The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 17, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 17, 1954
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SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1954 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) OOTOTER NEWS Ike's TV Manner Largely Work Of Actor, Producer Montgomery PAGETHRfcE By DOUGLAS LARSEN NEA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON (fl - Movie actor Robert Montgomery sat slumped in a chair j n the rear of a white House conference room. Thinner, grayer hair and slightly more weight were the only apparent changes in the man who reached film Same in the '30s as a jaunty, sophisticated young man. He watched intently as President Eisenhower warmed up on his talk to a group of businessmen. Suddenly Ike arose and continued talking in front of his desk with increased earnestness an<J force. Montgomery noticed that the listeners edged up on their chairs and became even more absorbed in Ike's words. That same afternoon Montgomery had a conference with White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty. He pointed out that Ike spoke most effectively while on his feet. Further, the movie actor explained, TV camera angles and lighting could be used to maximum advantage with the President standing, and speaking without a prepared text. Hagerty, Montgomery and Murray Snyder, assistant White House j to know Montgomery through IN WHITE HOUSE TV ROOM, actor Robert Montgomery (left) and Murray Snyder, assistant press secretary, plan TV tactics. relations for Gov. Thomas E. performer, Montgomery points out, Dewey's campaign in 1948 he got is Ike's greater ease and confiden- press officer, kicked the idea around and then asked the President what he thought about making his next TV speech an ad lib presentation. Ike told them that he had been thinking for some time about making a talk which would try to dispel numerous fears he felt existed in the public mind and that this would fit in fine witfi a kind of informal presentation. There you have the background on the Ike speech on fear, hailed by the public and by professional TV people as one of the most effective televised talks ever made by a public figure. Montgomery insists on playing down his own Bart in helping to improve Ike's TV appearances. "The President is an extremely forceful, convincing and sincere man," he says. "No tricks or gimmicks could possibly improve these qualities; The most that numerous personal appearances ce before the cameras. Ike obviously now enyops making TV talks, about the actor made in the behalf of the as well as .former President Roose- anyone could do is to keep physical paraphernalia of a the TV production from interfering with the best projection of his personality." . Everything Montgomery has done for Ike's TV performances has been simply in the directing of permitting Ike to be as much like his natural self as possible. GOP cause. Around the first of this year Hagerty asked Montgomery to lend a hand on White House TV problems, feeling that they weren't getting quite the professional touch needed. Montgomery obliged quickly and willingly. He refused any pay. In a few weeks Montgomery had establisehd just the right height for Ike's lectern. He had lights to minimize the glare from Ike's bald head and emphasize the fine features of his face. Dee had become shy of mechanical prompting devices when one got stuck on him during the last convention. Montgomery demonstrated to Ike how such a device .could be used properly and effectively when a speech had to be read. Despite "the tremendous success of the ad lib "fear" talk, speeches involving- carefully worded policy will continued to be read. Varying degrees of make-up had been tried on Ike for the TV cameras before Montgomery arrived. Now practically none is used and Ike looks better than ever, critics agree. Ike likes it better, too. Not the least factor In the Presi- i When Haggerty handled press dent's great improvement as a TV velt relished his "fireside chats." "Tonic TaiK," is the title the White House staff hung on Ike's ad lib speech. Montgomery uses all the tricks] of a really professional TV producer in his handling of the mechanical side of the White House productions His calm, assured air has helped eliminate the tension which used to be generated in the White House TV room just prior to the President's appearances. He'll adjust a light at the last minute, drawl a final word of instruction to the cameraman and 'remind Ike of the timing of the speech just before he goes on the air. s Standing behind the camera during the talk he'll give the President a brief signal every once in a while to maybe change a gesture or to watch the clock. Montgomery's TV know-how has put him in great demand by all the cabinet members, He helps them with their TV problems as much as his two or three days per week in Washington permit. Then he rushes to New York to handle his own show or attend a meeting of of which he's a member, which he's a member. INDO-CHINA-The World's Oldest War ,^T •"—-— ™ —~^w^M^a^^ U&sj Boo stoyed » lildo-Climo only o y eQ r. He then retumcdhj France for a jnonHT* "\pcation" virh his wife and family at tticir swank villa n«or Cannes, on tte Rj y ; cra g ut rhc » mont h« sfreftched into three, despite government urging to return to his post. In the fall of 1950, there w a > o stormy visit from Gen. Alphonse Juin. Boo went bock to Indo Chine. The U. S. backed Boo Doi's regime. Planes, trucks, tanks and other war materiel were sent. Millions of dollars were earmarked for civil and military aid to Viet Nam. French colonial troops hod always ruled the