The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 29, 1955 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 29, 1955
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THUBBDAY, DECEMBER », 199S (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAOl BL1YBII ourier NewsMagazine BIO WELCOME FOR 1956 —/Hollywood star Aim Miller takes a pot of paint and a brush not only to help welcome in that youngster, 1956, but also to wish everyone a most Happy New Year. Writers See Utopian Future While Others Predict Disaster Ahead By W. G. ROGERS Associated Press Arls Editor NEW YORK (AP) - What are the prospects for a new „ . r> • world as we enter the new year? \JOlllUH S\.CVlCWi Are we going to be regimented and herded into concen-| tration camps? Literary Guidtpott Glossy Print Of 'Woman In Black' THE WOMAN IN BLACK: The life of the Fabulous Lola Montez. By Helen Holdredge. Putnam's. Lola Montez appears to have begun life as Eliza Gilbert; married at a tender age Thomas James, who deserted her for a mistress; and spent, or ill-spent, the rest of her years, up to her death-bed repentance, running through a string o! lovers, ot whom she married three or four. She found her man in the capitals and courts of Europe and the mining camps of America^ In Pans she frequented the Dumas senior- Balzac-George Sand, circle. She was about to marry Alexandre Du- jarier of Girardin's La Presse when he \vas tricked into a duel and murdered. Evidently Lola never forgot him, even when she was marrying George Heald in England and Pat Hull in San Francisco, both apparently bigamous unions. Her ultimate marriage was to ex-King Ludwig o2 Bavaria; she always claimed their earlier • relationship was platonic, but Ludwig the husband, 72, gave her a venereal disease. It was a mean trick of fate that she, after all her carryings-on, should have been stricken in the marriage bed. She was a dancer but not a good one; an actress, and again not good. But her irreproachable bosom and legs, generously exhibited, made up for her skimpy talents. And when they didn't, she could blast a critic with her tongue and lash him with a whip. Mrs. Holdredge has a good story, filled with curious details like the matter of Ludwig's deafness, but she hasn't done too well with it. Lo!a may have had a miserable childhood; she may truly have loved Dtijarier, and Heald, too; she may have passed out Bibles in her old age. Even so, there's little point in glossing over the facts that she did have the temper of a vixen and the morals of a cat. W. G. Rogers live commonwealth? Will \ve live Brook Farm? n camps? "Drtttowtc n-f Are we going to be the happy inhabitants of a coopera- JL UUKI IIJ U ,nmmnnn;ooHll9 Will U'P IK'P ill 3 NEW Hai'mOllY 01" 3 World Conflict months ago produced the NBC-TV "197G" program about the rosy outlook for tomorrow. Weaver has a - ,-, book of his own on the way, too, benefits of unlimited power] ••Tomorrow." George Soule. author Their insignia will be «-ine which they call a glass of half full" Are we going to occupy a pushbutton world where we won't have to lift a finger—or lift a finger but no more — in order to enjoy channeled Tnto "our kitchens' and! of -Time for Living," is the initiate. shops, freezing us of almost all labor, delivering us up to the life of Reilly? i though their opposite members the These matter have interested j pessimists would say "half empty." writers in all ages — perhaps be- They plan a breakfast meeting once cause writers have, a tougher time; a y ' ear f or 10 years, S luncheons in the immediate present than the for nine years, and a big splurge rest of us. New Harmony and Brook Farm were experiments in communal liv-' united states, and of the realiza- ing. It was newspaperman Edward Bellamy who, in "Looking Back- THE PATTERN OP WORLD CONFLICT. By G. L. Arnold. Dial Tin? is not, says Arnold — a British editor who contributes occasionally to American reviews— the World it used to : beff Britannia like Japan and Germany, is a minor power beside the United States and Russia. But this isn't even the world Arnold continues, that it was ex- iiM- lime jcuia, mm a u. B -,,.ui Bl ; j fc b Contral . y to pnst re v. of a dinner on Jan. 1 1976, the yeai | P^^ ^.