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SUNDAY NEWS, JULY 14, 1957 'on the' iLllli llllilliill Hii! Curtain Going Up! i jwwwwwwwMiiwwwiqw 12 ill 'Sjtf' By JOHN CHAPMAN You and I have had another letter from Estelline Pike, the sword You will remember her from the time she wrote when she was in the side snow of tjie Ringing Circus at Madison Square Garden. I'd asked Estelline to keep me posted on how things went when the show hit the road. Will, it turns out that John Ringling North never intended to take the sideshow By ROBERT SYLVESTER Every now and then this column has dwelt on what the typical New Yorker is like and at this season it may be only fair to analyze the Typical New York Summer Tourist. The tourist, of course, is basically no different from the city dweller but there are a few ways in which you can spot the tourist. For instance: He looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.

He get excited when he finds there's a movie playing on Broadwav a week before it'll ret to his home town. By WANDA HALE TWENTIETH Century-Fox screen adaptation of "A Hatful of Rain" follows "Saint Joan" into the Victoria Theatre, the opening date depending on the departure of Otto Preminger's film version of Bernard Shaw's classic. By Michael Vincenti Gazzo, "A Hatful of Rain" was emotionally stirring drama a drug addict, first presented at Actors Studio then on Broadway where the excellence of the performances by Ben Gazzara, Shelley "Winters and Anthony Franciosa aided its dramatic value. The film stars Don l-urray, Eva Marie Saint and Anthony Franciosa in the same role he created on the stage. Buddy Adler, production head of 20th Century-Fox, aid, "You will be interested to know that we purchased A Hatful of Rain' before the revision of the Production Code which sanctioned the filming of the hitherto ver-boten subject.

In this we were actuated not primarily He thinks Miltawn is a suburb of Allentown, and he's WHAT KINO'A CROPS ThEY EXPECT 7 TO GET better off for thinking so. He has to remark on how fast the subways run even though he probably drove his car faster getting here. He's convinced that anybody who has an apartment with a terrace is automatically wealthy. He's thrilled to meet a minor TV player but he wouldn't know Helen Hayes from Helen Keller. He counts his change before he tips a waiter or hat-check girl.

Corbett Monica has an uncle who busted a leg and on tour. He planned to drpp it after the New York afrid Boston engagements, and he did. So what do sword swal-lowers and freaks do when they are set at liberty this way? Why, they get other jobs. Estelline, dauntless blade-guzzler that she is, immediately signed on with an outfit called Royal American Shows, which bills itself jas the World's Largest Midway, and according to her route card she will be swallowing steadily until Oct. 27, when he gulps her last blade) in Shreveport, La.

Royal American started May 11 in Memphis and has played such iates as Evansville, Ind. (the town with the corner of Fourth and Oak which Joe Cook used to talk about), -1 ift m-wmaathfr 5i Estelline Pike Davenport, Iowa, and Winnipeg. Right now Royal American is making the jump from was hospitalized. Monica visited him and found him cheerful. Uncle said the insurance company was taking care of everything.

"How much do they pay for a broken leg?" asked Monica. "Oh, they don't pay me anything," said Uncle, "but the insurance company sends a man over here to teach me how to limp." Russell Rhodes does card tricks at the tables at the Number One Bar and the other night he approached a fellow sitting alone and looking pretty melancholy. Rhodes suggested that the fellow name any card and he, Rhodes, would pull it right out of the pack. "With the way my eyesight is," said the depressed the Ctlgary Stampede to the Edmonton Exhibition in Canada. Royal American is a Shriners circus and its Eva Marie Saint Dob Murray profits go to hospitals for crippled children across the U.S.

and Canada. It is, take it from Estelline, a wonder ful outfit But let her tell it: Our Canadian dates are almost unbelievable hun dreds of people are waiting for the show train to come E3TC PARDCH ME, I JUST LOOtrnfr FOR MY GLASSES because it was a New York hit with shock value but mainly because it presents challenging problem with which many American families are faced today." The problem in "A Hatful of Rain" is the errancy of member of an otherwise normal and happy family. Family pride keeps the brother of drug addict from bringing the sordid habit into the light. The young wife the addict knows that something is wrong, and, when he learns the truth and recovers from the shock, she faces the problem and persuades him to take the cure. Ad er said, "The burden of the problem falls not alone the offender but eventually on his entire family.

Our screen vWsion ef the Gazzo play is less concerned with Its jolting effect on audiences than with exposing the wider aspects of the problem it deals with. "Johnny Pope, caught in the tentacles of a narcotics syndicate, loves his family and is loved in return. It is In this respect that A Hatful of Rain differs from ther films that emphasize the sordidness of such a man's life. It is a question of the difference between pity and sympathy. And only through sympathy does the real understanding emerge.

"We have made a serious picture, but, because it Stimulates feeling, we think we have one that can lassed as true entertainment." guest, "it wouldn't prove a thing. On the way down here I mistook one of thise Public Library lions for a Yellow Cab." This week's silliest story is about the fellow who asks Mr. Manischewitz exactly what a matzoh is. "I don't know what it is to says the manufacturer, "but to me it's my bread and butter." in they watch it unload and are underfoot to watch the show go into the air. Boston didn't amount to much.

