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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, November 28, 1955
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE ourier NewsMa azine Literary Guidepost Sophia Loren Silvan* Mangano They Fight, Film Birm Busts- Because sultry Italian movie stars Sophia Loren (left), and Silvana Mangano batUed over which would star in a picture about Indochina, Italy's biggest movie company has broken up. It was Ponti-De Laurentis Film Co. Carlo Ponto, 42, the steady date of Sophia, 20, insisted that, she get the stellar role, but his partner, Dino De Laurentis happens to be Silvaua's husband, and was determined that his wife get the plum. So Ponti and Sophia went one way and De Laurentis and his Silvana the other. Both sides are racing to be the first to produce the Indochina film. Esther Shuns the Pools (But Not as Aquacade) By DICK KLEINER A FEW FAST FACTS: Irnogene Coca's first TV appearance since she tore up her contract will be on a winter Max Liebman spectacular .. . Nat "King" Cole will play the lead in a TV version of "The Hot Mikado." ... U. S. Steel Hour is looking for a play for Linda Darnell; she said she'll appear in the right show . . , Rocky Graziano has been approached to appear with James Stewart in a coming Paramount picture ... Biggest prize yet—a new car every year for the rest of their lives—will be awarded four winners on ABC-TV's Lawrence Welk show, in a contest supporting the National Safety Council's accident prevention program. Maxle Rosenbloom was with some of his more Intellectual friends, who were discussing the tension In the Near Kast. During, the course of this conversation, one of them mentioned the Ouza Strip. "You mean," Maxie asked, "one of them Gabor girls has gone into burlesque?" There'll be fewer splashes in, Esther Williams' future. She's been practically reborn, as of Aug. 1 last, and there'll be some chun- gcs made. On that date, her exclusive contract with MGM ended. Now she can do other things, like her smash TV appearance on "Omnibus," which included a genteel strip tease. "I loved working on 'Omni bus,' " Esther says. "I bad to think' on my feet. I think maybe that surprised some people, which is what I wanted. After all, I do have a. water-logged brain up here." And she tapped her pretty head. It is Miss Williams' belief that those soggy epics she did for MGM for 10 years need a rest. "I used to go on the set and say some awfully silly lines," she says. "I'd think to myself, 'Gee, I've said this same thing to the same people on the same set dozens of times.' The only thing that ever changed was the bathing suit." So she would haunt the MGM brass, bringing scripts of a little meatier content, in an attempt to have them let her out. They would say, -with a tired smile, that her pictures had made $45,000,000 in 10 years and why kill the swan that laid the golden egg. So back to the swimming pool. But now it's all over. She has plans. She's considering five movie scripts; they'd all be made in Europe, and there's not a swimming pool in the ilot. She may swim, but it would have to be ' an integral part of the story. These are, Esther says, "exotic stuff," which Is what she wants. Then, next fall, she hopes to bring an aquacade to New York, maybe into Madison Square Garden, with herself as chief attraction. She'd move th« whole family East and buy a place in the country. It would have to have a swimming pool, though; she always swims a quarter of a mile every morning, And she wants to do lots more TV. Her "watcr-loRged brain" worked out a very sensible schedule for breaking into the medium. Esther Williams Kathi Norris First she did the Milton Berle show—with a swimming pool — and then she did "Omnibus"— with a swimming pool. She figured the public expected that. Now she thinks she can do a dramatic show, without the pool, and the public will be happy. She's right, too. Kathi Norris, General EIcc- tric's Ral commercial deliverer, \v:is hostess far a (tamoitslnrtion of fJI-'s atomic power plant. One of the guests was the Navy's atomic sub man, Adm. Hyman Rickover. Kathi offered him an atomic-power-grilled hamburger, but mistakingly, said, "Care for one of these, General?" "No thank you, Miss Furness," snapped Rickover. Fess Parker, Davy Crockett to you, just finished a tour of 22 cities. Fess says he shook 100,000 "little limp" hands, wore out six sets of guitar strings and in between wrote 17 new verses to "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." Fess, poor lad, can now sing it for 20 minutes without repeating a verse. DICK'S QUICKIE: Parke Levy, creator and writer of "December Bride," says that if all people wha cat at boarding houses were put at one long table, they would reach. Titanic Tells Own Story With Facts A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. By Walter Lord. Holt. At 11:40 Sunday night, April 14, 1912, a lookout on the White Star liner Titanic spotted an iceberg dead ahead. Less than a minute later, the 66,000-ton luxury liner, on her maiden Voyage to New York, had swung off and avoided a head- on collision, but the berg; ripped a 300-foot gash deep under water. It was a rumbling:, a scrapinj sound, crewmen and passengers thought, and went on playing cards, drinking, getting ready for bed. The Titanic was popularly called unsink : able, so why worry? For some time no one did. But emergency doors were closed, and one by one, though slowly, the people heard of an iceberg. Water poured in, and before many - minutes passengers were alerted and came on decL in a fantastic combination of finery and lifebelts; and with women and children—mostly—going first, got into