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Tuesday, February 8, 1949
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,io8gngcUggmc0 Tuesday, FEB.8,T949-Porti fs ' 'H .T '4 'Big Steal' to Feature Mexican Water Ballet; Operetta Project Set BY EDWIN SCHALLERT Something new in film embellishments will be the Mexican c3 i T t0 Presented during the unreeling of "The Big bteal, RKO feature. Don Siegel, the director, has ordered a search for 2o attractive Latin-American types for the picture, and the intention is to recruit them in Mexico City as a good-will gesture. This part of the production will be filmed in the capital, as well as other melodramatic sequences, beginning Feb. 12, with Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Patric Knowles appearing in the planned spectacular scenes." "The Big Steal" is already under way here and concerns the theft of government material. LEWIS AND YOUXG PLAN LIGHT OPERAS Russell Lewis and Howard Young, who headquarter on the West Coast for their theatrical productions, have scheduled an operetta i project, which promises unusual interest. They are to put three festival presentations on the road, including "Naughty Marietta," "The Merry Widow" and "Song of Norway." Popularity of these works was determined by a survey. The first will be open Sept. 1, the other two following at four-week intervals. Premieres will be held in a location in the Southwest, and from there the companies will move eastward, climaxing their tour 40 weeks later on the West Coast. Lewis and Young are calling their project the National Light Opera Festival and it will be handled on a subscription basis. Edwin Lester, general director of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera Associations," will stage the productions, it is announced. Lewis and Young also plan to stage "Bleak House," by Charles Dickens, and one other play during the season. BERGMAX-COOPER FILM DISCUSSION'S HINTED While Ingrid Bergman denied at a press conference, sponsored by Samuel Goldwyn, Roberto Rossellini and herself, that she had viewed a script on "The Girl on the Via Flaminia," information yesterday was that with Dr. Peter Lindstrom she would visit the Gary Coopers at Aspen, Colo. It is anticipated that discussion of the film subject which Cooper recently acquired will take place during the trip to the actor's planned ski resort. Joe Kaufman announces the securing of "Death Comes Knocking," short story by, Huntly Rogers, which will be incorporated into the production of "Red Light," for which George Raft is practically set. The picture will probably start about mid-March. LISA GOLM CHOSEN AS MAMA LUCASTA Lisa Golm, former Max Reinhardt actress in Europe, will enact Mama Lucasta in the film, "Anna Lucasta," starring Paulette Goddard at Columbia. She has previously appeared in "A Foreign Affair" and "Little Women." Alma Macrorie at Paramount is performing a feat blending an acting career with her regular work as a film editor. She will be seen as Mrs. Meeler in "Dear Wife," following appearances in "To Each His Own" and "The Emperor Waltz." She recently edited "Bride of Vea'ngeance". and "The Sin of Abby Hart" and is still busy with "After Midnight." Affiliated Teachers will have Eve Arden as a special guest tomorrow night at the Biltmore Hotel because of her radio appearances as the schoolteacher in "Our Miss Brooks." GAIL PAGE SLATED FOR VIDEO CINEMA Gail Page will take time off from her "Anna Lucasta" duties to star in "A Confession on New Year's Eve," adaptation of a Hermann Sudermann story, which Grant-Realm will produce for television, with John Archer, Stanley Waxman and Marjorie Lord in the support, and Sobey Martin directing for Producer Stanley Rubin. Death of Harry Rapf, considering he had so recently embarked on work on the picture, "Scene of the Crime," is indeed regrettable. With Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg, he was a pioneer in