SUPREME CHALLENGE AUSTIN •HiftAlp; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 195«-5 Says Sportsca&ting for TV Can Be Difficult Task ' "TV is * supreme challenge to •ny sportscastw," says Mel Alton, veteran rv, radio and aews- rcel sports announcer and "Voice *f the world champion New York Yankees baseball team. ••Basically," he points out, "a •ports announcer describing nn •vent on TV — football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, horse racing, or any other sport — must be 100 per cent accurate 100 per cent •f the time, because a viewer watching the action in his TV set can immediately detect an error in his commentary. "Unfortunately, everyone MB make mistake!—even • (ports* caster," Mys Mel, who tas bee* •nnwractag «perts since lt», aid wb» admits that he has made his share of broadcaRtlng er> "On radio, a sportscaster is the •ole link between the audience and what far''taking place during a •ports event" Mel explains, "I guess the only people who are actually in a position to dispute the accuracy of a sportscaster's play by-play description over radio are those in the booth with him or persons in the stands who are listening to him over their portable radios. A sportscaster on radio, in effect, paints a complete word picture of the action." But, on TV, Mel points rat, there's a picture of the action rifht In front of the listener and • sportscaster's Job becomes one •f supplementing the picture on the screen. "The TV sportscaster's function is to fill hi where the camera leaves off," Mel explains. "For example, let's take the case where a batter gets a long hit to the outfield with,runners on base. In the control room underneath the stands, the TV director — seated in front of a group of monitors receiving pictures from various parts of the field — decides to focus on the outfielders retrieving the ball. It's the sportscaster's job, then, to report the progress of the runners on the bases. He supplements the coverage of the camera. "Or, hi football, when the camera follows the quarterback who is fading back to throw a forward pass, the sports commentator can tell his viewers, for example, that certain players are racing downfield to receive the pass," Mel says that describing a boxing bout on TV is bis toughest assignment. "In boxing, the sports commentator has an especially hard job. George May Book Gracie as Guest Don't be surprised if you twist your TV dial and find Gracie Al- kn back on the George Burns Show. No, she's not coming back as a regular, but since Burns next week is changing his show format, he may book Gracie as a guest star now and then. In a bid for a higher rating, George is going to move into a live variety - comedy type of program. The change may either make or break him. S Gene Tierney Again Changes Her Plan After the nice advance stories, which stated she as all set for her comeback, Gene Tierney now makes it plain she I has canceled plans to appear in a TV version of I "A Doll's House." Just recently 'Showcase" print- Jed a report along which a new pho tograpbof j Gene, telling all about her decis- Chic or Nothing ion to come out of retirement and get back to work. This week, she reiterated her desire to appear on TV but announced that the role in (he planned show "just wasn't chic and modem enough." 80 that's that. To a viewer, marly punches^ which are actually Missing their markl appear to be landing or causing damage, it li the commsnfator's job to point out just which punch* es are scrotag and which are not. "In short," says Mel Allen, "a "TV sportscaster's comments vary with the camera's ability to cover the action. To talk or,not to talk —that'll the ,big • decision every sportscaster encounters on TV." OUT IN SPACE — Joseph Gotten and Don Dubbins in thrilling rocket-ship sequence in "From Earth to the Moon" starting Sunday at the Sterling. Being Fired on 'Fur Cuddler' Was Lucky for Joan Marshall By EUSKINE JOHNSON HOLLYWOOD — Television "fur cuddling" can be recorded today as a milestone on the road to tele- film cosardom in Hollywood. Even disastrous fur cuddling. But Joan Marshall's career as a "fur cuddler" wasn't exactly the reason, you understand, why she left Chicago to study acting in movietown. "It helped, though," gorgeous, Evanston, 111., born, Joan told me. Her acting study hi Hollywood led to a TV role and one role led to another. Now she's Dane Clark's leading lady hi the weekly telefilm version of "Bold Venture," a radio series made famous by the late Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The show debuts on 101 TV-stations JOAN MARSHALL starting in mid - January. Joan is Lauren's TV counterpart. In more ways than one. But about this "fur cuddling" Joan turned into disaster when she was a HOO-au-hour Chicago model who had one eye on the camera and the other on an acting career. She told me about it with a sense of humor as zippy as her blonde charms. She said she wag one of those dolls on TV who modeled furs with starry eyed looks and sighs •f "Ob, I love It, yes, I do." "But," Joan winced, "it was pretty gruesome. The furs were cheap — the kind that walk off your back. "One night a friend came to the studio with me and after modeling a real ratty $229.99 mink stole special, I saw the red light on the camera blink off and decide to give my friend a laugh. "I took the stole off and started dragging it