The Times from San Mateo, California on December 14, 1967 · Page 21
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The Times from San Mateo, California · Page 21

San Mateo, California
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Thursday, December 14, 1967
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jBbbbbbV wiViTTiHimiiiiiimmi iiiiiiiiciiiiiiiiiiiriiitiiniNiniiiniiiiiiiiiiriiu ! THE MARQUEE i warn l Bv Barbara Bladen tZM Barbara Bladen Is on Vacation By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) - "When I turned 60, I thought i wao wn&neu - up, inai noDoay wouia want to nire me And now I've got more offers of iobs than ever before! " Such is the position of Groucho Marx, the irreverent elder statesman of American comedy who refused to act ins age, which is 72. Among the offers which most appeal to him: 1. A series of interviews for Public Broadcast Laboratory; 2. A nightly news commentary on television with Goodman Ace and Groucho as a wacky Huntley - Brinkley; 3. A syndicated series of five - minute television tapes with Groucho grousing about contemporary customs. These projects cast Groucho in his latter - dav role as the satric sage, the commentator with sharp aim at pomposity and human folly. That is how todav's generation knows him. Those who hark back to the "mad musical comedies of the Marx Brothers saw the master in his fine old form last night on NBC's Kraft Music Hall. Groucho was host and performer on a special called "A Taste of Funny," and he performed in his classic ruiea as uapiain tjpaulding and Dr. Hackenbush. He sang,he danced, he loped about the stage like a lecher ous fox. His performance proved a revelation to young - aLCia wiiu juiuw nun uiuy as me acia quizmaster. Groucho is no mossback who vearns for the good old days of vaudeville; he has reiterated that the general run of comedy in vaudeville was pretty corny and tired. He does claim that humor has fallen upon bad uiues in leceni years, ana ne onered Jus reason lor the decline. "The laugh track," he declared. "Those phony, recorded laughs on television comedies have done more to destroy comedy than anything else. The laugh track has made it too easy for writers. Thev no longer have to struggle to write funny material. Thev know that if a ,inke doesn't go over, it can be covered with a laugh track." Groucho found something else to deplore in the comedy field: the use of off - color material bv younger comics. He cited Buddy Hackett as a consistent offender. "He doesn't need it." Groucho declared. "Buddy is a brilliant monologuist who can convulse an audience without using blue material. I've told him this and asked him why he does it. He says. 'I've got it inside me, and I have to let it out.' I don't understand that at all. "To me the best of the new comedians is Shecky Green; he is a comedian's comedian. And except for ani occasional line, he doesn't use dirtv material. That! shows it can be done." UN MATCO TIMf AND PAIL.Y NfW ICACIft THEATRE WORLD Tliiiriday, DecHnbw 14, 1967 Un Mileo - 21 Broadway Banter by Gaver By JACK GAVER NEW YORK (UPI) - Ten of the 20 productions of the first portion of the 1967 - 6B season had closed by the time the halfway mark was reached. The only one to have a re spectable run was "The Un known Soldier and His Wife by Peter Ustinov which openod iast July at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center and then transferred to the George Abbott Theatre in the Broadway district. It achieved a total of 95 performances but the trade pa - per Variety estimated that it lost f 125,000. Others that lost out, some running less than a week, were: "Dr. Cook's Garde," "Keep It in the Family." "Song of the Grasshopper," "A Minor Ad - jus tm en t," "Johnny No - Trump," "After the Rain," Daphne in Cottage D, "The Triaf of Lee Harvey Oswald" and "The Ninety - Day Mistress." There are 20 productions cur - 1 rently. listed for premieres during the rest of the season. There probably will be others announced during the next couple of months, after whicti it wi'l bei time to start planning for next season. Anne Jackson and husband Eli Wallach are both scheduled for Broadway again this s but not as a team, as is usually (he case. Miss Jackson is scheduled for assignment a two - character "The Staircase." The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre at Stratford Conn., has announced that its productions for the fourteenth season, during the summer of 1968, will be: Shakespeare's "As You Like It," "Love's Labour's Unusual Golf In New Film Anyone out for a game of night golf on the executive course maintained by the Home Insurance Company of New York in Great Barrington, Mass., was in for a bit of a sur prise after the production company of 20th Centcry - Fox's "She Let Him Continue turned the