The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 25, 1956 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 25, 1956
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.WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 195S BLYTHEV1LLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PACK NINI ouner NewsMagazine High School Presents Hit Play '.Herat y - Guidepost NB£ Has Spectacular Holiday Fever Glj Young Colonna By DICK KLEINER NBC-TV has the holiday fever. They^re working on plans for a series of regular-speeteetrtersrUased on the major holidays. There'd be a Christmas show, an Easter show, a Thanksgiving show — and on down almost to Arbor Day. Each would be televised on the exact holiday, with songs and dramatizations telling the story of the occasion. No date set for the first one. This may be Goucho Marx 1 last year with "You Bet Your Life." His contract Is up at the end at the current season and Oroucho says he's tired of the grind. He wants to rest on his well-heeled laurel«, do an occasional guest spot and otherwise, just relax. * * * A FEW FAST FACTS: Robert Q. Lewis signed Hermione Gingold for a series of guest spots on his daily CBS-TV show. . . Lena Home leaves for England in April for a six-month stay. While there, she'll try out a TV idea — if the English like it, she'll bring it over here later. CBS-TV has definitely decided that spectaculars are here to stay. Instead of this season's one a month, next year there'll be twice as many. . . . NBC-TV will colorcast "The Boy Friend" when that happy musical concludes its present road tour . . . Eddie Cantor and Eddie Fisher will double up and do a pair of spectaculars together In 'M. Eddie C. discovered Eddie P., remember. • * • After listening to Jerry Colonna sing, one might jump to the conclusion that the new ringmaster of ABC-TV's "Super Circus" puts a great strain on his voice. Jerry says 'taint so. "I used to be a trombonist," he says, with a wiggle of his mustache. "And I learned how to breathe correctly. I breathe from down here." And he pointed down somewhere south of the mustache, which is a good place to breathe from. H you've been watchlnr "Super Circus" lately, maybe you've detected > llight change In format. This is since the show moved from Chicago to New York. "We figure that it's the people at home that count," Jerry says. ••In Chicago, they'd play to the audience in the studio — use acts that were big and bold. Now we're playing to ttie home -audience. And we use some acts - like one we had with a duck - that the studio audience can't see. But the folks at home like it better, we think." There is also at least one Colonna song per show. This, everybody like*. • • • Also-raw: Don't lire .p. L»«wt Ios« to make good In a large WIT ta Robert Hoansevtlle. Once upon a try-out he failed to make th« Metropolitan Opera Aiiiitlon. of the Air. Later, he WM f<xA •Bough to m»k. the Me*. And now he hu a- Jat part In the coming moTta wsJwi of "Caromel." • • • Gig Young k officially oalled "host" on the "Warner Bros. Pre- •ents" TV show. Beside* introducing the drama of the day, he MCs th. "Behind th. Cameras" portion, in which Warners plugs their movies via a kwr-or five-minute segment including some interviews, backstage scene* and film clips. "If. very time-consuming work," Gig .ay.. "1 haven't had time to do »r acting on my own. I don't work every day, but I never toow when I may have Jo work. They'll cull me today to work tomorrow. "But If, in my contact that I can do some outside acting, and I ,ure am going to do some. I have a two-year contract, and after my two y«™ arfup I'm coming back to New York. I Uk. it her^ 1lite Hollywood, too, but what I want to do te another Broadway-snow and lust go to Hollywood tor a picture once in a while." He'H be very welcome, especially witti the girta. . . • HICK'S QUICKIE: Jotany Carion'a explanation ot how he got .tartod in TV: "CBS decided *• have a Johnny Canon Show, and I wai available." Exciting Drama Of a River And Its People THE COLUMBIA. By Stewart H. Holbrook. Rinehart. north, south, east and west in its winding course, opening up to form lakes and narrowing for gorges, the Columbia rises in British Columbia but empties into the Pacific the line and Oregon. between Washington Capt. Robert Gray in his ship the Columbia entered its mouth in 1792, and named it; David Thompson saw its headwaters in 1807. So they had it bracketed. Lewis and Clark saw it in 1805. The rambunctious river