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PAGE TWELVE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1951 ourter NewsMagazine GREEN-EYED BLONDE — Vera Miles, new Hollywood starlet, got into the movies by winning a beauty contest in her home state of Kansas (she's originally Irom Oklahoma). She stars in the new •Warner Bros, film, "The Searchers," with John Wayne. Jeffrey Hunter, Ward Bond and Natalie Wood. Blytheville Film Fans Vote On Stars, Shows Blytheville movie audiences liked: June Allyson • Richard Todd Tab Hunter Peggy Lee . . .. and, most of all, "A Man Called Peter." These were the actors, actresses and motion picture Blytheville audiences picked as the best of 1955. Nearly 1,000 movie fans dropped their ballots in the box at Ritz theatre. Results have been forwarded to St. Louis for tabulation in the nationwide event, in which some 8,000 theaters are participating. Later this month, national winners will be recognized. Todd's performance in "A Man Called Peter" was voted best of the jejir by an actor. JAMKS STEWART'S "Man irom Laramie" and "Strategic Air Command" bought him second and third places. June Allyioii, who also did nor bit for ''Strategic Air Command" came down with actress honors. She was followed by Jennifer Jones, who played in "Love Is a Many etc." and Doris ("Love Me or Leave Me"j Day. Tab Hunter who was in "Battle Cry" and "Truck of the Cut," was named most promising new actor.: He was followed by the great- man- Davy Crockett—as portrayed by! Fess Parker, and Tim Hovcy who J was in "The Private War of Major' Benson." ! Peggy Lee, lony in the entertainment field but a relative newcomer to films, won local favor for her jazz-singing role in "Pete Kelly's Blues." : THE PUBLIC fancy shifted lo things flotter than Peggy's tunes in| selecting runncrs-up to Miss Lee as' top new female personality. Controversial Terry Moore ("Daddy Longlegs") and fiery Kim Novak, "Phffft," followed in that order. "A Man Called Peter" the story of a saint-like man dedicated to Christianity, won ft clear-cut decision over "Battle Cry," a story of sinner-like folks dedicated to something entlrley different, "Love It A etc." came In third and Blackboard JJungle' rth. was fou- EYE-OPENER - Dorothy Dantirklgc, returning to nightclub warbling, shimmied and sang in this sexy sequined leotard during her opening performance al the Riviera in Lot Vegas, Nov. A bouquet of rosci fhc received thni night wa.-- from her 20lh Century-Fox bosses, spiking a rumor that all Is not well between Dorothy and the studio. Adams Life, Work Are Detailed HENRY ADAMS: A Biography. By Elizabeth Stevenson. Macmillan. "Mont-Saint-Mitche! and Ciiar- tres' and "The Education of Henry Perry Como's Plan: Just Take It Easy **** *"*** Well-Liked Singer Is Relaxed Guy By DICK KLEINER NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — "Look at that guy/' a man watching a TV rehearsal said. "He looks like lie enjoys rehearsing.' 1 "That guy" was Perry Como. And he does enjoy rehearsals. He likes everyone on the show. Most of his guests are old friends. So a Como rehearsal is something like a party. It is informal, almost to the point of seeming haphazard. But there's a man with a stopwatch and a director in shirtsleeves who are all business. i;uimal. unsullied by publicity. His they've been married 23 years) ROSEMARY CLOOXET tndi Mioclatc. Said she: angel." And nobody will deny it. "Perry to M Como himself walks around slowly. He wears slacks, sports shirt and yellow sweater. He carries a script but rarely looks at it. When someone else is performing he sits down been described by a friend as There isn't a sing crowd. Ronnie, David in the Como who's 9t and w -nuitude beyond expression, thisj «'hen the act is over ap Adams—decendant of two presiden-; During the breaks, ts whose father, Charles Francis. | mildly. • a housewife—one of those women who're happy when the servant quits luvause then she has a chance to fit" 1 ! ih. Terri (who's 8) all like music, but don't seem to have any vocal talent, "I guess we goofed on that." Perry says. The two younger children he clowns He'll tense a girl about herj But he delights in talking about was a masterly legislator and slat-i new chinchilla hat and end up oyi his children. It's typical-father-talk, esman around the time of the Civil i trying it on. He'll swing a prop] not ivpiral-star-taUi. The kids, ap- w nt . 