The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 6, 1956 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, February 6, 1956
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6,1958 BLYTHEVILLl! (ARK.) COURIER NEWS ourier NewsMagaziiie .iterary Guidepost ) Cat," Hot on Birds, Wants Try at That Big Question By DICK KLEIKEE- The Louis G. Cowan office, which produces "The $64,000 Question," got a short, scrawled note signed merely "An 8-Year-Old Girl." It read: •'Can we have our cat on your program? His category is birds." . . . Johnny Carson plans a nightclub tour this summer. To get ready, he's breaking in his new act on his TV show, during the warm-ups. . . . llildegarde has rented a pink helicopter, to take her from one stop to the next on her one-ijight tour this summer. . . . Susan Strasberg, at 17, is the youngest actress to become a star in Broadway's history. She's in "The Diary of Anne Frank." This is Rayburn-exposure year. The Rayburn in question is Gene, the funny fellow who helps Steve Allen on "Tonight" and lately has begun to MC a new children's show called "Choose Up Sides." And the people who want to expose him are NBC brass, who think he has the makings of a topflight comedian. "I'm being broujht along by the NBC comedy development program." Gene says. "And they've told me that '56 was the year they were going; to give me a lot of exposure. That's so they can find out what kind of comedy— what type of program—I'm best suited for." His own personal theory is that he's best suited for daytime stuff. Gene Rayburn Shirlpy .'<""• te the tedies. 1 have some slight sex appeal, I'm told. Women seem t want to mother me." ^ ( t There arc tricks to every trade, but use your judgment about telling the kids this one. It's pretty disillusioning; to ymmg cowboy- worsWpers. s sx- you know, these varmints will be^ using _stunt men. Writers Lend Helping Hand To Writers KOOK, SlnBEr SKS^'t; peo P ,e under exclusive contract to Rodger, and Ilammerstcin. (The other is presently an underslud; in Pipe Dream.") It's a seven-year deal, of which not Quite three have gone by, and ties her up like a Christmas present. She can t do another thing without their OK. ,,..,, .,,., "An "Everybody automatically thinks I'm very lucky, she says. An T am But. I had to think twice before I signed the contract. The decid ing factors were Rodgers and Hammerstein themselves-two very fin men I know I could go to them if I was unhappy or troubled, and they'd ftx it. But I've been so happy so far, I haven't had to go to them W " h Ihi'rYey's S a 3 ' e cute blonde doll-in the un-Broadwayish sense of the word. She really looks like a doll. She comes from Smithton, Pa., where her father runs a brewery. Is the cha-cha-cha on the way out-out-out? Absolutely not, says Guy Barry, who practically carried the dance up here on his broad shoulders. ; "Approximately 95 per cent of Latin records being released now " Guy says, "arc cha-cha-cha. In fact, various record companies that had dormant Latin-American departments— such jU RCA-Vlctor, Decca, Columbia— are now releasing cha-cha-chas. A bright new star Is Dorothy Olscn, whose RCA record of "The little White Duck" is one of the cutest in a long time. She got her start! sTi angely because she doesn't own a TV set. Follow this one closely ~ orot , lv , s a Whlte plains, N. Y., schoolteacher. Her husband !s a commercial fisherman. With no TV set, they sought their evening fun in going to TV programs In New York And Dorothy got on one "Name That Tune." While a contestant, she »ang "The Little White Duck" and RCA heard her and signed h« up • She is no amateur. She'd studied classical voice, but gave it up to teach And she's quite a jazz singer, often going to Greenwich Village and singing jazz and the blues in the small village clubs. But don't let the kids in her fourth grade class know about that. by Helen Hull. Barnes & Noble. The idea for this collection of practical advice by experts in every field ot writing" originated at a meeting of the Authors Guild Council With the aid of Elizabeth Janeway, Miss Hull found 40 contribu- ors, all introduced by a short bio" and words ot praise. They present some of the best names: Thomas Mann, Arthur Koestler, W. H. Auden, Lionel Trll- ing, Frederick Lewis Allen, Winston Churchill. They also choose pertinent, essential topics: the nature of the novel, novelist and reader, the status of poetry, the source of style, he novel as history and as social criticism, and in detail, writing for magazines, screen, radio and TV, writing serials, and articles vs. fiction. Ira Wolfert, an Invaluable adviser, calls the good novel "an invasion of the privacy of the (reader's) mind." Richard Summers believes the best short stories come from those "concerned only with pleasing themselves." There are lists of do's and don't's. Paul Gallico's opinionated complaints about The New Yorker magazine add nothing to the book. Niven Busch makes the very questionable claim that, except for music and epic poetry, "the cinema provides as much freedom for the creator as any other known medium of expression." The selection from Koestler's "Insight and Outlook" seems as obscure now as it did when we first read it. Otherwise this is a fine book; it avoids bothersome, business details about marketing, yet It stays down out of the clouds. The reader will benefit by it, and so of course will the people trying to write — "as who is not?" to quote Faith Baldwin. W. G. Rogers. Ernest Borgnine Finds Marty's a 'Dimond' Up in the Bronx THE BRONX, N. Y. — (NBA) — "Hey, Marty!" The call came from a man standing ta the doorway of a typical Bronx candy store-soda fountain. "Hey, Marty, over hers. Come OB over and have some coffee." . ^^ Marty — otherwise, Ernest Borgnine — waved a greeting and started to oumo «W» ON CORNER by the "El" where he waited for a bus with his girl, Ernest Borgnine surveys the Bronx, where he made "Marty." TV Viewer Is Distressed About Weak Friday Night Programs By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK (AP) — There comes a letter from James L. Fickel of Columbus, Ohio, who writes: "Why is Friday night television, to deprive us oi a generally higher - — • •• -' level of Friday night programs. so very poor? Why isn't some effort being made by one of the netr works to break the half-hour monotony with a good 60-piinute show? . . . Every critic I've discussed the Friday subject with has almost trembled with fear when pressed for an opinion! Why?" Well, Mr. Fickel, I never knew a critic to tremble with fear. But you raise a good question, one that I and many others have wondered ibout. First of all, I think there are three generally good regular half- hour programs on the principal networks Friday evenings. Quite apart from the Friday night fights, which draw big audiences, I personally like Ethel and Albert Tops in Pops ' Like Topsy, it seems .that the situation just grew. Almost since the inception of television the networks never have had any trouble in finding sponsors for Friday nights. People \vho sell the things we might buy on Saturday n«e happy to advertise them on Friday evening. So, in the minds of planners, there grew the idea, "Well, we don't have to worry about Friday night." Many Friday night programs that started with verve seem to have grown tired. In the words of one network official, "They're showing battle fatigue." The cause could be a genera lack of attention—by the public sonallv like Ethel and Aiceri iacK oi auemiui.— UJ u,= H^™ (ABC-TV), Line-up (CBS-TV) and | by critics, by the networks them The most-sold popular records listed below include Friday of last week. Local 1—Speedo—Cadillacs 2—Great Pretender—Platters 3—Eock and Roll Waltz — Kay Starr. 4—Lisbon Antigua — Nelson Riddle 5—Tutti Frutti—Little Richard 6—Witchcrafts-Spiders 7—Well Now, Dig This — Jodi- mars 8—Memories Are Made of This —Dean Martin 9—No Not Much—Four Lads 10—Band of Gold—Don Cherry 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 6 —It's Almost Tomorrow — Dream Weavers 8—Dungaree Doll—Eddie Fisher 7—Rock and Roll Waltz — Kay Starr 8—Love and Marriage — Frank iinatra 9—Go On With The Wedding— 3 atti Page 10—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Riddle Radio Requests 1—Great Pretender—Platters 2—See You Later, Alligator—Bill Haley 3—Speedo—Cadillacs I— Rock and Roll Waltz — Kay Starr 5—Lisbon Antigua — Nelson Riddle J—Witchcraft—Spiders 7—Memories Are Made of This— Dean Martin 8—Tutti Frutti—Little Richard 9—Band of Gold—Don Cherry 10—Well Now, Dig This — Jodt- mars Ed Murrpw's Person to Person (CBS-TV). " Before those shdws I agree it's pretty monotonous fare. After checking around with some responsible people on the networks I'd say that practically no one denies the general fact. You also can "" . be assured that there is no "plot" selves. Although there are no signs at present, it's possible that eventual iy someone will open up the Pridaj night front. Don't forget that Saturday night, now just about the hottest night of the week on the screen, was the deadest night of s, the week until NBC-TV opened it the car. , "Aw, c'mon, Marty. Just a second." Borgnine walked across the street and into the candy store. He shook hands with the proprietor and his wife and the cop on the beat and a couple of kids. He had some cof- f ee _ r eal Italian expresso coffee— and signed some autographs. It was like this all though the Bronx, as Borgnine visited the spot! where he'd filmed his award-winning "Marty." This is the story of a Bronx butcher—shy and unattractive—who falls in love with a shy and unattractive girl. He worked his way clear and got into the car. Somebody said he could own the Bronx. Somebody else said if things got tough in Hollywood he could come back and cadge meals the rest of his life. "Don't think I haven't thought about that," Borgnine laughed. He's a big guy with a big laugh and it's always ready to go off. But the Bronx wasn't always this hospitable. "Bee that comer?" he said. "We shot some stuff there. It's a real Italian neighborhood. One day some tough kids came .along and they said, 'Hey, are you the guy that killed Sinatra in 'From Here to Eternity?' I said I was. They didn't like that. I heard one kid say in Italian, 'We ought to kick the stuffing