provided hardships aplenty. Astor and John McLoughlin were rival traders, as Hill and Harriman would be rival railroaders, with pitched battles Sought by their brawling labor. The Whitman massacre would be followed by the Cayuse war. Peter Verlgin, leader of the Dukhobors was blown sky-high by a suitcase- ful of dynamite. The region had. its bandit, Harry Tracy. Old Port Ste vens, was the target for the shells of a Japanese submarine. Douglas firs, so tall, they said that It took two men and a boy to see to the top of them, brought in lumber companies; steamboats inaugurated the transportation business. Bonneville and Grand Coulee provided power, and fed water to arched land. The river isn't what t used to be, says Holbrook, but on the other hand it never used to be what it is. With a subject like this, one of thi author's problems Is to string ogether hundreds of paragraphs and make them read like one book, instead of like Just hundreds of eparate paragraphs. Holbrook has succeeded. Fiftieth book, in the Eiv- t series, this is one of the very jest. People, place, drama and col- >r are thrown together excitingly. W. a. Rogers. "Time Out for Ginger' To Be Presented Here Thursday and Friday Blytheville High School will be one of the first high schools in Arkansas to present the stage play "Time Out for Ginger " when the Masque and Gavel Society brings its production to the high school auditorium on the nights of January 26 and 27. The play is currently being produced on more stages across the country than any other, at an average of about 15 times every day. A farce, written by Ronald Alexander, it played.over a year on Broadway with Melvin Douglas In the lead role. d- Gavel's production will be directed by T. B. Rowletts, Jr., and will feature Davis Cobb who portrays Howard Carol, "Ginger's" chief .character. In the play, Howard bites off a bit more than he can digest when he e iv es a talk at a high school assembly on such things as manners, the equality of men and women, and about the importance of man's not being forced into something he doesn't want to do. His words are promptly blown out of proportion. A graphic example: his 16-year-old daughter Ginger (Sudie Abbott) proves Ws words concerning equality by trying out for, and making, the football team. The two rise to national fame and local disgrace immediately. "Time Out Jor Ginger" features an excellent supporting cast: Kay Henderson, .Dennis Lundstedt, Tom Snow, Barbara Dunlap, Nan Miller, Don Coleman, Elizabeth Brister and Leslie Borowsky. Curtain time, both nights, will be 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. Book Men Issue Wmtertrmmt fMf *'«r Edward G. Robinson, holds beautiful Joanne Dru hostage »t gun point in Warner Bros.' "Hell on Frisco Bay." CinemaScope. Both star. Texas Criticism AUSTIN, Tex. OB-Slgn displayed alor* with some modern art In the Drlskill hotel w*» headed: Helpful hints for maintaining normal blood pressure while-viewing contemporary »rt. Itoad Courier Mm OtaMIM Ml Jail. Bi-Monthly Censorship' OFF THE BOOK BEAT—A "Censorship Bulletin" has just been issued by the American Book Pub- ishers Council. This institutes a se- ies of bi-monthly bulletins planned by the council, which is the pub- bhera trade association, to replace he irregular report* released in the >a»t on this problem. The council believes in the freedom to read though this freedom may be used, "wisely or foolishly. It opposes public or private attempts o limit this freedom. And it says ht bulletin's function i» not to advocate a point of view, but to report the news. This first leaflet lists numberous examples of interference with the •freedom to read" and several blows rtruck in its defense. Several state effislatures passed censorship bills; ihey were designed to curb delinquency but were of "questionable constitutionality." The Post Office continued to withhold Pravda and I«ve»Ua and other "foreign propaganda" material from the general Oklahoma Speeders Trapped— By Flying Highway Patrolman OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An out-of-state motorist stopped for .peeding shook his head and told the Oklahoma Highway Patrol rooper: '"you don't give us a chance. If rou're not watching on the ground, 'ou're on us from the air." The trooper smiled, continued to write out a traffic citation and an ilrplane droned overhead. The patrol has found drivers, conscious that an ariplane might >e checking their jspeed, are slow- ng down. Oklahoma