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The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana · Page 23

Alexandria, Louisiana
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Monday, September 4, 1967
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ALEXANDRIA DAILY TOWN TALK, ALEXANDRIA-PINEVILLE. LA.. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1967 Special on Blondes Who's Kidding Who on Documentary? By Lawrence Laurent MTCTTTT,-.m,Washington Pot Ne Service) WASHINGTON - Let's have no more talk about the vapid, empty purposelessness of summertime television documentaries. ABC-TV news, for example has done much to deepen our understanding of current problems. We've been the beneficiaries of an hour report on the Beatles and a three-part study on Twiggy. And, if that weren't enough, ABC-TV last week devoted a full hour to an examination of that agonizing question, "Do Blondes Have More Fun?" One didn't really need to look at the closing credits to know that this collection of film clips and pseudo science had come from David L. Wolper Production. Just 15 minutes into the show, any viewer knew it had the depth of tissue paper and, therefore, the odds were good that it had come from Wolper's paste-and-scissors factory. Al Capp was brought in as a rumbling, folksy narrator. He was filled with incisive talk about just why he had made Daisy Mai a blond for "Li'l Abner." The whole thing, he indicated, was one big joke on the viewer. It might even have been a joke, also, on the sponsor, who just happened to be marketing a product for turning all shades of hair into blond. In this respect, "Do Blondes Have More Fun?" Just might have been the longest commercial in TV's beknighted history. Fun's fun and commercials are commercials, and few who are trapped could voice heavy objections. That is, except for attempts to be serious. Blonde Dr. Joyce Brothers, holder of a Ph.D. degree in phychology and a winner of "The 64,000 Dollar Question," was quite serious. Blond Joyce maintained that blondes are treasured because they are rare. She even dragged in some demographic projection that indicated blondes will be extinct in a couple of hundred years. (Presumably, the sponsor cheered.) Author-critic Marya Mannes fluffed her short blond locks and confided that her hair used to be "mousy brown." She had converted, she said, to get rid of "that mousy feeling." Betty Friedan, who wrote "The Feminine Mystique," couldn't really decide just what makes blondes most appealing. Her hair was dark, streaked with gray. In spite of achieving TV's longest commercial, the sponsor might have winced a couple of times. Some "scientific survey" tended to show that college fraternity boys liked to date blondes but preferred brunettes for wives. Another so-called scientific survey showed that the blond is viewed as a mistress and the brunette as a wife. And the last eight winners of the "Miss America Pageant" have been brunettes. Nor has there ever been a blond First Lady in the White House. For a finish, the Wolper crew used a hidden camera on an unsuspecting husband. His pretty dark-haired wife, the mother of two, had made the momentous decision to become a blonde. The husband's hidden camera reaction? He just looked stunned, and no one bothered to mention that the poor guy just might have been thinking about a lifelong obligation to the beauty parlor. Capp Bravely summarized that blondes do have more fun. He did have the good grace to add: "The question is, more fun than what?" One might find difficult to believe that this sort of documentary trash is coming from the same organization that is offering a four-hour study (Sept. 10) of the continent of "Africa." Actor James Dunn Dies af Age 61 HOLLYWOOD (AP) - A win-som, boozy grin was the trademark actor James Dunn rode to an Academy Award in a film career as "a well-meaning type of fellow whom women marry to mother." Dunn, who won his Oscar in 1946 for his portrayal of a drunken man in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," died