Daily News from New York, New York on May 2, 1966 · 483
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Daily News from New York, New York · 483

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Monday, May 2, 1966
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o o CI o I i ? 1 riiVjf 0 n y HBr y fS-J- :-r- -some V ? SCIi j 3n xw- ? 1 " :J?T 1 t iWft ,ike potatoes!. i FILM TALK By Wanda Hale twi Wraps one (Up Alex Cord." newcomer, essays the color ful character, Ringo Kid, in Martin Rackin s remake of the John Ford 1938 Western classic, "Stagecoach." This is the role that shot an actor named John Wayne to glory, placing him in a position to continue upward to top level among the great money-making stars. Lunching with Alex at Sardi's, I asked the obvious question: "How did you feel, jumping into John Wayne's big shoes in your first film?" Alex, a young man with a sense of logic as well as a sense of humor, grinned and replied, "I wish I had a stock answer for that question. But I dont. I'll be honest; I did not emulate Wayne. My Ringo Kid i3 not a fearless hero in a smart Western cos- Alex Cord He's his own instrument. tume and big white cowboy hat. My clothes look worn, my hat is beat up, streaked with sweat, a dirty band around it. My Ringo Kid, who has chosen to find the killers who murdered his father and brother, is not a big, brave hero. He's scared. But determined." Up to this role, Alex played neurotic, mixed-tip, slightly demented anti-heroes on the stage. 'Ringo is a simple man earthy, impervious to pettiness of human beings. It was hard for me to be as simple as this fellow. I'm a worrier. I felt I wasn't sweating enough over the role. I'm somewhat of a simple man but not simple enough to fall in love with a prostitute as Ringo did." A Native Son Cord, a former rodeo performer, quit that dangerous game after Jais worst spill, in Madison Square Garden. It left him with some broken ribs but a clear head. What to do, now ? he thought. He went to a movie theatre and got his inspiration from Laurence Olivier in "Richard III." Alex made his decision, thinking clearly and logically. If he was going to be an actor, he'd better take lessons and start where he could get the best training, at the Shakespearean Academy at Stratford, Connecticut. There he studied and acted for a year. Then to Actor's Studio here in the city. An English producer saw Alex at the Studio and asked him to go with him to .London and appear as a neurotic, mixed-up young man with Siobhan McKenna in "Play With a Tiger." For his performance, Alex won an honor seldom given to visiting American actora, a nomination by the London Drama Critics for an award. He did not win but appreciated the gesture. By GEORGE: Tickle Puss DEAR GEORGE: When dancing a fast step, my boy friend has a tendency to pant and puff and this tickles my ear and makes me giggle, and I have a real shrill giggle. What can we do about this? We're going to a very fancy masquerade party soon and ' I'm worried, because people look at ns fUMjr.j .- M AYBELLE. I)E AW M VfflEU Ft y mrt . feafr e Tf ge as tne cnatianooga . noo-rhoo.' f9 1968 by United Feature SmdTdale; Inc.J TT A talk rangy, good-looking blond, Alex "looks typically American, possibly of English or Scotch descent. His looks are deceptive. Of Italian extrac tion, his real name is Alexander Viespi Jr., of New York City. Cord was taken from the name of the ranch in Wyoming where, as a teen-ager, he was sent by his father and mother following an attack of polio that left one leg paralized. This disability he overcame by tenacity and rigid exercise which included bronco busting. "Like the crazy kid I was, I went into rodeo competition, roping steers. I never became a star making $30,000 a year. My limit was $20,000. There is no salary in rodeo; the money is gained in prizes." Rackin protected his new actor with a stunt man. But there was a scene the stunt man couldn't do because it had to be realistic. Alex explained: "I had to jump from a window, through the ff?a?s, onto one of the stagecoach horses, landing with full face in view. The stunt man told me how it should be done without cutting' my face. I broke the glass all right but my gun got caught in the curtain and threw me. The second time I knew how to handle that gun. It came off all right, too. " 'Stagecoach' has quite a cast, including Bing Crosby, .Red Buttons, Ann-Margret. Van Heflin and Keenan Wynn. I met them all but, Ringo Kid being a loner, my acting was independent of