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SHORTS CHART MUSICAL

SHORTS CHART MUSICAL FEATUHETTE 5301 Xaiicr Cugat and Orch. (15) 1116-52 + 11-15 5302 Don Cornell Siags (15) 12- 4-52 -r 11-15 8303 Tlie Modernaires With Lawrence Weik's Orch. (15) 1- 1-53 + 11-15 NAME BAND MUSICALS 7306 Conntt Bosxtll ana AM Leonard (15) 5- 7-52 * 6-28 7307 Budoy Morroar and HIi Orch. (15) 6-18-S2 +8-2 730g Perez Prado and Orch (15) 7- 2-52 -I- 8-23 7309 Oick Jurgens and Orch (IS) 7-30-52 + 8-30 7310 Billy May and His Orcli. (15) 8-20-52 -I- 9-20 7311 Jimmy Oorsey Varieties (15) 9-25-52 + 10-18 TWO-REEL SPECIALS 7202 Knights of the Highway (17) 6-18-52 H 8- 2 7328 Poet LANTZ CARTUNES (Technicolor Reissues) and Peasant (7)... 4-28-52 + 6-21 7329 Mousie Come Home (7). 5-26-52 -f S- 2 7330 Fa»»ealner Fiends (7). 6-23-52 -f 8-23 7331 Acple Anily (7) 7-21-52 7332 \*acky Weed (7) 8-18-52 7333 Musical Moments (7)... 9-15-52 VARIETY VIEWS 73-t4 Rhythm on the R«f (9) 4-14-52 73J5 Army's Finest. The (9).. 6-16-52 + 4-19 7346 Future Generals (9) . . . 8- 4-52 -f 8-30 7347 Village Metropolis (9).. 9- 8-52 + 9-13 7348 Man in the Peace Tower (9) 10-13-52 + U-15 WOODY WOODPECKER CARTUNES 7353 Stage Hoax (Technicolor) (7) 4-21-52 + 4-19 7354 Woodiiecker in the Rough (7) 7355 Scalp Treatment (7) . . . 8-14-52 9- 8-52 + 6-28 9-20 7356 The Great Who-Oood-lt (7) 10-20-52 -f 10-18 Warner Bros. Prnl. No. Title Rel. Date Rating Rev'd BLUE RIBBON HIT PARADE (Technicolor Reissues) 8308 Snow Time for Comedy (7) 4-12-52 Hush My Mouse (7) . . . 5- 3-52 309 B310 Baby Bottleneck (7) 6-14-52 8311 The Bug Parade (7)... 7-12-52 8312 Merne Old Soul (7)... 8- 2-52 8313 Fresh Airdale (7) 8-30-52 1952-53 SEASON There Was (7) . . 9-13-52 9301 A Feud 9302 Daffy Doodles (7) ... .10-11-52 9303 A Day at the Zoo (7).. 11- 8-52 9304 Early Worm Gets the Bird (7) 11-29-52 9305 Tale of Two Mice (7).. 1-10-53 BUGS BUNNY SPECIALS (Technicolor) 8728 Water, Water Every Hare „ (7) 4-19-52 -f 6-28 8729 The Hasty Hare (7) 6- 7-52 8-30 8730 Oily Hare (7) 7-26-52 ± 8-23 1952-53 SEASON 9723 Rabbit Seasoning (7)... 9-20-52 9724 Rabbit's Kin (7) 1115-52 9725 Hare Lift (7) 12-20-52 FEATURETTES 8105 The Mankillers (16) 5-17-52 -f 7-26 8106 Trial by Tringer (20).. 7- 8-52 1952-53 SEASON 9101 Monsters of the Deep (20) 9-27-52 9102 Oklahoma Outlaws (20). 11-22-52 9103 Are Animals Aeti)rs7 < 12-27-52 ) lOE McDOAKES COMEDIES 8405 So You Want to Go to a Coiiieiilion (10) .. 6- 7-52 i 8- 2 8406 So You Never Tell a Lie (10) 8- 2-52 1952-53 SEASON 8405 So You're Going to the Dentist (10) 9-20-52 d: 12- 6 9402 So You Want to Wear "'• •'"'» 'l"! 11- 8-52 9403 So You Want to Be a Musician ' ) 1-10-53 MELODY MASTERS BAND (Reissues) 880b US. Navy Band (10)... 6-21-52 8806 The Screnidtrs (10)... 8-16-52 1952-53 c«n, SEASON r ..: 9801 f reildlf Fisher and Band (10) 9802 Junior Jive Bombers 10-11-52 (10) 11-15-52 9803 Circui Band (9) 12-27-52 MERRIE MELODIES (Technicolor) nj Klildin' the Kitten (7).. 4- 5-52 -4- 6-28 => '14 1.111. Red Rodent " Hood + »« (7) S. ).52 4. 7 JK 'l5 5ock-a.Doodle.0o (7)... 5-10-52^ •16Bffo Beep (7) 5-24-52 871(5 Ain't ShiTwut (7).... 6.21-52 + 8.30 8718 The Turn-Tale Wolf (7) 6-28-52 . H 8719 Cracked Quack (7) 7- 5-52 + 8720 HoppyGo-Lucky (7) 8- 9-52 8721 Going! Going! Gosh! (7) 8-23-52 -|- 8722 Bird in a Guilty Cage (7) 8-30-52 + 1952-53 SEASON 9701 Mousewarming (7) 9- 6-52 + 9702 The Egg-cited Rooster (7) 9703 Tree for Two (7) 10- 4-52 10-18-52 + 9704 The Super Snooper (7).. 