The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 25, 1950 · Page 6
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The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle from Milwaukee, Wisconsin · Page 6

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Friday, August 25, 1950
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August 25, 1950 6 THE WISCONSIN JEWISH CHRONICLE OUR FILM FOLK Coprrihl, 1B50, JTA) By LEON CUTTERMAN Lron Oullrrman Paramount' s "New Pioneers" Is Excellent and Honest Documentary of Israel Life and Times Several weeks ago Adolph Zukor, Paramount S:udios board chairman, took the unprecedented step of writing a personal letter to more than 200 of the country's top motion picture theatre exhibitors on behalf of an Israel - produced two - reelcr entitled "The New Pioneers." Zukor was so impressed with the film that he asked the exhibitors to attend screenings and let him know their personal reactions. Wrote Zukor: "I just saw in our projection room here a two-reel short subject so unique and interesting that I am writing to you to suggest that you personally screen it. "The picture is called 'The New Pioneers.' It deals in a fresh, honest and most entertaining way with a vital subject of international interest. It offers no theories or lessons but is primarily about ordinary human beings leading extraordinary lives. Immediately after screening the picture, we took it on for distribution and plan to release it arlv thic fall Aftpr vnn caa Thn 1 D;nnnnH,i T fhinlr vnn will aortA uith ma m-jf ; ; ikn . of exceptional product needed in the theatres to . impress audiences today. I would be very much interested in learning your personal reaction." So wrote veteran picture-maker Zukor to the theatre operators of America. Flnestone Arranges Exclusive Preview And when Paramount Studio's brilliant vountf nublicist and ardent Israel booster, Al Finestone, called this columnist and Edwarde F. Perlson, managing editor of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, for an exclusive preview of the picture, we were more than eager to see ii. Personally, I think Showman Zukor under-rated the film, for ane iNew noneers is more tnan just an "exceptional product needed in theatres to impress audiences today." It is a courageous, understanding study dealing with the progress of Israel since it became an independent nation. It was produced by Baruch Dienar and Richard Czinner and directed by Dienar under great technical difficulties. The film has no actors in the conventional sense, being the story of what is taking place in Israel today. It features Arthur Jioizman, newspaper and radio correspondent in the role of Kennedy, an American newspaperman assigned to Israel. The excellent documentary treatment gives "The New Pioneers" a realism that the sincerity and simplicity of a fine narration written by Samuel Newman intensifies. Memorably convincing is the picture of the inspiring part that Israel can have in American life. This is a deeply moving and deeply appealing motion picture. 'The New Pioneers" is at once entertaining and inspiring, combining gentle humor and pathos in a story narration which is as truly American as is the newspaperman assigned to cover the Holy Land. Commendable restraint has been shown by Oaruch Dienar in the direction; this story of a people's spiritual courage and determination could so easily have become saccharine and unconvincing. People Reverently Portrayed It is interesting to note also that never has a people been more reverently presented than in this simply-portrayed film. Settings and costumes are simple and honest, and the enthusiastic cast of non-prt fessioiii,ls enact their roles naturally and t-inccrely. The music score composed and conducted by Charles Koff, incorporating compositions by Mark Labry, Israel's foremost modern composer, is exquisite, majestic!. Ily beautiful. Although "The New Pioneers" was made as a purely instructive and educational film, far from any desire to show political aspects, politics did creep in. After the American Embassy and its offi-cial automobile had been photographed, piodaccr-dircctor Dienar decided to do the same with the Russian legation, and its car; chiefly for the reason that the two embassies, as is the in all the world today, represent the two chief antagonistic forces. While everything went smoothly naturally in the case of the U. S. Embassy, no end of trouble developed with the representation ol the Soviet Union. When Dienar and his