lifeboats, dropped to the water and in freezing 1 weather rowed away The ship .sank at 2:20 a.m. The Cunarder Carpathia picked up 675 survivors; and leaving a sea strewn with tables, chairs, boxes, and floating ice, and covering the bodies of more than 1,500 dead, sailed back to New York. Lord wisely lets this exciting story tell itself. Pacts are piled on facts; there Is little elaboration of them but they are. endlessly fascinating: It was an Episcopal hymn, "Autumn," not "Nearer^ my God to Thee," that the band was playing as the ship sank. Death rate was much higher in steerage than first class. There were lifeboats for only half the people aboard, whose names were Astor, Butt, Widener, Straus and the like. The Titanic sent the first SOS in history. The captain ignored six separate warnings of ice ahead wirelessed to him that very day. W. Q. Rogers. Kipling's Story Told at Last— And Very Well THE LIFE OP RUDYARD KIPLING. By C. E. Carrington. Doubleday. "Danny Deever," "Gun^a Din,' ; "Fuzzy-Wuzzy," "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet," "The Bear that walks like a man," "Recessional," "Jungle Books" — these names, titles, phrases are so familiar, so alive, that it's hard to believe the man who wrote them was born almost a century ago, and has been dead 20 years. Yet in a way he seems still longer dead, for he was the irrepressible spokesman of imperialism. Born in India, with a pre-Raphaelite family background, cousin to Stanley Baldwin, he was the son of a teacher who had a distinguished career abroad. But the son left the father far behind. After a stab at newspaper life, he set to work, at 21, on the short stories, poems, and books that quickly earned him fame and riches. With Henry James to give away the bride, he was married to Caroline Balestier and they lived for a time in her home, Brattleboro, Vt. Kipling.wanted seclusion; he avoided the press and the public — which nonetheless gathered prayerfully in great mobs outside the New York hotel where he once lay dangerously, if!. Carrington traces the remarkable career from the miseries of childhood to the tragedy that struck two of the three children, from the early experiences in Simla and Lahore to Boer War, World War I and the menace of the 1930s. He reminds us of the mixed criticisms. Many of us in imagination hear the confident ringing voice, but still have our reservations —though Carrington has few of his own. But we have no reservations about his fine book. Carrington, cutting a mountain of material down to a manageable shape and size, gives us the essence of the living Kipling. It's a long overdue biography; it should last all the longer as the standard work. ' W. G. Rogers. Ed Sullivan's Success Based On Mixture of Strange Qualities By DICK KLEINER N'EA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — Ed Sullivan is hardly the type of. person you'd expect to be a star. He admittedly has no special talent, he isn't ovcrpoweringly handsome, he exhibits no tremendous emotion, his voice is flat and his enunciation often faulty. Yet he has a quality, a something that makes him highly successful, both as a master of ceremonies and as a TV salesman. And his TV program like the man, lias obvious flaws. There are shows with better production, bigger budgets, more elaborate sets. It sometimes stumbles, on occasion falls flat on its face, seldom goes through an entire hour without some very weak spots. Yet it has a quality, a something that makes it among the most successful shows in the TV's brief history. And this highly-rated show is all Sullivan—he is undisputed boss. It is his show, from the initial casting to fade-out. * * • Sullivan has cut down his newspaper writing to a minimum to concentrate on the program and on the public relations work he does for his sponsor, Lincoln-Mercury. Now- aways, he plans his shows often four months in advance. "Carmine," he said, "let me see the show schedule." Carmine San- tuUo is one ol his Uvo secretaries; the other is pretty blonde Jean Bombard. He brought a sheaf of papers held together with clips. "See." said Sullivan, but he held it too far away to see. He explained that he books that far in advance because "the competition is so lough I have to." The paper was covered with typewritten lists of the guests for each Sunday's show, with many changes in pencil. That's the first step in putting together "The Ed Sullivan Show." As the show date nears, Sullivan meets with the acts and goes over the material they'll do. He has definite ideas, too, and his ideas generally prevail. Once, as a recent example, he'd booked Dick Shawn, a young, talented comedian. Shawn had appeared on some opposition shows in what the trade calls "book shows"—meaning that he had a part to play. Sullivan figured that Shawn would be better as "standup comedian"— 'meaning he'd just do his act. The week before the appearance, Shawn and his manager showed up with a new act for him to do. Sullivan said no, he wanted the same old act. Shawn and his manager said he'd done it on TV before. Cul- SULLIVAN ON CAMERA: with Kobert Taylor: Basically a kid. livan said yes, but he'd done it on the program opposite Sullivan's CBS-TV spot (the inference being that nobody watches that) and besides he wanted him to do the same act. Shawn did the same old act. Sullivan writes the scrip for the show himself, but doesn't memorize it. He figures he's better at adllb- bing—and you can either stretch or shorten an adllb introduction—so ne only uses a scrip for the commercials. And those he reads from a prompting device. Even up to show time, he's juggling and shifting the show. On occasion, he'll make drastic changes during the program. If