11- 1-52 9705 Terrier-Stricken (7) 11-29-52 9706 Fool Coverage (7) 12-13-52 9707 Don't Give Up the Sheep (7) 1-13-53 9708 Show Business (7) 1-17-53 9709 A Mouse Divided (7)... 1-31-53 SPORTS PARADE (Technicolor) 8506 Glamour in Tennis (10) 4- 5-52 8507 Switzerland Sportland (10) 5-10-52 + 8S0S Centennial Sports (10).. 6-28-52 8509 Snow Frolics (10) 7-26-52 + 8510 Just (or Sport (10) .... 8-23-52 + 1952-53 SEASON 9501 They Fly Through the Air (10) 10- 4-52 + 9502 Unfamiliar Sports (10).. 11- 1-52 + 9503 Fiesta for Sports (9) . .12-20-52 9504 Sporting Courage (..).. .1-31-53 TECHNICOLOR SPECIALS 8006 The Seeing Eye (20)... 4-26-52 H 8007 No Pels Allowed (18).. 5-31-52 + 8008 Open Up That Golden Gate (20) 7-19-52 + 1952-53 SEASON 9001 Killers of the Swamp (17) 9- 6-52 + 9002 Man Without a Country (21) 10-25-52 9003 Cruise of the Zaca (17). 12- 6-52 9004 Flag of Humanity (..).. 1-24-53 VITAPHONE NOVELTIES 8605 Animals Have All the Fun (10) 4-19-52 -I- 8606 Orange Blossoms for Violet (10) 5-24-52 -f E607 Daredevil Days (10) 8- 9-52 -i- 1952-53 SEASON 9601 Ain't Rio Grande (9) . . 9-13-52 + 9602 1 Saw It Happen (10) . .10-18-52 9603 Hunting the Devil Cat (10) 10-18-52 9604T00 Much Speed {..).. .1- 3-53 MISCELLANEOUS 8-23 8-23 10- 4 10- 4 11- 1 12- 6 12- 6 7-26 8-23 10- 4 12- 6 12- 6 6-21 8- 2 8-23 11- 1 6-21 8-30 8-23 11- 1 Prod. No. Title Rel. Date Rating Rev'd Lippert (Ansco Color) 5115 Return of Gilbert and Sullivan (35) 5-16-52 Republic SERIALS 5184 Nyoka and the Tioermen (reissue) 15 Chapters 4- 8-52 THIS WORLD OF OURS (Trucolor) 5090 Chile (9) 3- 1-52 5)85 Israel (10) 4-15-52 5186 India (9) 7- 1-52 5187 The Philippines (9) 8-25-52 Independents FDR— Hyde Park (16) Pictorial Films -(- 5.10 Little League Baseball (20) Emerson Yorke -L Atoms at Work (10) British Inf. Svc... + The Riddle of Japan (21) 5-17 6- 7 British Inf. Svc + g. 7 Fantasy on London Life (9) Fine Arts u. 5. 7 City That Lives (15) Hoffherg -1-6-7 Student in Piiris, A (17) Noel Meadow j_ 5.21 Sketches of Scotland (9) Fine Arts... ff 6-28 To the Rescue! (8) National Film Board + 7- 5 Caribbean (25) British Inf. Svc if 7. 5 While Continent, The (10) British Inf. Svc 14. 7. 5 Antarctic Whale Hunt (19) British In'- Svc li. 7.12 Future of Scotland, The (21) British Inf. Svc J. 7.12 Rescue in the Alps (17) Hoffberg ± 7.12 Spook Sport (7) Ted Nemeth Studios., -f- 7-12 United (or Delense (10) United Defense 7-19 Fund Challenge in Nigeria (20) British litf. Svc Turkey— Key to the Middle East (20) 7-26 British Inf. Svc +1 7.26 The British— Are They Artistic? (21) British Inf. Svc u g. 9 Bridge of time (15) British Inf. Svc... -f 8- 9 El Dorado (33) British Inf. Svc L g. 9 The King's Music (20) British Inf. Svc. -1-8-9 The People's Land (11) British Inf. Svc -f 8- 9 Miracle on Skis (16) Regal PIcts u g.jii Charm of Lift (15) Pictura Films.... -1- 10-18 The Stranger Left No Card (22) Meteor -f 11- 1 SHORTS REVIEWS Ccfution, Dctnger Ahead (RKO Pathe Special) RKO IS Mins. Good. A timely short about saiety on the highways, made especially so since the National Safety Council announced the 1,000,000th death as a result of a traffic accident. Fifty million cars on a highway system built to handle less than half that number is today's real problem, this short points out. Ninety per cent of the people who travel between cities ride in automobiles or go