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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 19, 1955
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TUMDAY, APRIL W, 19W BljTTHETlLLE (ARK.) COURIER K8WI PAOflTRRUI ourwr NewsMagazine Morton GouM By DICK KLEINER THE RECORD SHOP: It looks like a big, varied year for P«ggy L««. The beautiful blonde who sings, writes and cartoon, "The Lady and The Tramp." She'll also sing three of her songs in that one. Peggy says her "most nattering offer" came from Dinah Shore. Dinah asked Peggy to write the special material when she did her TV show from New York, and now other singers are coming to her for song-writing services. But can she cook? « * * Step right- up, ladies and gentlemen, and meet a genuine throwback. This is Morton Gould, a musical-type throwback. Gould is the brilliant composer, conductor, arranger and pianist. And thereon hangs this anthropological talc. Today, musically ai well as other ways, Is the age of the specialist. Nowadays, composers compose. Conductors conduct. Arrangers arrange. Pianists play. And seldom the four shall meet. "But In years gone by," says Gould, "It wai common to do everything. And I think it was a good idea. Too much spectalliation hurts. When 1 write something, I can write for an orchestra because, *• a conductor, I know the problems of orchestration. And, when I conduct, I think I do better because perhaps I can understand what the composer was trying to do." His success in both these careers is cleaj-. Currently, RCA is releasing composer Gould's "Dance Variations tor Two Pianos and Orchestra," with a pretty fair conductor named Stokowski directing. And coming are conductor Gould's symphonic portraits of "Oklahomal" arid "Carousel," arranged by arranger Gould. Gould's quadruple-threat activities around RCA are best gummed Up by summer - up Gould: "I seem to be doing a little of everything. All I need Is a broom." All this activity apparently agrees with him. He works hard, often from 9 a.m. to 3 the next a.m., but thrives on it. "I get tan from my work lamp," h« says. "When I'm working the most, my frlenda say> 'Morton, you look wonderful. Been away' But when I do rest, they say, 'Morton, you're working too hard. You should take it easy.' " Of all his talents, he prefers composing. Especially serious music — string quartets, smy- phonies and such. But he does other things, like writing the music for "Cinerama Holiday," to make money. He doesn't feel condescending about it, though. He likes this field, too. "Serious composers these days," Gould says, "either have SECOND TRY SUCCESSFUL — Corinne Calvet, French-born movie siren, and actor Jeff Stone finally succeeded in getting married at Tangier last week after being icfused a marriage license in Lisbon, Portugal, because Miss Calvet'a visa was not in order. She was divorced from actor John Bromfield last year. The newlyweds ire making television adventure film* in Worth Africa. to teach or marry a rich woman. I don't teach and my wife isn't rich. And I have four children." • • * Guy Lorn bar do sent Lotar OH»s, the German composer of "Blue Mirage,'' a clipping in which OUas was called "Germany's Irving Berlin." Back to Guy came a German clipping, which talked about "Irving Berlin, the Lotar Olias of America." • * * DICK'S PICKS: The first release from the coming musical, "Damn Yankees, looks like a big hit. It's "Whatever Lola Wants," done by Mercury's Sarah V»u»h«n. Others: "What Was I To Do" (Arllne Tye, MOM): "In the Mood" (Craiy Otto, Decca); "Most of All" (The FonUne Slslen, Dot): "For Better Or Worse" (Kay Starr, RCA); "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Ma- halfa Jackson, Columbia); "Oo- chi-Pachi" (The Gadabouts, Mercury); "Smoky Morning" (Do- lorn HawkliM, Epic); "Guilty Shadows" (Cathy Johnson, Columbia); "Love Me Or Leave Me" (Lena Home, RCA). Pleasant listening — "Music From Disneyland" (Jack Plels, Decca) is an album of beautifully-done ints from Disney's productions; "The Dick Hyman Trio" (OMO) makes soft, Interesting soundi; 'Lullabies In Rhythm" (Barbara Carroll, RCA) and "Marian McPartland at the Hickory House" (Capitol) are two gal jazz pianists who know the key to ihe keyboard. Two fine new classical orchestra collections: Ormandy and (he Philadelphia Orchestra playing "The Oreat Melodies o£ Tchaikovsky" (Columbia) and Von Karajan and the Philhar- monia Orchestra playing "Opera Intermezzi" (Angel). Both have rich sound, familiar melodies, loving interpretation. Little Rock TV Men ore Honored ATLAKTIC CITY, H. J. HP) — The National Headliners Club has awarded a medal to Television Station KAEK-TV of Little Eock, Ark., and cameramfin Chris Button and Lou Oberste for "courageous on-the-spot coverage" of the slaying of a mental patient who escaped from the state hospital and held a woman hostage In her home. The patient, armed with a stolen rifle, was shot to death by an off-duty patrolman. Button and Oberat* recorded the incident on film. The Headliners Club was founded 21 yean, ago by the Press Club of Atlantic City. The medal will be presented at a meeting here May 2R. 