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THE GAZETTE, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1953 29 "'i V.mrjim4 I Famous Singer Opens at Chez Monday Night Nelson Eddy, the internationally famnnl harttnn whrt heen headline star of some of the big gest box office hits in thehistory of the film world, comes to Chez Paro fnr nne week enffAtfement beginning Monday. Eddy, who came Into fame and fortune with the -film Naughty Marietta, and followed with such hits as Make Mine Music, Knickerbocker Holiday, I Married An Angel, Bitter Sweet, Chocolate Soldier, New Moon, Balalaika, Let Freedom Rinc. Sweethearts. Rosa- lie. Mavtime and Rose Marie, is the artist who has, it is claimed, 1, r- r.

it 1 atV lof his last 10 appearances on his a current tour in the United States. Wo THE REGENT ARRrVES: Jay Robinson, as the Prince Regent Caligula, makes his first entrance in The Robe, the CinemaScope production at 'the Palace, and the officials of the slave market bow low to him.i The film stars Richard Burton and Jean Simmons. This is his first Canadian engagement. Perhaps the highest point in his popularity, if in an unique way, was the many weeks in which he was featured in a popular comic strip singing his famed Short'nin' Bread which is one of the biggest sellers in his recording repertory. On his visit to Chez Paree he is accompanied by Gale Sherwood, the well known soprano who has it SERVICE FILMS: At the left, Don Taylor and William Holden attempt an escape from Staiag 17 in the film version of the hit stage play which is the feature at the Capitol.

At the right, Montgomery Clift blows a hot lick on a bugle while Frank Sinatra looks on admiringly. The two are in From Here to Eternity, which is the new porduction at Loew's. Actress Wyman ON THE SCREEN Finds Difficulty Aging for Picture been seen in several pictures in which Mr. Eddy has appeared, and his accompanist for the past 28 years, Theodore Paxson. Mr.

Pax-son is a concert pianist in his own right but he has always preferred By Harold Whitehead Dorsey Brothers Make Seville Music Recently Jane Wyman had a time keeping track of her age. The old Mexico. The spirited two-year-old was roped and held down while make-up was applied to his nose for "matching" purposes. Hondo is a Wayne-Fellows production for Warner filmed with the studio's newly developed all-media camera. to go on tour with Mr.

Eddy, bromide "you're just as bid as you feel" didn't help, either. and the teamwork personally and musically has always been Her problem was feeling as old You can count the great brother acts of the music! business on the fingers of one hand; and you can see one of them on the stage of the Seville Theatre till next Wednesday. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, consisting of Ifi members in good standing of Local 802, plus Looking at Hollywood -By Hedda Hopper. Brother Jimmy on saxophone and clarinet, add up to really solid entertainment r- dL, -1 A four-member Dixieland group featuring the brothers really rides out on a couple of ear-bending arrangements of old Dixieland as she was supposed to for cenes in her forthcoming Warner Bros, film So Big. finished work one evening as a girl of 18," said Miss Wyman, "and reported to the studio the next morning playing a 44-year-old widow.

That wasn't too bad. But I was just as apt to age 10 years during a single lunch hour." The make-up and wardrobe experts took care of the physical aspects of the age transitions, but the real job was up to her. She had to think and act her movie age to provide a characterization that harmonized with her appearance. "It isn't as simple as popping on a wig and having a few wrinkles slapped on," said the star. "Posture, reactions, even the voice, change with age." Aging gradually and in continuity is no particular trick, according to Miss Wyman.

But movie schedules being what they are, by favorites that set the house to rock ing. Their other standard- arrange ments are also out (he top drawer. Diversifying their presentation, tne brothers come up with a scintil lating puppet act with the strings pulled by Bobby Clark. Gordon Polk does takeoffs in deadpan on singing and bouncy Lynn Roberts FAMILY TROUBLE: Sir Ralph Richardson, and Denholm Elliott, os father and son, have a quarrel in a scene from The Holly and the Ivy, the film playing at the Kent. St.

