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' CJ. leyI'm Returns to Pilot RKO Studio Operations HOLLYWOOD—As had been anticipated, the election of Howard Hughes as board chairman of RKO Radio was foUowed ataiost immediately by the return to the fUm plant of C. J. TevUn as chief of studio operations, a post he had held prior to Hughes' disposition, last September, of his controlling interest in the company to a syndicate headed by Ralph Stolkin. Currently and for some time past, the studio has been inactive productionwise, but Tevlin's return was interpreted by observers as a concrete indication that cameras soon will be turning again on the lot. Another executive development found J. Miller Walker, recently named to the directorate, elected vice-president, general counsel and secretary of RKO Pictures Corp. at a meeting of the board. Walker, who has been with the company for 22 years, has served in the respective capacities to which he was elected at various times in the past. The board, with Hughes as chairman, comprises Walker. Noah Dietrich, A. D. Simpson and Edward G. Burke jr. Meantime a $600,000 libel action brought against Hughes, RKO Radio and Carl Byoir & Associates, Hughes' public relations counsel, was dismissed "without prejudice" in federal district court. The suit had been filed by Attorney Martin Gang as an outgrowth of another court action in which Gang represented Actress Jean Simmons, who sued Hughes and RKO over asserted contractual violations. Gang charged that Hughes libeled him in a statement made at the conclusion of the case, won by Miss Simmons. Judge Byrne ruled that there was no libel, per se, but Gang declared he will take the matter before the circuit court of appeals. Arnold Picker Returns From Australia Survey NEW YORK—Arnold M. Picker, vice-president of United Artists in charge of foreign distribution, returned to New York by plane Tuesday (23) from a month-long survey tour of the company operatioiis in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Philippines. Picker began the trij) November 27 and first went to southeast Asia and the Pacific areas. He spent nine days in Australia, four in New- Zealand, four in Singapore and three in Manila, meeting personnel of UA offices. During the lour, he arranged for the release of "Limelight" in Sydney. Auckland and other Australian cities. Picker also visited "Coombe Cottage," home of Dame Nellie Melba, near Melbourne and collected information for the forthcoming release of S. P. Eagle's "Melba." Hayes Retires From Kodak ROCHESTER, N. Y.—Myron J. Hayes will retire from active duty with the Eastman Kodak Co. the end of the year, but will continue as a consultant. He is vice-president and general manager of the camera works, Huwk-Eye works and navy ordnance division and has been with the company more than 40 i-i: . He • itles. has participated in many civic Industry Leaders to Aid Jewish Federation Drive NEW YORK—Fourteen amusement industry leaders have been named by Barney Balaban, Simon H. Fabian and Emanuel Frisch joint heads of the industry's Federation of Jewish Philanthropies drive, to an executive committee, to assist in over-all plans for the current campaign. Named to the committee are: Harry Brandt. Brandt Theatres; Jack Cohn, Columbia Pictures; Emil Friedlander; Leopold Friedman, Loew's, Inc.: Leonard H. Goldenson, United Paramount Theatres; Henry Jaffe. Jaffe and Jaffe; Al Lichtman. 20th Century-Pox; Herman Robbins, National Screen Service; Samuel Rosen, Fabian Theatres; Fi-ed J. Schwartz, Century Circuit; Sol A. Schwartz, RKO Theatres; George Skouras, Skouras Theatres; Spyros P. Skouras, 20th-Fox, and Albert Warner, Warner Bros. A committee of home office chairmen has been named to promote the amusement division drive of the PJP. Named were Martin : H. Newman. Abe Schneider, Ed Fabian. Leopold Friedman. Irving Greenfield, William Brenner, Burton Robbins, Arthur Israel jr., Louis A. Novin, Harry Mandel, Charles Boasberg, Louis M. Weber, Max E. Youngstein, Edward L. Hyman. Robert M. Weitman, Leon Goldberg, Adolph Schimel and Samuel Schneider. William J. German was named chairman of the film laboratory division. WB Financial Statement Ready Early February NEW YORK—Warner Bros, has notified the Secm-ities and Exchange Commission that it will have its annual financial statement ready early in February 1953. It will be sent to stockholders prior to the annual meeting, scheduled for February 20 in Wilmington. Del. A proxy statement listing officers and directors of the new distribution and theatre companies to be formed in compliance with the consent decree is being prepared and will be mailed in mid-January to stockholders, who will vote on the reorganization. The Warner Bros, board has not yet decided if it can take advantage of a new "spm-off" section of the revenue act of 1951. Twentieth Century-Fox sought to do so, but abandoned the plan. Noble to Head Infantile Paralysis Drive NY NEW YORK—Edward J. Noble, board chairman of the American Broadcasting Co., has been named chairman of the 1953 Greater New York March of Dimes campaign by Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The drive will open January 2 and close January 31. Noble also is board chairman of Life Savers Corp. He was named chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Authority in 1938 and undersecretary of commerce in 1939. The following year he resigned to return to private industry. Solon Lauds Industry For Anti-Red Aid HOLLYWOOD—Because of complete cooperation by industry executives and union and guild leaders, the Communism-in-motion pictures situation has been radicallj changed and filmdom is deserving of tht "highest praise" for its efforts. Rep. Donald L. Jackson, of the