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DECEMBER 6, 1952
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ARBITRATION NOW LOOKS LIKE
HOLDOVER FOR JANUARY DATE
Unlikely Industry Leaders
Will Be Able to Convene
Until after holidays
NEW YORK—Ai-bitration discussions
may go over to January after a period of
preliminary sounding-out on the part of
Eric Johnston, MPAA president,
Argentine and expected back Monday (8),
may want to study all the developments
before sending out invitations to
Since National Allied rejected the last
draft of the arbitration plan in Chicago, the
Western Theatre Owners have taken similar
action on the ground that the last draft
doesn't carry out the original outline and
is too wordy.
THREE FOR, TWO AGAINST
This leaves three exhibitor organizations
for arbitration, subject to further negotiations,
and two that have rejected it, as
the plan stands at present. Theatre Owners
of America, Independent Theatre Owners of
New York and the Metropolitan Motion Picture
Theatre Owners Ass'n, al.so of New York,
are the three that have openly stated that
they want further negotiations.
Wilbur Snaper, Allied president, has said
he is willing to go into a conference. Western
Theatre Owners Ass'n, it is believed, would
go along with whatever might emerge, if the
exhibitor groups succeed in getting some of
the legal verbiage eliminated so an exhibitor
can go into an arbitration proceeding
knowing what he is doing without the services
of a lawyer.
This is considered important by smaller
exhibitors, because the consent decree arbitration
supervised by the American Arbitration
Ass'n was so expensive that it fell
of its own weight, even though distributors
were paying the administrative expenses.
How the expense of the proposed system
will be met hasn't been decided yet. That
is one of the problems still to be discussed.
If a December meeting is called, it will have
to be during the December 14-20 week. Holidays
break up the two following weeks.
Allied's board of directors is scheduled to
meet in New Orleans January 10.
SEE SUBSTITUTE ON RENTALS
Since the Allied turn-down of arbitration
at Chicago some distribution attorneys have
repeated that they are still opposed to arbitration
of film rentals. Both distributors
and exhibitors have avoided any comment
on the possibility that arbitration of requests
for rebates where losses can be proved
might be offered as a substitute for the
film rental stalemate. This is one of the
problems that Johnston probably will want
to discuss with company presidents before
calling a meeting.
The other rock in the channel of arbitration
progress—pre-release films on which
advanced admissions are pressured one way
or another—could be settled In the opinion
of a number of exhibitor leaders.
One Vote 'Yes'
OKLAHOMA CITY—Morris Loewenstein,
president of the Theatre Owners
of Oklahoma, reported the board of directors
voted unanimously in favor of any
arbitration plan to be approved by the
national organization. This makes the
eighth TOA unit endorsing arbitration.
One Vote 'No'
COLUMBUS, OHIO—The board of
directors of the Independent Theatre
Owners of Ohio voted to approve action
of National Allied to reject the arbitration
plan in its present form and to
notify Abram F. Myers of the board's approval
of the rejection.
Who Will Control RKO
Still Moot Question
NEW YORK—Negotiations for a transfer of
control of RKO Pictures continued in a
suspenseful state during the week, with the
decision up to Howard Hughes, who usually
weighs the pros and cons of everything so
long the scales creak.
Twice early in the week it looked as though
an announcement would be made momentarily.
The official silence fell and rumors
resumed. Out of these there was gleaned the
1. Ralph Stolkin and his associates wanted
to get out and were willing to take a loss
on the initial payment if Hughes would agree.
How much this loss would be figured importantly
in the discussions.
2. It became known that Atlas Corp. was
definitely interested in an effort to put the
company back on the road to profits by
offering management advice and helping the
company to obtain bank credit.
3. Ned E. Depinet, president before the
Stolkin group bought the Hughes stock, was
asked to go to the coast for conferences.
He went Saturday and was still there late in
4. Atlas Corp., headed by Floyd Odium, the
investment concern which sold the 27 per
cent controlling interest to Hughes several
years ago, continued to figure in the discussions.
One report was that it might assume
management responsibilities if Hughes
reacquired the 1,013,420 shares he sold to
Stolkin and his associates. It was stated
that Odium was not interested in buying back
the Hughes holdings.
This report was generally credited. It was
understood banking interests favored it, and
banking support is important now if production
is to be resumed.
5. Time was pressing because a hearing on
the petition of a small group of stockholders
for the appointment of a receiver is scheduled
for December 10 in the U.S. district court.
The court made it clear that another postponement
might be granted, but a bank
executive pointed out that would solve nothing
until an executive control had been
established at the studio and in New York.
6. Milton Gettinger, New York attorney
who has represented banks interested in film
financing, as well as James A. Mulvey, president
of Samuel Goldwyn Productions, from
time to time, has worked out a plan for
tran.'sfer of control that would take in various
groups that have been mentioned as possible
purchasers or who have vital interests in the
distribution success of the company, as the
Goldwyn and Walt Disney companies have.
Gettinger stated Thursday from Florida,
where he is resting, that the plan had been
discussed by various groups, but that there
had been no joint meetings. It still was in
the discussion stage, he said.
Novel Problem Develops
In RKO Pictures Action
NEW YORK—Can a director of a motion
picture company resulting from divorcement
try to influence the affairs of the other company
resulting from divorcement without
being found in contempt of couit. even
though he is an accredited representative
of clients owning stock in the other company?
Does the fact he is a director in one
company rule him out from representing
the interests of clients in the other company
as an investment counselor?
Those are the novel questions which will
come up for the first time in court Tuesday
Louis Kipnis, attorney for a minority group
of stockholders seeking a temporary receivership
for RKO Pictures, raised the questions
Tuesday (2) when he obtained a show cause
order against David J. Greene, RKO Theatres
director and investment coimselor, from
Judge Sidney Sugarman in federal district
court. He charged contempt of court.
Kipnis argued that Greene had no right
to be represented by counsel at the November
21 receivership hearing, postponed to
Wednesday (10) for the filing of affidavits.
He held that a section of the consent decree
prohibits any director, officer or employe
of a company resulting from courtordered
divorcement to attempt to influence
the control of the other company resulting
from divorcement, and that Greene did so
when he sided with other RKO Pictures
investors in having counsel ai'gue against
8 BOXOFFICE December 6, 1962
GREATEST BOXOFFICE PICTURE:
1951-52 AWARD TO QUO VADIS'
Trophies Go to
Producer; Mervyn LeRoy
Director of the Film
HOLLYWOOD—Producer Sam Zimbullsi
and ProductM-Dlrcclor Mervyn LeRoy this
week joined the proud and exclusive circle
of Hollywood filmmakers who have been
recipients of the annual BOXOFFICE
BAROMETTKR award for the Kreatest boxoffice
picture of the year. Their "Quo
" for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was the
feature which won them the distinctive
kudos when it was determined, through
statistics gathered by this magazine, that It
was the top grosser of the 1951-52 season.
PRESENTATION AT STUDIO
Presentation of the handsome trophies
which record the winning accomplishment
were made on behalf of Ben Shlycn. publisher
and editor-in-chief of BOXOFFICE.
by Ivan Spear, the publication's Hollywood
In reviewing the outcome of the annual
compilations, details of which will be printed
in the forthcoming annual edition, BOX-
OFFICE BAROMETER. 1952-53, Spear called
attention to the fact that third place among
money-makers of the recent season also went
to an MOM feature. "An American in Paris."
produced by Arthur Fieed and directed by
Vincente Minnelli. The second spot went
to "The Greatest Show on Earth," a Cecil
B. DeMille production for Paramount release.
This was the sixtli year that the BOX-
OFFICE BAROMETER annual award has
been made. Previous winners included:
"David and Bathsheba." 20th Century-Fox.
1950-51: produced by Darryl F. Zanuck,
directed by Henry King.
"Samson and Delilah," Paramount, 1949-50:
produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
"The Snake Pit," 20th Century-Fox, 1948-
49; produced by Anatole Litvak and Robert
Bassler. directed by Litvak.
"Gentleman's Agreement." 20th Century-
Fox, 1947-48: produced by Darryl F. Zanuck,
directed by Ella Kazan.
"The Best Years of Our Lives," RKO
Radio-Ooldwyn, 1946-47: produced by Samuel
Goldwyn. directed by William Wyler.
BIBLICAL FILMS WIN OUT
Dore Schary, MGM vice-president in charge
of production, who served as master of ceremonies
at the presentation, noted that for
the past three seasons the award for top
grosses has gone to a spectaculai- Techniqolor
feature with a Biblical or religious
"In my opinion," Schary commented, "this
indicates a resurgence of a more spiritual
viewpoint on the part of motion picture
patrons and demonstrates their eagerness to
support, in profitable numbers, film.- that
have a religious genesi-s—especially when they
are presented excitingly, spectacularly and
colorfully—and when they are leavened with
I'roducer Sam /imbali^t (left) and prtxiurrr-Dirrrtor .Mrrvyn l.cnl.« tlirni tlir anniul
BOXOFFICE BAKOMKTER trophies.
a romantic story, such as was the case with
each of the winners In the past three seasons."
E. J. Mannix. vice-president and studio
general manager, and a member of the executive
board, and other MGM dignitaries
were on hand to congratulate ZlmbalL^t,
LeRoy and Srhary
Johnston to Report on Progress
On Lifting Argentine Restrictions
NEW YORK—Eric Johnston, president of
the Motion Picture Ebcport Ass'n, will be In
New York Monday i8i with details of the
progress he has made at Buenos Aires in
seeking the lifting of Argentina restrictions
on the U.S. industry. It will be the end of a
South American trip that took him also to
Brazil and Uruguay. The MPEA .said he
might visit Chile during the week before his
Reports received here were that Johnston
was optimistic about finding a -solution to
Argentine-American differences, and that he
might have the text of an luter-country agreement
to offer the MPEA member company
presidents for study. He had held conferences
with Jeronimo Remorlno, foreign minister,
and Raul Apold, head of the information subsecretariat.
Argentina has been a sore spot since there
have t>een no remittances from that country
since 1947. An agreement was reached with
Argentina in May 1950 and ratified in July
1951 covering remittances of dollar earnings,
but none have been permitted. The agreement
was to run for five years and under It
the Industry here was to get profits up to
$1,100,000 annually, or 50 per cent of earnings
at the official free rate of 14 pesas to the dollar.
The remainder could be invested in local
enterprises. About $2,000,000 has been tied up.
Argentina imports of U.a films in the last
18 months have totaled about 300. It had
been understood that they would be admitted
without duty and be promptly reviewed by
censor boards .so that distribution would not
be held up, but 178 are still awaiting licenses.
The Argentine government has pleaded a
dollar shortage. Dollars are still In short
supply. However, observers now believe that
Johnston chose the right time to vtJll
Buenos Aires because the Argentines are said
to be interested In cultivating the Republican
administration that will take over in Washington
In January. It Is said that for that
reason they may release film funds to show
a good faith not previously In evidence.
Court Upholds RKO
In Paul Jorrico Suit
HOLLYWOOD PrcceUenlial In its b
affect motion picture screen credits was the
ruling handed down Wedne.sday i26i by Superior
Judge Orlando H. Rhodes, upholding
the contention of RKO Radio that It was
within Us rights In refusing screen credit to
Scenarist Paul Jarrlco on "The Las Vegas
Story" because he had refiLsed to testify at a
House Un-American Activities Committee
probe about whether or not he was a Communist
December 6, 1952
United Paramount Theatres
Still Must Divest 124
Sixty given up by December 3
in line with
terms of consent decree; deadline for another
third is March 3 and for remainder Sept. 3,
1953; prior to last divestiture, 888 dropped.
TOA Mid-Winter Board Meeting
Now Scheduled in New York
Charles Skouras, chairman, moves it from
Los Angeles and calls it for January 25-27;
executive committee to meet first day and be
joined at dinner by board.
J. Arthur Rank Wins Case
Involving Quota Default
Board of Ti-ade had charged in court that
he failed to give British second featui'es 25
per cent of playing time; court upholds defense
that he lost money on them.
New Greek Industries Topic
Of Skouras Talks in Athens
News dispatches say 20th-Fox head discussed
possibilities for establishing oil refining
and sugar plants in Greece with prime minister
and other officials.
Edwin J. Smith Named UA
Assistant Foreign Head
New post created after resignations of B.
D. Lion and Ned Clarke; appointment made
by Alfred Crown, foreign department head,
effective December 8.
September Admission Take
Behind Previous Year
October tax collections, which are based on
September receipts, totaled $31,294,629 as
against $37,302,260 in October 1951; September
collections were $32,174,968.
Large RCA Synchro-Screen
Demonstrated in New York
More than twice the size of the usual
motion picture theatre screen, it measures
56 feet wide and 24 feet high, of which 30
feet, seven inches is actual picture width.
Paramount Holding Series
Of Regional Meetings
First Wednesday i3i in Philadelphia; others I
to be in Dallas, Sunday and Monday; Los
Angeles, December 9, 10; Chicago, December
12, 13; New York, December 15, 16; Toronto
meeting to be determined later.
Para. Signs Co-Production
Deal With Italian Firm
At least ten features a year will be made
with the Ponti-De Laurenti.s company; two
pictures, "The She-Wolf" and one untitled,
are in work; Paramount will handle European
Steve Broidy Is Elected
HOLLYWOOD—Succeeding the late I. E.
Chadwick, who had held the post continuously
from 1924 until his death late last
month, Steve Broidy, president of Allied
Artists, has been elected president of the
Independent Motion Picture Producers Ass'n,
representing 35 filmmaking companies.
Named vice-president at a meeting held
Monday (1) were Jack Broder of Broder Productions
and Realart; Robert L. Lippert, Lippert
Picture.?, and Sam Katzman, who produces
for Columbia release. Edward Finney
was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
IMPPA members passed a resolution paying
high tribute to Chadwick for the long service
which he rendered the organization. The
resolution will be contained in a scroll to be
given his widow and son.
After announcing that the next IMPPA
meeting will be held within a few weeks to
formulate plans for activities during 1953.
"We are determined to continue operations
on the same high plane and following the
same fine ideals which were set down by
Mr. Chadwick and followed so closely by him
during his 28-year tenure of office. We fully
recognize the void left in our organization
by Mr. Chadwick's death, and realize it is one
which never can completely be filled. But his
aims for the effectiveness of the organization
within the film industry shall be our
aims and we shall strive to meet them."
Ben Shlyen to Represent
Trade Press With COMPO
NEW YORK—Ben Shlyen, publisher of
BOXOFFICE, has been named as representative
of the tradepress on the executive committee
of the Council of Motion Picture Organizations.
He succeeds Jack Alicoate, publisher
of the Film Daily.
Jay Emanuel, publisher of the Exhibitor, will
be Shlyen's alternate. He succeeds Charles E.
Lewis, publisher of Showmen's Trade Review,
who was Alicoate's alternate on the committee.
To 'Jimmy' Fund Drive
Arthur Lockwood, co-chairman of the
1952 "Jimmy" Fund drive in New England,
.says the success of the campaign
which resulted in the opening of a modern
children's cancer research hospital
in Boston, would never have been possible
without the cooperation of BOXOFFICE.
"We are fully aware," he wrote, "that
the successful results of the 1952 'Jimmy'
Fund drive would never have been possible
without the excellent cooperation we
have received from BOXOFFICE.
"During the course of our campaign
your publication has given most generously
of space, and has been the medium
that brought the 'Jimmy' fund to the
attention of the people in the motion picture
New IMPPA President
20lh-Fox 33-Week Nel
Exceeds 1351 Period
NEW YORK—Twentieth Century-Fox has
reported consolidated net income for the 39
weeks ended September 27 of $3,845,946. equal
to $1.39 a share, compared with $2,147,628, or
69 cents a share, for the same 1951 period. The
total includes the income from all subsidiaries,
including Westco Theatres Corp. and Roxy
Theatre, Inc., and is after taxes and all
The 1952 amount includes a special credit
of $1,077,755, equal to 38 cents a share, due
to a change in accounting procedure regarding
foreign operations. The change was made to
consolidate foreign operations for the same
periods as domestic operations. Previously, if
they had been consolidated five weeks later,
but better airmail service has made a simultaneous
accounting possible, the company
.said. Before this credit, the earnings were
$2,768,191. There are 2,769,484 shares of common
Income from film rentals rose to $67,149.-
364 from the 1951 figure of $66,050,817. The-
litre receipt, were $41,508,215, compared with
$43,618,276. The directors noted a 25-cent
quarterly dividend payable December 24 to
stockholders of record December 9.
Minneapolis Suburb Votes
Against Drive-In Theatre
MINNEAPOLIS—In a referendum election,
suburban Golden Valley voters went on record
against having a drive-in theatre within
the municipality. The proposed repeal of the
ordinance banning ozoners w'as defeated 63 to
310. There were five applicants for the license,
including the former mayor who originally
had voted for the ordinance.
WB to Pay 25c Dividend
NEW YORK—The board of directors of
Warner Bros., Inc., have declared a dividend
of 25 cents per thare on the common stock,
payable Jan. 5, 1953 to stockholders of record
Dec. 15, 1952.
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RELEASED BY 20th CENTURY-FOX
NO REASON FOR GLOOM OVER
FATE OF TAX CUT CAMPAIGN
Too Early Yet to Indicate
How New Administration
Will Stand on Repeal
By AL GOLDSMITH
Washingto7i Bureau, Boxoffice
WASHINGTON—Exhibitors and other
film industry officials who are concerned
about the fate of the federal 20 per cent
admissions tax at the hands of the new Republican
Congress should not be too upset
this early in the game over the scarcity
of positive omens regarding congressional
The truth of the matter is, key congressmen
—although generally sympathetic toward the
industry's phght—don't know themselves
what can be expected in the coming session.
TOO MANY IMPONDERABLES
There are just too many imponderables, too
many unknown factors with a direct bearing
tax legislation—not merely the admis-
sions levy or even all excise imposts—for any
congressman to stick his neck out at this
time and come up with a flat prediction.
First, they point out, the presentation of
the 1954 fiscal year budget must be awaited
for indications of necessary expenditures in
the year starting July 1, 1953. And the budget,
which will be sent to Congress before the
inauguration of General Eisenhower, is being
prepared by the outgoing Truman administration.
Several Republican leaders already have
stated that the budget—which is rumored to
total in the area of $80,000,000—can and must
be cut down to from $65,000,000 to $70,000,000.
But other key Republicans are skeptical that
this can be done.
The overwhelming bulk of the budget is
allocated to defense and defense-supporting
activities, so it is obvious that any possible
cuts of a significant nature will depend on
the development of international problems,
including the Korean war and relations with
Russia, and on the trend of the foreign aid
policy under the Eisenhower regime.
Any tax reductions must necessarily be
predicated on expenditures. And there is no
way of forecasting how much tax revenue can
be slashed until the expenditures picture becomes
clearer. And then, if it is decided that
a tax reduction is possible, Congress must figure
out in what fields the reductions should
COMMITTEE IS UNCERTAIN
Starting point for all revenue legislation
is the House Ways and Means Committee,
and those Republican members who have
been in Washington since the election are
frank to admit that they cannot tell now what
is likely to happen.
There are, however, a number of tax matters
which would appear to take precedence
over the consideration of the admission tax,
and which must be watched closely as an indicator
of the industry's prospects for relief.
Under the Revenue Act of 1951, the excess
profits tax expires on June 30, 1953. and,
100% for Tax Relief
OKLAHOMA CITY — Positive commitments
to support tax relief to the
motion picture industry have been made
by the all six congressmen from Oklahoma,
Morris Loewenstein, president of
Theatre Owners of Oklahoma, said this
week. He has forwarded the commitments
to headquarters of the Council
of Motion Picture Organizations in New
York, where the admissions tax repeal
campaign is being directed.
according to the best qualified observers,
stands the best chance of being allowed to
lapse, since it hasn't proved to be the revenueproducer
anticipated, and because everybody
acknowledges that it is an unfair and
The bill also provides for a return to the
pre-1951 personal income tax rates on Jan. 1,
1954, unless Congress takes other action in
the meantime. And here, of course, is the
field in which Congress would like most to
effect a reduction, in view of the Republican
campaign promises. But even here, although
there is guarded optimism, there is no feeling
of certainty that a cut can be accomplished.
In addition, the normal corporate tax rate
is scheduled under the 1951 act to revert to
its pre-Korean 25 per cent level if no action
is taken by Congress.
And finally, the excise increases made in
DENVER—U.S. Senator Eugene D. Millikin
of Colorado gave the film industry representatives
here a promise of support in
the industry battle for elimination of the
20 per cent federal admissions tax and also
gave some constructive advice on how to
present the case for killing the tax
Exhibitors were briefed on how to circumvent
some of the red tape usually encountered
by the uninitiated when they attempt
to get favorable legislation started in Congress.
Pointing out that he was acting only
in an advisory capacity, since any taxcutting
measure must originate in the House
Ways and Means Committee. Millikin gave
the Denver theatremen who met with him
"You're movie people. Why not present
your case through the movies? Get the
best script writers and the top talent available.
Make a succinct, entertaining film tliat
will convey your point to every .senator and
The Denver theatremen are getting in
touch with studio people and hope to report
that measure would terminate in April 1954
When it comes to excise reductions, many
observers feel that if the decision is made
that some reductions are possible, the entire
field must be considered, and the merits of
all industries saddled with excises surveyed,
rather than special treatment of one or more
individual excise levies.
On the other hand, there are some congressmen
who honestly feel that the admission
tax does rate special attention, on the
grounds that it is the most inequitable of the
excises. One highly placed member of the
Ways and Means Committee—a Democrat,
however—is reported to be preparing a bill
to reduce the admission tax rate from 20 per
cent to 10 per cent, and at the same time set
a minimum price level below which admissions
would be tax-exempt.
He also is reported to be giving thought to
some sort of a bill under which an over-all
body representing those industries with excise
taxes on their products would be set up to
coordinate consideration of excise tax reductions.
Still another committee member, while
acknowledging that trends were unpredictable
at this time, did express the view that any
industry burdened by an excise levy as high
as 20 per cent can make " a good case for
And another Ways and Means member said
that hardship caused to an industry by an
excise tax should be considered irrespective
of the general tax situation, but added, that
if a reduction in the admissions tax were
to be considered on that basis, the industry,
"if it is smart," would revert to its original
position of 1950 that benefits of a tax cut
would be passed on to the moviegoers.
A Senator Gives Exhibitors Some Tips
On Using Movies to Get a Tax Cut
substantial progress by the time Congress
convenes. In presenting the case of the
theatres, Robert Selig, executive vice-president
of Pox Intermountain Theatres, declared
that "the tax is discriminatory," and
"Many small theatres over the United
States are closing because of the tax, which
in many instances represents the difference
between profit and loss. Department stores
are taxed on some of their merchandise,
such as furs and cosmetics, but they have
many other things to sell. Theatres have
only entertainment to sell and that is taxed."
UA Heineman Sales Drive
Set to End December 6
NEW YORK—The United Artists Bill
Heineman Sales drive went into its final
week with Los Angeles, New Orleans and
New Haven leading in each of the three
groups into which the contest has been operated.
The windup was set for December 6.
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12 BOXOFFICE December 6. 1952
THEATRE TV INSTALLATIONS UP
TO 102 HAVING 227WO SEATS
Total Rises 66 in One Year
With More Coming Soon;
Located in 53 Cities
By SUMNER SMITH
NEW YORK—Large-screen theatre television,
long dormant, has suddenly come
alive. By the end of the year, at least 102
theatres In 53 cities seating about 227.000
patrons will have equipment In operation.
The Increase. If not phenomenal, Is worth
The figures compare with 36 installations
in 23 cities in September 1951 and 88 In 51
cities less than three months ago. The endof-the-year-total
of at least 102 Is a conservative
estimate. Television equipment
manufacturers, in deference to the wishes
of their customers, do not report orders on
hand and leave it to their customers to report
completed installations. However, the
listing which follows later identifies a number
of equipped theatres not previously reported
in any publication, some of them now
in the throes of installation.
WIDE UPT-ABC INTEREST
A lot of attention television-wise is being
focused on United Paramount Theatres the.se
days. This circuit will lead the field with
at least 25 installations active before Jan. 1.
1953. and more to come shortly. Leonard H.
Golden.son. president, and Robert H. O'Brien,
.'secretary-treasurer, have long emphasized
their interest in renting theatres for off-hour
television conventions and sales meetings for
It is noteworthy that UPT is equipping theatres
at a time when a favorable report is
expected from the Federal Communications
Commission on a merger of UPT with the
American Broadcasting Co. It is conceivable
that the TV-equipped theatres could tie in
to that setup, but UPT is not talking and is
talcing nothing for granted prior to FCC
Generally, the awakened interest in theatre
television is based on an advance in programming,
the lack of which in the past has
caused exhibitor complaints about the cost
of .seldom-used installations and carrying
charges. AH the exhibitors have had to lure
in to watch the television screens
have been fights. Some of these have drawn
while others have not. There also have been
civilian defense meetings, but those hardly
came under the heading of entertainment.
TWO SALES CONVENTIONS
Now two sales conventions are in the offing,
that of James Lees & Sons Co., carpet manufacturers.
Monday (8i, and that of Bendix.
which promises a surprise in the way of new
equipment. December 30. Neither of those
comes under the heading of entertainment,
but both come under the heading of revenue
for the theatres, which will rent their facilities
during off-hours in the morning. At
least one other sales convention will follow
early in 1953.
On the entertainment end. there will be
something distinctly new in a presentation
No Television Deluge During 1953,
Rate of Station Permits Indicates
WASHINGTON—There will be no television
deluge in 1953.
Much of the excitement that prevailed
last spring when the Federal Communications
Commi.ssion opened the ultrahigh
frequencies for general use wa.s ba.sed on
the assumption that about 2.000 applications
for construction permits would roll
in and that many of them would be granted.
The expected gold rush for the air waves
hasn't materialized. The A.s.soclated Presa ha.s
estimated that the number of new stations to
be expected In 1953 ranges from 35 to 100
This does not include applications for a-s-
of the opera "Carmen" December 11 from the
stage of the Metropolitan Opera House here.
Like the telecasts of fights, that will attract
a type of audience not usually found In a picture
theatre. There is great interest in the
test and there are many opinions as to how
it will work out. Other announcements of
theatre television entertainment will follow
Spyros P. Skouras, president of 20th Cen-
'ury-Fox, has promised an important announcement
shortly about the Eidophor color
system which the company controls and which
is now being readied for u.se. Charles Skouras
has said the system will go into many western
theatres, and he has talked about setting up
central points from which programs would be
telecast to a group of theatres. It could well
be that UPT is interested in that type of
Last and not least is the scheduled appearance
of industry representatives before the
FCC in January to continue their argument
for an exclusive industry telecasting setup.
There is opposition to the plan and it is likely
there will be considerable argument and
counter-argument before the FCC hands down
Big news about color television could break
almost any day. from Paramount, which has
been conducting experiments for a long time,
as well as 20th-Fox. Radio Corp. of America,
which is perfecting its all-electronic, compatible
system, and Columbia Broadcasting
System, with its color-wheel method that was
approved by the FCC. Paramount is certain
to make an announcement soon about its
Lawrence color tube, but that Ls for use in
TV .sets and not. .so far as is known, for use in
transmitting large-screen programs in color.
The installations listed by states and cities
and giving the seating capacity of a theatre
ALABAMA— Bcrnningham Ritl. 1,473.
ARIZONA— Phoenix: Poranwunt, 1,523.
CALIFORNIA — Lo4 Angclcj Orph«um. 2.200.
Downtown. 1.757. Poromouni. 3.387. Ri(z. 1.363.
Hollywood Hollywood. 2.756. Beverly Hill> Beverly
Hills. 1.612. Huntington Pork Huntington Pork.
1,468; San Berncrdirx) Ritz, 920. Son Froncttco:
Poromount. 2.646, Telcncws, 400
Rlgnment of wavp|rn«th.'< for theatrr clr< ..'
Some Idea of the time coiuumcd In ilo;i.ii
bUAlne.iK with the PCC can be obUlncd (ram
the United Paramount Theatn*>Ainen'-nn
Broadcaitlng Co. menter application. 8tr^>on Ke Pork St Jomm. 1.58$.
Comdcn Stonlev. 2,213 Fort Lee Lee. 1,354. Orortge
Poloce, 1,400: Rutherford S-3 Dnve-ln. 1.300 con
NEW YORK—Greater New York City; For(»iam
2.191, Fox. 4.040. Marine, 2.082. Queera. 2.146,
Poroirvount. 3.650. Worner. 2.711. GuikJ 450, Victoria.
2.282 Lone. 1.600, Criterion. 1,671. Binghamton
Copitol. 2.250. Albony Grond, 1.497. 8uffo«o
Century. 2.911. Center. 2.091
NORTH CAROLINA—Chortotte Carolina. I.40S.
OHIO—Cleveland Poloce. 3.293. Slate. 3.446.
Allen. 3.009, Hippodrome. 3.465. Exjuire. 714, Cincinnati
Albee. 3.037; Dayton Keith't, 2.669. Tole 1 A29
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0/// THE. SONGS THEY SANG!
MGM Schedules 15 Films
For Early 1953 Start
HOLLYWOOD—As the result of ten days
of top-echelon executive huddles just concluded
at the studio. MGM's 1952-53 picturemaking
program will be maintained at an increasingly
fast pace through the scheduling
of 15 pictures to start during the coming
three months. The slate was announced by
Dore Schary, vice-president in charge of production,
after east-west executive conferences
which Nicholas M. Schenck, president of
Loew's. Inc., and Vice-presidents Charles
Moskowitz. Joseph Vogel and Howard Dietz
came out from New York. Participating for
the studio, in addition to Schary. were members
of the Culver City film plant's executive
board, E. J. Mannix, Ben Thau, L. K. Sidney,
J. J. Cohn. Lawrence Weingarten, Kenneth
MacKenna, Marvin Schenck and Charles
In addition to the 15 features being readied
for production in coming weeks. Schary added
that a tentative 1953-54 program has been
outlined, drawn from among 52 story properties
which are in long-range preparatory
Here are the 15 titles soon to go into work:
Latin Lovers. Technicolor musical starring
Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalban, which Joe
Pasternak will produce and Mervyn LeRoy will
Years Ago, a romantic comedy toplining
Spencer Tracy, Jean Simmons and Teresa
Wright, to be produced by Weingarten and directed
by George Cukor.
All the Brothers Were Valiant. Technicolor
adventure story of the whaling-ship era,
with Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger and Elizabeth
Taylor, to be directed by Richard Thorpe
and produced by Pandro S. Berman.
Blie Goodess. Producer Edwin H. Knopf's comedy
starring Red Skelton, which Robert Z. Leonard
Easy to Love, Technicolor musical toplining
Esther Williams, a Pasternak production, with
specialty numbers to be staged by Busby Berkeley.
Interrupted Melody, biography of singer Marjorie
Lawrence, who will be portrayed by Greer
Garson. Jack Cummings will produce.
Take the High Ground, story of the armed
services, to be filmed in .Ansco Color with Schary
personally producing. The cast will include James
Whitmore and Dean Miller, and Richard Brooks
Jefferson Selleck, from the best-selling novel,
to star Spencer Tracy, with Joseph L. Mankiewicz
K:ss Me Kate, from Cole Porter's stage musical,
starring Kathryn Grayson; to be produced by
Cummings and directed by George Sidney.
.Affairs of Dobie Giillis, featuring Debbie
Reynolds, which Don Weis will meg for Producer
.'\rthur Loew jr.
One More Time, a Lana Turner starrer, which
Cukor will direct and Armand Deutsch will produce.
I Married West Point, a William Grady jr.
Flight to the Islands. The Big Leaguer and
Scarlet Coat, all to be lensed in Ansco Color.
Three other Technicolor specials are scheduled
for early spring, including "King Arthur
and the Round Table," starring Robert Taylor:
"Rose Marie," from the Rudolph Friml
operetta: and "Brigadoon," based on the
Broadway stage hit. Film rights also have
been acquired to "The Ruth Etting Story,"
biography of the noted singer.
Presently in work are "Mogambo." "Invitation
to the Dance," "The Band Wagon,"
"Give a Girl a Break" and "A Slight Case
of Larceny." These are in addition to 27
films already completed and awaiting relea.se.
U-l Executives to Meet in Hollywood
During Week to Map Out Policies
HOLLYWOOD—To perfect production, distribution
and promotion plans for the coming
year, executives in charge of these pha.ses
of Universal-International's activities will
launch a week-long .series of top-level policy
sessions beginning Monday (8) at the studio.
Division and district sales managers will participate,
as will eastern and western promotion
executives, studio and home office representatives.
For the studio, the meeting will be attended
by William Goetz, in charge of production;
David A. Lipton. vice-president in charge of
advertising and publicity; Edward Muhl, vicepresident
and general manager: Al Horwits.
publicity director, and other officials. Here
from New York will be President Milton R.
Rackmil; Alfred E. Daff, executive vice-president;
Charles J. Peldman, general sales manager;
N. J. Blumberg. board chairman: Adolph
Schimel, vice-president and general counsel;
Charles Simonelli, eastern advertising-publicity
manager; Philip Gerard, eastern publicity
director, and Jeff Livingston, eastern advertising
They will be joined at the studio by Ben
Katz. midwest promotion representative; Ray
Moon, assistant general sales manager; F. J.
A. McCarthy, .southerri and Canadian sales
chief; P. T. Dana, eastern sales head; Foster
M. Blake, western sales manager; James J,
Jordan, in charge of circuit sales; Harry Fellerman,
sales head of U-I's special films division,
and A. W. Perry, head of Empire-Universal
in Canada, which distributes U-I films in
District managers participating will be
David A. Levy. New York; James Frew, Atlanta;
Manie M. Gottlieb, Chicago: Henry J.
Martin, Dalla,s: P. F. Rosian. Cleveland; Lester
Zucker, Kansas City; John J. Scully, Boston,
and Barney Rose, San Franci.sco.
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Italian Film Group Sets
Six for 1953 Release
NEW YORK—Italian Films Export will
aim at the regular commercial theatres,
rather than art houses, with a program of
six major Italian pictures, which are set
for nationwide release during the first six
months of 1953, according to Bernard Jacon,
vice-president in charge of sales.
IFE will have a sales force of 18 men by
January 1, including five division managers,
to cover the 31 exchange areas with selling
material on these pictures, Jacon said. He
will leave December 8 on a month-long trip
to install divisional personnel in the IFE
branch offices in Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta
and Los Angeles, and to finalize booking
dates in major cities.
TO START WITH 'ANNA'
Starting with "Anna," starring Silvana
Mangano, which will be released in January
in an American-language version, recently
dubbed in New York, at least half
of the films will be launched in Americandubbed
versions. "With the language barrier
now lifted for Italian films, the stories and
casts of our pictures assure general audience
interest," Jacon said.
