The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on January 3, 1959 · Page 16
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 16

Austin, Minnesota
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Saturday, January 3, 1959
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-AUSTIN (Minn.) HERALD, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1959 Costello Film Beats Wackiest By EKKSKINE JOHNSON HOLLYWOOD - (NEA) -Hoi- lywood's science - fiction - out- of-this-world - monster - Lilliputian jag is bringing Lou Costello a blonde bride 30 feet tall in his first movie comedy without longtime partner Bud Abbott, The film also may bring Martini-guzzling to the curriculum of student film writers. Also tranquilizers to the kiddies at bedtime. Could Have Been I'm not saying, you understand, that the plot of "Lou Costello and His 30-Foot Bride" was dreamed up over a gallon of Martinis. But It could have been and I even suspect it was. Very dry Martinis, to be sure. Never has such madness been put in front of a movie camera. Some of these sci-fi films have been funny without trying, but tills is such outlandish insanity it could be box office. This is what I mean about the film, which is being played "for laughs" and is an admitted spoof of all the monster-science-fiction movies ever made: A Big Order "Secret Energy" in a desert "dinosaur" cave accidentally in- friend (Dorothy Provine) to 30 feet. A U.S. Army division, on war games, thinks she is a creature from outer space and launches a couple of missiles at her. Amateur scientist Lou, a rub- bisli collector, lias a back-talking "timcspace" machine named Max. Max saves her by pix- Hating the missiles, which become happy smoke-writers and spell out "I Love You" in the sky. To which the Army general comments about the 30-foot doll. "But she doesn't even know me!" You think I'm kidding? Read on: creases the size of Costello's girl Chased by .Army Chased by the Army, Lou has Max regress the men — to Civil War soldiers to Revolutionary troops, to Napoleon's forces, to hairy cavemen throwing stones. Then Max blows a fuse and Low becomes an air-borne missile in orbit around his 30-foot girl friend while she swats at him as if he were a fly. Well, anyway, the doll's size doesn't stop Lou's marriage plans and so they arc married and again Max goes haywire. This time he reduces the doll to only 2 inches tall for some hectic moments for Lou. - Honest, Im not kidding. Pour me one, too, arid read on; With Ms ever-lovin' again 30 feet tall, Lou turns a silo into a home and does the shopping for his bride's tremendous appetite —truckloads of bread, milk and butter. Well, it's too much for one little guy and Lou suggests a divorce. ' The big doll starts weeping and almost drowns Lou. Wires .Uncrossed The Max gets his wires uncrossed and figures out a way to return the young lady to normal size and, I guess, Lou and his bride live happily ever after. If the film Is a hit, I'm sure we will have "Son of Lou Costello and His 30-Foot Bride." Laughing at their own. celluloid joke, designed for the kiddie and teen-age trade, are writer Irving Bloch and special effects whiz Jack Rabin, who found quick Columbia studfo financing for their nightmarish plot idea, now being filmed under the direction of Sidney Miller and Producer Lewis J. Rachmil. With no questions asked, 1 understand, about the ratio of gin to vermouth. Or whatever the boys were sipping. Laughs and Smiles Laughing and smiling is Lou, who has a big percentage of the film's profits and a chance, be told me, "to be funny by just us- ing my face instead of being slapped around, taking falls and walking into brick walls." Not smiling, or laughing, is special effects man Jack ("Forbidden Planet," "The Invisible Boy,") Rabin. When shooting is completed, he will spend 60 days with the film in a darkroom to give the screen a Lou Costello one- sixth the size of the girl he loves and marries. Unworried about being typed as a 30-foot movie qilccn is actress Dorothy Provine, on attractive Phi Beta Kappa from the University .of Washington, who has appeared in 25 