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'Roman Empire' Has 816 Million Look Pageantry and Performances in Bronston Film Praised BY 1 1 ED DA HOPPER Reseated tar CUttW Tr-ICY. Htm Syndicate, tC H4 Samuel Bronston may have gone broke making 'The Fall of the Roman Empire," but every penny of the $16 million he poured into the picture is right up there on the screen, which is more than you can say of "Cleo patra." There have never been better battle scenes. The beauty, .pageantry, costumes and settings are superb, and the chariot race tops "Ben-Hur's." Performances are brilliant all of them: Alec Guinness, Steve Boyd, Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Mel Ferrer, John Ireland, and it's the best thing Sophia Loren has done to date. She projects more emotion just standing still than most actresses with pages of dialogue. Bronston has engaged Christopher Plummer Louis Nizer to help straighten out his financial affairs. "Roman Empire will not be the fall of producer Bronston. This beautiful, honest, superbly done film will make millions. It sends you out of the theater with a shattering closing line: "This was the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire. A great civilization is not conquered from without until it ha3 destroyed itself within." Walter Matthau's here doing a "Profiles in Courage" segment about a sensational murder trial and lynching in the State of Georgia and the courage exhibited by Gov. John M. Slaton. It's such a horrifying tale (get it and read it) that the TV producers chickened out and changed it. The subject may be courage but their object is to get the show on the air. - Matthau goes to 20th for "Goodbye, Charlie" with Tony Curtis; signed the contract without reading the script He figured he couldn't miss with Harry Kurnitz. Walter did two Kurnitz plays on Broadway collected a Tony for one and a Drama Critics Award for the other. Bing Crosby's annual golf tournament has passed the million and a half mark in donations to benefit youth. A $100,000 student tuition loan fund has been created for 15 colleges of all faiths. The event has improved dozens of playgrounds and youth centera from Hollywood to Vancouver, B.C. Also aided the fight against polio and helped spastic children. Now the golf pros are itching to take over and collect the TV money for the tourney. ! .. . Mae West and Mister Ed, pre-empted by the President last week, strut their stuff Sunday night. Let's give three cheers for Rose Kennedy, the greatest of them alL She took time out to fly to Paris for the dedication of a street named for her son John Fitzgerald, j Elke in 'Chinese Finale' Elke Sommer is the first of eight femme stars set for Chinese Finale" which John Ford directs for Metro this fall It's about a group of women of different nationalities trapped on the Chinese-Mongolian border. Bernard Smith, who turned out "How the West Was Won," will produce. He was a former story editor for a publishing firm, so knows his stuff. My pal George Peppard is down in the dumps. He lost his mother, broke up with his girl Elizabeth Ashley, is suing Metro for his release, and caught the Athenian flu: "It has several improvements on the American variety." He wouldn't discuss his fight with Ashley except to say it's finished, end of paragraph and chapter. His quarrel with Metro is over their refusal to let him take some lucrative outside offers. George was willing to turn over his salary and percentage to the studio, but they said no. He'll sweat out the legal battle doing a play on Broadway. Don't make any plans for July 4. The Beatles' first picture will be rushed into release by then, and Walter Shenson has an option for another. But the big news is that the Beatles will join the kings and queens In Mme. Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. Fantasy Is Diverting Film Fare BY JOHN L. SCOTT Tirr Stiff Writ In these days of super realism and downbeat sex in motion - pictures, a fantasy that occasionally wanders onto screens doesnt have to be a world beater to rate "A" in this renewing earner. "The Brass Bottle" provides an example. An escapist type enter tainment, "The Brass Bot tle" arrived Wednesday for' a citywide run, and good luck to it Too Helpful This satire on the rub-the- lamp - and - summon - the- genie story was adapted by Oscar Brodney from a novel by F. Anstey. It's a relatively simple tale, gussied up with some fancy trimmings, of a youthful architect (Tony Randall) who Tmd3 his life suddenly involved by the arrival of a kindly genie, who cant adjust to modern times. Randall gets into hot wa ter when Burl Ives as the rotund genie rets carried away and overdoes things- like providing dancing girls when asked to arrange a simple banquet, or avidly attempting to liquidate all of Randall's enemies. mere s a variety of siriht gags in the comedv-fantasy some are tunny, some arent. The dinner nartv scenes, for instance, run too kmg and without point However, mere are se quences that should tickle any but the most picayunish moviegoer, including one in which the genie transforms Edward Andrews (father of Randall's sweetheart) into a mule. And others in which the eenie provides confusion by materializing a camel caravan and a herd of ele phants. Good Performance! Randall as the confused chap who buys a brass bottle and inherits a genie gives a skillful performance, even though the role isn't quite suited to his style of comedy, Ives seems to relish play ing the genie; and since there 3 little room for com parison (I can't remember the last actor to play such a role) he must be awarded A for effort. Winsome Barbara Eden supplies plenty f romantic I 1 ' I . V M la 3 US mmmm g & . s 3 V 2 SMASH WEEK ADULTS ONir MATS.COftT.MON. THRU FRLir.M. SAT. AHD SUN. 2 P.M. interest a Randall's sweet- is; and Andrews, as her papa, comes up with an amusing portrayal. - Kamela Devi and Lulu Porter add a bit of sex to the picture, and other useful players include Philip Ober, Parley Baer, Alex Gerry.f Arthur produced the Herb Ylgran and Kathie Browne. j Harry Keller's direction is skillful most of the way; and a special nod should go to Roswell Hoffman's sDecial photographic effects. Robert! 3 Universal release. 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