'rifle like a golf club. He'll break! parently. show him not too much urofessional respect. Perry talked down on her knees and scrub' are adopted, incidentally. floor." I He'll talk about the children We haven't known much else'into a little dance step. about him; his wife's suicide. hiSj * distinguished friends, his sharpi n* s ail part of tlie Como philos- tongue about ended the story, Con-jophy: ."Taking things easy is the sequently this informative, detail-j happy i.vay to live." But he can't be ed biography is doubly welcome. j pushed around. Adam's professional career, aftev Harvard and study abroad, inclu- Says an associate: "You've heard the horse -you can lead respect. Perry a bout, a family get-together, for an iu-htw's birthday .at which there were Como cousins by the dozen. "Tiiuv put on records and danc- he said. -Ronnie, he's 16, and to i some of the others dig that rythm ded participation in public affairs !^££|. but "vou" can't "make""himI and blues. Well, they had some oi -• - ' ' -" i~.-i.i-~. i - mj . recorc j s on the machine, and earls time one of them started playing they all listened sort of dutifully. Ronnie, he had an expression on "his face—sort of like he was thinking. 'Boy, how long does this as his father's secretary; teaching; editorship of the North American Review; a somewhat amateurish role in politics. drink? Well, Perry's a guy you can't even lead to water if he doesn't want to go." He has definite" ideas about him- But the Aaarns important to us i self, his show, his life. No photog- it the author of books on various raphers are allowed near the Como historical and social topics, as well home. He wants his family to be i square stuff last?'" as the works on the cathedrals and on his own life. Miss Stevenson's particular, most praiseworthy achievement is her painstaking establishment of the intmate connection between the man and his work. Of the "Mont-Saint-Michel" she says, "The whole man wrote the books," and proceeds to prove it, "I am not made for Boston, Mass.." Adams wrote in his old age. Yet it's hard to say for what else he was made, however much in his last 30 years he preferred Washington and European capitals. This books is. besides a record of Adams, a record of how rich, and how basic to us all. New England has been. Among nostalgic reminders culled from its pa^es, we note that John Hay died at Lake Sunapee, that sculptor Saint-Gaudens had his studio in Cornish, N. H.. that there was Boston under the skin of artist John La- Fargc and architect Richardson as well as Adams. W. G.Rogers Miller Explains Modern Needs Of Dramatist A VIEW PROM THE BRIDGE. By Arthur Miller. Viking. If an ordinary fellow on the stage complains of his inothcr-iii- law, his remark by itself has few dramatic Implications. But if he happens to be a king, then without further explanation the audi- j ence realizes a mothcr-in-lnw can j bring on a war or revolution. Or if a character is greeted. "Good morning, Willy," again the remark seems isolated and inconse- "Good morning, Your Majesty,"! the dramatic potentioi is vastly ex- L. panded. ! vs These examples of a central Gold ' e Po " er - D(L theater problem were supplied kindly by Arthur Miller when I asked I'EKRY COMO the way (he world sees him: relaxed and casual. Away from the camera he's the same way. the drop of a hat, or break of a rehearsal. When he's rehearsing though, he's pretty serious about it. He goes through all his comedy routines, his sketches, his introductions over and over. When it comes time for a Como solo, however, he just hums and la-la-las. He does rehearse his songs fully with the orchestra, in private. Como, quiet and easy - going though he is, knows what he wants. And what he wants he gets. For instance, he wants everything in good taste. Nothing off-color is allowed. Comic Buddy Hacketi was a guest | and did his famous Chinese waiter i bit. It includes the word "belch." ! Perry said no. Hackett was amazed. Perry was firm. The word stayed out. On the very first show of the season, Julius LaRosa was the guest. The writers, headed by the talented veteran Goodman Ace. put in a scene where Como asked LaRosa for advice, since it was his first show and LaRosa -had been on all summer. "Just renrember," LaRosa's line went, "to have humility." The word had obvious Arthur Godfrey connotations. The program was flooded with mail, most coming from irate Godfrey fans. Como determined to open the next show with an apology. Everyone said an apology wasn't called for, the network, his writers, his press agent. But Como opened the next show with a few quiet words of apology. THE HARDEST thing to. find around Broadway is anyone who'll say anything bad about Perry Como. Thjs is one star everyone seems to like. "Perry Como," said Rosemary Clooney firmly, ''is an angel." "Perry," said producer Lee Cooley, "is the easiest guy in the world to work with." There's nothing stand-offish about him. Get introduced and the first thing he's put his hand on your shoulder, casually, like he's one of your oldest pals. He'll talk simply, seriously, as long as he can. He's one of the Few stars who likes to go home. He's never been inside most of the famous New York night-spots. He high-tails it for his comfortable home in suburban Sands Point whenever he has a chance. And he's honest about