IFE will have promotion campaigns lined
up for all these pictures, including trailers,
advertising campaigns, promotion tieups and
publicity and exploitation material. Specially
prepared kits will enable exhibitors to tie
up with national publicity and promotion on
the pictures. A trailer will be prepared for
TV and six-sheets and all other accessories
will be made up, probably by National Screen
Service, Jacon said.
The five regional IFE offices will be located
(1) in New York, with an eastern divison
manager, who will supervise three sales representatives,
one covering upper New York
State and Hartford; a second covering Boston
and New Haven and a third covering
Washington, Philadelphia and Charlotte; (2)
in Cleveland, with a central division manager,
who will supervise a sales representative
for Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and a second
for Detroit, Pittsburgh and Buffalo; (3)
in Chicago, with a midwest division manager,
who will supervise a sales representative for
Minneapolis and the upper part of Iowa
and Nebraska from Des Moines and Omaha,
and a second for Kansas City, St. Louis
and the south part of Iowa and Nebraska;
(4) in Atlanta, with a southern division
manager, who will supervise a sales representative
for New Orleans and Memphis
and another for Dallas and Oklahoma City,
and (5) in Los Angeles, with a western
division manager, who will supervise a sales
representative for San Francisco, Portland
and Seattle, an another for Denver and Salt
OTHER RELEASES SCHEDULED
The five division managers, each with long
experience in their particular territory, will
be announced by Jacon later in December.
In addition to "Anna," the six IFE releases
set include two other dramas, a romantic
comedy, a musical and a special
Easter release. They are: "Bellissima," starrinR
Anna Magnanl and a child star, Tina
.".1)1^^113, which will be released in February
IFE Releasing Corp, new distribution
setup for selling Italian Films Export
product in this country, lias completed
a roster of executives. They are: (1-r,
standing) Bernard Jacon, vice-president
in charge of sales; Jonas Rosenfield jr.,
vice-president in charge of advertising,
promotion and publicity, and (seated) Dr.
Renato Gualino, president.
in a sub-titled version; "Times Gone By,"
an octet of short stories directed by Alessandro
Blasetti, starring Vittorio de Sica,
Gina Lollobrigida and Aldo Fabrizi, to be
released in March in a sub-titled version;
an untitled life of Pope Pius X, which will
be released for Easter in an Americanlanguage
version; "The Young Caruso," featuring
the voice of Mario Del Monaco, now
a Metropolitan Opera star, which will be released
in an American-language version in
April, and "Girls of the Piazza," directed by
Luciano Emmer with Lucia Bose, Liliana
Bonfatti and Cosetta Greco, to be released in
a subtitled version in May.
"Europe '51," the Roberto Rossellini picture
starring Ingrid Bergman with Alexander
Knox, will be released by IFE in the fali
and, after September, there will probably be
an increase of releases to more than one a
month, Jacon said. For the first time, IFE
has enough money for promotion of these
pictures in national magazines, columns and
on TV and radio. There is a possibility that
Anna Magnani will make her first visit to
the U.S. for personal appearances in connection
with "Bellissima," in which she has
a financial interest.
Jacon's first stop will be Chicago, December
8-9, where he will install top personnel
and screen "Anna" for buyers and exhibitors.
He will follow the same procedure
in Cleveland, December 10-13; Atlanta, December
13-16; Los Angeles, December 17-18,
and San Francisco, December 18-20, where he
will also conclude plans for the pre-release
opening of "Anna" at the St. Francis Theatre
January 6. The picture is also set to open
at the Center Theatre, Buffalo, January 8.
Both are United Paramount houses. Jacon
has also scheduled exhibitor sessions in
Dallas, Miami and Jacksonville later in
Jacon held a tradeshowing of "Anna" for
New York circuits before he left for Chicago
and he expects to have showings for all
circuit and independent buyers by January 1.
IFE Releasing Heads
Line Up New Project
NEW YORK—Officers of the newly formed
IFE Releasing Corp. wUl be Dr. Renato
Gualino as president, E. R. Zorgniotti as
executive vice-president, and James Rosenfield
jr. as vice-president in charge of advertising,
publicity and promotion.
All three will continue as top executives of
Italian Films Export. Dr. Gualino is general
director of public relations.
The parent organization (IFE) also has
added a division of newsreels a:'a short subjects
headed by Robert Gordon Ldwards and
a television division under the direction of
Rossellini Is Directing
Bergman Film in Rome
ROME—Roberto Rossellini has started
shooting the Ingrid Bergman sequence of
"We Women" at Santa Marinella. Tyrrhenian
costal town near here, according to word received
by Italian Films Export in New York.
A sequence starring Alida Valli, directed
by Gianni Franciolini, has been completed
and the Isa Miranda sequence, directed by
Alberto Lattuada, will go before the cameras
shortly. The final episode will star Anna
Magnani under the dii-ection of Luchino
Visconti, who directed her in "Bellissima."
Lux Films will produce a Technicolor version
of D'Annunzio's "Cabiria" in Rome in
1953, according to word received by Italian
Films Export. The original silent screen version
of "Cabiria" was made in Italy in 1913
and was a boxoffice hit, both in Italy and
UA. 2 Italian Producers
In Joint Producing Deal
ROME—An arrangement for the joint Italo-
American production in Italy of pictures for
worldwide distribution has been concluded by
Arthur B. Krim, president of United ArtUts,
and Angelo Rizzoli and Robert Haggiag of
The arrangement calls for the merger of
Dearfilm, a company distributing Italian
films, and DAI, the company which is the
exclusive agency for distributing UA releases
in Italy, into a new film distribution company.
This new company will distribute all UA releases
in Italy in the future. Haggiag is the
head of DAI and Rizzoli, Italian publisher
and producer of "Tomorrow Is Too Late" and
"Don Camillo," is the head of Dearfilm.
Kreisler Firm to Handle
Italian Feature in U.S.
NEW YORK—International Film Associates,
headed by B. Bernard Kreisler, former
executive director of the advisory unit
for foreign films for the Motion Picture Ass'n
of America, will distribute the Italian language
feature, "Ring Around the Clock," in
the U.S. in January.
Present plans are to open the picture at
a New York art theatre with a charity benefit,
with proceeds to be turned over to Boys
Town in Italy. The picture was directed by
Paolo Tambmella and stars Paolo Stoppa,
Lamo Gazzolo and Patrizia Mangano.
Kreisler has named Michael Hall publicity
BOXOFFICE Decembi-r 6. 1952
BUSINESS WAY UP in early dates, with Jane .
the singing, hip-swinging, gun-slinging terror of
good men and bad . making things jump! Ask
them in New York, Des Moines, Pittsburgh,
Boston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Paul,
San Francisco, Providence, Buffalo, Cleveland,
Salt Lake City, Seattle . . . and
cities Coast to Coast!
scores of other key
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PROSPECTS that Eric Johnston will call
a conference to see whether it is possible
to work out a formula for salvaging the
arbitration plan are good. Johnston is expected
back from South America December
7 or 8.
He may want to take a few days to discuss
the outlook with company heads.
Whether it will be a call for a conference
of the drafting committee that succeeded
the original unwieldly arbitration committee,
or an informal meeting of exhibitor
unit heads with distribution heads remains
to be decided.
Alfred Starr, TOA president; Mitchell
Wolfson, past president, and Herman Levy,
general counsel, held out an olive branch
to Allied at a press conference last week
by saying that they had worked with Allied
from the start of the arbitration negotiations
and there had been no disagreement
between the groups, even on the desire to
arbitrate film rentals. All three emphasized,
however, that they did not want to
scrap the whole project because of inability
to get everything asked for.
Starr also said there were a few things
in the last draft submitted that TOA
members did not like and further negotiations
were required to get these
Johnston keeps in touch with the New
York MPAA offices while on trips, so he is
familiar with the general outlines of current
YARIATIONS Of exhibitor complaints on
competitive bidding practices have become
so numerous it is no longer possible
to keep a record of them. It makes no
difference whether it is a regional exhibitor
convention, or a national convention, or
Allied or TOA, the complaints roll in.
In Washington at the TOA meet no less
a personage than M. A. Lightman made
some violent remarks about bidding. At the
Allied clinics in Chicago the stories were
the same from both small and large towns.
Sooner or later there will have to be
rules covering bidding. Apparently it is
common for salesmen and exchange managers
to tell exhibitors what their competitors
have bid, even when no bids have been
submitted, in order to get higher offers.
Often, it appears, the sales representative
calls up several days before a bidding
period has expired and says: "Joe Doakes
has offered $50 more than you have; you'll
have to top it."
The arbitration plan provides that an
exhibitor can find out what the bids have
been, if he wants to make a written application
after the pictures have been
awarded. This ought to help.
20th-Fox Report Good
^HE 20th Century-Pox financial report for
the 39 weeks ending September 27 was
the last in which theatre receipts will be
•By JAMES M. JERAULJ>
included. The reorganization under the divorcement
decree went into effect on that
The figures were quite satisfactory from
the stockholders' viewpoint—earnings at
the rate of $1.39 per share. Even without
the addition of a special credit of $1,077.-
755 brought about by a change in bookkeeping
procedure on foreign income the
$2,768,191 net was ahead of the same
period last year by $620,563.
The theatre income was $41,508,215,
which was $2,110,061 below the previous
year for the same period. How much of
this was due to sale of theatres under the
decree requirements was not stated.
Ease Chicago Decree
J^ODIFICATION of the Jackson Park decree
in Chicago, so that Loop theatres
can run double features for two weeks and
second runs can play them an additional
week in case the first run is less than two
weeks, came just about a week after Allied
had decided to go back into the courts for
another seige of litigation.
The Jackson Park decree has been a
classic example of the dangers of court rule
over a technical distribution-exhibition
problem. It was punitive—designed to get
films out to the subsequents after two
weeks in the Loop. Each time that a distributor
has had a film that required more
than two weeks to make the distribution
profitable it has been necessary to go into
court and get permission after a hearing
an expensive delay. And bills have been
Eventually it may be possible to convince
the court that customs prevailing in all
other cities of the United States are applicable
Kaye as a Speaker
J)ANNY KAYE told George Jessel before
the Motion Picture Pioneers dinner that
public speaking "was not his racket."
Maybe not, but it's
Kaye has ease of manner, elegance of
diction and timing and clarity of expression.
His sincerity is impressive.
Few speakers at film gatherings have
created such a definite impression as he
did on this occasion and by his tribute to
Color and Black
On Two Fox Reissues
NEW YORK—Some confusion ha.s
arisen over the release of two 20th Century-Fox
rei.ssues, "Leave Her to Heaven"
and "To the Shores of Ti-ipoll." Originally,
both were in Technicolor. However, color
prints are now available only in the west,
south and Canada. This means that all
states north of the Mason-Dixon line and
east of Colorado are being served with
black and white prints only.
B. G. Kranze Becomes
UA Sales Manager
NEW YORK—B. G.
appointed general sales
States and Canada)
for United Artists by
William J. Heineman,
V ice-pr e s i d e n t in
charge of distribution.
Kranze has been
executive assistant to
Heineman since April
1951. He began his
career in the industry
at the Paramount Long
Island Studios in 1921.
He has been a salesman,
manager for RKO.
Kranze has been
manager i United
B. G. Kranze
Later he became assistant general sales
manager for the J. Arthur Rank Organization
in the United States, and in 1948 was named
vice-president in charge of sales for Film
Classics. From there he went to Eagle Lion
Classics as vice-president in charge of distribution
before joining United Artists.
TOA Committee Chairmen
Are Appointed by Starr
NEW YORK—Alfred Starr, president of
Theatre Owners of America, Wednesday i26)
named the chairman of standing committees
Leon Levenson, Boston, concessions; Sam
Pinanski, Boston. Council of Motion Picture
Organizations; S. H. Fabian. New York, theatre
Jack Braunagel, Kansas City,
drive-ins; Elmer Rhoden, Kansas City, public
relations; A. Julian Brylawski, Washington,
D. C, national legislation; Robert Bryant,
Rock Hill, S. C, and LaMar Sana, Jacksonville,
state and local legislation; Herman M.
Levy, New Haven, legal
Also. George Kerasotes, Springfield, 111.,
and E, D. Martin, Columbus. Ga.. organization
and membership; Joseph J. Zaro, Nashville,
Tenn.. theatre equipment and accessories;
R. B. Wilby, Atlanta, arbitration: Henry Anderson.
New York, building and safety codes,
and Myron Blank, Des Moines, research.
Lou Smith on Arrangements
For Adolph Zukor Jubilee
NEW YORK—Lou Smith, who has been
handling Movietime U.S.A. for COMPO. will
be executive aide to R. J. O'Donnell in handling
the Adolph Zukor Golden Jubilee Celebration.
He has been loaned by COMPO for
Smith, who has been in New York for the
past week conferring with O'Donnell. has
gone back to the coast. During the jubilee
celebration he will have headquarters at the
Motion Picture Producers Ass'n on the coast
and at the COMPO offices. 1501 Broadway,
Charles Skouras, president of National Theatres,
has agreed to act as west coast chairman
for the observance. Skouras and O'Donnell
will meet soon to arrange the details of
the coast celebration.
Zukor's 80th birthday will occur on January
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Texas COMPO Proposes
Exposition Via Train
DALLAS—Texas showmen will propose to
the Council of Motion Picture Organizations
that the Motion Picture World Exposition
which Texas COMPO will stage at the 1953
state fair be transferred to a special streamlined
22-car train for a nationwide tour.
Texans already have been discussing the
plan with representatives of the American
Ass'n of Railroads, and Paul Short, who
originated the idea, expects to have details
ready by the time the COMPO board meets
in Chicago December 10, 11. The plan will
be formally presented by R. J. O'Donnell,
national director of Movietime U.S.A. and
co-chairman of COMPO with Col. H. A. Cole.
Pi-esent plans call for a special streamliner
in all white with a red, white and blue
motif, with each of the cars bearing the
industry's trademark "Movietime."
According to preliminary plans, 12 of the
cars will be needed to house the Hollywood
studio exhibits which will include historical
data, actual costumes, properties, miniature
production sets, and complete material displaying
the beginning, growth and development
of the motion picture industry from its
slide and silent days through the era of
sound and color, right up to the latest—the
ultramodern Cinerama. These various exhibits
will total some 11,000 items.
One of the cars also would be especially
equipped to carry network radio broadcasts;
another will present television programs in
which audiences at the various stops of the
tour will participate.
Still another car would be converted into
a miniature theatre for the showing of a
20-minute subject covering the history of the
motion picture industry with much of the
material taken from the archives of the Hollywood
studios which will be assembled by
Hollywood writers, directors and producers.
Another car, it is proposed, would become
a miniature motion picture studio for screen
Industry Highly Praised
For Getting Out Vote
NEW YORK — The American Heritage
Foundation has made public a statement
crediting the industry with playing "a monumental
role in the record-breaking electionday
turnout November 4." C. M. Vandeburg,
executive director, said that none of the 51
national organizations and industry groups
did more to help get out the voters than the
industry. He mentioned newsreels, trailers
and specially produced short subjects, and
some enthusiastic exhibitors who gave free
admissions to people in their communities who
voted. There was special mention of the Motion
Picture Ass'n of America.
Jack Bellman in New Post
NEW YORK—Jack Bellman, formerly eastern
division manager for Republic Pictures
and circuit sales manager for Eagle Lion, will
become general manager of exchange operations
for Favorite Pictures Exchange December
8. He will continue in charge of sales
for the exchange here.
How the Movietime Train would look.
to execute the Leonard Goldenson plan
for a national talent search, in which all
theatres in the United States would have
an opportunity to offer contestants and
candidates. Tests would then be made by
noted Hollywood directors and writers who
will be aboard for this particular assignment,
according to the plan.
One of the features of both the exposition
and the tour would be a $5,000 contest in
which cash awards would be made to persons
submitting the closest estimates of the number
of feet of film used by the industry in
producing talking pictures and color pictures.
The talking picture footage contest will be
confined to the exposition at the state fair
of Texas and the color film footage will be
covered exclusively by the tour.
"We shall make every effort to visit all
communities possible," Short declared. "We
hope to cover some of the most remote territories
as well as the large cities."
More than a year will be consumed in
putting the plans in order and at least 15
months will be needed to accomplish the
actual presentation at the Texas state fair
plus the tour, Short said. Experienced personnel
for the crew is now being processed
for leaves of absence to serve in the various
capacities for both the exposition state fair
presentation and the tour.
Newspapers to Print
Every theatre manager who subscribes to
BOXOFFICE should clip that story, "Four
Entertainment Groups to Visit GIs Overseas,"
which appeared in your November 15
i-ssue on page 24, and should show it to the
editor of his newspaper, with probably the
last paragraph omitted.
This should be the basis of editorials or special
news stories throughout the country. It
is another one of those stories which can't
miss making the press, if it is called to the
attention of the editors.
When 60 Hollywood personalities give up
Christmas at home to entertain our boys overseas,
that is news which can't be turned down.
All newsreels should certainly cover the
take-off of these entertainers on December 19.
EARLE M. HOLDEN
Lucas and Avon Theatres,
Movie Quiz Program
NEW YORK—Something new has been
added to the program of the motion picture
division of the General Federation of Women's
Clubs, which recommends films to af- !
filiates to stimulate boxoffice support of the
kind of films they like. It is a movie quiz
program timed to last 30 minutes. Member
clubs are asked to test it and it is suggested
that prizes be awarded the winners.
Contestants are asked to name five Biblical,
five Shakespearean and five Dickens films,
five grand operas filmed in English and five
recently recommended war films. They are
asked to name five outstanding directors, the
male and female stars of certain films and
the companies producing certain films, and
how many times "Les Miserable.^" has
There is also a special grouping of recently
recommended films in which contestants are
to name five each from the classics and stage
plays, and five biographical and five musi-
The division is continuing its system of '
annual picture awards. For the club year
1952-53 awards will be made to the best
biographical picture and the best portrayal
of home life, in the opinion of the clubwomen.
Members have been notified of "Movies of
the Month" selections for November made
by Mrs. Dean Gray Edwards, division chairman,
over the Martha Deans radio program.
The pictures are "Bloodhounds of Broadway"
(20th-Fox), "Come Back, Little Sheba"
(Para), "Forbidden Games" (Times Film),
"My Pal Gus" (20th-Fox). "Plymouth Adventure"
(MGM), "The Prisoner of Zenda"
(MGM), "The Promoter" (U-I) and "The
Via TV Growing Popular
CLEVELAND—Lights, Camera, Questions,
said to be the first sustained motion picture
theatre-sponsored TV program to be presented,
is rapidly forging to the front in
public listening esteem.
Questions pertaining to all phases of the
motion picture industry submitted to the
TV station WXEL and deposited in specially
prepared boxes in lobbies of the participating
theatres, doubled in number over the previous
(first) week of the 13-week series.
Each participating theatre now has on display
a gasinator, electric garbage and paper
disposal, which is the grand prize of the program.
At each theatre, passes are sent to
everyone who stumps the panel.
The panel is made up of Prank Murphy,
Loew Theatres division manager; Max Mink,
RKO Palace manager; Jack Silverthorne,
Hippodrome manager; Dick Wright, Warner
district manager, and Leonard Greenberger,
representing the Fairmount and Lower Mall
theatres. Disk jockey Bill Gordon emcees the
half-hour show from 1 to 1:30 p. m. each
RKO Reissues Two Dec. 1
NEW YORK—RKO reissued
and the Bobby-Soxer." starring Gary
Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple,
and "Bachelor Mother," with Ginger Rogers
and David Niven, December 1.
BOXOFFICE December 6. 1952
''What would you have done?''
asks Mr. George Fehlman
Execulite Vici-Pnsiiletil. Beliup & Thompson, Inc., Chicago—mtrchandise prize imcemtiie programt
"Recently, wc ti.ui to deliver prize
material to client sales meetings, scheduled
all over the country for the same
"We were forbidden to ship early—
and we ;/;//.(/ not be late! What would
you have done.'
"We called Air Express.
"Within 24 hours, almost 1 ,000 shipments
were dispatched. All arrived on
schedule. Not a single call or wire inquiring
about a shipment was received I
"We've become accustomed to that
kind of service from Air Express.
What's more— on pr-utically every shipment
we make, the Air Express rate is
louesl in the field. These rate differences
often .save several hundred dollars
one day's shipping!
"Our business has grown from Sl'/>
million yearly sales ^ years ago. to more
than S') million this year. Wc give
credit for an important 'assist' to Air
GETS THERE FIRST
Division of RjHii jy Expresi Agtncy
19^2 — our 2^lh year of ttrtice
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Serious Pictures Needed, '"
Producer Wallis Says
NEW YORK—Does the public want only
escapism in pictures or can serious pictures
become boxoffice succcesses? Has anything
upset the view of many exhibitors that
escapism is greatly preferred because the
industry is dealing with "lO-year-old minds
and films should be kept down to that level?"
Hal Wallis, producer, expressed his views
on arrival here from Hollywood for talks with
Paramount, which releases his pictures, and
with Defense department officials in Washington.
He pointed out that his long production
record included light comedies and
escapist pictures such as "My Friend Irma"
and all but one of the Martin and Lewis
comedies, as well as mature pictures like
"Watch on the Rhine," "Kings Row," "Dark
Victory" and the new "Come Back, Little
"There's nothing wrong with escapism,"
Wallis said, "but there's also nothing wrong
with films that make audiences think a
little while they're being entertained. It isn't
that the general IQ of the public is suddenly
rising. It's simply that film producers have
suddenly become aware of the public's new
and higher entertainment standards in film
fare and are catering to it."
Wallis said there is recognition now that
plays which have been big stage hits in
New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco
will do just as well on theatre screens
everywhere. He cited "Come Back, Little
Sheba," co-starring Burt Lancaster and Shirley
Booth, which was a Broadway success.
It will be released in December in time for
possible Academy award recognition. Its director
was Daniel Mann, who directed the
"I've been fighting for years," WaUis said.
Clips from "Come Back, Little Sheba"
are studied by (left to right) Burt Lancaster
and Shirley Booth, who co-star in
it, and Hal Wallis, producer. The reaction
Rembusch Formula for Luring Crowds
"against the theory that fine, artistic plays
which do good business on Broadway cannot
do just as well elsewhere on film. Just
look at what happened during the past yearor
so with 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and
'Detective Story.' They were tremendous as
Broadway stage plays, just as 'A Place in
the Sun' was tremendous as 'An American
Tragedy' on the stage, and all were outstanding
successes as films. A short time
ago, but not now, those films would have
been taboo with producers, who took their
cue from exhibitors as the best source of
knowledge of public taste. In 'Come Back,
Little Sheba' we feel certain we have a film
that will appeal to all segments of the moviegoing
NEW YORK—Motion picture exhibitors
throughout the nation are going to lure customers
away from television with a batch of
feature films they simply can't resist. What
is happening stems largely from the enterprise
and foresight of Trueman T. Rembusch,
president of the Allied Theatre Owners of Indiana
and operator of a chain of theatres in
Indiana. Martin Bunn reports in the December
issue of the American Magazine.
An intensive survey was undertaken by
Rembusch in 32 states to determine the kind
of motion pictures the public prefers. He
applied what he learned to his own theatres
and the customers poured in to the tune of
$1,000,000 a year. Other exhibitors who were
once skeptical of his formula are rushing to
get on the bandwagon, according to the
His findings are reported in the American
magazine as follows:
"We don't care for present-day Academy
award pictures. The last five Oscar winners
were superb productions, technically, but most
of the folks who saw them found them com-
"We aren't even slightly impressed any
more by super-productions costing $10,000,000.
"We are losing our appetite for love. At
one time when the word 'love' was in the
title, movie fans stormed the doors. Now
that word is poison.
"We want no messages in our entertainment.
"John Q. Public, in his search for relaxation
and entertainment, is not serious-minded.
Sometimes we pass up first-class entertainment
because we suspect a preachy picture.
"Most of us don't go for 'arty' or 'longhair'
pictures. As a rule, we don't like foreign productions.
"We usually don't give a hoot, either, for
professional critics' opinions of a picture.
"We've had enough run-of-the-mine westerns.
"We are sharply divided on double bills.
"We average people pick our favorite actors
usually because they have warm, lovable personalities.
"Most of us like drive-in theatres.*'
Movietone News, No. 97: French battle Red offensive
in Indo-China; Ike names two women to
jobs in government; Assam tribes honor Nehru;
paratroops on alert in Korea; O'Dwyer quits Mexico
post; Marshal Tito is re-elected; Eric Johnston
in Latin America; Florida picks Miss Tangerine.
News of the Day, No. 227: Amazing air drops 1
filmed in Korea; Vishinsky vs. Acheson; Eric Johnston
in Rio; AFL elects president; Bill Stern's stars Qnd\
ploys of 1952.
Paromount News, No. 30: Meony named AFL|
president; UN-Visninsky says no; Eric Johnston
Brazil; Mrs. Eisenhower honored by USO; women I
oppointees in new administration; feature sports [
presentation— 1 952 All-American football team.
Universal News, No. 417: Korea paratroops; motion I
picture pioneers; British jeep; Santa Clous parade p
in Seottle; France—observatory examines cosmic rays.
Worner Pathe News, No. 32: Visitors pour into
Ike's busy hecdquorters; parodrops in Korea; George I
Meony named new AFL chief; Medal of Honor
owarded to Koreo hero; Rio de Janeiro— Eric Johns-
ton calls on President of Brazil; motion picture pioneers
honor Not Blumberg; New York City—new
designs for fashions in resorts; Cleveland— Eagles
beat Browns in pro-football.
Movietone News, No. 98: Mrs. Eisenhower seestw
Mrs. Truman at White House; Seoul awaits Ike's J*
ornval; Koreans activate two new divisons; 36 killed
in crash of C-54 at Tacoma; Chicago is host to'
prize cattle; Notre Dome holts Southern Califormo,
9-0; Navy defeats Army, 7-0. :
News of the Day, No. 228: Koreo prepares big,
welcome for Eisenhower; new tenant visits White
House; U.S. steel; 37 perish as plone crashes in fog;
100,000 see Navy sink Army; Irish beat Trojans.
Paromount News, No. 31: Koreo ready for Ike;
Mrs. Eisenhower visits Mrs. Truman; heavy toll ir
C-54 crash; new envoy to Britain; Christmas toylond,
football — Army-Navy; Southern Canifornio-Notre^
Universal News, No. 418: Korea awaits Ike, plane!
crash; Mamie at White House; BARC vehicle; Wilson.'
and Lovett; Operation RAWIN; football—Army-Navy: y
Middies sink Cadets, 7-0.
Warner Pathe News, No. 33: Koreo awaits Ike;
air crash kills 36; Mrs. Truman and Mrs. Ike meet
at White House; Seattle—army shows giant 60-ton
amphibian; cars and stars at Warner Bros studio;
Homestead, Pa.—pour town's billionth ton of steel;
Army -Navy game; Notre Dame tops USC.
American Newsreel, No. 543: John T. Wright is
first Negro elected councilman in Bergen county,
N. J.; The Rev. Nathan Wright, his wife and chil-J
dren named Pittsburgh Courier's Family of the Week;'
success story—Joseph Christian promoted to o top
post with one of the nation's largest distillery corporations;
Charles Brown holds world's record of 64|
years tor diplomatic service in Woshinglon; Mrs.|
Floy Jones, first woman on Negro police force m\
St. Louis; Duke Ellington's 25 years m show busi-i
ness celebrated in Providence, R. I. [
Telenews Digest, No. 48B: News from the Korean,
front; lost rites paid to William Green; one-man
crusade against Reds; new fiber is flame stopper;
British prepare for coronation; Italian sport—boor
hunting in Tuscany; court tennis—champion retains
Telenews Digest, No. 49A: Mammoth reception*
set—Seoul is ready for Ike's visit; 60-ton duck;
army's new land-sea giant; ordi nonce display—now
stages rocket show; Indo-Chino war—French potrob
hit Red lines; st>/li5h timepieces; football classic-
Navy tops Army, 7-0.
Clubwomen List 3 Films
Out of 11 for Family
NEW YORK—Three pictures are rated for,
family audiences, seven for adults and young'
people and one for adults in the November
15 listing of joint estimates of current motion
pictures prepared by the Film Estimate
Board of National Organizations.
The family films are "It Grows on Trees'
(U-I». "Pony Soldier" t20th-Fox» and
"Prisoner of Zenda" (MGM). The adultyoung
people films are "Because of You'
lU-I). "Bloodhounds of Broadway" (20th-
Pox). "Hangman's Knot" (CoH. "Tlie Lustj
Men" iRKO). "Operation Secret" iWBt. "The
Steel Trap" (20th-Fox) and "Voodoo Tiger'
(Col). The single adult film is "Night With-,
nut Sleep" i20th-Fox)
BOXOFFICE December (i. 1952
Thii chart recordi the (Mfformanci of currtnl ottraclioni in lk« apfiiiii^ «t«li of >lnn l»«l '»•• >«
the 20 key citict checked Picture* with le»cr than li>e engogementt ore not Inled A* ae* 'MM
ore reported, rolingt ore added ond o>eraqet roiied Compuloli«
Theatre Construction, Openings^ Sales and Leases
Albuquerque, N. M.—A new drive-in is planned
by Tom Griffin for o location at Carlisle and
Antigo, Mich.—The Antigo Outdoor will be built
on Highway 45, south of the city. Construction
has started and the theatre will open next spring.
AppJeton, Wis.—S&M Theatres is to build a new
outdoor theatre near here, to make its tenth outdoor
Broken Bow, Neb.— H. F. Kennedy and son plan
to build a 400-car drive-in about a mile east on
Highway 2, to open next spring.
Carlyle, III.—Dominic Prisma and Charles Benanti
hove begun construction of a drive-in three miles
west of here, which they expect to open next spring.
Camrose, Alto.—Stan Bailey will build a drive-in
here, which is in the oil belt.
Canton, S. D.—Math Wueben is ready to start construction
of a drive-in next spring a mile west
Chariton, Iowa—Central States Theatre Corp. plans
to build a 400-car dnve-in north on Highway 1
on the C. O. Brown farm.
Cobden, III.—William Waring jr. will build two
200-car drive-ins to open early in 1953. One will
be on Route 51 between here ond Anna; the other
south of Jonesboro on Route J27.
Council Grove, Kas.—Cle Bratton is completing his
Corner Brook, Nfld.—P. T. Coleman and partners
wi!l build 300-car drive-in near here, siarting
about May I
Creston, Iowa—Construction is under way on a
new drive-in for Commonwealth Theatre Corp. to
serve 300 cars.
Gushing, Okla.—Negotiations are under way to
purchase 18 acres two miles north on Highway 18,
for construction of a drive-in.
Detroit, Mich.— Northeastern Theotres Co., operating
the Alpena Theatre at Alpena, will build a
Devil's Lake, N. D.—Joe Floyd and Eddie Ruben
are building drive-ins at this ploce and Moorhead,
Eureka, Kas.—Homer Strowig is completing his
Green Cove Springs, Flo.—MCM Theatres, with
headquarters in Leesburg, has bought a tract of land
on the Jacksonville highway and plans to erect
a drive-in immediotely.
Grinnell, Iowa—Groding is under way on o new
drive-in north of here at the intersection of Highwoy
1 46 ond the east-west rood.
lowo Falls, lowo—The Falls Drive-ln is under construction
on Highway 65. Manager I. C. Jenson reports
it will open in the spring.
Jacksonville, Flo.— National Theatre Enterprises will
build o 250-car new Negro dnve-in to be named
Kaukauna, Wis.—Harry Melcher and Mark Morgan
plan to build an outdoor theatre on Highway
4 , 1
near here, for opening next spring. It will
accommodate 800 cars.
Key West, Flo.—A 500-car drive-in will be constructed
on Stock island by the first of the year.
Lexington, N. C.— H. E. Wessinger is constructing
a dnve-in on the west side of town.
Malvern, Ark.—Work is under way on the ex-
Please accept my APOLOGY!
Illness has delayed our public Sneak Preview planned for this time.
However, we will soon demonstrate
We will announce a date for the showing (about Jan. 1)
Third Dimension Pictures You Can Afford
pension for an additional 1 20 cars at the Malvefn|
drive-m. New copocity is to be 500 cars.
Mulberry, Flo.— Bert Wells has storted construction
on a dnve-in to be finished by Christmas time.i
Oskosh, Wis.—Ben Marcus of S&M Theottes has I
started construction on a second dnve-in here I
for spring opening. It will be on Highwoy 45 Qnd|
county road J.
Pensacola, Flo.—T. G. Solomon is building a
drive- in on Novy boulevard and Corry rood.
Plainville, Kos.—Mrs. George Moore is constructing
a 300-car drive-in.
Pittsburgh, Po.—Associated Drive-ln Theatres is
constructing its ninth drive-in on the Comp Horn ]
Spooner, Wis.—Sheldon Grengs will construct
drive- in here and one at Decoroh, lowo.
Stuort, Flo.—Veebee Theatres has purchased land I
r\Qor the city limits for construction of o 350-cor |
Tomah, Wis.—Groding hos been started on o 432-
cor drive- in here, on Highways 12 and 21
Topeka, Kos.—Claude Porrish is completing his '
750-car dnve-in here.
and Mrs. Jim Eggerman have 1
opened their new Glenwood iwood Drive-ln, o miie north j I
on Highway C.
Horrisburg, III.—Turner and Forrer Theatres here
opened its new 500-cor cfrive-tn, the Starlite, between
Eldorado and here.
Hazelhurst, Go.—The Stem Theatre chain opened
the new 200-car Troil Drive-In a mile and a half
south of town recently.
Kermit, Tex.—The new 466-car Lariat Drive-ln
was opened recently by Kermit Theatres, owned by
Video Theatres, Inc.
Lakeland, Flo.—Joe Florita and William Klem
planned to open their Filmlond Drive-ln Thanksgiving
Lynn Valley, B. C.—Sam Chizen's 350-seQt Quonset
Theatre is to be opened by January 1.
Monticello, Flo.—The Pugs Drive-ln has been
opened on Highway 149 by Mr. and Mrs. George
W Reed. It is owned by A. J. Blounstorm and G. W.
Nouvoo, III.—The 400-seat Nauvoo Theotre, operating
since February, had its formal opening recently.
New Smyrna, Flo.—The new Tower Dnve-ln was
Tampa, Flo.— J. B. Shipley and B. N. Pooly planned
a December 1 opening for their Sundown Dnve-ln.
Valpariso, Fla.^—^The 400-seat Jet Theatre with a
balcony for Negroes has opened here.
Winona, Miss.—The 400-car Winona Drive-ln was
opened here by Exhibitors Services. C. O. Bishop
SALES AND LEASES:
Arcada, Flo.— Bernie Thompson and George West
of this city have bought the DeSoto Theotre from
Burnsville, Miss.— Hal Barnes has bought the Victory
Theatre from Lester Ligion.