^ had ^ day and petered out, the Russian revolution , of the Utopian's dreams. ward," 'looked forward to the year j 2,000 when his Julian West would i mcgt live in an ideal state where all' K KXKST'S PROSPECTUS is the detai i e( j_though there's an worked and shared alike. GEORGE ORWELL'S date "Nineteen Eight-Four, 1 warned dramatically prospects of Russian - Communist totalitarianism. But a cheerier note has sounded lately. It is not a forecast for | Englishman. Nobel prizewinner | George Thompson, whose "Foresee• able Future" has probably the soimd- s^est scientific underpinning; Thomp- in which he j son has been invited to join the of the dire j society but hasn't yet sent his answer. As Ernest says, 1976 is so near that a lot of us alive today will live to see and enjoy the fabulous 1956, but we don't have to wait so very long, at that. There is already in existence a "Society of Utopians" consisting of a pair of smiling, optimistic charter members, one invited member and the chances of aome more. Charter members are Morris Ernest, author of "Utopia 1976." and Sylvester (Pat) Weaver who three Blytheville's Julie Mayor Of Movieville A former Blytheville girl — now a movie star — has been elected mayor of Universal City, Cal». Running on the slogan, "Elect America's most klssable mayor," Julie Adams defeated actor George Nader by a landslide. She's the first girl mayor of ttie town since Deanrm Durbin won in 1940. Leigh Snowden was elected honorary police, chief and Dam 1 Crayne was named honorary fire chief. Marjorie Main, ai usual, won the job of honorary postmistress, uncontetsed. Julie Adams attended Blytheville public schools for about eight years until the early 1940's • before moving to Little Rock. FINNISH CULLEGB • Suoml College, located .In Hancock, Michigan, Is the only college In America founded and supported by Americans of Finnish dncent. future he predicts. , has gone on and on. It was on the rampage, the international rampage, in 1945, and still is. Furthermore, it exerts unforeseen appeals by unlikely methods. For instance, agricultural peoples have succumbed to its wiles, though Marx spoke to industrial workers. For another instance, there exist vast backward areas where the Red Russian idea of revolution imposed from the top is welcomed even by the best people. The answer to this expanding force, Arnold claims, is not so likely to be the United Nations as the Stage and Screen for New Year More Pictures, New Faces Forecast for Films in 1956 (EDITOR'S NOTE — Darryl Zanuck, author of the following dispatch forecasting the coming year in the motion picture world, began his movie career in advertising and then in writing for Warner Bros. He Is now executive producer in charge of production for 20th Century-Fox.) By DARRYL ZANUt'K Written for NEA Service . HOLLYWOOD — (NEA) — All of Hollywood is looking forward to 1956 as an eventful year — a year of destiny. There have been a number of important developments during 1955. At 20th Century-Fox our faith in the incoming year is based on and bolstered by our knowledge that the long and costly experiments in the field of 55-millimeter have enabled us at last to bring CinemaScope to the point of perfection. During 1956 our company will release the first two picture produced in 55-millimeter CinemaScope— "Carousel" and "The King and I." In the coming year we thing this process will prove itself the generally accepted technique of photography for the producing industry of ,\EW MEN in Hollywood's outlook include Richard Egan. * * * the whole world. Other problems, of course, face the entire industry as it starts the New Year. The question of finding stars to populate our pictures remains as ahvays; only currently the problem is further complicated: in addition to the income tax situation the big name stars today are being tempted by the prospects of owning their own picture-making companies. For most, this prospect must end. In disillusionment for the ultimate test of a good picture is the quality of the story, and there aren't enough good stories to go around. The year 1956 may be a significant one in educating star personalities to the pitfalls of self-production. For the studios, however, there can be no marking time, because the release schedules must be met, pictures must be made. All of Hollywood has embarked on a program for the development of new star personalities. Many young artists have been successfully launched. To name only a few comparative newcomers who seem destined, to secure stardom I think Sheree North, Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Dana Wynter, Virginia Leith, Jeff Richards, Irene Papas, Janna Lewis, Steve # * ' * stance, assure the player a major permanence near the top of the Hollywood scene. And this is a reciprocal sort of situation. The motion picture fan, the real movie-goer, demands "new faces." Hollywood is moving to satisfy that demand and will step up the tempo during 1956. All major producing companies have formed a concrete policy for increasing the number of releases in the coming year. AU producing outfits recognize that there is a shortage of product generally. We acknowledge our duty to relieve the distress which this shortage can cause the exhibition end of the industry. Another .continuing problem for all studios is the story situation. For 1956, and for seasons to follow, we believe that the 20th Century- Fox company will be predominant in story vehicles. The reason for this is that for the past two years we have sought to "corner" the literary market, both as to published