cameraman, Jack Jonilo-wicz, set up their equipment in front of the USSH legation, three highly excited representatives of the Soviet Union came running: "What are you trying to do here'.'" Dienar courteously explained his intentions. "A higher authority will have to decide on that." they exclaimed, i.nd instantly the film director found himself within the Legation. A number of diplomats of vari ous levels engaged in pros and cons on Dienar's strange desire, which, to them, was a veiled attack upon the Iron Curtain, and some of them commuted between the Ambassador's office and other offices. While all this activity was simmering actually, the USSK Legation was immensely perturbed Dienar had a perfect opportunity to study every single feature in the "igantic portrait of Stalin that covers one entire wall in the office of the Soviet Legation. Whenever he tried to rise and leave the ;-oom getting more and more disgusted with the situa- tii n as time went on a giant miard would quickly step in front of the door, thus preventing Die- ncr s "escape. Itn.u,lan Legation Not Actors Finally, one of the higher diplomats, ci'me back with the follow-inii mess.'ge: "Sorry, but we cannot possibly accommodate you. You see, we of the Russian Legation, we are diplomats . . . not actors!" since Cameraman Jo-nilowii-z hi d remained outside during the negotiations, one, on close observation, might notice an automobile with the Star and Sickle over the license plate in one of the scenes. The producers not only had to fil'.ht Russia on Israel's territory; in one particular instance they had to fight the Israel Government, too, as far as its Parliament was concerned. Th;1 Sergeant-at-Arms of the Knesset looked with immense disfavor upon Dienar and his cievv. "To "shoot with a motion picture camera" inside the Knesset was unheard of. The main argument was: "They won't even permit a thing like that in London.'" So the producers argued until, at long last, they got permission to bring in a "very, very small camera . . . too small to be seen, and absolutely noiseless." Dienar obeyed, and with that small camera he and his cameraman took all the shots they could get from their assigned place. But, after all, closer shots were needed, and the Sergeant-at-Arms remained adamant. Behind the Curtain So the director and his cameraman, in an unguarded moment, sneaked behind the big curtain that hangs behind the speaker's stand, and a small hole was quick ly cut into that sacred piece of equipment . . . just large enough for the lens to pass through. The camera started to work . . . but it wasn't so completely noiseless. The speaker on the stand turned his head in unspeakable amazement. Then the Sergeant-at-Arms got busy, running to and fro all over the house to get to the source of that forbidden noise. By the time he reached the right spot, there was no director, no cameraman, no camera. There was only the hole ir. the curtain. Next morning the Palestine Post carried a headline: "Peeping Tom in Knesset." Every man, woman and child in America should make a point of seeing "The New Pioneers," for not only is this a heart-warming picture, but it somehow radiates the same vitality, the ami; human emotions, the same captivating charm as the people of Israel. Ad jectives fail to describe this stellar cinema classic, achieved by a simple, true-to-life, unglamorized presentation. (Copyright, 1950) p" " : - '.'-'-"' .-1 v'? yptyaysy iww I W'" " . ' ,f't'S'S'''','' ''''' Bloodmobile for Israel NEW YORK CITY Judge Benjamin Shalleck, co-chairman of the American Red Mogen David, turns over the keys to a mobile blood unit to Cila Gordon, secretary, and Mordechai Punianski, executive director of the Mogen David Adorn in Israel. The bloodmobile Is one of two machines now en route to Israel to help the first aid agency establish a self - sufficient blood plasma program. Hub Fans to Honor Sid Gordon at Braves' Field Festivities, Sept. 24 Milton Katz to Succeed Harriman in UN Post WASHINGTON. (JTA) Ambasador Milton Katz, special United States representative in Europe, who recently succeeded W. Averell Harriman in that post, was named by President Truman to serve as American representative on the Economic Commission for F.urope. a subdivision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In this new post Mr. Katz would also succeed Mr. Harriman, now serving as President Truman's coordinator of foreign policy. I rrmrrmn rm m'trv Vl , W - bretaigne win oust .x.r,.:.":.'0.:; "Der Neue Stuermer" Confiscated