DeFuniok Springs, Flo.—Martin Theatres has purchased
the Trail and the Highway 90 drive-ins.
Dierks, Ark.—C. O. Taylor has purchosed the
Pines Theatre from K. D. Williams.
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PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR SELLING SEATS BY PRACTICAL SHOWMEN
Santo Claus Parade
Ballyhoos Lusty Men in Frisco
Eleanor Todd, one of the featured players
In "The Lusty Men," was tied in on a Joint
promotion with the Grand National horse
show and rodeo in San Francisco, to sell the
picture at the Golden Gg.te Theatre. The
tlcup was arranged by Manager Mark AllinR
and publicist Bill Blake.
Upon her arrival in San Francisco. Miss
Todd was met by a delegation of cowboys from
the rodeo and escorted uptown where she appeared
in the Santa Claus parade sponsored
by the Emporium, department store. She
donned a colorful costume from the picture
and rode a horse.
For four days, the starlet made personal appearances
with the rodeo queens at the big
show in the Cow Palace, wearing the same
outfit. Posters announcing her appearance
and the Golden Gate attraction were spotted
around the Cow Palace, and periodic announcements
were made to each audience
over the public address system.
On the first four days of the showing. Mi.ss
Todd appeared on 16 top radio programs over
station KFRC. KGO. KYA. KCBS and
KROW. and on television programs over
KPIX-TV. KRON-TV KGO-TV. In each instance,
her personal appearances at the theatre
and "The Lusty Men" playdates were
Blake tied up with the distributor of Blue
Bell Rangler's Jeans whereby all theatre employes
were outfitted in cowboy costumes a
week in advance and during the run. The
distributor, in addition, placed window cards
in all dealer stores in the San FrancLsco area.
Rodeo atmosphere was achieved outside the
theatre by a manufacturer of novelties sold at
rodeo shows. He set up a booth and provided
a salesman barker.
Diiring the .session of livestock Judging at
the Cow Palace. Miss Todd posed with the
winning steer, photos of which were landed
in every daily paper in the city.
Treasure Hunt Spots
A born at which auctloiu are held twice
each week became the .tcenc of an uniuual
tteup which helped "Caribbean" (or Mort
Bcrmnn. manager of the Orpheum Theatre.
Herman tied In with the people who operate
the auction (or a "Caribbean" treasure hunt
on the Saturday night coincident with the
opening o( the picture. The "trea.nure" wa.'*
a number of theatre pa.s«es hidden In articles
put up by the auctioneer (or .Mile. Some 700
people showed up to bid on the hidden treasure,
having been enticed by large newspaper
ads announcing the hunt.
At the barn. Berman posted a 20-foot banner
directly over the auctioneer's head, with
the key line. "Speaking of trea.
Animated Circus Gets
Attention in Lobby
For 'Greatest Show'
A Cincinnati jeweler cooperated with Ed
McGlone. manager of the Palace, in arranging
a shooting match between two rival police
fraternities in behalf of "Springfield Rifle."
The winning team received a trophy.
In Cumberland Area
Gets Good Results
Lewis Thompson, manager of the Holland
in Bellsfontaine. Ohio, set the stage for future
tieups with a newly located jeweler who
moved to town by promoting a window display
on "Just for You." He expects to line up
a series of holiday tieups as a result of the
Jack Ward, manager of the Seneca in Niagara
Falls, Ont.. placed a one-sheet card on
"Ivanhoe" in a showcase outside the public
library. The library officials readily accepted
Ward's proposal because of the classical significance
of the Sir Walter Scott novel.
The animated circus, illustrated herewith,
convinced Bill Fanning, manager of the Owen
Theatre, Branson, Mo., that exploitation pays
off for the small theatre at no increase in his
advertising budget. The motorized circus was
built by Fanning and a friend.
The carousel was mounted on a 78 rpm
turntable. Tlie motor and pulleys for the
ferris wheel were concealed in the tiny ticket
booth. The framework for most of the display
was made from old hat boxes.
During the playdates, the exhibit was moved
to a local department store window.
On one side of the lobby. Fanning built
an attractive display of animal cages surrounded
by bales of hay and backed up with
tarpaulins. Each cage bore a label such as
lion, tiger, leopard, etc. Since no animals
were in the cages. Fanning lettered a sign
across the display reading: "Who's kidding
who? Don't miss 'The Greatest Show on
Periscope Peek Shows
Poster on 'Submarine'
An effective lobby stunt for "Submarine
Command" used by Fred Godwin, manager of
the Wellston, Warner Robins, Ga., involved
the use of a large periscope.
The gadget was
built from old materials in the theatre.
was placed upside down on the wall, and people
who peeked into the periscope were able
to read the plug for "Submarine Command."
To ballyhoo "When Worlds Collide," Godwin
obtained three army surplus target balloons
which were inflated with helium and
flown over the theatre with a sales message
painted on the surface.
'Memory' Contest Is Put
Over by Throwaways
Two thousand throwaways announcing a
contest on "Here's to the Memory" were distributed
by H. Kean, manager of the Savoy
Cinema, Exeter, England. Copy invited patrons
to write a letter, after seeing the film,
listing the five events which in their opinion
have most affected the course of history in
the last 50 years. Prizes of a guinea and a
months' supply of passes for two were
awarded for the most interesting entries received.
Cowboys and Cowgirls
Get Photos on Pony
Dave Weinstein, manager of the Atlantic
Drive-In Theatre. Pleasantville, N. J., promoted
a cowboy and cowgirl popularity contest
as a six-week business stimulant, to run
Through an arrangement with the Pleasantville
photographer, youngsters who attend
the theatre dressed in western costumes are
invited to be photographed riding Teddy, the
theatre pony, and their pictures are posted on
a display at the concession booth. Parents
and friends are then invited to vote for their
favorites. Ballots are distributed with every
purchase of an admission ticket.
The photographer, in addition to lending
his services at no charge, has provided a
quantity of toys, games and gun sets for
distribution to the contest winners.
According to Weinstein, several hundred
parents took advantage of the free theatre
offer, and the contest was instrumental in
advertising the fact that the drive-in,
equipped with in-car heaters, will remain open
through the winter months.
Stickers on 'Charley?'
Five thousand stickers advertising "Where's
Charley?" were put out by George Robinson,
manager of the Odeon Theatre, St. Thomas,
On_. Playdates were added to a lively cut of
the dancing star and the catchline, "Ray
Bolger bowls 'em over in, etc." The stickers
were left on the windows of parked cars and
shops. Robinson distributed lucky-number
heralds, folded so as to reveal only the words,
"The: e people are looking for Charley." Two
merchant ads defrayed the cost of printing
Saddle Club on Parade
For Onargo, 111., 'Bronco'
Donald Walraven, manager of the Mode
Theatre, Onarga, 111., persuaded the local
Boots and Saddle club to stage a parade to
exploit "Bronco Buster." A dozen club members,
astride horses and wearing western
togs, carried large banners announcing the
film, stars, and theatre dates.
As an inexpensive means of advertising "Has
Anybody Seen My Gal." Jack Pardes, manager
of the Libferty Theatre. Cumberland,
Md., imprinted several thousand grocery bags
with picture and theatre copy and had them
distributed at foiu- important stores. Numbers
appeared on each bag, and recipients who
found numbers corresponding with a list
posted in the theatre lobby received free
For "Horizons West," Pardes distributed
2,000 heralds, posted three-sheets in empty
store windows, and posted two six-sheets on
the sidewalk in front of the theatre.
On "The Jungle," miniature drums were
strung across the lobby and a miniature
jungle display was constructed in the lobby
with cutouts of animals peering from behind
foliage. The display also featured a miniature
animal trap and natural stones,
A screening aroused wide local interest in
"The Miracle of Fatima." Pardes invited
cleraymen, the mayor, officers of the Knights
of Columbus, the local newspaper editor and
cab drivers. Principals of parochial schools
were contacted personally regarding student
di count tickets, and as a result, the student
body at two of the schools attended a matinee
accompanied by their teachers. Priests
and ministers mentioned the theatre attraction
at Sunday services.
Pardes used a flash front, distributed heralds
at local schools, and posted three-sheets
on billboards. Radio spot annoimcements
further advertised the show.
Pitcher's Wife Throws
Strike on Fall Hits
Appropriately named, the Ball Theatre at
Pageland, S. C, is operated by former bigleague
pitcher Van Mongo and his wife. Mrs
Lingle Van Mongo.
Mrs. Van Mongo recently entered a float
in a local parade to highlight some of the
coming fall attractions. Along the sides of
the truck were large cutouts in the shape
of ba.seballs with titles of coming films lettered
on the sphere.
On top of the float sat theatre employes
dressed in costumes symbolizing the various
pictures. Three girls in bathing suits plugged
"Skirts Ahoy!" attractively gowned girls portrayed
"Lovely to Look At," and a fencer in
masked garb dramatically emphasized
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: Dec. 6, 1952 Mt.f^
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School Co-Op Gained
Via Student Groups
Making House Tour
Exhibitors 111 Milwaukee have tried iiiisuccossfully
for many years to lie up with
the local school system. Built on a conservation
foundation, no one has ever succeeded
In cracklnK this policy with a commercial
But Tony Uble. assistant to Harry MacDon-
•Id, manager of the Warner Theatre, recently
broke the many-ycar-old precedent after he
learned that the North Division high school
screens 200 films for Its students every week.
Subjects range from agriculture to science
and Industry, with youthful projectionists
operating the machines. Students selected for
this Job have indicated an interest In making
careers as projectionists.
Uble contacted William Hall, director of
the audio-visual training program at the
school, and offered to give this class of projectionists
a tour of the Warner Theatre. A
group of 39 responsed to bulletins posted on
the .school board. They were divided into
small groups and given a first-hand tour of
the entire theatre. The projection booth received
the major attention of the students.
of course, with the operator on duty answering
all questions. The boys were invited to be
guests of the management following the tour.
High school officials have approved the
suggestion from Uble that the tour be made
an annual event as an incentive for the
Walking Book Ballyhoo
Attractive lobby setpieces for the Lucas
Theatre, Savannah. Ga.. were made by Manager
Robert Dyches, who later planted them
In downtown store windows during the run of
"Ivanhoe." Dyches built a flash front and
covered the entire boxoffice with a beaverboard
masking, depicting a medieval castle.
A walking book ballyhoo appeared on the
downtown streets four days before opening.
One-sheets were displayed in four public
libraries, and all schools in the city were
dismissed early on a stagger schedule so that
students could see the picture.
Bookmarks imprinted locally were diitributed
by book shops, which also displayed theatre
Street Stunt Campaigns
For 'Washington Story'
Herb Chappel. manager of the Palace in
Guelph. Ont.. tied in a novel street stunt for
"The Washington Story" with the recent presidential
elections. Three boys carried placards
through the business area. The first sign
read. "I Like Adlai." The second read. "I
Like Ike." and the third read. "I Like Van
Johnson in "The Washington Story,' etc, etc."
Flash Front in Tulsa
Gene Welch, manager of the Delman Theatre,
Tulsa. Okla., built a flash front for "The
Snows of Kilimanjaro." Door panels were
used on the eight entrance doors, and special
art pieces and still boards were placed adjacent
to the boxoffice.
Sidewalk Art Pleases
Patrons and Public
Mrs. Robert Leventhal. manaKrr of the
San .Marco Tlieatre. Jark.sonville. Fla.. promoted
a sidewalk art show to draw attention
to the arty type of films featured
as the theatre's reeular policy. The stunt
was tied in directly with the exhibition of
"Rembrandt" and the short .subjert.
"School of French Painting."
The Jacksonville .Xrts club cooperated by
having its members use the entire sidewalk
in front of the theatre display their
Lasso Artists Awarded
Passes to 'Will Rogers'
Bill Burke, manager of the Capitol in
Brantford. Ont., developed a slick lobby stunt
for "The Story of Will Rogers." He had his
staff make a ten-foot cutout of the stars of
the picture. This was displayed in the theatre
lobby and patrons were invited to try to
lasso the figures. An attractive usherette
garbed in western attire stood by with a
rope and awarded pa.sses to those who were
For Halloween, Burke advertised a costume
party at the Saturday matinee. He
promoted 25 prizes from a local merchant.
Of 1.000 youngsters who showed up at the
matinee, more than half were in costume.
Ideas Rate News Stories
For 'Springfield Rifle'
Sol Sorkin. manager of the RKO Keith's
Theatre. Syracuse, N. Y.. found a local collector
who owns a Springfield rifle manufactured
in 1873. The discovery led to a news
story and photograph in the Past-Standard,
with a nice plug for "Springfield Rifle."
In cooperation with the Syracuse pwlice department
which conducts a f>erpetual drive
to collect war souvenirs. Sorkin offered a jjair
of tickets for "Springfield Rine" to any
person who turned in battle souvenirs such as
pistols, knives, grenades, etc. This, too was
the subject of a prominent news story.
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handiwork in typical >Va-«hlnrtnn .s
. . Now
Manager Don Walraven of the Mode Theatre.
Onarga, 111., goes in for humorous art
signs to sell "The Greatest Show on Earth."
He did art work himself.
Page Co-Op Proclaims
Tor You' at Chatham
Harry Wilson, manager of the Capitol Theatre,
Chatham, Ont., promoted a newspaper
co-op ad on "Just for You" which gave the
picture a cost-free three-column display ad
centered in the page and a five-inch streamer
across the top. Each merchant offered "Bargain
Values 'Just for You."
For "Dreamboat," merchants responded
with a half-page new.spaper co-op ad under
the heading, "Dearie, Do You Remember?"
Advertising copy was tied in to suggest that
the sale values offered date back to the era
depicted in the film.
. . .
Wilson hit in the Chatham Daily News with
a three-column, eight-inch photo showing
three girls wearing skirts lettered with copy,
"'Skirts Ahoy!' . at the Capitol
with Esther Williams." The stunt attracted so
much attention on the streets, the paper dispatched
a photographer to take a picture
of the three girls, which it published with a
story giving full credit to "Skirts Ahoy!"
Ushers and Students Aid
In Theatre Promotions
Helen Johnson, manager of the State Theatre,
Statesville, N. C, had all theatre employes
wear badges two weeks in advance of
"Everything I Have Is Yours," lettered with
picture copy, star names, etc.
"Smarty Pants" badges with a rever.se cut
of the title were distributed to high school
students. The title .song was played over the
public address system with announcements a
week before opening, and plugged on the local
rad^o .'Station. One hundred window cards
For "Les Miserables," Miss Johnson circularized
teachers of English, French and
history at the high .school and urged their
cooperation in interesting the children in the
Victor Hugo classic.
Saturation radio announcements on station
WSIC were used in advance and currently.
One- heets were posted in school libraries
and the public library in State.sville and
nearby communities, and special heralds were
distributed four days prior to opening.
Contests Add Support
To 'Miracle' Showing
At Syracuse Keith
Sol Sorkin, manager of Keith's Theatre in
Syracuse, N. Y.. sponsored a contest in all
parochial schools to interest students in "The
Miracle of Fatima." Students were invited to
submit a 50-word essay on "Why I would like
to visit the shrine at Fatima." Prizes were a
raving.i bonds and copies of the book. "The
Shepherds of Fatima."
Station WSYR-TV sponsored a similar contest
open to the general public.
Records obtained from the Columbia distributor
were supplied to disk jockeys who
gave the theatre and playdates credits whenever
the records were played.
A ten-foot poster framed in the lobby attracted
attention to the booking, and the
Catholic Sun gave the picture front-page publicity
and news stories for two weeks prior to
Two Catholic bishops, the superintendent of
parochial schools and representatives of radio
and television stations and the press attended
a screening of the picture ten days in advance
Parochial schools distributed student tickets
in classrooms, and window cards were posted
in every school in Syracuse.
Eggs Offered for Sale
On 'Cheaper by Dozen'
Since "Cheaper by the Dozen" had already
played the downtown theatre in Spearman,
Tex., when it was booked for the Wagonwheel
Drive-In Fly-In, Manager J. D. Wilbanks
decided to use a humorous stunt before
the picture opened to induce word-of-mouth
Several dozen eggs were sacked and displayed
in the boxoffice with a sign. "Buy your
fresh country eggs here . . . they're 'Cheaper
by the Dozen.' " Even at prices lower than
the food stores were charging, Wilbanks reports
he was eating egg.s—scrambled, boiled,
shirred, scuffled, and even mashed—for several
weeks, due to the lack of interest shown
by his patrons.
The stunt did, however, create considerable
comment and Wilbanks believes the resulting
publicity showed up at the drive-in boxoffice.
Sign Across Underpass
Ted Doney, manager of the Royal Theatre,
Guelph, Ont., located a large banner over the
main street underpass advertising "Ivanhoe"
a week prior to opening. Three days in advance,
Doney dispatched a walking book street
ballyhoo to the downtown area, with a threecolumn
picture making the Daily Mercury.
The local library cooperated by distributing
imprinted bookmarks, and a front was built
from three-sheets and exchange accessories.
Leopard Girls on Street
To exploit "Untamed Women" at the RKO
Boston I I Pviblicist Red King
had two models dressed in leopard skin costumes
in the downtown .section distributing
heralds. On the back of each girl was a sign
lettered with picture and theatre information.
A new Mercury was promoted as street
for "The Turning Point" at the Stillman
in Cleveland. Manager Arnold Gates had
the car and the sign on the streets two days
before opening and through the run.
Gives 'World' Break
E. D. Hainge. manager of the Odeon Cinema
in Birmingham, England, turned in a
brilliant campaign for "The World in His
Arms." He planted a 7,500-word story and
several scene stills from the picture which
appeared in the Birmingham Evening Dispatch
in three daily installments prior to ;
opening. The newspaper, in addition, placed
pictorial posters on both sides of its fleet
of 50 trucks.
A screening was held for local film critics
resulting in good advance notices and an jJ
additional 247 inches of free space for the '
The Ship Model Society loaned the theatre
a variety of model sailing ships for display
purposes. A 16mm trailer operating with an
ampro repeated was set up in a prominent
store window and proved to be an excellent
Bookstore tieups. the distribution of bookmarks
and displays in travel agencies further
helped to promote the playdates.
Free Radio Time Sells
'Something for Birds'
George Snyder, manager of the Paramount
in Syracuse, N. Y.. promoted gratis radio
plugs over station WSYR, WNDR and WFBL
to exploit "Something for the Birds" and the
co-feature, "Steel Trap."
Station WHEN-TV showed its audience
scene stills from the film and awarded theatre
pa.sses to tho.se who correctly identified
the stars and answered questions pertaining
to the picture.
A pet shop used a full window display tied I
in with "Something for the Birds," and
Western Union displayed a blowup of a still
showing the stars of the picture sending a
telegram. Six-sheets were posted on special
The Hillsberg Safe Co. provided a large safe
for display on the sidewalk in front of the
theatre. The public was invited to try and
crack the combination to win free passes for
32 — 278 BOXOFFICE Showmandiser
Dec. 6, 1952 Mlila^^^
School Aid Promineni Orlando, Fla., Manager Capitalizes
In Local Promolion
On Stage Wedding and Kid Shows
jD.sepli U(j.vU'. inuiKiKt'r of tlU' Poll TJu-ulrt'.
Norwich. Conn., u.sed lobby dl.splny.'., ica.ser
trailers and .special heralds to exploit •'Plymouth
Adventure." Teaser trailers were spliced
Into the new.sreel three weeks ahead of playdates.
Ship displays and an oversize setplece
bordered with heavy marine rope helped create
Boyle obtained publicity In the .schools by
contacting the superintendent. A cla.ssl(led
ad contest was arranged with the Norwich
Bulletin, and Ihrowawnys were used to promote
a coloring contest and a Jigsaw puzzle.
Place mat.s Imprinted with picture copy were
distributed to local restaurants.
The Kaufman news agency distributed window
cards and heralds, and displayed truck
signs tying in the Cosmopolitan pictorial review
of the film.
In Rochester. N. Y.. Manager Lester Pollock
fed the local new.spapers stories and art beginning
five weeks In advance. The Rochester
mu.seum supplied models of schooners similar
to the Mayflower for exhibition In the theatre
lobby. Also on view in the lobby was a wedding
gown, akin to one .seen in the picture,
supplied by the Rochester Bridal Shoppe. The
store supported this deal with a newspaper
Souvenir photos of the four stars in color
were imprinted inexpensively and distributed
through beauty parlors and professional offices.
Radio station WVET sponsored an
essay contest on "Why did the pilgrims make
this adventure?" Pollock promoted a turkey
and five baskets of fruit as winning prizes.
Two men and two w'onien dressed in Pilgrim
costumes carried signs advertising the picture
through the streets. The quartet visited
newspaper editors and radio personalities,
presenting each with a basket of fruit, nuts
The local news agency cooperated with truck
signs and gave Pollock "Plymouth Adventure"
pocketbooks for presentation to the first 100
patrons attending the opening day matinee.
TV Contest Exploits
'Married' in Miami
Adapted from the title of "We're Not, Married,"
a television contest publicized the pic-
ture continuously through the exhibition
playdates of all Wometco suburban theatres
The idea is credited to Paul Baron, manager
of the Strand, and wa.s executed by
Wometco publicists Harry Kronewitz and
The contest was announced daily over a
four-week period by the co-sponsor, tlie Al< t
Gobson show, over WTVJ-TV. Merchantv
kicked in with gifts totaling SI.200 for the
couple submitting the best letter on the
subject, "We're Not Married Yet. But
Couples contemplating marriage were invited
to participate and the winners were
wed before the TV camera in promoted
bridal clothes before departing on a honeymoon
which was also promoted.
The TV program named theatres cunently
exhibiting the picture throughout the four
weeks of the contest promotion.
A stuRe wedding, u prrtentloiu affair with
li beautiful ,HettlnR, complete wlUi vocalbt
and organ mu.ilc, proved to be a «ucc«Mful
one-night buslne.ss fitlmulunt for Herman
Addl.son. miituiKcr of the RIalto In Orlando.
A serviceman from the PlnecaitUe air force
bn.sc and a local girl were married bi-forc a
capacity audience The chaplain at the IWM
performed the ceremony and arranged
transportation for a guard of honor and choir
from Plneca.stle. He further arranged 'o have
announcements posted at three army posts
In the area.
Ten merchants gave the bridal couple glfti,
a wedding dinner and a honeymoon Additional
advertising on the stage attraction Included
announcements In the theatre program,
a ,scrcen trailer, special dlaplay.s in the
lobby and out front, radio spot antiouncement-s
and newspaper display ads.
To atir.ict small fry patronage at a recent
Saturday morning show, Addison promoted
two puppies which he awarded a-s door prizes.
The giveaway was well advertised In advance.
At another recent morning show, Addison
distributed 1,200 comic books promoted from
a local dealer. To exploit the kiddy matinees
and other special attractions at the
Accordion Band on Stage
(heaire Addl on obuiiwd IJOO Minpl*
^tlck« of n' -' • - for distribution
ii itin ID advrrtlslnic com-
Ing aiid curii-i.i iiow» p. ' . .
pluvs u sign near the :
•A ky? Compare tnr I. iimwT oi. jour
li,. with a iLtt posted at the theatre
III t tickets. If the numbers
Ever on the alert for ;ome gimmick that whl
perform a service for his theatre patrons and
the public, Hugh Borland, manager of the
Louis Theatre, Chicago,
reports three recent
paid off in goodwill
and community relations.
Voting machine instruction
by the election
board, were distributed
to patrons. A large
display sign urging
people to vote in the
recent elections was
obtained from a political
organization and placed on the sidewalk
in front of the theatre.
At home. Borland noticed a pamphlet from
the telephone company offering a free Household
How-to-Do-It booklet on request of
subscribers. He contacted the phone company
and obtained several thousand of the handy
guide books for distribution to Louis Theatre
patrons, in exchange for a credit card.
The Poultry and Egg National Board supplied
Borland with 2,000 full-color booklets
containing instructions on how to prepare the
Thanksgiving turkey. These were also given
to grateful patrons in exchange for a credit
card which the donor supplied at no cost.
Borland is now completing arrangements
to give away folders on eggs. His plan of
promoting literature that has special interest
for housewives and patrons is paying dividends.
Women now ask if any circulars are
available before leaving the theatre.
12 Rentals in a Year
Is Geary's Record
Ben Geary, manager of the Athena
Theatre, Athens, Ohio, has establislied a
record of kiddy rental shows during the
year 1952. These are merchant sponsored
programs whereby business firms
rent the theatre and distribute tickets
to store customers. During June, July
and August, Geary consummated ten of
these deals which brought the theatre
Sl.OOO in extra revenue for morning midweek
matinees. For December, Geary has
set two Christmas rentals which will
increase revenue $250. He reports that
merchants are especially pleased with
this type of promotion since it creates
goodwill for them. Since last summer,
adds Geary, there has been a general
increase in kiddy attendance all along
the line which he believes is the result
of the interest the kids take since the
merchant shows were started.
Contest in Newspaper
For 'A Woman's Life'
The Chatham (Kent) Observer in England
sponsored a newspaper contest for "24 Hours
of a Woman's Life" at the Regent Cinema.
Cash prizes and theatre passes were offered
to women submitting the best letters on
"what I would do if I had unlimited money
and 24 hours in which to spend it." Daily
stories appeared in the Observer over a period
of three weeks with accompanying plugs for
Greenline taxi drivers who distribute business
cards to their "fares" permitted Manager
G. Williams to imprint the back of the
card with copy advertising the picture. Notices
were also posted inside the cabs.
Small Town Responds
To Sales Promotion
There is a premium on showmanship—regardless
of the size or location of a community.
Usually the premium pays off in terms
of ingenuity exercised
by the local theatre
Take the town of
L a d y s m i t.h, B. C
where the main industry
is logging and the
total population is
3.000; Ralph Conner,
manager of the Odeon
Theatre, and his staff
of seven employes put
on a full-scale campaign
that packed the
449 seats; total cost. $2.80.
Conner noted significantly that his engagement
of "Bright Victory" was scheduled
to coincide with a drive for funds by the
Ladysmith Hospital Foundation committee.
The theatreman gave the committee the
benefit of his experience and extended them
the cooperation of the theatre. In return, two
merchants gave display space across their
building fronts signs on the film and the to
fund drive together with copy; "Ours will be ,
a 'Bright Victory' and Yours will be a 'Bright
Another merchant displayed copies of the ;
Pocketbook "Bright Victory" in a window
display with the public invited to guess the
number for free theatre tickets. This was i
backed with a large poster advertising the
theatre dates and tied in with the fund drive. !
A cabinet maker donated a wishing well
which was placed on the sidewalk in front of
the theatre. The public contributed coins
which went to the fund. If the coin dropped
on a silver dollar in the center of the water-
jialitil at I
filled well, the tosser received a "Bright Vici
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Nt;W YOltK Paruinoiinl Is lu liuld ii mih
of ri'Kional .sales and promotional mretlnK
In the headquarters city of each dlvl.slon for
the purpose of discussing releases during the
Orst half of 1953.
Strong emphasis will be put on promotional
work aimed at raising gro.sses. A. W. Schwalberg,
president of Paramount Dlstrlbutliu;
Corp.. will preside, and each meeting will
also be attended by E. K. "Ted" O'Shca and
Jerry Plckman. vice-president In charge o(
advertising, publicity and exploitation, a.v well
as the division manager and key division
The first gathering wa.s held Wedr.esday
(3) In Philadelphia, with Howard G. Mlnsky.
mid-eastern division manager, and his chief
aides present. The home office group returned
to New York Friday and flew to
Dallas Saturday for similar meetings Sunday
and Monday with A. W. Kane, southcentral
division manager, and territorial personnel.
The next stop will be Los Angeles
for a two-day session December 9. 10 with
George A. Smith, western division manager,
and coast sales forces.
Chicago meetings with J. J. Donohue, central
division manager, are scheduled for December
12. 13. The final sessions will be in
New York December 15. 16. Hugh Owen is
eastern and southern division manager.
Another meeting will be held in Toronto,
but the date has not been set.
The product schedule to be discussed includes:
January — "Road to Bali." "Thunder
In the East" and "Ti-opic Zone"; February
"The Stooge" and "Come Back, Little Sheba":
March — "The Stare Are Singing" and "Pleasure
Island"; April — "Off Limits" and "Pony
Express": May—George Pal's "War of the
Worlds" and "Jamaica"; June — "Alaska Seas"
and "Rock Grayson's Women": and William
Wyler's "Roman Holiday." George
Stevens' "Shane." "Scared Stiff" and "Stalag
60-Cent Dividend Raises
James Lees Total to $2
BRIDGEPORT. PA.—Directors of James
Lees & Sons Co. have voted a year-end
dividend of 60 cents a share on 817,500 shares
of common, payable December 26 to stockholders
of record on December 15. This brings
the total payments for the year to $2 per
share. A quarterly dividend of 96 'i cents per
share was voted at the same time. This is
payable February 2 to holders of record
on January 15.
The board of directors of RKO Theatres
Corp. will pay a dividend of 15 cents per share
on the outstanding capital stock January 2
to stockholders of record December 15.
Leo Mishkin New Chairman
Of the N.Y. Film Critics
NEW YORK—Leo Miskin of the Morning
Telegraph will be the 1952-53 chairman of
the New York Film Critics. He was vicechairman.
Kate Cameron of the News succeeded
him as vice-chairman. Prank Quinn
of the Mirror was elected to member.ship.
December 29 has been chosen as the date
for the selection of the year's best in film,
performances and direction.
;D«t. i'm la BOXOmCE
December 6, 1952
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Variety C'luli of \Vashlni;lnn'> rrrv>n;illty
of lO.W. recfivp^ a pLiqur from I. Joi Dudget for
•-«t in hUtorjr, and in-
:n the amu«*tncnl tax
for 19U total HO.IOO.-
This mnuM that
Cily ixhibltor\ told the !
that the nm-iwrnent 'ixx »•
wlh thcutm 111 coiiiuiuiiili'
,r. aa it has each
.sylvanla. where there L' i.
the fall-off in attendance Li 10 to 20 per cent
greater In Pittsburgh The city tax for 1K3
will produce little over $400,000. compared
with S894.000 In 1948 Exhibitors said that
this trend Is continuing and the tMttom la not
In .light. Sixteen theatre-i in the city have
closed, with the city amtuement tax being
an important factor, it was stated.
A spokesman told the council that Pittsburgh
Is the only city In the na'lon that imposes
a tax as high as 10 per cent, and that at
present. Chicago Is coaslderlng repeal of a
3 per cent tax. Elimination of PltUiburgh'-i
10 per cent amusement tax "may contribute
to saving an Industry; If you continue this
tax. you may find that you have no tax revenue
Ixjcause the industry ha* become extinct."
City council took no action on the plea for
a tax ban and the same day heard the budget
message of the mayor which continued the
amusement tax. Prior to the amusement tax
hearing, city council had held meetings for
protesting merchants on the mercantile tax.
Theatre owners are taking their amusement
tax problem to the Pennsylvania general assembly,
which convenes early In January.
They will seek lepuslation to eliminate the
enabling act which permits cities, boroughs
and townships of the first and second class to
tax anything not already taxed by the sute.
Charles R. Blatt. Independent circuit exhibitor,
is coordinator of this campaign.
Boothmen's Local Runs Ad
Opposing Ticket Taxes
SHARON. PA —Opposition to Uie proposed
10 per cent amusement lax for Hickory township
got rolling a week in advance of the
scheduled meeting of the township supervisors.
lATSE Local 101 purchased a quarterpage
advertisement In the Sharon Herald to
publish "an open letter" which Informed of
the intentions of the township supervisors,
who were named with their address and telephone
"Because the township ha-s made a claim
that It needs more money does not justify
this excessive and discriminatory tax." said
the ad. A coupon was printed for those who
oppase the amusement tax to sign and send
to Hickory township supervisors. They were
urged to attend the supervLsors meeting December
5 at the Hickory fire sutlon
'Andersen Is Smash at Two Theatres;
Holdovers Good in Holiday Week
NEW YORK—"Hans Christian Andersen" Beekman— Under the Red Sea (RKO), 2nd wk...l20
, , ,. , - , ^ i ii Broadway—This Is Cinerama (Cinerama), reserved
opened to sensational business at two tnea- sects, 9th wk 1 50
tres, the Criterion, where part of the huge 105
Copitoi—The Prisoner of Zendo (mgm), 4th wk..
,. ^ , ^ ii_ 1. r-i- ^ Criterion Hans Christian Andersen (RKO) 175
first week gross came from the benefit open- f,^^ Arts—The Promoter (U-i), 5th wk 135
ing, which was donated to the Will Rogers 55th street— Life Begins Tomorrow (M-K), 2nd
Memorial hospital, and the Paris, where the
Gio*b''e— Kansas City' Confidential (UA).'
first week was the highest in the history Guild— Leonardo do Vinci (Picture), 2nd wk 120
, ., ,. „ „ ,j , „^„ Little Carnegie The Hour of 13 (MGM), 5th wk. . 90
of the five-year-old house. Loew's Stot^Outpost in Malaya (UA) 105
Except for "Kansas City Confidential," Mayfair—The Thief of Venice (20th-Fox) no
„,ui«u u^^ *-u« Urtr.*. ^*^««;«^ TTTQQb- t.i»^/>« Tiiltf Normandie—The Mudlark (20th-Fox), reissue. ... 1 00
Which had the best opening week since July
palace— it Grows on Trees (U- 1), plus vaudeville.no
at the Globe, the other new pictures for Paramount—The iron Mistress (WB), plus stage
Thanksgiving week were little better than
p,',l;!!l'„a':,' c^hHstian Andersen' Irko): y. i'.: i i. '.mS
average, including "The Thief of Venice" Radio City Music Hail—Plymouth Adventure
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. . Martin
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woA (timed, ncntui and dul.
capiul He ai»o conferred .— > Boultln«.
producer of "Wln«> Acroaa Um Sm." In
London Leon J. Bamberier. Mle* promoUon
maruMirr (or HKO, (poke at the Allied
Theatre Owncru of Indlar'i ...... -..ion December
2. 3 and will addrr- pendent
Exhibitors o( New Encland .» .j.^^».. Otccmber
NaU J. Illumbrrc. Unlver**! bovd chairman,
left December 2 (or an extended »Ur
on the coojil . , Hugh Owen. Paramount
ea-stern and .w>uthem dlvUton m*na(er. U
back In New York (oUowlng a two-wrek tour
to the Charlotte. Jacknonvllle. New Orle*n«
and Atlanlf branches . Elnleld.
vice-president o( 20th Century-Pox In chuie
o( publicity and advertising. Ie(t Novrmber
30 (or the coa.st by plane to con(cr with
Darryl P. Zanuck and Harry Brand on campaign
plon-s (or (orlhcomlng releasee , . .