Paul, Nov. 6. Today we're looking at Hollywood from here. In Beaumont, I learned from the Texans how concerned they are about the screen treatment of Edna Ferber's book, Giant. If her leading character is filmed as written, there'll be some shootin and I don't mean with cameras when the picture is released.

Those wide screens make an easy mark for bullets and they are mighty expensive to I never had a college education, nbut my lecture manager insists that I get bne. even if its in an unorthodox wav. Last year I spoke at the University club in Chicago. In Beaumont I ODened the Town Hall lecture series at the Dick Dowling High School, where a local boy, Harry James, made his horn blowing debut at the age of 13.The city still considers him a favorite. His father teaches music there Harry nnd Betty Grable will play a week at the Chicago theatre.

Billy Daniel, who's staging the also be in on it. This is a new wrinkle for Betty. She quit touring with Harry, although she wanted to, because she wanted to be only a wife. But audiences thought her a snob if she didn't perform. This time Betty's getting paid.

Fave Emerson also halls fromBeaumont, After lecturing there, I went to Lamar Tech and crowned the aueen for homecoming day. I caught the last act of the achool show, too. It was a revue which would have done credit to both Hollywood and Broadway. Two of the prettiest freshmen at Lamar are young mothers. The bovs and girls start marriage early in Texas.

In Houston, I revisited the Shamrock hotel, where I visited several years ago with George Jeasel. We were there, with all the mad hatters of America, to put on an auction that brought In $29,000 for the boya Since Rita HavWorth and Dick Haymes were at the Shamrock, I asked about the highly publicized elapplnc incident. I was told that Rlt never slapped. But after all It was Dick who was engaged to sing, not Rita. I regretted not being able to stop In Dallas to hear Laurita Melchlor sing.

He's a great favorite there. swings her vocals. Comedian Artie Dann, a familiar around here, is up necessity, that is seldom possible. I OH THI SCREEN now HER MAJESTY'S to nis usual standards. FITZ.

Theatre Guide (Saturday Only) Loew's "From Here to Eternity at 10.15, 12.30, 2.50. 5.05. 7.20, 9.35 Capitol "Staiag 17" at 10 00, 12.15 2.30. 4.50. 7.05, 9.25.

Sung in Italian Tela" In English For lovers of good music verdi's if it "rt tt Palace "The Robe" at 9.25, 11.55, "Fortunately I play a woman in So Big who remains young in spirit," Miss Wyman said. "Selina De-Jong, to my mind, personifies Edna Ferber's character. It was a privilege to grow middle-aged with her." Native Remedy When Barbara Stanwyck casually plucked at a small green plant: while sitting around on location in Mexico, where the United States 2.20, 4.50, 7.20, 9.45. with EKIZO MASCHIRINI GINO SINIMBERGHI Orpheum "Flame of Calcutta at 10.00. 12.25, 2.50, 5.20, 7.45.

10.15; -GIANNA PEDERZINI V1TT0RINA COLONNELLO with th Orchtttro and Chorus of tho Roma Ooora Meuto Boat Prisoner" 11.10, 1.40, 4.05, 6.35, 9.0Q. Continuoui Dally, from 12 Noon Princess "Those Redheads from "CARMEN" with TITO OGBBI Alto Matt. 50c; Sat. ft Sun. All Day Tit Seattle" at 10.00, 12.20, 2.40, 5.051 7.25, 9.50.

Pictures production, Blowing Wild, was being filmed, she was baffled when one- of the native crew Imperial "The Last Posse at 9.50. 1Z.15, 2.45, 5.13, 7.45, 10.15; "Convicted Woman" at 11.05, 135, 4.05, 6.35, 9.00. hustled her over to a nearby mud puddle and. plastered the stuff all over her hand. Alouette "Police Dea Moeurs" at En route fa St.

I enjoyed a plane visit with Bob O'Donnell, who owns a big chain of theatres in Texas. Bob, whose opinion is highly respected by Hollywood, told me he worked all summer on new film gadgets connected with 3-D and wide screen. He has tested three different kinds of wide screens in most'of his theatres and considers the last one the best. Bob has had biggest success with The Robe since the original Ben Hur. It's played to packed houses for five weeks.

