The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on January 17, 1959 · Page 15
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 15

Austin, Minnesota
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Saturday, January 17, 1959
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Comics Routed; Westerns Have to Take Spots By BOB THOMAS AP .Movie-TV Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP)—The comics are in full rout. Friday night, a Western called "Rawhide" took over in the spot occupied by Jackie Gleason. After * lacklustre return to the home screen, the fat one gave up in" midseason, victim of poor ratings. Word also came that George Gobel, who will be bereft of his pal Eddie Fisher this March, will also lose a half-hour of his show. George Burns has been fighting for survival as a single, doing some of his shows live as a stimulus to tired ratings. Ed Wynn's •how is already a casualty. Prediction Upset This was supposed to be the •eason for a comedy comeback! But now it's tough to get a rating unless you ride a horse. Dis- i George Gobel counting the situation comedy shows, which require a story line to sustain interest, about the only surviving weekly practitioners of the fine art of being funny are Red Skelton and Milton Berle. Some of my choicest memories cf the early days of TV concern comedy: The elaborate spoofery of Sid Caesar-Imogene Coca, the suave pantomime of Alan Young and Donald O'Connor, Ed Wynn's wonderful nonsense, the early Jimmy Durante shows. Here's an Answer So what happened? I offer this thesis: Humor becomes less funny when it becomes more intrusive. Radio was a perfect medium for comedy because the listener could use his own imagination. When the visual image Red Skelto* ia added, humor declines. Red Skelton has survived because he is essentially a visual clown, whereas his colleagues are largely gag comics. Berle has survived because . . . well, you explain it. His relentless assault on the funny bone seems to have an irresistable fascination for many. Exposure Bad To* Intrusion is compounded by weekly exposure to the funnymen. Nobody can come into your home that often and be funny every time. Perhaps the crowning blow to the comics was seen Saturday adght. ABC's "Maverick" slagged • satire on "Gunsmoke" that was considered a scream. When the Westerns go corraling laughs, what hope is left for the comedians? TALLULAII DERAILED NEW YORK UH — Tallulah Bankhead's plans to come to Broadway in "Crazy October" have been scrapped. The James Leo Herlihy comedy ran into critical headwinds on tour. The show *a» financed at $100,000. AUSTIN (Minn.) HERALD, SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1959-3 Gag, Gimmick, Trapeze; That's Hollywood Scene By ERSKINE JOHNSON HOLLYWOOD — EXCLUSIVELY YOURS: A Las Vegas vaca- tionist, who said he had just seen Joe E. Lewis' act, was asked how old Joe E. looks these days. "Well," he welled, "I'd say he looks better than if he were alive." The "Garbo Talks" melody lingers on. The advertising campaign for Marlon Brando's first western, "One-Eyed Jacks," will be, "Brando Shoots." So for the Debbie Reynolds-Tony Randall romantics in "The Mating Game," how about: "Debbie Flirts." Ronald Reagan and Huntington Hartford are having hush-hush talks about forming an independent film company. OH, THE DARING young girl on the flying trapeze isn't kidding. That really is Kathy (Mrs. Bing Crosby) Grant, trained cowlick and all, sailing through the air with the greatest of ease in a "Look, Bingo, no plane" act. Sure, there is a safety net for her aerial acrobatics in "The Big C i r c u s," plus expert circus "fliers" teaching her all the tricks. But as an ex-ballet student and a natural Miss Limber, Kathy soloed 10 feet above the net only eight hours and mastered the tricky platform returns in two. Maybe I should be reporting more thoroughly on her trapeze "Birds' Nest," "Kip" and "Hock Hang," but that trained cowlick decorating the lift side of her forehead at the hairline was just too darn fascinating. She combs it in place with a toothbrush every morning, she told me, after years of trying to keep it hidden "with everything including glue." If David Nelson, who has to make flying catches of Mrs. Bing, Is worried about dislocating those shoulders, he can just relax. Kathy dislocated them herself in one of her first practice swings on the trapeze bar. "But I'm so limber," she smiled, "they just popped back into place and I went right on practicing. Didn't hurt a bit." Ah, youth. Only five months after becoming a mama, too. PRODUCERS RELUCTANT to sign unknowns for movie roles should keep these words under glass on their office desks. When he made the movie, "Pushover" in 1954, producer Jules Schemer had only $15,000 left in his budget to hire a leading lady for Fred Mac-Murray. For IS G's, he knew he could buy only a has-been name, so he decided on an unknown blonde. By the time the film reached theaters, MacMurray's name wasn't even needed for theater marquees, ills "unknown" lead- ing lady, Kim Novak, was an Instant star. PETER LAWFORD and producer Robert L. Welch slipped a howler of a rib into a "Thin Man" telefilm that left Pete's brother- in-law, Senator Kennedy, rolling on the floor. Clue-searching in a Bowery dive, Nick walks up to a crum bum and says, "Bartender, please bring Mr. Kennedy a drink." Then a Madison Ave. "genius" who missed the point of the line entirely put Lawford and Welch on the floor with a frantic memo: "How come Nick Charles knew the name of the man at the bar?" A big money - making movie producer at Paramount before a serious illness, Welch pin pointed the difference between movie and telefilm making on an MGM sound stage the other day. He pin pointed it on Abraham Lincoln's nose. The nose was be- ing painted for a huge Mt. Rushmore background in Alfred Hitchcock's latest "chase" thriller. Welch asked the painter the cost of just the paint for the Mt. Rushmore scenic. "About $2,200," said the studio painter. "That," winced Welch, "is what we spend on the entire 'Thin Man' set budget. And that's the difference between movies and telefilms." Spring Salute by Goodman to Be April 10 Benny Goodman and his band will star in "Swing Into Spring," the second annual all-star musical salute to spring sponsored by Texaco, to be presented on CBS- TV AprU 10 (8-9 p.m.). The hour-long special will be based on the premise that spring is the time, and swing is the music, for the young at heart. Fashioned afer last April's widely acclaimed "Swing Into Spring," it will feature top name jazz and popular music performers who are currently being signed to the all-star cast. This year's "Swing Into Spring" will coincide almost to the day with the 25th Anniversary of Benny Goodman's start as a bandleader. Organized in 1934, the Goodman band revolutionized popular dance music by infusing it with jazz arrangements and solos. It soon became the nation's leading dance band and won for its leader the title "King of Swing." The program will originate "live" from New York, • Network Television I ^ — .. — — . — HIM • i ^^^ M * IB>IBn ^^^^ViHI^^^^^^^^H Monday, January 19 (C) Mean! Program 11 in Color 6:05 a.m. $— David Stont 6:30 a.m. $, 10 — Continental Classroom 7:00 a.m. 4-— Siegfried 5, 10— Today S-rtCt * «• .v/l/ a, frit 3* 4— Copt Kangaroo t\ t * . 8:45 a.m. )— Newt 4 — Dr. Youngdohl 9:00 a.m. 3, 4— For uo»« 01 Monty 5, 10— Dough Re Mi 9:30 a.m. 3, 4, 8— Godfrey 5. 10 — Treasure Hunt 10.-00 a.m. 3, 4, 8—1 Love Lucy 5, 10— Price !• Right 10:30 a.m. 3, 4, t- .Top Dollar S, 10 — Concentration 6— Herald ot Truth 1 1 /!(*! 11 '00 a.m. 1, 4, 8— Love ot Life 5, 10— Tie To< Dougk 6 — How to Morry Millionaire 11:30 t.m. 3, 4. 