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Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 73

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Sunday, November 6, 1966
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·14F Corpus Christ! Caller-Times, Sun., Nov. 6, 1966 Citizens Turn In In Te NEW YORK -- Phoenix, Ariz., a city of 850,000 people, had never heard anything like it. Hour after hour on radio and television there were spot announcements asking the citizens if they would like to appear in the "ABC Stage 67" color production of "The People Trap," filming on the Motorola RECTANGULAR COLOR · BIG COLOR PICTURE · FITS CLOSE TO WALL MARCO ELECTRONICS 1628 MORGAN TU3-0772 streets and in the buildings of their community. Phoenix is a sophisticated city, but television companies don't often film in its streets for six days so the residents came to see what it was all about. THEY SHOWED up in small groups at first, then curiosity grew until 1,000 persons gathered on Thursday, Aug. 11. Babes in arms, youngsters, teenagers, the middle-aged and senior citizens assembled at Regency House, Phoenix's tallest and newest luxury apartment house. The largest group was there from 12 noon to 1 a.m., but a hardy 300 dedicated troupers stuck it out until f i l m i n g stopped at 6 a.m. They oh'd and ah'd and pushed and shoved to act like the citizens diepicted in "The P e o p l e Trap" which takes place in the year 2067. They will all see themselves during the telecast of the drama Wednesday (9 p.m., Ch. 3). The Phoenicians were on hand every day and night during the filming, usually 300-500 a night. Some came with hopes of temporary glory, some just to gape at the Hollywood stars--Stuart Whitman, Vera Miles, Connie Stevens. But they all came, noisy at first, orderly later and always cooperative with STUA'RT WHITMAN AND VERA MILES . . . in scene from 'TJie People Trap' PHONE UL3-7965 4323 KOSTORYZ LITTLE RED BARN OH mm PRICES! New, Everyday Low Prices JOINS 7H5 Steakman's Special . SPECIAL PLATE LUNCH EVERY DAY! Hat Sandwiches - Charbrolled Burgers SflKBARK'S Tho SEAfOOD BOYS ARE At it AGAIN! New Location! Visit us! A*£R5 AT BALDWIN C TRfOUR FAMOUS FISH-M-CHIPS INCLUDES 3 BIG FISH FILETS, POTATOES, SLAW, TARTZR SAUCE! BOXED TO-GO! TU4- FREE! HUSH PUPPIES THIJ WKK! OPEN DAILY 11 q.m - 9 p.m. "SPECIALIZING IN SEAFOOD! TO GO!" the production company and the Maricopa County sheriff's office. "This could never happen in Hollywood," said producer Luther Davis, as he happily surveyed the throng at 4 a.m. "But I wonder why they're so quiet?" "They're asleep on their feet," said production manager Jack Boyer. CHOOSING Phoenix because of its ultra-modern buildings had been a good Idea, said Davis. "There is some of the finest modern architecture In the Southwest here and we have .had the utmost cooperation from the police and sheriff's departments," he said. The whole Idea had started a month earlier when Davis was scouting for a location to shoot his story of tomorrow, "The People Trap," written by Earl Hamner, and based on a story -by Robert Sheckley. The' action takes place 100 years from now in a world so overpopulatcd that permission to have a child.must be granted by the state. People are so crowded in this world they can scarcely move in the streets. Davis needed the modern buildings, wide urban spaces and most of all, people, He confided his problems to Betty Rockwell, an old Phoenix friend and an Arizona state representative, Miss Rockwell called the Chamber of Commerce which agreed to cooperate, arid also enlisted the aid of a friend, Sally Goldwaler (Mrs. Robert Goldwater, .sister-in-law of Barry), a member of the board of the Phoenix Theatre Center,. Mrs-. Goldwater sought help from Burke Rhind, public relations director of the Phue* nix Theatre Center, and he went to'work, Rhind rounded up 40 men and women members and formed a nucleus of the crowds to appear in "The People Trap." None wa.s a professional actor. THE HARDY 40 signed up for the six days arid appeared whenever they were needed. They were costumed by the production company in the clothes of the future and they worked, in the hot sun and wind storms, cheerfully, uncomplaining. And this group was joined by hundreds of "volunteers" called forth by the Phoenix press and radio and TV stations. From Encanlo Park to Phoenix's Coliseum, Univac Data Processing Center, Mayer Central Plaza and an abandoned car dump, the crowds were always there. Thunder, lightning, a severe dust and wind storm with heavy rain didn't deter the hardy Phoenicians. On a night when the winds h 11 52 m.p.h. and knocked out power lines and crushed plale glass- windows, the amateur actors .sheltered in ancient cars and a jalopy graveyard. No place was too uncomfortable, no hours loo long. Only one day proved too much for a few of the would- be-actors. Monday, Aug. 8, when the temperature hit IL'I, the first-aid man was kept busy with damp cloths and spin'ls of ammonia; nine people keeled over. "They were people from Phoenix," said the surprised first aid man -- "I guess they don't usually stand out in (he sun all day." Nothing worse happened. The lemonade ran out at the hot dusty Coliseum and the property man sprained