works and stage plays. In addition to "Carousel" and "The King and i, M our Important stage proeprti'e.s include such hit* as "Bus Stop," "Anastasia," '"Can Can," and "Roomful of Roses," to name a few. But the competition has been intense. At MGM the outstanding plays to be made into motion pictures include "The Swan," "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof," and "Teahouse of the August Moon." Paramount anticipates a great year with "The Chalk Garden," "The Rainmaker" and "That Certain Feeling." Columbia is coming out with fcho screen version of "Picnic." Virtually every best-selling book of recent years has been purchased for production. There has been no stinting on effort or cost in Hollywood's determination to acquire the best and the most impressive literary works for translation on the sound stages. These factors, singly and of themselves, are important. In combination we feel that they are bound to give Hollywood a forward impetus which will make 1956 a red-letter year in motion-picture prosperity and accomplishment. NEW FACE for the movies: Joan Collins is one of them. Forrest and Tiana Elg. And there are Natalie Wood, Dinnis Hooper, Jock Mahoney, Mara Corday, Jody Lawrence, Carol Ohjnart, Brian Keith, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Liliane Montevecchi. There are many other youngsters who are being projected toward the front throughout the industry— fresh talent being given the "break" that should, in virtually every in- Some Other Hollywood Views:. Dore Schary, executive vice president, MGM: About the TV industry: "They're in the same boat movies were In 20 years ago — turning out too much because they have too much time to fill and not enough material. So you wind up with time-consuming mediocrity." Samuel Goldwyn: "The public comes out nowadays only for good pictures. They can stay home and see bad pictures." Don Hartman, production executive, Paramount: "Unless the motion^ picture industry finds some new faces, and soon, it is doomed. Many top stars have set terms almost impossible to meet and I can't understand how they suddenly decided they also know all the ramifications of writing, directing and producing . . . "Motion pictures will continue to improve and they will be bigger and better during 1956. Each picture will compete on its own. No long'er can producers or studios mimic each other or themselves." Writer Sees Broadway Boom, With.'TV' Spurring the Upturn (EDITOR'S NOTE -— Richard Maney, author of the 1956 Broadway outlook dispatch below, makes his living as a press agent representing legitimate Broadway shows. He does pretty good at it, too — some of the leading playwrights like Lillian Hellman will hire no one else. But he is also a brilHanty witty writer in his own right, and one of the foremost historians of the current theatre.) By RICHARD MANET Written for NEA Service NEW YORK — (NEA) — The Cassandras who chronically croak that the legitimate theatre is on its last legs, that its audiences have been captured by radio, television and other mechanical intruders, that it is only a question of time until it joins the dodo and the \Vhooping crane in the museum, were dismayed on reading Variety's summing up of the first six months of the 1955-56 theatrical season. Variety, as everyone in the trade few exceptions, chuck in the towel Every deserving boy and girl will j Atlantic Community. have his way paid through college; plastic automobiles will run , <st a bit short of forever; the co...mon cold and cancer will disappear or be curable; every family will earn knows, is the Bible, Baedeker and almanac of stage folk- Its weekly reports on stage and screen activities, on box office grosses, on the comings and goings of divas, tap dancers, actors and Marilyn Monroe, have the status of Holy Writ for those who make their living in the amusement world. For the 26 weeks ending Nov 26, says Variety, "the legit box office in New York hit the highest total in nine years." What's more, continued the theatre's house organ, the gross box office business for plays and musicals on tour, lopped the total for any season in the Uisl eight years over the same 26-week period. It is axiomatic in the theatre that the equivalent of a present-day j policy. He finds Amberlca too bossy; * " " '" ""'" " "" The trouble with NATO, however, is in no small part the blindness and provincialism, as he sees i sev en of every eight stage produc- it, of United States, policy, when ' - _____ isn't also Liberal or Labor Party 1 | tions which open in New York are $25.000 a year; the work week will last 30 hours. Weaver also foresees more leisure for all; more interest and participation in sports; new reproducing media in homes so that we can have on file, say, the pictures of the great museums, or the newest TV program which we happened to miss by being out. Soule, too, in "Time for Living," hopes we'll enjoy