Daily News from New York, New York on July 17, 1971 · 47
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Daily News from New York, New York · 47

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Saturday, July 17, 1971
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A I fF''l-rF SBS5S . I' S --ry i iiiiiiiiiii iwimiii -V I WHP RflWPt-Y APPROACHING THE -1 I THEY'RE TURMMQ THAT MEANS THEY'RE I 5 a I POINT QF NO RETURH V I OFF THE MAIN HEAPING TOWARD ' I : Sleeping Sickness Kills Girl, Austin, Tex., July 16 (UPI) A 6-year-old girl has died of a form of sleeping sickness that may be related to a disease that has killed thousands of horses in Mexico and Texas. . Agriculture Secretary Clifford M. Hardin declared a "national emergency" today to provide more money to fight the epidemic. The unidentified child, the daughter of an Air Force enlisted man, died Wednesday at Lackland Air Force Base in San An-.tonio. Doctos said today that she was killed by a ofrm of Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis, and ordered an autopsy to see if it was the strain that swept out of Mexico into Texas, killing horses and donkeys and inflicting hundreds of humans with flu-like ailments. The disease is not unu-ally fatal to humans. Hardin's order came within hours of the report of the girl's death, and shortly after a Texas state health official, James H. Speele, warned that the fast-spreading disease could sweep across the United State by winter. The money, Hardin said In Washington, will be used to hype up an emergency vaccination program on horses and to expand the area that will be sprayed in an effort to control the mosquitoes which transmit the disease. Children Are Susceptible The girl, who may be the first human victim of the epidemic, lived at Lytle, Tex., 35 miles south of San Antonio. An Air Force official said the child was brought to the base hospital Monday in serious condition. Another Tale From Jules Verne By WANDA HALE Yi Kirk Douglas got all wrapped up in a Jules Verne good-versus-evil yarn, "The Light at the Edge of the World," which is too violent for women and children, possibly too draggy for men and big boys. At Showcase Theaters, the Kirk Douglas production stars Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner and Samantha Eggar. The light is a lighthouse, manned by three, on the biggest, barest rock island you ever saw. Actually the location is off Spain's Costa Brave, fictionally it is somewhere off the southernmost tip of South America. DOUGLAS PLAYS Denton, American fugitive from justice and assistant to the keeper, whose only interest is survival on the barren rock awaiting an opportunity to escape if and when a ship pauses to leave supplies for the isolated men. "Light at the Edge of the World," a National General Pictures release in Panavision and Eastmancolor. Produced by Kirk Douglas and directed by Kevin Billington from a screenplay by Tom Rowe based on the novel by Jules Verne. Presented at Showcase Theaters. Running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes. MPAA rating: GP (All admitted parental guidance suggested). Denton Kirk Douslas Kongre Yul Brynner Arabella Virgtlio Captain Moriz Montefiore Felipe Samantha Eggar Jean Claude Drouot Fernando Rev Renato Salvatori Massimo Ranieri Enter the evil force, Yul Brynner, pirate with a crew of machete wielding cutthroats, to murder the keepers and take over the lighthouse to wreck boats and grab loot. Denton is left to hide on the rock and in the sea, just to live, he says, until he gets mad at the pirate and takes it upon himself to defend the island and rid it of the bad men. According to Verne and the movie, it can be done and is. KIRK DOUGLAS was serious, I'm sure, screening the Verne tale but adults didn't take it seriously at the screening I saw. Taking charge of the island, Yul Brynner looks into the camera, talking to an unseen person, and says, in his "The King and I" accent, "Let me introduce myself." That did it. The audience howled with laughter and resumed the hilarity every time he opened his mouth. In a giddy mood, they laughed at Samantha Eggar's proper speech of an English lady, survivor of a shipwreck. Nobody seemad to mind, except Kirk Douglas, when she chose Brynner instead of him. But they didn't laugh at Kirk's American accent or his acting, which is so good I wished he had used his time, energy and talent on something for a larger audience. Violence Marks 'Hunting Party' Sex and violence have become the formula for today's westerns and "The Hunting Party" t the Victoria and 86th St. East is no exception. Violent enough to start your stomach into doing push-ups, it repetitious- ly focuses closely on every gaping wound. Filmed in Spain, the shootings begin when Oliver Reed, heading a group of gunslingers, kidnaps a teacher (Candice Bergen) because he wants to learn to read. That a gunslinger would take it into his head to advance his education while en route to TELL IT LIKE IT IS i wanot By DUNAGIN PON0T FEEP THE BEAK T1 Orliwlo 9 -Mir. 7-7 L rcTfrv in III cr f VRrrM f V a range war is really iar-fetched. But then, there would have been no story otherwise. GENE HACKMAN, who is married to the kidnapped lady, pursues them with a posse of rich friends equipped with high-powered rifles that pick off the men one by one like beasts. In the meantime, the lady has fallen in love with her captor. Miss Bergen spends most of her time weeping, nursing the wounded, making love or almost getting raped, which keeps her pretty busy. The cast is good in their roles and director Don Medford keeps the action going, but it's not a western for everyone. You have to be pretty blood-thirsty to enjoy it. Ann Guarino "The Hunting Party," a United Artists release in De-Luxe Color. Produced by Lou Morheim and directed by Don Medford from a screenplay by William Norton, Gilbert Alexander and Morheim. Presented at the Victoria and 86th St. East Theaters. Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes. MPAA rating: R (Restricted under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian). THE CAST: Frank Calder Oliver Reed Melissa Ruger Candice Bergen Brandt Ruger Gene Hackman Matthew Gunn Simon Oakland Watt Nelson Ronald Howard Doc Harrison Mitrhpii Ryan Hog Warren L.Q. Jones Loring William Watson Ken Russell's 'Devils' Is Anti-Religious Film By ANN GUARINO Ken Russell's latest film, "The Devils" at the Fine Arts Theater, though said to be based on historical fact could not be more anti-Catholic in tone or more sensationalized in treatment. UNDER RUSSELL'S fine hand, the basic story of a neurotic hump-backed nun who accuses a secretly married Jesuit priest of sorcery and debacuhery is dressed up to show all members of the church as hypocrites. The priests are womanizers, fanatics or politicians. The nuns are frustrated, sexually-starved individuals who are easily influenced. The setting is Loudon, France, in the 17th Century when people were hell-bent on destroying witchcraft, even accusing the innocent of eonsort'ng with the devil. The priest falls a victim of the times and is burned at the stake. ACTING IS competent with Oliver Reed as the hapless priest, Vanessa Redgrave as the accuser he never met and Dudley Sutton as Richelieu's agent bent on destroying the priest. Russell has embroidered the tale with sexual fantasies. One sequence is in particular bad taste. Miss Redgrave imagines Reed a? Christ coming off his "the Devils," a Warner Bros, release in Panavision and Technicolor. Produced by Robert H. Solo and Ken Russell and directed by Russell from a screenplay by Russell based on the play by John Whiting and the book by Aldous Huxley. Presented at the Fine Arts Theater. Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes. 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