is one of the first to use a plane for checking traffic and Lt. Art Hamilton of the patrol has pioneered in the art of traffic control from the ari. During a normal year he averages about 1,000 hours flying over busy Oklahoma highways to help public. The council said: "The most widely-used list of 'objectionable books is still the monthly guide prepared by the National Organization of Decent Literature—prepared on the basis of evaluations supplied by members of the Arch-diocesan Council of Catholic Women in Chicago and distributed nationally to dioceses and parishes." On the other hand, the counct cites two investigations into censorship, both supported by Fund for the Republic grants. One probes motivations and techniques for the National Book Committee's Freedom to Bead Subcommittee, headed by Hunter College President George H. Shuster. The other.un- dertaken at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, studies Pos* Office rules about allegedly indeceni or obscene material and "foreign propaganda." W. O. Rogers Room Scrrict KALISPELL, Mont. I* - A S3 yeai'-old drunk transient rtumblec Into a home and ftll asleep in the living room. About a cm. Sherif Dlok Walah thought he heard t noise downrtalrs, Upon checking Walsh stumbled over the unwe come vUllor. The gue«t.wai quick ly shifted to the other side of th »i H c«> ........ —— ••• ~"':"~~ residence - the Flathead County each are about one-half aa larg Eyes Have It OOALLALA, Neb. I* — Counse for the defendant on trial for drunk driving sought to show his client suffered from poor eyesight. The defendant was asked to Iden tlfy, without his glasses, spectators In the second row. He couldn't, Thi attorney persisted, "Now I'll .ask you, can you see the lady at the back or the room? Can you see her at all?" The defendant, still without hi. glasses, squinted, peered, squinte' again and said he couldn't. No one else In the court room could either, since'all spectator In the room were men. The attorney put on sis glass* during the cross-examination. Great Bear largeit Inland and Oreat Slave Itkei In Canada a« Lake Michigan. Its Cold, Cold Art in Hot Arabia L»ver» taee danger together. Helen (Rossana Podesta) and Paris (Jack Sernas) are stars in Warner Bros.' "Helen of Troy." CinemaScope. WarnerColor^ ;ropers in patrol cars. It might seem like a difficult task trying to measure a car's speed from the air but Hamilton has developed a fool-proof method. The day before he goes up Hamilton arranges with a trooper to be ready on a stretch of highway. "You get so you can pretty well tell If they are going fast," he explained. "If I feel they are, I time them three times to give them the benefit of the doubt." His stop watch clocks the cars between section lines and a chart on the plane instrument panel shows tlie car's speed. Hamilton then radios to the unit on the ground and the car is stopped. They seldom contest the fad that they were speeding when they are told they were checked from an airplane," the trooper said. Hamilton also has participated in hundreds of manhunts. He has been responsible for the capture of three bank robbers 10 kidnappers more than 100 escaped prisoners and hundreds of car thieves. One time, a murder was located In a wheat field. Hamilton flew back arid forth across the field just above the grain heads Finally, the shaken fugitive ran out of the field and yelled at tro ipers on the ground: "Hey you guys, come and ge me before that crazy pilot kills me." Popular Platters Starting with this issue, the Cour- er News Magazine will publish a 1st of the most popular records sold each week, both locally and nationally . . . and the week's top tunes as requested on radio. Today's list includes Friday, Jan National 1—Memories Are Made of This— Dean Martin 2—Great Pretender—Platters 3—Sixteen Tons—Tennessee Ernie 4—Love Is A Many Splendored Thing—Don Cornell 5—It's Almost Tomorrow—Dream Weavers 6—Dungaree Doll—Eddie Fisher 7—Rock and Boll Waltz—Ka Starr 8—Love and Marriage — Frank Sinatra 9—Autumn Leaves — Boger Wil Harris 10-l<Jo On With The Wedding— INNOCENT LITTLE GINGER (Sudie Abbott) looks on while boy friend Tom (Tom Snow) socks football hero Eddie (Dennis Lundstedt). Howard Carol (Davis Cobb) who started Hie whole thing with a speech in assembly, looks calmly la anr other direction. (Courier Newi Photo) DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia — (NEA) — In this oil-rich wasteland, nearly any art critic will Wipe his brow and