The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on January 17, 1959 · Page 18
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 18

Austin, Minnesota
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Saturday, January 17, 1959
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6-AUSTIN (Minn.) HERALD, SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1959 Murray Show Ratings Good By DICK KLEINER NEW YORK — Heading for the offices of Kathryn and Arthur Murray, you go down long corridors and get quick peeks into glass-lined rooms where couples are dancing. Bui, once inside cither of the two panelled offices they occupy, the atmosphere isn't one of a dancing school, but a TV production center. For the Murrays are all - out on their television kick, and the> 're doing right well at it, too. The rating of "The Arthur Murray Show" is high, surprising lots of critics and executives who had it tabbed as strictly a summer replacement. Losing Proposilon Arthur Murray says his TV chow is a losing proposition for him. "Every week," he says, "I lose, on an average, $10,000. I h a v e lost as much as $75,000 on one •how. That's because I give cer- tain amounts to charity to g e t the celebrities to come on the show and dance. Jerry Lewis cost me a $25,000 contribution, for example. I've offered Greta Garbo $50,000, and Elvis Presley agreed to $30,000, but the sponsor wouldn't let me have him on. Indirect Benefits Besides the week-to-week losses, Murray says there is another, more indirect financial consideration. "When we have a show on the air," he says, "I spend 75 per cent of my lime working on it. The rest of my business suffers. At those times, like now, our net income goes down five to 10 million a year." Why, then, do the M u r r a y s like to have a TV show on? First, they admit that publicizing their name helps their business, in the long run. And secondly, they independently agree that they like it. KATHRYN MURRAY and Groucho Marx, one of the celebrity dancers who are a regular feature of The Arthur Murray Show. I Network Television I Thursday, January 22 (C) Meant 'rogram is us Colo* 6:05 a.m. S— David Stan* 6/30 a.m. t, 10 — Continental Clou- room -/ .f\f\ . _, / iuu a.m. 4— Siegtreid 1. 10- Today 8/00 a.m. 3. 4 — Copt. Kangaroa S;45 a.m. 3 News 9.-00 a.m. t, 4— foe Love or Monty S, 10— Doug* Re Ml 9/30 a.m. 3, 4— Godfrey 4, 10- • 01 J" Hunt 20:00 a.m. J. 4, 8—1 toy. Luc* i. 10— Price It Right t /I , f e ~ --. 2u:iy a.m. ' •— Garr> Moor* 10/30 a.m. t, t — Top Cottar 4— News S, 10— Concentration 4— Qui* a Catholic n/00 a.m. 3, 4, t— Vove ot Uf* i, 10— Tic Tac Dough t— Pendulum T f > 2/1 .. .« 11:30 a.m. 3. 4, »— Search 5, 10— Could Be You *— P»t«r Hayes 11:41 a.m. I, 4 Guiding Light 8— film Review fO.Ofi tt —. l£.*£\J ff.m. 5 — Treasure Chest J 12:30 p.m. S, 4— As World Turn* •—Play Hunch t— Mus Brooks 10— Brevities 7/00 p.m. 3, 4, 8 — Jimmy Dcaa S, 10 — Truth or Consequences (C) 6— Liberoce 1:30 p.m. J, 8 — House Port* 4- — Linklctter 5, 10— Haggtt Baggw (C) fr— News Weather. Clubt 7/40 p.m. 6— Matinee 2/00 p.m. 3. 8— Big Pavotl 4 — Merriam Show 5, 10— Or. Malon* 6 — Day in Court 2/30 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Verdict Yours 5< 10 — From These Roots 6 — Music Bingo 3/00 p.m. 3. 4, S— Brighter Day 5, 10 — Queen for Day 6- — Beat Clock 3/30 p.m. 3. 4. 8— Edge ot Nighl i, 10 — County Fair i— Who Do »ou Trial 4:00 p.m. 3— Valu Show 5 — Margie 6 — American Bandstand 10— What's New 4:30 p.m. 3 — Last of Mohican* 10— forest frontiers 5:0(1 p.m. 3— Huckleberry Hound 4 — Superman S— Robin Hood 6 — Texas Rangers 10— Jet Jackson 5/30 p.m. 4 — Popeyt 6 — Disney Adventure Time S— Kiddies Hour 10— Huckleberry Hound 5:45 p.m. 5— News 10— Looney TUMI 6/00 p.m. 3, 4, i. t. 10— News, Weathei Sports 6— Weather 6:15 p m. 6 — Don Goddard 10— NBC News 6/20 p.m. I— You Shoula Know 6/30 p.m. 1 — Annie Oakley 4—1 Love Lucy t, 10 — Jefferson Drum 6— Leave It to Beaver 8— Disney Presents 7;00 p.m. 3, 4 — December Bride 5— Steve Canyon 6 — Zorro 10 — J«o Hunt 7/30 p.m. 3, 4 — Oerringei i, 10— Could Be You 6— Real McCoys 8— Got Secret 8/00 p.m. 3, 4— Zone Grey S— Behind Closed DOOM 6 — Pat Boon* 8— Music 10— Rescue 8 8:30 p.m. 3, 4, 8— Playhouse 90 (C) 5, 10— Ernie Ford »— -Rough Riders 9/00 p.m. 5, 10— Bet Your Lit* 6— Man Withe** Cos 9/30 p.m. 5 — Masquerade Party (C) 6— Judge Bean 10— U. S, Marshal JO/00 p.m. 3. 