Friday after a long illness. His death, at age 61, was announced Sunday. His performance in the hit film was referred to by one critic as "the most powerful argument for prohibition and abstinence ever seen on the screen." Dunn entered acting after trying his hand at almost every trade possible including marking stock quotations on the board in his father's New York brokerage firm. He toured an eastern theatrical circuit as a bit player until he wandered into the Paramount studio then in New Jersey where he - won several small parts. He liked the pay, so he stuck with the movies. Dunn graduated from bit parts in 1931 and was signed to feature roles by 20th Century- Fox studios, appearing in 30 pictures in the next five years. Between roles he worked as a vaudeville song and dance man. He played opposite Shirley Temple in her first film, "Stand Up and Cheer," and also appeared with her in "Bright Eyes," and "Baby Take a Bow." His other films included "The Very Young Man," "The Payoff," "Welcome Home" and "Hold That Woman." As his career began to wane in the 1940s, Dunn achieved a reputation as an irresponsible performer partly earned by his drinking and was considered unemployable by the studios. But on a gamble, Darryl Zan- uck brought him back to 20th Century-Fox to play the boozy father of Peggy Ann Garner in the film version of Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Dunn's portrayal friends said some of it came from his own life was a sensation and won him the Oscar as best supporting actor. After several more attempts at films, however, and a short stint in television his career was mostly disappointing. Dunn leaves his widow, Edna, a former Philadelphia radio singer. They were married in 1945, and Dunn adopted her 3Vfe-year-old son, Billy. James Dunn 'What's My Line' Ends 17 -Year Run By Cynthia Lowry NEW YORK (AP) - "What's My Line," after more than 17 years on CBS, departed Sunday night with style and class. It was sad to see it go. Mark Goodson, one of -the producers appeared briefly at the show's end and summed up the average Sunday night viewer's feelings. First Tuesday Famous Make Scrubbed Denim jeans Reg. $4.98 A very famous name brand of scrubbed denims in sand, black or olive color. Sanforized. 1 SALE BOY'S and MEN'S SPORTS & DRESS SHIRTS Ideal For School Vfear! Buy 1 at All ihort sleeveil Ivy and tapered regular price stylesi Pore finish tome get 2nd for perma-preised wash & wears, only 1c. Knits, tool r m aw taw m r v f in! MAIN STREET ALEXANDRIA, LA. OPEN 'TIL 8:30 EVERY THURS. NIGHT! m aL i- . m til "We've been around so long we're a sort of institution," he said. "People may not have watched us every week, but they knew we were there." We did, too, and many a night when other fare palled, we flipped the dial to the show, certain of a few laughs, a celebrity trying to disguise his voice, some fashion pointers from the women panelists and above all a lot of wisecracks. There were, too, the good manners and good humor of the host, John Daly and regular panelists Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf. Over the years and through all the summers when other programs were repeating shows, "What's My Line" stayed live most of the time and brought us with unflagging enthusiasm a mixed bag of occupations, from worm farmers to lady bronco busters. The skill of the panel at guessing lines was evident in the last show when the four veterans Miss Francis, Cerf, actor Martin Gabel and Steve Allen managed to nail down, on the basis of slim clues, the occupations of two of the three returning guests who were on the premiere program in February, 1950. They were a diaper manufacturer and a veterinarian. The show really didn't change much over the years. A gag that misfired mildly no one came close to guessing his line was the appearance of a man from the state employment office. No one leaves the show in need of a job Miss Francis goes to London for some television drama, Daly becomes head of the Voice of America and Cerf remains head of a major book publishing