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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN ourier NewsMagazine Patrice Munsel's $75 Shoe Is No Cinderella Slipper By DICK KLEINER AUDREY MEADOWS is serious about a movie career. She'll probably sign with MGM and head for Hollywood after filming the rest of "The Honeymooners." * * * STAR LETTER ROUTE: This note is from Patrice Munsel, who's been creating a sensatior in Las Vegas. They're not used to coloraturas in bikinis out that-a-way. D«ar Dick: I've had fabulous offers to do my act other places, but I'm remaining firm in my decision that this will be a one-time escapade for me. 1 feel it's been worth the $25,000 the act cost me, for I have finally gotten a certain ham instinct out of my system. It's fun and exciting. I end each show by kicking off my shoes and singing the "Italian Streetsong" in bare feet. One night I kicked too far and one shoe landed in the lap of a customer. He refused to give it back and a battle ensued with a waiter. He finally gave it up — and I was relieved because the shoe was especially made and cost $75. Sinctrely, Patrice. Two nights a week. Harry Sailer stays home and plays chamber music. That's because he doesn't get enough musical kick out of what he does for his very good living. Salter'j career started as » fiddle player. Thes he was an orchestra leader and finally got into radio. He was musical director of "Pot of Gold," and got the idea that led to "Stop the Music." the big giveaway of pre-War days. He owned one-fifth of "Stop the Music," which wasn't hay—it was money. When "Stop the Music" ended, gaiter 8«yi, "I went lookinr 'or m Job. But people laughed »nil nobody would hire me. They all laid that I w»« filthy rich. I w»«, but I itlll wanted » job. So I had to inrenl a new show." What he invented was "Name That Tune." He's now producer, with Jane Donnlnu Wl>lt« ft« hi! assistant producer, and Salter it strictly «n executive these days. He doeen't even lead the band, which account* for those semiweekly chamber music sessions In his home. Salter ii » »mall,round-faced man with » ready laugh. His wife, who helps with the show, too. !« the daughter of Aimee Sempl« McPherson. And that fact Indirectly led to their marriage. Aj a irlrl, brought up In a ra- lUlo» ttniMphen, Roberta Semple WM well acquainted with the Bible and became partlcu- )«rly Intereited in biblical perfumes—myrrh, frankincense and the like—»nd decided to tell the world about her hobby on "Hobby Lobby." Harry Salter was the musical director on the show, and saw and udmired the pretty little gal with the big eyes He arranged for a date—on the pretext that the show hospitably took out-of-town guesti for a night out — and she said, "You were lucky you didn't have to take out the fat man who played the piano with gloves on," and he said, "This Is strictly a date, dopey," »nd so they were married The Met.'s great tenor, Richard r lunKl M "** Gmjrnor Tucker, who'll h»ve the lead in "Tales ol HoBman" on opening night. Nov 14, gets a private kick out of the furious uproar that TV and movies show so much violence they cause juvenile delinquency He says opera is so violent it makes the others look like taffy pulls. This, Tucker relates, is what happens to him in his various roles: In 'Tale, at HoBman," he Midi up dead drunk: In "Andrea Chenler." he'i decapitated at the [Ulllotlne; In "The Mailed Ball," he's stabbed; in "ToMa," he's treacherously executed-, In "L» Julte," he'» boiled In oil; in "II TroTalore," he's hanjed: In "Cavalleria Hnsti- cana," he's stabbed In > duel; In "Lucia di Lammermoor," he •tab* him-ieir; In "Norm*," he's burned to death; In "Samson and Delilah," hla eyes are burned out. Yet nobody ever says opera corrupts youth. Maybe because he's singing in the boiling oil, that takes the curse oB It. For one .night only, Mariana de Madregae and Mltii Gerber were back together again. Once upon a time, they were part of the same night club act, then they went their separate careers. Now both are famous, and they got together for one night in Los Angeles. Their names now are Marlon Marlowe and Mltil Gaynor. TV TOPPERS Ernie Ko*»cs (NBC-TV): Poor girl. She found lipstick on John's automatic clutch. Wild West in Fact, Not Fancy, High on Book List By W. G. ROGERS Associated Press Arts Editor NEW YORK (AP) — The trapper, the hunter and the buffalo- the Redskin, cavalryman, cowpuncher, rancher; the bull train, jerk line, wagon trails, steel rails and side wheeler; the wigwam and sod shanty; the stagecoach, the stagecoach robber and vigilante — Here are the West, the Wild West and the tame, the bang-bang, ride- 'em-cowboy frontier, the vanished no man's land, about which you can and view more read more words pictures than on any other topic in this fall's books. one serve, across the Mississippi Into Kansas, then to Nevada and so on. It also kept going, period; it lasted for decades and decades. These books concentrate on the middle and late 19th century, and al'o come down closer to our time in iplc in this tail's DOOKS. come own Popular on radio, and a growing the Wild West show. They 1 .. .. ,,.