He expects Kiss Me, Kate to do as well. That will be in 3-D, but Bob has had special glasses made to fit those worn by people all the time. He agreed with me that people aren't looking at television as much as they did, because they're coming back to the theatres. I might also add that we're rnminff Into evel of eood uiciures In Chicago Mike Rotunno, The actress discovered then that 10.05, 1.00, 4.00, 7.00, 9.55; "Angelica" at 11.30. 2.30.

5.25. 8.25. Strand "Madonna of the Desert" she had handled an ortega plant, which burns the skin severely on contact. The most effective remedy seems to be' plain old mud, which takes the sting out at 10.10. 12.50, 3.35, 6.15, 8.55; "Great Sioux Uprising" at 11.15, 2.00.

4.40, 7.20, 10.00. Outremont Snowdon "Great JEAN SIMM Vy ttcimieoioi Sioux Uprising" at 1.25. 4.25, 7.25, 10.25; "Shoot First" at 2.55, 5.55, Westmount "Pick Up On South Street" and "Sombrero." Kent "Holly and the Ivy" at 1.00, 3.00, 9.20 7.40. 10.00. Avenue "Genevieve" 1.00.

3.10. 5.20, 7.35. 9.15. WpWZ'. Wit.

I On Our Giant Sen York "The President's Lady" and "Scared Stiff." who's been photographing traveling celebrities for 25 years, told me that Mary Pkkford is still the most co-rperative film personality he' ever known. Runners-up are Joan Crawford and Olivia De Havllland. also the late Carole Lombard. He had nothing but praise for Leo Carrillo, who came through Chicago a few. weeks ago.

Yes, I learned a lot about our Hollywood innocents abroad from Mike. Marge and Gower Champion have been too busy to catch up on Broadway. 8e beginning Nov. 22, they're flying to New York to spend a week looking at the shows. They already have seven pairs of tlcketa.

Carey writes from Spain, where he's doing Port Of Africa, that a boat was hired for the picture. Mac happened to go below deck and found the supposedly empty craft loaded with merchandise. He reported the incident to the police. The akipper waa arrested and the boat Impounded. The akipper was discovered to be a smuggler who was making a few bocks on the aide by working with the movie company.

Sidney Blackmer, being a smart guy, keeps shuttling between Hollywood and Broadway. Every time he gets a stage hit, the movie industry calls him In. But it looks aa though he'll be in Hollywood for a while now. He has two pictures, Johnny Dark and The High And The Mighty, to do. Seville Stage Shows at 1.30, 4.00, uu, JU.UU.

t'HA nHnnnwirwr ill Van Home "Carrie" and "Remains i -nvL mm Two films on the American armed forces lead the list of new productions this week. One, From Here To Eternity, at Loew's. is a fine character study of men in the permanent army Just before Pearl Harbor. The second, Staiag 17, at. the Capitol, -tells a story of men in a fterman prisoner of war camp and, in spite of the fact that it has been adapted for the screen from a hit play, the film is a let down.

Other new films in town this week are The Holly And The Ivy, a British drama, at th Kent; The Last Posse, a good western that is a departure from, the usual horse opera fare, at the Imperial; i A swashbuckler, Flame Of Calcutta, at the Orpheum; Those Red-' heads From" Seattle, the first 3-D musical, at the Princess, and The Great Sioux Uprising, a standard western, at the Outremont, Snowdon and Strand. Of interest in the hold-over field is The Robe, the first Cinema-Scope production, at the The film proves that Hollywood after a good deal of backing and filling, has finally caught on to good technique. The tremendous screen is extremely impressive. Genevieve, a British comedy about a couple of antique car enthusiasts in a race, stays a second week at the Avenue while Police Des Moeurs and Angelica hold another week at the Alouette. Frem'Htre To Etrniry Before this film came out for 'general release we had heard comments from people who had read the book inferring that it eould never be brought to the screen becaoee the story was too tarkly realistic and brutal for the film medium.

