WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1956 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN ouner NewsMagazine ./ferory Guidepost ' Clciudette Switches Her TV to Free-Lance Basis By DICK KLEINER A FEW FAST FACTS: Claudett* Colbert's present contract with CBS, which called for five appearances, is now up. She says she won'l renew; in; • d, she'll work for all networks, doing strictly free-lance performing . . . CBS-Radio will celebrate Edgar Screen's 20th anniversary as a radio star with a gala show in April or May . . . Dick Snawu is resisting pressure from both networks to start a regular program of his own next season. He thinks a Broadway show would be better for his career . .. . Harry Belafonte, on "vacation" in South America, is actually working with a tape recorder to capture the tribal songs of South American Indians . . . Gertrude Berg is giving the profits from her Molly Goldberg Cookbook to her infant grandchildren . . . And away we go to new fields with Jackie Gleason, the coaxial Orson Welles. Jackie's latest brainchild li an idea to put literature's classics on records or tape. The one he'd like to .tackle first Is "A Tale of Two Cities." This would be the complete book, read and dramatized, with every word recorded. The only thing standing: in the way is that they've yet to figure out if the Gle»on Gertrude Berf whole grand scheme Is practical. A FEW MORE FAST FACTS: On March 5, NBC-TV'S "Producer's Showcase" will give us Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra." The Cleo of the night will probably be Claire Bloom . . . ABC-TV happily re- porta that ticket* to the televising of "Super Circus" are_hearder to get than for Broadway's biggest hit, "No Time for Sergeants." . . . CBS-Radio, which is where singers like Frank Sinatra find Perry Como' got their first breaks, is giving a coast-to-coast build-up to crooner Stuart Foster. He'll have his own show, too ... On his return from Moscow, NBC's correspondent Irving R. Levine packed his trunk with these items: six pounds of caviar, four bottles of vodka, two balalaikas and a shatka. That last turns out to be one of those furry hats. THE RECORD SHOP: Lillian Roth, who is riding to new fame on her past, thinks she has a future in a new field — records. The "I'll Cry Tomorrow" girl has a, fine album out on Epic called, surprisingly, "I'll Cry Tomorrow." And this is only the beginning. "I'm going to make some singles," Lillian says. "I want to get in on this rock and roll stuff. And they want me to make another album, a collection of show tunes. But first I think they'll release-Some singles from the current album." Lillian hopes records will help her lead "a more normal life." What Is abnormal these days Is her constant traveling, playing night- clubs from coast to coast. ' "We have a home in Fort Lauderdale, Pla.," she says, "but I've only spent two weeks there in the last two years. I've Just finished 200 weeks of almost solid nightclub appearances. It seems like I've been traveling forever." She wants to buy a house in Connecticut and spend more time in the New York area — making records and maybe a Broadway show next season. • • • SHORT PLATING: Frankle Lalne is recording 12 of his own lyrics in a new album called "On the Tip of My Tongue." ... Cab Calloway's eight-year-old daughter, Lael, makes her recording debut with her father on a new ABC-Paramount record called "The Little Child." ... TV announcer Nelson Case has such a tremendous collection of jazz records that record companies, compiling albums of old-time jazz, often do their research In his library ... A new record personality may be Bert Parks, the MC of TV's "Break the Bank." He's cut two sides for ABC-Paramount . . . Bill Haley's "Bock Around the Clock" is now number one on the Australian hit parade. The kangaroos are Jumping. • • * Marlon Marlowe got mn extra-added thrill on her cross-country trip to sing at the Dunes in L». Vegas. She stopped in Hollywood io see the ga« station where she worked while she was trying to crash the movies. And she saw » «lgn reading: "Marlon Marlowe Used to Fill 'Em Up Here." • • • SID CAESAR ("Caesar's Hour," NBC-TV): (A-credit listing on Caesar's take-off of a British movie): "Tea and Torpedoes" is dedicated to the British Submarine Service, without whose help in winning the war this might have been a Qerman movie •^•"•<"- iKI.NK CAJ'AS, Orccliin i.ctrcss who mukcs Her American Mm debut