TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN ourier NewsMagazine "OUR TOWN" KKHEARSAL — Masque and cession enter for graveside rites during Act, Til. Gavel Society members are shov/n in photos above Center photo shows director Thurman Rowletl, during rehearsals of ''Our Town," Pulitzer Prize- Jr., making a point. Those seated r-present dead winning play, which will be produced at Blythe- persons in a cemetery. In the Iowt-r pictures are ville High School auditorium Thursday and Fri- Danny Cobb flefU, who acts as narr.uui, and Pt^day nights. The cast includes more than 40 per- %y Taylor, who plays the part of Ernliy Webb, sons In the top photo, members of s funeral pro- (Courier News IMintos) BHS Masque and Gavel's Most Ambitious Undertaking to Date: Wilder's 'OurTown' Dress rehearsals are winding up work tnis week by the Masque and G'lvel Society at Blylheville High School on 'Our Town," the final drama presentation at the school this term. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play death of mankind through the ,, starred Frank Craven and Martha eyes of one couple. It Is refreshing to talk with Red Duttoni. This Is « man who Is intelligent and honest with himself, and thus capable of assessing his own talents nnd shortcomings frankly. . He has had * bad year, His show has been panned. He has tried various formats. And now he's lost his sponsor. But it has r-een a good year, n fruitful year," Red says. "I learned » lot. I learned about myself. "I was very depressed for A while. All this business about slipping is bound to get to you after a while. But I sat down and thought and realized it was ridiculous. It wasn't me. I'm Just as funny ai I always was. "If you look down you see th« * round; look up and you tee the sun," And so Red Buttons li looking up. No more floom and pessimism and self-pity; today he's frelaxrd and happy and busy with dozens of plans. "I can always make a living. I'd love to make a movie, and there's something definite in the works In Hollywood. And I've got offers for many TV guest shots. First, though, I'm going to loaf for a while. Mostly, I'm going to think. Tor a whole year, maybe." He thinks his main trouble was Broadway with "Fanny." First, Imofene Coca Red Buttoni that he didn't know enough _to quit^when he was ahead. After his first smash year, he says, he should have given up regular TV. "I could have quit then at the top," he says, "Then I'd just do •fiaest shots and night clubs and things Hke that. George Gobel would be very smart to quit hU regular show after this season. A comedian just can't do a weekly show. It's Impossible to get (rood material every week for years. You're bound to suffer." He says that was what happened to him. His writers "ran out of gas." The format he did this year, he says, "fitted me like a left-handed pool table." "I was playing a sophisticate, a man of means. That's not me. I should play a frustrated, downtrodden guy. But I got Into this and I had to be graceful enough to see it through." After this, though, we'll aee a new Red Buttons — the old Red Buttons. • * * A FEW FAST FACTS: Possible team for next season — Imogene Coca nnd Jerry Lester . . . Arthur Godfrey 1 ! sister, Katby, who didn't do too well on her TV debut last season, now working on a new show for CBS-R&dIo , . . Gertrude (Molly Goldberg) Berg will do a play on Broadway next season, after she flnlshei shooting a filmed aeries of "The Goldbergs" . . .' Perry Como grimaces whenever he's called on to sing his hit record, "Ko- ICo-Mo" — he can't stand it , , , Greer Garson may take up poll- tics in Texas, her adopted state. There'i no dlrth of girth mirth, in long as Walter Slezak (all 280 pounds of him) remalni on he donated hla diet to Peter Ar- netl, producer of "The Name's The Same." Arnell gave up the diet after the ftrnt week — he gained three pounds. And, second, there li Slezak's problem at the Majestic Theater, where "Fanny" U playing. The theater has two backstage exits — the main one, and a smaller one which the cast prefers because It avoids the crowds. Sle- tak has to use the main one — he can't fit through the other. Three - character plays are rare, mostly because they have to be very good to keep your Interest despite the scarcity of action and actors. "Champagne Complex," A new three-oharac- ter play, suffers because of that scarcity. It desperately needs a few more characters — or else three less. The, ones playwright Leslie Stevens has created are Interest- Ing enough. Polly Bergen plays a gal beset with problems — a pompous fiance (John Dall), a strange habit, of removing her clothes after she drinks champagne, and a psychiatrist (Donald Cook) who ti trying to effect a cure. They all do well, especially the wonderful Mr. Cook, but "Champagne Complex" needs aome more bubbles. DICK'S QUICKIE: Donald C e o k (In "Champagne Com- thls world. A neurotic Is here —• plex"); A psychotic Is out of but nervous about It, TV TOPPERS PUPI CAMPO ("The Morning Show' CBS-TV): If you keep one eye on yesterday and the other eye on yesterday, you're bound to be cockeyed today., Russia Increasing Exchange of Films MOSCOW M 1 )—Russia is increasing ita exchange of movle« with many countries. Soviet authorities like to import what they call "realistic" films- showing the lives of worker* and peasants and usually lambasting capitalism. No Hollywood products are shown here except old captured ones taken in Berlin during the war —like Greta Garbo's "Camille" and "Waterloo Bridge", with Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh. Sometimes films of lighter vein, especially French are also Imported nowadays. Not Expecting, Audrey Insists ROME (fP) —ScreenN