'Barbara, Don't Kiss Me Again' FRANKFURT, German;' UP) — Barbara, a sea lion at the Frankfurt Zoo, kissed her keeper on the ear today—and It was a resounding smack. The keeper, Frank Kick, suffered a punctured eardrum, California grows nbout JO per cent of the almonds railed In the United Ititei. L/terory Gu/'depoit A New Study Of the Great Depression THE GREAT CRASH: Ifltt. By John Kenneth Galbraith. Houghtou Mifflin. What went Wrong in 1929? It's a question of particular relevance today when the stock market is so active. It's discussed by an author whose competence Is attested by his Harvard professorship, his previous writing, his work for the government. He also has a kind of imprimatur from the Senate, since the Fulbright Committee invited his opinion about the current market; it's still am imprimatur though his opinion led to some hot-tempered name-calling. Name-calling is, in fact, a principle In Galbraith's thought. Bad Ometu He begins wjth a review of the bad omens: Florida boom and bust, Increased brokers' loans, production drops. Then there was Black Thursday, and that phenomenal Tuesday, Oct. 29. The stock boom Is credited to, or blamed on, a kind of blind. Infection, an optimistic mood; the crash was not perhaps unique. The problem Is, why was this crash, unlike many others, followed by the calamitous slump? Galbraith suggests several reasons: Unsound economy, bad corporate and banking structures, uncertain foreign balance, and a poor state, as he calls it, of economic intelligence. There had been some nice-name calling; Wall Street was variously "an innocent community" and "honest, intelligent and public- spirited." For the future, Galbraith stresses the need to call no names but right names, the need to refuse to say all's right with the world when In fact all isn't. In part because the author himself calls names smartly, this is a witty and entertaining study, for all the seriousness of the subject. Even those who don't always like what he says can't help chuckle at the way he says it. W. G. Rogers New Books Deal With Garbo and George Jessel THIS WAY, MISS. By George Jessel. Holt. GARBO. By John Bainbvidge, Doubleday. There is a widely held suspicion in Hollywood that no one has a higher opinion of George Jessel than Jessel himself. This book does nothing to dispel it. To give himself a chance to talk about himself, Jessel uses a device that gives the book Us title. He tells his daughter, Jerflynn, about things that have happened to him — using, for example, the personal pronoun "I" 14 times on page 06 and 13 more on page 67. Possibly one shouldn't be, too critical of Jessel's self-esteem. Certainly he's come a long way from a Harlem boyhood with money so scarce he had to go on the stage before he was 10, Jessel fans, and folks who love stories about the entertainment business, doubtless will enjoy some of his reminiscing. But It's doubtful if even Jerflynn, who's 13, will get much enjoyment out of sitting through chapter after chapter of eulogies delivered at famous biers and speeches delivered at a string of Friars' Club dinners. Jessel , may have summed up why he put all this into the book in Us last lines, when he tells his daughter: "I have made so many mistakes and lost much character! looking for luxury, just to save' face and hide the Insecurity that ; lurked behind my eyes ..." j John Balnbridge has a ready: made audience for his biography of Greta Lovisa Gustafsson. Garbo Is not only a great actress, but spurred popular fancy by retiring at the height of her career and running foot races ever since when she's been recognized in public. Bainbrldge, best known for his New Yorker profiles, tells her story well. The book's great dissatisfaction Is that he, like countless others who have tried,, failed to get to her for an Interview. Pete Arthur Tiny Lily Has Real Charm; But Audiences Can Still Scare Her By W, G. ROGERS Associated Pr«M Art* Editor (ADVANCE) NEW YORK, April 23 (AP) — For a real charmer, I give you Lily Ponf. It's not anything she works at — she doesn't have to work at K, and there isn't much of her; but what there is, the whole half-pint of Pons, is solid charm. LANA RELAXES — Clad in one of her scanty costumes from the