The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 21, 1955 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, November 21, 1955
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PAGE (ARK.)' OOUHICT ouner NewsMagazine Literary Guidepost Tragic Demise Of Great Poet Told by Friend DYLAN THOMAS IN AMERICA: AN INTIMATE JOURNAL. By John Malcolm Brinnin. Atlantic-Little, Brown. Thomas the poet died two year ago. About four years earlier. Brin nin the author, also a poet, pro found admirer of Thomas', offera to take on the business end of ai American tour for the Welshman There could not be a brasher offer. It was grabbing a lion by the tail. This is the wonderful, terrible, unbelievable story of those years. Thomas steppeci out of a plane sober, but that was about the las time he was seen sober on thi continent. He pub-crawled betweei lectures from here to California When he wasn't being sick on tin carpet he was chasing the host'; W ife_and he caught several. By dint of the incredible exertion of a will power indomitable up to the final week of his stormy life, he pulled himself out of blind drunks just in time to give readings that aroused audiences to cheers, or forced them to tears. Brinnin spares us nothing, even to the looks of the bloody vomit. But Thomas "spared him nothing, and the implacable honesty of Bvin- nin'i record gives it almots Inestimable value. There was no whimper to Thomas, he went out with a bang; his was a disintegration and collapse on the heroic scale. His ghastly experience will remain a classic example of the grisly Gothic demise. But as Thomas' widow Caitlin rightly points out in a stirring prefatory page, this is not the whole truth about the poet nor, she claims, about herself—tempestuous in her own way. she is doing a biography of her own. If Brinnin has failed, though he writes as a devoted friend, it is in not making us realize how "the great poet and the impossible man" were sides of the same coin, inseparable, the one essential in the other. W. O. Rogers Clark Gable Ci'll ^IX' ' I Still King In Hollywood By ERSKIN'I. JOHNSON N'EA Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOQD — (NE.-M - Hollywood knows Clark Gable as "The King" of the box office. Moviegoers have known him for '25 years as the brawling, roughhouse star of 55 movies including the memorable ' ; Gone With the Wihd," "Koil Dust," "It Happened One Night" (which won him an Oscar), "China Seas," and "Mutiny on the Bounty." Hollywood's bookkeepers have known him as the town's highest paid star — $9,000 a week at one time — whose pictures always make money. MONDAY. NOVEMBER 21, 1955 Monumental Lincoln Study Is Completed LAST FULL MEASURE: By J. G. Randall and Richard N. Current. Dodd, Mead. "Last Full Measure" Is the capstone to the monumental study of "Lincoln, The President." by the late Prof. J. G. Randall. He left about half of this culminating fourth volume in manuscript, plus notes and a tentative organization plan for the rest of it. The task of completing the unfinished work he had so nobly advanced fell to Prof. Richard N. Current, long time Randall colleague and associate, who is head of the history and political science department of Woman's College, University of North Carolina, The Randall-Current transition was accomplished without noticeable jolt. Current acknowledges his debt to the Randall researches and wrote the last eight chapters in the light of Randall interpretations, with an effort to adhere to Ihe Randall spirit and standards. He succeeded admirably. The Lincoln we see here is the Lincoln of full stature, laying the groundwork of reconstruction -plans, skirmishing with the radicals, sleeting the nation to take the terrible casualty lists of Grant's hammerinB campaigns, winning reelection in the 18(54 campaign when, loss than three months before election. Lincoln thought it extremely doubtful that he could win. The sentiment of his Second Inaugural — "with malice toward none, with charity for all'' — is the guiding light. ".Last Full Measure" is not it book for the cioual reader. For thotc- wiio have more than cursory knowledge of thr» times, it 1 is a rewarding in.MRlu mtn why Abraham Lincoln is known among the world's men. Bob Price Studio co-workers and