himself. IN REHEARSAL Perry Como swings a microphone into a quea- ; tloning: gesture. With his cues memorized, his easy, familiar grace can take over. his past, his talent. He admits his, age Ul i and doesn't attempt to: | hide the gray threads that more j i and more are creeping into his; hair. He's proud that he started out 1 as a barber. He's acknowledged, publicly that he learned to sing by i copying Bing Crosby's records. | This may be unusual for most i j stars but it's what you expect once | ! you get to know Como. 1 i ... | ' Ciiuonsburg:, Fa., where he start-j i ed at 11 building the fire and sweep' ing floors in a barber shop is understandably proud of him. They've renamed Franklin Avenue, the j street where he was born and .grew up. "Perry Como Avenue." At 14. he had his own barber shop with two helpers and worked after school until midnight. More or less on a dare, Pierino Como the barber Perry Como the singer. The hallmark of Como is his casual air but Perry admits: "Sure, the butterflies are there. head writer, Goodman Ace, was plotting it.show with lois of comedy" but not too many songs. The first few shows followed that pattern. "Ace thinks I'm a comedian." Como says. "He thinks I'm the funniest guy in the world. But I'm not. I'm a singer. So we made some changes and now I'm back doing more songs and less comedy." And he's insisted that the comedy be material that he Feels "right" doing. He'll kid one star about records, another about children, get off a few mild gags about golf or swimming or similar subjects h« knows about. Mostly these pleasant little bits of repartee seem spontaneous. He's tailored his rehearsal schedule to fit his needs. Monday, he confers with the writers and produc- vidual elements rehearse separately — the dancers, singers, Perry and the orchestra. Friday everything is I just ha"; waysofnot noting! brought together for the first time them. My formula is simple - I SaUirda >' a11 ^ { ^ w °* wlth know what I'm doing. I know the songs I'm supposed to sing, I know the chalk marks I'm supposed to go to. I know my lines. That way, I'm not nervous." cameras. And Sundays? Well, Sunday is, Como family day. It starts with church — Perry. Roselle. the three ! kids and the maid all go together. If you study the Como show on i He's u very religious person: he NBC-TV, .you'll notice tricks he uses to avoid nervousness. He seldom sings duets. This season, in fact, is the first time he's ever done it. He won't sing a solo just standing are outdoor affairs with Perry presiding at the barbecue pit. There's a in front of a curtain. He says he feels the need of something to hold on to — a bench, for example, or a table — or for something to be going on in the background. If he is wears a religious medal on a chain around his neck and every meal in the Como house is preceded by grace. Me.ils on Sunday in nice weather swimming pool which gets steady patronage. And Perry Is an ardent golfer. It's a good life and Perry is grate- out by himself, he'll invariably put I ful. He also has one hedge against his hands in his pockets. possible change in fortunes — he's As the season started Como'3 still a dues-pnying member of the barbers' union. WARNING a R D E R IN THE CHANCERY COURT, C'HICKASAWBA DISTRICT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS E. Potter, Pltf. he filled two steam boilers with it. Solid Steam HOUSTON, Tex. {.fl — Fellow on LotUS UnHuft an oil well drilling rig felt pretty silly. He forgot to close a vital valve, and instead of pumping quick-setting cement down the well, The defendant, Goldie Potter, is hereby warned to appear within J thirty days in the court named in j his" with which he introduces "this the caption hereof and answer the printed edition of the two one-act complaint of the plaintiff, L. E. plnvs which are Miller's newest I Potter. Broadway success. It's called "On t Dated this 22nd day of Noveai- Social Plays." ! ber -, 1955 The form of a plays, says Miller —a highly articulate man in thirties, his hair thinning, features clearcut, figure and spare if not him about the remarkable essay of his hisj SEAL GERALDINE LISTON. fncej of Miller's "Death of a Salesman.' 1 gaunt—is imposed by he points out thus Willy Lonuin the material. A view of the hero taken narrowly within his family re- making him more than a salesman giving him overtones, a past and a. quires prose; a view of the hero in; future, an ambiance. Only [hen his large social setting lifts the .sub-j could Miller get on with the pl.ty .enernlizn- j W. G. Rogers from the ject out of refills minto lions poetry—"A View Bridge," incidentally, is both. The Greeks, dealing only in kings and majesties, addressed an audience that took royal attributes for granted. Now the democratic audience, says Miller, has to have these matters explained. 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