an act "isn't playing"—not doing so hot—he'll cut it short and ring somebody else in. If an act is playing especially well, he'll let it run long and cut somewhere else. His studio audience guests — the ones he asks to take a bow—are often planted just before show time. Sometimes, though, they're booked months ahead. Many of them get paid the same scale as though they did an act on stage. So the SulUvan touch last right through the show. It's a touch that's half Stardust, half printer's ink. His friends say he's still basically a kid who worships stars, likes to near them and knows how to make them feel good. They, in turn, like to be with somebody who so obviously worships them and so they do their best for him. Sullivan says his success is due to a newspaperman approach. "I'm a newspaperman," he says, "and I plan my show like a newspaperman would. There should be more newspapermen in show business. Be much better. If you're writing a newspaper story, you lead off with the best fact you have, the most exciting, most interesting. I rio that on my show—I lead off with the best act. "Well, that's contrary to show business tradition. Always used to be the opening act was the worst— the acrobats—and the next act wasn't much better. By the time the good stuff came along, the audience was,bored. I feel if you start with a good act, you'll get the audience warmed up." SULLIVAN IN REHEARSAL: Like writing > newspaper story. It took a while for that philosophy to be accepted. Sullivan, m his pre-TV days, used to MO vaudeville and benefit shows, and tried to sell acts on that. Usually he wasn't successful. Once, though. Bill (Bojangles) Robinson said, Ed, I get so tired waiting around to go on, I'd love to open your show," and that was the opening wedge. He still gets some complaints— Lionel Hampton virtually refused to open his show, even when Sullivan coyly said, "You'll be following Jack Benny," who had the show Just before his—but now the principle is fairly well set, Sullivan has been on the CBS network eight years now, in the same spot. His budget for his first show was $1,350. Last season, his figure for talent alone was $16,000 a week, and this year it's $25,030. Sullivan's salary, unrevealed, has risen in the same curve. To CBS he's worth it. He anchors the important Sunday night programs. He brings important names to the network. And he, himself, has become a big audience- getter. He loves it, too." "My greatest pleasure," ha says, "does not come from appearing before the camera, oddly. I get my greatest pleasure from presenting correctly on the show, doing news things, finding new talent." And he's getting a lot of pleasure these days. v Caine Mutiny' Scores Again -This Time Before Closeup Camera of TV By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK (AP) — The closeup camera of television has had one of its finest triumphs. The occasion was "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" on CBS-TV. Judicial "Doom" "Doom" originally meant the legal decision of a judge, particularly an adverse sentence on ,a criminal, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Penguins are found only in the southern half of the earth. Most of them live within the Antarctic Circle. put a little vinegar in any new this process will prevent food from frying pan and bring it to a boil sticking. K»r aches, palm, cuts, Bruises, u • r n » C*UE, bcadachei. bites an* sti«cs, try Bob's Gypsy Rub Liniment iTailatilp ni *nni i:i*.inn- drue r-tiatef C. G. SMITH PRODUCTS CO. It's doubtful if Herman Wouk's j play, based on. his novel, could altogether fail in any medium. With good actors and the device of a commentator it probably even would communicate great ffelinc on radio. For it's a .solid, unified; drama on (lie grand theme ofi man's responsibility. i As one who sau" the play from j the balcony on Broadway, I enjoyed the television version more. This was because of a camera that enabled one to .see fit close range the acting' of one of the rinest casts ever assembled. In Lloyd Nolan, as Captain Queeg. we saw a man coming apart at the seams in the 1 same room iwth us. In Barry Sullivan, as Lt. Greenwald, we snv. the man who loathfulLy wielded th?. verbal scalpel on Queeg's paranolt personality. Charles Laugbton's editing of tin- play was most perceptive. But without tlie discerning camera, direction of Franklin Scbaffner, the TV director, the effectiveness of cast and script might easily have been diluted. CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled Uy Publishers' Weekly) FICTION Marjorie Morningstar, Herman Wouk. Aunt Mame, Patrick Dennis. The Man in the Gray Flannel | Suit. Sloan Wilson. | The Tontine, Thomas B. Costain. Something; of Value, Robert Ruark. NONFICTION Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Inside Africa, John Gtmthcr. The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale. How to Live 365 Days a Year, John A. Schindler. A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall. THERE WAS .superior entertain- week. In the top drawer was Maurice Evans' presentation of George eBrnard Shaw's "Hhe Devil's Disciple" on NBC-TV. Shaw's mordant wit was given a zestful edge by a cast that included Evans as Dick Dudgeon, i< Yankee rebel ; Dennis King as Gen Burgoyne; Ralph Bellamy as Parson Anderson; and Teresa Wright as, Mrs. Anderson. Alec Guiness made a delightful filmed appearance on ABC-TV Sund;iy evening in the role of a pttri- tunical-appearing gentleman who rebelled against his lot as a bank employe and briefly enjoyed the power of stolen gold. The film, one of Guiness' best, was "Th Lavender Hill Mob." 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