the Hollywood press have known him as a moody gentleman of fev words but with a dazzling personality. !! passion for fast automobiles, a trim ankle and a fetish about keeping in character on and oft the screen as a rugged hero. Dean Legend Grows In. Hollywood By ROB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD i#) — This town, which specializes in legends, is i building another around the late! James Dean. j The 24-year-old actor died in uj highway crash Sept. 30, yet he is! as much in the public conscious-1 ness as he was when he lived. Perhaps more so. Men of genius who die young M- "ays excite the imagination. Members of ihe Eight Air Force knew him for two years in Europe during World War II as a "good .soldier." Five \\omen nine known him more intimately as their husband. The Mrs. Gable who knew him hpst of all probably was the late Carole Lombard, killed in a plane crash on a Nevada mountaintop IP. 1942 as she was returning from personal appearances in behalf of Harold Lloyd Richard Barthelmpss 1!)21 If"! "GEORGE" WINNERS — These famous stars of the silent screen are among 20 winners of the first "George" award for "Distinguished contribution to the art of motion pictures. 1915-1925." The awards were made in Rochester, N. Y., at the First Festival of Film Artists. The winners were selected by the persons they worked with during their film days. The festival is sponsored by the George Eastman House of Photography. The award, named lor George Eastman, is a medal bearing his likeness, set in an eight-inch block of transparent plastic. Opera Singing Tough, But Rise Loves It By W. O. ROGEHS sociatpd I'rt'ss Arts Editor NEW YORK (AP) — Father pumped the player piano, squeak-squeak-squeak, and pretty daughter stood up and sang [ for him — thus was launched right here in the family parlor! CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled &y Publishers' Weekly) FICTION Marjoric Morningstar, Herman Wouk. The Man hi the Gray Flannel Suil, Sloan Wilson. Auntie Manic, Patrick Dennis, The Tontine, Thomas B. Costain. Something of Value, Robert Ruark, NONFICTION Gift from Ihe Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. ' bulde Africa, John Ounlher. , Tb* Power of Pmlllve Think- taf, Norman Vincent Pealc. Huff «• Live 36* Days a Year, «7oba A. flchimUer. M*fl Called Peter, Crtthtr- Rise Stevens. "Then mother took over," Miss Stevens says, with a crinkly-eyed wide smile and a waggle of her long slim fingers. IL was the mother who. after 10- year-old Rise (two syllables, Rece- ssuh)' had practised "When Irish eyes are smilin'," tucked the child's land in hers and led her off to (in audition for Milton Cross' "Children's Hour," a radio program on ft'hich the young miss was heard solo for two or three years. Then Miss Stevens was graduated, rom high school. Next for a year she was a model — it isn't only Met •mdiences that think the Stevens' mezzo comes in an irresistible packaging job. Now it was the mother's turn, and she really wanted her daughter to go on the stage. : "I H'ANTKl) IT, too." say.s Miss j Stevens. "I used to daydream about the theater in high school." But the next move committed her to opera. An advertisement called for candidates for the New York Opera Comique; Miss Stevens tried for it, made it. graduated from chorus to small roles in light opera like "The Bartered Bride" and j "Fledermaus." Now for the first lime Miss Stevens, who had been .seen by people who could see, was heard by people who could hear, in particular by Mine. Schpen-Rcne, a teacher at the Julliard. who took Miss Stevens on j as a private pupil and then trans-J fcrrcd her to the school. The rest of the .story is operatic hi story—study in Europe, triumphs there, and then the Met contract, which dales from 1939. So the old player piano paid off. and Miss Stevens has progressed form "Irish eyes are smilin' " to Carmen, Rosenkavalier, Million, Delilah. Hansel, Orfeo in this country and abroad; to film successes like "The Chocolate Soldier" and "Going My Way" and to radio and TV. Tile days of singing for free on "Children's Hour" or any other program are gone for good. No complaints? "I love It!" Miss Stevens ex-claims. "I love H all!" But it's a lot of work? TO 1'KKI'AKK for a new role, that of