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6 C THE SUNDAY PRESS Binghamton, N. Y., Aug. 20, 1961 Lor etta, June, Barbara What's New? Ullapt ''Smile, Witen Yo V 1 h - - - MIMMMIIIM Tunrnir- ' -r J Bob Men SELF-PROPELLED, but-toned-down Bob Newhart will start his new weekly, half-hour TV series Oct. 11. The show will center around ,t satirical monologue by the tar and will Include topical ketches and a series of guest vocalists. Newhart, like many con Glamor' Subbing For 'Sex Flacks' By CYNTHIA LOWRY Associated Press Writer Hollywood r- () August is usually the month of the big promise in television a time when producers, performers and press agents can hardly wait for winter. The TV writer generally winds up August with a notebook full of superlatives: Predictions of sure-fire hit shows, great new stars, dynamic new concepts. But for some reason perhaps a combination of reasons excitement about the approaching season is lacking this year. Press agents and producers are talking about their new products as reservedly as bankers discussing investments with a depositor. Last year at this time, young actor Clu Gulager was predicting self-confidently that his Billy the Kid role in The Tall Man would make him the nation's male sex symbol. This year when I asked various TV people to name future sex symbols, they looked at me with apprehension and tried to change the subject or at least substitute the word "sex" with "glamor." A year ago, new adventure series were described as "hardhitting" and "action-packed." Their heroes were "straight-hooting" and "iron-fisted." This year' crop in the same category sound like public ervice and education programs to alert and Inform the public about the evils of crime, organized and otherwise. Scratch a producer these day and you'll find a man yearning: to use TV drama for social commentary, and it's just a co-Incidence that the comment will concern, as usual, juvenile de- linquency, narcotics traffic. TV MOVIE II K.IILK.HTS Today Channel 40 11:05 p. m. THE Gt'ILT OF JANET AMES ROSALIND RUSSELL, MELVYN DOUGLAS. Woman embittered by the death of her husband in the war is shown the light by a Journalist. Interesting drama. Today Channel 12 11:20 p.m. THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN'S ALA-STAIR SIM, JOYCE G REN-FELL, The headmistress of a a girls' school has her problems with the girls, a bunch f hoodlums if ever there was one, and her brother, a crooked bookmaker. Wild and woolly farce, many laughs. hart temporary stand-up comedians, always has written his own material. The demands of weekly television are such, however, that NBC is lining up a staff of writers. The show will be shown in the Triple Cities area on Channel 40 each Wednesday at 10 p. m. in TV Lexicons organized crime, racketeering and usury on the waterfront. It may not be fair to judge untE one has seen all the new shows, but it is hard to believe that the forthcoming crop of new shows will be much of an Improvement over last season's. In the first place, many of the action shows are faithfully following lines of successful series in other years, notably Dragnet and The Untouchables. There are a few comedy programs, however, which sound promising, particularly the Gertrude Berk-Cedric Hard-wicke series, the Dick Van Dyke Show and Shirley Booth's "Hazel." One thing for sure, constant criticism has banished the family comedy series in which daddy is a dope. TODAY'S top television shows as previewed and selected by TV Key staff of experts who attend reheamli, watch screening, and analyse ecrlpts In New York and Hollywood: MEET THE PRESS. (5 p. m., Channel 40) Secretary of State Dean Rusk answers the panel's questions today, and, in view of the current world situation, they'll undoubtedly throw him a few hot ones. Naturally the main subject will be Berlin. Rusk has just returned from the foreign ministers conference in Paris where ways to meet the Russian Challenge in Berlin r 1 NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN Say That, Stranger By JOHN MOORE ?1E march of time, or when did they stop wearing chaps? This Onlooker used to depend, for its cheering effect, on