MOM spectacle, "The Prodigal," Lana Turner relaxes in her dressing room at the studio between scenes during film tut; of the multimillion dollar movie which has Damascus in 70 B. C. for Us background. Rima Stifles the Yawns With New Violin Act By GAILE DUGAS NEA SUft Writer NEW YORK—(NBA) — Back in the 1920's, there was a famous ad for a correspondence course that would make a pianist of you in ten tor so) easy lessons, It ran something like this: "They laughed when I sat down to play but when I got up, they yelled hooray1" Well, everytime Riniu Rudina cornea on stage with her violin, something very much like that happens. Only the audience doesn't laugh; , it yawns. But the yawns evaporate immediately. Put a violin into the hands of a pretty girl and the pretty girl is Immediately canceled out. Because most people tend to associate the violin with either (a) miserable music lessons in childhood or (b) longhair music that bores them silly. Unique Act That's why recent audiences at the Palace (the mecca of all vaudeville acts) got the surprise of their bias* lives when Kima and her fiddle appeared in the spotlight. Bo- cause hers Is an act nearly unique in vaudeville, a place where practically everything has been done before. It's based on a conservatory education (she holds both her Bachelor and Masters in music), a shrewd grasp of audience psychology, a hot violin and flashing good looks. Orantland Rice. Have Tux, Will Travel, Bob Hope. She opens up with a little speech about her learned musical background. The audience dies. She says something nbout the classics and the audience .rolls over once. Then she opens up with her Hollywood square diu\ee. And the audience revives and takes another look. In n mutter of seconds, the people In the thctitcr are having a wonderful time, and from that moment on they're with Rinift all the way. Kids Only Violin She doesn't kid her audience. But she does kid the violin. Her Hollywood square dunce Is u sutlrc. Hei version of Gershwin Is flashy bill it's based on sound, musical ability and her audiences love it. "Even the bow on l( my bustle 1. just for fun," Uimn .s'hys, her black eyes spnrkling. "Actually, my dresses are so tight I couldn't possibly sit down in them. They're just to look at and they're fun for me to wear. I designed all of them, even to the great big bows on the bustle. 1 No mutter where she pluy.s, theaters or night clubs (nnd she's been all over the world ns u troup er, many times), she gels notes from women . in her audiences wanting to know where she buys her dresses. And once in awhile, even in n night club, she gets request sfoi classical music. But she isn't crying her heart out in the meantime while she plays a hot fiddle. She like the fun of dressing up, the glamo. of the spotlight, ;he ol the audience. She Is, in the summing up, a real trouper. A mite of a singer .with * monster of a reputation. MLu Pona hits -mi audience that 1ms si-own from the little provincial opem house* of her native France to the biffgiT centers of Paris and New York, the world's largest concert stages, and lately, uncounted radio and TV funs. When she works, she goes at it hard; when she rests, ditto. She rests in a home she used to have tu Connecticut; or in Prance; or In a new home in the Weit; or in her apartment in New York where 1 saw her. Here with Matisse, Utrillo, Brnque and Dufy, all French ad all modernist, looking down at you from the walls—and maybe out the windows, too, at the East River vistas north, south and east, Miss Pona said: "I've always wanted to build my 111)me, nnd now I've done It. In 1'alm Springs, Calif. IVrched on a sort of a saddle of a mountain." She shows pictures of it: walls in pastel colors chosen by her, brighter divans and cushions, rich nigs, brilliantly striped tenting, a swimming |X)ol ( and her initials, l*P, twisted nnd cuddled together Oriental-alpha bet fashion, for designs in the rugs and for the plots in the formal flower garden. She likes parties, she enjoys company; and parties and company like her, for she is vivacious and witty. But she's no party-goer, and says she never was: "After a concert I must be alone. I've been nervous ail day—" "You! Nervous?" "Me. Nervous," she insists. "It used to be worse. I was nervous from the time 1 woke up In the morning,,»t 1 or 8; 1 was so nervous I could be sick. I'm not so nervous now, I say to myself, it's silly, nothing can happen, people love me, I Love the people. So It's better. But I'm still nervous." "I have to keep my health," she continued. "I can't go out to night clubs. From the very first I s to myself, my career alone must matter, my career wus my religion. 