Stanley Rubin, producer o( "My Pal Gui"
(or 20th-Fox. planed to California December
2 to begin preparatlon-s (or his next. "River
o( No Return" . . . Arthur Canton. MOM
eastern press representative, led December
1 (or Philadelphia. Boston. Bu((alo and Toronto
on behalf of "Million Dollar Mermaid."
Tent 35 Canvasmen Are
Holding Weekly Meetings
NEW YORK Variety Club Tent 3j canvasmen
have started weekly meeting? for
the purpose of reviving Interest In the organization.
"They also have engaged Albert G.
Gorson. director of National Campaign Associates,
to handle publicity.
At the first meeting held Monday
L B A N Y
'Thz Times-Union, in an editorial on the
tenth annual Denial week for the Variety-
Albany Boys club summer camp, urged:
"While we are getting ready to enjoy expensive
dinners on Thanksgiving day, let's
lay aside something to enable some worthy
youngster to spend two weeks under the
health influence of the camp leaders, with all
the physical and psychological advantages
of the camp life." The paper, along with
Tent 9 and the Boys club, has been sponsoring
an annual drive to provide summer
vacations for needy boys at Camp Thacher
on Thompson's lake." The camp is open for
eight weeks in July and August. The sponsors
"hope to be able to provide two-week
vacations for 400 boys . that will be possible
if the people of the area give $20,000 through
the Denial cartons to be found in stores
around the city this coming week."
The Times-Union ran a picture of Arthur
Newman, Republic manager, with a group of
Boys club members and cans for the Denial
Fabian's Grand broke advertising
week drive . . .
Sunday on the telecast of "Carmen"
by the Metropolitan Opera Co. December 11.
Prices ranged from $1 to $3.60. The Palace
and Leland are also plugging the telecast via
trailers and cards.
The Paramount, Glens Falls, staged a Saturday
morning children's show in which a
can of food was the admission. Tlie food
was given to Major Painter of the Salvation
Army for distribution to needy families
at Christmas. Schine's Rialto there held a
Friday morning kiddy show in a tieup with a
local top shop. George Pugh manages the
Thanksgiving, synonymous with
theatre . . .
generosity and plentitude, proved to be just
that for many theatres in this area. Warner
houses in Albany, Troy and Utica, for instance,
drew heavy business for morning cartoon
shows and fine patronage for regular
performances. The Strand registered its best
morning gross in five years, while the Madison
and Delaware reported capacity audiences.
The Stanley in Utica and the Troy in
Troy also collected substantial amounts on
pre-dinner exhibitions. Perfect weather prevailed.
Fabian's Palace, Grand and Leland will
conduct a giveaway of a Plymouth car the
night of December 17. The automobile is on
display in the Palace's inner lobby. Tieup
has been made with Berkshire Motors. Presence
in the theatre will be required for
Success crowned the Ford giveaway promoted
by the local Warner theatres with 11
Star supermarkets, capacity audiences being
reported at the Strand, Ritz, Madison and
Delaware. The 1,900-seat Strand had standees
in the orchestra and balcony, while the
Madison crowd overflowed into the lobby.
The Ritz and Delaware (arti also bulged
with anxious ticket holders. Zone Manager
Charles A. Smakwitz and John Trefiletti,
advertising director for the independent
stores, expressed pleasure with the results.
Smakwitz and Al LaFlamme, Strand manager,
handled the drawing on the Strand stage.
Marie Boucher, Rensselaer girl, won the car.
Gerry Schwartz, manager of the Rivcview
Drive-In and partner of Harry Lamont, called
the latter's offices from Orlando, Fla.
Schwartz said he might make a connection
with a Florida State theatre for the winter.
Drive-in screen painting, he learned, cannot
be done from December through March. They
delay refurbishing until spring. Schwartz,
former Seabee, is an expert on construction
The telecast of "Carmen" at the Grand December
11 received an accidental but timely
publicity break when the Sunday Times-
Union ran a feature story on Clark Jones,
32-year-old Albanian who will direct closedcircuit
end of the Metropolitan Opera Co.
presentation. Jones, a director at WRGB,
Schenectady, for two years before advancing
to New York, visited his parents Mr. and
Mrs. A. R. Jones of McKownville for the
Trans-Lux Declares First
Dividend Since 1948
NEW YORK—Trans-Lux Corp. has declared
its first dividend since January 1948.
The board of directors reported November 25
it had voted a 15-cent dividend on the common
stock, payable December 18 to stockholders
of record Monday (8).
The management won out in a proxy battle
early in the year when a group of stockholders
charged mismanagement and noted a failure
to declare dividends. Later, the board
authorized the purchase of a total of 50,000
shares for the treasury to reduce the number
of shares outstanding, then totaling 660,000.
The next annual meeting will be held in
The Trans-Lux Granada on 72nd street
closed three weeks ago, but the company said
the closing was only temporary. No reason
for it was given.
E. A. Dickinson in Africa
NEW YORK—E. A. Dickinson, commercial
recording engineer for Westrex Corp., is now
in Johannesburg, South Africa, supervising
the installation of a Westrex type 635-A recording
channel and an M-4-D rerecording
and scoring console in the motion picture
studios of Alexander Films of South Africa,
Ltd. He will return here late this month.
Sequoia Productions has signed Edward
Binns, Broadway actor, for a supporting part
in "Harness Bull."
THE VISUAL APPROACH — Herb
Sheldon urging viewers before the TV
camera to see "The Quiet Man" at New
York neighborhood theatres.
Strike by SAG Against TV
Films Not Felt on Sets
NEW YORK—Although the Screen Actors
Guild, American Federation of Labor affiliate,
began a nationwide strike against producers
of filmed television commercials December
1, the effect of the strike will not be
apparent on home TV receivers for several
weeks. Most film commercials are made as
much as two months in advance and sponsors
have a considerable backlog on hand.
Sponsors are not prevented by the strike
from presenting live commercials, nor from
using filmed commercials made before the
SAG wants actors to be paid a royalty
every time a film commercial is used on a
TV network, instead of merely the original
payment, as has been the practice. The
strike, first in the 19-year history of SAG,
affects about 20 TV producers in Hollywood
and about 80 in New York, according to
Walter Pidgeon, new SAG president.
Meanwhile, two lATSE unions, the Motion
Picture Machine Operators, Local 306, and
the Film Exchange Employes, Local B-51,
are at odds over the recent practice of distributors
in having prints examined by projectionists
when they arrive at the theatres
instead of having them examined by exchange
film examiners. As a result, 20 examiners
were laid off in the New York
area recently. Appeals to Richard F. Walsh,
international president of lATSE, brought
the reply that distributors have the right
to reduce staffs for economy reasons.
Public Theatre Is Leased
For Spanish Film Policy
NEW YORK — Berk & Krumgold, real
estate brokers, have closed a long-term lease
for the 2,000-seat Public Theatre at 66 Second
Ave. for an aggregate rental of $400,000.
Harry A. Harris, who heads a circuit showing
Spanish language films, will use it for films
from Mexico. Spain and Argentina. It will
be renovated and redecorated. The lessor is
the Raynes Realty Corp., headed by Jules
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NEW YOIlK^Clo ed clrnill tlu-utrc t.-li--
vl-slon will be used by Bcndix Home Appliances
division of the Avco MfK. Corp. December
30 In more than 40 cities. The company
figures that It will reach more than
100.000 distributors, dealers, .salesmen and
This aiTangcment ha.s been made by the
Bendix group with Teleconference, Inc.
clasely a.s.sociated with United Paramount
Theatres. Robert H. O'Brien, secretary-treasurer
of UPT, says it will test the new sales
conference Idea In every key market area In
The only other sales conference planned for
theatres at this time will be put on Monday
t8> by Theatre Network Television with which
Teleconference 1.^ now competing That is the
conference of Jame.s Lees and Sons Co.
which will Involve between 30 and 40 theatres,
many of them UPT hou.ses.
The Bendix program will go on before
noon. It will originate in the Garrick Theatre.
Chicago, and will be seen and heard
In Albany, Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati.
Cleveland. Columbus. Dayton. Detroit.
New York, Pittsburgh, Providence,
Richmond. Toledo. Jacksonville, Baltimore,
Boston, Philadelphia, Wa.shington, Chicago,
Des Moines. St. Louis, Dalla-s. Birmingham,
Houston. Milwaukee, St. Paul, Kansas City,
Memphis, New Orleans. Omaha, Gary, Indianapolis,
Louisville, Denver, Phoenix, Salt
Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Seat'.le and Portland.
More than 10,000 miles of coaxial cable and
microwave relays will be used.
Teleconference is headed by a number of
public relations executives not previously associated
with the industry. Stanley Barr is
president. Thomas M. Casey and Aaron Feinsot,
vice-pre. idents. and Gerald Deckler. secretary
and general counsel. They intend to
look over the theatre TV situation thoroughly
before promoting straight entertainment.
Lambs to Salute Memory
Of John Philip Sousa
NEW YORK—The Lambs will salute the
memory of John Philip Sousa. former member
and a founder of the American Society
jof Composers. Authors and Publishers. Sunday
evening (14). according to William Gaxton.
shepherd. Clifton Webb, who plays the
march king in "Stars and Stripes Forever,"
20th-Fox film, will be a special guest.
Otto Harbach. Ascap president: other composers
and authors who knew Sousa and topranking
officers of the marine corp.-^ will
attend. Spyros P. Skouras. 20th-Fox president,
may return from the Far East m time
to receive a marine corps citation for contributions
the film makes to marine history.
The Lambs executive council will hang a
bronze plaque honoring Sousa in the library.
Ampa Students Are Taught
Techniques of Printing
NEW YORK—Printing techniques were deft
iscribed to students of the showmanship class
sponsored by the Associated Motion Picture
Advertisers Thursday (4). William Boley of
the Buchanan advertising agency was chair-
Iman. The course covered rotogravure, photo
icngraving. typography, mats and type.
looka llkr n wllout for DuffklOH t«lecMt
lit tlic MetriipoUtan Opera com(mny production
of "Curmen." in the Center Theatre December
II Tlckeu went on sale la.1l Saturday
and there hu.s been a ru.ih for Keats, none of
which will b«' re.ierved The price iicatc In
balcony. JI80; orche-itra. 12 40. and loges.
12.80. lax Included EnKlneem have Ju.M about
completed Installation of the HCA equipment
and a mobile TV unit Li comlnx here from
Syracuse to as.M Hun and Murr*)r
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tiiiiii iio.'. arrived here to take over tlM cnaoaK'-iiiriit
of the local exchange He iticcMd*
Jim Kater. who has b««ti reaialcned on hU
own reque.1t to the sate* reprcMnUUvc poal
In Rocheitr.' r.icuse Pauley.
Clark Film i i Corp.. has taken over
the physical UuuibuUon for Ucaer Productloai.
Condon Briefs RKO Field
Men at Chicago Meeting
CHICAGO — Richard Condon, director of
advertLsing. publicity and exploitation for
RKO Picture.^, and Leon Brandt, exploiution
manager, held a two-day meeting with
midwestern field personnel Wednesday and
Thursday i3. 4).
Chief topics of dLicusslon were Samuel
Goldwyn's "Hans Christian Andersen." Wall
Disney's forthcoming "Peter Pan." Gabriel
Pascal's "Androcles and the Lion." Huntington
Hartford's "Face to Face." Sol Lcsser's
"Under the Red Sea" and "Blackbeard the
Douglas Beck, Chicago: Wlllioni Brooker.
Kansas City: Joseph Longon. Cleveland, and
Edward Terhune, Salt Lake City, were the
field men present.
Similar meetings were held earlier In the
week in New York for the eo-stem men:
Spencer Steinhurst. Atlanta: Hank Howard.
Philadelphia: Barry Bernard. Buffalo: Sey-'
mour Eaton. Dallas, and Charles Moss. David
Cantor and Norman Poller of the home
Condon left Friday (5) for Washington
to meet Frederick Brlsson for talks on the
premiere of "Never Wave at a WAC."
Brandt went to Miami to set up the opening
of "Hans Christian Andersen" ChrL
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IJarry C. Bondurant, manager of the Caledonia
Park Drive-In near Gettysburg, was
a Filmrow visitor. He said the doughnut machine
at the concession building brought in
the dough . . . Kiddies attending the Saturday
shows at the State in Washington, Pa., received
coupons which entitle them to attend
a Christmas party at the theatre December
Mary Ann Theatre at Burgettstown
20 . . .
will stage a free pre-Christmas show for
kiddies in cooperation with the VFW, and
between Christmas and New Year's this theatre
will present its annual free show for
Catholic school children.
Closed for a month or longer, the Brookside,
ABC. Green Garden and Dependable
outdoor theatres keep their names before the
public by the purchase of newspaper advertising
for community funds, etc. Latest copy
urges readers to "save with U.S. defense
bonds" ... In the test case brought at Philadelphia
by Lewis Sablosky and members of
his family, who trade as the Norris Amusement
Co., the 1951 Pennsylvania realty transfer
tax has been upheld by the state supreme
Leo Wayne, who withdrew from the film
industry after a quarter-of-a-century to enter
the tavern business, was a recent Filmrow
visitor. He has sold his tavern interest and
is considering his next step, which may be a
return to the film industry . promotions
featured Anniversary week at the
Embassy in Johnstown. Women in attendance
received roses from a floral shop, Berlo Vending
furnished candy, Chesterfield had free
cigarets for men and kiddies received free
popcorn. Admission was free to anyone celebrating
a birthday or an anniversary.
Liens for withholding taxes, totaling $1,105,
have been filed here against Howard C. Benson,
former operator of the Dixie and Grand
theatres at Carnegie ... An advance prevue
was offered Thanksgiving eve midnight at the
Basle in Washington as "a management guaranteed
attraction," William C. WiLson, manager
of the Basle, advertised the presentation
as "Stars and Stripes Forever," charging regular
A far-reaching decision, as it pertains to
the collection of a business privilege tax as
enacted by various municipalities throughout
Pennsylvania under the 1947 tax anything
law, was handed down in the Blair county
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courts when Judge John M. Klepser ruled
that the tax as applied to Altoona was not
levied equally and was unconstitutional. If
the ruUng is upheld, the city stands to lose
$100,000 in tax this year. Likewise, if the
ruling is upheld by the state courts, many
city, borough and township ordinances, which
call for a similar tax, will be nuUilied.
Morris Finkel, local Allied board chairman,
described the city's 10 per cent amusement
tax as a 10 per cent sales tax. He told city
council that many theatres have been forced
to close; others are operating on a parttime
basis and ready to close permanently
unless some rehef is granted. He said theatre
owners cannot pass along increased costs to
customers since admission prices already are
"beyond the limit of public acceptance."
Among local people who attended the Pioneers
dinner in New York were Andy Battis-
ton. Max Shulgold, Ben Amdur, Bert Stern,
Moe Silver and Bill Finkel Manos
circuit is staging a big Christmas award in
cooperation with merchants. Grand prize is
a new Cadillac and the first to ride in the
car with Ted Manos were Joe Rost, Warner
exchange office manager, and your correspondent.
In advance of the opening of MGM's "Plymouth
Adventure" in Loew's Penn, several girls
dressed in colonial costumes rode around the
downtown area in a new Plymouth auto.
They presented an album of music from the
picture to Veterans hospital in Aspinwall . . .
Pittsburgh city council enacted its FEP ordinance
which forbids discrimination in employment
of people on the basis of race,
religion or national origin . . .
made his initial appearance last Friday at a
cartoon show in the Liberty at New Kensington.
The city council delayed re-enactment of
its 10 per cent amusement tax as a courtesy
to hear protesting exhibitors, having been
pledged to renew the unfair levy regardless
of facts concerning the case. The mayor's
nine men duplicated their act of five years
ago when they held a hearing on the amusement
tax as originally presented, at that
time also being pledged 100 per cent to the
mayor's program. Some theatre screens will
be used in coming elections to present facts
to the citizens and taxpayers.
Herb Reed is the new territory publicist
for MGM, replacing Watty Watson, who
continues on the job in the Cincinnati area
. . . David C. Silverman, RKO manager,
reports good cooperation here for the Variety
Clubs-Will Rogers Memorial hospital
Mrs. Mae Elizabeth Davis Manant died
November 27 and funeral service and burial
were conducted December 1. She was the
wife of Arsene Manant, former theatre owner
and exhibitor at Carnegie Warner circuit
Ann Russell and Marjorie Gabris
are new employes in the booking department;
Mrs. James Opperman resigned as secretary
to contact office manager R. W. Kiiepton;
various theatre units of the circuit are featuring
auto giveaways; John L. Johns, formerly
of the accounting department, is now
the Indianapolis exploitation representative
for MGM. New girls in the circuit office's
contact department include Mary Gledhill
and Evelyn Donahoe.
. . . Winnie
Thomas Michael, son of Chris and Martha
Michael of the Rex, was inducted into the
armed forces last week. An older brother
Frank graduated this year from Georgetown
university and younger brother Gus is a high
school student here and assistant manager
of the south side theatre . and
Freda Fineberg have returned to their home
in Phoenix after visiting her at the Alexander
(RCA) Theatre Supply
Manos. wife of Ted Manos, has recuperated
from a fractured knee sustained in a fall
number of weeks ago.
. . . Saul
William Nidetch, Claysburg exhibitor, and
Han-y Horoff, former Portage exhibitor and
a department store proprietor there, have
purchased Smithmyer's restaurant, gas station
and truck stop at Cresson
Goldberg, former Elkins, W. Va.. exhibitor |
who has resided here for many years, will |
. . .
be a divisional marshal in the Israel Bonds
sales to be held December 14 Dolde,
recently named manager of Loew's Ritz here,
took his armed forces draft physical examination
this week About ten merchants
at Oil City are cooperating with the Drake
Theatre there in issuing free kiddy tickets
for Saturday matinees.
Warner circuit theatres reported success
with the proxy card registration for "The
Big 3 Giveaway" . D. Walsh jr.,
Fulton manager, was at Mercy hospital. He
has had trouble with his back for a long time
"Bud" Thomas of the Acme-
Franklin-Hanna office has been on vacation
for the first time in four years. He kept
himself busy moving into his new home in
Wilkinsburg, assisted by wife Helen and sons
Jay Mark and David Terry Thomas.
Eugene Naccarato, sound engineer for Atlas
Theatre Supply, is the father of a second son.
Gene junior is aged two Julius,
local Allied's assistant secretary, arranged details
for the recent delegation to the national
convention in Chicago. More than 40
from here were at the sessions.
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lirllUam P. KoKors, wlui hii.s boi'n tiimu'd
deputy iitli)ini-y ^•.^Iu•l;ll of the United
States, Is .ittonicy for 20lh-Fox here and also
for Indept'iideiit Theatres Service, Inc. .
Clarence A. Hill, branch operations head for
20th-Fox, was at the local exchange several
Local F-I3 elected these to office: Pre.M-
Fled Von Lantjen; vice-president, Ethel
MdSiar; Rl£don: recording secretary, Judith Cohen.
I financial secretary, Lillian Lee: treasurer.
*'tiia-; Mildred McDonald: guardian. Pat Dell: busi-
'tora'r ness agent. George Sullivan: trustees. Jack
Myrtle Frless. Alice Relghly, Je.sse
AKnes Turner and Sara S. Young.
Vic Orslngcr, chief barker of the Variety
Club, has asked 20 women to serve on a
ladles advisory council. Plans will be outlined
at a luncheon meeting to be held In
the Wlllard hotel December 19 . . Tent 11
Monday (1> presented an ambulance to
Emergency hospital. Jerry Adams. Rudolph
Berger and Dr. E. A. Cafritz turned over the
car to Dr. Warwick Brown, administrator of
Joseph Walsh, Paramount, was at the local
exchange . McDaniel has moved his
headquarters to the RKO building . . . John
Clarst of the Jessie Carper Theatres. Martinsville,
Va., was on the Row . Sara Young,
20th-Fox booker, entertained the captains of
the ladies teams in the recent Variety Club
welfare drive at her kome Thursday evening.
Universal Manager Joe Gins visited Roanoke
Manager Joe Rosen of
exhibitors . . . 20th-Fox and his family spent the weekend
with relatives in New York.
Cumberland, Md., Drive-In
To Operate All Winter
CUMBERLAND. MD.—The Super 40 Drive-
In Theatre, operated by Thomas Bla.^h and
Paul Owens, revealed m Allegany county
newspapers that it will continue operation
throughout the winter, even though snow
and ice and generally cold weather prevails.
The owners anticipate booking special features,
with extra attraction possibilities, for
continued patronage. This will be the first
airer to continue operation through the
Maryland winter. It handles about 200 cars
along a most famous Maryland highway
heading directly west of Cumberland, and
not many miles from Frostburg. Md., the coal
mine center of western Maryland.
B. I. Gonder Takes Over
OAKLAND. MD.—Bernard I. Gonder, real
e.state broker, has taken over the management
of the Grand Theatre of Friendsville, a theatre
catering to rural picture trade. Gonder
also owns and operates the Maryland Theatre
TWO TlMf: WI.NNKK —
FCC to Thoroughly Study
UP!-ABC Merger Request
WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications
Commission has given noncommittal
answers to congressional urging on both sides
of the United Paramount Theatres and
American Broadcasting Co. merger fence, it
was learned in Washington Thursday (4i.
Senators William Langer (R., N. D.) and
Charles W. Tobey iR., N. H.) expressed opposition
to the merger in telegrams addressed
to FCC chairman Walker. Tobey expressed
himself as "disturbed and shocked" at the
initial decision permitting the merger issued
recently by hearing examiner Leo Resnick.
Langer also used the word "shock" in expressing
his reaction, in view of the antitrust
activities of United Paramount officials.
He also strenuously objected to the
Commission's own decision not to consider
antitrust violations before Aug. 7, 1948.
Langer held out an implied threat of reprisal
in the event the Commission finally
approves the merger when he said he hoped
the Commission would not take an action
calling for investigation of the FCC by the
Senate. Langer is slated to head the Senate
Judiciary Committee in the next session.
On the other hand. Senator A. Willis
Robertson (D., Va.) asked the Commission for
quick action on the merger. It was revealed
that FCC had received numerous communications
from senators and congressmen, some
asking for quick approval and others asking
that merger permission be denied.
To all, the Commission has been answering
that the initial decision was only one
step, and is not to be considered a final
decision. Commissioner Hyde, replying for
the absent Walker to the Langer telegram
said it would be inappropriate for the Commission
to make any comments or form any
judgments until the commissioners had a
chance to study the records in the case, but
promised a final decision in line with the
facts and with public interest.
Eastman Contends Retail
Prices Fair Under Law
WASHINGTON—Eastman Kodak has filed
an answer with the Federal Trade Commission
to the complaint filed last September
attacking the company's practice of fixing
fair trade retail prices on photographic products.
The company states that there are approximately
75,000 retail outlets in the United
States that handle the company's product
and Eastman operates only 39 of these.
There is "full and effective" competition,
the company states.
DuMont Sees One Million
Plus Net for 12 Weeks
NEW YORK—Allen B. DuMont Laboratories
has estimated gross income for the last
12 weeks of the year at about $24,000,000 and
earnings after taxes at more than $1,100,000.
Says P. R. Shorts Should
Be Distributed in Europe
HOLLYWOOD—Filmdom's series of public
relations shorts, produced approximately three
years ago to familiarize moviegoers with production,
distribution and exhibition techniques,
should have their distribution expanded
to include Europe, in the opinion
of 'Valentine Davies, veteran scenarist and
newly elected vice-president of the Screen
Writers Guild. Davies bases his conclusions
upon observations during a recent trip to
Europe, where he represented the industry
at a UNESCO conference in Venice.
Exhibition of the shorts abroad, 'Valentine
said, would serve to acquaint foreign film
fans with the "Hollywood story," which now
reaches them only through the perusal of
fan magazines. The screen writer declared
that not only movie audiences, but European
production executives as well, are in possession
of only sketchy information as concerns
the film capital, its personnel and picturemaking
The series of public relations shorts is now
being assembled into a full-length feature
under supervision of Grant Leenhouts of the
U.S. Information Service.
PSI-TV Film Deals Signed
With European Producers
NEW YORK—Deals for production of a
number of television film shorts have been
signed by Paul White, president of PSI-TV,
Inc., and was in Mexico City hning up further
White says the company now has 52 halfhour
films completed, or nearly so, in several
European countries, Hollywood and Mexico.
He has opened an office in the Hotel George
V. Paris which will be in charge of John
Nasht. The latter also is in charge of the
Two new series will be made by Pathe
Two new series
Cinema and by Paul Wagner.
also are to be made in Italy by Victor Pahlen
and Thetis Film.
Bell System TV Network
Links With Austin, Tex.
NEW YORK—Network television facilities
became available to Austin, Tex., Thanksgiving
day, bringing to 111 the total number of
stations to which Bell system network service
is available. The network interconnects 68
cities in the U.S. The Austin hookup was
made possible by connecting its new television
station to the Dallas-San Antonio radio-relay
route, which has been carrying live network
programs to San Antonio since July.
Alexander in New TV Post
NEW YORK—Clarence G. Alexander has
been named general manager of the Great
Plains Television Properties, Inc., stations by
Herbert Scheftcl, president. The stations are
TV units in Duluth, Little Rock, Springfield,
111., and Sioux City, Iowa.
Educational TV Will Cost
$35,000,000, Says Abrams
NEW YORK—Benjamin Abrams. president
of Emerson Radio & Phonograph Corp., estimates
that it will take $35,000,000 to put
educational television stations on the air all
over the country, with an annual budget of
$25,000,000 to keep them operating. Abrams
has recently resigned as chairman of the
Radio Television Manufacturers Ass'n educational
Emerson has given the first two $10,000
grants of a series of ten to aid educational
stations to the Allen Hancock Foundation
at the University of Southern California and
to the University of Houston, which have
stations nearing completion.
The Federal Communications Commission
has granted nine construction permits for
educational stations and applications are in
for ten more.
Rebuilt Metro in Cairo
Opens With 'Quo Vadis'
NEW YORK—The Metro Theatre, Cairo,
Egypt, which was badly damaged during
political riots early in the year, reopened
Wednesday (3) with "Quo Vadis" with government
officials attending. Government
funds aided in its repair.
Morton A. Spring, first vice-president of
Loew's International Corp., said it seats 1,600,
has been air conditioned by Carrier and ha<
Simplex XL projectors, Fiberglas screen.
Westrex sound system and a new attractions
sign with Adler third-dimensional plastic letters.
The Metro will be managed by Gustave
Zelnick under the supervision of Maurice
Dassa, MGM manager for Egypt,
The opening marked the national release of
"Quo Vadis" m Egypt. It opened simultaneously
at the Metro in Alexandria.
Unger Is Named Executive
For TV Exploitation
NEW YORK—Oliver A, Unger has been
named as executive vice-president of Television
Exploitation, Inc., by Milton Gettinger.
president. The company intends to add feature
films and acquire half-hour and 15-
minute packages for TV use, Unger recently
resigned as vice-president of Snader Telescription
Sales. The company is negotiating
for production facilities and inventory of a
television producing and distributing firm ou
GE Ships UHF Transmitter
To WKAB-TV at Mobile
SYRACUSE—The General Electric Co, ha?
shipped its fir.t ultrahigh frequency television
transmitter to WKAB-TV, channel
48, Mobile, Ala.
Frank P, Barnes, G. E. broadcast equipment
sales manager, says the transmitter
will operate at 100 watts, but a special
antenna will boost the effective power to
2,500 watts. The antenna is undergoing final
tesU and will be shipped soon. The station
is expected to cover a 15-mile radius.
Decca Pays 17V2C Dividend
NEW YORK—Directors of Decca Records,
Inc, have voted a quarterly dividend of 17»4
cents per share on the capital stock, payable
December 30 to stockholders of record December
The directors have declared a dividend from
current earnings on the class A and B common
stock of 25 cents a share, payable Dei-'Ti'hir
23 to stockholders of record DemH
6, 1952 J*Illfn(j
NEWS AND VIEWS OF THE
Office— Suite 21'J ai 6404 ll^iywnod [ilid .
Richard Breen Named
President of SWG
HOLLYWOOI>—Succeeding Mary C. McCall
Jr.. Richard Breen was elected president of
the Screen Writers Guild at the organization's
annual meeting Monday (24). Other new officers
include Valentine Davies and Ranald
MacDougall. vice-presidents; David Dortort.
secretary: D. M. Marshman jr.. treasurer.
and board members Richard Tregaskis. Adele
Buffington, Warren Duff, Charles Hoffman.
James Webb and Beirne Lay jr.. who join
Incumbents Morgan Cox and Walter Reisch,
By a 281-16 vote, SWG members approved
provisions of a contract negotiated with the
Alliance of Television Film Producers. An
amendment to the SWG constitution, restricting
the life of a member's proxy to one
meeting instead of the present seven years,
fell 12 votes short of the necessary two-thirds
majority to amertd. The count: 256 for. 148
• • *
Television Film Producers and a group of
companies operating under the Hal Roach
banner. Members of these units account for
a majority of the video commerclaU manufactured
In Hollywood. However, an estimated
70 per cent of all nationally televised
TV spots are made in New York.
Tlie SAG Is not at present picketing video
film commercial producers, but ha« Indicated
It win do so If they attempt any production
with nonunion actors. The Guild seeks added
payments for players for reruns of the commercials
and asks that their showings be
Hollywood Group Flies
To Mexican Festival
HOLLYWOOD—As guests of the Mexican
government and film Industry, a planeload of
top Hollywood screen personalities took off
Monday ( 1 1 for Mexico City for appearances
at that nation's annual film festival.
Making the trek were Gary Cooper, Celeste
Holm, Lex Barker, Hedda Hopper, Debbie
Reynolds, Virginia Gibson, Rhonda Fleming.
Peter Lawford, Corlnne Calvet, John Bromfield
and Ursula Thie-ss, accompanied by Arthur
Jacobs, public relations advisor.
• • •
Kathryn Grayson has been named honorary
chairman of the "Toys for Tots" campaign,
sponsored nationally by the marine
corps reserve to provide Christmas toys for
underprivileged children throughout the U.S.
TV Filming Out of U.S.
'Unfair' to AFL Unions
HcjLLYWi rilmmaken who
trek to fori'i,: : thus reduce employment
possibilities for American crafumen
have been made the target of a Hollywood
AFL Film Council crackdown The
AFL group voted unanimously to launch a
campaign against Tableau ProducUoiu. which
recently announced plans to lens a new batch
of six half-hour China Smith subjects, starring
Dan Duryea. at the Danclgers studios In
Labeling the Tableau firm "unfair." the
film council dlsclasod it will notify the series'
sponsors of the action, and cited a resolution
adopted at the recent AFL convention pledging
.support to the council In Its baule agmliut
• • •
Fllmcraft Productions, of which Isidore
LIndenbaum Is president and executive producer.
Inked Mirian Oleger as a research and
writing executive on the company's upcoming
Mark Twain Televtsloii Theatre scries. She
is a veteran literary and talent agent.
• • •
Four new members have been admitted to
the Screen Producers Guild. Given full memberships
were Stanley Kramer, David O. Slcznlck
and Harry Joe Brown, while Oscar Saul
joined the organize' i"n «; an at'^oriate
Peace prospects—perhaps on a compromise
basis— appeared imminent as concerns the
Screen Actors Guild's strike against producers
of television filmed commercials and the
American Ass'n of Advertising Agencies when
John Dales jr., SAG executive secretary, disclosed
that negotiations have been opened
with two groups of Hollj^vood TV film producers
reagrding a basic working agreement.
the huddles are the AUlance of
COLrMBI.X'S .NKW ll.At KnELD'— I'hut«KT.«phif rvldmcc of the rapid and
Impressive expan.slon in exerutive persnnnri .»t Columbi.i studios Is manifrstrd in the
abo>t shot. Left to ri(tht: Lewis J. Karhmil. Robert .Arthur. Jerry Wald and \Villiam
Fadiman. Wald. recently named a rolumhia vire-presidrnt and cxerutivr producer.
Is conferrinR with Rarhmll. former RKO Radio producer: .\rlhur. until recently with
Warners; and Fadiman, who had been an KKO Radio story executive.
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CONRAD SALINGER will
score for "Dream Wife."
compose ond conduct the
Composer NED FREEMAN was inked to a new
Borrowed from Metro, GIG YOUNG was set for
the mole leod in Producer-Director John H. Auer's
"City That Never Sleeps."
Handed the megging chore on the new Bowery
Boys comedy, "Jalopy," was WILLIAM BEAUDINE.
The producer is Ben Schwolb.
"49 Men," the Sam Kotzman production, will be
directed by FRED F. SEARS.
Assigned respectively as producer and director of
"No Business Like Show Business," a Technicolor
musical stemming from Irving Berlin's hit song of
that title, were SOL C. SIEGEL and WALTER LANG.
Milton Sperling's United States Pictures set HUGO
FREGONESE to direct "Blowing Wild," upcoming oil
field drome, which will star Gory Cooper and Barbara
JUDD HOLDREN will star in Producer Sam Katzmon's
senol, "Planet Man," which rolls shortly under
Spencer Bennet's direction. Set as the femme lead
wos VIVIAN MASON. The spoce opera is being
directed by Spencer Bennet.
JOHN HODIAK will portray the Apache chief,
Cochise, in Producer Sam Katzman's Technicolor western,
"Conquest of Cochise."
Sequoia Productions, headed by Sol Lesser, Jules
Levy ond Arthur Gardner, signed EDWARD BINNS,
Broodwoy actor, and JOAN VOHS, TV thespian,
for supporting parts in "Horness Bull," which is
being directed by Arnold Loven.
DARD will star with Edward G. Robinson in the
Producer Ed Leven inked RON KENNEDY, former
disk jockey, for the mole lead in "The Jagged
Edge," a crime drama which Felix Feist will direct.
CORNEL WILDE and MEL FERRER will have the
stellar roles in "Saadia," to be written, produced
and directed by Albert Lewin. It will be filmed
on location in French Morocco.
JOHN LUND was set to stor with Lono Turner
and Ricordo Montalban in Producer Joe Pasternak's
"Latin Lovers." It will be directed in Technicolor by
Signed for the topline in "The Big Leaguer," o
baseball story, was EDWARD G. ROBINSON. Motthew
Ropf will produce from a script by Herbert Boker.
Robert Taylor's leading lady in "King Arthur ond
the Round Table," which Pandro S. Sermon will
produce in England next spring, will be MAUREEN
5WAN50N, British actress. The Technicolor costumer
will be megged by Richard Thorpe.
MARIE WINDSOR was signed for a top role in
Producer-Director John H. Auer's "City That Never
Booked for "A Perilous Voyage" were EILEEN
CHRISTY and BEN COOPER. The William J. O'Sullivan
production, starring Vero Ralston and Scott
Brody, is being directed by R. G. Springsteen.
