The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1955 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, October 10, 1955
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PAGE TEN BLYTHEriLLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWB MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, WS Pathway to the Golden TV Mike NewsMagazine Literary Guidepost Very Little Left Unsaid In 'Deer Park' NEW .TV STAR — A new television star, rising rapidly in popularity is Nicoloe Maurey. She recently starred in the television production of "Casablanca." Exposure to Video Leaves Mitchum a Bit Shaken NBC-TV's five-month-old "New Talent Development Program" has already proiVueeri some results. Leonard Hole, the network's director of the program development, told how the five-phase project is coming. Phase One—finding new comedy writers. Scouring college campuses and other places where wit might be unearthed has resulted in signing of six writers to basic (5162.25 a week) writer contracts. One of the new writers is only 19, another was a college professor, a third climbed telephone poles. Phase Two—finding' new comedians. Slower progress here, but the network Is working lo assist the comics they've alread ysigncd (Kaye Balhird, for example, has been told to lose weight and add material) ami find new ones. They .are currently working with six hopefuls, and they think maybe one or two will develop. In the other phases—developing dramatic writers, performers and new pros rams—the propect is just getting rolling. They are desperately seeking new writers and Uiey hope to sign two actors for each of three drama schools i Pasadena Phiyhouse, Theatn; Wins, American Auiiflfmyi ;md lorin the bans of an NBC stock company. This may be the first step, says Hole, to a real road show idea— taking new plays with new actors, and trying (hem out on the road before they 30 on TV. Robert MiUrhum has been exposed, in a round-about, uny, to TV. And the experience has left him somewhat .shaken. Alter \cnrs of Hollywood and Hollywood economics, he now ha.s a whole .set ol :in:tiicial values. He went !,o Europe to star in "FordMii Intrigue," a feature movie which wa.s written, prpdueed and dinru-d by Sheldon K«ynolil.s, the man b-.-hiiid the, TV series ol the sfijiic "Shelly finished it in 10 weeks," su\s Milchtini. linking his head >,o a lurk ol hiilr poised prettily over his lei I eye. "Ami the total cost was iirmiiul $(£5,000. In Hollywood, the .same thins would have been a &U)Ofl,(MH) production." "You si-*-," lie .said, brushing the hair ix:k. "Reynolds 1ms organization and planning, lie doesn't waste any time or money. He had 47 minutes of film finished and In the can before ,the deadline for him in start shooting. "Shelly used a lot o! TV technique," he -said. Down fell the hair. "He u.scd the same cameramen and home of the siune locations he'd used for the TV series. We filmed it in Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. He used a lot of actors from Pans and Stockholm.' One thiw; that Reynolds has, Mitchum hays, is the know-how ol • dealing with European officials, Ho was able to get police permits for filming any time he wanted them, something that might delay a Hollywood producer for Weeks. Mllchum, one of the busiest actors In the business, has another new film on th« way—"Man With th« Gun," tht ftrflt tffori by Sam Robert Mitchum Chevalier Goltiwyn, ,!r. He's also in two movies already out, "Not As a Stranger" and "Nlpht of tin: Hunti-r." Somewhere m-betAVten all this work ,iie managed lo squeeze a vacation in North Africa. And it you've heard recurrent rumors that he's going to start a soft drink business over there, they arc mistaken. It's all a Jokf\ "We noticed that the Am Us use iHishish," Boh says. "So Reynolds and I .sumed a g:u,—we said \ve'ci make a fortune il wt- a drink called •Hushi-Cola' in Africa. Trouble is people took u.s seriously." SHOW TIMI-:: The '5o-'5ti theater .