__,. ,,._. _____ i f,-nm hrt«7 anH arrow and TV favorite, the West-that-used- to-be has always had a steady following among fiction readers. Like detective stories, the usual wesferns have a not very large sale but a dependable one. publishers say, first In hard-bounds and then In paper covers. Some of the authors may have been born In Brooklyn, and one of the best is a native of Brit- from bow and arrow and tomahawk to the false fronts on buildings raised along old dirt streets In the early towns, and to the last stagecoach robbery of all, as late as 1914, or so we read in "The Settlers West" (Scribnerl, by Martin p. schmitt and-Dje Brown. The handsome Sell - Welbright book, by a pair of authors as en- one of Ihe best is ft nauve 01 »i-w- DOOK. oy a pun 01 ^u^u,..i «.. w. t ain but if the West isn't their j thusiastic ns they are scholarly, is birthplace it is their habitat, at a biography of a man and a land. - J "--'- " H' S the record, in picture and text, least part time, and their theme, their livelihood, and the welcome fare of a lot of readers whose entire knowledge of a cow stops at the banquet-table beefsteak. Added to this year-round list of six-shooter fiction, there come this fall Just in time for a Christmas roundup four factual books, thick ones, bounteously Illustrated, called "The American West," "The Settlers' West," "The Frontier Years" and "Buffalo Bill and the Wild West." According to tne "Buffalo Bill" volume (Oxford), by Henry Blackman Sell and Victor Weybrlght, the man Sell and Victor Weybrignt, tne now, me west wnicn uuunauju um- West Is 2,000 miles by 2,000 .miles, ralo and Indian; «nd they continue According to "The American West" their story to the IMcshold of mnd- (Dutlonl, by Lucius Beebe. long- lime addict of the West, nnd Charles Chgg, the West krpt going wester, from Kentucky to the Western Re- of Cody the hunter, scout, fighter and showman who eventually put the glamor of the West under canvas and displayed it for effete city folks In this country and Europe. Blark H. Brown and W. R. Fcl- In "The Frontier Years" (Holt), make use of 125 photographs taken by L. A. Huffman, an Army post cameraman from 1860 to 18"i<; lie left » (ine sutler? of portraits rf Crowi. Sioux, Northern Cheyenr » and Blackfeet. Schmitt and Dee Brown recount the origins of what we have left now, the West which outlasted buf- ern times—the first big farm machinery, the oil wells, the opera houses, Hopalong cassldy, Owen Wlster, Zane Gray, Will Rogers, Nice for Papa's Christmas Stocking' FOLIES-BERGERE. By Paul Derval. Translated from French by Lucienne Hill. Preface by Maurice Chevalier. Illustrated. Dutton. Misttnguett, Josephine Baker (our own American contribution), and Maurice Chevalier are the best known names connected with the famous Folies, says owner-manager-author Derval, but other distinguished artists got a start there, among them Colette. Trenet. Rai- mu, Fernandel and Charlie Chaplin. It's not so much this kind of fame, however, as it Is another kind of notoriety that has given this Paris theater its world-wide reputation. Many an American can rind his way as easily to the Folies jin the rue Richer as to the Arc de Triomphe or the Louvre — though some find the way back hazier and harder. It's the big bawdy Folies, the bare Bergere with revues performed usually by one star, 16 show girls, 10 chorus boys and 16 nudes —and have they got a leg to stand on! See the pictures. Kings go there often, as do princes, premiers and presidents, or at least five-star generals. Leopold of Belgium was so enamored of one Folies star, Cleo de Merode, that Paris wags dubbed him Cleopold of Belgium. Many deaf people attend, says Derval; at least they claim deafness as they demand front-row seats. But it's an international audience, one of many tongues, and smart dialogue might be wasted. It opened in 1869, had its first revue 70 years ago; and if it isn't as sedate as Derval pretends—he says some girls want to be doctors, or lawyers, or married mothers—it's still oldfashioned: when there are clothes, for instance, it's always buttons and, for fear of jamming and preventing a quick change, never zippers. But there's zip to the show nnd the story; it's striptease without tease, and any man would be tickled to nnd this in his Christmas stocking. W. G. Rogers The Sea, A Pillar, A Castle THE SEA AND THE STONE. By Charmian Clift and George Johnston. Bobbs-Merrill. The modern scientist and the test tube in which he has learned to mafce sponges about as satisfactory as nature's have overtaken tragically the Kalymnians, Greek islanders who for 3,000 years dived for sponges and won contentment and a livelihood. This novel tosses together the economic, emotional, personality and other problems of an American, an Australian, diver Manoli, beautiful Mina, unhappy Irtni arid others. It's a timely theme, surely, and an important one to the authors. Somehow it is not made to seem significant to me. THE PILLAR OF SALT. By Albert Memmi. Translated from French by Edouard Aoditi. Criterion i Mprdekhal, born and brought up a Jew in Tunis, tells this story of the harsh adventure that befalls the youth and man of a mistrusted and unaccepted people. A prize winner in France, the book is not a very brisk novel, in the American sense, but it's a rich picture of native costume and a sobering autobiographical record. , CASTLE GARAC. By Nicholas Monserrat. Knopf. An American stranded on the French Riviera and waiting for a check from the hoped-for sale of his first novel gets a curious offer from a lady and gent, who accompany their bid with a blank check. Spending lavishly on nn increasing- CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled jy Publishers' Weeklyi FICTION Marjorle MorningsUr, Herman Wouk. Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis. The Tontine, Thomas B. Costain. The Man in the Oray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson. Something of Value, Robert Ruark. NONFICMON Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Inside Africa, John G 'nther. The Power of I'ositive Thlnkinf, Norman Vincent Pcale. How, to Live .1G5 Days a Year, John A. Schindler, The Family of Man, Edward Steichen.