4, J, 6, 8. 10— N«Vf», Weothei Sports 10:15 p.m. t — John Paly /U/20 p.m. 8— This Is Your Lift JO/30 p.m. 3— Heart of City 4— Mickey Spillone S— Ten-Four 6— Hour of Stars 10 — Jack Poor Show J//00 p.M. 3— News 4 — Ploy House S — Jack Poor 12. -00 m S— News "A ham is never cured," says Kathryn. "I have a ham In the family," says Arthur. Likes (o Perform Kathryn Murray, the tiny and friendly MC of the show, admits that she likes to perform. She likes dancing better than MCing '("1 someimes ad lib things I'm sorry for afterwards") and likes creating new dances better than repeating old ones. She works hard — and unquestionably one of the show's big appeals is her number. People know she is a grandmother, and like to be shown that maturity is no barrier to activity. But the biggest appeal of the show is the celebrity dance contest. Each week, three, four or five big names of show business troop into the NBC-TV studios and dance. Few of these have ever danced before in public. Some turn out to be quite good, others are pretty sad. Most Passable Most of them are passable. They come into Murray's studio and work with one of the show's dancers. Nina Foch had just reported and was practicing with Tom Hanson in one of the small dance studios. "We think we might do a cha- cha," said Hanson. Murray asked Miss Foch to do a little cha- cha with him. "I don't think that's right for you," Murray said. Then, with a slightly desperate air, Miss Foch gave out with one jazzy step. Has Dance Sense "That's it," said Murray. Murray's forte is his ability to sense which person should do which dance — "an unerring intuition," his wife says. He a n d his director, Ruskin, get along by knowing each other's strengths and weaknesses. Mrs. Murray says that Ruskin has the comedy sense, wh 11 e L Arthur has none. She'll take Rus^ kin's advice on her own pantomimes, but not Arthur's. But Arthur knows music, knows which songs should be sung by which singers. Gets Big Names It's Arthur who gets the big names to come on and dance. He says they do it for any of three reasons — they are pnxious to help charities; they want to plug a play, a movie or a record; or they want to let people know they can do something else besides their own specialty. And Arthur, too wants to prove something. He has a yen to be recognized as a producer. He'd like to produce other shows, besides his own. "But," he says, sadly, "nobody takes me seriously as a producer. I had an idea for a mystery series. I offered it to a sponsor, for $5,000 less than competitive shows. They laughed at me." , Maybe, now that his own show is well up on the rating charts, they shouldn't laugh any more. Brilliant Lineup of Stars Sign for Festival VANCOUVER, B. C. Ml — A stellar lineup of performers is being enlisted for the second international Festival here next sum* mer. Elizabeth Schwarzkopf of the Metropolitan Opera is to make several appearances and Gluck's opera "Orpheus" is to star Ker» stein Meyer, Swedish contralto. A dance troupe from .Japan ii also to perform. The theatrical feature of the festival is to be Schiller's "Mary Stuart," and will be directed by John Reich. Symphony concerts are to be conducted by Herbert von Karajan and Olvin Fjeldstadt. More fro Trombone Than Sound It Makes NEW YORK UB — There's more to a trombone than the sound it makes, says Meredith Willson. There's the way you pronounce the word. "I figure I stepped across from amateur to professional the first time I said it with the accent on the second syllable," says the composer of Broadway's hit "The Music Man." "For some reason people who aren't musicians always accent it the other way." 