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THE OBSEEVER, SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 1950 At the Theatre At the Films 6 Heads in By IVOR THE world is grey; the boring weeks of election, slogan clashing against slogan id wearisome repetition; are upon us. Let us be happy ostriches, with our heads in the silver sands of fancy. That may not be good " civics," but it is now obviously the mood of our theatre. Christopher Fry has already shown himself a good servant of this Higher Escapism. But Ring Round tbe Moon (Globe) is not so much his work as Jean Anouilh's. (Fry's prose translation shows little of his own, fresh quality.) In French it was "Invitation to the Waltz," which rightly suggests dancing years; the period chosen is that of tango, the buttoned boot, the slashed skirt. The English title bespeaks, I suppose, the lighter lunacy, and that is all there is to it. The programme defends- it as a charade ; some hundreds of years ago it would have been called a .Masque, perhaps The Masque oi Twins ; to me it is a Variety Entertainment. Its features, which never combine in one satisfactory pattern, are a ripe old butler (David Home), lifted from Shaw, a melancholy millionaire who cannot get poor fCecil Trouncer), also a Shavian borrowing, a brace of twins (Paul Scofield plays both), and these have been cavorting down the centuries ince Menander. There is a booming female grandee in an invalid chair (Margaret Rutherford) who might be tbe Comtesse de Brackneli, if she had Wilde's wit, which she hasn't. A millionaire's daughter (Audrey Fildes) and a poor little poor girl (Claire Bloom), made by Bad Twin to yield a plot, filup the cast. What does it amount to? Here is a pretty masquerade for admirers of Oliver Messel's decoration, one of Peter Brook's less exhibitionist productions, an agreeable concert of Richard Addinsell's light music, a brilliantly amusing Tango arranged by William Chap-pell. Drama? No. Nor even operetta; songs have been forgotten. The moonstruck fiddlesticks in a Winter Garden must suffice you here: and it is" obvious that the ear of the public is now attuned to just that music. Claire Bloom is a fascinating Cinderella brought to the ball, and Paul Scofield has an exacting and successful two-parted evening as he scuttles from Good Tweedledum to Bad Tweedledee. Most of the .characters are made-up "straight" save a lepidopterist with George Robey eyebrows whose grotesque appearance reminds us that this is just a Variety show with no- style of its own. I shall not forget the dithering of Mona Wash-bourne or the tango danced by Richard Wards and Marjorie Stewart, both notable additions to the Varieties on view. Much of the rest I have almost forgotten already; but this charade was knocked up to be immediately enjoyed: it can hardly claim to be remembered. present Slipper Stf'ms from France SftfhenewesfP&rfc couture colours to wofyper ipfd 16 Crosvenor St Recharge your system with new zest, new energy t-; i w JZ&7W Kc-T GIVE back to your body the energy and vitality you. feci slipping away replenh its reserves of phosphorus and protein, the two essential foods that build up nerve tissues and enrich the blood ! 'Sanatogen' contains phosphorus and protein in an easily assimilable form. For more than 50 years hundreds of thousands of people have been gaining new health, strenjith and zest from 'Sanatouen' Nerve Tome Food you cin do the Sand BROWN The only weak thing about " A I Lady Mislaid" (St. Martins) is its title. This suggests the usual tedious fun about sleeping-quarters. Kenneth Home's piece, however, is fresh, has style, and is most beautifully plaed. Subject: two sisters take a cottage once owned by a supposed criminal; there is smell of bigamy and murder in the air and the police are about; but the returning owner is mild and sweet as home-made lemonade. Not much there? Possibly, but quiet, ingenious fun in this gentle . treatment of ungentle matters. Avice Landone gives an exquisite performance as a nice, soft-hearted I lady who will cry on any shoulder. K on a Id Ward, Hugh Latimer and Derek Blomfield neatly present assorted types of soft, brisk and bulldog British. Here is a civilised and charming evening: do not let the title deter you. At, the