The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 27, 1958 · Page 13
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 13

Austin, Minnesota
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Saturday, December 27, 1958
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v , ' l i ' * \B a^Tv* '**:'- '• SECTION ft Is Part of Yoiif DAILY HERALD £v ery Saturday It Will Contain The Movie, TV & Radio Listings For Next Week SATURDAY, DEC, 27, 1958 Networks Book Week of News, Bowl Games JAN. 11 PROGRAM By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK (AP) — Network television highlights 61 the coming week (all times eastern standard): ' .-.'.-;• -. •• ;• Sunday, a day of news— 1 p.m.,, CBS-TV, the Orange Bowl-Regatta from Blscayne Bay, Miami, offers a variety of water sports competitions. 2:30 p.m., CBS-TV, in ''The . Year Gone By" authorities in their fields give a two-hour assess- ; ment of the arts and sciences in America during the past year. . 4:30 p.m., CBS-TV, "The Face of Red China" is nn hour filmed report on life inside Red China. The films are the first to be 1 seen on American television. 8 p.m., NBC-TV, "Kaleide- scope" presents a projection of trends in the news by NBC correspondents who have been called home from various sections of the world. On .the basis of events of 1958 the newsmen'discuss what is predictable in the coming year. 6 p.m., NBC-TV, "Chet Huntley Reporting" is an hour story on the birth of a satellite with the only non-Defense Department films on the launching of the big satellite now in orbit. Prologue to '59 «:30 p.m., ABC-TV, "Prologue 1959" Is a report by network newsmen called •&> New York from major news centers on the stories they have covered in the patt" year, illustrated with films. 10 p.m., CBS-TV, tfie tenth annual "Years of Crisis" is a yearend analysis of world- conditions by network,.newsmen' called to New York. Edward R. Murrow la the 'chairman of the'panel discussion. • Thursday, New Year's Day— 11:30 a.m., The annual Tournament of, Roses Parade will be seen on both ABC-TV and NBC-TV. . Ronald Reagan On ABC-TV Ronald Reagan, Audrey Meadows and Mel Allen will provide the commentary. On NBC-TV the commentary will be by Betty White and Roy Neal. 12:45•p.m.,.CBS-TV, the Orange Bowl game in Miami, Syracuse vs. Oklahoma. 1:45 p.m., NBC-TV, the Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans, Clemson vs. Louisiana -Stale. Cotton Bowl 3:30 p.m., CBS-TV, the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas, the .Air Force vs. Texas Christian. " 4:45 p.m., NBC-TV, the Rose in Pasadena, Iowa vs. California. 9:30 p.m., CBS-TV, "Playhouse 90" presents "Face of a Hero," starring Jack Lemmon, James Gregory,-Rip Torn ( jin a drama about a prosecuting 'attorney 3 who is conslderedia. herrt|and suffers •from a ^secret sense" ^/giiiity^rohn *Frankenh~elmer directs- the drama By Pierre BouUfl, -i- ' TV SKETCHBOOK Jack Benny Finally Ready for TV Satire on 'Gaslight' By ERSKINE JOHNSON HOLLYWOOD — TV comedians have taken their problems to psychiatrists, sponsors, network bosses, censors, joke writers, sympathetic wives and, on occasion, to bill and tax collectors. But Jack Benny is the only comedian who can say he has had a problem presented to the United,; States Supreme Court. And, reflecting TV's own confusion these days, the Supreme Court couldn't even solve t Ire • problem. There was a 4-4 split decision when only eight of the. nine justices voted on the matter. But no one really cared any more. Big Cause Cclebrc So the Jack Benny CBS-TV program Jan. 11 should be viewed as television's first big cause cele-, bre as well as a very funny, but very dead, corpus delicti, filmed in 1953. After six years of standing by with- a typical "Well —." expression on his face, Jack will unreel his controversial 15-minute satire of MGM's 1944 movie "Gaslight." Jack is the husband 'and Barbara Stanwyck is the wife he's driving to insanity.. Bob Crosby plays the Scotland jYard inspector. Just about everyone. I guess, knows the plot. „ Issue Clarified And just about everyone believes, wrongly, that the long battle between the MGM film studio and CBS-TV over Jack's film was based on the right of a TV comedian to satirize a~ motion picture. Well, it wasn't. . The legal battle