company. On the Sunday nights to come we will probably miss them more than they miss us. After all, from now on, they won't be there if we need them. We may also be missing some friends of shorter acquaintance the summer replacements now leaving to make room for new and returning programs. There was the pleasant "Away We Go," filling in for Jackie Gleason, which brought into view George Carlin, a bright and engaging comedian. mi i w iSf V 1H Mil Sc SMr i if 4 w&'4& n r: wmm viauiMMitttr SB n-K iimmu- 'inn TV program logs are provided by .'he stations and published at no cost to them by The Town Talk, as a reader service. The schedules are printed as submitted by the stations. Complaints about errors and changes should be taken up with them. Telev ision Programs WBRZ Ch. 2 Cable Channel i Tonight 00 Big League Baeball 9:00 Hawaii Calli 9:30 Newi Special 10:00 Night ) 10:30 Tonight Show KATC Ch. 3 Cable Channtl 3 KALB - Channel 5 Tonight 6:00 Big League Baseball 9:00 Run for Your Lite 10:00 Ten O'clock Report 10:30 Tonight Show Tuasday 8:40 Jambalaya 7:00 Today - Newa - Weather 9:00 Snap Judgment 9:30 Concentration 10:00 Personality 10:30 Hollywood Squares 11:00 Jeopardy 11:30 Eye Gueae 12:00 Ag. Report What'a Newt 12:19 Noon Report 12:30 Let's Make a Deal 1:00 Daya of Our Llvea 1:30 The Doctors 2:00 Another World 2:30 You Don't Say 3:00 Ethma Odum Show 3:30 Action Showcase 5:00 Dennis the Menace 5:30 Huntley-Brlnkley Report Tuesday 30 Weather Channel 7:00 Today 9:00 Snap Judgement 9:30 Concentration 10:00 Personality 10:30 Hollywood Squares 11:00 Jeopardy 11:30 Eye Guesa 12:00 Midday in Louisiana 1:00 Days o( Our Uvea 1:30 The Doctors 1:00 Another World 2:30 You Don't Say 3:00 The Match Game 3:30 Everybody's Talking 4:00 Mike Douglas Show 5:30 Huntley-Brtnkley KNOE Ch. 8 Cable Channel I Tonight 6 00 News Report 6: IS Weather and SporU 6:30 GUllgu't Island 7:00 Mr. Terrific 730 T B A S:00 Andy Griffith Show 8:30 T.B.A. 11:30 News Report Tuesday 6:25 Pastor Study 6:30 Good Morning 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:00 Jack Lalanne 9:30 Beverly Hillbillies 10:00 Andy of Mayberry 10:30 Dick Van Dyke 11:00 Love of Life 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 11:45 The Guiding Light 12:00 Noontime Edition 12:15 Open House 12:30 Aa The World Turns 1:00 Password 1:30 House Party 2:00 To Tell The Trutn J:30The Edge of Night 3:00 The Secret Storm 3:30 Dark Shadowa 4:00 Dream Girl 4:30 T.B.A. 5:00 Newlywed Game .:30 Walter Cronktte Tonight 6.00 Marshall Dillon 7:30 Hat i'utrol 8:00 Felony Squad 8:30 Peyton Place 10:00-Ne-u.eather -Sports 10:30 Joey liishou 1100 Joey Bishop Tuesday 5 55 The Prisoners 6:25 Acadiana Farmer 7:00 Poly carp 8:30 The Fugitive 9:30 Dateline Hollywood 10:00 Honeymoon Hact 10:30 The Family Game 11:00 Everybody's Talking 11:30 Donna Heed Show 12:00 Newa and Weather 12:10 Ann Lejeune 1:00 Newlywed Game 1:30 Dream Girl '67 2:00 General Hospital 2:30 Dark Shadow . 3 00 The Dating Game 3:30 The Early Show 3:00 News-Weather-Sports KSLA Ch. 12 Tonight 6.00 News and Weather 6:30 illi(an's Island 7:00 Kmperor's New Cloths 8:00 Andy Griffith 8 .10 Monday Night Movie 10:on News and Weather 10:110 Coronet Blue 11 :::() Sea Hunt Tuesday WAFB Ch. 9 Tonight , 1.00 Newa Review 6:15 Sports rjid Weath'-r 6:30 Gilligan't Island 7:00 Emperor's New Cloths 8:00 Andy Griffith 8:30 Family Affairs 9:00 Coronet Blue 10:00 Newa Report 10:15 Movietime 650 7:00 7:30 8 00 9 00 9 30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 11:45 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2 00 2:30 3:00 3 30 4:00 5:00 5:30 Your Pastor Morning Newi Rnh and His Buddie Captain Kangaroo Candid Camera Beverly Hillhilliea Andy of Mayberry Dick Van Dyke Love Of Life Search For Tomorrow Guiding Light Midday Newa As The World Turns Password House Party To Tell The Truth Edge Of Night Secret Storm The Millionaire Papa John Show Country Music Walter Cronkite Tuesday 7:00 Morning Newa 7:30 Country Music 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:30 Beverly Hillbillies 9:00 