Bedford The Shaugh-raun, a seventy-five-year-old melodrama, reveals the hand of a master,. Dion Boucicault the First. Anybody who wants to laugh against the author or hiss the villain is wasting his time on this occasion, for the play is very properly given " straight." It needs, for full spectacular effect, a Drury Lane production, but the Bedford provided as much as may be of the sensational and all of the tender and the humorous. The serious lines are by no means pompous and the amusing lines have a good Irish wit. Bill Shine inherits the part of the charming young scamp, whom several Shines have set glittering before him; Dirk Bogarde, the good Red-coat amid the wearing of the Green, looks nice and speaks well, but might throw his weight a bit before. Such vintage melodrama is not to be burlesqued : but it has to be projected.- WHEN " George Preedy " chose Captain Banner as the title of her romantic play (mid-eighteenth-century Denmark) she chose wisely. The title has a swirl and a sweep that suit the piece; this is romantic drama unafraid to be theatrical and good theatre at that. Its revival is now acted so well at the Boltons, especially by John Wyse as the soldier exiled to the lone and level sands of Wisberg, and by Isabel Dean, Veronica Tur-leigh, and Jill Balcon as three strangely-contrasted women, that it deserves a long BoJtons run. the gallant Kensington theatre has celebrated its third birthday: all who know its record will wish for it many happy birthdays yet. Much depends upon " Captain Banner." It wtll be of no use to mourn for the theatre when it has gone. The Arts adds to. its Shavian list with Mrs. Warren's Profession. This is minor Shaw, but it comes off much better than usual, thanks largely to the discernment of Brenda Bruce (Vivie) and Eric Berry (bad baronet) And Aletha Orr, though she finds the last act troublesome, gets all we expect from the 'earlier outburst of Mrs. Warren's confession. J. C. Trewin. wet London W.I 'Sanatoeen'' htiiltiL humnn vitality mid happiness the same ! Listlessness will disappear renewed vitality will be yours. 'Sanatoccn' is obtainable fromal! chemists. Prices (including t.ix) from 5 bd. SAXATOGEX Read TraA, Mark NERVE TONIC FOOD The ' SintiltWi M-i--', f--p-ih?T 1 'p.juj (7' F!ri !ns a n irt, 1 . Lf'itsieraitre Radio Modes of Contention By W. E. WILLIAMS 'J1 HE Third Programme is often teased for its modish interest m antique forms of art, yet in its rummaging among the Middle Ages it has discovered a pattern of expression that might have been created for wireless. The " Medieval Disputation " which it mounted the other night is a mode of contention as different from the average discission as Bach lis from bebop. The rules of this lucid, dispassionate exercise call for two principal contestants, one to erect and another to dismantle a series of well-built prbpositions this time on the piquant thesis that "The t-inema is the Highest Form of. fn. The combination of ancient method ana modem topic did not sound, as one had feared it might, like an attempt to play Stravinsky " The Garden of Fool's," by Cecil Collins, and Louis Le Brocquy's " Woman and Child " are two Edinburgh tapestries in the exhibition which is discussed by our Art Critic. on a clavichord. It was as apt and valid as any- fourteenth-century scrutiny of matters of fundamental doctrine. The Dominicans, evidently, are still trained in this discipline of logical deliberation, and Father Hilary Carpenter (doing most of the work) treated us to a consummate exhibition of clear tnmKing, cool, unemotional, precise. . The formula, no doubt, could easily become irksome, but it' was a refreshing change from those slapdash, raggle-taggle arguments that proliferate on the wireless. One such deplorable catch-as-catch-can exhibition was provided by " Town Forum " on its visit to Bruges. The aim .of this operation is to give citizens of Europe an opportunity to cross-examine a British team on whatever issues they fancy, and thus to afford our spokesmen an occasion to eradicate from Continental mythology such notions as that we are (a) slowly starving to death, (b) addicted to beating our children, (c) an illiterate rabble who despise the arts. Our delegates ia these " Town Forums " have