The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 4, 1965 · Page 12
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 12

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Sunday, July 4, 1965
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I2A KACINE SUNDAY BULLETIN Sunday, July 4, 1965 Disney G>unts Millions from 'Mary Poppins' HOLLYWOOD — UB — Walt Disney picked up the telephone and asked a studio -executive: "What's the latest projected gross on 'Mary Poppins'?" Disney listened for a moment, a faint smile on his face. "Forty million, huh?" he said, "Well, we're getting right up where Sam Goldwyn said we'd be." The movie maker put down the phone and explained: "After Sam saw 'Poppins,' he called me up to say how much he enjoyed it and how it was the kind of picture the industry should be making. He said he was going to take ads saying so. I told him he needn't, but he went ahead with full-page ads in all the trade journals. "He also told me that the picture would bring in $50 million in rentals. I thought he was exaggerating at the time. Now I don't think so." To New Heights "Mary Poppins" is indeed one of the success stories of recent Hollywood times, demonstrating how a single film can buoy the financial fortunes of a company. Disney was already a highly profitable operation; "Mary Poppins" has lifted the firm to new heights. But such a triumph also has its drawbacks, Walt sighed as he commented: "Now, whenever we discuss new projects, the people here say, 'It'll be another Poppins.' I have to keep telling them, "Don't say that. Each picture has to be different. "The same thing happened to me with 'Snow White.' It was a big success, and people kept expecting more of the same. We brought out 'Pinocchio,' and it flopped. Then came 'Bambi,' and it did nothing. The war came along and took away our foreign market, and we were in trouble. It wasn't until after the war when 'Pinocchio' and 'Bambi' were re-released that we began to get our money back from them." so Why is "Mary Poppins" successful? Disney reasons that it was a combination of many factors, but principally the fantasy and the winning characters, as played by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Most other studios would be plotting a sequel to cash in on the film's success. But the Disney philosophy is anti-sequel. People also said we should do another picture with the dwarfs," he explained. "They were good characters to work with, but I said that the picture would be its own sequel. You could bring it back every few years for the new generations. We've done that, and it has worked out fine. One Sequel "I did make one sequel. After 'The Absent-Minded Professor,' we made 'Son of Flub- ber.' But that was because we had a lot of gags left over; having done a basketball game in the first one, I wanted to have a football game, too." A sequel to "Mary Poppins" might have stellar complications. Dick Van Dyke is back on the lot in "Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN," and v/ould probably be available for a re-do as the amiable chimney sweep. "But Julie is priced out of my range," Walt grinned. She reportedly played Poppins for $150,000; latest price quoted: $750,000 plus 10 per cent of the gross. Oh, I have an idea she might come back (for less) if I had something for her," Disney said. "But I don't think it would be a sequel. After all, time is getting on, and I still have a lot of things left to do. I don't want to go back and cover the same ground." Will rC fie the Next BB' Mathis to Perform in Milwaukee Monday Singer Johnny Mathis and a vocal group, the Young Americans, will make a one-night appearance at the Melody Top Theatre in Milwaukee Monday. The Melody Top is at 7201 W. Good Hope Rd. Sponsored by Ihe Unified School District STUDENT SUMMER THEATER WORKSHOP . presents "Teach Me How to Cry" A Drama in Two Acts Fri. aud Sat., July 9 and 10 Curtain Time: 8:15 p.m. HORLICK LITTLE THEATER Horlick High School Admission 00 Dial 632-0836 for FREE Delivery of tickets between 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. —•Tuesday thru Friday. ! COMING July 30 and .