The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 5, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 5, 1955
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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 1355 BLYTHEVILI.E (ARIU COUKIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN ouner NewsMagazine The fart that Paul Muni's wife was restless has one of the most eagerly-awaited moments of the '54-'5o Broadway dramatic season. Thai's the upcoming play, 'Inherit the Wind." the drama about the Scopes trial that brings Muni back to the New York stage for the first time since 1949. "I've been in seini-retirwnant," Muni says. "I had no vvisii to do a show. 1 was happy in California. I don't like New York particu- lary—it's too hectic for a man of my temperament. "But my wife got restless. She wanted to see New York again— visit her relatives, sec the shows. So I protiiised to join her for one vcej£ here. On the next-to-tne- JasL day of our slay, Herman ShumUn called and said he had a script fo rme to read. I said I wasn't interested. But he persuaded me to read it. at least. I did, and I was tremendously intrigued. "The next day we signed the contracts." With basset hounds all the rage on TV, comedian I'aul Lynde finally gave in and took his two pets to an agent. "These dogs," Lynde said, "can do anything—play dead, beg, roll over, point." "Sure, sure, said the agent, "but can they take direct- Ion.?" A FEW FAST FACTS: Carol Haney is sad about fellow dancer Peter Gennaro leaving "Pajama Game" for another sh'ow—he used to cut her hair backstage . . . .The Red Barbers celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary, and they've spent every one in. Florida during baseball's spring training . . .Bill Cullen's so used to the light blue of TV shirts that he's painted his den that color . . , Herb Wolf, producer of "Masquerade Party," is conferring with the heirs of the late Sen. Blair Moody over plans to do a TV of Moody's old program, "Meet Your Congress 1 ' . . . Did you know you watched TV 5 hours and 49 minutes a day? That's the national average, according to the Neilson Index. Ph!I Foster, the comic who specializes in Brooklyn, says that ha uses two kinds of Brooklyn jokes. One is "inside Brooklyn." for when he plays in or around that garden spot. (Sample inside Brooklyn: "You wcinnti go to the dance " "Pigs.") Then there is "broad Brooklyn," lor when he plays Texas or som« other remote land. (Sample broad Brooklyn: "You wanna go to the dance?" "Who's going?" "Joe's a jerk." "He has R car." "OK, let's go.") The reason fur the two 1» sim- Phil Foster Fa"! Muni. jjle. Brooklyn, says Foster. Is « place unto itself, with lansuaie anil humor all its own. The one word "piss," tells the whole slory in Brooklyn—"why BO 'o the dance the girls are ugly"—but not many outsiders would get it. So he's developed the broad Brooklyn humor. And it's been a WE thing—today, Phil Foster is as popular in Tcxai as he Is on Flatbush Avenue. This was not always the case. Foster started years ago, and his comedy style was then unusual. In those days, comics mostly used "one-liners'" (sample one-liner: "Just came back from Hollywood. Made two pictures. One profile and one full-face. ') Phil's jokes were longer, involving characters and a story. It took a while for the public to catch up to him, or vice versa. "For six years," Poster says, "1 never finished an engagement. I got fired or cancelled every time. If I lasted three days, I was tremendous." He almost gave up comedy in favor of house-painting. But one day his innate sens* of humor cropped out. A woman said she wanted her living room painted a sky blue. "What time of day «ky blue?" roster asked. "Like now," said the woman, leading him outside and looking up. Foster glanced at his watch. •Oh," he »ald. "That's 4:30 P.M. «ky blue." The next day, hi« bosi started applying the sky blue paint in the morning. The woman protested— "Ttmt'i not 4:30 P.M. »k.v blue, that'l 11 A. M. sky blue." When the boss found out what the score was, Foster was fired. And most people are very glad. DICK'S QUICKIE: And then ther« was the five*year-old who bragged to his pal, "My Daddy Is so old he remembers BEFORE television." BRUNETTE BOMBSHELL—Sizzling Rita Moreno shows why she was selected to play the loading role in "Unlamerl." Even her sel chair carries a warning of the fiery Latin actress 1 abilities. Tests for"Picnic' Ser in New York Maxvell Arnow, talent executive, is in New York, to intrrvifw and arrange tc.-,is for prospective cast mcr.'