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April 8, 1959

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 1959 BLYTHEVILLE CARK.I COURIER NEWS PACK 'Canned' Giggles Here to Stay By CHARLES MERCER + NEW YORK (AP) — About four years ago TV pro- duc«r Alex Gottlieb said, "Laughter on television filmed comedy.shows is a necessary evil and a crutch that we will have to carry indefinitely." carry indefinitely Lajt month, _as it began to appear that nothing ever would stifle • the canned'yaks, giggles and . guffaws that greet nearly every line of many so-called comedy se- ri«, there came a faint ray of hope. " In England, where Thomas Mitchell is completing the new " "Glencannoo" series, some rea- 'fonabli souls decided that the Uugh track accompanying the series was far too loud and had to be toned down. It was—at a cost of more than $50,000. : Where does this laugh stuff come from? Here's what I learn-. Rule out of my criticism such showi as those of Groucho Marx Jack Benny, Bob Hope. Live aud .coca see and hear their programs and apparently react nor _mally without the ^inducement o - any tickling machines SometiOMK sound engineers dial ' the laughter too loud. But when an audience actually is watchin show their laughter somehow some kind of audible laughter lose •iewers. So I don't expect that anything will be done about it. I only ask, 'Please turn it down!" Sraham Readies Cursade Windiip CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand Of) — Billy Graham arrived Tues day for the windup of his New Zealand cruss.de, reportedly "a hi exhausted" from the pace he has been keeping. "Billy has been warned tha overwork may cause a recurronc* of his eye trouble," said Leighton Ford, a member of the Graham team. "He probably will rest u awhile before returning to lh United States in mid-June." Graham hurriedly left Athleti Park in Wellington Monday nigh after preaching to some 17,00 never seems too obnoxious. The laughter that has unhinged DM, personally, comes from shows that do not have audiences. These programs, which include all TV situation comedies except two or three, generally use old laugh tracks that are years old. Distressing as the laugh track if, it's more forthright than an"'other method I've heard of. This '' method is an old secret that possibly is shared by many people. There's a fellow here in New -• York who several years ago in" vented a laugh machine that you •' play by pressing buttons. That is, press one far » belly laugh, another for litters, a third for un- : controlled shrieks of laughter, "' and so forth. Supposedly several shows now are using this'machine. But ab- v selutely no one will tell me which programs employ it. •" Nearly everybody dislikes •"' canned laughter. Performers and - piodueers themselves protest its • "us*. Yet survey after survey condurt- - '• ed by advertising audiences con- dudes that comedy shows without persons. He was reported not fee ing well. THE NEWSPAPER STORY — This colorful ceramic tiZe mural tells the production story of a daily newspaper. The work, 16 feet high by 39 feet long, adorns the new annex ot the Zanesville (Ohio) Signal and Times. Recorder .building It traces the operation from reporter-photographer through editor, linolypa operator, stereotype plates, composing room, press operation to newsboy hawkinz the finished oroduct led Diplomats Linked to Riots BUENOS AIRES. Argentina Ufl The Argentine government Tues- ay linked Soviet-bloc diplomats ilh the bloody labor riot in Bue- Aires last week and said at ast one envoy had been ordered xpcllcd. A government statement said milar action is being considered gainst "oilier members of the tiplomalic corps from countries sehinnd the Iron Curtain." The ex- jelled diplomat was not named. Argentina is the second Latin American country to act againsl Soviet -bloc, diplomats within e week. Mexico expelled two mem >ers of the Soviet Embassy staf ast week, accusing them of giv ng money and support to an Ule gal railway strike. The Argentine government has ilamed the Communists for last r riday's rioting in which 57 «'ork- •rs and policemen were injured. The newspaper Correo d* la Tarde named 'ruree members of Jve Soviet-bloc diplomatic colony and accused them of promoting labor unrest. Those named were Soviet Ambassador Mikhail Alexevich Kas- lylov; Tjr. Victor Dlmltriu, Romanian chargo d'affaires; and Mrs. Vera Leslova Zalka, wife of the Hungarian ambasador. Informants said the government of neighboring Uruguay is con- sidering taking stern measure! against the Soviet Embassy, which has a larger staff than In «nj other South American country. Read Courier Ntnri Now Open! Root Beer Stand West Main Street B&K PACKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET Try our Horn* Baked Hams, Barbecued Ribs and Salads. U.S. Choice Beef, Veal and Lamb. Pepperidge Farm Bread and Rolls. 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