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MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 1956 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINB ourier NewsMagazine 'Record Makers See 'Adventurous' Year Ahead for Platter Parade EDITOR'S NOTE: Records have made an amazing gain in 1955. The President of Ihe Recording A»oclafen of America, lames B. Conklins, considers that story and make, . forocast for 195«1 in the -•• acconipa.ylne dispatch written for NBA Service. In addition to heading the association Mr. Conkling is president of Columbia Records. By JAMES B. CONKLING Written lor JVEA Service NEW YORK — (NEA) — Predicting next year's fads and trends in records is almost as risky as guessing next year's newspaper headlines. They can change overnight Anything • from "rock and roll" rhythms to barking dogs can become a record craze—and did, m 1955. But we can make one prediction with certainty. 1956 will be the biggest year lor records In the industry's history, even better than 1955, ••which has topped all previous high .•water marks. ." We're in the midst of a real rec- 'ord boom. ! Ten years ago. anybody predicting. -'that classical record sales would increase by 60 per cent in a single year would have been labeled the Wildest kind of dreamer. But thats ""just whal happened to classical long -playing record sales during 1955. • » • Today, * collector can often find three, four, sometimes a dozen dif- "f erent versions of the same selection " 'where 10 years ago there might ..have been no recording available at all. The result Is that all of us — ' "record makers and record collec- • tors—will become more adventurous. This year we've had a full orchestral rehearsal on records, we've had exciting sports broadcasts. Last year we had authors reading their "own works, , radio • announcers ' caught in amusing slips of • the - tongue. Perhaps next year we can Iocs forward to more such, glimpses of 'artists at work, more "live" concerts on records, more jazz Jam sessions. ' Speaking of jazz, 1955 has been a boom vear on records for that variety of music too. For many JAMES B. CONKLING: The . whole world on a platter. years, collecting jazz records was a hobby cultivated by -a small devoted group. These days, everybody's buying , jazz records. Even the rlotout "rock and roll" fad is simply another indication of ft preference for music with a strong rhythm or "beat"—and that's how jazz began. This year jaw even made the front pages of the newspapers when Americans learned that such celebrated jazzmen as Louis Armstrong were great successes in Europe, where records had preceded their actual concert appearances. Here, perhaps, is the clue to the big music-on-records news of 1956. Next year will see the greatest world-wide boom for American records and recording artists. Our musicians,, both classical and popular, have been known lor years to foreign record collectors. But recently we've seen symphony orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia, junketing to Europe; popular singers like Rosemary Clooney and Johnny Ray performing in England or South Africa; conductors like Andre Kostelaneti appearing to Japan. The export of entertainment has not been one-sided. European symphony orchestras, soloists, even popular singers and band-leaders have won American fans with their records, then arrived in person. But next year, more than ever before, we expect to find American performers following their highly successful records over' seas. We expect to find more fans in Tokyo and Stockholm and Johannesburg for American-made entertainment on records. The boom is world-wide. Alas, Poor Yorick; Hamlet's A Card; Ophelia's a Lush To Sovietized Bard Literary Guidepost BEST SINCE DIETRICH—Thif» what Hollywood ii saying about thl guni of pixjrish Shirley MacLaine. Shirley, striking • this DOS* tor Hollywood cameramen, stars in the fllmusical cora- »dy, "Artiste nod Models." Novelist -Equals Promise Shown In First Work HER FRENCH HUSBAND. By Phyllis Hastings. Dutton. Rose Bamber, who tells this story, has three stopping-places along her path to love — Bournemouth, a little town on the river Eure in France, and a farm in Provence. The mother's . long illness has kept Rose at home; she has. known a few suitors but no lover; and she has let her 30th birthday come —but she has done it willingly — before starting out into the world on her own. Her mother has died and left her 200 'pounds; Aunt Zenobia invites her to llve"Ih Bournemouth not because she likes, her niece but because she likes to do her Christian duty. But Aunt Zenobia cute corners on this duty, drives her poor ser- v»nt Sarah almost to death, and keeps from Rose the one thing Rose really wants; her liberty and freedom, the fond, playful indulgence ot her whims. So Rose, giving fate an unmaid- enly nudge, meets Achilles, w«it«r. He marries her, or she him, and partly with his bride's MO pounds. Here the English girl learns In both particular »nd general terms what it's like to be a French wife, and Achilles' wife to boot The ultimate lesson comas on the old farm where Rose meets mother- in-law »nd brother-in-law. Miss' Hastings' record Is a very CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled by Publishers' Weekly) FICTION MARJORIE MORNINGSTAB, Herman Wouk. ANDERSONVILLE, MacKinlay Kantor. CASH McCALL, Cameron Hawley. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. THE TONTINE, Thomas B. Costain. NONFICTION GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow, Lindbergh. INSIDE AFRICA, John Gunther. THE EDGE OF THE SEA, Rachel Carson. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, Norman Vincent Peale. YEAR OF DECISION*. Harry Truman. very good first novel,, "Rapture in Rags" and a so-so second, "Dust Is My Pillow." The new one ranks with the first. Rose longs for a life love and a woman's fullness; she begins as a charming Innocent and ends wise and knowing, and still charming. This is a story of tenderness that grows Into Invincibility This novel will help establish Miss Hasting still more firmly in our high regard. W. Q. Rogers FST ache*, pains, fit*, kntsev twriw, colds, headaches, bites and stings, in Bob't Gypsy Rub Liniment Available at T»»r taTertte 4m eminter c. a. SMITH mopucTg co. West Indies Novel Lacks Excifement ISLAND IN THE SUN. By Ale: Waugh. Farrar, Straus <fc Oudahy. Maxwell Fleusy's nose starts this novel off: it catches the scent o a strange tobacco in the house where he left hit young wife Sylvia alone and that troubles his thoughts, a wakens his jealously, ends in tra gedy. The story takes place on the, is land of Santa Marta in the Wes Indies. Pleury is the name of an old .respected family. Templeton is the English governor, Euan is hi son, and Archer, his adjutant. Oth era In these heavily populated page are a Baltimore newspaper owne and his special writer Bradshaw David Boyeur, reformer; Grainge Morris, lawyer; planters Carson anc Preston; Whittingham-, the polic cfcjef; Leisching, the doctor; Lon don dignitaries; and no end of wo men who, like the men range se ductively from white through ash brown, chocolate and coffee. Euan Templeton has come horn hoping for some recreation, an finds girls as hungry for a man as he had been for a woman. Bu Santa Marta is a curious spot com bining old and new, progressiv and conservative; and while a love wants a lass, he wants her real! white, and while a lass wnnte lover, she wants him in the righ club. ' Besides Maxwell's jealousb there are Preston's stubbornness Carson's independenct and Boyeur ambition, plus emotional mobs an the fear of their victims, to carr the story on through love affairs a fire, murder, and other dramati incidents. Literary Guild choice, this is fat novel of. more than 500 page: and many readers are scheduled t try it for size and like it. But if no fit for me. Though it may be the truest thing ever written abou the West Indies, and though it the work of a professsional, it nev er gets exciting, it never makes yo car. W. O. Roger Rc-d Courier News Classified Ad* PAIR OF CHARMERS MEET — A pair of Hollywood charmers of the feminine variety meet on the MOM lot during filming of their latets movies. Cyd Charisse (left) is making "Meet Me in Las Vegas," and Lana Turner is filming "Diane," a movie based on the life of the French charmer of the 16th Century, Diane de Poitier. By TOM A. CULLEN NEA Staff Correspondent LONDON — (NBA) — Not "Waiting for Lefty" 1955- style, but Shakespeare's 350-year-old "Hamlet" in an all- British production is the smash-hit of the Moscow theatrical British production season. This Is the first time British actors have visited Russia since the days of the Czars, and they took 13 curtain calls on the opening night of "Hamlet" at the Moscow Art Theatre. There were rave notices in prav- da, too. "Bold, brilliant, simple," wrote the Soviet counterpart ot Brooks Atkinson. Not even Bulganm gete a better press. The truth is that the. -Russians like Comrade Hamlet, or Camlet as they call him. Of course, this is not the Hamlet that theatre-goers ordinarily see. - .• - . • • * Hamlet, in the Russian version, is no melancholy, wazy, mixed-up Dane. He is Hamlet the fighter, the champion of the people, "the lesson for- us all." The British have trimmed their sails to the Russian wind, present- Ing Hamlet in their export version .s a simple, manly fellow. Gone is the si-, >ering, brooding prince, who debates whether to avenge his father's murder or to take his own life, while fingering a jeweled poignard. In the new British version, Hamlet Is playing as a kind of a rustic hero battling vll- The Russians themselves have not hesitated to take liberties with Shakespeare in their own productions of Hamlet, making what they c&U "minor"- changes to restore the play's original intention. (Shake- peare, as every Soviet school boy knows, distorted his meaning in order to please the Elizabethan ruling class—so the Russians hold.) In a recent memorable production the character of Ophelia, for example, was transformed. No girl, the Russians reasoned, would go mad and drown herself for anything so paltry as lov. This was a petty bourgeois interpretation. No, it was all a question of economics. Being jilted by a Crown Prince meant no more diamonds and mink. Therefore Ophelia took the only way out for a girl with no Ideological training; she took to drink. Thus when she staggered on stage strewing flowers she is really soz- zled to the eyebrows. Who else but. a chronic alcoholic would go around muttering. "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance . . . and there is pansies, that's for thoughts!" The jhoit ot Hamlet's father presented a stiff problem to the Soviets —that is, until Shakespeare's true purpose was "discovered." Shakespear did not mean for the ghost to be taken seriously, for as a dialectician he was aware that the supernatural is used to dope the masses No, the ghost should be ,playe< strictly for laughs, as in the scene where Hamlet forces his follower; to swear on his sword and the ghosl mocks him uttering the wor: "swear" from various parts of the floor. Russian audiences roar with laughter as Hamlet darts around the stage in chase