1 wanted perfection." Is It eusler to keep people away here, or In France? Which place has moro temptations to ween her from a career? "This country"—Kite's been a cll- Iwsn 15 year*. "There mre more «H«- traotions here. Of court* It lnn't perhaps just the way It ought to be even in France. Education them Is taken more seriously, perlmpc t»o seriously; here much lewi seriously, perhaps not serlotinly enough." She wished there were more opera houses in this country* She wished there were more symphonies—"not all Brahms and Beethoven, either,' she argued, waving .them off, "but some of the programs of more va- iled, fresher fare that New York Philharmonic audience* have been hearing on Saturday night*." She was referring to the scries in which her husband, Andre Kofltelanctz, hti« taken over the , Philharmonic podium for two seasons now. Miss Pons' coloratura is mo*t of- ten hoard iu the roles of Roalna, which she is doing with the Metropolitan this year In New York and on tour, nnd. Lucia, Qilda and Lakme. Detptt* the radio and TV programs, opera U her field; and her fain mail now as. always, §h« says, Invariably mention* opera.. 'Bad Boy' Levant Has New TV Show; Seeking Sponsor By BOB THOMAS HOLLY\VOOD (AP) — Oscar Levant, the bad boy of music, is getting ready to go back to his first love — the quiz show. The sad-eyed pianist Is slnrttng cert dines, but later IKtcd the «M- to revive his career after nearly three years of virtual inactivity. He recently did a film at MGM, "The Cobweb." Now he has made ii sample film of a proposed quiz show for TV. It's called "Tell It to Oscar" and features him as a I'ov- ing Etjicct 1 . pianist and wit. The -show is being peddled to .sponsors now. Stormy Life "It's n goort show," Levant snid candidly. "Not like most of the quiz nnd panel programs on TV. Most of them are pretty set-up affairs." Levant has led n stormy life the past three years, including tiffs with symphony conductors and musicians' boss James Petrlllo. The latter suspended him for failing to appear for con- Godfrey Says He's Looking For New Talent NKW YORK I.?)—Arthur Godfrey, who fired six singers and three writers from his riulio nnd TV shows, says his programs need fresh talent and ft new pattern. Godfrey yesterday gave tho sack to the Pour Mariners, a mixed Negro and white male quartet; Marlon Marlowe; and Haleloke, attractive Hawaiian singer. Writers dismissed were Charles Homer, Preston H. Miles and Charles Slocum. "We've become top-heavy with stars, 11 Godfrey .said. "We lire KO- Ing to try to break into the top 10 again with n new show. "This will give more people a whack at it, give more opportunity." Saying lie may return to n patr torn he formerly \i80d, Godfrey added: "I always lmd*people coming and going," Asked If he plans ftny more changes in personnel, Godfrey replied, "Not for a while. We'll see how tbls KOCS." In October, 1053, Godfrey publicly dismissed singer Julius La lio- sa. Since then, Godfrey also has fired from some of. his alia wit orchestra lender Archie Bleyer stupe manager Che I O'Brien, am co-producer Larry Puck, flnnce ol Mlfls Marlowe. pension. "Nobody knew how sick I was,'* said Levant, who has never underestimated his troubles. "I had ft heart attack." "I gave up smoking two and ft ;\iilf yenvs," he commented. "But I hnd three nervous breakdowns during that period. So I said to hell with it." He now smokes liberally and Is back on his' fabulous quota oC coffee. Pretty Dish Levant was lunching in a small Italian cafe near the heart of Hollywood. He ordered a corned beef sandwich, which he nibbled at. and a dish of lasagne, "just to loot at." He took one bite and left the rest. "Pretty, isn't it?" he said. Thai reminded him of n story: "Gertrude Stein owned 80 plcassoi, you know. When she arrived in New York one time, reporters asked her what she thought of modern art. Imagine being asked such a complex question! She merely replied: "I like to look at it.' " TROUBLES FOB RITA—AC.- ress Rita Hayworth, whose MC troubles seem to give birth to little troubles, found herself under • suspension from Columbia pictures last week. She dldnt report for delayed shooting of "Joseph and His Brethren" and said delay would conflict with plans to take daughter Ya»mln to vltilt her grandfather, the ajlnf Aga Khan. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION The View from Pompey'a Head, Hamilton Basso. Sincerely, W111U Wayde, John P, Marquand. No Time for S«rfeanU, Mac Hyman. Love IB Eternal, Irving Stone. Katherlnft, Anya Seton, NONFICTION The Tower of Ponltlve Think. In*, Norman Vlncenl Peale. Gertrude Lawrence as Mr». A. Richard Aldrlch. 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