hitherto acquitted themselves well in foreign parts, but at Bruges they must have left the Flemish burghers confirmed in their worst fears about us. Despite the admirable chairmanship of Denis Morris, they waffled, missed the point, bickered with one mother, and displayed almost every single fault of bad team-work. The mischief, as usual, was created by a politician and an Irishman, and the other excellent pair could not wholly redeem the indiscretions of their colleagues. This was a bad show for Britain, I thought. A promising Home Service series has begun called "The Animal World," edited by Professor Zucker- man and scripted (repulsive word) by Patrick Impey. Since its purpose is to give us factual enlightenment about the behaviour and capacities of animals it wisely adopts a modified Socratic methqd, and last week's duel between Q. and A. rewarded me with abundant and fascinating particulars about the number of colours a robin can accommodate on its retina. This close-up of Noah's Ark, 1 fancy, is going to prove one of the B.B.C.'s brain-waves. Two other, high-lights of the week were the repeat of "Rogue Male," the home-produced thriller of the century, and another accomplished excursion into the Spirit of the Place by Patrick O'Donovan. This time he picked on Camberley and gave us, in fifteen minutes, a sociological profile of that military, backwater more revealing than the elaborate contour-maps of the mass- observers or the snapshots of the Focus-merchants. To'day's Programmes HOME (?42 I m V S.O. News. 8.20, Mom tny Mdod ; 9.30. Service; 10.15. Sunday MoTiiny Prom., tl. lb. laUc: Open On Sun-duv " 5: 11.30, Music Magazine; 12.10, Critic, 1.0, News. l.!0. The Naturalist; 1.30, Opera t Home. 2.15, Garden: 2.40, Melody On Strings; 3.0, PJay Wuthermg Heights, 2; 4.0. UBC Opera Orchestra ; 5.0, Children 5.511. Talk. 6.0. News 6.15. Europe in Feli al. 7.!5. Colin Horsley ( Piano 1; 7.45. Treasure Streki'n--A Scriimn in Sound, by Joseph NKCiilli-h. 8.25. Serial Plax - "The Virginian " 0. Ncw 9.15, t.tlk Ptrsonal Pleasures " - 9.30, SunJj, Svriipluim Cnn-crt, 10.52. Friloauc; H.O-ll 3. New LIGHT 11 m . i 1 m t -8.0. k:iv n Ti,n k,-. 8.20. j- OtM h.40. Tlic ChaneJ in i'v VjMo ": 9.0. News, H.IO, I t-i. a n T . , .. i , . I T .. w,.( ... inn u'r.i Ainum io.30. There's somcihW m ihe Air. 11.0. Twirrm Question. 11.30, (.- pie's Ser. ice : 1 2.0, V jrniK Y nurue I IS Sweet erciiJ.ui:. ,u, nat r un . Own Your Win 3.311. Take It Frnm liu'L- ' . 4.0, Commutntv suiting 4.45. Ouiz. 5.15, rjmtK "Faounre. 5.45. Kand Pdxade ; ti 30 " A I aujih 7.0, New and V-recl 7.30. Onmd HoteJ 8.30. Hmm ".'. V iiritrtv Bandbox. 10.0, News 10.15. t 'Mrlie Is. I in (Pianm 10.30. Think On These Th-nits 10.45. Orgjn 11.15, TrdnsatljntK lJu 1 1.56-12.0. Nt; r THIRD (M4b m . 2' ? m . 6.0. " Aos and Galatea " h Handel Part , 6.45, Talk Chardin and Modern Painting" 7.5, A.-w ani Gatatcd." Part 11. 8.0. Pla " The Trial' K KjfkJ Part E , v.zo. link a i i no ratne-r,.i,ie 9.35, " The Trial "' Part II; 11.0. Piano Mul- h Sch'nberg and Wehern 11.25-II T:iSk " The Models nf Disraeli 11 TELEVISION. -5.0-6.0, For the Ch Idren 8.30. Pta1 : T:trass." Emln S illtams 10,15-10.30, Ne sound only) Alec L. Rea and E P Tennents. will present llirt. with Sir Ralph Richardson in K L. ahernn s new pli. Hoie M bi M:N. at Wyndham's on Marh 7. Murray, Macdonald produces. Marian Spencer. C nl Raymond. Philip Stainlon. Frederick P. per. and Meriel Forbes hae im-p,'itjnt parts. At the Galleries Brave Ventures By NEVILE WALLIS TT should be more widely known that a renaissance of the art of tapestry, inspired forty, years ago by the late Marquis of Bute, is .due to the continued enterprise of the Edinburgh Tapestry .Company; and the. Arts Council has done well to display at 4, St. James's-square a number of examples of their work none larger than some' 6 ft. square after cartoons specially designed by contemporary artists. The limitations of the ' medium are obvious enough. Aerial perspective and delicate modelling are beyond the range of the woven thread, and it is clear that certain moods cannot be a weaver, however skilled. Stanley Spencer's little caprice, "The Gar-dener,', for instance, appears portentously solemn in tapestry. Decorative design and a fairly