TOMMY NOONAN, nightclub comedian, drew a
topline in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," the Sol C.
Siegel production starring Marilyn Monroe ana Jone
Russell, which Howard Hawks is directing.
Inked for the Susan Hoyward-Robert Mitchum
vehicle, "White Witch Doctor," was WALTER
SLEZAK. Henry Hathaway megs the Otto Long
RICHARD CARLSON will star with Barbara Stonwyck
in "Stopover," the Ross Hunter production,
which is to be directed by Douglas Sirk.
Joining Jeff Chandler and Marilyn Maxwell in the
"East of Sumatra" cost was SUZAN BALL. Budd
Boetticher directs for Producer Albert J. Cohen.
Set for a characted lead in "The System," starring
Frank Lovejoy, was JEROME COWAN. The
Samuel Bischoff production is being megged by
Lewis Seller. PAUL PICERNl was cast as an attorney.
TED DE CORSIA will enact the leading heavy in
Producer Bryan Foy's "The City Is Dork," which
stars Gene Nelson and Sterling Hoyden under the
direction of Andre De Toth.
Set for "The Grace Moore Story" were WALTER
ABEL and ANN DORAN. Also inked for the Kothryn
Grayson topliner, was ROSEMARY DE CAMP. The
musicol biography is being produced by Henry
Blonke and megged by Gordon Douglas.
ROBERT BUCKNER was signed to develop "The
Donnybrook Fighter," from an original by Irene
Winston, for production by Armand Deutsch.
"River of the Sun," a Book-of-the-Month club
selection by James Ramsey UHman, was purchased
end placed on William Fadiman's production schedule.
Dealing with heretofore unexplored tributaries
of the Amazon, it will be photogrophed in Technicolor
on location in Brazil.
"King Copper," a historical western by Jock
Goodman, was acquired for production in Technicolor
by Nat Holt. Frank Gruber is preparing the
screenplay, which deals with the discovery and development
of Utah's copper mines in the 1870s.
Huntington Hartford Productions purchased 'Maud,"
a love story by Louis Auchincloss, as a starring
vehicle for Marjorie Steele and Robert Preston. Filming
IS slated to begin shortly after the first of the
year under Hartford's multiple-picture commitment
with this company.
"Mock the Midnight Bell," a melodroma by Virginia
Van Upp and Maurice Ries, was purchased
and assigned to Frank Rosenberg to produce. Horace
McCoy will write the screenplay.
"The Proud Ones," a western by Verne Athanas,
was purchased and handed to Fronk Rosenberg to
Crew ossembled for Sequoia Productions' "Harness
Bull" includes JOE BIROC, photogropher; CARROLL
CLARK, art director, and HARLAN WARDE, dialog
WILLIAM KAPLAN will be the unit manoger on
"Years Ago," with JACK GREENWOOD as ossistont
AL ALLEBORN will be the assistant director on
"The Eddie Cantor Story." :,iSKfn£
"The Perilous Voyage" changed to A PERILOUS
West: Y. Frank Freeman, Paramount vicepresident
in charge of studio operations, returned
from a week of homeoffice huddles
in New York.
« * «
West: David A. Lipton, U-I vice-president
in charge of advertising and publicity, planed
in from Manhattan after attending a series
of high-level policy meetings. i
• * *
West: Due in from New York for studio
conferences was Charles Einfeld, 20th-Fox
vice-president in charge of advertising and
publicity, who will huddle at the Westwood
film plant with Darryl F. Zanuck, production
chief, and Harry Brand, studio publicity director,
on upcoming product.
* * *
West: S. Barret McCormick, until recently
advertising-publicity director for RKO.
checked in from Gotham for a two-week visit.
BRITISH VISITOR—C. J. Latta (second from left), managing dinctor of Associated
British Pictures, was guest of honor at a dinner party given him recently in
Hollywood by executives of Allied Artists. At left is Scott R. Dunlap. AA producer;
Harold Mirisch, AA vice-president, and President Steve Broidy are at right.
81 Per Cent of Goal
HOLLYWOOD—With a total of $992,156
thus far pledged by 17,793 subscribers, the
Permanent Charities committee has attained
81 per cent of its 1953 goal of $1,225,000, it
was disclosed by Dore Schary, campaign
chairman. Labor's executive committee, representing
34 crafts and unions, has reported
14,549 subscriptions for $448,821, while ttie
balance of the present total was pledged by
studio executives, talent guilds and allied
44 BOXOFFICE December 6, 1952
'Captain Kidd' to Bow
At Chicago on 17th
HOLLYWOOI>- "AbboU u.il Costello Meet
Captain Kldd," produced (or Warner rclen.Mby
Alex Gottlieb, will be given Its midwe.sl
premiere Wednesday (17) at the United Artists
Theatre In Chicago, with the comedy
learn set to make personal appearances. Tliey
co-star with Charles Laughton In the comedy,
which was filmed In Clnecolor and directed
by Charles Lamont.
Six Educcrtional Centers
To Get 'Kon-Tiki' Prints
HOLLYWOOD— Six universities and educational
organizations have been designated
U 1952 recipients of 16mm prints of "Kon-
Tlkl" In the first annual grants of the International
Documentary Film Foundation, recently
established by Sol Lesser and Thor
Heyerdahl. Heyerdahl. the Norwegian scientist
and explorer who made the "Kon-Tlkl"
voyage, has been here for the past week conferring
with Lesser, who sponsored the "Kon-
Tlki" film, on the grants.
To be given the 16mm prints are Oxford
and Cambridge universities, England: the
National Norwegian Film Center, the University
of Pennsylvania, the Sino-British club
of Hong Hong, the University of Hong Kong,
and the University of California at Los
Two Depart From 20th-Fox
HOLLYWOOD—Departure of a producer
and the impending checkout of a director
whittles 20th-Fox's contract list by two.
Andre Hakim, who produced three films for
the company, has terminated his contract,
while megaphonist Howard Hawks will resume
activities as an independent producer
and director upon completion of the current
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
Meantime, Julian Blaustein's contract as a
producer was renewed, with Blaustein—at
his own request—planning to concentrate on
individual pictures and being relieved of the
supplementary executive duties he has exercised
for the past 18 months.
AA to Begin 1953 Program
With 13-Picture Backlog
HOLLYWOOD—With the expected completion
this month of "Jalopy." a Bowery
Boys comedy. Allied Artists wiU end 1952
with a 13-picture backlog, four in color.
The tinters are "Kansas Pacific." "The
Roar of the Crowd," "Fort Vengeance" and
"Son of Belle Starr." Also awaiting release,
in black-and-white, are "Cow Country."
"Timber Wolf." "Star of Texas." "The Marksman."
"Tangier Incident." "The Homesteaders."
"Copperheads" and "White Lightning."
Glenn Ford Signs for Two
HOLLYWOOD—Glenn Ford inked a twopicture
starring pact with U-I. the Initialer
to be a Technicolor action drama. "Wings of
the Vulture." It will roll in mid-February as
an Aaron Ro-senberg production. Ford currently
is on location in Mexico as the star of
"Plunder of the Sun." a John Wayne-Robert
Fellows production to be distributed by Warners.
BOXOFFICE :: December 6, 1952
may .sometlme.t work agi^rut the
long-mnKc beat lntcre.il of the film
colony, e.speclally when pursued by a publlcl.1t
whojie cnthu.iln.im Li greater than hii
Judgment or hl.s ethics. (There arc ethics In
the field of drumbcatlng?
Suspicion of one xuch coac Li found In the
newspaper space recently accorded the socalled
Hollywood Actors Council. This organization
allegedly elected ILielf a batch
of new officers and announced, via printed
reports, that It Intends to continue to participate
actively In both civic affairs and
charitable ventures, which alms encompass
collecting articles for benefit auctions, furnishing
musical talent for public appearances
on holidays, campaigning on behalf of the
Red Cro.ss Bloodmoblle, March of Dimes,
American Legion, Community Chest, civilian
defense and similar endeavors.
Its new slate of officers Includes Les Tremayne.
radio and film actor, president, succeeding
William Talman; Paul Flerro. TV
player, vice-president; singer Carole Richards,
secretary, and Buddy Ebsen, treasurer.
Keen ob.servers of the Hollywood scene were
quick to note that many of the mummers
named in the yarns as officers—past or present—are
or were clients of Bernle Kamlns.
On the surface, it might appear that
Kamins' hijacking of news columns on behalf
of hLs clients, and through emploj-ment
of a slightly mythical organization. Is a
harmle.s.s pursuit. But this isn't exactly the
case. There is one outstanding organization
for film players—the Screen Actors Guild.
Through years of herd work and exceptionally
efficient management It has won an
enviable and valuable status as strongest and
most effective of Cinemania's trade unions.
What it has accomplished for its members
both professionally and as concerns many of
their extra-curricular activities—requires no
accenting here. Resultantly, it rightfuUy
commands the undivided organizational
loyalty of its card-bearers.
To project another outfit, merely for the
sake of garnering doubtful-value attention
for a few space-hungry thesplans. may cause
confusion among other actors, as well as the
So It appears that Bernle. the bashful boy
blurber. would be serving the Industry that
supports him more effectively by limiting his
activities to less volatile pursuits and subjects,
such as guzzling goldfish, which weird gastronomical
pastime first won him recognition
when he was blushing unseen on Harvard's
From Dave Epstein comes disillusionment
In the form of a yam about his rlient. Koy
Rowland, who. he avers, is preparinR an
opus titled "The PromLsed Land" for upcoming
productions. The property. accordinK to
the Epsteinian communique, shows the Cillfornia
gold rush of 1849 "not .as a happy adventure
of ca.sy fortunes but as .i a.-jtional
calamity, a fliKht from reality, .ind a debacle
resulting; In thousands of personal traicrdifs,
ruined homes and abandoned farms and busl-
. . II mdrd «ith > handful of railUoe-
•lrr« and 2M.0M I>P* in ( allfomU Uirrw
our national rconomlr •tabllU)r off baLinrr
Into a ipin from whlrh It liaa iMwr r*-
That > pitrin \lw.ti% briltllln" t'Xnt Ihlag
you know, hr'll try to %rll thr Idra that tt
ain't Kold 'nrath thrm thar prrut acrnt
The Warner Bros.' Burtwinklan bhtrbery
supplle.i Information about a "cheeMcake"
Interview during which Tesaa Prenderfast.
Jamalca-bom actre*.s who appears with Burt
Lanca.iter In the upcoming "His Majeaty
CKecfe," recounted for members of HoUjrwood'.s
foreign press her "experlencea of
swimming In the shark-Infested waters of Um
TesB ain't seen nothin' yet Walt till siM
encounters the wolf-Infested itretches of
In one week, Hollywood's film appralvm
had so much of the Spanish Main that it
flirurativrly ran out of their ears. Thry had
the edifylnr experience of wltnr-s.sin( thrr«
count 'em—Ihrre pirate pictures, Harnrr
Bros.' ".\bbotl and ("ostello Meet ( apUin
Kldd." Iniversal-Internatlonals ".%raln.st All
FlaBs" and RKO Radios 'Blackbraj-d. the
There was plenty of "Yo. ho, ho" from the
prevs agents rrspecllvely concerned with the
trio of swa.shbucklers— but nary a bottle of
Things are toueh all orer, boyv
getting the feel
Allied Artists, nee Monogram, which Is
of atmaspherlc previews, unfurled
Its "Flat Top" aboard the carrier
U.S.S. Princeton, anchored at San Diego Now
comes the debut of "Hiawatha" at the
prosaic Academy Theatre.
Some consideration was accorded the possibilities
of previewing the opus in a wigwam,
but none could be found sufficiently commodious
to cover Sandy Abrahams.
Teel Carle's Paramount praLsery apprises
that the studio recently hosted a froup of
a>iation executives attending a conTcnUon of
the National .\viation Trader; .\».s'n.
Should have been a cinch for the pabliclty
staff to handle, since Teet and his lads are
up in the air most of the time anrway.
ACTOR GETS CONTRACT
WRITTEN IN CHINESE
—George Lalt-Columbla headline
Possibly it was written In the pubhcliy department.
Judging by some of the relCMes
Klaioned full-page advertisements In local
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SEATTLE Three Sail Lake Area PORTLAND
T ippert has a new cashier, Mary Lee Kathman,
who moved from National Screen
Service: She replaces Christine Kirkpatric
... Ed Cruea, Allied Artists manager, returned
from a couple of days In Yakima
. . . L. O. Seley, Manley, returned from
eastern Washington and Spokane by way
of Walla Walla and then took off for Portland
to work with Pinkie Shelton, the Manley
Eldon Pollock has taken over the management
of the old Rio Theatre in Burhngton
and reopened it Monday (1) . . . Harry
Hollander, AA, was in town from the studio
in connection with the cartoon, "Rudolph, the
Red Nosed Reindeer," which is now ready
Paramount staffers will
for release . . .
hold their annual cocktail dinner and dance
at the Sorrento hotel December 13 . . .
"Hiawatha" has been booked for Christmas
week at the Coliseum, opening December 24.
. . Arlene Kelley spent Thanksgiving
. . .
Staffers of 20th-Fox will have their annual
Christmas dinner at the office on the 20th
. . . Don Condon, booker for the navy, was
on the Row . . . Herman Wobber, 20th-Fox
division manager from San Francisco, was
in two days .
weekend at Leavenworth, Wash. Ruth and Keith Beckwith of North Bend were
in Portland over the Thanksgiving holidays
. . . Mike Powers, 20th-Fox eastern Washington
salesman, was called in for a meeting
with Jack Burk.
On the Row were E. D. Pollock and E. M.
Snow of Mount Vernon; S. P. Dean of the
Lakewood and Rex theatres, and the Stahlcup
brothers from the Community Theatre, Tacoma;
Joe Lewis from Snoqualamie; Harry
Ulsh, Island and Empire theatres, Anacortes;
Leonard Raatz, Oak Theatre, Oak Harbor,
and Albert Fernandez of Neah Bay, Clallam
Bay and Pacific Beach.
Rob Ernie Pyle Theatre of $650
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.—About $650 was
stolen recently from the safe of th? Ernie
Pyle Theatre, according to Manager Marlin
Butler. Police said the safe was opened by
cutting one of the door hinges.
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Houses to Art Policy
SALT LAKE CITY—An unprecedented increase
in the number of art theatres has
been developing in the Salt Lake City area
in recent weeks. First to open, the Tower
in an exclusive residential area has been
operating for nearly a month. It is under
the management of L. Howard Marcus, son
of a former Salt Lake theatre executive and
mayor of Salt Lake.
The Tower has been operating with good
to fair results on "The Man in the White
Suit," "Stranger in Between," "La Ronde"
and "Cry, the Beloved Country." It seats
more than 500 persons. An art exhibit in
its lobby is co-sponsored by the theatre
and the Associated Utah Artists.
The Mario, located in Sugar House, a suburban
area, has been reopened as the World
Playhouse by H. MacKay Fraser, a former
University of Utah student. Its first offering
was "Miss Julie." Extensive remodeling and
redecorating are planned. A snack bar setup
is scheduled in an area in front of the
Intermountain Theatres has instituted
what it calls a Curtain Time policy at its
Uinta Theatre in Provo, about 40 miles south
of Salt Lake. The 600-seat house opened
under its art policy with "Tales of Hoffmann."
Playing only three pictures daily, the
theatre was filled for four days of performances.
This record started with an openingday
audience that had the Utah Symphony
appearance in the city to attract it also.
Under direction of Helen Garrity of Intermountain
Theatres, personal letters went out
to a special mailing list inviting picked
townspeople to attend the theatre.
R. J. Welch Signs Deal
With NBC's TV Staff
HOLLYWOOD—Continuing to draw upon
established cinematic craftsmen to strengthen
its own creative personnel, video plucked
Robert L. Welch, veteran Paramount producer
and writer. He signed a long-term contract
with the National Broadcasting Co. Welch,
under contract to Paramount for seven years,
produced such comedies as "Paleface," "Son
of Paleface," "Sorrowful Jones" and "Mr.
Stars at Muny Dinner
mayors and city
managers at the annual convention banquet
of the American Municipal Ass'n here were
entertained Tuesday (2) by ten film personalities.
Ronald Reagan was master of ceremonies,
and the bill was headlined by Ann
Blyth, the four Step Brothers, Bob Crosby,
Arlene Dahl, Jimmy Durante and Fernando
Lamas. The program was arranged by the
Hollywood Coordinating committee.
f^ol. Harry A. Cole of Dallas, Tex., national
chairman of the COMPO admission tax
repeal committee, was here Wednesday (3)
to confer with Oregon COMPO officers. Cole,
on a western flying trip, was met at the air- :
port by a delegation headed by Art Adamson,
local exhibitor. At noon he was honor guest
at a luncheon at Berg's Chalet. Hosts in-
eluded COMPO co-chairmen William Graeper
and Charles F. Powers sr. Graeper, representing
exhibitors, operates the EgjiJtian Theatre,
while Powers is 20th-Fox branch manager.
Ted Galanter and Allan Welder of MGM'si
west coast exploitation staff were due here
Saturday (6) with one of the "mermaids" in
the forthcoming swim musical, "Million Dollar
Mermaid," to town. The starlet will attend
a Multnomah Athletic club luncheon Saturday
and will present the club's swimming
team, now Northwest champions, with a
trophy on behalf of Esther Williams. The
film will open soon at a J. J. Parker theatre.
Plans were being made for the Oregon
Journal's annual Journal Juniors Christmas
party. Jerry McClung of the Journal. OJJ
director, conferred with Russ Brown and
Oscar Nyberg of EJvergreen theatres. The
party, which features a film for the youngsters,
will be held at the Paramount if arrangements
can be made.
Max Bercutt, Warner exploiteer, was in
town to boost "The Iron Mistress," current
at the Orpheum and Oriental. Bercutt
brought along the Bowie knife used in the
picture. The gimmick gained him some publicity
for the film.
The Sunday Journal magazine used a fourcolor
picture of Dawn Addams as its Thanksgiving
cover. The Kodachromes were made
available by Ted Galanter, MGM we:-t coast
representative . . . AUan Weider, MGM
northwest representative, was in town working
on product, as was Sam Seigel of Columbia.
Chester Theatre Is Purchased
CHESTER, CAILF.—The Chester Theatre i
has been sold to Walter H. Finn of Redding,
Calif., by Edmund Blair.
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To Reopen for 'Bali'
LOS ANGELES Closed for llie pu.st two
years, Fanchon & Marco's Manchester Theatre
In the Inglewood area Is being Klven a
housccleanlnK In prcpiiratlon for Its Christmas
day reopening when, with six other
showcases In the Los Angeles metropolitan
area. It will begin a first run engagement of
Paramount's "Road to Ball."
The 1.600-seat house will have Rube Wolf
as Its managing director. It had been completely
remodeled Just prior to being shuttered
and was darkened, according to F&M.
because of Inability to .secure product on
better than a 21 to 28-day clearance. An
antitrust action .still Is pending on the Manchester's
behalf against all of the major
companies except Warners. Columbia. Republic
and United Artists.
Running mates to the Manchester on the
"Bali" booking are the Paramount Hollywood,
the Orpheum. the Picwood and three
drlve-lns, the Olympic. El Monte and Van
'Carmen' TV Is Canceled
In Northwest Centers
PORTLAND—The big screen telecast of
"Carmen" in Portland. Tacoma and Seattle
have been cancelled. The Metropolitan Opera
production, which was to be brought to the
Liberty here on December 11. can not be
brought via the coaxial cable from San
P'ancisco to Northwest cities because television
stations in Portland and Seattle already
have prior committments on the lone "channel"
of the cable devoted to television.
Marvin Fox, John Hamrick city manager.
said that so far there are no provisions for
more than one TV program on the cable.
Transfer Earl Baughman
KLAMATH FALLS. ORE.— Earl Baughman.
for five years local manager of the Klamath
Theatre Co.. has been transferred to Eureka
and has been replaced here by Bert Henson.
former manager of the Modesto Theatre Co. in
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Arch Oboler feature, playing at Bd\ttncrowntown ind llollyssood
Paramount Ihralrr^, .\rrh O b o 1 e r'»
"Bwana DrvU." fli-st fralurr to br (llmctf
in thr Natural VMon thrpr-dlmcnaio*
procnn, went on to e^tabll^h new bMHC
rrrord.s In both sltuatioiu. (iUmtnrd here
al the llolls-wood Par.imount premiere,
from left: Oboler. who wrote, prndurrd
and dirrrtrd; Robert SLark. male star of
the (ipus, and aclrrroi (laudrtte Thornton.
held up In a .second week with a .Tore of
150 per cent. "H^erythlng I Have Is Youn"
bowed at the Uberty to a week's gross of
115 per cent
Blue Mouse— Because of Voa (U-I), Islond Resca*
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Coliseum— Pony Soldier 20th-Fo SR.i
World—Th* Man in the White Satt ^U-l). 2nd wk
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. . Robert
monoxide poisoning, caused by folks keeping
their car heaters running to keep them
E N V E R
warm. Already, with an around-zero cold
snap, two have been taken out of a Denver
•Phi' Paramount is large-screen televising the ping & Inspection bureau, was the innocent drive-in and placed under an oxygen tent
Metropolitan Opera opening of "Carmen" victim in a three-car accident. Fetz was to revive them. A couple of years ago a
from New York December 11. The theatre hospitahzed a few days with a cut mouth person was killed in a Pueblo, Colo., drive-in,
wUl close its film show at 5 and at 6:40 Denver
time the opera will start on the thea-
he came upon two other cars, one of which
and bruises. Fetz was driving alone, when because of inhaling carbon monoxide.
tre's large-screen television. Free coffee and was driving the wrong way on a one-way Two employes of the Paramount exchange
sandwiches will be served. Prices, with an street. That car hit another and the two have moved into new homes. John Thomas, i
advance sale, are $2.40, $3.60 and $4.80. Harris
Wolfberg, head of Wolfberg Theatres, that was going the wrong way was killed. Gene Vitale. booker, has bought a new housei
smacked Fetz' car. The man driving the car salesman, has just built a new house and
apologized for the apparently high prices, but Ketz' car was badly damaged.
Spahn, independent film buyer
and booker, has returned to Filmrow and is
pointed out they were necessary because
Mrs. Arlie Beery, wife of the Manley district
representative, is in St. Luke's hospital,
located at 737 21st St. . . . Pete Bayes, Paramount
publicity man, went to Albuquerque,!
of the large cut demanded by the Metropolitan,
the arranging company, and the
where she underwent an operation . . . This
N. M., to set up pubUcity for "Road to Bali"
high phone line charges.
is the time of year for drive-ins that are and "The Stooge."
Lynn Fetz, manager of the Denver Ship-
staying open to watch out for carbon
Patricia Clark, daughter of Joe Claik, Lippert
Pictures salesman, underwent an appendectomy
at Mercy hospital Sylvia
. . .
Greif has been added at Paramount as a
biller . . . Don Hammer, who recently sold
his interest in the Denver and Salt Lake City
Realart exchanges, ha-s reopened another exchange
to be known as the Intermountain
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Film Exchange and will handle reissues and
new independent features. As soon as a location
is available, he will have an office on
Grand Islond, Neb.
Filmrow and will serve Denver and Salt Lake
Frank Wood has leased the Rio, Dolores,
Colo., from Roy Benham . . . Among the
theatre people who drove in for the Thanks-
giving day football game at the University
of Denver were Mr. and Mrs. George Mc-
Cormack, Canon City, and Mr. and Mrs.i
Gerald Anderson, Riverton, Wyo.
Hal and Dick Bennett, owners of the Skyhne
Drive-In, Sheridan. Wyo., have bought|
the Orpheum at Sheridan from Fox Intermountain
Theatres, and will take over February
1. This is one of the theatres that thej
court directed Fox Intermountain to sell asj
... gooa "o^, °i toW yo^
part of the divorcement proceedings.
Filmrow visitors included WajTie Bauer,!
Manco; Joe Wills, Socorro, N. M.; John W.r
Murray, Springfield; Lionel Semon, Pueblo,|
and Leonard Leigh, Socorro, N. M.
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Airer to Be Built by Weskil Chain
COLFAX, WASH.—L. H. Weskil. manager
of the Weskil theatre chain, intends to build
a drive-in on an eight-acre tract near Pullman
along the old Colfax-Pullman highway.
The Weskil circuit operates theatres at Sand-: f'i tte Ui
point, Ida.; Pullman and Colfax.
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Training for Teachers in Iron
The U.S. embassy during the last year.
supplied films and equipment used by the]
Iranian educational system for audio-visual
training courses for elementary and sec
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:: December 6, 196J(I
. . Claude
. . Unlveraal
^"^ ''"''" '*'""'"'• '•'^^ "f^* U.S. secretary
of aKrIciilture, helped a motion picture
to Incroa.sed gro.sses In the Salt Lake
area was related this week by BUI Gordon.
manai?er of Warner Bros. here. After Benson
the movie. "Room for One More." he
wrote an un.sollclted letter to the film comiiiiiiy.
praising the content of the picture and
"there should be more like It." With
his permi.ssion. Bill had thousands of copies
of the letter mimeographed and sent
the Utah and Idaho region. He
I also displayed blowups of the letter outside
theatres. Becau.se of Benson's church poslhe
is a member of the governing body
the Mormon church, which is predominant
In the two states) the picture did "smash"
business, Gordon says.
Jack Swon.son has resigned as Montana
salesman for 20th-Fox to open the Swonson
Theatre Agency on Filmrow. Jack, a member
of the golfing Swonson family in the motion
picture industry in Salt Luke, has a wide
background of experience in the business. He
has served as salesman with Paramount.
Eagle Lion and 20th-Fox. and was branch
''^ manager for Eagle Lion at the time it went
to United Artists control.
Mary Ure is new stenographer at Allied
Artists . . . Bob Braby. undesignated canvasman
for Variety Tent 38 of Salt Lake, attended
the international midwinter meeting.
Bob and Sam Gillette, incidentally, will be
fighting it out for the post of chief barker,
now held by Bill Gordon.
What will completion of the mountain-top
transmitters by Salt Lake's two television
stations mean to the theatre business in Idaho
and the rest of Utah? Local theatremen are
ponderlHg this question since the transmitters.
Which are located on 9,000-foot peaks southwest
of Salt Lake, have increased the carrying
power of the stations. Cities, such as
Ogden, which weren't getting video too well
until now. are expected to go overboard for
the medium. Earl Stein, who operates a circuit
in Montana and Idaho, expects his
to be hit hard soon.
To Build 250-Car Outdoorer
DAYTON, WASH.—A drive-in will
here this winter, Lowell Spiess, manager
of the Liberty Theatre, disclosed recently.
The new- 250-car outdoorer will be
located on the A. J. Harting land one mile
west of here. Construction is to begin immediately.
Plan Ozoner in Kamicih, Idaho
KAMIAH, IDA.—Mr. and Mrs. Miner Bethman
are planning to build a 200-car drive-in
about a half miles from here on the highway
to Cottonwood. The Bethmans operate
theatres here and in Kooskia.
'Silver Lining' Suif
Won by Warner Bros.
SALT LAKK CITY Thr mullon plftiirr
Industry ha.t won a $3')(i,fH)
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»¥^e Robert L. Clark agency has been appointed
northern California agent for
Manhattan's foreign and domestic films.
Clark, former sales manager for Paramount,
recently moved his agency to 166 Golden
Gate Ave. . . . Directors of the Independent
Theatre Owners of Northern California recently
changed the name of the organization
to Northern California Theatre Owners.
The board endorsed theatre collections for
the March of Dimes and urged all exhibitors
to lend their support . drippings
collected from October 15 to the 29th
added 242 pounds to the northern California
Anne Belfer, publicist for North Coast Theatres,
and Lou Maren of Columbia carried
out a novel stunt for the opening of "Eight
Iron Men" at the Orpheum Theatre. Eight
Korean veterans came from Camp Stoneman
to assist a blood procurement drive
put on by State college. The winner of a
donor contest was the guest of Mary Castle,
star of the film, at a dinner dance at the
Palace hotel. Between 8 and 9 opening night.
Miss Castle signed autographs to pictures
in the lobby. One of the students at State
college had a problem—he didn't know
whether to donate a pint of blood, which
would enable him to date Miss Castle in
a weakened condition, or save his blood and
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date a campus girl.
The Dos Palos Drive-In, owned by Kegas-
Hales, is now being handled by the Arch
Buying and Booking Service, of which George
Archibald is head. Incidentally, the Sundowne
Drive-In at Los Malinos, now closed
for the winter, will be handled by Archibald
when it reopens in spring . Weiss,
owner of the Isleton Theatre, has taken over
the Vista Theatre at Rio Vista from William
Laurie . Finn was along the
Row booking and buying for his Chester
Theatre at Chester, which he acquired recently
from Bill Blair.
"The Miracle of Fatima" will open at the
Coliseum Theatre, a neighborhood house, for
a limited engagement. The theatre, dark
for the last six months, will remain open
only for this booking . . .
and his wife attended the Allied States
convention in Chicago and then went on to
Pittsburgh for the Variety Club event . . .
Ed Clayes, former manager of the Shamrock
Drive-In, San Jose, joined Redwood Theatres
as a manager in Eureka . . . is papa of a baby girl. He is associated with
the Triple S. Supply Corp . Stein,
publicist, returned from a European jaunt
... Ed Levin, former operator of Paris
Theatre in Oakland and now a Hollywood
producer, was married recently . . Johnnie
Ray, the cry crooner, had a fair opening
day Wednesday and gradually built up on
Thanksgiving day and the weekend.
. . Harry
Boyd Sparrow, manager of Loew's Warfield,
will leave for a month's vacation December
11 in Washington, D. C, his home.
Taking over the reins in his absence will be
Martin Burnett, division manager .
Morgan, assistant at the Warfield, made a
tie-in with the Oakland and San Francisco
Mayflower restaurants on "Plymouth Adventure."
Republic Starts Two Films;
Readies 3 More for Camera
hitting an alltime
production peak for the Christmas season,
with two films already in work and
three others geared for camera starts before
the end of the year. Currently filming are "A
Perilous Voyage," starring Vera Ralston and
Scott Brady, and "The Woman They Almost
Lynched," with John Lund, Brian Donlevy
and Audrey Totter.
These will be followed by "City That Never
Sleeps," to shoot on location in Chicago as a
Gig Young-Mala Powers topliner; "Sea of
Lost Ships," story of the coast guard, and
"One for the Road," a prize ring drama.
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pormerly operated by Harry Wineberg for
many years, the Oriental Theatre, neighborhood
house in Hollywood, has been taken
over by Joe Buse . Singer, former
Canadian theatre operator, has opened offices
here to round up a cast and crew
for a series of westerns which he plans to
make in Calgary . Becker of Metro
Theatre Service returned from Riverside
after huddles there with Milt Hossfeldt,
owner of the Avenue Theatre.
In addition to his theatre interests (he
operates several Spanish-language houses in
this area), Frank Fouce is one of the principals
in Spanish-International Television,
Inc., which has applied to the FCC for approval
to erect a TV station utilizing com-
. . Harry
mercial channel 34 here. His son Frank L.
is also a member of the syndicate .
Plunkett of the National Theatre Supply
office in Seattle checked in for a visit at
the local branch.
William Z. Porter, Allied Artists field representative,
returned from a midwestern
junket, during which he huddled with branch
managers regarding exchange operations in
Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis .
one of his infrequent trips to the Row was
Jack Zamsky, owner of the Coachella Valley
Drive-In in Indio . Fairchild
relinquished his lease on the Crenshaw The-
atre and the showcase has been temporarily
closed for minor repairs. It reverts to the ;
Western Amusement Co., which reports the i
house will be reopened soon.
. . .
Dan Sonney of the Sonney Amusement Co. i
returned from a San Francisco business trip
Here from New York for parleys at
the local branch was Murray Lafayette,
United Artists exploiteer . . . Vic Walker,
owner of the Surf Theatre in
Beach, appointed Sam L. Terry as manager
of the house and instituted a new policy of 1
showings seven nights a week. In the re-
cent past the theatre had been open on
weekends only. Terry's new crew
Sally Ritter, cashier; Cai'olyn Cuff, in charge
of confections, and Bob Miller and Frank
J. C. MeDonough has taken over the :
Tower Theatre in Santa Paula from Fox West
Coast, effective next January 1. He al^o operi
ates two Spanish-language houses in Brawley
. . Izzy
. . .
Back on the Row after a junket to Mexico
City was Ben Goldberg of Goldberg Film i
DeUvery. He made the trip along with other i
members of a Masonic organization .
Berman, executive of the Eastland circuit,
and wife took off for New York on a pleasure .
trip On vacation in Las Vegas is Dan
Poller. Fox West Coast booker.
The majority of the projectors in motion
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CHICAGO—Variety Tent 26, meeting at
the CongreKs hotel here Tuesday (25' elected
t and B;
Johnny J. Jones of Jones, Llnlck A Scliacfer
KANSAS criT- Commonwealth advanced
from fifth to fourth place In the Men's Pllmrow
BowUnK Icusue, u.n MOM .^llpp«'d out o(
the first four. Pllm Delivery contlnupd lui
the klnKPln of the leaKUc with 33 vlctorlen
luul 20 I0.H.SC.S. The Fox Trottcri and RIU
Tlieiitre were clone behind In .tecond place
with 31 and 21. Jack Stewart rolled a new
li'UKUc high 30 murk of 530 lo aid the leaders
Theatres Co. as chief barker for 1953. Other
officers elected include Nat Nathanson. Allied
Artists, first assistant chief barker;
James E. Coston, Coston Theatre Enterprises,
second assistant chief barker; M. M. Gottlieb,
Universal, property master, and Manny
Smerling, Confection Cabinet Corp., doughguy.
Canvasmen include James J. Donohue,
Paramount; Arthur Schoenstadt, Schoenstadt
Theatres; Tom Flannery, White Way Sign
Co.; Max Rosenbaum. United Beverage Co.;
Jack Kirsch, Allied Theatres of Illinois;
Irving Mandel, theatre operator; Edwin Silverman,
Es.saness Theatres; David Wallerstein.
Balaban & Katz. and Irving Mack,
Pilmack Trailer Co. International canvasman
is Joseph Berenson, National Theatre
Advertising Co., and international representative
is Jack Rose, Indiana-Illinois
KMTA Drive-In Session
March 4 in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY—Arrangements are being
made for the annual Kansas-Missouri Theatre
Ass'n's annual spring drive-in meeting
that will take place March 4, 1953, at the
Phillips hotel here. The one-day affair will
have an inter-regional flavor, according to
Stanley H. Durwood, chairman of the meeting.