8— Search 5, 10— Could Be You fr — "etei Haves 11:45 a.m. 3, 4 — Guiding Light 1 — Country Stvlo 12:00 m 3, 4, 5, 8 10— New. Weather 8— Film Reviev 12:15 p.m. 10— Channel 10 Calling 12:20 p.m. 5 — Treasure Chest 12:30 c.m 3, 4— World Turns 6— Play Hunch 8— Ton "lays 10 — Brevities 1:00 p.m. 3, 4. 8 — Jimmv Dean 5, 10 — T'ulh or Consequences (C) 6 — Liberate 1:30 p.m. I, 8— House Party 4— Linklcttcr 1, 10- Moggc-j Baggls (e) S— Hows Weather. Club Notes 1:40 p.m. 6— Matinee 2:00 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Big Payoff S, 10— Young Dr. Molonfl 6 — Day In Court 2:30 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Verdict tourt 5 10— Frorr T n , Jf Ktalt 6— Music Bingo 3:00 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Bnghtci Day 5, 10— Queen for Day 6— Boot Clock 3:15 p.m. 3, 4. 8— Secret Storm 3:30 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Edge ot Night S, 10 — County Fair 6— Who Oc v ou Trust 4:00 p.m. 4 rt. 3 — Sho» 4 — Around Town 5 — Margir 4— Am Bandstand 8 — Counterpoint 10— Whof Now 4:30 p.m. 4 — Commodore Cappy 5 — Last ot Mohicans 8— Film 10— Ten for Survival 5:00 p.m. 3 — Club House 4 — Axel and Dog S— Robin Hood 8 — Last of Mohicans 10 — Jungle Jiir 5:30 p.m. 4 — Popeye 6— M -key Mouse Club 8 — Adventure 10 — Music Time 5:45 p.m. 3 News S— NBC News 10 — Loonev Tunes 6:00 p.m. 3, 4, S, -8, 10— News Weathet Sports 6— Weather 6 14? t. .15 p.m. 6 — Don Goddard 10 — NBC News 6:20 p.m. S— Should Know 6..W p.m 3, 4, 8— Name Tune S— Buckskin 6— Woody Woodpecker 10— Sherlock Holme! 7/00 p.m. '< 3— Whlrlvbirth 4 8-The fe«an 6— This Is Alice S, 10 — Restless Gun 6— This Is Alice 7:50 pm. 3, 4, 8— Father Knows Best 5, 10— Wells Fargo 6— Bold Journey 5:00 pm. 3. 4, 8— Dannt fhomas 6 — Voice ol f'rcstont S, 10— Pete Gunn 8:30 p m. 3 4 8 — Ann Saltier* 5, 10 — Goodyear Theater 6— Dr. 1. Q. 9:0(1 p.m. 3, 4 — High Adventure (C) 5. 10— A-thui Murray 6 — Patti Page 8 — Ford Show 9:30 p.m. 3— Sheriff ot Cochin 5— Highway Patrol • T » 6 — Target 8 — Groucho 10 — African Patrol 70/00 p.m. 3, 4, 3, 6, 8 (0— Newt Weothei iporti 10:15 p.m. 6 — John Dalv 10:20 p.m. t — Lawman 70:30 p.m. 3 — Dr. Christian 4 — Vcnguard 5— Badge 714 6 — Hour ot Stan 10— Jock Poor Show 70:50 p.m. 8 — San Francisco Beat n.oo p.m. 3— News 4 — Playhouse 5 — Joe"! *aai Shoo 8 — Son Franrisco Beat 7 7 '20 p.m. 8 — Bengal Lancers 72:00 m 5— News Every Show Business Branch Different but Come Out Same NEW YORK HV-Every branch of show business is different— but It all comes to the same thing, says Director Jose Quin- tcro. "Whatever it is and whatever you do, the aim Is to seize the spectator by the shoulder and make him pay attention," he explains. One of the Broadway theater's most active workers, Quintcro In the past year expanded his activities to overseas productions and (he staging of two works for the Metropolitan Opera Co. There's Just one reason for such diversity to Quintero: "If you stay In one place and do one thing you get typed—and that's the opposite of why yon got into the theater in the first place." Dodgers' Duke Cast as Heavy in Western Former New York Giant fans will probably agree with the casting of the Jan. 20 version of The Rifleman on ABC. One of the standard western meanies in this story will be Duke Snyder, star centerfielder of the Los Angeles Dodgers and former idol of Brooklyn baseball bugs. The Duke for years was poison to Giant fans at the Polo Grounds. DID YOU KNOW . . . ? All Furnaces Heed Cleaning? WHY? Because, constantly circulating air deposits dust and dirt particles In air ducts and pipes. The Inside* of warm and cold air ducts are a reservoir for spider* webs, lint, dirt, and dust which provides breeding grounds for germs. FURNACE-VAC CAN NOW ELIMINATE THESE HAZARDS - Cleaning Is Our Only Business - We Can Clean In Coldest Weather Without Cooling Your House Down! Furnace-Vac Cleaning Service Rt. 4-Freebom Rd. Ph. HE 3-3648, Austin, Minn. Evenings Call HE 3-3334

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