out of him.' So I said, "Thafi enough. It was only a picture. Frankie Is a good friend of mine.' So they found out I was Italian and from then on the 'Bronx was mine." The car pulled up to the spot where, in the film, Borgnine walked along with the girl—Betsy Blair by the elevated railroad. Another car pulled up and a guy leaned out the window. "Hey, Marty," he yelled, "how'd you make out with that girl that night " Borgnine laughed. Across the street was a pizzeria, and the proprietor asked him in for a pizza pie. The crowds came by and there were more autographs. In the butcher shop, he donned the white apron he'd worn and tried his hand at waiting on customers. This was the same shop where Marty, the butcher, worked in the film. "There's not much of me In up with "Show of Shows." Sufficient prodding by a sufficient number of viewer? can greatly affect what we see on television. TAINA ELG, Danish ballerina who will be seen next in M<G-M'i "Diane" with Lana Turner, is all set for come-what-may In the form of stormy weather with her bright red plastlque umbrella and jacket of the same material. Harvard Gets Book Award NEW YORK m — Harvard University's Belknap Press has been awarded the 14th annual Carey- Thomas award for creative boo publishing. The work thus honor* Is "The Poems of Emily Dickln son " Sponsor of ttie award Is th« book trade Journal, Publishers Weekly. (Mote) (Mac) laniels-Williams Ins. 106 S. Second St. Phono 3-3548 - Z-Z747 Blythevlllr, Ark«n»«« COMPLETE i COVERAGE jp FOR AIRMEN* CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION ANDERSONTILLK, MacKinlay Kantor. M A R J O R I E MORNINGSTAR, Herman Wouk. CASH MC CALL, Cameron Hawley. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. THE TONTINE, Thomas 1. Costain. NONFICTION GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. INSIDE AFRICA, John Ounther. THE EDGE OF THE SEA, Rachel Carson. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Walter Lord. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, *torm«n Vincent LOCATED MOUTH The Cornonelll map of the ye»r 1MO was first to show that the Rio amnde' River emptied Into the Gulf of Mexico, not the Oulf of C»llfornl«. VALENTINE GREETINGS {torn Nan Leslie. Nan appears as Bandy in the Warner Bros. Pre- scuts, "Kings Row" television series for ABC-TV. AT SODA FOUNTAIN in the Bronx, the real "Marty" ha* coffe* on the house while neighborhood cop beams welcome. IN BUTCHER SHOP where "Marty" was filmed, Borgnlnt don* an apron to recreate the part he played in prize-winning movta. Marty," he said, when the car was rolling again. "It's written so well, 1 just did the part as it was written. Marty is more Paddy Chayefsky than Ernie" Borgnine. 'Only one part did it feel like it was me. "That was when I said goodnight to the girl, after that first night. My folks brought me up to be o. gentleman, all the time. Even when I was in the Navy— nnd I was in ten years—I was never one of these glrl-in-every-port guys. One time, my buddy and I were out nnd ho spotted these two girls. Well, he was an operator so he went right up to them and picked 'em up. Later, we took them home and my buddy was kissing his girl like they'd been married 30 years. I shook hands with m ydate and said, 'It was a pleasure meeting you.' • * • I took her out again, and she said after the first date she'd gone up and looked in the mirror and wondered what was wrong with her. So when Marty did the same thing in the movie, I knew that part. That was me." The real Borgnine—not Marty- is a New Haven, Conn., boy who got out of high school in the depression, worked on a vegetable wagon for $3 a week and went through the war on a destroyer guarding Florida waters. In '45, he wa.s discharged and his mother suggested he go to dramatic chool and become an actor. "I'd never tollght about acting.' e says. "My mother, she'd been a countess in Italy, I think tt>« whole thing was her idea. Well, I went to drama school In Hartford under the GI bill. I fouled up tht first day. I was reading a selection and the word 'diamonds' was in I*. The teacher stopped me. " 'How do JKJU pronounce d-1-*- m-o-n-d-s,' she asked me. " 'Dlmonds,' I said. '"It should be di-a-monds,' lh« said. I still say dl-monds. * * * "I stayed there four months and I learned a lot. Then I knocked around for five years, playing on«- nighters and summer stock and building scenery and doing bit parts. Then I got a Job with Hetea Hayes in 'Mrs. McThing' *nd H wasn't much of a job—$86 a week— but It led to everything else. "I don't know about this lif». Staying at fancy hotels, living high. I'd much rather be home with my shoes off and a can of beer and watching television. But I guess I'll get used to it. "I wish my mother could see M this. She passed away in VI. Bui I have the feeling she know». YOH know how sometimes you feel ^» tap on your shoulder only nobody's there? I think that's her." The car pulled into another stop. Ernie got out, everybody passing by yelled "Hey, Marty" and waved and smiled and signed autograph*. He owned the Bronx. Head Courier News classified Adi. 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