Storyland 10:00 Andy of Mayberry 10:30 Dick Van Dyke 11:00 Love of Life 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 12:00 Noon Show 12:30 As the World "urns 1:00 Password 1:30 House Party 2:00 To Tell the Truth 2:30 Edge of Night 3:00 Secret Storm 3:30 General Hospital 4:00 Buckskin Bill 4:30 Leave It to Beaver 3:00 The Rifleman 5:30 Walter Cronkite KLFY Ch. 10 Cable Channel 4 Tonight 6:00 Newa and Weathee 6:15 Sports Final 6:30 Gilligan's Island 7.00 Emperor's New Cloths 8:00 Andy Griffith 8:30 Family Affair 9:00 Coronet Blue 10:00 News-Weather-Sports 10:30 Steve Allen Hour Tuesday 5:45 The Rosary 6:00 Passe Partout 6:55 Funtime Playhouse 7:30 Morning Newa 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:00 Candid Camera 9:30 Beverly Hillbillies 10:00 Andy of Mayberry 10:30 Dick Van Dyke 11:00 Love of Life 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 1145 The Guiding Light 12:00 Meet Your Neighbor 12:30 As the World Turna 1:00 Password 1:30 House Party 2:00 To Tell the Truth 2 30 The Edge of Night 3:00 Secret Storm 3:30 Movie 5:00 McHale's Navy 5:30 Walter Cronkite CENTRAL Network Station Affiliation Frequency KALB, Alexandria CBS 580 kc KSYL, Alexandria NBC 970 ke KDBS, Alexandria 1410 kc KALB-FM, Alexandria 96.9 mc KVPI. Ville Platte 1050 ke kckw, jeaa 1480 ke LOUISIANA AREA Broadcast Hours 4 a.m. 1 a.m. 5 a.m. 12 midnight daytime S a.m. 12 midnight S a.m. 6 p.m. daytime RADIO STATIONS Network Station Affiliation KAPB, MarksvUIe KNOC, Natchitoches KNOC-FM. Natchitoches KLLA. Leesville KREH, Oakdale KVLC, WumfieM Frequency 1370 ke 1450 kc 97.7 mc 1570 kc 900 kc 1270 ke Broadcast Hours daytime 5:30 a.m. 1:30 a.m. daytime daytime daytime Criticism of Video Violence Mounting By Bob Thomas HOLLYWOOD (AP) -"BAP!" "POW!" "ZINGO" The sounds of fisticuffs are spelled out for viewers as Batman and Robin duel the dastardly thugs of Gotham City. Youthful fans cheer, teen-agers yawn, and grownups smile as the heroes inevitably triumph over the forces of evil. And another outpouring of violence has been added to the evening of television entertainment. 'We always have a fight at the finish of each chapter," says Bat-producer Howie Horwitz, "but nobody ever gets killed or even hurt. We don't even show any blood. Ours is a morality play, with good triumphing over evil. What could be better for children than that?" Innocent or not, "Batman" is part of the steady diet of violence on the home screen. Nearly every Western and cops-and-robbers series as well as many of the dramatic shows must have a quota of beatings, fistfights or gun duels. Director Robert Aldrich, whose "The Dirty Dozen" has been criticized by reviewers for excessive violence, comments: "Television is a worse offender than movies. Each action series comes to a point where it stops telling the story and indulges in three minutes of violence." A network official argues, "When you're presenting drama in which characters clash, there may very well be violence. But television seems more violent than it is, because of a dramatic device. "Many writers will put a vi- Now Showing COLOSSUS OF ADVENTURE! olent scene at the end of a sequence so as to have an impact before the commercial. That impression remains with the viewer longer than if it had been placed earlier in the show." The networks have been sensitive to criticism of violence since 1955, when crime investigating Sen. Estes Kefauver suggested that the entertainment industry presented too much brutality. All three networks have censors hidden under such euphemisms as "standards and practices" or "continuity acceptance" who apply stricter rules about violence than now observed by the film industry's self-censorship code. . "Conflict is an essential part of drama, and it sometimes ex-esses itself in violence," said presses itself in violence," said Robert Kasmire, an NBC vice president who supervises program standards. "Our policy about violence hasn't changed. We still apply three yardsticks to a violent scene: "1. Is it motivated? "2. Is it necessary? OPEN 12:45 mmMm inn:i douelbs TieMMieOLON-PANWISION N 11 Im ua Features at 2:00.5:00-8:00 P.M. ';lil;li'il'l'i;i Next Attraction "Don't Makt Waves" A cuide For me Married Man By Most America's Famous Swingers The Do's And Don'ts Fnr The Married Man Who's Thinking Single or The Single Man Who's Just Thinking; "3. Is it excessive? "If the answer to the first two questions is no, and the answer to the third is yes, then we rule out the scene or temper it." Dorothy Brown, director of broadcast standards for ABC, said the network had its own three principles about violence: 1. Is it shocking? 