by bus. This has some excellent shots of the newest speed highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike. Football ffighlights RKO (Sports Extra) 17 Mins. GoocL Many of the exciting moments of the top 1952 football games are offered in this short. There is a wide selection of gomes to cover many sections of the country, and the camera work is good. The games are: Wisconsin vs. Illinois, Penn. vs. Princeton, Maryland vs. Navy, Mississippi vs. Tulane, Army vs. Columbia, (jeorgia Tech vs. Duke, Texas vs. Baylor, Michigan State vs. Syracuse, Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma, Yale vs. Harvard, Notre Dome vs. U.S.C. and Army vs. Navy. Logjam RKO (Screenliner) 9 Mins. GoocL Although the powerful trucks and good roads are eliminating the picturesque log drives, many rivermen still work at this in Maine and other states. In Machias, the loggers work with pole and agility to free the clogged logs which jam the rivers. The men are shown eating four meals a day, one of them picnic lunches, because a log jam is always a race against t'me. An interest-holding short. Pluto's Christmas Tree RKO (Disney Cartoon) 7 Mins. Very good. Ideal for holiday bookings is this new Technicolor cartoon dealing with Mickey Mouse and Pluto, the dog, at Christmas time. It opens with a Christmas card, which comes to life. Mickey and Pluto go to the woods to seleetl but they chop down one in f Chip and Dale, the two chipi are living. They are amazed J ornaments hung on the tree a&l havoc with them. After the mas tree is knocked down an I pletely ruined, they hear s\ outside and all four join chorus of Christmas carols. So You Want to Wear the I WB (Joe McDoakes Comedy) III Good. Mr. Average Man, Jil Doakes, gets into some unusul laugh-provoking situations il two-re eler. Joe and his wife,! visit a psychiatrist, who hypi and transposes their respectill sonalities. Thus, Alice, with il voice, meets the confused ml while Joe, with a high-pitchecl nine voice, goes to the office. [ climax, Joe, with Alice's voicl personality, goes off to cam J the national guard. The Super Snooper WB (Looney Tunes) 1 Fair. Daffy Duck, as "Duck —Private Eye," goes off to i gate some strange goings-on J. Cleaver Axehandle estate i erly Weeds. Although unable anything on anybody, Daii] obtain a confession from a gifl lady duck, who admits thcj guilty of being cu-razy oboi Only mildly amusing. Images Me(iiaveles (Technicolor Art Short) A.F.E. Films II Very good. A distinctive a usual art short which gives fa ing closeups of the tiny colore trations in the religious and books of the middle ages. Wl original illustrations are little than a postage stamp, thej magnificent detail and, as here, they give a complete '' of the creation of the worif tiny drawings are exquisite e Technicolor photography show in all their perfection. Ideal house showings. A.F.E. is C Broadway, New York City. HANDY SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FOl BOXOFFICE: 825 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City 24, Mo. Please enter my subscription to of which contain The MODERN THEATRE Section). BOXOFFICE, 52 issues per ye* D $3.00 FOR I YEAR Q $5-00 FOR 2 YEARS D 7.00 FOR 3 YEJI D Remittance Enclosed D Send Invoice THEATRE STREET ADDRESS TOWN NAME STATE POSITION 1 ID BOXOFFICE BooltinGuJdo : : Dec. SO 1(58