Ample display space has been reserved at
the hotel to show the latest in equipment for
drive-ins. Displays will be set up a day in
advance of the meeting to a,ssure exhibitors
time to view them. Drive-in operators
from Nebraska, Oklahoma. Arkansas and lUijHOis,
in addition to the Kansas and Missouri
have shown an interest in attending.
said there would be no registration
fee. He also promised those planning to attend
that the meeting would move rapidly
from one topic to the next to insure a wide
coverage in the discussions. Jack Braunagel,
Commonwealth drive-in supervisor, is vicechairman
of the affair.
•The 20th-Fox office has signed up 100 per
cent for the Will Rogers Memorial fund
. . Peter Mailers, Mailers circuit, Fort Wayne,
was in the east on a business trip and was
to visit Washington before returning home .
Mr. and Mrs. George Mailers, Defiance, Ohio,
drive-in, were visiting in Washington . . . Clyde
Nihiser and his wife, operators of the Limberlost
Drive-In at Geneva, have returned from
a vacation in Florida and are preparing to
open the Star Theatre at Geneva . . . Mr.
and Mis. Jerry Heinlein, operators of the
Arcade, Gas City, visited his parents at Garrett.
Clair Stucky and his wife of the Warren at
Grand Island, Neb.
Warren and the Lakeland at Angola returned
from an extended vacation in the east . . .
William Brennen, U-I salesman, spent
Thanksgiving day with his parents in Morristown.
N. J. He was accompanied by his wife
and baby . . . Irving Dreeben, Columbia salesman,
spent Thanksgiving day with his wife in
New York. She is connected with the public
Sam Oshry, U-I manager, and his wife are
vacationing in Greenville, S. C, and will visit
friends in Atlanta, Ga.. before returning from
a two-week vacation . . . Norma Lattimore,
contract clerk at Warner Bros., is confined
to the isolation ward at the Methodist hospi-
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'Prisoner' Bows at 120
As Chicago Leader
cmCACKJ Bu^lIlc.s8 at first run houses
was Koocl- 1*^0 "•"*' bills bowod In to excellent
business— the ChlciiKO with "Prisoner of
Zenda." plus a stage show headed by Nat
"KlnK" Cole, and the Roosevelt, with a twin
bill. "Operation Secret" and "WaKon.i West "
"Ivanhoe" did average In an eighth week at
the Oriental and "The Snows of Klliinun-
Jaro" did very good In a fourth week at the
(Average Is 100)
The Prisoner of Zendo (MGM), plus
,..,,., Five Anqcis of Murder Col) 110
orand- The Devil Mokes Thre* (MGM); My Man
and I MGfAi .'ri.l wk 105
McVickors The Iron Mistress (WB); You foi M«
Oriental -Ivonhoc (MGM), 7th wk 100
Palace— Becousc You're Mine (MGM), 6Hi wk. . . 95
Stotc-Lokc- The Snows of Kilimoniaro (20th-Fox),
4iti wk no
Roosevelt — Opcrotion Secret (WB). Wagons Wost
Surf—O. Henrys Full House !20th-Fox). -Ith wk. .
United Artists — Tlle Miroelc of Fotimo (WB),
5tti wk 100
World Plov^iousc — The Strange Ones (Tcttcl),
2nd wk 110
Woods—Konsos City Confidential (UA), 4lh wk.. . 95
Ziegtcid- -Edward ond Coroline (Lopert) 105
"The Promoter' Scores 400
In Kansas City Opening
KANSAS CITY— "Tlie Piomoter" was the
hottest attraction in town last week by recording
400 per cent at the Vogue, a neighborhood
500-seater specializing in art films.
"The Iron Mistress" pulled 140 at the Missouri
and "The Savage" hit a sinular figure
In its second week at the Paramount.
Kimo—A Song to Remember (Col), reissue 130
Midlond— Plymouth Adventure (MGM); Red Snow
(Col), 2nd wk 90
Missouri—The Iron Mistress (WB); Army Bound
Poromount—The Savage (Poro), 2nd wk 140
Tower, Uptown, Fairway and Granada—Monkey
Business (20th-Fox); (ot the Tower and Granada
only), Fargo ( AA) 1 25
Vogue—The Promoter (U-l) 400
Lower Theatre License Fee
KEWANEE. ILL.—The local city council
has adopted an amendment to the city ordinance
governing licenses of theatres, cutting
the fees in half. The council agreed that
television had cut into theatre attendance.
The film houses have paid a fee of 60 cents
a seat, but under the amended ordinance
the fee will be 30 cents a seat.
First Airer for Porter County
CHESTERTON, IND.—G. G. Shauer &
Sons Co.. owners of two theatres in Valparaiso,
have announced plans to build Porter
county's first drive-in on U.S. 30 near the
old Lincoln Hills golf course, four miles
west of the city.
Four Films Rated Adult
board reviewed 88 pictures. (433,000 feet of
film I, last month, classified for adults four
•( I.I (H'MK \ l)I>n. W — 11.1 mill
l.von, tii;in,ii;f tin- I';ir^iriiiiuiil Tl,c.itrr
in Kaiivi.s (ilv. liMiks nvrr an
Kc.vplian displ.iy whlrh Jim Cii.stlr. Paramount
I'lcturi-s. armnKrd to hasr flown
t« Kansas City from Kgvpl by Tr.ini-
World .\irlinps for thr run of "Clropalra."
a rrrrleasiv Otlirr promotion ronsistrtl
of two pony -drawn Ki>m.in-ly|H* chartots
on downlown stri-els and niammoOi cutout
letters for the title on (hr marqupr.
Don llalpy. a.vsistant mamiRcr. aided in
Telenews at Chicago
Will Show 'Carmen' TV
CHICAGO The Metropolitan Opera Co.
will play a one-night engagement at the
Telenews Theatre here December 11 via largescreen
theatre TV. The Telenews installed Its
TV equipment earlier this niontii in time to
show telecasts of the presidential election.
The Met's performance of Bizet's "Carmen"
will be telecast in its entirety over the closed
circuit of Theatre Network Television.
The small, 400-seat Telenews pos.sibly will
offer "Carmen" on a reserved-seat basis.
Name P. G. Sklavonis
FRANKFORT. IND.—P. G. SklavonLs of
Chicago has k)een named manager of the
Roxy and Clinton theatres, succeeding Robert
Jack.son, who has been transferred to
Fort Wayne to manage the Jefferson Theatre.
All houses concerned are owned by the
Alliance Theatre Corp.
Seeks TV Permit in Kcmsas City
KANSAS CITY—The FCC has received an
application from the Empire Coil Co.. New
Rochelle. N. Y., seeking to estabhsh a TV
station here on ultrahigh frequency channel
No. 25. and in St. Louis on UHP channel 30.
The Empire company is a TV equipment
manufacturer. It now owns video stations in
Cleveland. Denver and Portland. Ore. The
application is the first received for an UHF
TV channel here. Four local radio stations
are bidding for channels 5 and 9. both on
very high frequency.
Frisina Chain Purchases
Drive-In at Mattoon, 111.
.MATTOON. tLt, Thr
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etars and Stripes Forever," the motion picture
of John Philip Sousa's life, will open
at the Palace next Monday night as a benefit
for the Women's Faculty club of the Northwestern
Medical School. Debra Paget will
appear at the opening . The Van A. Nomikos
circuit has taiien over the Embassy, formerly
operated by Essaness, and will reopen
it Christmas day.
Are American theatregoers "immature and
irresponsible"? Daily News critic Sam Lesner
answered the question last Sunday over
WNMP. The station tape-recorded the interview
Saturday at the H&E Balaban Esquire.
Patrons were invited to participate in future
monthly forums to be held in the Esquire's
Albert Dezel of Dezel Productions, who was
in town two weeks for conferences with Sam
Kaplan and Harris Dudelson, left for New
York to work on distribution of foreign pictures
in eastern territory . . . The downtown
Telenews started selling tickets for the telecast
of the Metropolitan Opera performance
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at $6 top started off very big.
The advance sale
Simon Jacobson, short subject booker for
the Illinois-Indiana circuit, has resigned after
. . . Harry
12 years and to go into another business . . .
Sam Levinsohn, head of the Chicago Used
Chair Mart, was in New York
Bauer, manager at Clasa-Mohme, reports the
French "Bethsabee" was big at the Alex and
was held over for the second time . . . Sam
Levinsohn, president, said the Cinema lodge
will hold a humanitarian award dimier during
February honoring one of the outstanding men
in the amusement industry.
Ralph Stolkin, still listening to offers for his
controlling interest in RKO Pictures, was in
Hollywood conferring with Howard Hughes.
Both are involved in lawsuits filed by minority
stockholders . . . Russell Stevenson, former
manager of the Times Theatre, Rockford, is
now acting city manager there for Great-
States circuit, stationed at the Palace Theatre.
He succeeds Milton Brown, former city
manager who has resigned. Richard Williams,
assistant at the Fischer in Danville, has been
transferred to the Rockford Times as manager.
The H&E Balaban circuit, which is building
a television station in Rockford, 111., has
applied to the FCC for a license to construct
a Milwaukee station . . . Gene Atkinson,
business agent of projectionists Local 110, returned
to his winter home in Hollywood, Pla.,
following the monthly meeting at the local!
... A baby girl was born to Mrs. Paul Eitel, j
wife of the son of Otto Eitel, managing direc-
tor of the Palace . Ideal Pictures Corp.
will distribute Walt Disney 16mm shorts to
nontheatrical users throughout the country . .
Dave Gold has been named manager of the
Mode, here, and Al Binenfield has been named
manager of the Lamar in Oak Park.
W. E. "Doc" Banford, Loew's district manager,
is resting at home after a three-week
stay in the hospital for an operation . . .
Chicago showman Leo Salkin will be 36
years married December 8. On that day he
will stage a big "Lest We Forget" show at
the Hines VA hospital.
. . Charles
Balaban & Katz theatres are collecting
funds for the Will Rogers hospital via collection
boxes in the lobbies . . . The Capitol in
Canton has been reopened . Temborius
will build a drive-in there .
Saunders has retired from the Alliance cir-
. . . Frank Todd has leased the
cuit managerial staff to enter another line
Lathrop in Lathrop, Mo.
The Essaness Theatre circuit has taken over
the management of two niteries. The circuit,
headed by Edwin Silverman, took over the
Brass Rail and Bandbox, both formerly
operated by Al Greenfield. Both places are
located in the Woods Theatre Bldg. in Chicago's
Loop, which is owned by Essaness.
Ralph Smitha, general manager for Essaness
circuit, who is president of the night club
corporation, has retained Harry Greenfield,
formerly manager of both cafes.
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poy Haines, district sales manager for WB.
New York, addressed a meeting here of
brancli managers in Hall Walsh's district.
Omaha; Leon Mendelson,
Des Moines; Les
Bona. St. Louis, and
Ru-ssell Borg, Kansas
City, attended. Norman
short subject sales
manager, was here for
a two-day meeting
with bookers and salesmen
on new product
bookkeeper in the same
office, will marry
Florenz Lorenzo on
December 14 in Greenfield,
N. M. Warner Bros, will tradescreen
. . .
You're Killing Me" December
10. The company will hold its annual Christmas
shindig on the 24th in the office clubroom.
Jim Lewis, RKO manager, took the second
week of his vacation . . . Two RKO salesmen
were unable to get here for a meeting due
to the snow clogged roads in parts of Kansas
Joe Neger, 20th-Fox manager, returned
. . . from a confab in Minneapolis. New
product was the main topic during the two
Allied Independent Theatre Owners have
temporarily shelved plans for several regional
meetings, according to Fred Harpst, Allied
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John Schnack Sells
Electric at Larned
LARNED. KAS.—John Stliimck. who earlier
this year celebrated hl.s 50th ntinlver.Miry
a.s u motion picture exhibitor, will
retire from the film business with the .sale
of his Electric Theatre here to Ted Irwin
of HolslnKton. The change In ownership
will De effective January 1.
Schnack ha.s owned and operated the Electric
here since 1912. but he pioneered In
film exhibition ten years earlier In 1902.
when he and the late R. T. Webb formed
the Edison Exhibition Co. and loured midwestern
towns with an EMIson KInctoscope
and a few reels of film. His first local
theatre was opened here In 1906 on the
second floor of his opera house on the present
location of the Electric.
Also slated for retirement at year's end
Is Marvin Bybee, manager of the Electric for
the hust 15 years, who toured the midwest
with his own stock company before he
Joined Schnack In the film business. Bybee
recently purchased a local barber shop.
This spring in recognition of his halfcentury
in the film business. Schnack was
guest of honor at a civic celebration, highlighted
by a testimonial luncheon and dinner
attended by a delegation representing
the Kansas-Missouri Theatre Ass'n and other
film groups. Shortly after that celebration.
Schnack arranged for the purcha.se of the
John Schnack Express, a miniature train
installed in Schnack park here.
Ted Irwin, who will become the new owner
of the Electric, has been manager of the
Royal Theatre at Hoisington, one of the
Commonwealth Theatres circuit houses, for
the last seven years. A native of Great
Bend, he had his first experience in theatre
business in that city. Later he managed a
theatre at Lyons. During World War II he
operated the base theatre at the Herington
army air field.
Irwin, his wife and son Dennis, 12, will
move here and they plan a few improvements
at the theatre — "some things John planned
to do," Irwin said.
Elect Edward Butler Chairman
ST. LOUIS—Edward L. Butler, representative
of the ticket sellers, has been elected
permanent chairman for the Amusement
Employes Welfare fund of St. Louis. He was
selected at a meeting of the representatives
of various branches. He had been serving as
the acting chaii-man in the preliminary
stages of organization.
Charles Bells Buy Pix Theatre
BLUE MOUND. ILL.—Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Ray Bell of Terre Haute, Ind.. recently purchased
the Pix Theatre from Byers Jordan of
Decatur. 111. The Bells have moved to Blue
EVERYTHING FOR THE THEATRE
Theatre Supply Company
3310 Olive Slieel. St. Louis 3. Mo.
Telephone lEiferson 7974
LTurry t. ,\rUiur, Punchuii Sc Marco prciidrnt
and Rcnernl maiuiKer. rrtuntrd hrrr
briefly after a bu-ilncan trip lo New York
City and then planed to the went cosaI .
IteporLs from MemphU arr that Herman Fer-
RU.son. Maiden. Mo., thrnlrr owner. Iji making
nice proKrcvi In hu recovery from Injurlen
.suffered In an automobile accident near Maiden
a couple of weets ago
The new automobile of Charley Mound. Valley
Park, Mo., exhibitor, waa damaged In a
collision . . . Mrs Anna Leach, mother of
Mary Lou Sturhahn. PBX operator for 30th-
Fox, was burled In Calvary cemetery after
services at St. Roch's Catholic church .
Realart Pictures has "Hellgatc," Llppert picture
.set to open In the Fanchon it Marco
seven-day hou.ses on December 17.
Gordon llalloran, manager for 20th-Fox.
attended a division sales conference at MlnncapolLs
at which plans for the first nine
months of 1953 were dlscus-sed. M. A. Levy,
division manager, presided . . . Paul McCarthy,
head of the McCarthy Theatre Supply Co.,
and his family returned Sunday (30) from a
Thank.sgivlng day visit with relatives in Iowa.
GeorKe Cohn, booker for Columbia, has
been promoted to the sales staff and Ls traveling
in Illinois. He is a son-in-law of Herman
Gorelick, co-owner of Realart of St. Louis , .
Joe Sarfaty, Universal salesman who was seriously
injured in an automobile accident on
Feb. 29. 1951. has visited FUmrow a couple of
Out-of-town exhibitors seen along Pllmrow
included L. A. "Bud" Mercler. Frederlcktown;
Herman Tanner. Pana; Joe Katz. Benld; Bill
Williams, Union; Elvin H. Wiecks. Staunton:
Bill Turvey. Pawnee; Charley Beninatl, Carlyle;
Dean Davis, West Plains; Mrs. Ora Redford.
Auburn; Tom Edwards. Farmlngton;
Bernard Temborius, Breese; Ed Fellis, HilLsboro;
Herschel Eichhorn, Mounds; Bill Collins,
DeSoto; Kenneth Hirth, Pacific; P. Val
Mrs. William Sherman closed her drive-in
near Jackson. Mo., for the season Sunday
(30i . . Officers and directors of the Amu.sement
Employes Welfare fund are to meet in
the Paramount screening room at 1 p. m.
The furnace serving the United Artists exchange
broke down Wednesday (26> and gave
the office staff a very chilly time the remainder
of the week. New oil heating equipment
was put In Monday ill ... Charles Simonell.
Universal eastern advertising and publicity
department manager, was a recent visitor.
He came here in connection with the campaigns
for "Mississippi Gambler" . . . Ray
Colvin. TEDA executive director, left December
1 for a speaking engagement at Indianapolis.
The performance November 28 of "The
Country Girl' at the American Theatre was
called off at the last minute because of the
illness of star Robert Young. A capacity
crowd of 1,700 persons was disappointed. The
American has no bookings until December 27
due to the closing of two musical productions.
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes." and to a sudden switch in
the routes of two other roadshows. "Top
Banana" and "Paint Your Wagon." As book-
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film priKlurrr. .irr ptrlurrd abotr tt thr
flmt wiirld ln( ol (hr produrrr't nm
"Uakamlu" al thr K&.M i.OOO-M-al dr
luxe Fox Theatre.
Ings now stand the theatre reopen* Saturday
1 27 1, With ft new comedy. "Strike a March"
St. Loulslans are not without stage shows
since Sidney Blackmer and Lois WlUon are
guest stars at Anxell Bros. Emprcas Playhouse
In "Chicken Every Sunday." On December 9
the Empress attraction will be Sylvia Sidney
in "Goodbye My Fancy."
Realart has secured the stngle-reeler.
"Rudolph, the Rednosed Reindeer." and it is
available for immediate bookings. It runs tor
eight minutes and Includes many btg-name
personalities . . . The St. LouLt Allied ArttstR-
Monogram office, headed by Maurice Schweitzer,
Is doing nicely in the 13-week new bustiMM
drive. The first four weeks were destgnated
the Morey "Razz" Goldstein drive. It continues
through December and January. Some
fine prizes go to the winners.
St. Louis department store sales the week
ended November 22 on a dollar volume baaU
ran 18 per cent above the same week in 1961.
the St. Louis Federal Reserve bank reports.
The district as a whole gained 15 per cent . .
Andy Devlne was here for the National Retriever
Trial at Weldon Springs. Mo . . . Joe
Favre. assistant stage manager at the Empress
Playhouse, has been hobbling around with a
broken foot, cast and all. He has refused to
quit the Job because "the show must go on."
Loew's State here will not carry the televised
version of "Carmen" from New York
City December 11, but It will have the James
Lees & Sons carpet sales convention televised
from New York City December 8 from 11 lo
Distribution rights for U.S. 16mm films in
the FVench West Indies are usually for six
months to a year while for French films the
range Is from three to five years.
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Please tear out this page and send it to the "Big
Boss." Urge that he read, carefully, Mr. Folsom's superb
summary of the Payroll Savings Plan and its
benefits for enii)loyers, employees and our country.
The following figures should be particularly interesting
to anyone not familiar with the wide adoption
and the steady growth of the Payroll Savings Plan:
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• since January 1, 1951. enrollment in The Plan has
increased from 5,000,000 to 7,500,000.
• in some companies, more than 90% of the employees
are systematic bond buyers — in literally thousands
of other companies, employee participation runs
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• payroll savers are putting aside $150,000,000 per
month in U.S. Defense Bonds.
• the cash value of Series E Bonds held by individuals
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$4.8 billion more tlian the cash value of Series E
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ATLANTA— Big screen theatre television
will bccoiiu- 11 reiiUty hcrt- Moiicliiy (R) when
U will be Iniumurivted at the PiinunouiU Tlugtre
supplementing the resulur proKrnm.
Arnold, city munnger for Wllby Theatres,
operator of the Paramount, said the
Bell Telephone Co. had Installed
the coaxial cable at the theatre.
Arnold said Wllby Theatres had rushed the
In hopes of having It ready for
the Met's closed circuit showing of "Carmen"
December U. but he said the theatre firm
unable to get ready for that presenta-
However, the premiere program on the
big television screen will be a
coasl-to-coast televising of an Industrial conthe
first of its kind ever staged
anywhere. The program, sponsored by James
& Son carpet firm, will be viewed
throughout the nation by the firm's sales
E. J. Melniker Continues
Coral Way Improvement
MIAMI— E. J. Melniker, owner and operator
of the Coral Way Drive-In, has been
going quietly and steadily ahead with improvements
in the theatre's equipment. Vision
has been greatly enhanced by an enlarged
screen and the capacity has been increased
by the addition of 150 speakers, A dual
sound system has been installed, and a
moonlight lighting system developed.
Melniker has long-range plans for further
Improvements. He has made a study of what
win best serve his patrons in the concession
building, and has completed plans for a newrefreshment
department. November business.
Melniker says, has been better than usual,
counterbalancing a slow October, experienced
by all local airers, due to a month cf torrential
Melnicker takes an active interest in the
local Variety Club, of which he is secretary
and to which he devotes a large share of his
time. He reports that the Saturday night
dances in the clubrooms have been resumed
lor the winter season.
Locke Crximley Resigns
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.—Locke Crumley,
long-time manager of the Matanzas Theatre,
resigned December 1. In 1938 when he was
manager of the Jefferson Orpheum, he was
Instrumental in interesting Florida State
Theatres in building a $100,000 theatre, the
Matanzas, here. He has been in the theatre
business since 1918, when he became associated
with Paramount. Crumley is succeeded
here by William Duggan, who came
41 Drive-In Is Purchased
MACON. GA.—The 41 Drive-In. the largest
airer here, has been purchased by the Georgia
Theatre Co.. operator of three other local
houses. Herman Hatton. city manager, said
Jack Fields, manager of the Capitol, would
take over the reins at the outdoorer, and
Robert Knight would succeed him at the
Vaudeville Will Return to Stage
Of Miami Olympia Dec. 10
MIAMI rtli- !' • ;
: lu rrlurii uf vauUrvUle
>lympl» U being received
to Florida : , . '
with fiivor Our aim," nuld Al Wclui.
booker for the area'n only .nucce.«ful project
of thl.s type, "U to pre.ient new nume» -performcr.n
who have never appeared in the
Olympia— whenever po.vilble And. believe me.
It's a difficult problem bccau.%e U»e amount
of talent today Is limited."
In pursuing what he meana by the difficulty
of procuring new namc.t for the vaudeville
nuirquee. Wel.is .lald, "Tlic bulk of the
nation's talent today works on television
But TV Is no help to us becau.ic a lot of TV
acts are actually afraid to go out on a .itaRc
and perform In front of u live audience They
have no stage training at all. and. In (act.
they don't even know how to walk out on a
stage and get off It properly when their act
Wel&s. who ought to know mast of the an-
-swers In thLs line of show business, has been
booking taknt for the Olympia since the footlights
went up on the very first stage .show
In 1926. On that occasion no less an act had
been booked than the highly sought-after
Paul Wh'teman band.
While the Palace Theatre In New York is
the only theatre In the country on a straight
vaudeville policy, about a dozen other hou.ses
are currently offering variety bills along with
motion pictures, the policy to which the
Olympia returns on December 10.
Feature advertising is being u.sed by the circuit
to herald the initial week's bill, which
will be headed by Frances Langford. a particularly
happy choice since this will be her
first appearance in this theatre, in spite of
the fact that she and her husband Jon Hall
NAMED MAN OF YEAR—Rowland
Chappell "Bobby Cobb, theatre operator,
lumberman and auto dealer, has been
named Man of the Year at Kayelle. .\la.
He is shown above reccivinK the trophy,
an annual award of the Exchange rlub,
from Dr. \V. F. Price. Cobb, with his
mother Lucille Cobb operatoN the Richards
and Dixieland theatres in Fayette.
A navy veteran. Cobb has served as president
of the Chamber of fommcrre. chairman
of the chambers new industries
committee and is now chairman of the
Fayette Industrial Development board.
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ATLANTA Sam Nalhanson o( Uir Hrli;.
Alnsworth Corp.. Beverly HllLs. Ciillf,. met
With W. M. Richardson, president of Astor
Pictures of GcorRla. and V. J. Bell", salesman,
recently, with the result that Richardson
accepted the distribution franchise for television
and theatre proKrams. which will be
handled by Bello. The tclevislor» and thcali
programs will be produced In Hollywood an.i
will Include Silhouette Quiz Show. Adventures
of Patches. Hollywood Newsreel. Nickelodeon,
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tilled "Mlmi." starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
and Gertrude Lawrence. These programs are
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shown on WSB-TV, Atlanta. Sunday 1I61 and
will again be shown on same station Friday
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Diehard Kennedy has taken over the operation
of the Capitol and Betsy theatres
in Elizabethton. Tenn. He makes his headquarters
in Birmingham. At Wil-Kin Theatre
Supply in Charlotte, Tip Tipton said
the firm had installed Cycloramic screens in
the Plaza Theatre, Charlotte; the Varsity.
Chapel Hill. N. C, and Joy, Belton, S. C.
Harry Wayne said that he had sold Everfrost
soda bars to the Broadway in Clinton,
S. C, and the Richardson, Seneca, S. C. He
also sold Karagheusian carpeting to the
Dixie, Scotland Neck, N. C., and Cretors popcorn
machines to the Wayne, Goldsboro, and
the Starlight Drive-In, Fayettesville.
Wil-Kin had the latest in ice cream vendors,
the Colsnac, on display in Charlotte.
It is a completely automatic coin-operated
Harris Theatre Sales has installed a reconing
service for in-car speakers and servicing
for rebuilding heads and sound
equipment. Panny Cobb said Bryant Theatre
Supply had sold Wenzel projectors and
Strong lamps to the state hospital at Morganton
and new Co-Op speakers to the Conway
Drive-In, Conway, S. C. Bryant also
sold Hudson hosiery of Shelby ten pedestal
electric hair dryers.
* * *
The Ball Theatre at Jeffersonville. S. C,
has reopened under new management. Bob
Turnbull, National Theatre Supply, has sold
Simplex equipment to the Skyline Drive-In,
Orangeburg, S. C. It is a 200-car airer,
owned by George Townsend and Will Ulmer.
Construction has been started.
Leo Wann has taken over the Union Drive-
In at Union, S. C. G. W. Whisnant of the
Carolina Neon Co. recently completed marquees
for the Haymont Theatre, Fayette-
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a marquee and stainless steel boxoffice
for the Scotland Theatre, Laurinburg.
Charles Duncan, with Standard Theatre
Supply for the last 20 years, the last five
of them in the Charlotte office, has joined
Charlotte Theatre Supply, where he will continue
to follow his trade of sound and projection
engineering. He is a member of the
Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers.
Registration at the recent convention of
North and South Carolina Theatre Owners
was 625. The event was one of the nicest
* * *
Johnny Kime told me about his new drivein
which is now being built at Havelock,
N. C, and which will be named the Marine.
It is scheduled to open soon.
The stars that attended the convention
created a lot of goodwill among the exhibitors
and Bob Bryant, who went along on
the Movietime tours, reported that they
made a good impression on everyone they
Nearly every dealer in equipment attended
the TESMA show in Chicago. Jack Wadsworth
has taken over the South 21 Drive-In
at Charlotte. Rainy nights have been cutting
attendance at theatres over the Carolinas
* * *
Hodges Theatre Supply is supplying Motiograph
equipment to the Surf Drive-In
at Lake Charles, La. The 1,000-car twin
airer is being built by Percy Duplissey
and Matthews Guidry and, while construction
is under way, it is not planned to open the
airer before February 1.
Another February opening is slated for the
Motiograph-equipped Rebel Drive-In at
Natchez, Miss., being built by Charles Morel.
The 500-car airer also is being equipped by
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Floyd Murphy told me that he not only
remodeled the lobby of the Strand in Vicksburg.
Miss., but also added new restrooms
and brought it up to date.
J. L. Hicks of Hubert Mitchell Industries,
stage and drapery manufacturers, was on
Pilmrow conferring with E. W. Neeley at
National Theatre Supply on some jobs of remodeling.
* * *
Bob Roberts, oldtime showman, was busy
booking in stage shows and was pretty well
booked up until after January 1. Bob has
some good numbers which he is now booking.
Paul Shallcross of the American Desk Co.
is now out of the hospital after a siege of
R. L. Gremillion of Southeastern Theatre
Supply has sold Gus Street equipment
for his Greta Green Drive-In Theatre at
Gretana, La. He has also sold equipment to
Richard Guidry, Left Cheramie and R. J.
Soignet for the Jet Drive-In at Cut Off, La.
* * *
Don Wilmoth of Southeastern Supply has
sold RCA equipment to L. R. Navarre and
Percy A. Duplissey for the Frontier Drive-In
at Sulphur, La. Don has also sold equipment
to Joe Pentard for a Negro theatre,
named the Star, at LaFayette, La. None
of the above four have opened yet, but
opening for some will be soon. All are
equipped with RCA equipment.
Injured in Freak Airer Accident
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—Peggy Holman,
a passenger in an automobile parked in
the Fourth Street Drive-In, was severly injured
when a portable sound speaker hurtled
through the windshield of the car in which
she was sitting. A patron, driving out of the
airer, had the portable speaker still attached
to his car window. It broke free and whipped
through the windshield of the adjacent
Early Debut for Negro Ozoner
SCOTLANDVILLE, LA.—A drive-in for
Negroes is under construction here and is
expected to open very soon. The officers of
the constructing company. Elm Drive-In Theatre,
Inc., are Robert A. Hart III, president;
H. F. Randolph, vice-president, and Mrs.
Janet Hart, wife of the president, secretarytreasurer.
The airer is located on the Elm
Grove Garden road.
Plan New Airer for Selmer, Tenn.
SELMER, TENN.—The Selmer Amusement
Co., Inc., has announced plans for a 460-car
outdoor theatre to be located on Highway
142, near the Highway 45 intersection. Will
Tom Abernathy, president of the company,
said a spring opening is planned.
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Hopalong Cassidy Leads
Parade in Charlotte
CIIAHI.crrTE WlllUitn "Hupalciki^ (-...ssldy"
Boyd uppc'uiTd In tlie unnuul Curolliui
Carousel as pariide marshal. The Carousel Is
an annual prc-Chrl.stmas event In Charlotte
and this year was held ThanksKlvliiR clay.
It marks the official openlnK of the Christmas
sea.son by Charlotte merchants and the
occasion brouKht almost half a million people
Ca.ssldy came in for the event throuRh the
efforts of WBT"s Grady Cole and his sponsor
on the air. Coble dairies. Tlic western
star created quite a bit of excitement among
the younger folk both In the parade and In
other personal appearances In the city.
Seeks $25,000 for Injuries
JACKSONVILLE -- Piiriunounl Theatres
Corp.. owner of the Florida Theatre buildliiK,
is being sued for $25,000 in federal court by
Walter E. Mock and his wife, Leatha Irene,
for alleged injuries Mock says he suffered in
a fall down the theatre stairs on September
23. Mock said he fell into a hole on unllghted
Tornado Hits Ozark Airer
HARRISON, ARK.—A tornado struck the
Drive-In and toppled its screen, which
built to withstand winds up to 90 miles
an hour. The screen was valued at $6,000, acto
Doyle Branscum, city manager for
Help Gather Toys for Needy
FLORENCE. ALA.—The Norwood Theatre.
In cooperation with the Kiwanis club, sponsored
a toy matinee here November 28. Toys
which the kiddies brought as admission price
were turned over to the American Legion for
distribution to needy children at Christmas.
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Qlrrulatlon of a petition to urcurr Sunday
shows In Crdiirtown. Ob . o|)|kmm1 at
a recent mcctInK of the Polk Coun'
Ministers A.vs'n The mlnUtern .i v
resolution In which they voted agnliiit
day fllnw "100 per cent" Two of o i:
Lam'.H Krandrhlldren were iitrlcken with pollu
and haspltallzed In Home. One of them Ln
out of danKer. Lam Li pre.ildent of Lam
Amusement Co. and owner of a circuit of Kome
15 to 20 theatres In QcorKla
Dorothy McCrome, .secretary to Jimmie
Harrl.son of WIlby Theutre.s, who wan hurt in
an automobile accident, ha.H returned to worl^.
...DC. Hand, Star Theatre. Roanoke. Alu
visited the Astor branch. Jlmmle Hello. A»t«:
salesman who had been In Florida for tv,<
weeks, returned In time for Thank-sglvlnK
with his family . M. Rlchard-'on of
Astor attended the Georgia -OeorRia Tecli
football game at Athens November 29.
R. R. Berry is the new owner of the American
Tlieatre here. He secured It from Charle,^
Adams . . . Ben Hill, U-I publicist, wa-s In for
the opening of "Because of You" at the
Rialto . . . Curtis Baucon of K&B Soda Co .
popular eating place for Filmrow employes,
and his wife are parents of a baby girl.
. . . The
Ken Reed, who was premiere organist of the
Imperial Broadcasting Co. in Tokyo while
serving In Japan sis a member of the army of
occupation, appears daily at the Fox. Reed
has been an organist since childhood, appearing
in theatres at 12 years of age
Georgia Theatre Co. has taken over the 41
Drive-In in Macon.
Ben Butler, MGM salesman who has been
sick for some time, has once again returned
to the road . . . Ted Toddy, Toddy Pictures,
has returned from New York and says his newpicture,
"Killer All," is ready for release.
The Plaza Theatre entertained more than
350 youngsters to the showing of "Sands."
Thene children took part In Ute fumnirr rMMliiitf
prncrum of the public Ubrmry Hlghhind
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The downtown Paramount had a two-picture
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was a first showing of "The Jungle" and
The Hi-Way Drive-In, located between
Dania and Fort Lauderdale, put on a pastmidnight
show for a Saturday feature . . .
Bernstein's Le Jeune Drive-In is featuring
its 7 p. m. Children's hour Entertainment is
geared for the kids until the start of the
The Little River neighborhood
main picture . . .
house makes a special event of its
Super Kids show at Saturday matinees, offering
eight cartoons as a starter.
. . .
The Mayfair Art appears to be doing very
good business with the reissue of "The Lady
Vanishes" Among Hollywood producers
and writers who have been here recently on
business or vacation-pleasure are Larry Leibson,
author of "The Miami Story" script
and of "For This We Fight," which is to be
made in Cuba: Fred Myers, United Artists;
Jan "Bowery Boys" Grippo, and "Doc" Merman,
former Paramount executive, now interested
in Cuban film plans.