his ankle -- and the Phoenicians went back to their business, By BEN GROSS 'iii mi, New Yor* Dolly News NEW YORK -^ Tony Ben- n»lt, who has made a big thing out of having left his h:art in. San Francisco, starred in a special on ABC- TV, Taped both in New,York and in the city by the Golden Gate, with the aid of some frontline instrumentalists, ,;it came over as a top hour of. first-rate popular music. : Produced by. Gary Smith and f)wight Hemibn, with the latter also directing, it went about its business in a straightforward manner. And this business was to permit Tony lo sing many of the famous songs associated with his career. So one heard not only that San Francisco ditty but also such numbers as "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "Who Can I Turn To?" delivered in his mellow and yet dynamic, impeccable manner. Buddy Rich's drumming-, BERT FREED . . ; luckier than most -Series. Gives : 'Hey. You' Actor a Name By JOAN CROSBY NEW YORK (NEA) - Until "Shane" rnde on lo the television screens, Bert Freed was a highly successful "Hey You" actor. His face was all loo fami- HackeU's trumpeting, liar to regular television view- Pauf Home's performance on e rs, but' his name, they found, the flute, and the bongo pound- was-elusive, ing of Candido were among the -Shane" has fixed that, other highlights, Ralph Burns' Now Freed .j, as 'a name. It's orchestra provided a sonorous Rufe j ly \ iGr u, e character he accompaniment and some j s ln u, e . vcpy goo j ) ] )U | beautiful photography of San overlooked, ABC-TV Saturday Francisco scenes added to the evening series, which is due pleasures of a highly enjoya- f or cancellation. ble session. BROADCASTERS in five cities revealed that they had been subjected to threats and other forms of harassment because in their news periods, editorials and documentaries they, dared to speak out. on controversial local issues. Hailing from Atlanta, Ga., BECAUSE he was such a busy character actor, you wonder why he accepted a series, and his answer Is characteristically, honest: "The position of the freelance actor in Hollywood today is desperate. Guest star prices have gone down on nearly every series, and when Jacksonville, Fla., New Or- guest slar prices go down, all leans, Chicago and Worthing- prices go down. Series have ton,, Ohio, they appeared as changed, too, so that many of panelists during the final day them carry a cast with con~ ·" flicLs built in. Unless an actor Is busy in features, the only economic answer is a series. of the Weslinghouse Group W Philadelphia conference on the problems of American cities. One of the speakers, -John Corporon, news direclor of WDSU-TV, New Orleans, said that following a campaign lo eliminate Negro slum conditions, there were sharp :n- "I WAS LUCKFEK !,h;;n most as a free-lancer because my family and I didn't starve. But there i.s ;i feeling of desperation when you see creases in the lax assessments many of your friends leaving on both his home and the sla- l h e business. r 'TM not exclu- t'i hero now! Sou the new K-l 00 PIANO ORGAN 57 Porkdole Plaxq Coll UL 4-2331 'Hey,* Gels Extension (itj Now Yurie Tlmei Nowt Servlca NEW YORK --"Hey, Landlord," which has been threatened by a mid-season eviction, has received an extension on the National Broadcasting Co. television network. The Procter and Gamble Co., sponsor of the situation comedy, has ordered 11 more half - hour films to add to the 15 it initially purchased from M i r I s c h- Rich Television Productions. Will Hutching portrays the title role In "Hey, Landlord," which is televised at 7:!!0 p.m. (CST) Sundays. tion itself. But the outlet stood firm and as a result "did not lose a dollar's worth of business." This is encouraging news, No truly good newspaper would succumb to such pressure or threats'; and the moment any station docs so, it is doomed. This Philadelphia conference, incidentally, dealing with broad problems of national interest rather than with the purely business and tedmical matters of radio and TV, was . . a tribute to the vision of Group Aclor in. I V bevies W and ILs imaginative presi- L ; VC8 $quur;' ljifc sivc to 'Shane,' and I have had nibbles about other roles. I know this series is doing it for mr;." Freed, a former Broadway .actor, i.s the ami's cattle baron in "Shane," and as such, the series' antagonist. But he's.a good bad guy. Ifc has a sense of justice,- luid he obviously holds a grudging admiratiw for Hie cluiraclcr of Shane (David Carradine.) In some shows he even sides with him. dent Don McGannon. it testified to the increasing civic: mindedficss of many broadcasters. Weekend Painters HOLLYWOOD--Larry Hovis and Ivan Dixon, two of the HOLLYWOOD l/l't - Jim Backus, formerly of "I Married Joan," now in CIJS-TV's "Gilligan's Island" for a third season, lells what it's like for ·an actor in a series: "Nobody lives squarer or gels -ip earlier. You look for"Hogan's Heroes" on CBS, ward to the weekend like Joe are amateur weekend paint- Blow, American. There's the golf Saturday, the paper hat Saturday, night. And bade Hovis is an abstract expressionist, and Dlxon is a dauber of the representational to the fun factory on Moii- school. day."

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