simple colour scheme are the requirements, and abstract shapes-(such as those in Le Brocquy's semi-abstract composition) are peculiarly suited to textiles. Perhaps the . most successful tapestry is. Graham Sutherland's design of yellow birds on a violet ground, so exactly translated that the brush strokes in the original gouache cartoon are reproduced in the threads. It is hoped that- a larger number of examples of this highly skilled craftsmanship will be shown later in Paris, New York, ana Edinburgh. The work of six' contemporary artists most of them under middle-age at Agnew's is serious and satisfying, and especially satisfying if one has lately seen painting whose freakishness fails to disguise its. incompetence. Nadia Benois has some landscapes' and other scenes, a little airless but soundly, constructed and interesting for the dis creet use of the knife; Roger de Grey's distinctive impressionism conveys the atmosphere of Newcastle; and Robin Darwin has some spacious landscapes here, as well as ten very agreeable water-colours, made in the South of France, which manage to hold their own in the company of the English Water-Colour School in the gallery below. Of the Young Contemporaries I hope to write more next week. In the meantime let me; say that this exhibition of the art students of Great Britain at the R.BA. Galleries, in " Suffolk-street, js much more professional than last year's assemblage, and contains an . un usually high proportion of covet-able works. Qallery Quide Monday : 1, Ham ps lead Hill-gardens, Rosslyn Hill: Hampstead Artists Between the Wars. Wednesday : Manchester City Art Gallery: Manchester Academy Annual Exhibition. Musical Notes By SEBASTIAN HAFFNER. " QARMEN " at Covent Garden: The 1947 production refurbished and partly recast Musically and theatrically sound work, tidy, disciplined, with a nice finish of detail; but the whole done in a somewhat puritan spirit. The. glamour is restrained, the squalor stressed, and the flame of Bizet's music is kept burning a little low: Constance Shacklock's dark gipsy of a Carrrien fits the fundamental conception admirably; a fascinating study in passion and perversity, with the charm of more conventional Carmens sternly kept down. It is a Carmen who sets a mood of low tragedy from her first entry; bewitching rather than seducing; and positively begging to be murdered. Kenneth Neate's Don Jos6 is ingenuous and boyish the victim throughout. Vocally, both the protagohists and the supporting cast are sausiactory and agreeable. What is missed especially in the first two acts is a little sparkle of hell-fire. There are at least four musical opportunities in the first two acts for stealing the show and running away with it. None is taken; very creditably, in a sense. The Winter Proms.: Excellent i pro grammes. lipes. and some perform-definitely above " Prom. i anceS i standard " : Iris Loveridge's Delius - Piano Concerto tor instance, done with splendid panache. Nevertheless, I don't feel sure that the series First Nights To-morrow : On Monday S'crt . . .; Phyllis Monk-man joins cast (Comedyl: Young Wives' Taie: William Fox and Patricia Hilliard 10m cast (Savoy); The H'av Things Go. by Frederick Lonsdale (Edinburgh) Tuesday : i- The Non-Resident, by Frank Harvey; Gordon Harker, Francis Lister (Phoenix) ; Louise, by Elsa Malik (Q). Wednesday : ihe Schoolmistress, by Sir , Pinero: Cyril Ritchard. Madge Arthur Ellioll (Saulle) Thursday : Htimiei. by Shakespeare, produced by Hugh Hunt lor Old Vic Company; Michael Redgrave. Wanda Rotha. Yvonne Mitchell. Mark Dignam ; sets b Laurence Irving iNcwJ. The Open Air A Fe n Sunset By SIR W. BEACH THOMAS T'HE poet . said.' in - effect ' that ; a sunset always set him right; and, indeed, we hardly need the warning that it: must not go down upon our wrath or any other unhappy, mood, ltjs, I suppose, the most potent and prevailing glory of the natural scene. - . It chains-all eyes, even . to " those . of - the - Philistines. At this time of the year most of us see it rise; even some of those (" whom towns immure." We watch the red, gleams . condense.' into ,a round disc and rise clear of , the .trees or other horizon: In, May we mount high towers to worship its, (Uprising and there are like ceremonies