-wiison is already in hi^h su'ar. The D'Oyly Carle company has returned from England with the lovely Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Martyn Green has left—he's doing TV and static work here— but has been replacing a youny comic singer named I'clcr 1 I'nitt who has his own style-. The G & S operas swm 10 grow fresher and lovelier with age. Another Import mnv on Broadway Is Maurice Chevalier. He isn't" lovelier with ase, hut he still has (he old charm. It's charm's -sonu-what latli-r and grayer and mellower, Imt .still delightful. The first new play of the season is "A Day By the Sea." a somewhat talk,v affair highlighted by a brilliant prot.rajal by Uenms King, and good acting jobs by Hume Crony", Jessica Tandy and Aline Mac.Mahon. There is wit and character in the writing, but a lack of action that, seriously handicaps the show. The American National Theatre nnd Academy, Sardi's and After-Six Normals combined to present, a Cushion show—what people wore to first, nights down through the ages. Models wen.: all top actors and actresses, and the show WOK almost, stolen by Grclriwn Wyler and Hudcly llark- ctt as a cave man and women. Slifilia Bond made a convincins flapper, too HERB SHRINI'R C'Tuo For the Money," CBS-Radio: l had some trouble with my harmonica. T loft it home and my wile used it to grate cabham-. THE DEER PARK. By Norman The prospect is led to a small Mailer Putnam's. ; room. There are some comfortable A young American flier with Irisn '. chairs, a piano, a record player in his blood, though his father had named him Sergius. comes back from war in the East with S14.000 won :u. cards. Deciding he needs a special, formal sort of re-mductton in civilian life, he invests his jack-, terview pot in the i'leshpoi. as it proves to : h be, of Desert D'Or, filmland suburb. With looks, build, uniform and First ^Plateau' on Way To $64,000 Question Is New York Penthouse By DICK KLEINER NBA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA) — It's fitting that the first stop for potential contestants on "The $64,000 Question" is a Madison Avenue penthouse. This houses the offices of Louis G. Cowan, who thought up and produced the biggest hit in TV history. And it's here that the people who want to be on the show come for a series of interviews before they get a crack at the largest cash prize TV has vet offered. and the two soft-spoken polite fellows who do the interviewing, Me.rt Koplin and Ben Kagan. They've! scheduled the interviews at 15-min-; ute intervals. reilect an interesting personality, stands out from thousands similarly worded. If it does — and maybe one in a thousand does — the office sends out a "Jones letter." This is a form, reading in part: "We are sufficiently interested to ask thai you give us more inform a- For a would-be contestant, the in- t ion about yourself." There are 11 money, he get£ an introduction to this frenetic world through Dorothea, and branches out to meet: Her son, Marion, who pimps tor a living; Charles Francis Eiwl. director who's at the bottom of the barrel as the result of a run-in with a congressional committee; Teppis, big-money producer; Teppis' son-in- law Munshin; Munshin's one-time girl friend Elena; Eitel's one-time wife Lulu. In outline this is a story of the affairs of Sergius, who is narrator, with Lulu, and Eitel with Elena; of the jealousies and rivalries in the studio world; of the price men and women are willing to pay for success—the only self-respect left at the end. says one character with savage frankness, is "to be able to say to vourself that you're disgusting." But Mailer has more in mind; the "Deer Park" of the Bourbon kings was a stew and sink of debauchery. What Deer Park was to Versailles, Desert D'Or is to Hollywood. If there's anything left unsaid, you find it plainly implied. This is the novel some publishers declined to touch even with a 10-foot pole; if you happen to catch your children reaching for it, slap them down hard. But if Mailer's right to use this subject is granted— and I think a novelist has a right to ny subject—this is a very well done novel, in clearer sharper prose than Mailer ever has written, showing an excellent flair for satire, and handled in general with commendable maturity. W. G. Rogers is the third step on the the golden microphone. First, he has written a letter, saying that he'd like to be on. The ; Cowan office is several weeks be- Ehrenburg Conforms— Novel Fails hind in opening the mountain of i mail. j ' ' ' 1 They have no set pattern for se- i lecting people from this mail—justj if a letter strikes a chord, seems to' points on which they want further facts — such as. books you've read, hobbies, what you'd do with the money, why you think you'd make a good contestant. The Jones letter —so-called because it's signed with the fictitious name, Anhur Jones— also asks for three "character references" and a