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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE Birth of a Nation GriffitkHockedAllHe Owned for EpicM ovie, StillHadtoSeiiRlghts (Second of Three Articles) By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) — On the Fourth of July, 1914, a movie maker named David Wark Griffith began a project that was to help build a new industry and startle the nation. After six weeks of rehearsal, Griffith began the filming of a movie that was to become famous as "The Birth of a Nation." He picked a significant day for it. For his film was to mark the independence of the movie industry from the stage and all other forms of entertainment. The story was dear to Griffith's heart. He had been born' into a poor Kentucky family in 1880, his father having been a loud-voiced Confederate colonel nicknamed "Thunder Jake." His father had instilled in David the pride of the South, as well as some of its prejudices. Soon Showed Genius When he began writing and directing movies in 1907, Griffith soon showed his genius. He became the spark of the Biograph company, grinding out dozens of films a year. Starting with potboilers like "The Adventures of Dolly" and "The Bandit's Waterloo," he kept refining his methods until he turned out classics like "The Taming of the Snfew" and "Enoch Arden." He yearned for something greater. A writer told him about the Thomas Dixon novel, "The Clansman," which told of the Civil War and Reconstruction from a Southern ' viewpoint. He bought the rights, along with another Dixon book, "The Leopard's Spots." He added to the story his own remembrances of life in the postwar South. The picture was a headache from the start. It was far bigger than any other film yet made, and money was a constant problem. Lacking the money for an outright purchase, Griffith gave Dixon $2,500 plus 25 per cent of the profits. "We were always running" out of money," recalls Raoul Walsh, who acted in the film and is now a movie director. "Then we'd have to stop and turn out some one and two-reelers in order to get some more ready cash." $5.5 Million Return Griffith hocked everything he owned. But it still wasn't enough. He was forced to sell rights to the film to theater men In certain states. One operator put up the final $35,000 to finish it. Donald Crisp, who also appeared in the film, estimates that the moneyman earned 5% million from his investment. The movie was finally finished after nine weeks of shooting. The cost: $110,000. That was five times what any previous film had cost but it would scarcely pay for the cheapest quickie today. The final product ran 2 hours and 45 minutes on the screen. I was the first movie to sell reserved seats, to charge $2 a head, to have scheduled performances, to offer programs, to feature an orchestra' overture and Its own musica: score. The film was still called "The Clansman" when it opened Feb. 8 1915, at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles. Some authorities claim Dixon saw it .in New York and exclaimed that it needed a less tame title. Crisp declares that a visiting Englishwoman remarkec: that the film depicted "the birth of your nation." At any rate, it opened in New York March 3, 1915, as "The Birth of a Nation." And from its premiere, it was destined to have stormy history. Tomorrow: the furor Soviet Requests Part in UN History Project MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (/P) — Soviet Russia has agreed to help write a monumental history of the scientific and cultural development of mankind, sponsored by UNESCO. The project, started in 1960 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is being carried forward by semi-independent internatlona commission with headquarters in Paris. It has recruited some of the world's best known historians as editors, corresponding members and consultants. Plans call for publication of the six-volume giant history in 1958 Each 800-page volume will cover a period of mankind's development, from prehistoric days to 1950. An abridged two-volume version wil also be published. Russia and its Eastern European allies for the first time since UN ESCO was created in 1945 have been attending a general conference of UNESCO here. They havr: requested to participate in writing and editing the history. Fire Burns Yule Packages, Mail HOPE, Ark. (/P) — Fire yestadaj gutted the inside of a Missouri Pacific baggage car that contained Christmas .packages and more than 400 sacks of mail. The fire was discovered here on MoPac's passenger train No. 4 on its run from Fort Worth to St. Louis. MoPac officials said the car had been entered by workers at Texarkana. The train also stops at Little Rock. Box Office Opens 6:45 Show Starts 7:00 p. m. Admission 15c & 35c At All Times TUES., WED., & THURS. Double Feature iNX0iflAft Cartoon "Fool Coverage" Red Cross Sets Goal WASHINGTON UP)— The Red Jross has announced a drive beginning next March to raise 85 million dollars and enlist 30 million menr bers. Of the total, $36,640,000 will go to services for servicemen and veterans, $14,282,000 to the blood program $5.127,000 for disaster relief and $6,135,000 for first aid, water safety and nurses training. Violent