'Satchmo Sings the Gospel By HUGH MULLIGAN "This train don't carry no gamblers No crap shooters and midnight ramblers, This train goes on to Glory, this train. . ." When Louis Armstrong wraps his foggy, foggy voice around these incredibly rollicking and realistic lyrics, the result is incredibly reverent. For in "Louis and the Good Book," his latest Decca album, Armstrong demonstrates with power and conviction the tremendous pathos inherent in Gospel songs and spirituals. The beat may be low down and bluesy, the lyrics stark a n d at times even racy, but the overall effect is always one of musical communion with a living, personal God who understands the foibles of man and prefers to talk to him in his own language. In what undoubtedly is one of the finest albums of his career, Armstrong sings, chants and trumpets his way through a dozen Gospel favorites like "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Didn't It Rain," "I'm On My Way Now," "Down By the Riverside." The lasting debt that jazz owes to Gospel music is always apparent in Armstrong's presentation, but he never reverts to a real jazz style, preferring to stick closely to the original slow beat of the music. As always, Louis' trumpet solos are impomptu masterpieces of the moment that, were in not for records, would probably never be heard the same way twice. His voice, which certainly must be the despair of all singing teachers, somehow never keeps him from becoming a fine singer, gifted with pace, style and great showmanship. Fellow trumpetman Sy Oliver, a top arranger, directs a first rate choir and orchestra that give Armstrong excellent backing throughout. The only drawbacks are Louis' occasional needless lapses into bop talk, but these are few and relatively inoffensive. The Armstrong album is front runner in a growing collection of excellent hymn and Gospel albums. ARAB REFUGEES WASHINGTON, D. C. «•) — The Very Rev. Msgr. Peter P. Tuohy, a Catholic mission administrator in Palestine, says he sees "absolutely no possibility for peace" in that area until almost a million Arab refugees are resettled. Mahalia Jackson, probably the greatest of the modern Gospel singers and one who refuses to compromise her art by singing in night clubs, has two new Columbia albums: "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," mostly Christmas songs,' and "Mahalia at Newport," which was recorded at last summer's jazz festival. Also on a Columbia label, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City, one of the country's largest and most eel brated •tfffrtr* vnv Of LOUIS ARMSTRONG choral groups, sings a collection of new hymns and traditional spirituals in a fine album called "The Lord Is My Shepherd." In a simpler vein, the Vestry Choir, so devoid of complex harmonies that it may sound like your own choir back home, brings a calm, devotional style to "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning," "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and similar evangelic hymns in an album called "On A Clear Morning" (Warner Bros.). The Back Home Choir of Neward, N. J., another show stopper at the Newport Festival, shows why in "I Do Believe," RCA Victor's entry In the field. Pops singers Perry Como in "I Believe" (RCA Victor) and Tennessee Ernie Ford in "Nearer the Cross" and "Star. Chorale" (both Capitol) round out the picture with excellent albums of hymns and spirituals. Actor Dana Andrews, whose father was a Baptist minister, has an album of Bible stories called "And God Said" (Epic) that features a fine script by Dickson Hall, a musical background by the Frank Raye singers and several album pages of Gustave Dore's famous wood engravings. Dore's drawings alone are enough to make the album memorable, but Andrews does a first rate job on the narrations. GEORGE HOWES Austin Manager PINCHING PENNIES? Over-burdened new year'* budgets «ii* causing many poodle !• do it unnecessarily — often at the e*pen»e •f their families. With the helpful 1C PLAN re. »pomiUa people can bonow from $500 t* $J.OOO or more ... enough to take care of even their larger obligations. Repayment I* easy, with terms tailored to fit your budget. Phon» HE 3-2314 201 N. Main Austin i ^^*MI&iiSHlt**'*^ INDUSTRIAL CREDIT COMPANY

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