.bers for the lorlhecmlr.g nhn veriiou of William In^'s EVir.tzer Pr.:o l-ny, "Picnic." William Holdcn w.ll st;r tint! Joshua Lopan direct ;. Aiv.nnR original mi-nibprs oj thft phy casi lor -,vhcm Arnow will PIT:.::^ I:MS by Logan arc Eileen I. ;c'*a: t. who c) t-nttd the ml • of the scI;ojHc;i:her, and Arthur O'Crnr.HI, who played her loDG-Uine !;;>>• fri-nd. The iilm K'ill bd product! by Fred Kohlmar. literary Guidepost New Novel Hits True Mood Of The Revolution FROM LEXINGTON TO LIB- KRTY. By Bruce Lancaster. Doubleday. The American Revolution is a great and exciting story. That so many generations of sctioolmfl'ms have made it small and dull LOCAL PRODUCT — Hottest local product In Snn Francisco's jazz boom is Roy Felts, here leading his band (with saxi at the Downbeat. Ht started playing when during depression. There's a New Quake in Frisco: their student is a distressing error j -. -- > <f -p^ •* • -| -r~* • -| in human communication. But in [\/| -| -| £>•( x-»i I Ic f* l\ 1 ft~ t~\ rS/^Cfl t*C t~ 11 f* recent years many historians tovc J_VJ_U.5lCdl 1VCUUL11 JDCjLUj LJLlV TIN AN'CiKL — At the sign Of the Tin Angel on Han Francisco wnlerfroni, Turk Murphy helps stir Jazi quttke, call* it "general nlv of the cHy." brought the Revolution to new Hie and significance. Now add to the list Bruce Lancaster with a highly readable account of the stormy course from Lexington to liberty. Profound students ol the Revolution will not find much that is new here—nor will they find much cause for disagreement with Lancaster's judgements of men and matters military. But those who dimly recall the Revolution as be;inning with a tea party in Boston and ending with the Yanks in j York town will have their eyes opened. Lancaser, an able historical, novelist, draws the mood and mat- | rix of campaign and combat with a masterly hand. He is especially successful tn recreating and clari-, tying three fascinating campaigns: Washington's blunde'rous defense of New York, leading to his dispirited retreat across New Jersey and his bold recovery on the banks of»the Delaware. Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne's gay fiasco that played its last scene at a place called Saratoga. And the brilliant southern campaign of Nathanael Green (whom Lancaster rightfully recognizes a.s the greatest American field commander in which a natural military genius developed a hammer and anvil war of movement and resistance. This is'a notable addition to the Mainstream of American Series edited by Lewis Gannett. But... The book needs a few maps. For centuries the confusions of campaigns. Why can't publishers learn that they are just as helpful to civilian arm-chair fighters? Charles Mercer The Place Is Rocking with Mambo and Dixieland SAN FRANCISCO By JACK LAUCK NEA Staff Correspondent (NEA) — If you're a tourist in San Francisco, don't be alarmed. That's not an earthquake! The old town's rockin 1 with jazz. Some of the big names in jazz are flocking to the city by the Golden Gate for standing- room-only engagements, and the San Francisco Bay area is producing some future greats of its own. But the Dixieland purists will probably be dismayed to note that the jam sessions now include the mambo. The names, obscure and famous, are as colorful as some of the night spots they work In: Kid Ory at the Club Hangover, Cal Tjader at the Macumbnh, Turk Murphy at the Tin Angel, Bob Scobey in the Italian Village's Dixie Room and the Top Notchers at Packs. There's the Hungry I, the Purple Onion and the Black-Hawk. Some of these niter, ies are so Jammed they have put an admission price at the front door. Range is from 50 cents to a dollar. Kid Ory, pUyinjr at Doc Dougherty's Club Hangover, is recognized as-"Grand Old Man" In the jazz business. He started In at 10. last Christmas turned 68. He gave a start to Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, among others, and wrote "Muskrat Ramble," Says Kid Ory, "We need more bands, just don't have enough to go arnuod." Turk Murphy at the Tin Angel says, "Jazz couldn't go over any- 1 where ns well ss in Sun Francisco. It's the general air of the city."; He's Just come back from New York, where he did fine, too. Jerry Dodgton, playing his first job at 22 as leader at the Blackhawk, .is considered by some local disc jockeys as one of lh« future greats. Another, Roy Felts, 27, at the Downbeat, is one of the hottest local products at the moment. , "Back in the depression, when we were shoeshine kids over in Oakland," says Roy, "we'd mnkc more money on Jam session som grownups did In Jan? The oplnl clsco differ. Fell Saturday night times than the week." • nt In San Fran- thinks the lena music you have and the more rhythm and beat the more people like it. If you can pal your loot to It. It's jazc. Clancy Hnyes says. "It's the best that makes It. Come* from military style bent that started with Dixieland music." But listeners like , Raymond Stansbury, 21, University of California student, feel "it's great to sit and listen to good Jaaz, but It's a musician's treat. real fun I'll take the mambo. That's progressive Jazz and the. listener u join In on the dunce floor." For a real dancer's jam session, the mnmbo Is fust passing Amerl can-type Jnzz and even the smart supper club bands have mnmbo numbers on Ihclv repertoire. At the Macumbuh, (or instance, in the heart of Chinatown, Uie Chinese take to it Just ns quick «a the Occidental. Paul Queen, 30-ynnr- old Chinese photon nipher, thinks "It's grent to sit mid tup your fool but when you want to join in, you can't bent mnmbo siyle jazz." Rickey Trlscell, owner of the Mncumbah, finds It's fantastic "Never snw anything like it. We Como to Sign For Hour Show NEW YORK HI — Slnsrr Perry Como switches from CBS radio mil television lo NBC next Octo- jer in n S2-yenr deitl. NBC and Como's agent »n- noimced the network clianeo and RtvUt the singer would be starred In a one-hour nlRht-tlmc variety show. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. 'Hated Man' Prepared Author-screenplay writer A. I. Dmcrides has been sinned to prepare the script of "The Hated Man." novel by II. Vrnior Dixon which William Fnillinan will produce. The slory deals with A fight to Rain control of the multi-million- dollar lettuce Industry of California's Salinas Valley. Gold was discovered In North Carolina In 110(1 and prior to 1028, all the Bold coined «t Philadelphia was mined In that state. opened last July and the place has been a success from Lhe first day," he says. His band leader, Cal Tjader, 3D, got his start with jnizmcn George SheariilK and Dave Brubeck. He plays every Instrument In his band anil thinks mambo Is "lorm of emotionalism" and IK here to stay Other JaMinen may feel differently, but they can't Ignore It. The mambo is part of Sun Franclsco'p Jnw earthquake. Maryland was me first, and for many years the only, state to proclaim rellfilous toleration, henc« Free Stole." NEW FIND-GIa Seal*, Hollywood's new Italian find, reportedly looks nnd tally like Ingr-ld; Bergman. But she asks, "How could: 1 be iBgrld H I'm Olo?" She suyj In Italy "ulrls who have respect for their families do not jo Into fllnw." Expert Writes For Layman On US. Asian Policy WANTED: AN ASIAN POLICY By Edwin O. Reischauer, Knopf. This is an Important book, wril- _en for laymen by one of our experts in the field of Asiatic affairs. While he Is primarily an muhority in Japan and China, he obviously understands the basic problems in the other Asiatic countries. For these reasons, we should not dismiss lightly his recommendations, however unorthodox they sound. And unorthodox some of them certainly are. Reischauer puts little faith In two of the weapons tn our Western arsenal on which we have relied most: the military and the economic. Instead he argues, we must resort to ideology. Rels- chaucr insists the Asiatics will not be saved from Communism unless they want to be saved, RK the- Chinese debacle demonstrated. Whereas the Russians have nothing to offer the Asian peasant except, 1 eventual slavery, we with so much to offer "have no authorita live verbal statements of our modern democratic beliefs and practices." As Inheritors «f a revolutionary tradition, Reischauer would have us Americans approach Asiatic countries as movers and shakers rather than allies of the old colonial status quo. The only trouble here Is that the old colonial powers are generally our friends In Europe with whom we are strenuously trying to work out anti-Communist arrangements In another theater. But Reischauer is eternally right In his conclusion when he points out where our true dangers lie There he flays those "who have turned the attention ot the American public from the great battle with the marshaled forces of Communism In Asia to the search (or parlor pinks." Ronald C. Hood. The ; known of rfl.stln early as p bronze 700 B.C. Art Director Named ! For 'Queen Bee' j Ross ctcHah has been set as nrt, director on the Joan Crawford j .starrer, "The Queen Bee." Jerry; Wald will produce with Ranald 1 iMacDougall directing. The screen j version of Edna Lees best-selling i novftJ requires numerous lavish sets, j which will be designed by BHIah. The: f include several re-creations : of sK'tion.s ol Atlanta On., p.nd ihc rxterior ind interior of nn IP.-room Colonial mansion, which Is the ' home of the socially prominent j henone, enacted by Miss G'r.iwforU. Whistler's pointing, "arrange- mrnt in Orav anrl Black." Is popularly known as "Whistler's Mother." CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION The Vitw trnm Pompey'n Head, Hamilton Basso. Sincerely, Willis W a y d c . John P. Mi'.rquand, No Time for Sergeants, Mac Hyman. Love Is Klcrnal, Irving Stone. Trial, Don M Mankiewlcz NONFICTION Gfrtriidr, I.awrenr.e as Mrs A. Richard Aldrich. Th« Power of P.oslHvf rh'nklnjt Norman Vincent Pnnlc The TumuJI and (he .Shout' inR, Grantlano* Rice, My Sftverml Worlds, Pearl S. liuck. To Ihr One I Love Best, lAidv/ig Bcmelnvans, THE FRENZIED GROPE pursues the glitter and passes up the gold The GROPE is an advertiser who'd rather be flashy than right. He walks when others are riding, and shaves with a goldplatcd axe. Seeks pie in the sky rather than use the one medium that's proven productive so long for so many. Fortunately, the GROPE is a rare creature. Wise advertisers know that the newspaper is basic — no matter what !he virtues of other media are. They know that almost every person in every com- munity reads a newspaper sometime during each day. They also know that people have a strong allegiance to their newspapers, believe in newspapers, and shop from newspapers. Thus, whatever advertising schedule they build, they make newspapers their solid foundation. No wonder advertisers placed more money in newspapers last year than they did in television, radio, magazines and outdoor — combined/ AII business is local... and so arc all newspapers! Thlj m«uj' prtpired by HURRAH OF ADVERTISING, Am«rlc«n Newipiptr TuMishtra A«»cl»tlon, and puhllihtd In Iht lnler«lj ol fulltr und<nlandin| of newspapers by ltI,YTHEVIU,E COURIER NEWS

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