Bob Daugherty will be missed from his
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post as manager of the Olympia when he
leaves to become a district manager with
the Floyd Theatre chain, operating out of
Haines City. He has been with Florida State
Theatres and its predecessor Sparks Theatres
for nearly 25 years and has been the
Olympia's top man for the last two and a
half years. James Barnett, long-time manager
of the circuit's Florida Theatre in
downtown Miami, will take the helm of the
Olympia December 10, when vaudeville moves
in again. Barnett has made a reputation
for unusual promotions and especially for
the outstanding fronts that have regularly
appeared on the exterior of the Florida,
transforming it into jungle, circus or other
appropriate setting depending on the film
George Bolden, publicity man for the
Claughton circuit here, has taken a belated
vacation. While he is away, Don Tilzer, manager
of the Roosevelt, will help out . . .
Wayne Rogers, Claughton manager for the
Normandy, .is very happy to have Mrs. Lynn
Bevan back as assistant manager. Mrs.
Bevan, who had to give up her position for
several months, hadn't returned to her post
three days before she was left in charge of
the Normandy while Rogers
. helped out at
the Roosevelt in order to release Manager
Tilzer for main office duties. Rogers was
able to play "The Quiet Man" after a long
run in the downtown Royal, and says that
it "knocked all boxoffice records cockeyed,"
jamming the Normandy during its stay. The
feature was followed by "Just for You,"
which continued to make the boxoffice happy,
Rogers said. Children's matinees are Saturday
special events here, with cartoons, serials
and appropriate features booked. However,
Rogers is inclined to think that the main
attraction playing the theatre at the time
has a great deal to do with children's attendance,
which is not stimulated entirely
by special pictures geared to small fry patronage.
Claughton's Embassy was host to the Florida
chapter of the Society of Mayflower
Descendants for the showing of "Plymouth
Adventure," which was the circuit's Thanksgiving
Noted in town lately was Dave Prince,
district manager for RKO out of Atlanta
. . . Bob Mochrie al.so was a visitor. He is
the former general sales manager of RKO
local Variety Club will hold its
annual election of officers December 10 . .
The Florida and Sheridan theatres played
up the local angle of the short, "Man Killers."
featuring Howard Hill, famous archer, and
filmed at Key Largo, a few miles south of
Miami . . . Unseasonably chilly weather did
not dim enthusiasm for the Ringling Bros,-
Barnum & Bailey circus, which pl.iyed a
Variety Children's hospital benefit here Tickets
were on sale all over town and club members
worked hard spreading the news.
The Roney Plaza and McAllister hotels are
installing television .sets in all rooms . . .
Robert Milasch, a veteran actor who was
before the cameras five years before "The
Great Train Robbery," is vacationing in
Miami Beach. He is now retired and owns
a gift shop in PlatUsmouth, Neb. Milasch
played in "Tlie Ten Commandments," "The
Spoilers," "The Buccaneer" and "The Little
Skipper," the latter being made in Jacksonville,
Fla., in 1915.
Herb Rau, back from an air jaunt to Honduras,
says that two of the several theatres
in Tegucigalpa show U.S.-made movies
about six months after they hit Miami. They
are in English with Spanish titles. In a littie
border village called Copan, Rau stumbled
into the backroom of a general store
and saw a "theatre" set up with wood benches
and displaying a coming-attraction sign for
"City of Gold," starring Wallace Beery.
"Movies here?" he asked. "Oh. we have a
theatre, all right," the guide replied, "but
the movies only come once in two weeks
The newly organized Miami Film society,
with a membership of 150 at present, because
of auditorium seating capacity, will see Greta
Garbo's "Camille" next month, to be followed'
by Gloria Swanson's "Male and Female" . . .
Robert Horton, starring in the current
"Apache War Smoke," is a former player with
the University of Miami troupe. He wired
regards and hellos to his Miami friends.
Desl Arnaz is said to have bought a new!
Florida home for his parents, and expects'
. . Former'
to vacation here with his wife Lucille Ball'
as soon as their new heir is born .
film star Bobby Breen is filling an engage-'
ment at a local night club.
That hard-working women's committee of
Variety Children's hospital tried a very ambitious
plan with their Breakfast at the Roney'
affair, when hats from all famous designers!
were flown here for a prize- winning showing.
Committee members modeled their hats
for the event. First prize was won by Mrs.i
E. J. Melniker, wife of the owner of the:
Coral Way Auto Theatre. She wore a Laddie-
Northridge creation, a large confetti-red hat
with maline drape. Paul Bruun. amusement
editor of the Miami Beach Florida Sun made;
the presentation. About 750 women attended'
the affair which was a decided success, enriching
the hospital fund. Mrs. Arthur Fried-,
man is chairman of the women's committee.,
Goyko Kuburovich, a 29-year-old Yugoslavian
and former movie salesman, now'
runs an ice cream parlor in Honduras. Kubu-'
rovich's first job in Honduras was renting,
and exhibiting 16mm movies in little villages!
throughout the country. He spent nine,
months fighting Tito, was wounded three
times, imprisoned and escaped to Sweden.
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newspapers, and to get away from charges
trumped up against him, stowed on a ship
for the U.S. Ellis Island put him on a ship
for Italy; Italy sent him back; the U.S. put
him on a plane for Honduras, and there he
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•phe Fairfax Theatre held its formal opening
Thanksgiving' day under the management
of T. E. Bell . . . Janice Claxton is replacing
Kathleen Glass as secretary to Fred
Hull, manager at MGM. Miss Glass resigned
to become associated with the St. Regis
Paper Co. . . Fred Hull returned December
1 from a two-week trip to Nassau . . . C. E.
Kessnich, southern district manager, took
over during Hull's absence.
Recent visitors on Filmrow included Phil
Sullivan. Magnolia. TitusviUe; Bob Blotcky,
Lee, Fort Myers; Johnny Harrell, Martin circuit,
Atlanta; Sol McClosky, Dixie Sky Drome
Drive-In, Lake Worth; Jack Barrett, Monogram-Southern;
F. L. Ahg, Stein theatres,
Waycross; Ed Dema, Starlight theatres,
Brunswick. Ga.; L. O. West, Hilliard; Chris
Carrat. Jefferson, Monticello; Mrs. Harry
Gordon, Carver, Orlando, and Chester D.
Mikesell. booker for the Sixth naval district.
Charles King, Exhibitor Service, was in Atlanta
over the Thanksgiving holiday . . . The
new Lincoln Drive-In, Fort Myers, is scheduled
to open about January 15. M. Solomon,
the owner, also will manage the airer.
Mrs. Sarah Higgenbotham, Indian Rocks
Drive-In owner and manager, said she expects
to open about February 1 . . . Exhibitors also
will book and buy for the Suburbia Drive-In.
Gainesville and the Florida Theatre, Daytona
Beach, both theatres being operated by W. R.
Shafer . . . Jean Cavanaugh, Universal cashier,
and her husband flew to New York to
spend Thanksgiving with his family ... All
the exchanges are making plans and setting
dates for their Christmas parties . . . Mike
Hogan, home office representative, returned
to New York for Thanksgiving.
The Moncreif Drive-In, which is to be for
Negro patrons, is under construction and
March 1 has been slated for the opening date.
Approximately $20,000 is being spent on landscaping
. . . Robert Skaggs, manager of the
Capitol Theatre, announces that his turkey
giveaway was a big success. At the 9 o'clock
show on the Monday before Thanksgiving six
turkeys and five baskets of groceries were
given from the stage.
Carl Carter has returned from a business
trip to Chattanooga and Atlanta. Carter said
on December 18, 19 a benefit show will be
given at the Ribault Drive-In for the Lions
club Christmas fund for the underprivileged.
On December 3,4, the Atlantic Drive-In
Tent 17 Hears Reports
On Midwinter Session
DALLAS—A large number of Variety members
lurnccl out to the buffet dinner nnd gencriil
meeting December 1 to hour reportt on
the 25th iinnlversary Variety International
meeting In Pittsburgh and local Tent 17
plans for the coming holiday reason.
John H. Rowley, International second chief
barker, called the midwinter session "a milestone
in Variety history." He summarized the
discussions regarding the Mexico City convention
next spring. Charles E. Darden spoke
about the great hospitality he found In Pittsburgh.
Kendall Way asserted It was a great experience
to .see Variety from an International
viewpoint and the tremendous charity tusk
the clubs are doing all over the world. He
said most of the meetings were devoted to
dlscu.sslng ways of raising money for the
Al Reynolds said he was amazed by the
promptness with which all Variety members
came to the business meetings.
Reynolds told about plans for the Christmas
party at the Boys Ranch December 21.
"This is a heart-warming occasion, thoroughly
enjoyed by the boys and they will appreciate
your presence there." He related that
Claude Taylor, maintenance man at the
Ranch, had an attack of cerebral hemorrhage
on Thanksgiving day.
"The third batch of 4,500 baby chicks will
go Into the broiler house tomorrow, and this
is proving to be a worthwhile project," he
Chief Barker Dolsen said, "It has been my
pleasure and privilege to attend six of these
International affairs, and each time I come
back with a renewed spirit of loyalty and
belief in the great work we are doing for
Tent 17 will give away Ford and Cadillac
cars Saturday night (20k Tickets are being
sold by club members at SI each. Ed Gall,
originator of the idea, explained his favorite
way of selling tickets. "I just say after I've
them about the proposition. Tt's SIO a
I believe if you men will try this
you will sell many more tickets."
Richard L. Hamann told how^ he had apa
business firm with the idea of
tickets for their employes and sold 40
George Preston said that customers would
take tickets away from you if you say, "By
the way, wouldn't you like to have a Cadillac
for a dollar? Show 'em the book and they'll
Pat Moran of Plainview
Killed in Car Accident
PLAINVIEW. TEX.—W. P. "Pat" Moran jr.,
operator of the Pioneer Drive-In here, was
killed In an automobile accident November
20 and was buried from Our Lady of Sorrows
Church in Oklahoma City November 24. The
accident happened at Canyon, between Plainview
and Amarillo. He is the brother of Bob
Moran, owner of the Hl-Vue Drive-In at
W. P. Moran .sr. was In show business many
years, and was owner with Phil Isley of
Southwestern Theatres, in Oklahoma, Kansas
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Isley went to Oklahoma
City for the funeral.
BOXOFFICE December 6, 1952
Unit of Rice Memorial Stadium
Dedicated at Boys Ranch
Marjorlr Reynolds, duUKbt'T of Itanrh ( li.ilrinan Krynoldv qurrn of thr day at
(lie Boys Kanch dedication of (hi- first unit of (hr .Mlkr Kirr MrmorUI atadlum.
Is boine kivscfl by two of the Boys Kanch fimlball playrm at the rrownlnf rrmnonjr
DALLAS—Considering the biting wind and
35-degree temperature, a large number of
Variety Club Boys Ranch enthuslast.s went
to Bedford Thanksgiving afternoon for the
brief dedication ceremony of the first unit
of the L. M. "Mike" Rice Memorial stadium
and the football game that followed between
the Ranchers and the Wiley high school
Father William J. Smythe offered the invocation
and prayer of dedication.
C. A. Dolsen, In hLs dedicatory speech, told
of the many ways In which Rice had worked
for the best interests of the Boys Ranch.
"I am dedicating this in memory of a
charter member who was always working
for the unfortunate," he said. 'Tl-ie first
love of all his charity activities was Boys
Ranch. He helped with Ideas and supervision
of the first building to be erected
on the grounds. He was dedicated to Rood
Astor Improves Service
On Its Picture Mats
DALLAS—O. K. Bourgeois, Astor Pictures,
has developed a mat service that gives exhibitors
some flexibility in their ad planning. For
the price of only a two-column mat. Astor
will send an exhibitor a solid page of various
size mats on the one picture, measuring 9
X 12 inches. With this wide assortment of
art and copy in mat form the exhibitor can
easily work up Interesting ads, using different
art on heralds than he does In his newspaper
advertising. As a result Astor can standardize
on the one size shipping envelope.
'Friend' Scores 90 Per Cent
In Dallas Opening
DALLAS— Businc.'-.-- icniaim'ci rather spotty
here last week. High grasser for the week
was "My Wife's Best Friend." which recorded
90 per cent at the Tower.
Moicslic^OucI ot Silver Cro«k iU-l) 80
Polocc— Plymouth Adventure iMGM) 85
Tower—My Witci Beit Friend ,20th-Fo«l 90
sportsman-thlp In which the Boys Ranch Is
a firm believer. He 'went about doing good '
He was a quiet man and I am sure he Is here
In spirit. It Ls a great privilege for me u
chief barker to dedicate thLt .iiladlum as
the Mike Rice Memorial stadium. It shall
ever be a symbol of great sportAmanshlp."
Marjorle Reynolds, daughter of Ranch
Chairman Al Reynolds, was chosen by the boys
at the ranch as queen of the day and waa
appropriately crowned at ceremonies during
The ranch team cloced out a succosful
grid campaign with a 54-0 triumph over
Wiley as Joe Bagby, Emmett Hants and
Don Allen paced the touchdown parade.
Bagby and Harris, two of four .seniors playing
their final game, scored three times each
and Don Allen added the other two.
This game gave the team a record of seven
victories, two defeat* and a tie for the year
Obscene Show Charges
Dropped in Tulsa Court
TULSA— In common ;
:-. J niijc
Lloyd McGuIre has dlsmi- ,-..;•> ai;.i;:.s'.
H. E. Hardgrove. manager of the Admiral
Dnve-In, and D McCarthy, owner of the picture
"Bob and Sally," In conjunction with a
short subject showing the birth of a baby
and the effects of venereal disease. Charges
against Roy Cramer, who lectures on the
picture, also were released.
The charges of showing an obscene ftlm
were brought agaln.-^t the trio three "
ago after complaints against the ptcCuu
The film was seized by the court and was
later shown for the judge at the preliminary
After seeing the picture Judge McOulre
said: "I was not offended by the picture or
the lecture and I do not believe my wife
would have been. I do not think It would
rouse sex desires in anyone. On the contrary.
I believe it would l>e a good thing
for everyone to see these pictures, particularly
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71 good rain and several snows brought
moisture to Oklahoma farm lands and
once again there are happy smiles on exhibitors'
faces. There is still a shortage of good
pasture land for cattle raisers, due to the
Paul Shipley, Video Theatres
long dry spell . . .
city manager, Enid, was plugging a
special prerelease engagement of "Ivanhoe,"
which opened December 4, for an extended
run at the Chief Theatre.
The new Watonga Drive-In, Watonga, has
closed. The Rook and Ann theatres are two
very nice modern houses. Mi-, and Mrs. H. L.
"Herb" Boehm are the owners in partnership
with the Terry brothers of Woodward.
+ * *
Roy Shields, skipper of the new Sooner,
Enid, tells me his new snack bar is doing a
very nice business. This concession stand is
advertised via screen trailer and on each end
of the marquee.
* * *
It is always a pleasure to visit Bill Edmonston,
Covington. He is generally always
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have never heard Bill gripe about conditions—!
he just works hard and plugs via lobby and'
monthly calendars, his programs. A pro-'
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* * *
In my treks over Oklahoma I have fou
business fair, with a few spots here ano
there reporting poor business due to the Ion
drouth and other conditions. But I fou
numerous exhibitors working harder and
doing more promotion work on pictures. They
have found that devoting a few extra hours!
of work and spending a few extra dollars onl
exploitation will get more people interestedi
and pay off at the boxoffice.
Drive-In Rally at Lubbock
To See "Gentry' Screening
DALLAS—Drive-In theatre owners in theF
Panhandle have been invited to attend al
meeting of the Texas Drive-In Theatre
Owners Ass'n to be held at the CaproclJ
hotel in Lubbock December 10 at 9:30 p.m|
Claude C. Ezell, president, issued the invit
tion and reported arrangements had been
made with 20th-Fox to screen its latesl!|
picture, "Ruby Gentry," starring Jennifeij]
Jones, at the Lindsey Theatre. This will bei
followed by a luncheon. Immediately aftei
a meeting will be held to discuss the aims ancl
purposes of the Texas Drive-In Theatre
Owners Ass'n and the mutual problems ol
members, new ideas and improved methods 1
"If you are not yet a member of thtl
association you are urged to attend this!
meeting so that you can learn more aboulf
it," Ezell asserted. "If you are a member, il|
is imperative that you attend so we may
have the benefit of your advice and counsel i
several important matters."
Decca 9-Month Earnings
Gains Over '51 Period
NEW YORK—Decca Records. Inc., reporbj
consolidated net earnings of $487,168, aftei
provisions of $325,721 for income tax, for the
nine months ended Sept. 30, 1952, compared
with net earnings of $401,793 for the same
period last year.
The 1952 earnings are equal to 47 cent;
per share on the 1,035,533 shai-es of capita
stock outstanding, compared to 52 cents pei
share on the 776,650 shares outstanding Sept
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DOXOFFICE December 6. 1952 69
By ART LaMAN
CLAREMORE — Lew Chatham. lonK-tlmc
showman, ha.s been rclca.scd from the Franklyn
hospital here. Lew was In u car wreck
on the nlKht of November 22 Ju.st out of
the Claremore city limits on HlKhway 20.
He suffered a number of face cuts, damaxe
to the legs, a couple of broken rlb.s and n
number of cracked chest ribs. He Is now
at home eiust of Claremore. Lew for many
years was with the Griffith Anui.sement
Co. later Roing into the motion picture production
business which he still carries on
to some degree. However, the regular groceries
come from his Job as state director
of civil defense for Oklahoma. We hope
to see Lew out and about very .soon. Last
reports said he was coming along fine.
SAPULPA—You can always pick up a bit
of news around the theatres in this town.
The latest came from Bill Love, who besides
doing the chores around the Yale Theatre,
also takes an active part in the affairs of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce as entertainment
director. The work now- goinc on Is
the promotion of a mammoth ChrLstmas
party for kids December 13. The Criterion
and Yale are tied into the program so that
they will be able to take care of about 3.000
young fry. The American National bank is
furnishing candy for all youngsters. Santa
will be on hand for the show and to give
out the candy. It looks like a swell time,
maybe we'll play kid on that day. Anyhow,
more power to the boys in Sapulpa.
CHELSEA—Dropped by to see our old
friend Je.^s Cooper, who was getting along
fine with his new show, the Lyric. The
townspeople like the type pictures Je.ss offers
them and are boosting the show in every
way. Mrs. Cooper went out to get a few
Christmas greeting ads and wound up with
36 ads, nearly all the business places in this
town. Jess and his hunting partner. Kenneth
Stroude, president of the bank, got
their limit of birds on the opening day of
the season. Jess left Wednesday for his
former home in Antlers. He will go deer
hunting while there and we expect the phone
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Qtnrmy Meadows came down with the flu after
a week in Chicago attending the Allied
convention with many other delegates from
Texas . The Phil Isley Theatres and Interstate
circuit have started selling Christmas
Charles E. Darden, chairman of the Variety
Club membership committee, reports the
following were approved for induction at the
last meeting of the committee: Robert K.
Bixler, exploiteer for Paramount here; Lee
Parrish, Cohen Candy Co.; George S. Wright,
lawyer; Sam Jacobson, Rialto and Liberty
theatres, Amarillo; Leake McCauley sr., Dallas
Herald; Loren L. Watson, radio and TV
artist, and Kermit Cohen, Dazian's.
Maxine Adams, assistant to Eddie Forrester
at Theatre Enterprises, is on a vacation
visiting her famOy in Oklahoma. Lynn
Stocker, Theatre Enterprises, was downtown
visiting his friends for the first time after
a stay in Baylor hospital . . . Tel N. Falgiatore,
auditor, was at Columbia ... P. A. Warner
of Manley was happy to hear that the
television set, given as an attendance prize
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by Manley at the Allied convention in
Chicago, was won by one of the Texas delegates,
Mrs. Helen Jane Hahn, secretary of
Col. H. A. Cole.
Nathan Brown of Variety Tent 17, winner
last year of the television set given away for
selling the most tickets in the Cadillac-Ford
giveaway, appears to be in the lead again
this year in sale of tickets for the two-car
giveaway to be made Saturday night, December
20. Brown has sold more than 1,500
tickets to date and we asked him for his
formula. "First of all, we must be thoroughly
and enthusiastically sold on the work of the
club ourselves," he said. "Then we must be
ready to talk to everyone we meet about the
fine work of the club and these awards. Then
we should not even wait to meet people, but
aggressively go into various places of business
and make it our business to meet a substantial
number of people each day to whom
we shall tell our story. Don't miss anyone,
they'll all be interested. Your best prospects,
however, are salesmen on the road and conventioneers.
I have sold hundreds to salesmen
and conventioneers right here in the
The Lyric in Brownwood has been sold by
Interstate to Guy Cameron and P. G.
Cameron, effective December 1 . Joe Hahn,
accountant for Isley Theatres, spent the recent
weekend in New Orleans visiting his
sister and other relatives. He also visited
friends whom he knew with the old Publix
Theatres Corp., particularly his former boss,
Carl Dixon, now head auditor for Paramount
Gulf Coast Theatres.
Competition Reduces Output
The reduction in the nimiber of films produced
in England during the last year is said
to be due to severe competition from imports,
heavy taxation and restrictions in overseas
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Interstate $5,000 Prize
Won by San Antonian
SAN ANTONIO—Harvey H. Harper, 28
really knew what the score was on November
4—even though he didn't suspect it
at the time. Harper was informed Mon-,
day (24) he had won Interstate Theatres
presidential vote contest by guessing both
candidates would draw a total of 2,069,135
votes in Texas.
The winning prediction was one of about
eight Harper and his wife Mabel wrote on
theatre ballots while the contest was in
progress—and it was the exact number of
votes counted by the Texas election bureau.
"This one we just guessed at,
but we tried
to calculate the total on some of the others I
by watching the public opinion polls. We'
filled out a whole bunch of those things."
Alternative prizes for the winner are a
trip to Washington and New York during i
the inaugural ceremonies, a purse of $500 and I
an automobile, or a flat sum of $5,000. Thei
Harpers are taking the $5,000 and will apply
most of it to the two-story, brick home they
are buying at 235 North Dr.
Employed as sales manager at Spencer
motors. Harper said he had seldom won
anything before except small money prizes
in stock car races, in which he no longer
He has one child, a 2-year-old daughter,
Manager George Watson had contacted
him regarding choice of prizes.
Other winners in the contest were William
Ervin Miley. Fort Worth, second place;
Ann S. Wood, El Paso, third; Miriam H.
Schmidt, San Antonio, fourth, and R. J.
Newman, Dallas, fifth.
RCA Demonstrates Future
Uses of Transistors
PRINCETON. N. J.—Demonstrations showing
how the tiny transistor, which performs
many of the functions of electron tubes, can
be used in radio, television and other industries
were conducted here Monday (17)
at the David Sarnoff Research Center of the:
Radio Corp. of America. They were used in
operating an experimental portable TV receiver,
radio sets, loudspeaker systems, miniature
transmitters, parts of electronic computers
and other experimental devices.
Transistors are made from specks of germanium
crystal. Many are no larger than a
pea. It was stressed at the demonstrations
that each development was in the form of a
laboratory model and still in the experimental
Dr. E. W. Engstrom. vice-president in
charge of the RCA laboratories division, said
that mass production techniques still have to
be worked out, but that eventually they will
result in lowered equipment costs for industry
and the public.
Speedy TV Installation ;
SYRACUSE, N. Y. — Television station I
KONA, Honolulu, went on the air Tuesday
(18) just ten days after equipment was
shipped by air from the General Electric
plant ht're. according to Paul L. Chamberlain, '
manager of commercial equipment sales. Five
GE engineers were flown to Honolulu to direct
the installation. The total cost is about
BOXOFFICE December 6, 1952
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IJarry Moss, booker with Warner Pictures
. . . Dick
the last year, is reported improving following
a polio attack. His co-workers understood
that Monday was the "turning point"
and Moss would be home by Christmas to be
with his wife and baby daughter
Grumpier of Checotah said 150 speakers were
stolen recently at his drive-in and he asks
exhibitors to let him know if they are offered
for sale. The speakers are RCA cast
Letters are going out to 75 leading Oklahoma
theatres, asking for cooperation in the
campaign for the Will Rogers Memorial hos-
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pital fund. Morris Loewenstein of the Majestic
here, is exhibitor chairman in this
state, while C. A. "Dewey" Gibbs. Columbia
manager, is the distributor chairman. The
letters ask the exhibitors to display collection
cans in their lobbies or concession stands,
and to keep them available for donations for
an indefinite time. Only 75 cans were assigned
this state. Theatres are asked to report on
collections every 60 days to the campaign
chairman who will then remit to the hospital
group. National Screen Service is distributing
A 15-minute documentary entitled "Your
Schools" opened at the Harber and Warner
theatres. The film, sponsored by a local
grocery chain executive and narrated by a
city councilman, was filmed last autumn and
is being shown at all local theatres to give
citizens a picture of the school building and
A 17-year-oId boy was jailed for investigation
of disorderly conduct Sunday (30) following
a disturbance in the Redskin Theatre
in the Capitol Hill district on complaint of
Manager N. B. Ruddell. This theatre is owned
by R. Lewis Barton and Video Independent
Theatres . . . Theatre business was good
Thanksgiving day. People were downtown by
the thousands to see the big Santa Claus
Christmas parade held about noon.
Frank Nordean of Maud was in town Monday
and attended the Theatre Owners of
Oklahoma meeting . for Ray Hughes
of Heavener, Red Slocum of El Reno, Mrs.
Avece Waldron of Lindsay and Bill Slepka of
Okemah . . . The Variety exhibitors' night
party Monday was smaller than usual due
to the weather. Most of those present were
localites, except for Mr. and Mrs. Delbert
Cummings, Stratford, Tex.; Jimmy Gillespie,
20th-Fox publicity and advertising representative,
Dallas, and Jack Zern, Altec, Dallas.
the Muni auditor-
pulled a nice house,
according to C. H. "Buck" Weaver, Paramount
head and outgoing chief barker of Variety
Tent 22, sponsor of the appearance here.
Funds raised will go for the club's charity
The Ted Mack show at
ium Wednesday night (3)
The Warner Theatre opened "Thunderbirds"
following a premiere the night before
for a special group, including local members
of the new 45th infantry group and George
Tapscott, Oklahoma City news photographer
who was one of two technical advisers on the
Republic film. Tapscott was the Thunderbird
division photographer during World War II.
Some of the film was made at Ft. Sill, near
Lawton, where Tapscott was stationed part
of the time after being recalled to duty. He
shot all "still" photos used in the film. The
producer-director at Ft. Sill was John Auer.
Tapscott said Auer at times disregarded advice
he and the other technical advisers, also
a tnember of the 45th in World War II, had
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Hence, Tapscott looked at his handiwork expecting
to see a few technical mistakes in (
spite of it all. The film was to open within i
two weeks after the premiere in about 140
state situations. The premiere opening was
exceptionally good, although it was the night
before Thanksgiving and bad weather.
Buck Weaver, Paramount's chief, has turned
actor Monday night i2i at the Rotary Ann
Christmas party held at the W. P. Atkinson
farm near Midwest City. Following a buffet
supper in the clutroom at the pony barn, the
group adjourned to the farmhouse for a play
about the Ruggles family. Buck played Clem, .
one of nine children.
The advance showing of "Cleopatra" here at
the Criterion developed into above average
gross. The film was received by the public
very well, and especially good since it dates
back to 1934 for its last showing. By all reports
the test engagement here and in Fort
Wayne, Ind., Denver and Austin, Tex., proved
satisfactory. The release date for the reissue!
is this month . . . Burglars on the loose heret
over the weekend hit eight firms, but when]
they got into the Rodeo Theatre they were]
unsuccessful in an attempt to open the safe, j
However, the office and canteen were ransacked.
Hamilton Smith Elected
To Atlas Corp. Board
NEW YORK—Hamilton K. Smith, associated
with Atlas Corp. since 1931, has beenl
elected a vice-president at a meeting of thel
board of directors. Smith has been a seniorj
executive since 1940 and. in April 1951. became
chairman of the board of Titeflex, Inc.,1
Atlas subsidiary. During 1941, when Floyd B.\
Odium, Atlas president, went to Washington
as director of contract distribution of thel
Office of Production Management. Smitb|
served with him as special assistant.
Estimate 1953 TV Receiver
Output at 6.2 Millions
SCHENECTADY—Production of televisiOD
receivers in 1953 is estimated by Gene
Electric's tube department at 6.2 millionJ
highest since 1950. E. F. Peterson, manager'
of marketing for the G.E. tube department,'
figures this will top the 1952 sales by 750,000
Peterson says construction of
will bring about the increase. He figures the
tube output at 435,000.000 for 1953, compared
with 375,000,000 this year.
Stimulates Iranian Education
The U.S. government ha.s produced films
of an instructional nature in the fields ol
health, agriculture and education for Iran
also stimulating production of educationa
films in that country for mass education ol
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AUSTIN— Drive-In owiu-r Eddie Joaepli
ehiirtted November 28 In ii federal court suit
filed here that six motion picture dlstrlbutoni
are violutliiK antitrust laws on a nationwide
basis. He charged that the six—Warner Bras.,
RKO. Paramount. Loew's. 20th-Fox and Universal—have
made special agreements with
Interstate Theatres and other chains and have
refused to deal with him on a fair basis.
As a result, he Is seeking $600,000 dciniagcs:
"Triple the amount of damage to his business,
to his reputation, to his competitive
pasitlon." The suit was filed In the form of a
cross-complaint. Last October 4. Universal
filed suit against Jo.seph charging that he
had filed false statements on his gross receipts
with them. That suit noted that their
fees depended on the gross receipts amounts
and asked for an accounting.
ST.\RTED IN 1940
Joseph's suit asked that the five other
studios named be made third-party defendants
for his cro.ss-complaint against Univer-
Federal Judge Ben H. Rice approved this
In Waco and the suit went on the books in
Joseph charged that the alleged conspiracy
to violate antitrust regulations involves Interstate,
United Artists and other distributors
and theatre chains over the country. He said
his troubles with the distributors started in
September 1940. when the North Austin Drivein
was completed as the first of his chain.
All of the defendants refused to make pictures
available to him, he charged, and he
had to go to court in New York to get pictures,
even though "said pictures were furnished
as subsequent run pictures, for runs
and clearances wholly inadequate for crossplaintiff's
As a result, Joseph asserted, he has been
forced to operate over the years with inferior
and old pictures which have been received
after long and unreasonable clearances. He
said the result has been that his reputation
and his theatres' goodwill has been damaged.
ASKS EQUAL TERMS
Joseph said he has requested the right to
buy pictures for his theatres under terms
which would make as much profit for the distributors
as their arrangements with Inter-
State. He added that he failed, just as he also
[ailed when he tried to get feature pictures to
be shown from seven to 28 days after the
completion of their first runs.
The suit noted that all downtown theatres
in Austin were either built or remodeled into
motion picture theatres more than 20 years
ago. before the advent of talkies. It asserts
that they are .short on acoustics, comfort,
safety and convenience.
Specifically, the suit charged that the alleged
conspiracy includes greater latitude in
selection of film as far as theatres such as
Interstate are concerned, granting of extended
playing times, preview privileges, "bushel
basket" deals in w^hich the distributor sells
pictures to all Interstate theatres for one
flat rental price, block booking on the condition
that one or more films is licensed for
showing on the acceptance of other films, and
deduction privileges on film rentals, which
aren't available to Joseph and other independent
gill Krddrll huA iitartcinl Iru »•. BroraiuVlUc. wrtv
here r KraiiddBuirhlpr DUUir and
Minnesota U. to Honor
Offer First Runs
OMAHA—Omaha hud luUllllonal flral run
outlets Inst week at throe suburbnii theatrcsthc
Dundee, Admiral mid Chief, with downtown
udml.s.slon prices In effect.
Variety Club Monday
Ralph GoldberK recently moved "The River"
MIN.VKAPOl.JH. R^TiM,. ft-ntrr •»f>f*hw«t
from his downtown State to the Dundee
Radio Operator Aids
scheduled "Lcs Ml.serablcs." Ralph Blank Exhibitor in Snow Storm
scheduled "Tlie Tlilef" at the Admiral and
uf liic >rai III Ittc NkwUal »l 6 hi
-There"* nothing like
Chief with "Confidence Girl" a.s a companion
a bllnard December 8 Also, one weekly pertodlcfti with
to prove the resourcefulness of thr »m«ll
a large national clrcuUtlon majr eottt Um
town exhibitor L R Howarth of Manilla, event plcUjrlally Th*- occajilon
Some observers credit two things
Iowa, figured thol In IhU age of air waves prescnutton by the Unlver»U)f
deviation In policy. One was of
closing of he should be able to put radio to work of a certificate In
the 2.900-seat Paramount
apprecUUon to the
to films and
It entirely to stage shows and
when his town, like hundrcd.s of others, was for Its achievement In bnnginc to the
the present heart hospllaJ
practically l.snlulcd by the recent .snowstorm.
programs. Another Is that the many longer Phone lines Into Manilla were snapped.
runs recently have made It nece-ssary Ray
Quinllvan. chairman of
crews bogged down In drifts.
some of the distributors to seek other
board of regenu. will
thought of the towns amateur the pre.senUUon. The framed 12x18 c«rtifl>
The feeling among other neighborhood exhibitors
Is that If the policy Is continued It o|x-rator to contact another amateur operator pital means to the nation, stale
radio operator. He got the Manilla ham cate points out how much the heart hoa-
wUl be beneficial to them and Increase business
for subsequent run houses. Neither to Reglna MoLseed, 20th-Fox office manager.
who relayed u request for film verslty.
Goldberg nor Blank have Indicated whether Miss MoLseed and
The club has raised In
they plan to continue the present practice.
make the heart hospital project
It also Is pledged
problems. There were
a year to
didn't get back on
Windstorm, Then Fire, Hit
as snow The vast bulk of
in all directions.
to defray the cost of
of Film Transport
for children of needy
During Airer Season
least a half dozen theatres were
(amUles in cam
ESTHERVILLE, WIS.—Charles Legg. manager
of the Chief Drlve-In near here, closed ways.
cannot afford to
marooned on high-
the open-air theatre recently after a stormy, Rich Wll.son, MGM salesman for the western
Nebraska territory, spent 26 hours
This Ls the nation's only hospital devoted
Jlnxed season. Legg's troubles began in June
exclusively to the
from Lincoln to Omaha, a
diagnosis and treatment
shortly after the drlve-ln opened, when a
and research In
heart ailments There
huge windstorm blew down the drlve-ln 55 miles. He had a full tank of ga.s when are two wards, one for children and the
screen and damaged other buildings in the he left and kept the engine runninc; slowly
other for adults.
area. After repairs of those damages, Legg when he was stalled all night on the road. Among Chase who will be present at the
operated the airer without incident until two William Wink. Warner salesman, wore out affair are Gov. C. E. Anderson of Minnesota:
J. L. Morrill, University of Minnesota
days before it was to close for the season. two sets of chains battling his way through
Then fire raced through
7,000 feet of film
Madison in northeast Nebraska. Other president: the Minneapolis and St Paul mayors
and other state and local dlgrJtarles
and gutted the theatre projection booth. Damage
salesmen were marooned at various points.
and prominent cltlzeas, and members of
at $8,000. Losses
and board of
7,000 feet of color cartoon film.