an occasional mention of the name of Ken May-nard. When ever we spoke of Ken Maynard cowboy movies we had seen as child, a kindly editor nearby used to respond, charitably, "Don't I iiiii A hi MR. MOOIIE tell me you remember Ken Maynard!" As we said, it was cheerful. But a few days ago we interviewed Paul Fix, an actor in Los Angeles who used to work with Maynard in the late silents and early talkies. When we got off the phone we told a fellow reporter about Fix's 40-year career in westerns and gangster films, which started with Tom Mix films and for the last three years has found him playing Sheriff Micah Torrance to Chuck Connors' Rifleman. "Paul Fix says the cowboy stars of the silents were real wild men off the lot drinking, fighting, everything," we said to the reporter, who's been here less time than the kindly editor or the unkindly Onlooker. "He used to play with Ken Maynard. Says Maynard was as wild as they come." Fellow Reporter Ingeniously asked, "Who was Ken Maynard?" , PAUL FIX started out life Dore Senary Finds TV Habit Forming By CYNTHIA LOWRY Associated Press Writer New York "What did people do before they had television?" repeated playwright and producer Dore Schary. "Well, we probably read more books. We probably went out to the movies more often. We played cards more. And, one thing I'm sure we all did: We talked more." Television, Schary believes, can be as habit-forming as a drug. "It's ao comfortable to sit there in an easy chair," he continued. "It's easier to watch something you're only mildly interested in than it is to move." Last winter during a long siege of hepatitis, Schary's wife, Miriam, had only one source of entertainment: TV, "She watched everything," Schary said, "and she found that she became extremely interested in programs she had never bothered to watch before. The daytime serials, audience participation shows, even Westerns. The Interest continued when she was well, too, so much so that she decided that she'd have to break were discussed. (Color), 20th CENTURY. (6:30 p. m., Channel 12) "Crisis at Munich." (Repeat). A superb documentary and a particularly fascinating show to see at this time in our history. Tells the story of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's futile attempt to bargain witn Hilter in a perfect blend of narration, music and film clips. When you listen to Chamberlain's sincere voice assuring the world that Hitler will keep his word and there will be peace, chills are sent up your spine. The eyewitness account of Sir Ivone Kirk-patrick describing the reactions of Chamberlain, Dalad-ier. Hitler and Mussolini when they signed the infamous agreement, adds an extra dash of interest to this brutally fasinating drama. bunday mystery. ( in Dobbs Ferry, an unlikely sort of town for a saddle guy to originate in. And frankly, he says, his learning to ride, rope and drawl was entirely a matter of on-the-job training after he arrived in Hollywood and was cast in his first of uncounted Westerns. He is a fine example of the Hollywood pro who unobtrusively contributes validity to hundreds of films while stars, moguls and entire modes of entertainment come and go. He Just missed the William S Hart era, but the names under which his acting credits have been tucked include not only Mix and Maynard but also Wayne, Cagncy, Robinson, Raft, Bancroft, Muni and March. Acting is a business which Mr. Fix has learned to take seriously, but in stride. For one thing, we asked him if he'i adopted any of the life habits of the yippie-ky-aye boys, such as moving to a ranch, wearing a Stetson or owning horses. "Lord, no," he said. For another thing, we asked him how the hours and routine go in producing The Rifleman. "It varies. Sometimes we shoot one in a week, sometimes two," he said. "I spend one day preparing. It isn't too demanding." FIX, of course, is a veteran of quickies where everybody had to learn their "Yups" and their "Rustlers!" in short order. He referred to these when he mentioned John Wayne, saying, "I was with him when TV viewing like a bad habit." Schary, former production head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, auccessful