alar Audrey Hepburn sayt »he is not expecting a bn,by. Tired of repeated rumors and column items that she and her actor husband Mel Ferrer expect their first child, Miss Hepburn has issued A formal statement. "Ai much as I should like to have a baby, I have not been expecting one and do not expect one now," said the actress. She and Ferrer arc in Rome to film "War and Peace." Literary Guidepost Ruark's Book Is Violent Story In Deep Africa SOMETHING OP VALUE. By Kobert Runrk. Doubleday. To begin with: what has hnp- pencrt (o tills booh Is In n way as significant ns what happens In It It's a Book - of • the - Month Club choice, one judge dissenting; Hollywood has paid $300.000 for It; there arc already so many copies In print it's In effect a best si llei before appearing on bookstore shelves. It's a 550-page novel about how white and blacks in Kenya do and then don't get along- Klmiml nnd Peter McKens-.le, dear friends In their teens, grow into implacable enemies. The plot Is common enough: Friendship turns to enmity. There are marriages, safaris and over, under, and penetrating nil, the Man Mail uprising. Sells on Hlonil mid Gut* In my opinion, what sells this novel Is literally blood and guts, I have never read a book so soaked In gore, so recking with entrails ant! stinking with maggoty flesh. From n circumcision ceremony to the eventual grisly scenes of vengeance — eyes popped out, hearts yanked steaming from the human* breast, men and women disemboweled, children hacked to pieces If you regret the spectacles of the good old days, the Juicy beheadings, the men broken on the wheel, torn In four by four horses, or sizzling at the stake, here s a substitute to turn your stomach as quickly. This book has three palts too long plot, unconvincing characters, extraordinarily sensational details. The real artist brings on a flood of tears with only a drop of blood: here are .buckets of blood, and you don't shed one tear. W. O. Rogers. Author Foresees New Vistas For Christianity FOR HERETICS ONLY. By Tliornwcll Jacobs. Weslnilnlster, Don't lot the title of this book sen re you off. It cnlcillated to give you a jolt, though it's doubtful that many readers will bo shocked by Its contents. The book is aimed primarily nt those sophisticated, modernistic thinking people who find It difficult to reconcile ccrta In old beliefs nnd doctrines of Chrl.itlnnlty with now concepts and discoveries of science. It Is the author's contention thai Christianity Is young nnd undeveloped nnd that it hns within Us basic system of belief the floxlblllly and strength to encompiiss recent scientific discoveries nnd mnteh such growth in the future by developing: higher mid nobler forms. Thus, the comparison of Chrlstl- unity with the chrysalis, or pupa, of n butterfly, in it.s donniuit or lifeless sin go before It emerges as a beautiful butterfly. The analogy of the butterfly's development i,s used all the way through the book in relating the history of religion from man's oar- llusl days and the ujrcwlh of Christianity from ils betflnnlny. The possibilities ol future development of Chrl.sUaiiHy Into higher forms in harmony with the true bellcf.s ChrJ.sll.'inlLy »,« well an with technological and scientific advances, are seen by l.hc iiulhor to be limitless. G eon jo Anderson Mercer's Merry Tune Cost SOOG's SAVANNAH, Ga, (/Fj— There's a good reason nowadays for song- i writci Johnny Mercer to whistle a • merry tune. He's fulfilled an ambi- i Lion of long standing— at a cost ol j ^3C3,0!JO. I The Hollywood songwriter has de- ' pcsiu-d a check lor that amount in i a Savannah bank u pay off about I 500 persons v,ho invested in a real ' (••state and insurance firm owned by! his late father, G. A. Mercer. i The company failed 28 years ago. • New 1955 by Thornton Wilder will be presented at the High School auditorium Thursday and Friday nights. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m. Members of the society nave been working on .the production, under the direction of Thurman E. Rowlett Jr., for the past three weeks. 40-Mrmber Cast Preclusion of the modern American classic rcpresants one oi the must, ambitious end difii- ciiH tasks ever atLcmp^ed by a drama group at the school. The cast, includes more than 40 member of M::q.;.' and Cuvel with lead played by .,a::ny Co.:b, Pegg> Taylor, Etr;ene Still, -''udy McCall, Charlc Weldman, ,\Urtl.a Ann Fester find Jerry NaU. As.-, sting Mr. Rowlstt us student director is Emily Damon. The i.reduction is staged tn impiY.'-sion slic style ;r..d will lUiilzj movie ieclinique.s of riit-« and lades. 'Ihe thrr-act mriialifv piny relates the birth, We simple and .Scott. Danny Cobb. who plays the part of the stage manager, acts mostly as a narrator, ',eUing ol changes In the town of G rovers Corners, New Hampshire, scene of the action, which represents all towns The play is built around the lives of Emily Webb, played by Peggy Taylor, nnd Geoif-o Gibhs, played by Eu;;cne Still. They are \ childhood sweethearts who -aier . marry. Emily dies in childbirth ; which &cLs the stage for the au- !| thcr's reflections on death. ; He seeks to minimize death by '• sho'.vin" that human endurance 'i on eaith. is only a liny fragment of time in comparison with space nnd the universe. Chailes Weidman and Jua> McCall play the parts of Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs and Jerry ; all and Martha Ann Foster play Mr. and Mrs. Webb, "Our Town" was first produr- fd on Broadway in 1B38 when It won the Pulitzer Pme. Thr original show produced by Jed hams, jj Air Conditioner Ansco Itcady Flash Outfil Complete :u Jl Down— SOc • Week O'STBKN'S— Ml W. 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