-il "Skin of Our Teeth" 2 and 8 P.M. MON. JULY 12 RACINE PERSHING PARK DOWNTOWN—EAGLES AERIE PRESENTS CRini&NMUUCE HOLLYWOOD — (iP) — "I P already know who's destined | to take my place. There can be only one, without a doubt. After BB comes CC, no?" That's Brigitte Bardot, the movies' sex symbol, talking about Claudia Cardinale, that gorgeous hunk of Italian love- iness. It's the compliment supreme because actresses mostly ignore their competition. "A Normal Person" But the 25 - y e a r - 0 1 d Claudia,, sex symbol though she may be, is such a nice person that even other actresses like her. One of her most" famous co -stars sums up the Cardinale personality: "A simple, readable girl. Finally, in a milieu of neurotics and hypocrites such as the movie world is, a normal person," says M a r c e 11 o Mastroianni. With a 371/2 -24 -371/2 figure, Claudia is an earthy, smoldering sex queen in the Italian tradition of Loren and Lol- lobrigida. Complimented by Wayne But as John Wayne says: How can a girl look like that and be so nice at the same time?" Wayne co-starred with Claudia in "Circus Wolrd," his first American-produced international film. Claudia is in Hollywood for her first made-in-America movie — "Blindfold," with Rock Hudson. She plays a saucy New York showgirl, continuing a trend of variety in roles. She refuses to be trademarked. Won Italian "Oscar" "I do not want to be a sex symbol," she says. "I look upon myself as an actress. In Italy, I am regarded more as an actress than for my sex appeal." She recently won Italy's version of an Oscar for her role in "Bube's Girl." The award was particularly sweet because, after eliminations, only two actresses remained — Claudia and Sophia Loren for "Marriage, Italian Style." It was the climax of a seven-year career for the Tunisian girl who became an international star in spite of herself, I fought and fought against it," she says, "because I always wanted to be a school teacher." "I Refuse" But a charity bazaar, in which her mother was on the committee, sidetracked what could have been the solution to the dropout problem. One of the day's events was a beauty contest. First prize was a trip to the Venice Film Festival. "They ask me to go on stage and I refuse. But when the contest is start, they push me on." In Venice, movie producers waved contracts at the exotic beauty. "I was a tourist only. . did not want to make cinema. I wanted to teach." She came home followed by cables and letters. Finally, one came from Vides Films that was too good to turn down. In May, 1958, she and her father flew to Rome and signed a seven-year contract. That was 25 pictures ago. Doesn 't Smoke Although her ample charms often have poured out of bikinis and towels, she never has posed nude. ? Wants Films Made Faster ' * * * * * 1, Result: 'The Ides of February' CLAUDIA CARDINALE . . ."A Simple Girl", . . I TRANSCENDING BRILLIANCE & COLOR 40-Spectacular Arenic Displays - 40 Internationally Renowned Equine Stars THE CRISTIANI RIDING TROUPE DIRECT FROM SENSATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS IN NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA RiniTO NOW PLAYING! MATINEE AT 1:00 P.M. 20th Cvnlury.Poii ( K ^SMU FRANK SINATRA TREVOR HOWARD 4 *'>^7^i PRESENTED IN THE CONTINENTAL STYLE MADE FAMOUS ON TV BUY TICKETS NOW FROM ANY EAGLES CLUB MEMBER Racing into high suspense.,. VDNllYANlS EXFIIESS « URK ROBSOK raooucT'««. mrnoouctN* COLOR •tMuw RftFFAEUACARRA ^-DEliiER SBiSIO fAHIONI-JOHH LmONEDWARO UUUUJiE FEATURE TIMES: 1:30-3:35-5:45-7:55-9:5i MATINEE TOMORROW DOORS OPEN 1:00 P.M. She doesn't smoke and drinks little, mostly wine. And her idea of a good time is to be with her family. She grew up idolizing Clark Gable because her mother idolized him. "My mother even made my father grow a mustache like Clark Gable," says Claudia. Her favorite now is Marlon Brando, who she never has met. She says she never has been in love but