Daily News from New York, New York on December 21, 1949 · 99
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Daily News from New York, New York · 99

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Wednesday, December 21, 1949
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nif mme. mm mrmmis uumow cr. Cl P J "me A way to Secret Wedding P"Z Li; I By FLORABEL IMUIR (Staff Correspondent of The New) San Luis Obispo, Calif., Dec. 20. Clark Gable, America's favorite he-man and Hollywood's most eligible male, and, the former Lady Ashley, widow of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and twice married to titled Englishmen, are being married tonight. The handsome 40-year-old film ' star and the 3'J-year-oId blonde, blue-eyed former London showgirl slipped into this little seacoast town 250 miles north of Hollywood this morning and took out a license. Hollywood Stunned. Then they sped away in a big, black chauffeur-driven limousine. A rancher friend, L. S. Gilham of Santa Barbara, who accom- v, v 1 -fit ! A . x - I Last night's bride Mrs. Clark Gable, the former Lady Sylvia Ashley. Clark Gable Give Hollywood a surprise. yanied them followed. Gilham was accompanied by two men. Hollywood was stunned by the jiews. Gable bad taken the required lealth examination in a San Luis Obispo hospital a few minutes be fore he and his bride-to-be dashed into the county clerk's office. The clerk was bug-eyed as the couple identified themselves. It was Gilham who revealed that the wedding would be tonight at an undisclosed place. Gablev six feet one, broad-shouldered, virile and self-confident, has been alternately dating Lady Sylvia and another darling from the British Isles Joan Harrison, the bachelor-girl producer. Two weeks ago I asked him point-blank: "Which one will win?" "Neither one," said Gable with his big infectious grin that looks even more handsome now that his black hair is peppered with gray. " I'm a hard man to catch. "I like them both," he added, gallantly. This will be his fourth marriage. He has lived alone in his big ranch houe in San Fernando 'Valley since the death of his third wife, Carole Lombard, in a Nevada plane crash in 1942. . Many of his intimates believed he never would marry again because of his memories of her. He kept her room in perfect order. Her clothes, friends say, still hang in her closet and her personal belongings still remain in bureau drawers. Bad Actors Rob Diana, "Leading Man' By LEE SILVER Robert Wilcox, the tall, dark, mutach ed ex-movie actor, who is Diana Barrymore's fiance, was bound with his dearest one's nylons, gagged and then robbed in Diana's duplex, 341 E. 52d St., off Lexington Ave., about 11 A. M. yesterday by two marihuana-happy gunmen who escaped with modest loot after prodiguous talk. The handsome, :!8-year-old Wil cox, quietly attired in a sunset-colored shirt, contrasting black tie uml a practically patriotic weskit if red and blue checks, brought the warm breath of Hollywood into K. 51st St. station as he related liow come he was up in Diana's Hat while she was in Roosevelt Hospital, recuperating from last week's fall downstairs. He was there, he said, because he lives there when he's in New York. Intend Marriage, He Said. 'We'd like to get married," be explained, "but she has been having difficulty getting a divorce." The loot, as valued by police was iily $.1,000 Diana's old $5,000 mink coat and $500 silver fox scarf with nominal resale value; a $150 watch and a $l!00 camera contributed by Wilcox; $50 which the actor had been frugally saving, quarter by quarter, in an old makeup box in the kitchen; $5 out f his pants, some costume jewel-Ty, and a suitcase such as actors are always carrying from town to town. But the holdup script, as related by Wilcox with his professional ear for lines, was much better. At the unearthly hour of 9:30 A. he said, two men show up t the apartment with $15 worth of paper-wrapped gladioli which, they say, they want to leave for Diana, since they are old frjends from out around Hollywood and Vine. One of them, blonde, about six feet tall, is wearing a covert cloth coat. The other, dark-haired, about five feet eight, has on a double-breasted coat. Being from California, neither has a hat on, naturally. Suggests . Ilospital Trip. WILCOX: Why not take them to the hospital? She's there. - BLONDIE: We know it, but we weren't permitted to see her. (Business of Wilcox accepting the flowers and the two exit from the second-floor kitchen of the "duplex." Diana's rather modestly furnished apartment, in green decor, is located in an old-fashioned brownstone and it is called a duplex because it has the kitchen on the second floor and the rest of the rooms living room, bath and two bedrooms on the third floor. There are pictures of her and Wilcox in dual frames in the living room.) At 10 A. M., Blondie and Daikie come back. DARKIE: This is a stickup. Keep your hands up. WILCOX: Why are you in this racket? BLONDIE: We are ex-GIs, Mr. Wilcox, and we can't get ourselves adjusted. We are on the mari huana and we get a kick out of doing this. (More business Darkie goes through the apartment "like a census taker very meticulous, misses nothing." He carries a towel and wipes his fingerprints off everything he touches. Blondie helps by wiping off the spots, too, with his gloved hands.) WILCOX: Why don't you take the television set and the silver ash trav ? BLONDIE: Would you please lie down on your stomach, Mr. Wilcox. This won't hurt, but it will give us time to get out of town. We will call the cops just before blowing town. They Miss $300. (Business of taking watch and $5 from Wilcox but missing another $300 in his pants; tying him with nylons and loosely gagging him with adhesive strips; packing scarf and mink coat into suitcase and then the escape.) Outside, the pair brushed past Alex Orr, 40, an artist, who lives in the building, rousing his suspicions. He saw the Barrymore door open, heard Wilcox mumbling through the gag and called the cops. By JOHN O'DONNELL Washington, D. C, Dec. 20. This holy season is not the proper time to exult over the downfall of vicious personal and national enemies. But the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate has just made public a formal report of its subcommittee, held behind closed doors Oct. 28 last, on which comment is too important to brook delay.