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TUESDAY, APRIL 1«, 19M BLYTHEVTLLf (ARK.) COURIER NEWi PAGE ourier NewsMagazine Literary Cu/depost Raps Critic^ Also Dissects Playwrights " THE GREEN CROW. By Sean O'Casey. (George Brulller, Inc.) In this new volume, one of Ireland's most poetic, thunderous writers wraps into an explosive package his personal critical comments about dramatic critics, and his discerning essays about other playwrights from Bernard Shaw to Noel Coward. And for soothing good measure, he includes four of his famed'short stories. He explains that the title, "The Green Crow," is derived from the (act that crows are uniform in color, and in thought. But in his cousins, the magpies and ravens, the crow has family dissenters who boast a green feather here and there amid their black ones. Since the riot that greeted the opening in 1926 of his classic "The Plough and the Stars", R rather irreverent view of the Irish revolution in 1916, O'Casey has lived in England. He is still a troublesome figure in the Irish theater. When his new "The Bishop's Bonfire" opened in Dublin last year, there were disturbing elements in the lirst night audience; but there was also a riot outside of people trying to get Into the theaer. In "The Green Crow" he writes that the Irish drama critics are 'Hndeed a dull bunch." As for American critics, he says that "however bitter they may be, however exasperating they may become, (they) are invariably friendly ... so long as you don't want to be forever talking about yourself." O'Casey is tolerant of English critics, but his complaint is that "The (English) critic is to have a mile of paper-space a year to go for the playwright, while the playwright Isn't to have an inch of spare space in" which to say a word about the critics." Familiar as the O'Casey tunes are to enthusiasts, "The Green Crow" is a heart warming reminder of.his sentiments. Mark Barron. Tops in Pops Listed below are the latest selling and radio requested recordings on the local and national level. LOCAL 1 — .Long Tall Sally — Little Richard 2 _ I Was The One — Elvis Presley 3 — Bo Weevil — Teresa Brewer 4 — Hey, Doll Baby - The Clovers 5 _ ivory Tower — Otis Williams 6 — Man with Golden Arm Theme — Elmer Bernstein 7 — Magic Touch •— Platters 8 — To You My Love — Oeorgie Shaw 8 _ why Do Tools Tall In Love — Teenagers 10 — Blue Suede Shoes — Carl Perkins NATIONAL 1 — Poor People of Paris — Les Baxter 2 — Lisbon Antigua — Nelson Kiddle 3 — Rock and Roll Waltl — Kay Starr 4 — No Not Much — Pour Lads 5 — Great Pretender — Platters 6 — Why Do Fools Fall in Love — Teenagers 7 — Blue Suede Rhoes — Carl 8 — Juk« Box Baby — Perry Como 8 — Jnnamorat* — Dean Martin 10 — I'll Be Home — Pat Boone RADIO 1 — Long Tall Sally — Little Richard 2 — Blue Suede Shofti — Carl Perkins 3 — 1 Wa« Th« One — Elvis Presley 4 — That's Tour Mistake — Otis Williams 5 — Bo Weevil — Teresa Brewer g _ why Do Fools Fall In Love — Teenagers T — Ivory Tower, — Otta Williams 8 — Our Love AHalr — Tommy Charlee » — Cry Baby — Billy William* 10 — Hey, Doll Baby — The Cloven M.A.M. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION AKDERSONTILLB. MacKlnley Kantor. TEN NORTH FREDERICK, John O'Har*. THE LAST HURRAH, Edwin O'Connor. ISLAND IN THE SUN, Alec Waugh. MARJORIE MORNING S T A R , Herman Wouk. NON-FICTION THE SEARCH FOR BRIDET MURPHY, Morey Bernstein. GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. \ MGHT TO REMEMBER, Waller Lord. INSIDE AFRICA, John Ounther. PROFILES IN COURAGE, John P. Kennedy, Read Courier Ncwi Classified Ad«. LESLIE CARON, as she will appear in the forthcoming MOM picture, "Gaby," in'which she plays the role of a little Caveat Garden ballet girl in London during the blitz. John Kerr is the American G.I. she meets, and that's that! .GIRL METS BUOY — "Slow, dangerous curves" Is warning as Willa McGuire makes a cul around buoy at Cypress Gardens, Fla. Authentic Sinking In Bogart's New Film' 'The Good Shepherd' Columbia Pictures received a "once-in-a-irletime" break when a preliminary planning meeting in San Diego with the U. S. Navy on the motion picture, "The Good Shepherd," brought out the information that the Navy, as a routine operation, was to test some destructive weapons by torpedoing and sinking an obsolete amphibious type ship the following day. Permission was obtained by Vice Admiral H. G. Hopwood, commander of the First Fleet, from the Navy department, D. C.. for Columbia to