiscent of the era stereotype. * * * * "I GUESS the whole character formation started when I was a kid," said Miss Provine. "Mother taught me the Charleston, and my two sisters and I were always dancing around the house. "Now I get sort of angry when people say, 'Do you really talk like that?' or Those are funny clothes.' 1 don't think they're funny. I've been wearing them a long time. I think girls were much sexier and more charming in the 20s with the short hair and dresses. They looked like fun." Stowing away a salad, baked crabmeat, potatoes and rice pudding at a restaurant near Warner Bros, studios, Miss Provine said at lunch: "1 wanted to play the flapper in this show so badly that I'd go home and pray. I wondered, "If I don't do CALL HE 2-5677 Prompt, Guaranteed Service TV SERV1-ZONE 1406 E. ItHh St. this what in dickens can I do?' * * * * "I USED to be in a terrible TV series called The Alaskans,' and I think everybody thought of me as a flapper. I sang in The Alaskans' and sounded like King Kong. But when the studio was looking for the girl for the flapper part in 'The Roaring 20s' and asked me if I could dance, I said, Yeah.' I worked like a dog at home getting the Charleston as fast and frantic as I could. The secret is that I put on 33 records at 78 r.p.m. speed." Miss Provine, who has become .TV's "it" girl, has been so successful in her role that she'll have more of a say about next year's productions. "I'll be in an equal number of shows with the guys on the program, I'll have my own choreographer and have something to say about a lot of aspects from the music to the kookieness of my character," she said. t * t * ONE OF THE reasons for her success, she said, is that What's the Hurry? Lee Carpenter Has VWs Lee Carpenter VOLKSWAGEN "StrvJng Von Since '52" 1150 E. COMPTON BLVD. COMPTON she doesn't play her part too . sexy. ! "I couldn't keep a straight face doing it," she said. "I think a sort of innocence is involved in the best sex appeal. Could you picture me walking around with half- closed eyes and an open mouth, playing the vamp? Maybe that's why I've never been chased by a producer. I think they know I'd belt them. "Anyway, people are conservative where I went to school -- at the University of Washington and the Slate of Washington." Nevertheless,. Miss Provine has become something of an expert about the less conservative language of the 20s and its gunmen. 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