« At Last! The Truth About Parts Models By ROSETTE HARGROVE NEA Staff Correipondenl PARIS — (NEA) — Most people tend to think of Parisian mannequins as glamorous playgirls, whose main job in life is to present beautiful clothes in luxurious salons. The president of the Mannequin*' Association, Jany (Lucky) Fourman, has written to Minister of Justice Robert Schuman to register a protest on behalf of all her colleagues. Underlining the fact that "mannequins are not dolls," she pointed out that whenever'one of the group petitioned for a divorce most lawyers representing the other party were prone to cast aspersions on, and hint at, the problematic virtue of the profession. "Fifty per cent of the members of our association are married women and mothers," wrote Lucky (who has a daughter of 12). "White the job carries some prestige, it Is poorly paid in return for hours of exhausting and strenuous work incompatible with a dissipated life. "For this reason I beg to register a protest against an attitude which tends to disci-edit our profession." * • • There are some 200 young women employed by the top-ranking fashion creators who officiate as the short-lived priestesses of the goddess Fashion. Twice yearly, when they present the new spring and fall styles, they are envied by wo men the world over. Few realize what has gone on behind the scenei belore the velvet curtain is raised. For the girls who show the clothe* and on whom depends the bread and butter of hundreds of obscure mt- dincttes, it represents hours of grueling work. Jt is nothing for a mannequin to stand as long as 10 hours with scarcely a break while a creator tries out his new ideas. Then fitters in their turn spend as many hours completing the creation. Mannequins are, in fact, tht "speed-up" girls of High Fashion. Yet the basic salary is only from 5100 to $150 a month. Star mannequins can double, even triple this sum by posing for fashion pictures, but this represents only 10 weeks in the year. In between they are In great demand to appear at balls, galas and exhibitions, for which they receive a fee ranging from'HS to $30. Then there are visits to the larger provincial cities and, since the war, trips to the four corners of the world. * • • Finally, a mannequin gets a small percentage on the sale of every dress she models, but this rarely represents more than another $20 a month. Most of the houses give their mannequins two dresses a year, but they can wear any one of the creations they model if they are invited to a private party. It is no wonder therefore that only about 10 of these glamor girls own a car. Neither do they think in terms ot mink—many near ready- to-wear clothes outside of business FUTURE FASHION — Anne Francis, star of "Forbidden Planet," movie depicting what Will go on in a space ship in the very, very distant future, is shown in one of the futuristic costumes fashioned for the picture. This one is » sparkling, knee-slit gown. ly mysterious mission, he finally picks out a young girl, involves her in what seems to be danger and, falling in love, starts to her rescue. It interests you faintly, but it's a most unlikely yarn, and what seems most unlikely of all Is that It could have been written by the author of "The Cruel Sea." W. G. Rogers. EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hubbard Hardware Phone 2-2015 hours. Besides the 200 mannequins at the top, there are more than 1,000 pretty girls employed by the ready-to- wear trade or specialty shops who live for the day when they will be singled out by a Dior or a Balmain. In a category all their own are about a dozen free-lance models, the aristocrats of the profession. Thev are very much in demand by milliners, hairdressers, accessory creators and shoemakers. Their fees range from $45 for » show in Paris (four hours' work) to $120 for an out-of-town job, all expenses paid. Years ago a mannequin was content to remain a mannequin until she married or became too old for the job. Often she became a saleswoman in the same house. Today modelling is considered by] many as a stepping-stone to anoth-1 er profession. In recent years two have graduated to well-paid jobs on fashion magazines. Bettina, once Jacques Fath's top model, is now designing pullovers. Sylvle, who made her debut with Dior, it now married to * successful young French movie itar. What are the qualitlu required of a Paris mannequin? "First, a great deal of stamina," says Lucky. "Next comes poise, personality and of course, the right silhouette, all three much more important than a pretty face." Pierre Balmain always reminds his mannequins they should wear a mink coat as casually as a sports coat and vice versa. Free-lancer Doudette Rouselet says a definite understanding exists between creator and mannequin. "You must feel and rove clothes to be a successful model," says she. * • • At for Bettina, she compares the the job to the theater. "The same period of rehearsals, then the thrill of the premiere and from then on, you play the part of the woman for whom the dress was created—sports lover, ingenue, sophisticate and coquette," she explains. All agree there is mighty little romance in the working life of even the most glamorous model. The men Who attend a collection are either buyers or men accom- paying a wife or girl friend. The first are completely impervious to sex-appeal, are only interested in the clothes. 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