picture. From every hundred "Jones replies, "they may pick one as worth seeing in person. Suppose rhuc one' is you. They'll fly you to New York for an interview, or maybe two or three, in the little room with the piano. Koplin and Kagan put you at ease at once. You are, say, a movie expert. Kagan has your file — your original letter, your Jones reply, your three references. At first he asks you some simple questions about yourself, to see your personality in action. He may joke with you. You may joke back. In a few minutes, it's like chatting with some good friends. Then Koplin pulls out a thick, brown-covered book. It contains sample questions in all categories. $64,000 INTERVIEWER MERT KOPLIX puts a prospective contestant through qualifying thing takes maybe 15 minutes. Not [There is less effort made once, do they talk about the pro- ! you at your ease. You're ly was the Marine he claimed to be. McCutchen produced a letter jram. Finally, Koplin stands up. 110 start, with. You have the "spar- from a Marine general to back him The interview is over. They escort jkle" Koplin wants, the "warmih" up. you politely to the door, and Koplin j that Kagan looks for. • And there has to be a balance on says, "Thank you for coming. You you get the same polite goodbye: i the show. They wouldn't want to can realize we must work weeksj tney don . t te jj you t j lat you're "in. j nave two elderly ladies, like Mrs. ahead, so we can't tell you definite-1 Bu j ^ey m ake a note to call you j Myrtle Power, going at the same today. We will let you know if tt . hen fch " ey next need a contestant, j time. Nor do they like to have two been a you're on your way to fame and: people using the same category, fonune. " j but they have less control over that little Since the program uses UD con- I — once a contestant gets on the iy we want you back. It's pleasure meeting you." You go out. Back in the room Kagan and Koplin exchange glances — you won't do. Their reasons for that immediate decision — which you don't know — are hard to put in words. "I just didn't feel any warmth," Kagan may say. but that's all. across." "A. nice person, Nothing came "No sparkle," says Koplin. "It's He starts asking you who won the ! hard to define, but there must be BE\ KAGAN: Sometimes he just doesn't feel any warmth. Academy Awards in 1935, who was in the original version of "Seventh Heaven," what was D. W. Griffith's picture after "Birth of a Nation." Some you know, some you don't. You talk some more. The whole something there, some quality that radiates through to the viewer." And the next candidate comes in. This time you are full of warmth and sparkle. The two men sense it immediately; they respond more. m uses up con- — once a contestant gets — at the most, show, he can pick anything he wants to. Which is why they had two opera lovers together — Gino Prato and Bayard McMichael — even though they had half-believed weeks, Koplin and Kagan will de-1 McMichael was going to pick 1 American history as his category. So the interviews are designed not only to pick candidates who Faulkner Praises Japanese Women for Their Loyalty testants so slowly only two new contestants appear each week, often one or none — the interviews are scheduled very seldom. Perhaps every three or four weeks, Koplin and Kagan will d vote an afternoon to this work. The ones that are asked back ', then will go through talks with oth-! have the warmth and sparkle er Cowan executives — executive j they're seeking, but to line up con- producer Steve Carlin. producer-di- J testants who will complement each rector Joe Gates -— until there is a other. The work that goes on in this final decision one way or another, penthouse is a big reason why the Meanwhile, the office checks j public seizes on each of the pro- their references carefully. They j gram's contestants as they come had to make sure, for example, along - they're pre-selected to that Capt. Richard McCutchen real- j arouse public response. By WILLIAM FAULKNER TOKYO, Oct. 8 (/P)—In her west- t-rn clothes, blouse and skirt, she is merely one dumpy and nondescript young woman though in kimino at the deft balanced rapid tripping glide she too comes into her own share of that national heritage of THE THAW. By Ilya Ehrenburg, ] feminine magic. Though she has translated by Manya Harari. Reg-1 more than that; she partakes of her share of thai other quality whicn (EDITOR'S NOTE: This Is the second