Six days just isn't long enough for a warm-up operation. Spotted Girl Goes Along brought Sadie Anderson, the spotted girl, with me. Eddie and Shuster stayed in N. Y. to work in Palisades Park.

Ella, the fat on World of Mirth in a single-O show of her own. The giant went to Sarasota for a couple weeks' rest the snake charmer also. Her mother-in-law just arrived from Spain after a th-ee-year wait for a visa. The magician is in the Palisades, too. Nate Eagle and his midgets have their own show, also on World of Mirth.

"I'm enjoying every minute I can because I have a whole lot of time to make up for. One time in Denver I walked 73 blocks for lack of one penny carfare too bashful to ask the conductor to let me ride for the 7 cents I had. I had loaned another kid 22 cents that morning and he didn't pay it back at noon as promised. I pick up every penny I see, in remembrance. "I'm so doggoned hungry my pore lil tummy thinks my throat is cut, so I'm off to the Pie Car." You might think that Estelline, the sword swallower, is a show-crazy girL She is show-crazy, right enougli and she has two grandchildren.

Walking Transmitters The science of sound projection has gone a long way since the days when Rudy Vallee and C. B. De Mille had to yell into megaphones. The modern trick is to make anybody into a walking broadcasting station. Ed Murrow does it with his TV interview program.

He puts a throat microphone under the interviewee's necktie, stuffs a broadcasting station in his hip pocket, and the fellow is off. He says "Would you like to see my living room?" -and Ed, the Backstage at "No often plays long chess is a pretty cautious Time for Sergeants" Royal Beal games with Karl Redcoff. Redcoff player and takes time between avid baseball fan. So, waiting for Beal tunes in the ball game on a moves. Beal is also an his opponent to move, so it won't distract Redcoff, Beal small radio set.

And has the set outfitted with a small earplug attachment. TO direct "A Hatful of Rain." Adler employed Fred Zinneman. who collaborated with him on the prize winning film, "From Here to Eternity." Zinneman came to New York, where he worked with the playwright on the screen play and spent six weeks in researching the ways and psychologies of drug addicts, talking to doctors, policemen and over 100 dope takers. The play had only one set and Zinnemann expanded it to a number sets by the ex- Pat Gilbert, who works as a part time hat check girl at The Boot, is also an aspiring actress and got an off-Broadway job in a play which required her to use some pretty harsh language. A friend asked her if she'd been embarrassed and Pat said no.

"It gave me a chance to use some words I've long been wanting to use on my customers," she explained. Charles Conaway, one of the producers of "The Zieg-feld Follies," has decided that he'd like to buy a place in the country and the other weekend motored down into Pennsylvania. He stopped his car to watch a native putting op the framework for a small building and asked what it was going to be. "If you want to buy it." pedient of showing events in the picture that were only talked about in the play. The people and their surroundings were moved from the slums, which Zinnemann felt had become a little trite In contemporary drama, to niddl-class circumstances.

From I talo-Americana the main characters became Americans of unidentifiable ncestry. Don Murray plays the addict. Eva Marie Saint. his wife, Anthony. Franciosa, lis brother, Lloyd Nolan, his father.

Miss Saint wa3 in the NOw DON JoDot iT TOO WASTHV. TH6 PLACE IDEAL IF VOUU'E VUTH A HAMMER AND A FEW sucker, says "Yes. A wonderful example of sound by electronics is Guy Lombarda's production of "Show Boat" at the J6ne Beach Marine Stadium. The old Cotton Blossom, biggei than a real show boat, comes 'round the bend in real watei and ties up at the real wood en dock in front of 8,000 cus tomers. It is an enormous setting the dock, the Cot ton Blossom and, on an island behind it, the Chicagr Trocadero set.

No matter where anybody goes, he can be heard. David Atkinson clambers up a towering pile of cotton bales to i riginal cast when the play Anthony Franciosa said the native, "it's a rustic cottage. If you aren't buying, it's a cowshed." The Club Romance in Yorkville i3 run by three chaps of Czechoslovakian background who are rapidly and studiously learning about American night club business. In their studies they have visited all the other smart places, and last week realized that their place lacks one touch of class table cards. So the other day the printer filled their order.

The Romance cards now read: "Boda Mihaylovitch. Milan Helena Bliss fly 1 i fo I Actors Studio. Compelled to leave the play, she was replaced by Carroll Baker, who was in turn, replaced by Shelley Winters when it reached Broadway. The delicate blonde beauty said she always regretted not being able to stay with the role and once tried to get Producer Cam Spiegal to buy it for her. Fat it came out all right in the end when Adler gave her the part and two additional pictures with the.

studio. "I feel that A Hatful of Rain is the only picture to which I have contributed anything of value," said the aetress who won an Oscar for her performance in Sam Spiegafs "On the Waterfront." sing "Only Make Believe" to Gloria Hamilton, and she answers him from way on top of the Look, ma, no wires. Andy Devine, who is at least as good as Charles Winninger, the original Captain Andy, whoops his "Happy New Year!" from the middle of the island. Excellent sound from any place a modern miracle. When Helena Bliss sings "Bill" from her piano-top, it's just as intimate as when Helen Morgan used to do it.

Timotich and Milo Cirilov Proudly That's alL.

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