dramatic TV shows. She's just being herself, on sets scaled down to 1/6 her size. Not so happy is the film's prop man, Ray Hunt, who has to provide the 30-foot leading lady with props also scaled down—10-gallon milk cans only a few inches tall, a frying pan the size of a postage stamp and two dozen eggs she can hold in one hand. Really, movie makers shouldn't nip. FEAT OF CLAY — Singer Andy Williams beguiles offstage hours in New York modeling a creditable Venus deMilo. on Broadway NEW YORK (m — Genevieve, the French singer who won attention on the Jack Paar television show, may come to Broadway in a musical especially tailored to her talents. George Abbott, veteran producer-director - author, has invited the dark-haired girl (full name Genevieve Auger) to head the cast in a show which he is now writing with John Allen. Genevieve has toured the domestic scene in a road production of "Can-can," where she enacted the role created on the White Way by another one-name Parisienne, Lilo. Youngman, Club Favorite, Unhappy He Cant Secure Video Show of Own By DICK KLEINER NEW YORK — It was an ordinary afternoon at Max Asnas' Stage Delicatessen. The . salamis were chirping and the strudel was in bloom and all the out-of-work comics were lamenting. This little spot on Seventh Avenue, just a shade above Times Square and therefore slightly off the beaten tourist path, is something of a hangout for the Broadway comics. Here they can get nice fat pastrami sandwiches and cry in each other's cream soda. On this particular afternoon, Henny Youngman was holding court at a rear table. Yourigman; Network Television Tuesday, January 6 6:05 a.m. S—David Stone 6:3(1 ».rn. t, to—Continental Clou- room '.-00 <t.m. 4—Sicgtrcid », 10— 'odav 8.-00 a.m. 3, 4—Copt. Kangaroo 8:45 «.f» 3—News 9:06 «.OT. 3, 4—for Love or Money >. '«—Dough At Mi 9:30 f.M 3, 4, 8—Godfrey i, 10—Treasure Hunt 10:OU ».m 3, 4, I—I Love Lucy i, 10—Price ii Right 10:30 a.m. 3. 4, (—Top Dollar 5. 10—Concentration *—This I* Lite 11.VO a.m 3, 4. I—Love ot Lift t. 10— Tic Toe Dough •—Music Bingo 11.30 a.m. t, 10—Could Be Vou (C) 3. 8—Search *—Peter Hayes 11 45 a.m. I. 4—Guiding Light e>—Day in Court I—film Review 12,-ilO m f, 4. 9. 10—News, Wcolh- er •—Newt 12:20 p.m. J—Ti«osurc Che»» 12:30 p.m. \ 4—As World Turns t—Celebrity Playhouse t—Ploy Hunch 10—Bren.ici l.-OO p.m. %, I—Jimmy Dean 4—Political S. 10—Truth or Consequences •—Liber ace 1:15 p.m. 4 —Jiramt peon (C) Means Program Is ta Color 1:30 p.m. 3 — House Party 4— Lmkletter 5, 10— Hogau Baggls i— News, Weather. Club 8 — House Part* 1:40 p.m. (—Matinee 2.-00 p.rri 4 — Hand* Mtrriman t. 10— Tcday Is Ours 6 — Day in Court I. 8— Big favor! 2:30 p.m. 3. 4, 8— Verdict Tour* 5. 10— From These Roots i— This Is Alice 3:00 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Brighter D«y 5 10 — Que'r for Poy t— Beat Clock 3:15 p.m. 3, 4. 8— Secret Storm ):3C p.m 3, 4, 8-Sdge ot Night 5, 10— County Fair t— Who Do You Trust 4:00 p.m. 4 — Arouno Town 5— Margie fc— Am Banditand 8— Western Theatre 10— What's New 4:30 p.m. 4— Coppy 5— Last ot Mohicans 10 — Big Picture 5.-00 p.m. 3— Club House 8 — Brave Eagle S— Robin Hood 4 — Axel and Dog 10 — Texas Rongeri 5:30 p.m. 3 — Time tar T»eiu 4 — Pope ye 5— Hi-Five Time •V— Disney Adventure ThM 8— Jet Jackson 10— Woodv Woodpecker 6:00 p.m 3. 4, t, 8. 10— Ne»\ Weefher Sports (—Weather 6:75 p.m. 6— Don Goddard 10— NSC News 6:20 p.m. 5—Should Know 6:30 p.m 3—Boots «. Saddles 4—Huckleberry Hound 8—Con lee Crossroads 5, 10—Dragnet •—Sugarfoot 7:00 p.m. 3—The Texan 4—N.Y. Confident!*! t—Rifleman 5, 10—Eddie Fisher 7:30 p.m. 3. 4.—To. Tell the Trirte t, 8—Wvatt larp 8:00 p.m. 3, 4, 8—Godfrey S—Geo. Burns She* 6—Rifleman 10—Curtain Time 8:30 p.m. 3, 4—Skelton 5. 