in the mountains.; Sunrise is . rarely as splendid .as. sunset, as spring is often , less .lovely, than 'autumn. If the sunrise" is associated with height, sunset is the glory both of the plain, whether that of land or sea, and of the winter coloured by the dye of its earth-born, mists. England. itself boasts sunsets, of peculiar variety, , and within England the-Fens are held to be supreme. If you : seek an epitome of the supremacy of winter go skate for twenty or , thirty, miles along the dykes of Cambridge- or Huntingdon, and emerge on '.. one of theiflood-lakeswhere perhaps a championship has been skated. .The ice, with a gilded pathway such as you admire on the seaLtakes up, the colour of the sky;, ahd,; in spite of the mist or because of it, any interrupting object possesses a strange distinction of form, whether, it is the gargoyle of a ; pollard willow or 'skein of flighting . dtick or the great,' slow1 wings of a heron." - - We have watched sunsets of rare, of exceptional variety this January, since it was; served, . with ."the ministry of frost." As the, enormous Bacchic sun sunk into ; the; fall-cloud, like molten metal behind its dross;' alternate bars of- red, purple,-and gold rose like a grid along-the horizon, and-.quite high in the. sky heavy clouds '. were ' empurpled but these .commonplaces of a unset were' separated by what might have been "a dayiof wedded white and blue" from the files" of May. The blue was fresh and clear,, the; clouds , white and feathery. . Else-' where all the colours were in rampage, red-purple and blue-purple, old eold. and .' red,' and that ."peculiar tint of yellow-green" which 'Coleridge saw;- and Byron was he colour-blind? could .-not see or believe in. - The colours continued for a very long time, in contrast with the suddenness of the day's end in tropical countries; and you mightalmost oeueve tnai some oiros regaruea;ii as a play-hbur.v s Some blackbirds, after tossine ; a heap of dead leaves about,- as bathing' children,1 the' water, indulged with- more' than usual emphasis in that Hilarious cackle , of theirs, always distinctive of twilight. The.old cock; pheasants doubtless shouted yet' lower as they flew to their roost: with. two 'or three-hens. The immigrant fieldfares indulged in a final chuckle, as roosting starlings . once , more i" clapped their, castanets," ,,and plaintive coveys were. called to the jugging place i by long-drawn, ven-triloquial cries. - , '. Well, we are one with the poet who - lamented, that. life, was too short for full enjoyment of the days of . cherry blossom. If one may make comparisons (which may; be coloured as well as:" odorous "), I would, put the winter sunset, seen, say, through the' filigree of- a , still berried hedge or "the slender' twigs of a Fen willow,: as the supreme spectacle vouchsafed "to ' us at-any season of the year. 'If we, are afraid of sentimental. phrases let us 'say, in the papular tag, "there's glory! "; and pretend not to mean it. So we may be set right, whatever our earlier mood. was a real success or v that- the winter froras. will maintain them' selves as an institution. Public demand was half-hearted; moderate nouses, notning like the press and enthusiasm of the summer Proms. 1 he lact is that at -this 1 time of year there are more than enough ordinary concerts some, : like .the L.P.O.'s fortniehtlv series on-Thnrs. days;- both cheaper and more fully. icuearsea. me L.r.U. s Lied -von .denErde last Thursday, under van Beinum, was a fine testimony'-"' to that orchestra's constantly " rising form : the woodwind playing especially could not be; bettered. The B.B.C. orchestra, by contrast; sounded sometimes tired and overdriven during the Proms. Hungarian String. Quartet (Wig-more Hall and Third Programme): The authentic heirs to the unforgettable Lner Quartet of, the between-war period. Less authoritative; perhaps, than the Grillers, less intellectually brilliant than the" Amadeus Quartet: but quite unsurpassable in -;sheer musicianship, in full-bloodedness and natural elan. Their, late Beethoven may be a little casual for some tastes; but the way they make, nncom-promising middle-period Bartok sound like the most natural; thing on earth is breathtaking. .One does not really know Bartok's