Daily News from New York, New York on April 13, 1952 · 332
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Daily News from New York, New York · 332

New York, New York
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Sunday, April 13, 1952
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-n vv n n H fcJI By KATE CAMERON WHEN I ws in Paris recently, a friend asked me what, he could do to make my stay there a pleasant one. I raid I'd like to see a French film called "La Ronde, as I had heard much about it before I went abroad. He immediately communicated with Robert Hakim who, through Commercial Fictures, has acquired the American import rights to the picture, and arranged a screening for me. It was no longer on exhibition in Paris where it had been a big hit for more than two years. The principal rwn for wanting to are -Ijt Ronde" was that the New Ytrk Slate Board of Censors had turned it down for exhibition in thi state. 1 was curious to know why we were not permitted to look at a film that had run for nearly two years in Paris, has been running: for over a year in London and was voted the best film from any source by the British Academy. H had half a year's run in Lo Angeles and has been showing in San Francisco for the last six months and is still groin strong there. It ran four and a half months in Washington. I). C, five weeks in St. Louis and three veeks in three theatres in Detroit. lenient With Others. The New York State Board bus wot I wen too squeamis'i in the past, as the memltt-rs have given permits for exhibition to such films as Ros-selim's "The Miracle." which offended many Americans who considered the context blasphemous. It tut the state seal on the French film, -The Scandals of Cloche-merle." which was not only offen sive to many people here but was a libel on French citizens; and the board freely admitted the British production of '"Kind Hearts and Coronets" to be shown on local screens, even thouirh the latter fi'm dealt in a light-handed manner with the subject of murder and fain. I mention the British picture, which I found delightfully entertaining, and which amused countless New Yorkers, because "La Konde" has been niak in the same satiric vein and is being presented on the screen in the same spirited wav as "Kind Hearts and Coro net . But. whereas the latter makes Iicht of tfte sm f murder, the Fiem-h picture presents a scries of illicit love scenes in a droll ami witty manner. One must concl f'e. therefore, that the New York btad members believe that a satire on wuitdir is not t to corrupt the morals of our citizens, but that one based on the lichttr side of love ma v do so. Planned Detetioas Here. "La Ronde" is an enchanting (Klure. and with the few deletions which the importers intend to nike t ivnotmv with" the Breto" off" r?de- 1 no reason why the film her or anywhere. The background of the French film is Vienna alout the turn of the century, when the Austrian capital was one of the grayest and most fascinating playgrounds in the world. Arthur Schnitzler, whose "Reigen" is the basis of the film, wrote the play in 1!00, but it was not produced on the. stage until 190. The presentation of the various incidents in "La Ronde" is done in an original manner, with Anton tValhrook. who has appeared in many British films, notably as the impresario in "The Red Shoes," acting as the story-teller and the spirit that moves the various characters of the story into place. Portrayed by Fine Cast. There is more than a touch of fantasy in the various episodes, each of w hich is acted w ith adroitness and a high sense of the comic. Danielle Darrieux is beautiful as a married woman who becomes the amorous object of a young man's fancy. The latter is cleverly represented by a rising young French actor, Daniel Gel in. Fernand Gra-vet plays Miss Darrieux' husband amusingly, Simone Simon gives a pert performance of a parlor-maid j and Simone Signoret is seen as a ' lady of the evening. Odette Joyeux : plays a shop-girl delightfully and i Isa Miranda js lovely in the role of ' a fascinating actress. ! Serge Reggiani, Jean-Iuis Bar- rault, of "Children of Paradise" : fame, and Gerard Philipe, who I made a hit as the love-sick youth j oi "Devil in the Hesh, are lmpor-antly cast in the comedy. Oscar Straus composed the back ground music. He is the composer of "Th Chocolate Soldier." and j wrote the music for two of Maurice ! Chevalier's films, "The Smiling Lieutenant" and "One Hour With You." "Love Makes the World Go I Round." as sung y Walbiook, is 1 a big bit all oVer Kurope and is be coming popular here through its tecord sales. I 1 Antom VV'alhrmoh. f amttiar. im British movies, inj 5imon 5imon, wA hog imJi quit m