adds: "I have no intention of being a spinster." Compulsive Traveler She 's a compulsive traveler. When shooting for "Blindfold" was scheduled to begin in Florida, CC told director Philip Dunne: "If you need to reach me, I will be in Rome for a few days or perhaps in Tunis. One thing is certain — I will spend some time getting a suntan in Dakar. Then I will stop off in New York for a play but I will be in Florida two days before shooting starts."' She has signed for an untitled Italian film that will be shot all around the world. "That travel is even more important than the script," she says. "I like faraway places, places that are not yet infected by tourists." For many of her roles, she wears wigs. That 's because her hair, in this modern age, is waist length. A Mania for Wigs "If I have a mania," she says, "it is for wigs." Claudia, unquestionably on the way to stardom, is well adjusted to it. One of her closest friends makes this comment: "There will be no sleeping pills in Claudia's life." What's the reason for this abnormal happiness in the movie jungle? "I thank my good family," she answers. "At home, nobody talks about my work, nobody throws me flowers, nobody hesitates to argue with the family star." She adds with a shrug: "I'm Italian. Italians are always happy. "If one doesn't like being a movie star, you can always quit and be a housewife." By Dick Kleiner HOLLYWOOD — (NEA) — If it were my studio— —I'd figure out ways and means of speeding up production, and do a story about Caesar called "The Ides of February." —I'd latch on to a charming girl named Deborah Baxter, who plays the leading child's part in "A High Wind in Jamaica." She has the makings of a first- rate child star. —I'd tell some of the old- timers to face up to the facts of life—they aren't chickens Kleiner any more. It's getting ridiculous to see some of them trying to act youthful parts. —I'd sign up an English actor named Eric Sykes, who plays Terry-Thomas' servant in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines." He could be another Boris Karloff. —I'd add some new characters, by hook or by script, to "Gilligan's Island." Those original seven are beginning to pall. —I'd never hire a girl who posed nude for a magazine. They've outlived their usefulness to me as soon as their altogether is splashed in the pages of a magazine. Stardom is mystery, and, after that, there's no mystery left. —I'd continue my production speed-up and do a romantic story, set in France, and I'd call it "March in Paris." —I'd team up real-life romantic couples in screen romances. Wouldn't the public like to see Ann-Margret and Roger Smith together now, for example? —I'd realize that the public wants good family shows —"Mary Poppins," etc.—and remake things like "Treasure Island" with John Dehner as Long John Silver. —Now that my speed-up campaign is going full blast, I'd make stars of Monday Weld, April West and Shelley Autumns. time ago she told me she'd never play a maid again. "But I'm not a maid," she said. "I'm a housekeeper, hate the word 'maid.' I don't want that kind of typing — I remember a very fine actor named Arthur Treacher, and when he got to be typed as a butler, his career was ruined." Thelma insists that she is not a comedienne. Millions will dispute it, but that's her theory. "I can't do anything funny," she says. "I remember once I said to Hitchcock, 'I got news for you — I can't do pantomime.' So he said, 'I got news for you — I know it.' I just can't do anything funny, think funny, that's all, and the comedy happens." No matter how you slice it, she's funny. * Hi * THE PSYCHIC STARS: Shelley Winters' daughter, now 12, was born premature- y. It was a difficult time for both mother and child. The doctors forbade Shelley to get up for a week. But three days after the baby was born, Shelley got an uncontrollable de sire to see her child. She insisted that the nurse whee: her to the nursery. She looked through the glass, saw her baby and the infant was blue. Frantically she rapped on the window and