Well here It is. Stark, realistic and brutal, though it may be, It is one of the finest films to come out of a Hollywood ftudlo in months, even years. It tells about the men In a permanent army station at Hawaii Jnst before the Japanese pulled their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. It deals with a variety of men: some tough and brainless, aome sadistic, some weak, some sensitive but inarticulate, some ambitious, some fed-up with the army and all its works. The main character is a sensitive young man who loves the army because it has been a father and mother to him most pf his life.

He has been a boxer and blinded a friend of his during sparring practice and consequently doesn't want to fight In the ring anymore. Opposing him are a weak and vicious officer, who has ambitions about his company boxing team, and a collection of his yes men, all aenior n.c.o.'s and all boxers. They put the boots to the lad to try to persuade him to enter the ring in their lists. Admiring the young man but upholding army discipline is a ruthlessly efficient top sergeant. The young man's close buddy is a hard-drinking, reckless Italian boy who never fails to land in trouble.

That is the cast and the author of the screen-play, the director and the man responsible for the casting have worked wonders with the characters and the plot. What is perhaps the best performance in the film comes from very unexpected quarter, Frank Sinatra. Up in now we have regarded Sinatra as a competent crooner who belonged in light musicals. Now we must revise our opinion and classify him as an excellent dramatic actor. Montgomery Clift, as the hero, and Burt Lancaster, as the top sergeant, run Mr, Sinatra a close second for the acting honors.

Deborah Kerr appears as a captain's wife admired by the top sergeant. 1 Stalog 17 What happened here between the stage and the screen we wouldn't venture to say but what was hailed as a hit play on Broadway has been turned into something leas than that as a picture. All the characters in the prison camp scene are present but they don't seem to come to life any too eagerly. The story, briefly, tells about a group of American prisoners who suspect one of their own number of informing to the enemy on activities, particularly their escape The one they auspert is a natural. He ia an operator of the worst type.

He always has an angle by which he can get along much better than the ethers. He lives in comparative comfort while his hut-mates have to scratch for a bare existence. How they work out their problems and discover the culprit takes up most of the footage. The material at hand would seem ideal for a good, absorbing story. Certainly other excellent films have been made out of the prison camp aituation during the last war.

but the producers don't seem to have exploited their material fully. The annoying thing about it ia that it ia difficult to put ene'a finger on just where things went wrong. Holly And The Ivy Sir Ralph Richardson, Olia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, John Gregson and Denholm Elliott have got together to bring a mild little atage drama to the screen and they have done a good Job. It is all about a Churoh of England priest whose family urt of respect for hi cloth, work out their own problem and troubles instead of consulting him. He has become remote from them through their own blindness.

Two situations come to a head during a Christmas family gathering. One is his' youngest daughter's past and the other Is the fact that his eldest daughter wants to give up keeping house for him and get married. When he finds out what has been going en under the surface i his own supposedly serene household, he reproaches them with the fact that working out problems with a person who is troubled is one of the most important duties of a priest. Technically and artistically, the film maintains a high standard. The Loaf Pone Seldom do we get a western with some serious character work In the script but here is a good example of one.

A sheriff, one of-the old gunmen, has cleaned up his town long ago and I now rapidly drinking himself to death while the citizens keep him in his Job Just for old times' sake. An arch enemy of his has become a cattle baron and occupies hlmseif by legally eating up tha small ranchers in the district. Ha holds the sheriff in contempt and flaunts his high-handed manner every time the two meet Eventually a couple of the cattleman's victims rebel, steal aome money and take to the hills. The big man forma av posse and tha drunken sheriff Joins it to make sure that everything goea according to the book. How the sheriff Justifies himself at last makes for one of the better western dramas we have come serosa.

Brodertek Crswford. aa the law man and Charles Blckford as the villain, both turn In first rate performance. Great Sioux Uprising A run-of-the-mill horse opera dealing with the Indian problem during the Civil War, gives Jeff Chandler a chance to turn in his feathers and don his sombrero once more. Of late Mr. Chandler has beon playing.