of the ghostly voice. Finally, in fury, he turns on his friend Horatio, who has shown Menshevik tendencies all along, and blames him, "There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, thai are dreamed of in your philosophy.' Clearly, Hamlet, or Gamlet if you prefer, was a card. Must Didn't Seem Like Fifty Years/ Says Helen Hayes By DICK KLEINER NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — When Helen Hayes first heard some talk that theater peopto were going to honor her for her 50 years of acting, she was shocked. "I couldn't believe it," she say's. "It just didn't seem like 50 years. I don't keep a diary or records or a scrapbook, and I'd never kept track of the years. It made me feel old." In fact, her husband, playwright Charles MacArthuv, at first opposed the plans for a "Command 3 erformance" of theater. people to lighlight the anniversary celebra- >ion. He thought it would make Helen Hayes "feel decrepi 'But I don't feel decrepit," she says, with the laugh that has charmed theater audiences since [905. And she doesn't look decrepit. She looks pretty much like what she is—a charming 55-year-old Wife and mother, who just happens to be one of the finest actresses the American stage has produced. She started acting as a child in her native Washington, D. C. Then she was seen by Lew Fields, one of New York's leading producers of ;hat era. And by the time she was a teen-ager, she was a star. She managed to make 'the transition :rom adolescence to maturity pain- .essly, and for the last two decades ias been almost universally recognized as the First Lady of the Stage. Looking baojs on her half-century of acting. Helen Hayes thinks she's had a pretty full and exciting career. 'I have no unfulfilled ambitions," she says. "I've done about everything I wanted to—more than I dreamed I would do. I've had a few cracks at Shakespeare, with varying results. I've made movies, and won an Oscar. I have no regrets." Miss Hayes, as you might expect from a woman who doesn't keep SALUTE TO HER CAREER: Along on the stage of the Helen Hayes Theater in New York, actress Helen Hayes reads word* of congratulations after theater was named in hed honor. 15 YEARS AGO, Helen H was a demure "Cleopatra," HEARING JUBILEE, Miss Hayes looked like this on TV. scrapbpoks, says, "I never look back over my shoulder—I prefer to look ahead." And, from that vantage point, she thinks the theater is in pretty healthy shape at the moment. * * * "Of course It has dwindled in quantity," she says, "but the quality is better than it was. My contemporaries—people like Lynn Fontanne arid Katharine Cornell and Judith Anderson—we used to wonder when young actresses would - come along and elbow us out of the way, as we elbowed the older stars out. For years, there was no one. "But look now—fine actresses like Julie Harris and that young Susan Strassberg and young actors like Marlon Brando and Montgomery Olift. And fine playwrights like Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams and Robert Anderson. The theater is very strong today." And there's television. She thinks it's wonderful — and particularly good as a training ground for young performers. "It's much harder to get started in the theater today, because there is less theater. And there used to be stock companies, too. But now television gives a young actor a chance to try different kinds of parts. The only trouble is TV always wants new faces—outside of IVIaria Riva and Eva Marie Saint, they haven't developed any stars. An actor can be washed up on TV at 25." • * * Helen Hayes' career has been a newsy one, in a non-scandalous sort of way. She was closely involved with the actors' strike that established Actors' Equity as a potent theatrical force. And there was the famous "Act of God" baby, her daughter, whose birth she maintained was an "Act ot Ood" and therefore she should be released from an existing run-of-play contract. Years later, there was th« tragic death of this child from polio. But mostly it's her talent that's made her famous. Over the years, she's run the histrionic gamut from comedy to tragedy, played parts as varied as Pollyanna and Cleopatra, appeared with leading men like John Drew, William Gillette, Alfred Lunt, Sidney Blackmer, Philip Merivale, Maurice Evans, and, in the movies, Ronald Colmari, Clark. Qft- ble, Ramon Novarro, Robert Montgomery and Gary Cooper. Probably her best-known characterizations were in "Dear Brutus," "Bab" (her first starring part). "To the Ladies," "She Stoops to Conquer," Maggie in "What Every Woman Knows," "Mary of Scotland." "Victoria Regina," "Harriet" and her recent appearance in "The Skin of Our Teeth" in Paris and New York on television. * • # When Barry Hyams, th< press agent for "The Skin of Our Teeth." unearthed the fact that her 50th theatrical birthday was nearing and the plans for the celebration were proposed, Helen Hayes says she wasn't , sure what her reaction would be. "I would vacillate," she says, "between wanting to do something great on Broadway to show my appreciation, and a desire to go somewhere and rest." She's decided to rest. But her idea of rest is four weeks in Florida, during which she'll spend one week acting in '"The- Qlass Menagerie" in Miami. Then she'll come back to New York, to start working on a new play—"Cock-a- Doodle Daisy," written by her husband and Anita Loos. After 50 years, there's no reason to expect shell quit now. We Buy Ear Corn FARMERS SOYBEAN CO. "Home of Sudden Service" Broadway & Hutson Phone 3-8191 Open for Business RICHMOND, Va. 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