starting MGM on its successful course. Philip N. Krasne, conducting activities with the "Cisco Kid" series at Pioneertown, near Palm Springs, will enter video film production with a new organization called Teladventures, Inc., and has already scheduled a western-style operetta called "Desert Serenade." . ' Greg McClure, recently in "Lulu Belle" at Columbia, will play a heavy role in that company's serial, "Batman and Robin." Casadesus Will Play After an absence of two years, Robert Casadesus, French pianist, returns to Philharmonic Audito rium for his only Los Angeles recital of the season this evening. Compositions representing three different periods of musical his tory have been selected by Mr. Casadesus for the program he is to play. From the classical period, the eminent pianist will , interpret Mozart's Fantansie in D minor, K. 397, and the same composer's Sonata in D major, K. 576 (the "Trumpet Sonata"). Four bal lades by Frederic Chopin will represent the romantic period. The music of the French im pressionist, Debussy, will make up the second half of the program.. ; 'Angry God Shoiun on Melvan Program "The Angry' God,"' United Artists Fullcolor release now screening at the Melvan Theater with the French drama, "The Blue Veil," is called a bonanza for those interested in primitive cus toms, tribal dances and cere monial rites. All the scenes 'except the few interiors were shot at the Paricu tin Volcano and elsewhere in the Mexican state of-Michoacan. The waterfall scene was taken in Uru apan's National Park and focuses on a group of Tarascan Indians in the traditionally colorful garb. VIRGINIA FIELD Takes a leading role in the film, "John Loves Mary," due tomorrow at Warner theaters. STUDIO BRIEFS MURRAY CITES NEW 'RECORD9 While Ken Murray's "Blackouts" goes on breaking records at El Capitan,- one of its employees set up a long-distance marital milestone for himself last week. ; Charles MacDonald, affec tionately known as "Pop" by the "Blackouts" cast, celebrated his 57th wedding anniver-' sary. MacDonald is the backstage doorman and a veteran of more than 30 years in vaudeville. He and his wife, Sadie, were married while they were teamed as an act. King Vidor will direct Bette Davis in "Beyond the Forest." Lenore Coffee, who is writing, ex pects to have the script completed by the end of the month. Michael Barrett, who took a job as a night janitor at The Times when a role failed to materialize for him in "The Babe Ruth Story," now gets a break in "Scene of the Crime" at MGM. Barrett toured with Joe E. Brown in "Harvey." t Committee In charge - of documentary awards nominations for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked "The Secret Land" and "The Quiet One" as features to be screened Feb. 27 before the Academy membership. They have also chosen the short subjects, "Operation Vittles," "Heart to Heart" and "Toward Independence." Committee is headed by Jane Murfin, chairman, and includes Joseph Ansen, Cedric Francis, Leonard Lev-inson, Sidney Solow, Grant Leenhouts, Harriet Parsons and William C. Menzies. Peter Milne, writer who worked on "My Wild Irish Rose" and "God is My Copilot," checked in at Warners to prepare "The Story of Seabiscuit" for Producer Wil liam Jacobs. Al Horwitz, from the publicity department of Universal-Interna tional in New York, will take over the duties of publicity director at the studio here, while David Lip- ton will function as director of advertising and publicity. With the first tryout scheduled at Santa Barbara, Jack Kirkland will gear his dramatization of "Mr. Adam" from the novel by Pat Frank for a San Francisco opening at the Geary Theater March 14. He has been working on the subject for two years. It concerns destruction wrought by the atom bomb which results in sterilization of all male population except one man left to carry on the race. Issue of whether "Mr. Adam" will play here has not yet been settled. Rehearsals for the