Giuliette. in Offenbach's "Les Contes d'lloffman" for the Mct's gnla opening n couple of weeks nfjo, Miss Stevens hnci to learn her part before the three-week rehearsal period begnn. In the summer while she was theoretically on Rhc did somn research-—it was painless but still it was research—in Venice on fashions In costumes npd In gondolMi. Back In New York in October and November, she had fittings for shoes and tor costumes, and sittings for photos; she has rehearsed n couple of times a day; and she really had a job done on her hair; it was bleached and then re-dyed "a pink, a red, almost a citrrotty red," as she describes it. This season in the Met where she first went as a standee she will appear almost 40 times, and will be speeding in and out of town all winter Cor shorter and. longer tours. "But I love it all," she reiterates —even when the tenor has a cold and passes it around the company, even when there's 'all the bother about hair, even though it isn't the stage for which her mother planned. She doesn't forget, her love for it even in the panicky hours she endured this summer when she, and her husband, in Athens, where she was singing in the festival, had no word for hours and hours from their young son, off too long and out of reach on a skin-diving expedition on n friend's yacht. He was perfect- IN "RED warmed up Hollywood is agreed that Deanj Harleiiv. was a genius. Says Nick Ray, who, directed him in one of his last pictures: "I think within two years Jim would have taken his place with Laurence Olivier, Gerard Philipe and Marlon Brando as one of the great actors of modern limes." DKAN'S DEATH hit Ray especially hard. A bond had been established between the director and Dean during the year they knew each other and worked together. They bad planned to form their own company. Ray illustrated how the Dean legend is growing. He has been receiving some despondent letters from a woman in Erie. Pa., describing Dean as "the child of my heart." Ray directed Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause." He told of making unusual preparations for the assignment. "I had heard from everyone that Jim was difficult to work with.' lh^ director said. "So I decided to spend as much time with him be- lore the picture as I could. "I went East and found out how he lived back there, the kind of music he liked, all about him. I had him spend a lot of time with my son, who is 17. I wanted him! to experience the relationship with! a younger boy, as he had to enact j in the picture. j WARTIME ROLE in Air Corps eased shock of Carole's death. CLARK (THE KING) GABLE. fifth wife, Kay Williams Spreckle: the first War Bond drive of World War II. Carole was Gable's kind of a woman. She was his match in tossing a hip in a fancy rhuma at 1 a. m. or a word in a cold duck band at sunrise. Bui I doubt i aii\ one really knows Clark Gable, including Mrs. Gable No. 5—Kay Williams Spree- kles. Gable's firsi wife, drama teacher Joesphine Dillxm, has said: "The Clark Gable you see on the screen, that playful rogue with that happy-go-lucky, mischievous glint in his eye, is not the real Gable. He keeps his troubles to himself and broods about, them. "He's complex, serious, moody, thoughtful and gloomy. There have been no really close friends in all of Clark Gable's 54 years of life, but a person close to him on ms movie sets for many years once summed him up for me: "Clark has all the money he'll ever need. He's in perfect health. Bui like all actors he worries about his lasting power as a star. The title of 'The King' is more important to him than anything in his life. He wants it to go on forever. "He's one of those actors who will never retire. He'll wind up playing white-haired grandfathers in wheel chairs and he'll still be worried about the day when Hollywood's casting directors say, '"Sorry, nothing today.'" It was "Sorry, your ears are too big" the first time William Clark Gable was up for a starring role in Hollywood. He made a film test at Warner Bros, in 1929 for a big role after clicking on the stage in a road tour of a prison melodrama, "The Last Mile." Director Mervyn LeRoy turned 1955: With his he uirns on ihe rugged Gable charm. His first wife called him 'complex, serious, moody and gloomy." CLARK