tell you: "Menz is really better." Even Fred Menz agrees that he is better. After all, an oil company now pays him to be a sculptor. And well-to-do families are beginning to commission him to do statuary. Mem shrugs in the bright, hot sunlight and says: "People seem to like it." He does camels, sea lions, horns of plenty, birds in flight, ships, dogs, cats, rabbits, swans, candid holders, fish, flower baskets—anything. Usually, they're unveiled on Friday nig-ht banquet tables while hundreds of oil men and Saudi Arabians cheer. * * • Menz did not come to this desert to be an artist. He came as a chef for the Arabian American Oil Co. and stumbled into sculpture by mistake. Somebody had put in a call for statuary and there was nobody to do the job. So Fred Mera took off his apron and shut himself up in the kitchen's "chill-room with a 350-pound block and chisel. Three hours later he stood there amidst the salad and pudding and looked at his first work — a sea lion. •I wouldn't want to tell you it was art," he says, "but . . . there has to be the first time." / Today, Menz has passed out of his sea lion stage and into the full bloom of a matured artist with all of Saudi Arabia at his feet. He's still at work in the chill room" off the kitchen. And while It's not-a studio, it has been a good birthplace for magnificent art. If you ever get to Dhahran and you'd like to see the works of Fred Menz you'll have to look fast. He works only with ice. And a frozen statue—no matter how beautiful—doesn't stand much chance in the'115-degree temperature here. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION MAJUOME MORNINGSTAE, Herman Wouk. ANDERSONVnAE, MacKinlay Kantor. CASH McCAtL, Cameron Hawley AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Den- TI1E TONTINE, Thomas B. Costain. Pattl Page Local 1—Great Pretender—Platters 3—Tutti Pruiti—Little Richard 3—Witchcraft—Spiders 4—Rock and Roll Waltz — Kay Starr. 5—Band of Gold—Don Cherry 6—Memories Are Made of This— Dean Martin 7—See You Later Alligator—Bill Haley 8—-Burn That Candle -Bill Haley 9—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Eiddlc 10—Dungaree Doll—Eddie Fisher Radio 1—Great Pretender—Platters 2—See.You Later Alligator—Bill Haley 3—Lisbonn Antigua—Nelson Rid die 4—Rock and Roll Waltz — Kay NONFICTION Anne GIFT FROM THE SEA, Morrow Lindbergh. INSIDE AFRICA, John THE EDGE OF THE SEA, Ra- Gun- OF Norman POSITIVE Vincent THINKNG. P< A C NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Walter Lord. Starr 5— Speedo— Cadillacs 6— Memories Are Made of This— Dean Martin 7—Witchcraft— Spiders 8-Well Now, Dig This— Jodimars 9— Band of Gold— Don Cherry 10— Burn That Candle— Bill Haley __ _ Tied to Resignation BUENOS AIRES HI — A man who wore a red necktie after Eva Peron died was forced to resign from his Job, an Investigating committee has been told. Antonio Carcamo, ex-president of the Bank of Santa Pe Province, admitted h« "put pressure" on Vinancio ValllrUin, manager of the Bellncue bank branch, because Valllrlaln wore a red tie after July 39, 1953. For weeks after Ev» Peron died citizens were exhorted to wear black ties In mourning. Centrally Located For Easy Shopping SbortL Cot, Kevlot T t oLenel Remodeled HI-WAY DRUG rrraih HoMer. Re(. Pharmaclrt 4 M|T. Cliarlei Brogdon, owner Main «t Division ph()l " : ' 2019 Violinist Jack Benny at Carnegie HOLLYWOOD (AP) — A fellow who claims to be 39 and has been a violinist 47 years reports now that he will play with the New York Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall on Oct. 2. The man, of course, is comedian Jack Benny who stopped count- Ing his age when he approached 40. He said yesterday that his New York appearance will be under the baton of Alfred Wallenstein and added: "I shall fry to sound like I'm good enough to play with the symphony even though everyone in the audience knows I'm not." Despite the way he murders "Love in Bloom" in public, Benny has been a violinist since 1909 when his father gave him the Instrument he still uses. Benny said his appearance was part of the "Save Carnegie Hall" program. - •A real estate firm owns the 65-year-old auditorium and has been negotiating to sell it to a firm that wants to put up a commercial building. A group of well-known artists formed a committee to "Save Carnegie Hall" with singer Lawrence Tilibett as chairman. They hop* lo raise enough money to buy it and maintain its traditions. 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