show will start in about 10 days, and the cast of approximately 15 will be chosen before then. i-ortunio Bonanova has re turned .from personal appear ances with "The Adventures of Don Juan" in the East. V V a vWHt AIL cicKQUHG 2nd HIT- DOWNTOWN ONIY KdSE of ineTii ivun . STEVE BRODIE-MYRNA OEU TV v- 1 4T 7" ?v. .m -r mm.. w:-;-: "Every Girl Should Be Married" says CARY GRANT Noted Bachelor Baby Doctor So she took his advice . . . and married Him! Dor Schary prMwtfatlea I t, -J " ft O In DON HARTMAN'S production 0 FRANCHOT TONE - DIANA LYNN i..BETSY DRAKE &4 : ' ':W 1 tsss s--- -rw. I : V,, - J AlAN MOWUAY Jlf It's the perfect prescription for romantic fun...wbea Cmrjr Grant, M.D. meets a pretty patient who's just the curt for what ails him! rroKt4. OinOnl end Co-Written by DON HAtTMAM Sc'mk Hor Colloborotion hf Spti Mo'to A'ory ADDED! Wolf D.'jney'f "CAT NAP PLUTO Color by TECHNICOLOR niHUH'HHIil iFUiimiiLllI 1 . . . : iiVwcxTvo nmTvim- wo, r j j tiowiw and hih siihu . n. 04i 2HdQuU4eatU Qe&Ufi ;.- ... . . . ....... ...... .. ....... ,. ,,. . ..niiimf riurc I IICP' with TED OSfiALSSOM SiORIA MENHY STEPHEN DUNNE sail "FUMF RUSTY SillW'A Lll t Directed by Seymour Frtedman.Produced by Waflace MacDona(dA Columbia Ptctor - LAST 3 DAYS Tyrone POWER; Gene T1ERNEY "THAT WONDERFUL URGE" Pfus 'INCIOtNT' THE SOUNDING BOARD Neiv Chamber Music Trio Gives Concert BY ALBERT GOLDBERG For its program In Wilshirei Ebell Theater last night Evenings j on the Roof presented the Phil harmonic Trio, an apparently new- chamber music grouping consist ing of Samuel Thaviu, violin (the program had it Thavieu, but one doubts that Mr. Thaviu has Gal licized a name long and honorably known in the musical world), Joseph Di Tullio, cellist, and Maxine Furman, piano. A trio is really one of the most difficult of ensembles to make come off satisfactorily. The violin and cello are too far apart in range and tonal character to form a good blend without intermediary string voices, and the piano must be played with great discretion if it is to become a proper com bining agent. IManist Weak This trio has an excellent violinist in Mr. Thaviu; he has a tone of fine quality and his musical authority is un-unshakable. It has a good cellist in Mr. Di Tullio, although he does not give much tonal variety to his solo passages and his playing is not always free of roughness. The weakness of the group lies in the pianist, for although Mis3 Furman plays neatly and gets in all the notes, her tone is small and of limited range, and she gave so little of the proper kind of substantial support to the string players that they often stood forth in env barrassing nakedness. ! Mozart's Trio in B Flat, No. 502 in the Koechel catalogue, was quite the best af the program. It is a sparkling work in which Mozart's melodic genius flowers with marvelous spontaneity and it has a gemlike purity of form that makes every note seem absolutely essential. The piano part exactly suited Miss Furman's : . tor- That wonderful, lovable guy CELESTE v n That Academy Award winning gal COLLEEN TOWNSEND ALAN YOUNG GEORGE SEATON -WILLIAM PERLBERG Writwi V m Sown S teotj Sutm vltrt. Oio . fron t)K SU Pt tr hillns J. a4 S. tptttm Ike took H Rgseauni TnIM 1 LAST 2 DAYS FRED MADaHNf MacMURRAY CARROLL DONT TRUST YOUR HUSBAND" Starts THURSDAY! tat : crisply miniature style; it stirred her to more animation than tne other music on the program, and the string players fitted in their parts with a delicacy that made for an enjoyable performance. But Copland's early (1929) 'Vitebsk," a study on a Jewish theme, fell considerably short of its obvious possibilities. It is a rhapsodic piece with an intricate rhythmical life and Miss Fur-man's piano was much too weak to realize the clangorous color and assertiveness which are required to give the strings a firm foundation for their eloquent flights. , Polite Performance It was this same shortcoming that kept Tschaikowsky's mournful