most of them. My scenes were mostly with Ann-Margret, who plays the prostitute. I watched and saw some mighty fine acting by Bine -as the tippling old Doc Boone and Van Heflin as the marshal, Curly." Young and Fast Alex has been shifting around most of his life, living out of suitcases, driving fast cars. "I don't know why," he said, "that all young actors-have the compulsion to drive fast cars. Perhaps we think' it is a status symbol but it really isn't. "When I first went to Hollywood I lived in I a dinky apartment but after I began making money 1 rented a lancy house, $1,000 a month but it took me a long time to feel at home there. For a while I kept the $90 place and, occasionally, would go back if only to change clothes and keep my equilibrium." Stagecoach is expected here in June, no theatre yet designated. 20th Century-Fox, releas ing, is keen on Alex Cords performance. Officials are pretty sure that this unknown film actor will be catapulted to stardom as was John Wayne. About the studio predictions Alex said, with his logical thinking, "Who knows? I have no ambition to become a big movie star. I like to think of myself as an artist. My instrument" is myself, a body, voice, expression, the way I" move. I'm not handsome but I feel that I have some talenC If it happens that I become a star, it is because I have developed this talent." Tho G.dtEmcrs By L amd J. W otter "What a miserable example for today's youth. Neither one of them can throw a decent right cross! FAMILY DOCTOR Brother Juniper If 23 r- .r. kf Mb 2& "Holey, holey holey r M Most Germicides Unable To Combat Most Viruses By DR. THEODORE R. VAN DELLEN '' (C ISM br Tlw Chlcaro Tnbniwt Viruses elude most germicides including: the sulfonamides and antibiotics. Recently it was demonstrated that many are inactivated by a 90 to 95 solution of ethyl alcohol, sodium hypochlorite (200. ppm.), or a 5 concentration of carbolic acid. Lord Lister selected the latter as a microbe killer 100 years ago. This English surgeon used remarkable judgment and became the first advocate of antiseptics in the the operating room and for infections. He even sprayed carbolic acid into the air during surgery and whenever it was necessary to expose open wounds. DR. MORTON KLEIN of Temple University conducted labora tory tests with these antiseptics and found that all had anti-viral powers in the concentrations mentioned. In his opinion, ethyl alcohol should be standard equipment in every doctor's bag. So- Today' m Health Hint Keep youngsters away from sick people dium hypochlorite is an effective bactericide and virucide for cleaning equipment in medical "offices and laboratories. It also inactivates viruses when used in . the laundry of families with a viral illness. .- He found that most germicides and detergents used as disinfectants in restaurants and the food industry were ineffective against many common viruses responsible for respiratory infections. A PROTEIN JACKET protects the active infections genetic core of the virus and is essential to 1he:ltta;fcfcbe. Jtftytfcti teat dissolves this coating de stroys the virus unless the critter first enters a cell where it sheds its jacket and is capable of causing disease. Each viral coating is composed of different chemicals and some are more difficult to inactivate than others. Those with fatty and protein coverings are more easily destroyed. The body cells manufacture protective interferon in response to infection by a variety of viruses. The substance has been isolated and many interesting laboratory experiments have been conducted. None have proved practical but the potential is there. We need an internal remedy not only to destroy viruses that cause infection but to eradicate those responsible for certain cancers. EXERCISE AND ARTHRITIS D. A. writes: Are daily setting-up exercises bad for a person with arthritis of the spine? REPLY Only it the -exercises produce or aggravate distress. Proper exercises will strengthen the muscles of the back, thus rlvinc additional support to the structure. FOOD SEEDS H. N. writes: Will eating foods containing seeds harm ; any of the organs ?--' REPLY The normal sastrointeetlnal tract can handle seeds provided they are not Urge enough to obstruct the passageway. Dr. Vsa DvBea wM aacwer fjsjsstisas rafardssf health ami Itfi-l is mm cstsM and by mm. Hs wal at 1 pfVNflsM 09 mmi iMw DB. THEOOOSI . VAN DOLES, THE HEWS, P.O. BOX 14SZ, SJUCr. CERTKAL STATKTB, TOBK 1M17.

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