photograph the sinking in wtde-screen Technicolor and this will not be an Important sequence of the picture, based on C. S. For' ester's best-selling novel of an Atlantic convoy in World War n. It stars Humphrey Bogard, with Ranald MacDougall directing from his own scrip, and Jerry Wald producing. Three Columbia c*mera crews photographed the sinking of the LST 488 by the lubmarlnes Sefu- ndo and Pomadon, supported by the tub tender Nereus. Capt. R. E. Domln, Commander of Submarine Squadron Three, was In command of the operation. Because such an opportunity may never arise again, director MacDougall shot the sequence although starting date of the production is not scheduled until July. LST 483 was a 4600-ton vessel, 385 feet In leigth. It had served throughout World War II In the Pacific and had been loaned to the Japanese, alter the peace treaty had been signed, for evacuation of troops from various islands. "You Can't Run Away From It" has been selected by Columbia as the release title for the comedy with music that has been known as "Night Bus". The new title for the Cinema- scope - Technicolor production comes from a sonu written for the picture by Jimmy Mercer and Gene de Paul. June Allyton and Jack Lemmon What're We Laughing At? Top Comics View New U. S. Humor Br DICK KLEINER NEW YORK — (NBA) — Why did the chicken cross the road? If you say the perambulating pullet wanted to get to the other side, you're as out of date as a dinosaur. Humor, like dinosaurs, has evolved into higher forms. And a survey of top comedians and gag-writers highlights this evolution. Take the road-crossing rooster. Dick Shawn, one of the better young comics, says that used to be pretty good as a laugh-getter. But today? "Today," Dick says, "with the way audiences are with their 'go and show me' attitudes, the same joke would have to be twisted around — given a new, strange, weird, sick slant. It would have to go something like this: "Bill: Hey, man! Why did that crazy chick cross that road there? "Joe: Boy, that was no chick. That's my father. He's got problems." The surveyed comedians do not EDITOR'* NOTE: The American Muse of humor U changing. So lay a majority of 14 top comedians and caf-wrltars, a picked panel of punnv people polled by NEA'i Dick Kleiner. This U the drat of two parte. agree that the changing American sense of humor is progress. "The standards of humorous material have been lowered," the late Fred Allen said in a reply shortly has educated people to humor," he duction era the humor In radio, television and motipn pictures comes off the assembly line. These media centered In New York, Chicago and Hollywood have eliminated regional humor — Its writing and performance." Jack Parr agrees that all is not well in the humor factories. "Because of the heavy barrage of comedy via TV. radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, cartoons and even the back of cereal boxes," Parr says, "the average American is exposed to humor of some form for the best (or worst) part of the day. This saturation takes its toll and the public soon becomes jaded with contemporary syles of humor. For instance, whatever happened to the Little Audrey stories, the Little Moron jokes and "Knock, knock, who's there?" But Edsar Bergen takes the view star in the film which Was produced and directed by Dick Powell. • • • The Cannes Him Festival committee has extended a special invitation to Columbia Pictures to enter "The Harder They»Fall" in the annual competition, shecduled this year tram April 2J-May 10. I "The Harder They Fall" Is baaed upon Budd Schulberf'* novel j -expose of the priie fighting rac- | ket. It stars Humphrey Bognrs i and co-stars Jan Sterling and j Rod Stelfer. The film was directed by Mark Robson and produced by Philip Yordan. who also wrote the'screenplay. Scheduled for April release in the United States, the new picture was photographed in locations in New York and Chicago. Two shorts, both from Columbia, the two-reeler, "Wonders of Manhattan' and the UFA cartoon, "Gerald McBoing Boing on the Planet j Moo," have also been entered in the Festival. • • • "Pull of Life," John Panic's popular novel, will be Judy Holliday's next starring vehicle at Columbia, with camera work tentatively act for late March, It l> th« story of a pretmmt wile expecting her first child, and the hilarious complications brou- jrh about by her anxious husband and his stubborn Italian father who move* In with them. Fred Kohlmar will produce, with Richard Quine directing, this being the same producer-director combination responsible for Judy's recently filmed corned with Paul Douglas, "Th« Solid Gold Cadillac.'I that the change is lor the good. FIERY Sarita Montlel. does her bullfight dance in Warner Bros.' "Serenade," starring Mario Lanza. Joan Fontaine and Vincent Price co-star In the War- nerColor musical drama. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Serving You Best is our Foremost Concern BURIAL INSURANCE LOGAN Funeral Home Ph. 3-3911 SunVertikal ' Panel Drapes Linen-Nylon-Plastic Phone 3-4863 For Free Estimates Hope Young Blytheville, Ark. "The public," he says, "demands a faster type of humor with fewer words. The 'build-up' h»s been cut from 25 minutes to 2S seconds. I believe Uils reflects the higher intelligence of the American public. As I see it, both music and comedy have undergone changes because of the educational pressures of both radio and television." Jimmy Durant* is another one who looks at things happily. "TV has educated people to humor," he says. "They know if they've heard it before and you can't tell a bad joke before 40 million viewers." They almost all agree that the deep, basic nature fo humor Is unchanging. But style changes, topics change, the surface humor continually changes. As Robert Q. Lewis puts It, "Basically, the American sense of humor has never changed and never will. Some of the specific topics for Jokes have become outmoded. "In an old Joke book, 1 ran across this: "Zeke: That horse you sold me last week Is no good. I can't get him to hold his head up. "Rube: It's Just cause he's ashamed. He'll hold it up as soon LUCILLE BALL—"The frames of life change ..." as you finish paying for him. "This Is probably one of the earliest Installment-buying Jokes on record. With the advent of the automobile, shame was given as the reason for the engine coughing and, when the air age Is really with us, it will probably be used as an excuse for the family helicopter being unable to get off the ground. "All any Joke needs to bring It up to dale Is Just a little change,of props. In the year 2000, with rocket ships and space travel, the old walking - home - from - Uic - bug - gy ride jokes will become parachute Jokes: the he-she love-making Jokes will still be the same, DICK SHAWN — Today's rooster has problems . . . only instead of gazing at the moon, the boy and girl will smooch beneath an artificial satellite." This sentiment Is echoed by Milt Josefsberg:, who for years wrote for Jack Benny and Bob Hope, and Is now NBC's executive in charge of developing new comics and comedy shows. "Jock Benny will today take a script," Josefsberg says, "that was done 10 or 15 years ago, cut out the dead-wood, remove the topical gags and spike it up with a couple of • modern bits. This cannot be done with all scripts, of course, but It can, and has, been done with many of thorn." Josefberg's reference to topical gags Is important. There is universal agreement among the H comics and writers that topical gags must keep topical. Use the same gag, but update the name. « • * "We used to do gags about glam- .1IMMY DURANTE — "TV educated people to humor . . . ". or girls like Hedy Lamsrr and Ano Sheridan," Josefsberg say«. "Today these same gaga are beinff done about Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell." "The frames of life change," to the way Lucille. Ball puts It. "It !*• n't possible to get a laugh (rom tb* British about! te loss of the Colo- Ines, for example. At the time when 'the sun never set on the British empire,' they could be kidded.about it." "There is a certain humor that It derived from Uie headlines," »»y» Mel Tolkln, writer for Sid Caesar. "That, of course, changes dally. What's funny about the gasoline shortage?" So topics keep changing. Yejtw- day, if, was the gasoline shorfaff. In some distant tomorrow, It m»f be rocket fuel. Next: Other change!, and a look ahead. ' Home Show Boom in Weekend Art WEST PORT, Conn. — (NEA) — Are you a part-time painter, a Sunday ceramacist or weekend woodcarver? If so you are one of tens of thousands of happy hobbyists currently of interest to psychologists, health experts — and guys who sell art supplies. To the last named you are a part of a 300 million dollar annual business. Two most, famous exponents of the art hobby nre President Dwlght D. Elsenhower and Sir Winston Chur.chlll. Among other enthusiasts are businessmen, housewives, movie