film writer and author of two Broadway hits, will produce the first of a series of 18 specials on three networks next season which will be sponsored by an electrical company. The program is called The Sound of the Sixties, and will use sounds the beep of a satellite, the song of birds as a basis for a commentary on modern living. "I'm interested in television and I find there are so many things It does well," he said. "News, comment and the like. But if I have a good piece of fiction I want to produce, I still prefer to take it into a theater the stage or motion pictures. For one thing, it will not be interrupted three or four times with the commercial. And it can be done better." O'Keefe Is First Dennis O'Keefe is the guest star for "The Bachelor," first episode in NBC-TV's Joey Bishop show, airing Wcdnes- p. m., Channel 40) "Trial by Fury," (Repeat). Anges Moore-head stars in this murder tale about a lawyer who successfully defends himself in court and is then faced with a kangaroo court trying to learn the truth. The motivations may not be too believable, but there's action and fans will wonder Just who is the culprit. (Color). Russell Loses Pool Siege Hollywood John "Lawman Russell has finally lost a bat tie. After years of holding out against his family, tha Warner Broj. star has given in and; agreed to build a swimming pool for their San Fernando Valley home. "I can fight villains 10 hours a day, five daya a week," comments Russell, "but how long can you stand off three kids without being forced into a shoot-out?" Scrling-Silver New York UPD Agents for Jackie Glcason report he has agreed to play the role of a prizefighter's manager in David Susskind't filmed version of "Requiem for a Heavyweight." Production begins In New York Oct S. he was making five-day Westerns." Incidentally. Fix thinks that Chuck Connors, with his back ground In pro baseball, is the closest thing since Wayne to a real outdoorsman type among the stars of Westerns. Another facet of Fix's craftsmanship he fa constantly alert to the unending tendency of Hollywood writers to make apa out of city police and Western sheriffs in favor of freelance heroes auch as private eyes and handsome cow-pokes. "All I make sure of is that the old guy (Micah) doesn't lose his dignity, that he's not made a fool of," he said. "The Rifleman has to be the star, certainly, but if the sheriff is doing nothing, it has to be because he's checked in some way by a heavy. I see the writers sometimes and see to that. It's important for the kids who watch that they have respect for this badge." As The Rifleman heads into his fourth season of dazzling ratings for ABC, it's still not decided whether he'll get married, Fix reports. But is likely that with Johnny Cfswford, Rifleman's son, now, 14, some teenage romance will be written in. TEENAGE ROMANCE, as we recall, didn't figure very strongly in those old Ken Maynard movies. But how the bodies used to drop on the saloon floors. "We're sure glad, yessir, that they were re-releasing those Ken Maynard films by the time we were six or seven years old. W Log WNBF-12 WINR-40 Be Sure to Read 'Saturday' 00 15 Faith for 30 Today 45 Church Day 00 by Day IS fhii It 30 tha Life 45 Lamp Unto 00 My FaaJ 15 Look Up 30 and Live 45 The 00 Christophers 15 Camera-3 30 Newt 55 Rome 00 1 Eternal 15 Tha Big 30 Picture 45 Soe. See, 00 Mileitonai 15 Baiaball: 30 00 Living Word 15 Light Time 30 Catholic 45 Hour New York 45 00 fl 00 Film Far Cleveland 15 J 15 " 30 30 Baieball: 45 45 Phila. 00 I UU vi. 15 J 15 Milw'kea 30 I 30 45 1145 00 M 00 Itiuei and 30 I 30 Aniwert 45 f 45 Dennii the Menact Amateur Hour 00 I 00 " 15 V 15 " 30 I 30 NBC News 45 J 45 I Love Lucy 00 15 20th Century 30 45 00 Meat tha 15 Pren 30 Briefing 45 Sesu'on 00 n 00 Shlrl.y 15 15 Tern, 30 I 30 - 45 I 45 Leslie m Maverick mple 00 National 15 Velvet 30 Tab 45 Hunter Lawman the Rebel N Holiday Lodge 00 NBC 15 Myitery 30 Hour 45 " Candid 00 100 Loretta Camera IS 15 Toung Whet'i My 30 Line 45 130 Thii It 45 Your Ufa JLJ 11 Newt 00 vtovie: 20 "The Belief 30 of St. 45 Triniam" 00 Newt 05 Movie: 15 "The Guilt 30 of Janet 45 Amei" DENOTES COLOR College