around, saying things like 'Come on, Fido' and barking and kicking it. Well, five minutes later I was fired. "How did I know the red light on the camera had burned out? And I was still on the air and a half million people in Chicago fell out of their chairs laughing." That Was Her Fallout Anyway, it was Joan's fallout as a "fur cuddler." It wasn't much of a job, anyway, and besides TV was moving to Hollywood. So to Hollywood Joan came, slopping at Las Vegas for six months to earn some money as a dancer In the floor show at the Flamingo Hotel. Dancing had helped Joan's recovery after she suffered a paralyzing polio attack when she was 15 while attending Resurrection Academy at Park Ridge, 111. Dancing on the Red ISkelton show in Hollywood gave Joan the money to afford Marilyn Monroe's former drama coach, Natasha Lytess, and Natasha's acting lessons won her roles in shows like Matinee Theater, Maverick, Have Gun — Will Travel, Mickey Spillane and The Millionaire. Like Lauren Bacall So now she's making like Lauren Bacall in "Bold Venture," which Ziv is syndicating. Her story of making the pilot reel for the show again turned on her sense of humor. The locale is supposed to be the Caribbean, where Dane Clark, his boat and Joan, as a Girl Friday tag-along, are as adventuresome as the writers, and the budget, can make them. But during filming of the first script off the California coast, with Joan in scanty shorts, the weather went into a deep freeze act and, says Joan: "I turned as blue as the water." While the mercury dropped, Joan went over the boat's side, in a bathing suit and underwater breathing apparatus, to simulate returning from a skin . diving expedition. As she tells it: "My fingers we.ve blue and when they handed me a spear with a dead fish on it and dumped a pail of water over my head I was ready to go back to Chicago. Then I said to myself, 'Joan, you're going to costar in this series even if they kill you.' We're on our 10th show now, all filmed on and off the boat, and I'm still alive." 1 Network Television I Wednesday, December 24 (C) Means Program a M C«l«f 6.05 a.m. I—David Stone &t30 tfifrt* I, 10— Cofitlneniol Clint- tvoni ;•'-. .'. >.oo •.**•'-• ••,- 5, 10— Tsdoy n-tia *•* Q.A/l/ m.rrt. 3, .4— Copt. Kangaroo S, 10— Todav 8:43 '«.«. J— Hew» 9/00 t.m. i, 4— Far Love 01 Monty 10— Dough R* Ml 9/W t.m. t,. 4— Way Hunch S, 10— Treasure Hunt 10-00 «.m. 3, 4,«-eodfrey .S, 10— Price Is Right «— III! Hlckok ; 10:30 *.m. 3, 4, •— Too Dollar S. 10— Concentration *— Thh It Answer 71.00 ..m *,. 10— Tie roc Oouak 1. 4, «-Ur»e of U»« t— Day In Court 11, '30 a.m. S, 10— Could Be You (C) 3. 4. B— Search «— Peter Haves 11:45 a.m. «— Mm Review J2.OO m 3, 4— Guiding Light 4. S— News Womher •— Hond Arts 12-20 * fn J*«*l/ ffiTfft k— Treasure Chest 12:30 p.m 3. 4— As World Tumi S, 10— Sports Page *— Mothers Day • — Ranch Party 7.O0 p.m. 5, 10— Truth or Conje- qucncc (C) 3, 4, 8 — Jimmy Dean »— Libcraco 1. r30 p.m. 5, 10-Hogguj Baggut (C) J, 1 — House Party 4— ilnkletter a— News, Weather. Club* 1:40 p.m. •— Matinee 2.OO 0.*, • i, 4, •—•!« Payoff 5, 10— Today Is Ours *— M«»le Bingo 2/30 p.m. 1. 4, S— Verdict Vocri J, 10— From These Roots •—Charles Boyei 3.-00 p.m. J, 4, (—Brighter Day 3, 10— Queen tor Dfly 4— Beat Clock : 3:15 p.m. 3, 4. «— Secret Storm 3:30 p.m 3, 4, •— fdge et Night 5, 10— County rant—Who Do You Trust 4.OO p.m. •3— Show ' '- • $— Margia a— Am Handstand 4— Around. Towa •—Royal WoyKoute 10— V/hafs New 4:30 p.m. 4— A»el * Oog 5— Loit ot Mohicans •—Film 10— Hand Arts 5.-00 p.m. 3— Club Haute 4— Woody .Woodpecker 5— Robin Hood •—Big Picture 10— Casey Jones 5:30 p.m. a— P«ne a— Mickey Mouse Cluk 1 — Texas Ranger* 10 — Looney Tunes 6/00 p.m. 3. 4. 5, 8, 10— News, Weather. Sports a— Weatherman 6:15 p.m. 4, t— News t— Don Goddard 10— NBC News 6:20 p.m. S— You Should Know 6/30 t>,m. J— Sort's Club House 4r-*«ic1ie ( . J, 10— Wogon Train *— Lawrence WelV •—Grey 6h6tt 7.-00 p.m. 3— Col. Flack 4---Pursult . 1— Zorro 7/30 p.m 3— Silent Service 5, 10— Price It Right (C) », «— Ozile & Harriet 8/00 p.m. 3, 4, *-^MIIHonalr« 5. 10-^MIIton Berl« (C) •—Donna Reed * - 8:30 p.m. 3, 4— Got Secret 6— Day In Cowit •— Sea Hunt S, 10— Bat Masterson D .A K J. ^.. o.*tj p.m. •—Sport Tips 9/60 p.m. 3, 4— Circle Theater 5— Your Ufe «— Bishop Sheen 10— New York Confidential 9:30 t.m. S— flight <— Star In Night 10— Tugboat Annie JO/00 p.m 3, 4, S, *, •—News. Weather. Sports . 10:15 p.m a—John Daly 10/20 p.m •— Perry^. Mason 10:30 p.m. 3 — Protestant Services S— District Attorney 4— Playhouse t— Hour of Stan 10 — Jock Poor Show JO/50 p.m. S— Charlie Chan 7J.OO 6.m 4 — Protestant Service* S, 10— Midnight ChriJtntot Mass 11:30 p.m. 3, 4— Catholic Carols 72/00 p.m. S— Newt ABC Brewing Deal for Saturday Sports ABC television network is in the process of arranging a year-round Saturday night sports schedule which would include major league baseball professional football and basketball and other sports. ABC has been getting only the drippings of the sports telecasts pie hi recent years but has hired Sports Programs Inc., a sports program package agency, to put them up with CBS and NBC in sports program televising. "Finished Pictures in 60 Seconds There's no greater gift thrill waiting for you and your whole family than the amazing precision-built Polaroid Land Camera. 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