Honor Norman Bieringer
a new machine
There will be a program of brief addresse*.
for shaving ice, spare speakers,
a popcorn machine and other equipment in For
WUllam McCraw. Variety International
representative as toastmaster.
30 Years Service
the projection booth and concessions stand. MILWAUKEE—A testimonial luncheon for
The affair will start with cocktails
Legg said he was operating the projector Norman
S. Bieringer honoring his more than
hor . and dinner will follow. Tickets
are $7.50 each and the event Is for club
when the film broke. He said he turned off 30 years in show business, the last 25 years
the lamp and machine Immediately, but a as a salesman for Warner Bros., was held
members and their friends of both sexes.
fire had started in the top magazine. He said Friday (28) at Jimmy Fazio's supper club here.
he reached for an extinguisher, but the fire Some 75 members of the Milwaukee and Wisconsin
film industry attended the affair.
was already racing through the length of
Central States to Build
Dave Chapman, president of the Reel Fellows
club of the Colosseum of Motion Picture 2nd Mason City Airer
Salesmen of America, presided as toastmaster. MASON CITY. IOWA—Central SUtes Theatre
Corp., operating the Palace and Strand
'Carmen' TV to Gopher
Harold J. Fitzgerald. Fox- Wisconsin theatres:
Ray Trampe, AA; Jack Lorentz, 20th-Fox, and theatres and a drlve-ln here, ha-s purchased
B e n n i e Berger has
Robert Baker, RKO. were guest speakers. ten acres about a mile south of town on Highway
65 for construction of
equipped his local first run Loop Gopher
Congratulatory telegrams were received from
a second outdoor
large-screen TV, and will offer the
various parts of the country, as Industry members
not able to attend joined In honoring said the new drlve-ln will be approximately
house. Maynard Nelson, general manager,
exclusive theatre telecast there of the Metropohtan
Opera's "Carmen" production December
11. "Carmen" previously was an-
Bieringer on the occasion of his seml-retlrement.
18. The new theatre will accommodate about
the same size as the present one on Highway
bounced for Radio City, but was canceled by
660 cars. Tlie present 602-car drlve-ln. which
[MAC President Harry B. French because it
iwould conflict with a Minneapolis Symphony Community Theatre Ahead
clascd last week with the first snow of the
archestra concert that night.
MARCUS. IOWA—The new Marcus Theatre
building is nearly completed and other to Manager Robert Flauher. It was open
season, had the longest season yet. according
phases of the project are moving along 214 nights during the year.
Ted Myhre, W F. Hoffman Move
rapidly. Both town and rural residents have
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—Ted Myhre. son been helping construct the new theatre:
of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Myhre, has been sewer, water and gas have been brought Into
inamed assistant manager of the Paramount the building and the theatre has been issued
iTheatre here. He comes from the Capitol in a gas permit for heat during the winter.
Davenport. W. P. Hoffman, former Paramount
assistant, has been promoted to man-
a stock-.selllng campaign. At last report, there
Plans are being completed for resumption of
ager of the mini in Moline. Harry R. Moore
IS manager of the Paramount.
was about $12,000 In the fund, four-fifths of
the goal set.
To Open Once a Week
WINTHROP. IOWA—The Winlhrop Theatre
opened here last week under the management
of Robert Gray of Dea Moines. Gray,
who plans to show pictures each Wednesday
at 7:45 p. m.. leased the theatre and
iOXOFFICE December 6. 1952 NC 75
. . Harold
. . Tom
. . Ben
LW A U K E E
The Better Films Council of Milwaukee
county met December 1 at the headquarters
of the Milwaukee Hearing society
to see a demonstration, by nursery school
children from 18 months to 4 years old of
instruction which prepares them for the
school for the deaf. Films are used to help
educate the parents in training the child
to speak. In the spirit of Christmas the
BFC each year selects an organization to
which it presents a gift that will further its
Elmer Nimmer, Granada manager, played
Poland's first postwar picture, "The Treasure,"
with Polish dialog and Enghsh titles.
Elmer dedicated each day while he played
the film to a different Polish hero, had various
Polish societies plugging the affair and
did a land-office business. His new assistant
is James Jankowski. Jim started at the
Granada as an usher, progressed to doorman,
was moved over to the Juneau and
now winds up as Elmer's assistant.
Ed KenneUy, manager of the Fond du Lac,
Fond du Lac, has a special Christmas benefit
show scheduled for December 5. Tiie price
of admission to all who attend will be articles
of food or nonperishables. All food col-
lected will be given to needy families
The 350-seat Lincoln is up for sale
Public auction was held at Suring for the
368-seat Bertch Theatre.
Ed Nelson, who managed the Fox-Wisconsin
Strand until December 1951. when he
entered the army, was back in Milwaukee.
Ed went into training at Camp Gordon, Ga
now attached to the Milwaukee regional
. . .
office of the fifth army industrial security
division in the federal building here. He
now is Lieut. Ed Nelson The big Mil-'
waukee Food and Appliance show, scheduled
for the Arena here, was postponed. Several
film stars were to have appeared at the;
big affair. ;
Estelle Steinbacli, Downer Theatre man-^
ager and one of the few women managers
in this area, latched onto another sponsored
benefit theatre party. This time, it was the:
Ass'n of Marquette University Women, for'
one solid week. The film feature was "May-i
time in Mayfair," with the proceeds going'
towards financing the university's O'Donnell
Joe Reynolds, Oriental Theatre manager.'
has his hands full lately. In addition to his;
regular duties, he handles the booking and;
buying for both the Oriental and Towei'
theatres, the book work on two pieces of reali
estate, as well as supplies for all concerned.'
Seen along Filmrow: Sam Miller, Rialto
Gladstone; Sig Goldberg, AITO president! i
Wausau; Ed Koenigsreiter, Douglas, RacineJ
who is running Mexican films on weekends;(
Fred Leinhardt, Glarus, New Glarus; Boh
Guiterman and Francis Kadow, Capitol and
Mikadow theatres, Manitowoc; Russ Leddy|
Orpheum, Green Bay . Marcus, All
director and national Allied treasurer, passe
on the information that he has six morel
drive-ins on the future list . . John Medni-j
kow, NSS, and his wife returned from a|
vacation in the sunny south.
The Upper Peninsula's Delft and Michiga
theatres at Escanaba tied in with the RedjI
Jacket Jamboree November 13-21. It's aiH!
annual hunting season affair-, in which most
all businessmen pai'ticipate along with thejj
department of conservation.
Jim Cavalary has closed his
tre here. It is rumored that the house will)]
be converted into a store . . Mi's. Amand
Roudebush, mother of Inez Gore, secret
to Manager Jack Lorentz at 20th-Fox, die
here as a result of injuries suffered in
motor car collision. She had arrived early)!
in November from Indiana to visit herij
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Benny Benjamin, Screen Guild, and Jo!
Kempgtem, MGM, were halted in their duel
hunting attempts at Lake Winnebago by
Frank Leismeister, Blair, Wis.;
squall . . .
Roy Blakeslie, Medford, Wis.; Gordon Speiss,
Glenwod City, Wis., and Dave Hulbert,i
Augusta, Wis., were on Filmrow bool
and buying .
Letcher, MGM eX'
ploiteer, has been shifted from the CM'
cago territory to aid Lou Orlove.
The FCC has approved a television station
at Green Bay to be run by the Norbertine
Fathers Mirisch, a former exhibitor
here and now vice-president of
has been named to the company's board of
directors. He now resides on the west coast.
During the first six months of 1952 feature^j
films relca.sed in Austria numbered 222.
BOXOFFICE • : December
. . Mildred
'Prisoner' Bows at 120
As Chicago Leader
CUK'ACKi Uuslness at first run houae.t
D E S
XX/ralher onre asaln viii.i thr chief concern
of many Pllmrowen ait norne were Ut*
roturnlnK from TtmnlcsglvlnB with their f»m-
Carol" at the Htr-rui T»ie.!rr
tor the hoUdajr
* '" Mill,
W8.S Kood. Two new bills bowt'd In to excellent
business— the Chicago with "Prisoner of
lllc.i and others had
to chungr ptan.i to leave
Dca Molnr.s to
Zenda." plus a stage show headed by
reach their homeji for Ihe
holiday Ralph OUon. Unlveriuil mWrial >t
KUir" Cole, and the Roosevelt, with ;i twin
wiLt .stalled In Fort
bin. "Operation Secret" luid "Wngon.s West."
DodRp but managed to get
home Ju.st In time for turkey!
fteb "Ivanhoe " did average In an eighth week
United Artl-tLn, telLi a fantu.Mic ^tory of hUi
the Oriental and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
did very good In a fourth week Omnha and the ciidlevi
houn It took
to complete the trip there and return Jim
RIcketLs. Columbia booker
(Average l> tOO)
and office manager,
Chicogo The Priioncr of Icndo (MGM). piui decided to take a week of vacation rather than
tt Theatt! stOQC show I 20 attempt to return from
Indiana where he
Eiquirr— Five Angrli of Murder Xol) 110
GelnR completely :•
to Manager Tom Arthur 1 nr nouse »iii rr-
A new wrecn. drmperies. c*rpcl'
ing. lighting iiy.Mem and a new canopy to
match the .streamlined foyer and lobby «1U
be added A door haa been cut from the
lobby to the aa.
. . Exhibitors
T owell Kaplan reported on the Variety International
midwinter meeting in Pittsburgh
where he went as delegate from local
Tent 12. He pointed out the Variety tents
have disbursed $26,000,000 to worthy causes
in 25 years and over $3,000,000 last year
alone, and he said that he returned prouder
than ever of his membership in an organization
which has done itself so proud philanthropically.
There are still a few tickets left for the
first all-industry Christmas party at the
Calhoun Beach hotel December 13, but capacity
is limited to 500 and those planning
to attend "had better hurry and get their
tickets," warns Joe Rosen, chairman of the
arrangements committee. Tickets are $5.50
each, instead of the $3.50 erroneously reported
before, and include cocktails, dinner,
entertainment and dancing.
Jack Kelvig has resigned as Republic office
manager to take a similar position at 20th-
Fox where he succeeds Glen Roberts, who
has resigned. The vacancy created at Re-^
public had not been filled at this writing.
Critics and public here raved over the performances
of Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson
and Raymond Massey who appeared in
the flesh in "John Brown's Body" at the
Lyceum Theatre. The stage attraction alsoj
played in Hibbing. Va., and Duluth, Minn i
While Power was here, his wife Linda Chris-i
tian was appearing in "The Happy Time" at
the RKO Orpheum and he was persuaded to
have his picture taken with a cutout ol
her in front of the theatre for publicity
purposes. Morning Tribune columnist Will
Jones published the picture and a lengthy
interview with Power.
Harry B. French, Minnesota Amusement
Co. president, is looking forward to the
arrival of the three-dimension picture.
"Bwana Devil," at the State here and St.
Paul Riviera January 15 and 22. respectively,
in view of the sensational business which
it is doing on the west coast where its
premieres have just occiured. The theatres
in question now are being equipped for the'
picture's presentation. French is confident
that long and prosperous runs will be chalked
up by both houses.
g !ii prom
^0- 0. ^-^rs..^^U contracting .
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selection oiJS^, the ^^^^tl.Vheater a^ ^-/, ,^o sponsor
'«=«\rthis territory ^«J ^.e^ing »y -«^^
films happy ^ _n«ns. from ^ _^„ ^oo. so ^ ,
X ^«^-„f».men axe ea^^X.y^6^ leadershiprsS-^
There's happiness at Republic, too, be-'
cause "The Quiet Man" is continuing to
break many house records throughout the
territory. At the Isis, Fargo, N. D., popula-,
tion 37,981, it ran for 34 days, believed a,
new high mark for the town. The top
figure for any Republic picture in the town
previously was held by "Sands of Iwo Jima."
There's not much pre-Christmas cheer for
James Nederlander, manager of the Lyceum,
legitimate roadshow house here. While the
season to date has been the most successful
by far of any in recent years, all of the eight
attractions to play the house having chalked
up big grosses, there's little in prospect in
the way of booking for the balance of thewinter.
The reason is the fact there are.
very few shows still touring. Nederlander i
already has played almost all of them, although
the season is only four months old.
J. J. Donahue, Paramount division man-j
ager, was in from Chicago . . . Tom Letcher,
Metro exploiteer here, was getting ready to
receive Pat Smith, one of the "mermaids"!
in "Million Dollar Mermaid." She has appeared
in seven pictures with Esther Wil-j
liams and now is making personal appear-',
ances throughout the country to help exploit
the impending release, which is set for the-
Gopher Theatre here December 24.
. . .
Art Anderson, Warner Bros, district manager,
returned to Chicago after release from
the hospital where he was treated for gunshot
wounds sustained while duck hunting
Dave Friedman, Paramount exploiteer,
was in working on the reissued "Cleopatra,"
which will open at the Century December 19
United Artists exploiteer Howard Pearl
was here beating the drum for "Kansas
City Confidential," which opened at the State"
this week seen on the Row
included Larry Buck, Cokato, Minn,: Dave
Hulbert, Augusta, Wis.; Joe Fleck, Bismarck'
and Mandan, N. D., and Roy Allender, Big
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Howell Owen, new MGM office manager,
succeeded George Duetz, shifted to another
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For Sale—Grand Theatre, Granger, Texas
390 seats, E-7 pro)ecfors, RCA sound. Approx.
2,000 population. Swell forming community, Jorge
trode Oreo, Price $27,500. Will handle for
"Joe" Joseph, Dallas, Texas
3405 Milton or 2621 Milton
Phones: LOgon 5707 or LAkeside 9437
BOXOmCE December 6, 1952,
' > tiiij.
capacity . . . Earl Perkins, film saleiimnn,
Joined the Don Swiirtz cxchanKc staff .
While circuit owner Eddie Ruben and hi.s
family were away, burglars entered the
Ruben home and carried off loot valued at
Don Swartz, Independent Film
$20,000 . . .
Distributors, will di.stribute the Lutheran
Church of America'.s "Country Parson" in
this territory . . . TwenUeth-fox
Art Herzog was clashinK the cymbals
for "My Pal Ou.s," set for Radio City here
Arnold .Shartln, Paramount booking manager,
was proud because the exchange came
through the recent bli7.zard.s without a .single
rnKsout. "Hope the luck stays with us for
the rest of the winter," said Shartln ... As
usual, it's rugged going for film salesmen In
the winter In thLs territory. During one of
the recent blizzards, the going was especially
rough for the salesmen making their towns
via auto. On one day the visibility was
practically zero and the only way for the
drivers to tell if they were staying on the
road was to watch the telephone poles on
. . Joe
Penny Singleton, the Blondie of the movies
who was appearing at the Minnesota Terrace,
was interviewed at length by Virginia
Safford, Minneapolis Star columnist .
Rosen, chairman of the committee in charge
of arrangements for the first all-industry
Christmas party, scheduled for the Calhoun
Beach hotel December 13, advises there are
still a few of the 500 tickets left. The party
will include cocktails, a dinner, dancing and
Amongr those who will be on hand at the
Northwest Variety Club's December 8 dinner
party, when the club will receive a plaque
from the University of Minnesota in recognition
of the club's heart hospital philanthropy,
will be Gov. A. E. Anderson of
Minnesota, the mayors of the Twin Cities,
President J. L. Morrill of the university,
heart hospital committee chairman Art Anderson
and William McCraw, Variety International
representative. Tickets are nowavailable
Congratulations to Sherm Fitch, RKO's
Sioux Falls, S. D.. manager who captured
first place and top money in the last RKO
Ned Depinet sales drive. Hats off. too, to
Pay Dressell, RKO manager here, and his
boys who finished in second place in its
division, first place nationally for "Kon-Tiki"
second place for "I Want You" sales.
Reopen Gravity Theatre
GRAVITY. IOWA—The Gravity Theatre
here, which has been closed for the last two
years, was reopened in mid-November.
During Owner's Illness
Friends Run Theatre
Sihillrr. luwit—Mn Abhtr » ridtian*
iif Shrlby. Iowa, om nrr iif llir s< h.illrr
Tliratrr, ha» fouml »lir li.n l bit touch She'd bMO
i^.r:. iti Kaii-'i-. and Spent her nj\y Ule In
r.,:.,rado. nUrtMi ainglnc with • Denver
orctimtr*. and «hen not on the road, would
hire out m > domeatlc or cook. Arrtrlnc In
Milwaukee, she hettfd that the m*ld in ttM
ladln room at swanky Sam Pick » Club Ma*
drid »u quitting, and that the )ob paid 11
a niKht and iipn Hattie applied aod |ot
the Job, and made 13 or M the first lUthL
"At the lint opportunity." nhe revealed, "1
got in touch with the porter, and told hun
that If he would let the bic boM know that
I could sln«. I'd 'itrcaoe hu palm.' The following
Saturday night, the place wa* crowded
and many of the gue»t« stayed on after the
regular floor .ihow wax over Mr Pick *enl the
porter to fetch me, and after we talked It
over a Uttle. he nald to go ahead and keep
the people entertained If I could."
So, without makeup and sttU In her maid's
uniform, lihc walked on and let go with "8C
Louts Blues." It brought down the house,
and the crowd yelled for more. She then sane
one .song after another •When I got through
that night. " Hattie recalled. "I counted tllO
in tips!" Sh^ .stayed on for about a month
with Pick, as maid and singer, and then Pick
sent her to Chicago to get a Negro show
together. Returning, she and the troupe entertained
at the club for almost two years.
At the conclusion of this engagement. HatUe
took off for Hollywood, where she clicked
Immediately as an actress.
Of more than 275 parts, she played a maid
or cook or hou.sekeeper in 83 of them. She
became the first Negro to win an Oscar
when in 1940 she was acclaimed for her role
as the seri'ant and "mammy" to Scarlett
OHara in "Gone With the Wind."
Later on. she turned to radio and was a
success as "Beulah." Although the show Is
still running, she was replaced over a year
ago because of her illness, by Lillian
She was last In Milwaukee at the Riverside
Theatre In 1940. where she made a per-
.sonal appearance while on tour.
Dwight Cummins and Dorothy Yost are developing
"Saginaw Trail" as an upcoming
Gene Autry starring western (or Columbia.
Many Films Released in Sweden
During the year ending June 30. 1953. a
total of 322 new motion picture films were
released for showing in the theatres of
Level Site for Future Drive-In
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for a drive-in theatre east of town on Highway
2 has been started.
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BOXOmCE December 6, 1952 79
. . . Just
. . Harold
. . The
Janet Brocker, secretary to MGM office
manager E^'elyn Cannon, suffered severe
bruises and shock when her car and a
truck collided while she was driving to North
Omaha to visit her mother. The car was
badly damaged and Janet was pinned inside
. . . "Bell, Book and Candle." the Van
Druten comedy, did $4,500 in three perform-
ances on the Paramount stage. Weather was
rough and driving conditions rougher.
Degjna Maher, Paramount cashier, plans to
leave soon. Her husband is being transferred
to Leon. Iowa, with a packing firm . . .
Ruth Moberg, formerly with UA, is now with
Film Transport, taking the place of Louise
Robertson, who has gone to California . . .
"John Brown's Body" did $5,000 business for
one performance on the Paramount stage.
The troupe, which includes Tyrone Power.
Raymond Massey and Judith Anderson,
travels by bus.
Daniel McGrath, petty officer third class
and son of General Manager Henry McGrath
of Film Exhibitors Printing Co.. was home on
leave from the submarine Pomfret after duty
in the Korea-Japan area. He has rejoined the
sub at San Francisco . . . Marvin Jones, owner
of the State at Red Cloud, is general chairman
of the swimming pool committee and devoting
much of his time toward construction
of the project for which the town voted
$35,000 in bonds.
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cau.se of his recent bout with arthritis, spent
more than an hour getting it changed in
the dark out on the highway.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hollingsworth of the
Holly at Beatrice were vacationing in Arizona
and New Mexico . . . Hap Moehler, custodian
of the Hamburg Theatre, paid his annual
Thanksgiving day visit to Filmrow . . . Sol
Francis. AA manager, made a swing through
the western Nebraska territory and bucked
rain, snow and ice in that area's first big
siege of winter of the season . . . Rich 'Wilson.
MGM salesman, was treated to a steak dinner
by Dick Marvel. Arcadia exhibitor; then he
hit the bad part on the way into Omaha.
He picked up two spikes in a tire and, be-
Jack Renfro, Theatre Booking Service, returned
from the Variety Club convention at
Pittsburgh with glowing accounts of the organization's
work. Chief Barker Renfro and
Eddie Shafton were Omaha's representatives
after Bernard Dudgeon, manager of
the West Dodge Drive-In, announced it
looked like the layout would remain open
until December for the first time in its four
seasons. Old Man Winter struck a solid blow
at Omaha and Dudgeon almost had to change
signals . . . Omaha women whose ancestors
came over on the Mayflower were guests of a
screening of "Plymouth Adventure" which
was booked at the Omaha. The women were
members of the Nebraska Chapter of Mayflower
Carl White, Quality Theatre Supply Co.
owner, reported his fourth grandchild has
recovered from an abdominal operation. He
is Bruce, son of Dr. John C. White and now
three months old. Mr. and Mrs. White recently
visited Carl White jr.. stationed at
the army preinduction center in Chicago . . .
Vince Flynn, MGM manager who just returned
from vacation, was laid up for a week
with the flu.
Don Romeo, local comedian, received the
commendation ribbon from Maj. P. A. Lyck
of the Nebraska military district for work
with Special Service in Korea and Japan .
A burglar made off with $10 after breaking
into the Ewald Drive-In in Council Bluffs . .
Irvin Beck, manager of the Moon Theatre.
Wilber. Neb., told the Chamber of Commerce
that he will offer free matinees December 6
and 13 as part of the pre-Christmas program
Tri-States District Manager
for the city . . .
William Miskell announced the Orpheum's
television presentation of "Carmen" by the
Metropolitan Opera Co. will be offered at
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$1.20 to $3.85. Beck received many ticket
orders even before prices were announced.
These exhibitors were Filmrow visitors:
Mrs. Arch Conklin, Griswold. Iowa: Frank
Good. Red Oak. Iowa: Marvin Jones. Red
Cloud: OUie Schneider. Osceola: Pat Plummer
and Jeanette Schoeneman. Wahoo:
Sonny Thacker. South Sioux City: Mat
Wuebben. Canton, S. D.: Doc Nalteus. Mapleton,
Iowa: Bob Kruger, Sioux City, and Al
Harriman, Alton, Iowa.
Joe H. Jacobs, Columbia manager, was in
Chicago all last week for a conference with
home office officials, including A. Montague,
general sales manager, in conjunction with
other midwest branches . Wirthwein,
western division sales manager for
Allied Artists, flew in from Los Angeles for
a conference with Omaha Manager Sol
Mrs. E. L. Bartak, wife of the Greeley,
Neb., theatreman, was brought to St. Joseph's
hospital in Omaha for an operation . . . Mrs.
Ed Kugel, wife of the Holstein exhibitor,
also entered St. Joseph's . . .
secretary to Ralph Goldberg of Goldberg
Theatres, returned from a vacation just in \
time to catch the full force of the midwest
Roof-scaling: burglars took $70 from a hid-
den cabinet in the office of the Berkley
Theatre in South Omaha. Detectives said
they entered by way of a roof trap door . . .
The Variety Club had as a special guest
Col. Bill McCraw at its December luncheon
at the Blackstone hotel . . . Funeral
were held at Shelton, Neb., for Mrs. V,
N. Felps, 74, whose husband operated the
theatre there for many years in the early
days of the film industry.
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Van Husan of the Western
Theatre Supply Co. of Omaha left December
6 to spend the holidays with their
daughter at Richmond, Va. . student!
union of the University of South Dakota at
Vermillion has scheduled a weekly series of
movies, which will include a number of film
More snow on top of the territory's first,
heavy blanket plus the threat of more kept'
most outstate exhibitors from Omaha. A few'
hardy souls on Filmrow included Paul Tramp,
Oxford: Wally Johnson. Pi-iend: Art Goodwater.
Madison: E. L. Bartak. Greeley, and]
Ainold Meierdirks, Pender.
Begin Work on 300-Car Ozoner
CRESTON. IOWA—Work on the new drivein
to be located on the old fairgrounds property,
just north of the city limits, has begun,
according to Earl Douglass, manager here for
Commonwealth Theatres. An earlier start
was planned but work was delayed when residents
in the northern part of Crcston protested
the location of the ozoner. However
the company finally decided to go ahead.
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BOXOFFICE :: December 6, ISSilwltfijj
30 of $2,576,212, or $5.23 per share, after
depreciation, excise taxes, reserves for continj
Reply From GOP Leader
Received by Ted Mann
MINNKAPOLIS— It now clevolvi-s upon the
new Republican-controlled CoiiKress to decide
If tlUTi' .shall be any more hearings "to
determine If some solution can be reached
for a fair and equitable distribution of films,"
Ted Mann, former North Central Allied president
and circuit owner, ha.s been advised
by U.S. Senator John Sparkman, chairman
of the Senate Committee of Small Business.
Sparkman acknowledRcd a communication
from Mann, calling upon the small business
jiubcominittee to make an Immediate Investigation
Into the manner In which competitive
bidding Is being conducted, and Into
alleged continued "flagrant" distributor violations
of antitrust laws and of the consent
decree's "spirit" by conditioning the sale of
one picture on the purchase of another and
the fixing of admission prices.
Charging competitive bidding Is "replete
with dishonesty and skullduggery." Mann had
offered to appear before the committee as a
witness to back up his claim that "the present
.situation is deplorable and disastrous to
the small independent theatre owners."
SparkmaJi said Mann's complaints "are In
line with those received from other sections
of the country."
Results of the investigation, which started
last June, will be presented to the new committee
chairman upon his appointment after
January 3. "at which time it will be determined
whether or not further investigation
and possible hearings will be held," Sparkman
Ascap Records Festival
For Music Students
NEW YORK—The American Society of
Composers. Authors and Publishers is cooperating
with A. W. Mellon Educational and
Charitable Ti-ust, administered by Carnegie
Institute and the Pennsylvania College for
Women, in recording the First Pittsburgh International
Contemporary Music Festival for
permanent study by music students and
teachers, according to Otto A. Harbach,
Ascap president, and Dr. Roy Harris, executive
director of the festival.
A.scap will underwrite the cost of pressing
500 non-commercial record libraries of the
entire Festival, to be distributed to university
music departments, music schools and to musical
institutions in friendly nations, Harbach
said. The albums will not be available through
Zenith Nine-Month Profit
Reported As $2,576,212
YORK—Zenith Radio Corp. reports
con.solidated profits for itself and its subsidiaries
for the nine months ending Septem-
and estimated provision of $3,054,627
for income taxes.
consolidated profits for the three
ending September 30 were $1,239,855,
or $2.52 per share.
These results compared with $2,689,630, or
$6.46 per share for the .same nine-month period
a year ago, and $493,106, or $1 per share,
before providing a retroactive tax adjustment
for lor the me same sami quarter.
ALBANY —It u eujitcr to Introduce entertainment
Into education than cducution Into
enu-rtalnment. Kay Kay.ier told educator*
attendlnR u two-day lelcvLilon Iniitltule held
at Union CollPKr during the annual mrettnK
of the A.vsn of ColleKf.-* ond Unlvrmlllcji of
the State of New York Tlie orchc.itra leader,
now In retirement nt Chapel Hill. NC. upoke
of the historical and patriotic nhorta which
Warner Bros, made and were exhibited In
theatres. Teenagers had told him, Kayier
said, that they did not like to have education
mixed with commercial motion plcture.i, they
did not go to a theatre to be "laitructcd "
Entertainment on the other hand, can be
Sol Wurtzel Leases Films
For Use on Television
NEW YORK— Sol M Wurl/A-1 liu.s
of his pictures to Major Attractions. Inc.. for
a period of yeors during which they wUl be
distributed by United Television Corp. for
use on the air. Future pictures also are Included
In the arrangement.
Some of the films In the first group were
produced as recently as 1949. They are; "Dangerous
Years," "Strange Journey," "Rendezvous
24." -Roses Are Red, "
""Deadline for Murder."" ""Back Lash."" "Dangerous
Millions,"" ""Trouble Preferred," "Night
Wind," "Fighting Back," "Arthur Takes Over."
"Half-Past Midnight." "Invisible Wall"' and
20th-Fox Men Happy
MINNEAPOLIS — Enthusiasm over new
product and the large grosses being chalked
up by ""The Snows of Kilimanjaro"" permeated
a meeting here of 20th-Fox branch managers
in M. A. Levy"s district. Forthcoming releasewhich
district manager Levy predicted woula
gladden exhibitors' heart.s include ""My Cousin
Rachel."" ""The I Don't Care Girl," "My Pal
Gus'" and "Ruby Gentry."' Branch managers
present were Sol MalLsow, Minneapolis;
Jack Lorentz, Milwaukee; Gordon
Halloran, St. Louis; Joe Neger. Kansas City;
Joe Scott, Omaha, and Bob Conn. Des
incorporatml into educational
;>e Mid and. cave rsample*
> .e CoUace of Miuical Kno«iniK'-.
I.-. ; tioiii iitnatori (rom Ulnne.sola,
alontc with three of the state'^ r.ir.r
House memt>er». have now committed themselves
to complete repeal of the 20 per cent
federal admission tax "and expressed great
concern for the independent exhibitor'*
plight." North Central Allied member; have
been informed In the body's current bulletin.
Senator H. H. Humphrey finally has fallen
In line after lengthy deliberation on the
matter. Previously. Senator Thye had gone
on record In favor of the repeal, accordlaf
to the bulletin.
Two other congressmen have expressed
themselves as "sympathetic" to the repeal
cause, but are still uncommlttted In the
matter. Pour have given no Indlcatloa ot
what their position Is. the bulletin state*.
Ledgerwood House Sold
LEDGERWOOD. N D — S. J. Backer, owner
and operator of the Avon Theatre In Hanklnson
for the last 16 years, has purchased the
Wiley Theatre here from J A. Hawkins
Hawkins had operated the Wiley for the past
ten years. Backer took possession of the house
Sunday i30>. Russell Coppln Is new manager
of the Wiley.
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These "unknowns must be t
infection contro«ed-by n,o.e c^e t X- •
ttonal, and research programs. These a^e,
of the activities encouraged and supported by y
Christmas Seal dollars. ^ _
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,„a no one can be treated unttlfoun. So
thewmning fight against tuberculosa. Send my
BUV CHRISTMAS SEALS s Greetings
MAKE TB CURES POSSIBLE
losing their own health.
Because of the importance
BOXOFFICE December 6, 1952
Big Detroi! Fox Tries
Bargain Family Price
DKTKorr A one-week experlmctU Willi
xpeclal biirgnin funilly prices Is belnK tried
by mumming director David M. Id74il at the
5,500-seal Fox Theatre. PlckliiK a bill especially
tailored for the family-type trade.
Idzal slashed admissions for adults to 62
cents up to 2 p. m.. for the week starting
Thank.sglving day, while children were admitted
at 21 cents Instead of the usual 25
cents. For holidays, Saturdays and Sundays,
the three big days of the week currently,
the normal policy Is to charge the
regular evening admission of $1.25, or $1.50
when the house has a stage show, nil day.
The current bill Is "My Pal Gus," with a
stage show headed by the Ray Anthony
Idzal Is aiming to get the family trade
downtown. Inspire early shopping, and get
the mothers—or fathers—and the youngsters
Into the house by 2 p. m., and off for home
by supper time. He is using not only newspaper
advertising, but cannily-timed radio
spot announcements, concentrated in the
early morning hours, to remind families to
enough out of the Christmas shopping
budgets to take in the bargain ,'how, and
Incidentally offer the kids a reward for good
On opening day, Idzal bucked the Thanksgiving
day parade, televised over the NBC
network, which passed the doors of the theatre,
with an inducement for parade-viewers
to come to the show while they were downtown.
Major objective of the bid for family
trade Is to break the stranglehold of early
Free Admissions Ruled
Legal by Treasury Man
admissions plan of
the Little Theatre here apparently is legitimate,
according to T. W. Kienlan, special
assistant to the undersecretary of the treasury
in Washington. The plan was instituted by
Hofheimer and Albert Sugarman, operators
of the 321 -seat neighborhood house, as
I a protest against the federal admission tax.
Kienlan said he had consulted legal experts
of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and has
been told that "we have no way to require
a man to charge admissions to his theatre
unless he wants to do so."
speculated, however, that if the
practice becomes widespread, the bureau
would have to work out a regulation to cover
Big Tent 5 Affair
DETROIT—The start of the winter drive
In seasonal Industry activities was sparked by
Variety Club of Detroit Tent 5 on Tuesday
i2) w-ith an unusual buffet supper at the
clubrooms in the Hotel TuUer. All past members
of the club, as well as all prospective
members, were welcomed to this open house
event, according to Ernest T. Conlon, executive
secretary. Discussion at the session
were a drive for membership, the re-equipping
and redecoration of the clubrooms. and
the club's major charity activity, the construction
of the Hollywood House.
BOXOFFICE December 6. 1952
Michigan Allied Starts
Campaign for Drive-Ins
Please Return Scrolls
In Hospital Drive
('li-\rl,iii(l I xhllillor^ hIiu liavr nnl already
donr stt arr a%kril In rrturn thr
Will Itntrrn >lriiiorlal li
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'The annual convention of the Independent
Theatre Owners of Ohio will be held here
at the Deshler-WalUck hotel April 7, 8, Robert
Wile announced Edward Lamb, owner
of television station WTVN here, and his
wife Prudence have applied for a TV license
for UHP channel 30 in Portsmouth. Channel
30 is the only frequency assigned by the FCC
to the strategic area adjacent to the Pike
county site of the new atomic plant.
Tom Harris, theatre editor of the Ohio State
Journal, is planning to run a signed column
on the Journal theatre page at regular intervals.
He's been asking for suggestions for
Tjnited »^^f ^.g street
^^9 Chariot* „i3S0^a^l
Grand Island, Neb.
a title to the column ... All persons who
accept prizes in bingo games here face arrest,
said Vice Squad Lieut. Arthur Remmert.
Remmert made the announcement following
appearance in municipal court of Paul "Slim"
Jones, operator of a "free" bingo game here.
Jones ran a "for donations only" game. He
said he got the idea from the free policy instituted
a month ago at the Little Theatre
John Gardner, former Paramount salesman
in this area, and his son, John jr., have purchased
a 20-acre drive-in site 12 miles south
of Hebron, Ohio. They plan to erect a 500-
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