Football ABC-TV's schedule for college football coverage begins Saturday, Sept. 16, with the mt- Miami game In Miami and ends Dec. 2 with Army-Navy In Philadelphia. n J? mi; iionna survives Hollywood Donna Reed is something of a Hollywood Mollie Pitcher the lone feminine star whose scries will continue. The Donna Reed Show is beginning its fourth season in television. The Loretta Young Show, The June Allyson Show and The Barbara Stanwyck Show all went into reruns at the end of last season, Miss Young's after many successful seasons and Miss Stanwyck's after only one. One reason Miss Reed offer for her TV survival is the nature of the aeries family comedy. "I think we've come through mostly by accident," blonde and youthful -looking Donna LORETTA YOUNG explained during a short break between shots at the studio. "But also I think we're still here because we have a series in which relationships have been established between the players. The other women had anthology series with each program different. And I think that series like ours are what people stay home to watch. And I think that our greatest asset Is that all of us Carl Botz, Shelley .Zabares and Paul Peterson and I have ! been playing together as a l family over the years. I "They say you can't do fam ily shows for the screen any more because of television," said Miss Reed. "And that's probably true: We do it better than they can on the screen. We work together better and we don't repeat. Not just the ones on my show, but Danny Thomas and all the rest," Donna feels that the long-playing family shows are shrugged off by television writers and critics. "You can't get into a show like this by watching it once or occasionally," she said. "We work hard and make a lot of episodes, and some are bound to be better than others. But I'd like the critics to watch our show five weeks in a row. That way they would really find out what we're doing. "Then I'd like them to go to a movie a clean family-type movie and then sit down and tell us which came off better. Sharon Hugiieny In 'Sunset Strip' Hollywood Sharon Hugueny returned to Warner Bros, last week for her first role since her recent marriage to actor Bob Evans. She will appear in the "Twice Dead" segment of the 77 Sunset Strip series, which ap pears on the ABC-TV network. The 17-year-old Miss Hugueny won star billing in her first mo tion picture, "Parrish," In which she acted with Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens and Diane Mc- Bain. Elsa the Villain New York Wi Elsa Lan-Chester portrays the villain when she co-stars with Lola Albright and John Saxon in "Cat in the Cradle," a mystery that airs next fall on CBS-TV'a Electric Theater. wear FALSE TEETH? at, chew, smile with Helps deep teedt out . . . pbte mug Helpi eaie pretture en gumt Nelpi prevent clicking II KHH Hi STOtE kOMTrS SUfTlf 60 T X I 1 - ft I - I ' .S S ; ' ' J, ' ' s ''''''' ' ' i . 1 Remember, too, oil is a fuel you can store right on your own property . . assuring you of a dependable fuel supply on the coldest winter day without worry about leaks, breaks or interrupted service. 1 ' V . : -"V- H- ' v lionna BARBARA STANWYCK "After all, it's impossible to find anything really new in family comedy it's the way it's handled that makes the difference." While some fall shows are Just beginning their fall shoot- " J ' t SUMMER CLEARANCE1 MEN'S and BOYS' MODEL AIRPLANE DOPE 2 ff 5c, BELTS TIES Suspenders LEATHER DOG HARNESS and COLLARS PANTS $1- VAL TO $6.98 Short, Long Sleeva SHIRTS 1 EA. 10: SCHOOL SPECIALS GYM & BASKETBALL SHORTS v one ?U ALL OFFICIAL FOOTBALL and Kicking $198 Ta. I GIRLS' Gym Suits $098 lm UD ireon 25S MAIN ST., J. aiBMBStU.. ..BiaaeWekW. ' i 'T r . . X. '.'1 -O I1 JT Zfra 9 W 1 1 II -i II VJ ( lira Heed JVNE ALLYSON lng schedule, The Donna Reed Show has been working for three months, has 14 programs finished and ready for ABC unreeling. The cast will soon take off on five-week vacation! before tackling the next batch. LADIES Bowling " SHOES VAL TO K98 Gaps Hats IQC VAL. TO $1.98 Ea. $i 98 $2.98 COLORS & Blue C.SW 7-6955 D 5K !i iMMM0N0AY$ J) sm

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