Indian chiefs, mostly Cochise, but thia time he plays a white man who is a friend of the Indiana. The plot all has to do with rwse thieves, pirate tndisns. slow-witted cfiusens of a western settlement and representative! of both Korthem and Southern vnin IU JLSfiJLslLJIKy 'H -BURT UNCASTER M0NT60MERY ClIFT BBOHAN KERR FRANK SINATRA OONNA REED Admission Tt Be Monkland "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" and "Remains Ta Be-Seen." Savoy "Ruby Gentry" and "The Man From Alamo." Empress "Sea Devils" and "Too Many Girls." 75c and $1.00 Her Majesty'a "II Trovstore." Gottfried Reinhardt, shooting The True And The Brave in Holland, says nowadays a guy has to be a good linguist as well as a movie director. In the one picture he has to speak French and English to do his job. Incidentally, he also writes that Lana Turner is not expecting a baby as reported.

Dim itri Tiomkin, who leads the orchestra on an anti-commie radio program, got a pat on the back for his work from Harold H. Velde, who heads the house committee of un-American activities. Copyright: 1953: By The Chicago Tribune 1 Wtiutoyn uwntt and CHHIt WILLIAM HOLDEM DON TAYLOR Cabaret Guide The Tinrmandie Two shows nightly. Ruby Foo'e Continuoua Rita Cafe Two shows nightly. Continental Cafe Two shows nightly.

Ches Paree Two shows nightly. Belleue Cafe Casino Two shows nightly. La Salle Hotel Continuous entertainment. Down Beat Club Two shows nightly. Monterey Candlelight Roam Continuous entertainment.

Astor Moonglow Two shows among the primitive savagery of the Maori tribes at the turn of the century. For him, the part will provide a break with all that has OTTO PREMINGER 'Cruel Sea' Star Chooses New Film Jack jlawkina, who recently scored heavily in Nicholas Mont- gone before. There will be i but no uniform. This New Zealand project is a further development of the policy of the J. Arthur Rank Organization to film against authentic overseas sarrat'a The Cruel Sea, and then backgrounds.

During the past Iew; boosted his stock in the new drama Malta "Story baa chosen a new role in The Seekers to be made in Technicolor in New Zealand. Hawkins will play; a British adventurer who aeeka a new life Top, Hat Club Two shows nightly. months, units from Finewood and Earling Studios have filmed in Ceylon. Malta, Germany, France and Italy. i 3D Venus He Milo Room Continuous entertainment.

Penthouse Continuoui Famous British Star iaauati mncnKtcotOtt 3D mmi mm nwit ttsf win kifj SMirn liifii Miiufit iii nit sinus Praises Film Juliet sail fy-irT i s2 tsc ai i in nn Sir John Gielgud, when holiday ing in Italy, has had a private scrrening in Verona of sequences from the Rank-Universal-cine Tech LACHINE LITTLE THEATRE 'l- Presentr All INSPECTOR CALLS i. PriestUy Nor. 11-19-20-21 at St. Andrew's Hall 15th Avenue, Lachint Proceeds In aid of The Women's Auxiliary ef The Lech me General Hospital Tickets $1.13 each (Tbk Incl.) Tel. Reseryotions: NE.

54566W NI. SOolS 8:30 P.M. nicolor film of Romeo And Juliet, iS which is being made on location in the city. His comment "Supremely beautiful I am very enthusiastic about it." kYYJtf I-- at Coming from one of the greatest TECHNICOLOR Shakespeare actor-producers of with his time, such praise is precious to the sponsors of this ambitious screen venture. They add to it the verdict of Noel Coward who had a similar ahowing a few dayg pr viously.

Said Coward: "It ia one Artie Dann Gordon Polk and Bobby Clark ON THE "Bowery Boys in No Holds Barrd" of the most beautiful things I've seen on film." i For Italian director a Castellani. this is his first Shakes- the whole picture against actual period settings. Make-up Problem It took three wranglers, a Mexi I -t, ill mSm kki mm itiit VVV'ii nil im uiiriM vim STAHTING THURSDAY HANK SNOW. Sterne Renter Of The Grand Ole Opry end li't Rsinfcs SnncB (iy. can stableboy.

and a frightened HoUywood make-uo artist to put jreaeDaint on an unbroken horse for a iicene in Hondo, John Wayne' VMsMM 4-u atarrex turned da location is.

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