was over the invincibility of Hollywood and its film against TV competition. Hollywood was putting up quite a fight in 1953, you may remember, and caught in the middle was Jack Benny. MGM really wasn't concerned about Jack's spoof of the movie. In WSJ, Jack presented a "Gaslight" satire on his Mve show. Before that, on his radio show, there was a Benny "Gaslight" satire. Grateful for the publicity, MGM even loaned Jack a print of the picture so his radio writers could study the scenes and the dialogue. What MGM suddenly worried about in 1953 was something cherished passionately by Hollywood, motion picture studios and — MOVIE FILM, Legally Important So for reasons legally impor- WE WERE ALL YOUNGER—Six years ago Jack Benny and Barbara Stanwyck filmed the satire on the movie "Gaselight" that finally will be seen on TV. tant to Hollywood in 1953 it became a big life or death struggle., S p o o f i n g "Gaselight" on radfo t even' on live *TVj was just dafidy "with MGM. ?But "when Jack put it on film,-- WOW! Leo, tlie jMGMj,Lion, roared. Film «SW3 ;EJo!lywood. Film WAS, the jnovle, jth'eaters of t h e world. MGM filirf?— all of Hollywood's film — had been copyrighted long ago by a task force of lawyers who spent months on the project, leaving no loopholes, they thought. But then Benny filmed 15 minutes of "Gaslight" satire. Critical Situation It was the loophole MGM's lawyers didn't, think about in the TV-less long. ago. Left unchallenged, it could set a precedent. Left unchallenged by MGM, the studio's customers, the theater men, would have a nice "you done us wrong" argument about aiding the TV "enemy." The Hollywood wnds were blowing in a different direction in 1953 and Jack and his film were caught in the legal gust. So a lawsuit put Jack's satire on the shelf. Privately, Jack was told by an MGM executive — "No matter what the decision may be. Jack, you can show the film on TV. Just ONCE, you understand, and only because of our friendship with you." To Prove Point Hollywood' wanted to prove a point in U953.T ?i . No MGM m o3v i e in ANY FORM ever. would" be shown on TV, said the studio. So with MGM winning all (be way, and with CBS appealing all the way, the case went to the highest court In the land. But when the court's split decision came down, MGM films, leased to TV, were making millions; MGM was in TV production) MGM's customers, the theater owners, no longer had exclusive right to showing film. It was a whole new world. So the Hollywood cause celebre of '53 didn't mean a thing in '58. After Jack unreels the "G a slight" satire on Jan. 11, I'm sure people will be asking: "What was all the fuss about?" Well, now you know. Cameras Roll on 'Trouble Shooters' Cameras are rolling on 39 episodes of "Trouble Shooters," a new half-hour series starring Keenan Wynn and Bob Mathias, the ex-Olympic decathlon champ. They play a couple of muscle-bound characters in the heavy construction business. Rose Parade Telecasts Vastly Improved in Past 11 Seasons I: Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade" will be 79 years old on Jan. 1, 1959 — but television coverage of the classic and colorful event k comparatively young. Stuart Phelps, director • producer of ABC-TV's parade coverage, has the unusual distinction of directing 11 previous parade telecasts. "It seems just yesterday, but it was Jan. 1, 1947, when I directed my first Tournament of Roses telecast for Don Lee's experimental W8XAO atatton here," recalls Phelps. The director • producer say* equipment used in thai telecast was primitive compared to that available today. "Our cameras were of the in- coooscope type, and our lenses certainly were nothing like what we have today. "For example,'' he adds, "veil be using the famous 'Big Jake' 90-Inch leas OB one of our four cameras, and this will help our coverage immensely." Among the many problems faced by the TV director on the roasjive project, is the placement of cameras, cables and other equipment. "I believe it is o» of the biggest single events crowdwise," observes Phelps, "and it requires a lot of technical ground rules." Phelp* and his associate-producer-writer, Bill Yageraann, will work with commentators Mel Alle, Audrey Meadows and Ronald Reagan.

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