2. Will it provoke someone to copy it? 3. What is the duration? "There is no change in our policy," she said. "We have never been more lenient or less lenient, more strict or less strict. We are guided by the re action of the public and the press, to certain scenes." Certain specifics are handed down at ABC, and they sometimes rankle directors and writers. Among the rules: show a minimum of blood; avoid the impact of the death blow; close the eyes of the dead; present fight scenes of equals only; depict no eye gouging, no throttling until eyes pop, no holding of heads under water for more than a beat. SEC I ION C PAGfc SbVbN Television In Review By Rick Du Brow HOLLYWOOD (UPI)-In the current age, when television has the depressing abiWty to glirify almost anyone who appears before a camera, it is difficult to believe there is still prejudice against actors. But apparently it is so. Some weeks ago the Screen Actors Guild reported that its board of directors "has voted unanimously to support an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee of Congress of automobile insurance company practices, including discrimination against actors as a class." The ghild added: "In the last several years, complaints have poured into the guild from actors who declare that they cannot obtain automobile insur ance without paying excessive premiums, even though they have safe driving records over a long period. Claim Discrimination "In some cases, policies have been cancelled without justification. Some insurance company representatives have admitted to the guild that higher premiums are charged actors allegedly because juries in damage cases tends to give larger verdicts against actors than against other professionals." Well, I never thought the day would come when I would find myself defending movte or television actors, but having had considerable contact with them and the policy issuers they accuse, I would suggest they are sometimes better risks than insurance companies. And as for actors becoming more respectable, any television movie watcher knows you can tune in an old motion picture performance by the current governor of California, Konaia Reagan; an old dance routine by a senator from the same state, George Murphy; and a whole slew of films by a lady who now plans to run for Congress, Shirley Temple. Cartoonist View Observing this increasing trend of actors4n-politics, the Los Angeles Times' editorial page cartoonist, Conrad, offered a drawing the other day in which Lassie, holding a news conference, says: "If nominated, I will not run. . .if elected, I will not serve!" At any rate, despite the few areas in which movie and television performers are still discriminated against, their status has changed considerably since the day when Victor Mature, denied membership in a country club because he was an actor, replied: "I'm n? actor, and I have 45 pictures to prove it." As anyone knows, qualifying for a good insurance policy nowadays is about as easy as taking a course in advanced trigonometry, especially if you have a wife who is unimpressed by stop signs, or if you live in an area which had a fire 35 years ago. But now, it seems, being an actor has been added to the list of handicaps. midnight midnight 5 It! NOW SHOWING He came to tame a bucking bronc called Africa 'AMUOUNT piciures pftessNTs N IVAN TOftS PROOUWON TflfJlS STYLE! Ftautrts 8 p.m. Monday thru Frl. OPEN 7 P.M. 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