Valley Morning Star from Harlingen, Texas on May 5, 1950 · Page 26
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Valley Morning Star from Harlingen, Texas · Page 26

Harlingen, Texas
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Friday, May 5, 1950
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■ lection Two— Pop • flqM •V A 11 I Y MOIN’NO STAR, HAKHNQiN, TEXAS Mdoy, May 5, 1930 _ «TfWAKpï fWU, TELÊPMON« CAN 60 , TO I n MCR£ WHEH LUNCMfON I UMOtCON I* NOW I ySCKVtP, MABMAf f TOM ft JERRY Jimmy Fidler m Hollywood HOLLYWOOD — Certsinly I’m not going to be reckless enough to charge that ths insensate violence of youthful "gang*" In the Los Angeles area hag been Incited by the wrong kind of motion pictures. or the wrong kind of radio. or any other one Influence In particular. But neither am 1 prepared to disregard the considered opinion* of the many famous psychologies who have contended, again and again, that "entertainment” exert* a powerful Influence on the thoughts and actions of adolescents. The fact is thst many American-made movies, deepite John■ton Office rulings still capitalize on scenee of crime and violence. Certain radio melodramas, night after night, leave listeners wading through seaa of gore. Television haa popularised "wrestling” by giving Its audience close-ups of one grappler writhing in agony while his opponent uses every torturer’s trick he can devise. Many of our so-called "comic strips" peddle mayhem, crime and brutality instesd of laughs. Without offering any specific in dlctmenta, it seems to me that it’s high time for some sober though, in this country, about the stimuli which may be touching off such outbreaks as the current maraud­ ings of Southern California’s "Wolf Gangs.” When teen a g e d kids start beating small children into insensibility and assaulting adults who are complete strangers to them. Something's basically wrong with our cultural background. Perhsps the English were not so dumb, after all, when they banned from their screen ail American pictures which contain scenes depicting brutality. • * * QUOTES AND COMMENT: Trade paper; "James Mason is asking $1!M).000 to play the top re’e in an independent production." With a couple of jobs like that, he can be independent, too . . . Columnist Florabel Muir: "You never see women operating «rackets like 'Life's Estate' a n d 'hooking a lot of elderly gents out of their dough.” They don’t need to - as long as they can marry elderly gents with dough . . . Publicity: "Joan Crawford’s hats auctioned at a recent benefit, went like hot cakes." If they looked like hats I've seen, maybe the buyers thought they WERE hot cakes . . . News headline: "Aly and Rita Buy Irish Manorhouse With Ghost.” Hmm . . . it'll be good company for the skeleton in their closet . , . Publicity: "John Bromfield is so sure of getting the 'Jack Dempsey’ role that he's brushing up on his boxing.” Even if he misses the role, boxing practice should come in handy for Hollywood nightclubbir.g. * * * The ancient who coined that slander about women being unable to keep a secret would undoubtedly have revised his opinion w, had he been the head of a modem movie studio. He would have discovered to his cost — that a femme star who has dated the j stork can make the Sphinx look like a chatter box There s a reason. As long as she can conceal her condition, she remains on salary; the minute it’s revealed, the paychecks stop. The latest winner in this industry-wide game of "forfeits” Is Jeanne Crain, and, by the ssme token 30th Century* Fox is the loser. The studio hsd hand-tailored the feminine lead in "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain” to fit Miss Crain’s personality. Consequently her failura to revesl her August date with the long- legged bird until a scant t w o weeks before the day the picture was supposed to get underway, threw all the production plans into confusion. The script must be rewritten, another stsr must be found. At s rough guess. Miss Crain’s sbility to keep her secret — and her aalary will cost 30th Century at least $36,000. 0 0 0 Hobart Cavanaugh, who died | the other day, had specialised for years in "Mr. Milquetoast” roles, but I think the cast and crew of "Stella,” his last picture, will always remember him as a man of extraordinary courage. Cavanaugh. who had already submitted to one operation for Intestinal cancer. came to work on that picture in a dying condition, well aware of the fact that he didn't have more than one chance in a million to live another month. He hadn’t been able to eat a bite of food for five days, and he was unable to eat during the several days it took him to complete his role. Twice he collapsed on the set, but he insisted on finishing the Job. And when he had done so he said his goodbyes with a wisecrack thrown in for seasoning. "I play an undertaker in the picture but It's poor casting,” he laughed. | "I look more like the corpse." It I takes fortitude for a man to make remarks like that while facing another operation that la almost sure to be fstal. Psychiatrist Decries Marriage for Love PHILADELPHIA W* A visiting Greek psychiatrist advises American women to forget love and marry a man who’ll be a good father. Dr. Dora Papara, assistant superintendent of the 2,800-bed government mental hospital in Athens, ; insists "the child is everything." "Love is a continuation of the 1 fairy talcs of our childhood,” she said. "It is something which comes to an end very quickly, more quickly than most people believe.” But, she said, "if you marry a man who is a good father, at least you will have a good child.” Even if you don’t really like the man to begin with, you will grow ; nearer to him and a "practical affection will develop,” Dr. Papara | believes. The psychiatrist is on a year’s leave of absence to do graduate I study at the University of Pennsylvania. No Softies EAST LANSING. Mich. Michigan State can’t be accused of picking softies as football opponents, The two oldest rivals appearing on the 1949 schedule are Michigan and Notre Dame. The Notre Dame series dates back to JR7, while Michigan came on one 'I «under why she uas ho sad—she got $50,000 for maktnjr the picture 1”

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