quartets if one has not heard them from the Hungarians. Sayings of the Week My wife and I tried two or three times in the last forty years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked Mr. Winston Churchill. Lace on your panties does not make you gorgeous. Mr. Nicholas Davenport. A witness cannot give evidence of his age unless he can remember being born. Judge Blagden. There is no difference between Socialism and Communism. They are all the same thing. Sir Waldron Smithers, M.P. It is impossible to dictate to one's secretary while bones are being sawn. Dr. Teare. Art of Magnani By C. A. LEJEVNE I N an entertainment in which the composition ' 'of pro- ' grammes may seem at times to be the work ot a lunatic, so that a film designed for-the pleasure of one type of audience is combined withw-aij-film "designed-" for - the pleasure of :another. type, or indeed, for nobody V pleasure,- it is refreshing, to come across such a. neat bit of architecture as" the triple bill at the Academy; in'.which Rossellini's extraordinary work, The Miracle, is ; supported by a revival, oi Hoellenng's ' Hortobagy, and his short documentary,. Shapes and Forms. ' -- Not everybody who-sees "The Miracle " is going to like it, but no,-boly,-1 thinks; can fail to be struck by its power and originality.' -'Dedicated by the director to; "'the art of Anna Magnani," it provides this great performer' with a peerless solo in a very reiriarkabte composition. Briefly, the1 story suggests a state of faith and. innocence , in which a simple-minded woman-may- regard her ' own - pregnancy as a modern counterpart of the state of grace, bf. the Virgin Mary, and the birth of; her son as a divine miracle. - i. '- Nannina- is a. peasant .who herds her goats on the hills that, climb sharply between, sea and sky above a fishing village, in Southern Italy. She has ..made', St Joseph .-her familiar. saint; and one hot summer day she' thinks she sees him, striding the ' rocky paths in a V tramp's vestments. .Without V word he gives her wine; and- already half-ravished by the sun' and the fumes; the high air, and the inexplicable stirrings of her;own body, she falls asleep. In ume" if becomes , apparent to every-oneah the village that-she is going to' bear' a --child.'-" Nannina, trahs-ported "with -joy, 'believes herself to be' most blessed among women,' and cannot-understand; at first that the villagers' " " Ave -" Maria" is a mockery.- When' she does-understand", dimly ,.that there is some' evil abroad' that, may hurt the child, she turns to me hills for help, and stumbles ' higher and higher as her travail comes upon her. -In her last animal -' agonies she reaches, the porch of-a deserted mountain church,-and, the film ends with the thin cry of a baby answered-by the thin bleating of goats. It is not1 my province to. discuss "The Miracle" from the point of . By TERENCE REESE THE Waddington Cup for Masters Pairs will ,be' played at the London Club, 16, Berkeley-street, . next week-end, on Saturday at' 8.30 p.m.'; and on ' Sunday at 2.45 p.m. and 8.30 p.m Spectators will be admitted for-a. imall charge. - , i A niialifvinu round for. the last tour rilaces in the Masters Pairs was held earlier; this month. , This, was a hand of exceptional interest: ' A72 --CQJ94 . : 0AK8 65 3 Q43 V K 10863 OQ Q532 J5 V A752 0 J7 A9864 4K.10986 , - 1 O 10942 - . - KJ.107; : ' Six 'Diamonds "was easy.-but some North-South pairs bid Six' Spades, trying:'fbr the best match-point score. At .one. table West led 4 2 against Six "- Spades. , Declarer ruffed in durrimy,fcand then, made a very "fine play.sUndeed Ace, and King of Diamonds If O K is ruffed by the hand ho'dine the long trump, declarer can -negotiate a second ruff, in Clubs, draw trumps, and make 12 tricks. -' '' In practice, H. Pressburger (West), "who won the heat with P.- G. Kuhn,-refused-to fall into the trap. He discarded on K, and declarer had to go one down '-There 'is one other play that gives "declarer ' a . chance against imperfect defence. r Suppose that at trick two he leads 7 from dummy. and runs it: West wins and - must 'return a trump, for otherwise South can ruff a Club with J Aand make twelve tricks with four trumps, two ruffs, and six Diamonds. Chess By BRIAN HARLEY Problem No 1.638 'J? ySSTA 'AA ::..m...:.S-k:..:.'Z 'as.,,,,',,??;. t. 