Comics Burned VANCOUVER, B. C. Wl — More than 8,000 comic books went up flames in a weekend civic demonstration, against the crime and horror types. The Junior Chamber of Commerce offered a historical, animal or nature lore book for ery 10 crime or horror "comics" turned in at a, downtown park. ROK to Get U.S. Ships PDSAN, Korea UP)— The United States will turn four I£Ts landing ships, tank over to the South Korean navy at Chinhae 'Dec. 28, a South £orean Spokesman said yesterday. Other ships are expected to be added later under a general agreement to build up the Korean" Re- mblic'a navy. Hot Worth the fffort OMAHA m — Jack C. Walker, clerk at the Congress Hotel, said he jave a stickup man two Jl from .he cash register and then opened the safe to show the robber it was empty. The thief, disgusted, handed back the $2, snarled, "It ain't worth it," and fled. Building Permits and Real Estate Transfers One building 1 permit was issued by the city engineer lasi week for the construction of a two-room frame addition to a residence at an estimated cost of $1,200 to Edward Watson. Real estate transfers recorded in tile circuit clerk's office last week were: Elvina Bellinger, Clara Diiclos, Leo J. Donner, Olio Donner, John J. Donnei 1 , Joe Donner, Raymond Donner, Henry Donner, Francis Doiiner, Lillian Fowler and Loretta M. Holmes to M. L. and Elvina Bollinger, for $36,000, E half of NW quarter; SW quarter of NE quarter, all in Sec. 26-T14N-R8E. Clarence and Edna Redman to Max and Annie Logan, for $10 and other considerations, E 80 ft. of W 100 ft. of Lots 1 and 2. Block 1, Country Club Drive Addition; and E 80 ft. of W 100 ft. of the 5 ft. strip of land between North line of Lot 1, Block 1, and Adams Street In Country Club Drive Ad dition. Earl and Willie May Simmons to John and Mary Taylor, $10,000, SE quarter of SW quarter, Sec. 27-T15N-R11E. Three States Lumber Co. to Sturley and Leona Ooff, for SI, South half of N half of NW quarter of SE quarter, Sec. 6-TMN-R11F.. Edward and Mary Evans to Max and Annie Logan, for $10 and other considerations, Lot 21, Block P, John B. Walker Second Subdivision. Harold and Marie Wright to Merle and Mildred Justus, for $1,000, Lot 13, and E half of Lot 14, Block 3, Parkview Addition. Coleman and Mary Lou Stevens to Mrs. Mary K. J. Clark, for $10, E half. Lot 2; E 10 ft. of W half of Lot 2; W half Lot 3; all in Block B, James Addition. Mississippi County Lumber Co. to H. C. and Kathleen Bush, for $401, a lot 2 by 100 ft., adjacent to E line of Lot 6, Country Club area. Lewis Gin Co. to Bryce and Dorotha Grant, for $5,000, NW quarter of NW quarter, Sec. 33-T14N-ME. Charles and Peggy Smith to Gerald and Johnnie Adams for $8,500, Lot 6, Block G, John B. Walker Second Subdivision. Mrs. Minnie T. Chambers to Green and Patsy Roby, for $10 and other considerations, Lot 11. Block 5, H. L. Chambers Second Subdivision. J. H. Seeman to Eleanora Seeman, for $10 and other considerations, half Interest in Lot 9, Block A, Barron Lilly Addition. Paul and Fannora Abbott to George M. Lee, for $10 and other considerations, a lot 80 by 80 ft. j in SW quarter of SW quarter ol :Sec. 27-TI6N-RUE. | Don tuid Betty Oates to Robert and Irma Shipley. Jr., for $800, ! Lot 8. filock 1, Nelson Second Addition to LeachviUe. ' E. R. and Eillen Shannon to By. } ron and Talmadge Billingsley, for ?1 and other considerations. Lot • 10. Block C, Staudermayer Addition to LeachviUe. ! A. B. Moran to Viola Clay, for JS225, Lot 21, Larry's Fourth Addition. Joseph and Elsie Fulgham to | Annie Neill, for $300, Lot 1, Block 2, Fulgham Addition. A. A. and Joyce Prederickson to Dale and Ethelyn Dunlap, for J10 and other considerations. N 131 ft. of Lot 1, Block 2, Miller and Greenlee Addition. Beauton and Blan Stiles to S. C. and Lnura Owens, for $10 and other considerations, part of irregular Lot in SE quarter, Sec. 9- T15N-R11E. Three States Lumber Co. to E. S. and Emma Mullins, for $1, E half, of E half, of NW quarter, NE quarter, Sec. 1-T14N-R10E. Three States Lumber Co. to E. M. Mahan and Willie Mahan, for $1. S half of NE quarter, except E half of E half of NW quarter, NE quarter, Sec. 1-THN-R10E. Be:mton nnd Blan Stiles to E. M. and Mary Terry, for $10 and other considerations, part of Irrergular Lot 19 in Sec. 9-T15N-R11E. E. M. and Mary Terry to W. T. and Sara Rainwater, for $10 and other consideration, part of Irregular Lot 19 in Sec. 9-T15N-R11E. Woman Sues Firm For Baldness SALISBURY. Md. (/P) — Since April 1953, says Mrs-. Maude B. Floyd, she has been almost bald. And she doesn't like it. Mrs. Floyd has sued the Read Drug and Chemical Co. of Baltimore for $10,000. She charged that a saleswoman in the firm's Easton store, through "carelessness and negligence," sold her a home permanent preparation which made her hair fall out. She said the clerk assured her daughter that, the preparation wa "home permanent for bleache hair." But as soon as she used I Mrs. Floyd said In her declaratlo filed with the Wlcomico Count Circuit Court Saturday ,her ha fell out. Examination of the bottle dls osed instructions not to use ,'our hair is bleached, dyed or tint Ed," the suit said. m u THEATRE On W. 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