with James Cngney In "Tribute to » B«d Mnn," proves that the undent Orcclnn proflla hns nothing on » modern profile when It cornea to real classic beauty. Advertising Agency- Year 1960 THE GOLDEN KAZOO. By John G. Schneider. Rinehart. It is 1960, Republicans and Democrats have picked their candidates, and the race for the presidency is well under way. Jonas the Democrat is leading Henry Clay Adams, he Republican, according to the abstruse computations of an elec- .ronic miracle machine,' by about 52 to 48. The worried GOP high command Is looking for a gimmick. The high command, in this freewheeling novel about .what may be. s an advertising agency, Reade & Bratton, but the man with the brains is Blade Reade. To Blade, ,he gimmick is represented by the kazoo, symbol for the Lowest Common Denominator, a kind of uni- 'ersal appeal, a direct line to all •oters with fourth-grade wits. As Joe' Quanto, one of Blade's bright x>ys, explains, "There ain't any highbrows in lowbrows, but there's some' lowbrow in everybody" 'What is Adams? asks Blade. He's not somebody talking about ,ariff, foreign affairs or. welfare, le's something to sell. He may be low grade, but he's a product: He's a can of beer, a squeeze tube of deodorant, a can of dog food. Sell, him." So.the Admlnd goes to work on the biggest product of all, the presidential chair, the White House While Henry is on a speaking tour —giving speeches written for him —Blade sits at home, picks Joe's brains, and the brains of his pretty Plaire. Working with Zelpha. Henry's wife, he comes up with schemes for the Baby, and the all-time record breaker Giveaway. The book has moments when the Admen, and the author, too, fall to make the best of their opportunities, and in the background there conventional characterization But the over-all Idea is ingenious, and snappily developed, and you couldn't pick a better year to read it than 1B56. W. G. Rogers Tops in Pops The most-sold popular records listed below include Friday of last week. Local 1—Speedo—Cadillacs 2—Great Pretender—Platters 3—Rock and Roll Walt* — Kay Starr 4—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Riddle S— Tutti Frutti^-Little Richard S—Witchcraft—Spiders 7—Well Now, Dig This—Jodimars 8—Memories Are Made of This -Dean Martin I 9—No Not Much—Pour Lads 10—Band of Gold—Don Cherry National 1—Memories Are Made of This —Dean Martin 2—Great Pretender—Platters 3—Sixteen Toms — Tennessee Ernie 4—Love Is A Many Splendored Thing—Don Cornell —It's Almost Tomorrow—Dream Weavers 6—Dungaree Doll—Eddie Fisher 7—Rock and Roll Waltz — Kay Starr 8—Love and Marriage — Prank Sinatra 9—Go On With The 1 Wedding— Patti Page 10—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Riddle Radoi Requests 1—Great Pretender—Platters, 2—See'You Later, Alligator—Bil Haley 3—Speedo—Cadillacs 4—Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr , 5—Lisbon Antigua — Nelson Riddie 6—Witchcraft—Spiders 1—Memories Are Made of This- Dean Martin . , 8—Tuttl Pruti—Little Richard 9—Band of Gold—Don Cherry 10—Well Now, Dig- This — Jodi- mars He's No Nut PARK, Tex. UV-Dogs, kids and such, postman Prank O'Brien say. he doesn't mind. But when a squ irrel tried to bite him, that wa too much. He got a gun and wen hunting. Successful, too. Broadway's Distaff Story Stage Is No Man's Land, Leaves It to the Girls NEW YORK — (NEA) — Broadway is turning into No Man's Land. Look up at the glittering theater marquees and you'll get the idea — the names in lights are Shirley Booth, Julie Harris, Gwen Verdon, Margaret Sullavan, Ruth Gordon and such unmistakably female monikers. JULIE HARRIS is all that matters in "The Lark." Once in a while you'll see a sign that spells out Van Heflin or Paul Mun! or Ezio Pinza. But the gals are getting the lioness' share of Broadway stardom this season. • Why? Just coincidence, says a Broadway producer. The movies snap up HIP good '• •;**?;: ZZX- .