by Police MUNICH, (JTA) German police authorities confiscated the first issue of "Der Neue Stuermer," a publication edited by Hans Jakob. The new newspaper published in its first issue a cartoon depicting the United States as leading in preparations for a third world war and listing the leaders of the Bt-nn government as "traitors of the German people." "Der Stuermer" was the name of the Nazi Party's notoriously anti-Semitic mouthpiece, which was issued by Julius Streicher. BOSTON (Special) Sid Gordon, slugging Boston Braves outfielder, will be given a day by his many fans at Braves Field on Sunday, September 24. As an added attraction for his friends in the New York area, the Gordon Day game will find the Braves playing the Giants. The event is being sponsored by a group of organizations headed by the local lodges of the Knights of Pythias, B'nai B'rith and the fast-growing Sid Gordon Fan Club of Boston. Gordon, who is a member of B'nai B'rith, is one of the most popular Boston Braves players. His potent bat has kept the Braves in the thick of the National League pennant fight. A native of Brooklyn, Gordon came to organized baseball after being signed by Casey StengeK He played in the Delaware Shore League where he was chosen as the most valuable player after batting .352. In 1939 he was in the Three-Eye League where he hit .327. As a result of this record, his contract was purchased by Jersey City of the International League. His outstanding performance in 1940 helped the Jersey City Club to win the International League pennant. His baseball career was interrupted by World War II and he served with the Coast Guard for two years before returning to organized baseball and the New York Giants. While with the Giants, he was an outstanding slugger and he has maintained his heavy batting for the Braves since coming to Boston this year. He quickly won the support of fans who organized the S.d Gordon Fan Club, headed by Isaac Jackson of 77 Bedford street, Boston. James Baumstein is chairman of the Sid Gordon Day Committee. New Reform Temple in Johannesburg Opened JOHANNESBURG, S. Africa (JTA) The opening of the new Reform Temple Shalom center was marked here in ceremonies attended by Mayor Jack Mincer, Rabbi M. C. Weiler, spiritual leader of the United Jewish Reform congregation, under whose auspices the new temple was erected, and Dr. William Nicol, administrator for the Transvaal. Tribute to the congregation's members for the "sacrifices which they made to achieve the fine new edifice" was paid by Dr. Nicol while Mayor Mincer lauded Rabbi Weiler's leadership in the Reform movement in this country. Leaders of 'he South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zionist Federation also spoke at the dedication exercises. Canadian Jewry Endorse Policy on Korea MONTREAL (JTA) The Jewish community of Canada has strongly endorsed the declaration of Canadian policy on Korea in a telegram which Samuel Bronfman, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, sent to Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent. MISTAKEN NOTION No. 1 think that a porcupine can throw its quills. i ' "cm n A porcupine can mertly brittl. MISTAKEN NOTION No. 2 think that the pric of residential electricity is the same or higher than it was ten years ago. "3583 03 that the average price of residential electricity is now 15 less than ten years ago. Sometimes you heir folks say ' Why is my electric bill higher if the cost of electricity is lower?" Chances arc, they are looking at only half the picture. They are looking at the amount of money only. Look at the other half. Look at the kilowatt-hours. See how much more electricity .you are using. Many homes now use twice as much as ten years ago but the fact is they are paying an average of 15'.o l.-ss per kilowatt hour than ten years ago. 8 2 H ICUA-50 I f. i,i-c,'t ' V. I I SPORTS WORLD -By Haskell Cohen . Sand to Coach? Pending approval from City College, Bobby Sand, assistant basketball coach at that institution, has been appointed to mastermind the team which it is hoped will be sent to Israel. Bobby will have an associate coach Martin L. Cohen, manager of Local 105, and former president of the Basketball Fraternity of New York City. Cohen has been active in New York basketball activities for several years. After having played at the University of Delaware, he coached the local 102 team in New Jewish Stars May Some Day Defend Davis Cup This is the time of the year when everybody's attention is centered