- W7e refer to the testimony of FBI operator John J. Huber, who, in the critical decade of 1937-1947, posed as a Communist and pen etrated particularly into New York's Red organization. Now he haa been placing his reports before the Senate group, headed by Mary land's Democratic Senator Herbert R. O'Conor, which is charged with the duty to gather all information bearing on a redrafting of im migration laws. Huber's testimony on Oct. 28, when Republican Senator Donnell of Missouri was in the chair, had a direct and personal interest to this writer. For Huber swore that there actually were Communist groups whicK in the Fall of '45 and during '46 disguised themselves as religious, veterans, racial or so-called "liberal" organizations in New York to attack The News, its late publisher, Joseph M. Patterson, and the writer, because of the anti-Communist policy of the publication. , ( His Testimony Makes Interesting Reading Huber was on the inside of the Commie plots and his lengthy tes timony makes impressive reading because the FBI operator did a thorough job and came out with chapter and verse, full names and dates and the lowdown on the phony outfits the Reds used as New: York smoke screens. Right here we'll mention only the FBI operator's testimony about the shindig staged by the self-entitled Committee of Veterans Against Discrimination which invited Capt. Patterson and this writer to attend. our "trials" in the assembly hall of Hunter College, Jan. 24, 1946. The writer threw the invitation into the waste basket. Capt. Patterson was more courteous and replied that he had a previous engagement. The now defunct pinko publication of Marshall Field, PM, and other Reddish sheets gave the yarn quite a play all in the interests of "non-discrimination, pa triotism, etc., etc. Now comes the real yarn and the disclosure that the whole show was Kremlin-run by its New York card-carrying members and their stooges. The FBI agent went into detail on the activities in various Communist front organizations of Norman Corwin, radio broadcaster, filed the full report with the committee and rattled off the names of such pinko collaborators as Johannes Steel, Mrs. William Shirer, John Howard Lawson, Paul Robeson, Canada Lee, Millard Lampell, Benjamin J. Davis, and radio broadcaster William Gailmor. "Have you any further evidence on Lampell?" the committee asked. The FBI man seemed to have plenty. He started off: "Yes, I have. On Thursday, Jan. 24, 1946, he was chairman of a so-called anti-discrimination rally, sponsored by the Committee of Vet erans Against Discrimination, which was a Communist-front organization. Approximately 1,500 people were present, a few hundred being turned away because of the lack of accommodations. This meeting, which was trumpeted as an 'anti-discrimination' meeting, actually turned out to be directed, to a large extent, against Catholics. "The rally was originally scheduled to be in the form of a moclc trial, to try John O'Donnell and Joseph Patterson of the Daily News) as war criminals. Because of circumstances not made public by the veterans committee, this trial developed into just another rally denouncing the Daily News, its publisher, Joseph Patterson, and its leading columnist, John O'Donnell. The trial was to have been precided over by Judge Rivers, with Fiorello H. LaGuardia as prosecutor, and 12 Purple Hearts veterans as the jury; none of these individuals appeared at the rally. Names Speakers at Rally. "The following speakers addressed the rally, confining their remarks to similar denunciations of the Daily News, Patterson, and O'Donnell; Jose Ferrer, actor; Thelma Dale, executive member of the National Negro Congress; (former) Representative John M. Coffey ot Washington; Rev. Ben Richardson, associate editor of the Protestant; Sgt. Ben Kurocki; Rabbi Louis D. Gross, editor of the Jewish Exainer Rev. L. M. Birkhead, national director of Friends of Democracy; Assemblyman Leo Isaacson; and Henry Morgan of the radio program, 'Here's Morgan "Henry Morgan (radio broadcaster) made a collection speech, and, after calling for larger contributions, said that he would also 'accept Catholic money.' The contributions amounted to about $2,300. "Henry Morgan's reference to 'Catholic money' was made with very derogatory connotations, and I think this shows clearly his attitude and the attitude of the people at this meeting." Senator Herbert R. O'Conor Redrafting immigration laws. Menzies Pledges Strong U.S. Ties Canberra, Dec. 20 (JP). Australia will strengthen her ties with the United States, Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies said tonight in his first nationwide radio address since assuming office. The leader of the victorious free enterprise coalition said his government will work towards a united British Em pire but did not wish to establish "some exclusive national associa tion." Bandits Miss Payroll The safe of the M. Teicher and Sons furniture store at 55-01 37tft Ave., Woodside, Queens, yielded $145 to a pair of armed gunmeil yesterday, but they failed to spot a $1,500 payroll in the same strong box.

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