10—Bob Cummingi t— Noked City 8—Target 9:00 p.m. 3, 4, 8—Garry Moore 5, 10—Colitornlans •—Confession 9:30 p.m. 5—State Trooper 6—Dick Powell 10—Medic 70:00 p.m. 1, 4, 5, i, 8, 10—Newt, Weather Sports 70:15 p.m. t—John Daly 70:20 p.m. 8—Rough Riders 70:30 p.m 3—Badge 714 4—Parole 5—TBA 6—Hour of Stars 10—Jack Paar Show 70:50 p.m. 8—Wrestling 77:00 p.m. 4—Hollywood Playhouse S—Jack Paar 72:00 p.m S—News n fast-talking and hardworking joke-cracker, can get almost all the club work he wants. But what he can get isn't what he really wants. He's desperate to have a TV show; it's almost an obsession with him. And, to anyone who'd listen, he'd tell his theories as to why this plush plum has been, so far, denied him. It's Frustrating "It is very frustrating," he'd say, as he forked up some strudel. "I have 25 years of experience and I can't get a perma- memt spot on TV." "Tsk-tsk," whoever was on the other side of the strudel would say. And, thereby encouraged, Youngman would continue. "All they have on TV are amateurs like (censored), who don't even have a personality." "Right Henny." "I could take a half-hour show and make it a big thing. I play all over the country and my jokes are about general things, things everybody understands. Like about husbands and wives.' "Sure, Henny." "I get along. I make a good living in the clubs. But thats doing it the hard way. The trouble is the networks. They want these, crew - cut kids on, but they're-,not funny. Most of them don't even know what's funny —' they can't look at a list of jokes and tell you which ones the people will laugh at like I can." Soft-Spoken And his soft-spoken complaint continued. It was. interrupted, from time to time, by a change in the audience and fresh coffee. Once, a white - haired, pink- cheeked little man walked in, muffled and mittened like a child. " 'Ere's 'Arry," echoed the old man, who turned out to be an old-time English comic, who used to announce his arrival on stage with Hta{ call. Nowadays, 'Airy is retired, but he still likes to visit the boys and the strudel at the Stage. And then Don Tannen, a comic who specializes in pseudo-German material, came by. He asked Youngman about a date in Detroit — how the audience was, what kind of a room it was to play in, who booked it. It has been a long time between dates for Tannen, and he wanted to know who he should see about the Detroit room. Youngman told him. Another visitor was Syd Gould, a fluttery-handed comic who was seen regularly last summer on the replacement show, "Make Me Laugh." It's been \ HENNY YQUNOMAN; «TH they have en TV are amateyr*.' tough for him since that time. Mbrre Didn't Help "I did "The Garry Moore Show* four weeks ago," he said, sadly. "And I haven't worked since —> not even a club date." "It's murder with the clubs,'* said Tannen. "It's worse trying to get TV,** said Youngmau. They agreed that Jack Paar't show was about the only thing around that was encouraging. And it was getting to be very important with the rest of show business. "There's one club owner la Washington," said Gould, "who books his room on the basis of who's been on the Paar show." Back to TV Issue Gould also wanted to know about the Detroit room, a new establishment, that Youngman had just played. He, too, took out a pencil and scrawled the name of the Detroit contact on the back of an envelope. They all sat silently a while. "It's TV that's most important," said Youngman and they ail nodded. "Folks remember TV. I'll be playing Detroit or Pittsburgh and people will come np to me and ask me about that time I was on with Steve Allen and I almost fell in the swimming pool. That was four years ago." They all shook their heads. In a few minutes, Tannen and Gould got up and left, slowly. They were in no hurry. And Youngman, with a fresh audience and fresh coffee, began talking about his hopes for a TV chow of his own again. These are the comedians. And, with the spotlight off them, they are a group of tired, troubled men. Faulkner Billing Hits With Film Fans Nobel prize winning author William Faulkner finds Hollywood his own private mint, according tx» producer Jerry Wald but rarely helps in the promotion of a movie based on one of his stories. But Wald still oves the chief ot the southern writers. Faulkner will get top billing on the screen in the film version of "The Sound and the Fury." "Faulkner's name on the picture," says Wald, "will probably mean more than some ctars I know."

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