The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 8, 1940 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, November 8, 1940
Page 10
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PAGE TEN BLYTHEVTTXK (ARK.) COURIER.NEWS HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD Improved Sound Equipment Lifts 'Fantasia' Out Of Novelty Class By PAUL HARRISON KEA Service Start' Correspondent HOLLYWOOD. Oct. G.—You're sitting in a theater. Stage curtains are closed; lights are still bright; last-minute arrivals are scuttling crab'wise to their seats. An orchestra begins to Lune up. • You don't see any musicians bui- you figure there must be .some,, because the tuning sounds tomev from different parts of the stage. This is a trick, though, be- i cause when, the house lights dim' and the' curtains part you realise you're .watching n motion picture of orchestra members taking iheir places. They're deliberate it, just as they are in any rium. You view them rather . tiimiy,,mostly in purplish silhouette. Presently a man halts in mid- •^•reen and begins to speak to the audience. He says his name is JJcemij Taylor and that'-in behalf of Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Symphony he welcomes you to a performance of j "Fantasia." 'In his e»sy fashion he goes, on •to say it is unlike anything; you .have attended—that it is a concert of fine music complemented by pictures. The pictures, he explains, .are not necessarily stones —they may be designs and forms .inspired by the music; they are the sort of images which might run through your mind if you •Jtrst sat and listened to Stokowski and! his men. < VARIED MUSIC . Then you see the conductor. He raps with his baton and begins Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. The orchestra dissolves from view. The interpretive, impressionistic part of the picture begins. . There are eight musical selections spaced by glimpses of the orchestra and brief announcements by Taylor. - ' The material ranges from the reverent Ave Marie to, the ludi- 'crous Dance of the Hours,.the latter burlesqued by a jungle ballet of hippos, elephants, crocodiles and ostriches. It goes from Beethoven's Pastoral, garnished with Disneyesque centaurs and centaur- ettes and fauns and cupids. to " Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, a ' starkly primitive thing used to tell of the creation of the/world, and t of life development from single cells to the age of the great rep' tiles. Another eerie and rather terrifying * number : is Moussorg- sky's Night on Bald Mountain •.'Fantasia/.' au a whole, is not. a program for.the kiddies.- <J These are the sort of characters ivho illustrate "Fantasia." Top, sketch of dancing: dionsaur and her brood. Bottom, a dancing- elephant and a, dancing flower. With ordinary equipment for sound recording and reproduction, the enterprise probably would have been just a movie novelty with the music of no more consequence .than the score of the average picture. But "Fantasia" will be a musical sensation, and the visual part actually will be secondary. The dimensional, directional sound developed by Disney engineers and. RCA compares with the best reproduction now available in about the same way modern Technicolor surpasses Thomas Edison's flickering kinet- oscope. SIXTY LOUDSPEAKERS INSTEAD „*• ONE So far as I can learn, the main difference is that Disney and Stokowski have recorded on eight sound tracks instead of one, and from microphones scattered all through the instrumental sections of the orchestra. And reproduction of the music will come from" 60 speakers variously placed in n theater instead of from one speaker suspended behind the screen. Because this equipment is so expensive and takes so long to build —especially with preparedness orders blocking production—"Fantasia" can be shown »in only 12 theaters on the entire continent at one time, .in the course of twc or three yenrs it is possible it will have reachtfd only .72 cities. Society Luxora :ietyr--Personal ^ Parly for Three Year Old Little Charley Joe BilKngsley was three years old Monday, and in honor of the occasion 20 little friends were invited to the Hires- Billingsley home to • spend the af- ; -ternoon, i, playing;' building block ; houses, and all other games enjoyed by little folk. The home was lovely, in the decorations of pink and green balloons, a color scheme carried out in the birthday cake decorations, inscribed •'Happy Birthday Charley," with three pink candles. The favors for the little girls were china dolls and for the boys, toy trucks and automobiles. •The refreshments were jellowith whipped .cream and individual cakes, served at small tables placed hi the breakfast room. Mrs. Billingsley was assisted by her mother, Mrs. Joe Hires, and her aunt, Mrs. O. Howton in entertaining the youngsters. * * * Baptists Have All Day Meeting The members of the Baptist Missionary society held a morning and afternooiv session , Tuesday at the church, at which time they completed the Mission study book -Publish Glad Tidings" by Foy Johnson Farmer, preparatory to the observance, of the Foreign Mission Week of Prayer the first week in | December. The study was presented by Mrs. John Thweatt. The monthly business session followed, presided over by Mrs. Charles Evans. During the session, plans were completed for holding the annual Thanksgiving market on Wednesday before Thanksgiving day, the last -Thursday in November. Final arrangements were made to begin on Nov. n, a drive for securing Holland Magazine subscribers. Reports were heard from choir- men of committees. The following = jcfficers were elected for 1941 : i president,. Mrs. Charles Evans; first •vice president, Mrs. J. I. Mif null-second vice president, Mrs. John, ,- Thweatt; third vice president, Mrs. 1 - B. O. Wilkins; corresponding sec- : retaryy Mrs. Grover c. Driver; sec- i f retary-treasurer, Mrs. C. B. Wood , » * • Attend Educational Association The Luxora consolidated school will dismiss Thursday and Friday , for the Arkansas Educational As- soclation held in Little Rock tfov \ .7-9, toLjwhicluth.e following, teach,- ' ; ers will go:,T. p.' Wilkins, superintendent;}- Marvin Sanderson, Ray iWhitmore, Mrs. 