« s $$»$«< 1*1 *•«*»• SHIRLEY BOOTH is "Desk young actors, says a press agent. The psychology of the times, says a critic. * * * Ahey all afree that the situation e\ibts. Look at the hits—"Bus Stop" rode to fame on Kim Stanley's great- performance; nowadays Barbara Baxley is acting the part. "A Hatful of Rain" features a brilliant portrayal by Shelley Winters. '.The Chalk Garden" is almost exclusively female; Gladys Cooper and the Irish import, Siobhan McKenna, get most of the curtain calls. Barbara Bel Geddes gets much of the glory in "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof." "Damn Yankees" is almost all Owen Verdon and ditto "Desk Set" and Shirley Booth. "Janus" has Robert Preston, but it all revolves around Margaret Sullavan. "The Matchmaker" would be nothing without Ruth Gordon. Hildegarde NeS and Gretchen Wyler practically monopolize "Silk Stockings." Nobody else matters in The Lark" but radiant Julie Harris. "The Diary of Anne Prank" stars Susan Strasberg., Nancy Walker makes "Fallen Angels." About the only thing In "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" that's attracted much attention is the busty figure of Jayne Mansfield. • * * There art exceptions—Paul Muni in "Inherit the Wind," Van Heflin in "A View Prom the Bridge," Ezio Pinza and Walter Slezak in "Fanny," Andy Griffith in "No Time for Sergeants." But four out of the entire roster of Broadway productions is pretty slim male pickings. According to Kermit Bloomgarden nf "The T,flrk." "A View Prom the Bridge" and "The Diary of Anne Frank"—this is just a mere coincidence. "The plays come first." Bloomgarden says, "and it just happens this season most of the plays were written for female leads. I don't think it means anything at all." Bloomgarden doesn't believe the playwrights sat down and wrote star parts for women deliberately. "If a play is tailor-made for someone," he says, "you wind up with a tailor-made job but not much of a play." • • » But a veteran Broadway press agent says this season is just the most evtreme one in a continuing trend. And he thinks the reason for it is that "many of the female stars are not photogenic." -"Broadway is just lucky," this man. says, "otherwise all the -wonderful actresses we have would be in Hollywood. But they're all here —because many of 5 ? them just do not look good in pictures. This goes for old-timers like Helen Hayes and Katherine Cornell and the late Gertrude Lawrence and for the young actresses like Kim Stanley and Julie Harris and Geraldine Page. They may make a picture or so, but they never make a career of movies. "But Hollywood snaps up any young actor. This goes way back "MATCHMAKER" Ruth Gordon (right) with Eileen Herlie. to the days of Lionel Barrymore. Humphrey Bogart would have been a great stage actor, but Hollywood kept him. Lately, they've taken the cream—Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, the late James Dean. "So we're left with more actresses than actors, of star caliber. And it's only natural for the playwrights, who want stars to act their leading parts, to write plays where the main character is female." The third opinion comes from a first-night cratic, who thinks that this is just a symptom of the times. "It's a psychological thing," he says. "The women who' go to the theater these days don't go for matinee idols—maybe they do their gushing over Liberace. So there's no incentive for a producer to build up a man into a star bracket. "After all, the women of today run the homes and own all the stock and control more votes and so we're almost getting into a matriarchy. Why not on the stage, too?" Whatever it is, it seems to pay off at the boxofflce. Broadway is doing well financially. Leave it to the girls. Television Dramatic Productions Show Interest in Tact' Material By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK (AP) — Television dramatic programs are showing an increasing interest in "fact" rather than "fiction." One can cite so many examples that the often meaningless word "trend" might apply. ^nsiance^ pro^f her," by Walter Lord, the story of the sinking of the Titanic, and "Profiles in Courage" by Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. An extraordinarily good book. "Profiles in Courage" is a group of searching studies of American politicians Who displayed courage above the call of duty. One, as an example, concerns Sen. Edmind Ross of Kansas, who in 1866 underwent incredible political and personal villification by casting the one vote that saved President Andrew Johnson from an unjust Impeachment. A general public Interest in "fact" over "fiction" is revealed in the book trade where for many years works of nonfiction generally have been outselling fiction. National magazines have also been using more nonfietion. rn^t media. ' ' It can be argued, I believe, that one can be more controversial— and so more d r a m a 11 c—with "factual" drama than with "fictional" drama while still remaining free of the curse of