more sports, se'e more of the world, have more time for the good things in life and give more to them. Thompson considers soberly the scientific prospects for interplanetary travel, for changing the climate, for being older and yet healttv- ier, for producing more food for more people, for training animals, like monkeys to do more work for UK. too apt to support the reactionary, though speciously democratic, elements in borderline countries for whose allegiance we vie with the Reds. He says we must all realize that, for some people, believe it or not, Communism makes sense; that cold war is no less a form of peace than of war; that if we can keep it up long enough It may turn into an agreeable peace. Some readers will be discouraged, or alienated, by some of the material here. Nevertheless, Arnold's fresh, lively and thoughtful mook makes good reading whether he's marshaling facts in tables, or reasons in his texts, or having at u« with hte occasionally slashing satire. W. GK Rogers G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. FUEL OIL "I Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Conny'i Conoco S*rvic«, Ath A Dlvltion fated for failure. Yet of the 24 new learning: that their product can be tossed out on its ear if the gross box office trade for a one-set comedy fails to reach 514,000. Twenty-five years ago there were 70 theatres in New York, and operating costs of both theatre and attraction were scandalously low. by present day standards. Anyone with enthusiasm, 510,000 and a three-act charade could get a hearing on Broadway. Today only the solvent and the popular survive. Of the 17 plays and soven musicals available in New York in mid-December, only one in each category was in fiscal straits. A nd the week cited commonly is one of the most pestilential of the year snice it is in that dread pre- holiday period when box office crosses usually shrink like wool socks in the wash. attractions presented on Broadway i What's brought about this up- this season but seven proved tin- j turn? To this observer it is the qual- worthy. j ity of the fare offered in the theatre this season, the appalling lack of merit and quality in the plays of- This reversal of form is easily explained. At the season's start 50 attractions or more were planned for production, yet there are but 30 legitimate theatres available in New York. Theatre owners thus could be very choosy when approached by the managements of stage attractions seeking shelter. The unworthy were abandoned or delayed. The sharing contracts under which attraction and theatre operate discourage shoestring speculators. Fly-by-night impressarios, with fered on TV and radio. It's my guess that TV has a suicide complex. Manacled by the clock, trying to put two-hour plays and two-hour motion pictures into one-hour playing time with frequent interruptions for commercials, they have so emasculated and corrupted even the best of plays and pictures as to forever alienate those who rejoiced in the original. It takes something akin to genius THEATKE'S FIRST LADY on is symbolic of the boom for Broad to ruin such great pictures as "Odd I Man Out," "The Fallen Idol' 'ami "The L;:vendar Hill Mob," but the vidiots succeeded. Thanks to the in- i deletions necessary be- time limit, pictures and marquee >v > 1 t of theatre named for her plays beet when reflected on TV's mirrors, This unexpected help from the common e .f>my, i.e. TV, has proven a boon both to .stage and screen. TV is driving people back to the theatre in droves. No one has yet been harassed by a commercial in a legitimate theatre, no one yet has dared interrupt Hamlet's soliloquy to advance ) he miracle properties of shaving soap, cigarette, or deodorant. • • • The theatre survived the stereo- scope, the magic lantern, the silent movies, the talking movies, scrabble and radio, as it will survive the brash upstart, TV. The mrchnnicn! noise-makar has yet to be invented that can in any fashion replace the magic of the stage at its bnst. Enjoying its most prosperous season in a decade, the theatre once a cam ran boast that in NPW York it offers to people of taste and discrimination the mo.^t stimulating entertainment available in the land. There is .still another reason why the theatre should be proud. It is the only land free of blacklists, sponsor censorship, industry taboos, and timidity. Not one of its competitors can make such a boast. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION MAKJORIE MORNING STAB, Herman Woufc. AN'DEBSONVILLE, MacKinlay Kantor. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT, Sloan Wilson. THE TONTINE, Thomas B. tain. NONFICTION GIFT FROM THE SEA, Arms Morrow Lindbergh. INSIDE AFRICA, John Gunther. THE POWER OK POSITIVE THINKING, Norman Vincent Peale. THE EDGE OF THE SEA, Rachel CHI-SOU. YEAR OF DECISIONS, Harry S. Truman. 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