threnody in memory of Nicho las Rubinstein, the Trio in A Minor, Opus 50, from attaining much more than correct politeness. The piece is essentialy or chestral in conception both Frederick Stock and Erno Rapee made successful transcriptions of it and the piano must almost al ways take a bold and challenging lead, for there is little danger of overwhelming the strings. Miss Furman now and then rose to a satisfactory fortissimo, but there was almost no middle ground of dynamics and in consequence the music sounded denatured instead of dramatic and oratorical. For the customary pious opener at these events Miss Furman gave cautious readings of the first three preludes and fugues from the second book of Bach's "Well Tempered Clavichord." Double-Feature Bill Topped by C '3 Godfathers' Two full-length features head the new bill opening today at the Fox wilshire, Los Angeles and! Egyptian theaters. They are John Ford's Technicolor western, "3 Godfathers." and the 1 action drama, "High Fury," starring Madeleine CarrolL Headline in "3 Godfathers," dealing with the pursuit of a trio of desperados across the Mo-jave Desert, are John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz and Harry Carey Jr. Produced by John Ford and Merian C. Cooper, the film was directed by Ford. Newcomers Cast Maxwell Shan will fatfoteeti a dozen promisinf new entertain ment personalities In specialty numbers for "Sing Your Way Out." v. STAR 'GUESTS9 2350TH TIME Elsa Lanchester, leading comedienne of the series of six musical revues at the Turnabout Theater, will be . honored tonight by the Yale Puppeteers for her 2350th performance. Turnabout Theater opened in July, 1941, under the producing aegis of the Yale Puppeteers and Borothy ' Neu-m a n n. Miss -Lanchester joined the organization as their "guest star" within a few weeks after the opening. Bllll LAST DAY! ADVENTURES OF FLYNNTlNDFORS ''The FUN starts" : TOMORROW! - - J . " . -.TV: SB "4" MARIA DENNIS MONTEZ-0 KEEFE JEAN PIERRE AUMONT Produced by SEYMOUR MEBENZAL Oircld by GREGG TALUS is i LENGTH FEATURE t HIGHWAY 13" 10WERT PAMELA BLAKE irhTiM m loans j f 2nd FULL m a ROBERT Jdowntown . ItOAOWAT -0 AU 1 IIbEVERIY HIU5 11 I 81 r x 10' cS ' 1 v- DtOi-CTtO BY MODUCEO BY 5' I HOLLYWOOD Hcuukuju OtM 11 MOOM OA . DAVID BUTLER JERRY WALD (5, Sctmm Pl fry rtoto Md HMry titfcw 9nm n Hit sc r kowmah kmasm ilCU til l"w nam X nwn .. V VERMONT W CINEMA F08 THEATRE rNFOffWATION CALL M. t3t TONTf - Studio PREVIEW Plus Big Double Bill "3ALIICIIE FURY" Coor by TECHNICOLOR "RETURN OF RIN-TIN-TIN" iA nEA tOUtfVAtD Al CMTINflA . rwONi Of t-3l5 . HURRY! Th sensationolfy successful engagement of "Portrait of Jennie ct the Carthay Circle Theatre is drawing to a close. We urge that yo see it NOW in order not to miss the CYCLO RAMIC SCREEN and MULTI-SOUND. portrait of Jenrtte 5CWtIGINJT 1:30 350 5:30 7:30 9:30 CARTHAY CIRCLE NEAt WIISHIRI S FAttFAX, WE. 7211 i.uu 1 HAT. 1 TAX HCL DOOM ...-tJsie. ilKMJl ... M JOHN FORD and MERIAN C COOPER prsm mm COLOR CCfeiCG0&t i STARRING " JOHN WAYNE PEDRO ARMENDARIZ HARRY CAREY, JR. And Introducin with WARD BQNB HAE MARSH 0IRECTC0 BY IANE CARWEU JOHN FORD $crnm fUl by LAURENCE STAUIHCS and FRANK S. NUGENT From tfM Story by PETER B. KYNE Produced by ARGOSY PICTURES CORPORATMMi A M ETR 0-Gn LDVYYN-M AYE R Picture A FULL-LENGTH HIT: C0HWST...0F A MOOMTMI- . MO k WOMAK! . MADELEINE CARROLL HIGH FURY' Fihntd bl tb Swisi Alp$. wr tan Hunter Michael Rennie RUm4 through United Artttta rLosAuGUESiv V TTM8f HTBW MI-6277 !J Sdwy. at 6th Open 9 :30 a.iF V " WtfsbfTe near La Cieneea U Open 12:00 NooT ( LgYPTIATJ y V Hollywood near Highland if yGL-U09 Open 12:00 HwJr NOW PLAYING Sat. I Sun. Cent, from 2 2ND GABY MORLAY A Woman Befoverf, in MELVAN HIT "THE ANGRY GOD" Firtt un Mexican Film wmmm Major Studla Preview rtsiat n am it. ACT OF MURDER ENCHANTMENT mm ACT OP MURDER Bnk Mttrtiaia IBLOOO ON THE MOON

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