)pinions on Current Productions; Exploitips Never Wave at a WAC POD STORY SYNOPSIS ON lACH PICTURI, SCI RIVIRSI SIDI F '°""" RKC Radio ( ) 87 Minutes R«L Ian. 16, '53 Tho :;t.'ess is upon comedy, ranging Irom Iho aophisticalod to the slapetick in approach, and although there are occasional implausibilitiea in plot development they are more ° than offset by tho picture's high over-all entertainment quotient. Too, the feature literally overflows with stimulating exploitation suggestions, inasmuch as it deals (aa the title implies) with tho women's army co.'ps and much of the iootago was secured on location at the WAC training center in Fort Lee. Va. Merchandising campaigns drafted around this theme can be further bolstered, marqueewise, through the established drawing power of the throe toplining members of the cast, the thespian proceedings being dominated by Rosalind Russell. As produced for Independent Artists by Frederick Brisson. the film contains substantial production values and was skilfully directed by the veteran Norman Z. McLeod. Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Mario Wilson, William Ching, Arleon Wholan. Leii Erickson. Hillary Brooke. llw The Member oi the Wedding F Oruu Columbia (- -) 92 Minulas B*L Hero la another downb«cit picture which conlronlj the exhibitor—ond tho film appraiser, incidentally—with a problem. There Is none who will gai:,.ijv •. rjr^-Ju ;•;..•• :! i~xrf\. lence from virtually every film: tho financial. But, unfortunate!/ it la impoaaible to predict widoapteaiJ pcoiita for the feature. Undoubtedly the offering will prosper in first runs, most eapecially whore appreciative patrona abound, and it posaibly can be built into a aatisfactory attraction elsewhArn through employment of smart exploilati stage-play source and the excellence c' acting is superb, with two of them doiir.:--./ q: At; ; ::./ nominations caliber, those by Ethel Waters and Julie H-j.'ri3 The feature is mounted with all of the experlness expected from the Stanley Kramer trademark, while Fred Zinnemann's skilled direction vies with the dellneortiona lor honors. Ethel Waters. Julie Harris, Brandon De Wildo, Arthur Franz, Nancy Gates, William Hansen, James Edwardj. Tropic Zone F ml>or) Paramount (5211) 94 Min\)teB Rel. Ian. '53 Producers Pine and Thomas, who have availed themselves of virtually every adventurous occupation as story sources lor the fast-moving action dramas for which they have become celebrated, this time turn for material -to the business of raising bananas. If the picture is a cut or two below their average it is because the screenplay is confused, stereotyped and spread too thin. Despite which, there is plenty of merchandisable material to aid showmen in turning the bananas into potatoes at the boxoffice. including the characteristically impressive P&T production values; a reasonably name-heavy cast; Technicolor photography; a few bright musical interludes contributed by Estelita; beautiful scenery and an interesting insight into the vagaries of operating a Latin American banana farm. Under the experienced direction of Lewis R. Foster, who also scripted, performanaces are generally acceptable. Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Estelita, Noah Beery, Grant Withers, John Wengraf, Argentina Brunetti. The Pathfinder F ";;'-r:r Columbia (516) 78 Minulea BeL Ian. 