attracted the nurse's attention. They saved the child's life and she grew to be healthy. But Shelley believes it was some mother-child ESP which made her be at the rigiiL place at the right time. i(( ifc )|t NORMAN, ROSEMONT is paging Dean Jones for the male lead in "Drat! The Cat! his Broadway musical for the fall. Joey Heatherton is set for the female lead; she turned down the film version of "Twilight of Honor" for the part. READING BILL NOLAN'S fascinating biography, "John Huston: King Rebel," I was struck by the fact that Huston's record of directorial achievements is far less outstanding than you might expect. Only four of his films—"The Maltese Falcon," "The Treasure of Sierra Madre," "The African Queen" and "The Night of the Iguana" — have been unqualified successes. The other 17 have been either artistic or commercial failures or, on occasion, both. There are several directors like Huston, who have established reputations which outweigh their achievements, but because of the force 'of their personalities, they get assignment after assignment. NOTABLES * QUOTABLES: "I was born too late. I should have'lived in the days wiien people, conuoaeu iiieir own destinies."—George Ma- haris. "I don't eat much. But. I like to browse through the candy bars."—Thelma Ritter. "There are still two parts I'd like to play — and both generals. Grant and Patton." —Pat O'Brien. "I love to putter around the garden. But I can't—if I did, a horde of Japanese gardeners would be offended." .— Shirley Booth. * • • LIZ ASHLEY says her private life hasn't been hampered since she became a celebrity. "Only change," she says, "is that the grocery checkout boy asked for a picture. Two years ago, he wouldn't have." Blue Jacket- Choir to Put On TV Concert A July 4th concert featuring the 43-voice Blue Jacket Choir from the Grieat Lakes, 111., naval training center will be presented today over channel 9 at 8 p.m. Entitled "Oh, Say! Can You See?" the half-hour program will include such patriotic airs as "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America." * * * AT 22, STEFANIE Powers has reached a mature decision—she must live her own life. "I'm still close to my mother," she says, "but I,^ must live a separate life. 1|P matured early in some ways —I was always very poised, for instance—but I was slow to break away from home and snap the ties." Stefanie feels she should have her own home for a while before she marries. "I think it's wrong," she says "for a girl to move directly from the home of her parents to the home of a husband, without an intermediate step of independence. I know I need that step." * * * GUESS WHO'S playing Jerry Lewis' housekeeper in Boeing Boeing." Thelma Ritter, that's who. And some JACKUMMON imniAiisi HOW 10 MURDER YOUR WIFE' TECHNICOLOR; UNITED ARTISTS TODAY AT 1:30, 5:30 A »:»0 MONDAY AT 6:00 & 9:45 ilHEMITOCOMPiNY^-. J,..,-, ^ . ouiiinii! •MMinlHIIIEOtlilSIS TODAY AT 3:30 A 7:85 MONDAY AT 8:00 STARTS WEDNESDAY "Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte" CELEBRATE THt OF JULY o p E N 1:00 P.M. THE SCREEN'S MOST EXCITING CAST... IN THE YEAR'S MOST MA6NIFICENT MOVIEI IHROCOLOWVN-BYER !!B !!A« ANATOIE OE GRUHWAEO PROOUCIION SS REX BEDIiilEiL siani OMAII AMD m SHIRLEY MacLAINE »5 ART CARNEY WALLYCO){ _ JOYCE GRENFELL MOIRA LISTER»EDMUND I •ssiy TERENCE RATTIGAN £™ ANTHONY ASQUITH iEANATOLEDEGRUNWALD FEATURE AT 1:30-3:40-6:00-8:10-10:20 VENETIAN WITH THESE BANG- UP SHOWS AT THE WESTGATE 3-BrG "EXCIT[NG" HITS-3 and MON. TONIGHT * —OPENS 7:00 JULY 4 T" (m^H \nWs first in ftp the happiest \\meofyou/' DRIVE SOUTH ON IIIWAY ' EXTRA! SUN. NITE! FREE "YOGI BEAR" BALL POINT PEN TO THE FIRST 100 CARS—ONE TO EACH CAR—COME EARLY! YOGI" Plays Firsf At 8:55 i •'Hey There, its YoGiBear • • • • SPECIAL TREATS FOR ALL THE KIDS JERRY GOES ' WARD-WILD AT 10:35 jERRir urns aslhe omur BLAZING ACTION THRILLS AT 12:15 COLOfZ MURPHY MCI ATTENTION! NO AFL-CIO NITE THIS WEEK DUE TO HOLIDAY WED. "FIRST RUN "GENGHIS KHAN KENOSHA' II

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