stars, professional athletes and convicts. That's right. Convicts. Albert Dome, the Illustrator who is president of the Famous Artists Schools of Westporl, Conn., discovered the convicts among his 10,000 students who take thfilr art by U.S. mails. II came about, this way. Famous Artists always notifies its students when one of its faculty goes out to their neighborhood for a speaking engagement. They sent such a noti- fiaction to the Detroit area saying that Robert Fnwcett was scheduled to appear there. Back came a cartoon from an enrollee showing the student in convict's garb on a rock pile. .The caption: "Sorry, can't attend. All tied "," A check showed that there were 39 other convicts taking the school's courses in drawing, painting and art crafts. They were deleted from future mailings of this type -— might prove frustrating. Dome said prison authorities are enthusiastic about art courses. What relaxes the tired business- PART-TIME PAINTER — Sir ill helped give amateur painting man may give a convict a new purpose In life. • • • Chief Justice Earl Warren heads a committee, which along with the U. S. Public Health department, is striving ,to foster art as "rehabilitation therapy" for the physically handicapped. But these groups are only a small part of the picture being painted on home canvases. Most of the new crop of art amateurs are simply women and men who have found that they get a spiritual charge out of depicting With brushes and colors the things that interest them. These subjects may vary from a housewife's bowl of hollyhocks to a shapely model in the businessman's life class. More than half the amateur painters, potters and sculptors are Winston Church- the firm. Today it's a hobby of everyday peopla ii terrific shot In — and a 300 million dollar art supply business, women, says Dome. , month, agrees with Dome that It for aches, pains, cut*, bruises, burns, cpU*. headaches, bites and stings, try Bob's Gypsy Rub Liniment Available at your favorite drug counter C. G. SMITH PRODUCTS CO. DON'T BOTHER ABOUT PARKING! Have YOUR Doctor Phone Us Your Prescription - We'll Deliver Free! We Fill Prescriptions From All Doctors KIRBY DRUG STORES Prescription Experts For a Better Deal . . . SWITCH TO MERCURY! See or Phonr A. H. Wallace c/o Hud Wilson Mlrs. 3-687fi or 3-8281 American Electric Supply Inc. Wholesale Distributors of Electrical Supplies and Construction Materials. 213-13 (f«or) Wolnut-Blythevillt-Ph. 3-8353 104 -106 E. Word — Jonesboro, Ark. — Ph. WE 5-5385 Anaconda Wire & Cable—GE Lamps & Devices Square D Motor Controls & Serrice Equipment Ramset Tool* and Supplies Progress, Prescolite, Light & Power Light Fixtures. HEAT MASTER WATER HEATERS NUTONE FANS- HOODS CHIMES RENT A RAMSET TOOL "You're middle-aged and your children no longer need your full- time nltontlon," snys Dome, "you rmve appliances to ease Ihe household chores. Managing your husband Is no loiter the Joh H used to be. Art then Is a natural outlet." Commuters find a brisk session with the brushes a restful antidote to train nnd traffic. Movie stars Henry Fonda, Charlton Hcston, Jane Wyman, Corhme Calvct .and Mona Freeman and boxers Mickey-Walker and Ezznrd Charles are enthusiastic painters. James W. Rhodes, President of the National Art Materials Association which meets in New York tills was Elsenhower and Church.ll! who gave amateur painting the terrific shot In the arm which has multiplied Its devotees In the past few years. "But don't get the Idea painting Is a sport of statesmen," Rhodei cautions. "It's a sport of the everyday man — and woman. "The public apparently reasons that If pointing relaxes men with tough Jobs like Elsenhower and Churchill it, is worth a try for ' them." Of course the amateur has to b» reconciled, when he displays his paintings to friends for the first time, to the Inevitable comment: "Aha, a regular Grandma Mosesl" -PLANTING SEED- DELFOS 9169 (Pedigreed) Ton $180 DELFOSd Yr. from breeder) Ton $100 DP&L-15 (1 yr. from breeder) Ton $100 RED TOP GIN CO., Inc. N. Highway 61 Phone 3-3756 Let Us Worry About Your TERMITE TROUBLE Due to the fact that termites are becoming more prevalent In this covintry each year, all the new homes, as well as the old, should be under termite insurance. We find a lot of practically new homes with major damage caused by termites. Call us and one of our representatives will explain our termite insurance plan to you. 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