'S3 Using the French and Indian War as a backdrop, this employs the principal characters and the locale of the James Fenimore Cooper novel of the same name, but there the similarities cease. The gorgeous scenery of the Maiibu mountains filmed in Technicolor furnishes the film's greatest asset. The Indians in the cast, headed by Jay Silverheels, bring realism to the characters they portray. The Pathfinder of George Montgomery receives a considerable lift from the spirited leading lady he has been given in Helena Carter. As a French-speaking English girl who acts as his interjireter in the spying he does for the English against the French, she makes the admiration she arouses in all the male characters entirely believable. Sam Katzman has given the opus careful production and the director, Sidney Salkow, has kept things moving al a good pace. George Montgomery, Helena Carter, Jay Silverheels, Walter Kingsiord, Bruce Lester, Stephen Bekassy, Elena Verdugo. Torpedo Alley Allied ArtUts (3323) 84 Minutes Rel. Ian. 25, 1953 On the heels of "Battle Zone" and "Flat Top," two recent entries dealing with various facets of the armed services, Allied Artists comes up with a third, this time concerning itself with the navy's submarine branch and the part played by the pig boats in World War II and the current conflict in Korea. For the most part the Lindsley Parsons production, filmed partly on location at the navy's submarine base in New London, Conn., is engrossing entertainment, its subject matter readily exploitable and its cast freighted with sufficiently weighty marquee names to exert boxoffice pull. The action sequences are well staged and graphically realistic, a factor which in the minds of most observer; will overshadow the rather contrived screenplay which was provided. The semblance of romantic conflict interwove.n in the plot suffers from inept dialog, but Lew Landers' experienced direction glosses over such v/eoknesses. Mark Stevens, Dorothy Malone, Bill Williams, Charles Winninger, Douglas Kennedy, James Millican, Bill Heiuy. Battles of Chief Pontiac Realort 74 Minutes Rel. F F Drama Considering its budgetary classification, this saga about the Indians of the colonial midwest is quite a parcel of motion picture. Where the more sensational type of exploitation is employed, the feature can top the program or may even go it alone. In more conventional situations, it will serve as the supporting booking. Through shrewd selection of cast and locations, and the adroit interpolation of impressive stock footage. Producers Herman Cohen and Irving Starr—who made the film for Jack Broder Productions endowed it with considerable scope and moments of spectacle. They were aided materially by a sound script, with ,^^^' a reasonably accurate historical background, and a sincere, hard-working cast. For best results, the offering should be sold as a historical drama rather than just another story about soldiers and redskins. Directed by Felix Feist. Lex Barker, Helen Westcott, Lon Chaney, Berry Eroeger, Roy Roberts, Larry Chance, Katharine Warren. 143€ BOXOFFICE se. tn|il> The Man Behind the Gun F Dermithe is forced to act too eccentric and bizzare a? the unhealthy brother. The sets are magnificent and the score includes piano concertos by Bach and Vivaldi, as well as a new modern song, "Were You Smiling at Me?" Fine Arts is at 1501 Broadway, New York City. A Drama Nicole Stephane, Edouard Dermithe. Renee Cosima, Jacques Bernard. Melvyn Martin, Roger Galliard. Marie Cyliakus. December 20, 1952 1435