feu? in mencfl. key rofea in "La KmnJt." Walhrttvl, play tfta Mrrafr' part; Stmam im m ' " lajy't rmaij - - , Tka HWjmwrW mm in "La K miA m m FrattK fflmm Nmut York' aantarm ban, im lav ml y Danimllm Dmrrimmm. Tha rmmman far tha cmnmarmhip harm im him-m hat of m ntymtary. GtrrarJ Phitipm, rplndnt in thm uniform a guard man9 in thm French comedy. Mm : .v. til . By HEDDA HOPPER'S STAFF ! Hollywood, April 12. Metro has bought Max ShulmaiTs "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,' a collection of 30 short stories with a collegiate background. Shulman will also do the screenplay. .Tentative casting' has Debbie Reynolds, Carle on Carpenter. Bobby Van and Barbara Rnick in the leads. If the first film it successful, the project will be turned into a series. This is particularly interesting, since it was Metro which did so well with the "Andy Hardy" and "Dr. Kildare" pictures. Arthur Loew Jr. will produce the Shulman film. From New York the boss telephones: "Frank Sinatra met Ava Gardner at La Guardia Field. They didn't even wait for her luggage, but had it sent to their hotel. After his 10-day tour of night clubs and a trip to Honolulu, Frank will open at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, his first engagement at that place. While here, Ava will pose for the Sunday magazine cover of The News." - - "Jerome Zerbe flew out last night for Germany, France and Algiers under Army auspices to glorify the WACs he's photographed. The Army needs more WACs to act as stewardesses on the planes used to transport wives and children overseas to join their officer husbands. A Natural. "Queen Juliana of the Netherlands has won everybody here by her simplicity, democratic ways and naturalness. She was the only lady who wore a hat at the 'April in Paris' Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria. The management brought out its best gold and silver for 1,200 people. Elsa Maxwell served as hostess. I was sorry that Hedy Lamarr wasn't present to see John Loder made up as Henry VIII. She might have fallen in love with him all over again. Bea Lillie was in rare form. "Mrs. Tom May was ordering dresses from Sophie at Saks Fifth Avenue, while her husband stopped by Ceil Chapman's to -buy a gown as a suprise for her. ... Anita Colby is delighted at the reviews her tome, 'Anita Colby's Beauty Book,' is getting. . . . Clare, and Henry Luce are off to Spain to celebrate Clare's birthday. ... The daughter of Roy Larsen has a June wedding coming up." Producer Howard Welsch has bought "I Married Her" by Ann Green. It concerns a . high-class Southern girl who becomes involved with Boston society. For it he wants Shelley Winters. Incidentally, TV"X r 1 L s " 4 Dcbbi Reyaolds Shelley tells us that the script on "Letters From the President" is the best she's ever read and eannot understand why anybody turned it down. During their first conferences director Bill Wellman kept calling her Clara. She couldn't understand-why until we told her that Wellman directed Clara Bow in some of her best pictures, including "Wings." Jack Mahoney, TV's "-"Rang Rider," is off on a whirlwind tour of 20 cities where his pictures are playing, ironically enough, it was these television shows that made Jack, a former stunt man, so hot in movies. Sfickmon Dean. Dean Martin was once a stick-man for a croupier in a legal garn tiling house. So the boss tells us that while she was in Cincinnati she learned that every stickman in the vicinity tried to get in to see him for a social visit. They still call him by his real name, Dino. The doctor who's taking care of Greg Peck's wrenched knee says he'll be okay and ready to -go back to work within 10 days. Ralph Sigwald, the singer discovered by Horace Heidt, is having his life story beamed abroad by "The Voice of America." He was working as a school janitor when Heidt gave him a break on his air show; and after that he was on his way. Ralph, incidentally, has dropped CO pounds. He now weighs a mere 320. ,. Arthur Hornblow Jr. has been set as the producer of "Remains to Be Seen." He leaves for New York soon to shoot some backgrounds in the town's leading night spots. '; Anne Baxter has gon strawberfy blonde with a semi-poodle haircut for "My Wife's Best Friend." In that film she has to play four different personalities, including Cleopatra, for dream sequences. Ofiefiiiig This Week i TUESDAY New York "Stronghold," Lakef Scott; "The Black Lash," Liu Rue-St. John. j WEDNESDAY . Brooklyn Paramount "The First, Time," Hale-Cummings, FRIDAY Sfith St. Casino "Der Herr Ohne Wohnung," Hoerbiger-Van Stolz. Globe "Aaron Slick from Pun-kin Crick," Young-Shore-Mer-rill.

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