AM) CAROLE LOMBARD after their marriage in 1939. She "was Gable's kind of woman,' 1 reports. Erskine Johnson. him down with those now famous words about big ears. Later, when Gable won a contract at MGM and 1930 stardom in "A Free Soul," LeRoy laughed at his blunder: "I could mtike money for the. rest of my life just rtk'asing Clark Gable's ears instead ot pictures." MGM was conscious of Gable's Dumbo ears, too, <md 1:1 several movies, against his uohMit protests, makeup men taped them down. Fimilly Gable would have no more of it. '•The Painted Divert,' 1 filmed in 1S3Q. was Gable's first movie with a leatured role, but as a stage aclor with a louring stock company lie worked <is an extra in several films in 1928. He was an extra on the .stage, ton-- wearing a sarong ;uid a tropical [lower behind his ear as a "native" in the play. "The Bird of paradise." But all of his movie roles have been as rugged as his early background. He was born in Cadiz, Ohio, tiie son of an oil field worker. ' His mother died when he was a baby and he was raised by his stepmother. When he was ,15 he went to work as a timekeeper for a rubber factory in Akron. Later he worked as a tool dresser in the oil fields and as a lumberjack. The death of Carole Lombard in 1942 was a shock Gable helped- erase in the Army Air Corps. He; enlisted five months later and served with distinction for two ( years uith the Eighth Air Force in Europe. Gable and his fifth wife, Kay,.. live in a modest home on a 20- • acre ranch in San Fernando Valley, where he has lived—alter-'-'. n;uely as hunband and as bach- 1 elor— for 15 years. One of his wives v brought British royalty to San " Fernando Valley — Lady Sylvia Ashley—who was Mrs. Gable from 1949 to 1932. But, San Fernando Valley, and Hollywood, weren't too impressed. After all. they've had their' ''King" for 25 years. Just a Nickle Avoids Fine MOUNT JOY, PH. s.4'.'—Here's one town where joy really runs wild when it comes to parking tickets. City council decreed that police- men must slip a nickel into the meter for the overparked motorist and leave a pink notice under the windshield wiper. All the motorist has to do is return the notice to the burgess wiih live cents to waxd off a one dollar fine. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Helium is beijii: ''burned' 1 by extremely hot cores of .some of the older stars in the tu keep them Muked. Temperatures rbe by contracuon to some 200.000.000 degrees in the center of these stars which shine on helium's energy. NOMINAL IIKAD The pre-sklr-nt of Israel is only the nominal head of the Israeli government. A parliament and prime minister hold the real power. SWEDE AND LOVELY- Ac tress Anita Kkbevg posos provocatively for photographer! after arriving in Stockholm, Sweden. It \vas the first visit home sinne 1851 for the Swedish beauty who made good in Hollywood. Anita came to lh« U.S. after wlnnlutf the title of "UiN Sw«d«i." "I FOUND that Jim wasn't diffi- J cult at all. He was a tremendously j vital, gifted and earnest young; man." His reputation for eccentric behavior was due to the fad that; he was stilt growing up, Ray j thinks. I "Jim had a lot of maturmi; to, do." he said. "He had had a j rugged boyhood. His mother had i died when he was 9. and he could i never quite forgive her for that." The love of racing was part of the growing-tip process, said Ray, himself a car enthusiast. Although Dean is gone, his name is as prominent as ever, "Rebel" Is doing big business, and he'll be seen in 'Giant" next year. Already lie's being boomed for an Oscar. KND Advance Pflls Kri. Nov. 18 PICKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries The finest in Beef, Veal, Lamb and Pork Genuine Hickory Smoked Hams Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries 2-2043 Call In We Deliver Come In 1044 Chick • Boiled Out • Repaired • Flo Tested • Re-cored ly safe all the lime, but Mi>s Stev- cns had to wait desperately lung, indeed till nn hour before curtain time, to learn it. Attention: Men of the 461 st Wing! Hudson Can Supply All Your Clothing Needs: • Uniforms • Belts • Caps • Ties • Slacks • Shirts • Cheverbns • Jewelry Cleaner • Clothier - Tailor Blylheville, Ark. 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