'AtfA mm n ww. mm . w W6: VW if . vM " ' I .-.I i'M White plays and mates m lo moves. ' No. 1,637 C. G. Rains Key R K8. 10 marks Threat 2. R Q8. If 1 OR. x P. 2 B R4. 1 KR x P. 2 Kt B6;.l. Kt x P. 2 P Q PJeasant renderinit of the repeti-uve theme of 3 self -pins on one square. Only kevs. or claims of no solution, are required in both 2- and 3-movers.. XIMENES No. 122 Solution' and Notes ACROSS. 1. Press-i'-roster, To-u(k)rjme. 12. Mallet (croquet); 13. 11. Balfet Bohemian Oirl). 14. Pretty (fairway & " sating pretty"); 15, A-L.M.S. - 16.. E-gyp-t-17. (m)CKI-ricri 19. Rust-I.C.S.. It. Leather. 26. Isratilt (angel); 28, Vei-d.t. (C.V., film dt.lor). 2y. Clun (Housman & hidden); 30, Cod-lin (" an apple a day-"); 32. Pi-do-gt 33, Stac-le(n); 34, Eas-'e-men-t; 35, Lam-merge-iers. DOWN 1. Pilmpcr-nkkel; 2, Reargues: 3. Salt: 4. Stel-tin: 5, Ru-Bass-e: 6, Or-ant; 7, Sa.!ar-y; Tif(f)-lis: 9. Red-&hortne; 10, Bleys; 18, Creditort; 20 C.-linger;. 21, Gav-otw; 22, Truismf; 23 Tan-dem; 25, Hflch (hidden). 27. From-E 31, Dali (S.D.. artist). t - anag. XIMENES CROSSWORD No. 121 1. I. M. Newall (Glasgow). Clue to SNAPSHOT : Bile on the bullet it's all over in next .to no time. 2. G. G. Lawrance (Harrow) 3 P. G W. Glare (Woodford Green). H.C D- Ambler. M. L. Booker. G. H. Clarke Miss A. M Dalies, T N. Dowse. Brig W. e! Duncan. Mrs N Fisher, A. B Gardner P. A. Harrow, Carl. G Langham, J D p'. U'Leary. Kev. H. D. Owen Brown. Rev E Bi feel. K. t. i-ooie, v fv m Simmings, G Slanhope-Lovell. H G. Tattersall. L. E Thomas, ). Thompson, J. A Watson T Wilson. L - C Wright AtteriwtHe spelling nout vrnz accepted . N W- E -,S tor ;n dn I view of dogma. As a piece of craftsmanship, it seems to me the most beautiful of all Rossellini's works; , radiantly simple and immensely touching; and suggesting, better than almost any film I can remember,-the-co-related states of mind and body, and the harmony of earth, sea and air. By comparison with .' The Miracle" the longer films of the week look skimpy; all but Intruder In The Dust (Ritz), which brings a "warm heart and good sense to bear on the Negro colour question. " Intruder," beautifully directed by Clarence Brown from ' William , Faulkner's novel, never makes the r mistake of- pushing propaganda under the noses of the audience; simply tells a moving story, and leaves the individual to draw his own' conclusions.' A white man is murdered in the swamps near a small. Mississippi town; a- Negro is wrongly-'convicted. and about to be lynched 'by - the crowd: two boys, .arirpld woman,' and a fair-minded lawyer; manage to save his, lite. Juano Hernandez, as the Negro, has one ' of the most magnificently paint able faces I have' evef seen on ' the screen; the white actors are first-rate,-, and' the film has tension and a kind of shining nobility. Robert ; ' Montgomery, who directed and stars in Your Witness (Warner), is an American : who knows and. loves England, and his thriller, made here last summer, has borrowed a great deal, of our own leisurely pace. The story is about a, New York lawyer who comes to England to help an old army pal accused . of -, murder, and Mr. Montgomery's blunderings amongst British customs and British phrases are often extremely funny, if the film, as a film, is too much inclined to" meander. Neptune's Daughter (Empire) offers Esther Williams as the President of a Swim Suit Company, whose executive job extends to the designing and modelling of costumes. To facilitate her work.rshe keeps a swimming pool adjacent to her office, and periodically dives into :it frbni a high rock in a white number called "The Streamline." " You'll notice that the suit neither shrinks, sag's or stretches'" she says as she emerges. Prospective buyers notice rapturously. Copper Canyon (Plaza) tackles a problem of the aftermath of the American Civil War; the troubles of the defeated Southerners, with the help of ,Ray Milland, in setting themselves - up again in business. Every time they trv to do this, thev are, foiled by Hedy Lamarr, who. has been -insinuated into the plot as a saloon hostess. Miss Lamarr's task is " to see the Rebels don't get prosperous, but in a legal way." 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