military roost in Indo- China. What native troops there were were auxiliaries of the French forces, commanded by French officers. A start was made toward organizing an efficient fighting force of Viet Namcse. These units were commanded by native officers, a move to instill much- ncedc-d esprit dc corps. By BOB THOMAS LAS VEGAS, Nev. W—Let's take a trip on the Strip . . . Every night is carnival night on he Las Vegas Strip, which has 10 imes the glitter and glamor of the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. So ve'll tour the spots and talk to ome of the world's highest paid hills (definition: those hired to induce gambling). First stop is the Sahara, which s a symbol of the town's boom. new wing is being started, douB- ing t e number of rooms. And hat still won't be enough to ac- ommodate the crowdr Clever Comic Starring at the Sahara are the Ames brothers, a towering quartet of clever singers, and George Gobel, who looks more like a graduate student in anthropology than a comic. But he's a very funny man. NBC must think so, having signed him for five years for his own show, which may start in the fall. He'll fly to Fort Worth Sunday to do the Comedy Hour. "I sang and played" the guitar on radio in Chicago before the war," George tells us. "I was n parlor comedian, but never told a Joke on the air. But when I was in the Army—I flew B26s—I i Rot a chance to do some comedy. I've been doing it ever since." We move on to the Desert; Inn where Patti Page is headlining. Say. there's a cute dish! With a few pounds shelved, she could rival Doris Day in the movie sweepstakes. Next, to the Sands to watch Mary Healy and Peter Lind Hayes, married performers who complement each other beautifully. We go backstage, making our way through the showgirls. We find the Hayeses as happy togeth- er offstage as on. I ask them about their movie, "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T." Some folks like myself enjoyed it, but the film flopped. "The title was bad." explains Mary. "People thought it was a horror picture, instead of a wonderful fantasy. But we hear Columbia is going to get a new title and bring; it back again. It still might make money." StlH Jumping- It's 2:30 a.m., but the Strip Is still jumping. So let's hcnd for the late show at the Last Frontier's Silver Slipper. This is the favorite meeting- place of a the show people in town, thanks largely to an outrageous comic named Hank. Henry He's a product of the Borscht Circuit, the upstjitc New York resorts that spawned Danny Kaye. Sid Caesar, etc. Some day the movies or TV will discover Hank, who could be another Wally Beery. We drop backstage to see the guest star at the Silver Slipper. Buster Keaton. Morose-faced as ever, he tells of his recent troubles in Europe, where n producer tried to attach his belongings. "It was my agent's fault." he Said. "I was booked two places at once. When the case came up, I was given a woman lawyer, who figured it would be smart if I pleaded I was broke." He says he isn't. He doesn't have the fortune ho earned In the silent films: divorce settlements took that. But he has been working- steadily, some in TV, but mostly abroad. W A 11 N I N G ORDER Victoria Snliba. is warned to appear in the Chancery Court for the Chickasitwba District of Mississippi County, Arkansas, within thirty j days after the date hereof, to answer a complaint filed against her in said court by George M. Lee and Marcus Evrnrd, as trustee. Dated this 26th day of March, 1954. SEAL GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk. By VIRGINIA WALTERS. D.C, Marcus Evrard, Atty. for Pltfs. Jesse Taylor. Atty. Ad Litem. First helicopter, with rotors made of gull feathers ,was "flight- tested" in 1796. according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. tuaranteet Watch Cleaning 36 $5 50 Hour < Service Watch is completely disassembled, machine cleaned, pivots polished, hairspring: adjusted. THOMPSON Jewelers 114 W. MAIN Next Door to Wade. Flint No. 6 fa i serfe of RMBE CRBATVRB* OLD LOOK (LEFT) AND NEW: Behind the Camera, a brief signal from Robert Montgomery. RAZORBACK DRIVE IN -EASTER DINNER SPECIAL- faster Colored Baby Chicks To the First 100 Children Having Dinner With their Families at the Razorback. -CHILD'S PLATE 40c— $125 EASTER MENU $125 APPETIZER: CREAM'OF MUSHROOM SOUP, TOMATO SAUCE CHOICE OF MEAT: ROAST YOUNG TOM TURKEY, OLD FASHIONED DRESSING BAKED VIRGINIA HAM WITH PINEAPPLE SAUCE ROAST SIRLOIN OF BEEF WITH BRQWN GRAVY CHOICE OF 2 VEGETABLES: BUTTERED PEAS AND CARROTS FRESH CORN ON THE COB FRESH ASPARAGUS SPEARS WITH SNOWFLAKE POTATOES THE STANDING PAT has one leg to stand on—and figures that's enough! Deviled Egg Salad Rice Pudding TRY OUR SPECIAL TELEVISION TAKE HOME PACKAGES The STANDING PAT is a manufacturer who begins things vigorously. That's all. Begins. He never finishes a race because his getaway looks .good enough. And he won't dance the two-step because the one-step seems plenty. He uses a burst of newspaper advertising to introduce a product —then sits back complacently while his sales slow down to a walk. Fortunately the STANDING PAT is a rare creature. Most wise manufacturers who gain one success realize that continued-use of newspapers will produce more of the same. Which is why newspaper advertising, a local power, has become a national habit among national advertisers. No wonder national advertising in newspapers showed a 12.8% gain over the year before! All business is local...and to are aR newspapers! Tib prep»rW If MJWEAU OF ADVERTISING, American Newspaper TMUhtn AMOC|»(|MI BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS

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