on the Davis Cup tennis matches. As usual in the past few years the United States defends its title once again against the onslaught' of a strong Australian group, but for the first time in many years several Jewish players were considered good enough to participate in pre-final matches. Herbie Flam, Dick Savitt and Vic Seixas were among the boys who were asked to round our team into shape. matler of a year or two before the likes of Herbie Flam, intercollegiate champion, Dick Savitt or possibly Vic Seixas and Sam Match break into the Davis Cup picture. Gardnar Mulloy, Billy Talbert and Ted Schroeder aren't getting any youngei and Schroeder has indicated that his business duties will eventually force him to retire from international competition. Mulloy at thirty-six has seen his best days and must yield to youth very shortly. Savitt and Sid Schwartz of the University of Miami have teamed up in doubles matches and have been going fairly well, indicating that in the future these two may break into the limelight as one of the better American combinations. It's true that Savitt and Schwartz fell in the national doubles tennis championship matches before Harry Hopman, 44-year-old non-playing captain of the Australian Davis Cup team, and Seymour Greenberg of Chicago, but these kids are young and are on the way up and figure to get better as they learn to play with each other. Flam beat Schroeder twice this year on clay courts and possesses the strokes plus the intelligence necessary for big-time international play. At one time it was difficult lor Jewish tennis players to enter tournaments due to various discriminatory practices on the part of clubs sponsoring these tournaments. This discrimination has been broken in recent years and the tendency is to invite all play ers, regardless of race and creed. Sid Celebrates With 2 HiU Sid Gordon, husky, slugging baseball star of the Boston Braves, celebrated his thirty-second birthday the other day with two lusty hits. The Braves are very much in the running for the National League pennant and many experts predict that the three-man pitching staff of Spahn, Sain, and Bick-ford will carry the Beantown aggregation into the loop title by pitching every game during the month of September. Despite the fact that money has been very slow in coming in, members of the Maccabiah Committee are going ahead with plans foi-fhipping the United States Jewish Olympic Team to Israel the latter part of September. York City and went ahead later to handle the reins of the New York Gothams in the American League. Rothenberg to Knickerbockers Evidently the New York Knickerbockers are beginning to get worried over the drafting of players. They are making every attempt to line up basketball material and, in a late move, re-acquired Irv Rothenberg, 6'8" pivot-man who asked to be released last year so that he could play with Patterson, New Jersey, in the American League. At Patterson Irv acquired considerable savvy and fire. He is no longer the timid boy he used to be and is given an excellent chance of making the Knickerbocker roster. (Copyright, 1950, JTA) Charge Israel Biased Against Private Trade TEL AVIV (JTA) Charges that private enterprise is being discriminated against in Israel were voiced here at a conference called by the General Merchants Association, attended by 200 delegates representing about 20,000 merchants throughout the Jewish state. Speakers at the conference strongly criticized the present rationing system. The president of the Association charged the Ministry of Supply with giving preference to commercial establish-" ments maintained by the Hista-drut, Israel's Federation of Labor. He also said that the government is "disregarding the principle of fair distribution of commodities for private trade and industry." so tun 7JYi Have WHAT you vtiiiii VIII. von wanf it tviili llosion .Store "(pOod-ntt-Cash" Shopping Checks 1 1 k re's I low TIm'v Work! Step 1 Mrs. Hancock, just married, wants many things for her new kitchen. She gets WO in Shopping CIIKCKS on our Seventh Floor . . . no down payment and months to pay! Step 2 She can spend all her CIIKCKS today or whenever she wants. She pays only ").:.' a month and the first payment will not he tlue for a full .'50 days! stop :i As Mrs. Hancock makes her first ."..'W payment, the cashier gives her ." in new CIIKCKS; next month the same thing will happen!' Mrs. Hancock always has CIIKCKS! Shopping Checks Desk, Seventh Floor

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