and concluding part of William Faulkner's "Impressions of Japan," written at Nagano City, where he lectured at the Japan Summer Seminar on American Literature. The American Embassy in Tokyo made this material public. It begins here with a tribute to Japanese women.) beans which line the very edge ot j Briefer and faster now, toward the The Soviet novel that stirred up a tempest in a samovar in Moscow last year has now been published in this country in an English-language Domestic Error BEX/TON, Tex. f/Vt—Clas.sifii'd utl in the Temple Telegram cnrne out offering for unlc: barbed wife. Should have read barbed wire, snid red-faced R.E.L. .Joiwa, th« man who wanted to sell. women have in this land which was not given them by what they have on: loyalty, constancy, fidelity, not for. but at least one hopes not with- it ion. As'ii work of art, it should out. reward. She does not speak my Language nor I here, yet in two days she knows my countryman's be the most unrecommended novel in history, pathetically bad to the point of horror But it has a great! habit of waking soon alter first hgn. negative importance. *> that each morning when I open my eyes a coffee tray is already on the balcony table; she knows i The novel is by one of the foremost contemporary writers of the Sovjet. Union, a once-talented man turned hack writer for the all-per- uulmy stale. Ehrenburg did not, apparently moan to do so, but he has produced an unwitting satire. The characters, citizens of a provincial Soviet town, not only lack flesh and blood. They are vapid and inane, empty people with empty futures. Morn .significantly, they are all members of the new Soviet middle class which has grown up in a touted classless society. What has the new Soviet society like a fresh room to breakfast in when I return from walking, and it is so: the room done for the day and the table set and the morning paper ready; she asks without words why I have no clothes to be laundered today, and without words asks permission to sew the buttons and darn the socks; she calls me wise man and teacher, who urn neither, when speaking of me to others; she is proud to have me for he client nnd, I hope, pleased that I try to derserve that pride and match that courtesy with loyalty. There is a lot given these people? Ehrenburg's an- j of , oase Ioyalty in this hmd Even swer, in spite of himself, is bore- a mt , e of u ts ' too valuable to be Ig- dom, with a capital B. They live. thinfe and net in a single pattern laid down for thorn by the state. None is mnster of his or her own fnte. Ehrenburg may have been baring his Russian soul, hut he dared not bare it too much. There is an indication in the book of a longing for revolt by the Soviet intellectual. But, at every wisp of revolt there is the quick change back to servility to the loctrine of conformity. Ehrenburg's novel is a timid cry ii a wilderness of conformity. The Union of Writers denounced Ehrenburg so he recanted and criticized limsclf publicly. His confession was inother dirge for Soviet letters. William L. Ryan nored. I would wish that all of it were deserved or at least appreciated as I have tried to do. Tills is the same rice paddy which I know back home in Arkansas and Mississippi and Louisiana, where it replaces now and then the cotton. This one is merely a little smaller nnd a little more fiercely cultivated, right up to the single row of Britain's New Commercial TV Having Troubles LONDON f/P)—Britain's new com- ncrclnl television network is run- ng Into difficulties nftcr only two weeks in business. It can't sell ad- i Using time on morning shows defied for housewives. Kor (.he third straight day, the Independent Television Authority morning telecast,*? went out today without commercials. Advertisers say the big reason they uon't buy time in the morning 1* lint, they don't believe people are wntfhlng. CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled by Publishers' Weekly) FICTION Marjorie MorninjsUr, Herman Wouk. Auntie Ma me, Patrick Dennis. Something of Value, Robert Ruark. The Man in the limy Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson. Bonjour Tristcsse, Francoise Sft- gan, NONFICTION Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Llngbergh. The Power of positive Thlnklnf, Norman Vincent Penis. How to Live 3ti& DtiTK • Year, John A. Schtndler. The Family of Man, Edwifd Steichen. 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