The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 13, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 13, 1954
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.* COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE Everyone Pitched in To Do Movie Classic 'Birth of a Nation EDITOR'S SOTE — Just 40 years ago, D. W. Griffith was finishing up "The Birth of a Nation," which was to prove Ihe most important as well as the most controversial film in the history of the movies. It raised the movies to the status of an industry. In a three-part series, Bob Thomas reviews the facts and legends concerning the film. By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Three old friends met in the MGM commissary for lunch. The last time they had all been together was 40 years ago when they appeared m The Birth of a Nation." One was Lfilian Gish, as sweet- faced as when she played Elsie Stoneman in the D. W. Griffith classic. One of the original stars at MOM, she had returned for the first time in 26 years to play in "The Cobweb." Another was Mae Marsh, who scored as Flora, the little sister in "The Birth of a Nation." Still a lovely woman, she has remained active in films. She hadn't been on the MGM lot since 1918. The third member was Donald Crisp, London-born Oscar winner "How Green Was My Valley" and reputed to be fabulously wealthy. A filmster since 1909, he played U S. Grant in "Birth." The trio talked about their early days in lilms. Mostly they spoke of "The Birth of a Nation," which had changed their lives as well as the course of the industry. All went on to stardom. "I remember that everyone pitched in on the picture," said Miss Marsh. "I counted Mr. Griffith's right-hand man Bobby Herron in the picture five times—as a Southerner, a Northerner, a renegade and so forth. I was even in a cheering crowd at the end, after I had died in the picture. It was like that: We were stars one day and extras the next." "Never Extras" "Tut tut!" said Crisp. "We were never extras. We were stars." "Not on your life," countered Miss Gish. "Those of us from the stage didn't want star billing, ft was a disgrace to have it known we were working in the 'flickers.' " They had one thing in common: Their loyalty to Griffith. "Recently Charles Laughton directed his first picture and he did an amazing thing," said Miss Qish proudly. "He went to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and had them run all of Mr. Griffith's old films. He said he wanted to learn movie making from the master." "Isn't it too bad he never had a business sense?" said Miss Marsh. "He always took the money from one picture and put it into the next one." When Griffith died at 73 in 1948, he left an estate of less than $50,000. This was despite the millions he had made as a director. Last Years Crisp talked of Griffith's last years, which were spent in neglect by the movie industry. The actor had spoken angrily when he addressed the film bigwigs who turned out for the funeral. •It is hard to believe that the industry could not have found some use for his great gifts in his later years," Crisp told the gathering. "There should have been a place for him in this town." The trio discussed a syndicate's plans to remake the epic. "It Would be a flop, like most remakes," said Miss Gish. One other "Birth of a Nation" actor is still prominent in films. That is Eaoul Walsh, who played John Wilkes Booth and sprained his leg in the leap from Lincoln's box. He has since become one of Hollywood's most successful directors ("High Sierra," "Capt. Horatio Hornblower"). "None of us knew the greatness of the picture we were working on," Walsh recalls. "But we all had an enormous faith in the old man." Tomorrow: How Griffith filmed his masterpiece. WARNING ORDER IN THE CHANCERY COURT, CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS Juanita Buck, Pltf. No. 12,870 vs. Lloyd Buck, Dft. The defendant, Lloyd Buck, is hereby warned to appear within thirty days in the court named in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Juanita Buck. Dated this 9th day of December, 1954. SEAL GERALDINE L1STON. Clerk. By DONNA SIMMONS, D. C. Claude P. Coopter, Atty. for Pltf. Ed B Coot, Atty. Ad Litem. 