controversy which television-in general fears. Thus, as an example, it's doubtful that anyone ever would buy a TV fiction script about the nastier side of politics and one civil liberty- minded senator who sacrificed hm- self on the alter of his fellow senators' prejudices. But if Kraft Television Theatre should dramatize the story of Ross of Kansas from "Profiles in Courage" that is exactly the story which would be told. And no one would utter a word of complaint. It's an odd world where "fiction" is attacked »s "fact" and "fact'; is dismissed as If it were "fiction. Masque & Gavels Play 'Ginger' Is Fast-Moving, Delightful Hit "Time Out fbr Ginger," as presented by the Masque and Gavel Society of Blytheville High on the school auditorium stage Thursday and Friday of last week, was a, fast-moving, roaring success. ._ - + The production, directed by T. E. Rowlett, Jr., Masque and Gavels faculty adviser, never lagged. There wasn't a dull moment to eb found anywhere in the entire three acts. Davis Cobb turned in the outstanding performance during the two-night run in the role of Howard Carol, Ginger's father. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION MAEJORIE MORNIKGSTAR, Herman Wouk. ANDERSONVILLE, MacKinlay Kantor. CASH McOALL, Cameron Hawley. TEN NORTH FREDERICK, John O'Hara. THE TONTINE, stain. It's the role Melvyn Douglas scored in on Broadway. The part is a full one, exacting, demanding. Cobb had his hands full. He stopped the show near the end of the second act with the NONFICTION GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 1NSM>E AFRICA, John Gunthor. THE EDGE OF .THE SEA, Rachel Carson. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Walter Lord. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, Norman Vincent. Penle. portrayal of the proud father who TTinmns B Co- told ' ln a eraphic, flamboyant man- Thomas B. Co ne ^ of hu daughter , s (ootball prou . ess. That's right: his daughter made the high school football team, albeit not the first team. Centrally Located For Easy Shopping CoL sJLtniet rUmodeUd HI-WAY DRUG Prentls Holder, Rt|. Pharmadll A MIT. Main *t Division Charles Broplon, owner Pbon* 2-2019 The story is already well-known but mainly it concerns the efforts of a young girl striving for individuality, regardless of the national or international furor she may cre- BOKITA GRANVILLB, after long screen Inactivity returns for the role of Welcome Kilgore, lonely, eastern-born wife of the greedy rancher in THE LONE RANGER (Warner Bros.). Bonita's fine dramatic skill (which doesn't show in th« above photo) will be put to test in a difficult, critical role. ate. And create It she does. Mary Elizabeth (Sudie) Abbott, by the way, was available Ginger. Her short scene with her father near the'end of the play was actually touching. Tom Snow as the intellectual student had perhaps some of the script's funniest lines and he dropped them adroitly, with little effort. Attention: Rental Property Owners Of Blytheville and Nearby Towns For quick action, If yon have rental housing available, please call the Blytheville Air Force Base Housing Section at the following number and jive Information such as the location, number of rooms, rent, etc., on the property: POplar 3-3931 v Extension 7!)1 (If you e»ll before 8 In the morning or after 1:30 In the afternoon, call POpl»r 3-3931 «nd ask for Extension 4SZ). The Information thus given will be Immediately passed on to rumlllei moving here who need rental housing and may enable you to h»ve your properly occupied quickly and with » minimum •( trouble and expense on .your part. (This advertisement Is published as « public service by Tk» niythevlllt R«l EsUte Board) Exceptionally fine for a high school production ,the cast also included Elizabeth Brister, Kay Henderson, Barbara Dale Dunlap, Nan Miller, Dennis Limdstedt, Don Colcman and Leslie Borowsky. The play was written by Ronalfl Alexander. E.H. Prayer of Complaint NOGALES, Ariz. If) — Police received a complaint from a couple ir a motel about the guest next door. They said he was praying too loud. Officers warned the man to keep his devotions to himself. SUPER MARKET Highway 61 North We Deliver— Phone 3-9663 • Modern Self Service Facilities • Choice Meats • Finest Produce • Quality Groceries • Frozen Foods Enjoy Modern, Self-Service Shopping with no parking problem at any time. Shop S & E for Quality.
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