'Clem Poison, Mrs . " IT-H6uckY~Mrsr ; zem "Stanford, ' ple, and Miss Ruth B.ulloch. • . • . • « • . Reig;iis at Halloween Carnival Marvin Spann Wilson and Miss Billy Langston, seniors^ reigned over the Halloween Carrtival held in the high school gymnasium and agriculture building. Edward Stanford and Wade McHenry, third graders, were crowned king and queen along with the high school royally in n brilliant coronation ceremony. ,? • Arkansas Educational Annotation, and they will return lo\lhoii home .Sunday. Mr.s. Robinson will be remembered as MLss Ethlyn 1 Howard, a former teacher ii) the Burdette schooJ. Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Terry and daughter, Martha Claire, are expected to arrive Friday to be the house guests of Mr.s. Terry's sister, Mr.s. J. I, Mifflin, and family and Mr. Terry's' mother, Mr.s. S. B. Terry. Their daughter, Miss Sara Jane Terry, of Memphis, will join them at Luxora over the weekend. This "Pioneer" Family Enjoys Its Quiet Home SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. (UP) — California's modern version of the •Swiss Family Robinson is that of Herbert S. Lester, wife and two daughters, who for the past 1C years have been dhe sole inhabitants of an island CO miles off the Pacific- mainland. For all of any plans they have now, they --/nay .spend the ml of their lives there. A recent airplane trip to San Francisco brought the two daughters, Betsy, 9, and Marianne Miguel, 7, to the mainland for the third time in their lives. It was not a .sea wreck that,led to the establishment of the little island C9lony, but the after.results of the first World War. Lester, the : .son of a'prominent Eastern family, was a major of! engineers during'the'war. He was not well and came to California to rest. A friend; who had leaded the island of San Miguel offered Lester the job of caretaker. He accepted the offer. The island, about 14 square miles in surface, is off Point Conception, in the rough waters of Santa Barbara channel. Lester and his wife, the former Miss Elizabeth Sherman of Rye, N. Y., first kept house in a triangular building built by a retired sea captain 50 years ago from the wreckage of his vessel. The island home now has a radio station, electricity, modern plumbing and most of the other mainland conveniences. A sportsman-pilot, George Fiske Hammond of Santa Barbara flies them to the mainland and brings them the mail and supplies. Recently, the Navy installed a weather reporting station on the island. The Lesters radio the re Scene From'"Reefer Mad-ness" Anti-Axis Queen May Face Exile story of the activities ol the ;reatest foe of youth is • dramatically'• brought to the screen in 'Reefer Madness" which 'comes to he. RITZ Theater Friday nice 1 p.m. Produced with a cast .of many of the finest young- players from Hollywood and a carefully chosen group of., older actors, this thrilling- feature daringly tells • nothing but the truth about marihuana and its menace to the minds and bodies of young people of today. No attempt has been made to lor the situations dealing 5 with unteercd to perform the service without asking pay lor their work. One annual event that interrupts the quietness of their life is the arrival of a boatload of Indian sheep shearers' to shear Lester's 1,200 sheep. Lester's hobby is collecting guns of all kinds. The halls of the house are lined with every possible variety from elephant guns, hunting rifles and flintlocks to pistols. Mrs. Lester ,in addition to her household duties, maintains an extensive correspondence with friends on the mainland. She supervises - — ••«- "•>* mc iiitiiijutitu. one supervise 1 port every three hours. They vol- the education of her two'daughters tne after-effects which this insid- uous and cheapest of all drugs has upon the preparatory school children of today. None was necessary A fictionized treatment to eliminate the real names of' the people involved in cases from the files of the Federal Bureau of .Narcotics, was all that was necessary for a dramatic thunderbolt which stands as an indictment of every American of whatever age. "Reefer Madness" reproduces with detailed authenticity the machinations of that low .order of criminals whose wealth i s created through creation in the bodies of America's high school children an appetite for marihuana. In this daring outspoken drama Cinbs Prnlppt Parks OMAI-IA. Neb. (UP) — Residents near each of , Omaha's city parks have .organized an "Omaha Park Neighbors Club" to help in the reduction of vandalism and to improve general park conditions.- Read Courier News want ads. . Courier NPWS want ads. — • . ... .... . _^_ COMPLETE UNF, OF OFFICE SUPPLIES Call 1C DflLTA OFFICE SUPPLY STOKI K.R. and Ash Sts. THE Alt STAR Balkan reports . indicate that Queen Mother Marie, above, of. 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