12/13-20-27-1/3 The Sixteenth Amendment, adopted early in 1913, gives Congress the power to levy income taxes. A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS When he heard the Spirit of Christmas Present prophesy Tiny Tim's death, Scroogewasseizedwith panic. "No, no," he cried. "Oh, no, kind Spirit! Soy he will be spared!" But Bob Crotchit's family was unmindful of the Spirifs prophecy. Generously, Bob proposed a toast to he miserly employer, Ebeneier Scrooge. Mrs. Cratchit refused to drink. At last she gene in. "I'll drink yout sake. Bob, and Hie Day's, wid. to his hcfltth foi not for his," she Briefs Are Filed By Laftimore's Attorneys Arguments Seek To Knock Out Indictment By KARL R. BAUMAN WASHINGTON (/Pi—Owen Lattimore's attorneys sought in court arguments today to knock out a new Uvo-count indictment against the controversial Far Eastern specialist. They contended in advance briefs that "the sole issue . . . would be Lattimore's opinion pf his opinions," but U. S. Dist. Atty. Leo A. Rover replied that the legal attack on the indictment "can be reduced to an objection to the mere fact that he was indicted.' The hearing sent Rover once more before Dist. Judge Luther W. Youngdahl, whom he had accused earlier in an affidavit of having "a fixed personal bias and prejudice" in favor of Lattimore and against the government. Youngdahl struck Rover's affidavit from the record as "scandalous" and refused to disqualify himself from hearing the case. The new indictment alleges that By RICHARD. J. SIN'NOTT WEST LEBANON, N. H. (XI — "Hello, Santa, can you near me? Thanks for all the gifts last year. Now this year . . ." Prom now until Christmas, telephone, operators all over the coun- Lattimore lied when he told the Senate Internal Security subcommittee in 1952 that he (1) had never been a follower of the Communist line and (2) had never been a promoter of Communist inter- It was returned after Judge Youngdahl had dismissed as too vague the key count of an earlier indictment which charged that Lattimore lied in denying that he was a Communist sympathizer or promoter of Red causes. The U. S. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal by an 8-1 vote, but reinstated two other counts which Youngdahl had thrown out. Lattimore has denied allegations of procommunlsm. Read Courier News Classified Ads Kiddles Can Now Call Santa For Sixth Consecutive Year Five Sisters Burn to Death In Bedroom BLTIMORE W)—Five sisters, left alone in their second-floor apartment for about 20 minutes, were burned to death last night when a flash fire trapped them in their bedroom. George Davis Jr., 6-yenr-old brother of the victims, suffered third-degree burns and suffocation. He was in serious condition at, South Baltimore General Hospital Firemen said the father, a Negro longshoreman, had left the house to go to a nearby restaurant. His wife Ruth, 26, was at a movie. Davis saw smoke when he arrived home after an absence of 20 minutes. His rescue attempts failed v;hen he was beaten back by intense flames and smoke. Ten minutes elapsed before firemen could enter the bedroom. Found dead were Mildred. 10, Hosetta, 4, wilhelmlna, 2. Palestina, 15 months, and Lula, 5 months. Flrmen said the fire started around a stove pipe in the grocery below the apartment. try will be challellng "calls for Santa Glaus" to big-hearted Joseph Schnnbier at his home here. This Is the sixth consecutive year that the 37-year-old Veterans Administration clerk has taken over tlio role of "St. Nick." Prom 6 until 9 p.m., EST, children can call the "North Pole" jiust by telling the telephone operator "1 want to talk to Santa Claus at West Lebanon. N. H." The operator will put through the call, providing Mommy or Daddy pays the voll charge. The 5-foot-6. 125-pound Schnnbier voluntt'ered to be Santa in 1948 when the nearby While River Junction. VI.. VF'VV post decided youngsters should have an opportunity Dangers of rlLto. What Are They? How To Help Avoid or Treat Them? FREE BOOK TELLS ALL Actually, it's nearly always neglect of piles (and related disorders such as fistula and colonic and rectal troubles) that can cause such serious results. Learn how to deal with them without fear — write today for important free book to Thornton &, Minor Hospital, Suite 1272. 911 E. Lin wood, Kansas City 9, issourl. to phone Christmas requests. This year three VFW posts are sponsoring the venture. The telephone company has in-stalled a special switchboard. Last year 3,500 youngsters called Schanbier. This year he expect? twice as mnny calls. His wife Frances, 44, und four neighborhood children — his "helpers" — assist him. Youngsters calling Schanbier receive the full "Stintn workshop" treatment. Simla's cherry voice greets them; a music box plays; reindeer bells tinkle; and ft 100- year-old bell peals. Some parents write Schanbier in advance so when the youngster calls Santa he is either congratu- lated or admonished regarding hi» pre-yuletide behavior. $5 Down Delivers 25 A Week Pays /or it.' 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