eighth hole into a lover's lane. Parting the bushes in quest of a lost ball would have brought a er smack up against stars Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld staging a passionate love scene before the cameras for the Marshal Backlar - Noel Black production. Italians Are Out Rustling U,S. Westerns By M3RNON SCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - J Head 'em off at the pass, Gi useppe," - the Italians are rustling the traditional Hollywood staple, trie western. Horse operas are bigger in Italy than grand opera. Ed Byrnes, television's Kook - le in the defunct "77 Sunset Strip" series, recently returned from the land of lasagnia. He starred in three cowboy shoot - em - ups. and he knows. "The Italians have a flare for westerns," says he. "But they're wilder than the old wild west. "Sometimes I was lucky to es cape witamy irte. In one scene Edd was to touch off a fuse with a cigar. He fol lowed instructions and the fuse blew up in his face, setting his hair afire and singing off his eyebrows. Luckily the scene was on the bank of a lake, into which Byrnes hastily jumped. "They don't have special ef fects experts there like they do in Hollywood" he explained "When the script calls for them to blow up a cabin, they really blow it. up with dynamite. They load their six - shooters all copies of American guns with fuiiy loaded blanks. In Hollywood we only use quarter loads. "When you fire a gun people can get hurt easily at close range. So you ve cot to keen oucKing or get powder burned In another instance our hero was almost kilJed by a pack of runaway horses. "I thought it was fust a re hearsal." Byrnes recalled. "But I found myself in the middle of' a tield with nothing to hide behind when a dozen horses came thundering at me. I had to run tor my lite." Byrnes has nothing but praise for his Italian directors who were the only members of the crew who spoke English. "It's a rough life for the norses. though." he sighed "They don t train them. When horses are supposed to fall, they jusi artacn a wire to their and down they go. You can lose a lot of horses that way." Byrnes, like Clint (Rawhide Eastwood.) found that his television series paved the way fDr Italian adoration. He was given the full star treatment. "I love it over there," he said. "They give me parts that would go to Paul Newman in this country. And the money is terrific as long as you" have it deposited in a bank." Edd made a fourth, non - western, picture while he was there and plans to return to rope for another contemporary picture after the first of the year. Big parts: Lee Mervin will make his singing debut when he stars in "Paint Your Wagon" for Paramount . . . Nick Adams: has signed to star in "The Kill er" filming in Mexico City next week , , , Jimmy Stewart will pop up as a guest star with Dean Martin next month. Most Thankless Screen Role The award for the year's "most thankless role" will probably go to William Windom. cast in the role of Colin Maclver in 20th Century - Fox's "The Detective," the film adaptation of Roderick Thorp's best - selling novel starring Frank Sinatra, now finishing shooting in Hollywood, Abby Man's screenplay for the Panavision and DeLuxe Color drama - profiles Maclver as a "twice - married latent homosexual who commits a mutilation murder, engages in a swindle of land in urban poverty areas, and finally commits suicide by jumping off the grandstand roof of a race - track." Some guys just can't win at all. Lost" and "Othello" and Bernard Shaw's "Androcles and the Lion." Next spring's student audience schedule will begin on March 18. Preview performances for the regular program begin April 2Y, and the offi cial seasonal opening will be in mid - June. The A PA Repertory Company began its season at the Lyceum Theatre with Michel de Ghelde - rode's i:P a n t a g 1 e i z e" and George Kelly's "The Show - Off,"; which will be the only items or! the schedule through January 2 At that time Ionesco's "Exit the King" will be added to the list Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" will be introduced March 19. There will be some performances of past successes before the AFA season ends June ' but there has been no de cision as to which they will be. Frank D. Gilroy, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his "The Sub ject Was Roses," will have a third go at Broadway this season with "The Onlv Game in Town." The nlavu riser's "TW mer That Fall" was a quick lOSer ast season Priup frt "Roses," he had some off - Broadway success with "Who'll Save the Plowboy?" The new play will be pro duced by Edgar Lansbury, who presented tiiiroy's two previous Broadway dramas. Dan Petrie, who directed the off - Broadway play, will stage "The Only Game in Town." 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