House Un-American Activities Committee, declared when he participated in an American Legion-sponsored seminar Sunday (21) in Santa Ana, Calif. Other speakers included Roy M. Brewer lATSE international studio representative; Actor Ward Bond, and Scenarist Martin Berkeley. Jackson was quoted as saying that ones film leaders "understood the extent of the conspiracy and realized its seriousness, they went all-out to do the job—and they havt done it." The seminar was staged undei auspices of the Legion's 21st district. David Bogen Completes Move to 29 Ninth Ave. NEW YORK—The David Bogen Co.. manufacturer of sound systems, high fidelity reproduction equipment and intercommunica tions systems, has completed the removal o its complete plant facihties from 633 Broad way to new quarters occupying the entiri six-story and basement building at 29 Nintl tej, Ave. Increased available space in the new lo cation has permitted expansion of all de^ Di partments, especially the engineering laboratories and production facilities needed fo: new products manufactured by the company The Bogen company was established ii 1932. and has steadily expanded and diversified its operations under the continuou. direction of its founder. David Bogen. Pi-od iPlafe irBall EOttWOOD (dwisliesof tjiteerplayw flv ilf' to SI tiolidays ifdmiltop jsnland-Netf m. iiejimietiiis Ejoll in Iw ml guard an tsid speake Be, ctof of ucts include power amplifiers, radio tuners "i Morris, and amplifiers, school, plant and office sounc systems and office and home intercommunica tions systems and television booster ampU tiers. UA Theatre Circuit Net For '52 Up to $491,093 NEW YORK—United Artists Theatre cir cuit and subsidiary companies report a ne liiities Com Jamts Sai tas, Inc., N 'Mt Miirpbi C !e seisin CO ny special s( rueraries ol taa-Rictii Hiel Ascher, irohaCMtoi feliie Reyn( tea, Dawn ton, Rory tes, Bill St fe.ffaltGe: t-:;.-Cini wiio, income of $491,093 for the year ended Aug^*« 31, 1952, an increase over $402,290 for th. previous 12-month period. The earnings for the 12-month period ll 1950 were $614,383. The net for the 1952 period was $749 from which was deducted interest, depreclal ^| tion, amortization and provision for federa income taxes. UA theatre chain operates 2 theatres in California. Michigan. Oregon ani New York. It also has an interest in Metro politan Playhouses, which operates 128 thea itny fell Sally Jacks tee Vickeri Wa Curtis, iijem, Flo ItklTStJOO,! Jane Sanc Iffiaos, ' tres in and around New York City; Uniten jj^^ California Tlieatres, with 99 theatres; Rowle United Theat)-es. with 127 theatres, and Perm Federal Enterprises, with seven theatres Roles in Science Film Robert Sliayne and Doris Merrick have bee) signed for the top roles in "The Neandcrtht Man," a Wisberg-PoUexfen science-fictio melodrama. Csiibbean-l Alt tatot^j ''" taswasfa •nil tire Ass> liters f, ^z BOXOFFICE December 27, 19J' loJorncE

! Alaska—Cindy p EWS AND VIEWS OF THE PRQPUCTIOW CEMTER iHoUvivood Office— Huttc 219 at 6404 HoHytvood lilvd.: Ivan Spear, Western Afanager) [8 Players Take Off ^For Batile Fronts I HOLLYWOOD — Bearing with them the good wishes of assembled civic, government, charitable, military and Industry leaders. 48 volunteer players and 17 musicians planed out Mday il9) to spend the Christmas-New Year's holidays entertaining soldiers stationed and hospitalized In the Korea. Alaska. Greenland-Newfoundland and Caribbean lareas. The junketing troupers were given a festive sendoff in luncheon ceremonies at the national guard armory in Culver City, at which featured speakers included Col. Raymond F. Stone, chief of army special .services: Dore Schary, MGM vice-president and Permanent Charities Committee campaign chairman. and James Sauter, president of USO-Camp ii>2j Shows. Inc., New York. The meeting had George Murphy, president of the HoUj-wood Coordinating Committee — which organized the treks in cooperation with the USO and army special services—as chairman. mtifl Itineraries of the units: Korea—Richard Allan. Paul Douglas. Richard Morris, Jan Sterling. Frank Saputo. Lionel Ascher. Carleton Carpenter. Movita, Carolina Cotton. Peggy King. Walter Pidgeon, Debbie Reynolds, Keenan Wynn, June Bruner, Dawn Addams, Roscoe Ates, Lita jBaron. Rory Calhoun. Virginia Hall. Jean Peters. Bill Shirley, Jud de Naut. Robin de Vour. Walt Germain. Larry Roberts. Garner. Johnny Grant, Tony lOvello. Sally Mansfield. Beverly Michaels, Ginny Jackson. Elizabeth Talbot-Martin. Vicki Bakken, Freddie Browne, Jean Fowler, Jai 'ane Prazee. Dorothy Gibson, Eddy Samuels, vette Vickers. Greenland-Newfoundland—Raymond Burr, Wanda Curtis, Don Garner, Paul Garteiz, Eve Halpern, Flo Ann Hedley, Marilyn Hedley, Jack Iverson. Evelyn Ru.ssell, J. Edmond Burr, Don Chapman, Ann McCormack, Donna dts^Roach. Caribbean—Lois Andrews. Arthur Brunner. ElTiest Brunner. Betty McNamara. Don Maltese, las, Jane Sandra Nash. Donna Williams. Pat iii!*BWilliams. Arthur Anderson. Duke Johnson Lionel Johnson, Vivian Marshall, Dub "Cannonball" Taylor. Bus transportation for more than 1.200 children to two Christmas entertainment programs was furnished gratis by MGM. 20th- Pox. Universal and Warners in cooperation With the Ass'n of Motion Picture Producers & and Studio Transportation Drivers Local 399. sjsisil Youngsters from various settlement houses and orphanages were guests at a B'nai B'rith program at the veterans memorial hall in BOXOFFICE December 27, 1952 Culver City, while other underprivileged children piirtlclputed in Yuletlde entertainment at the Hollywood American Legion stadium, sponsored by Tent 25, Variety Club of Southern California. Monday (22i • • • was Samuel Ooldwyn day in Beverly HllLs when dignitaries repre.sentlng that municipahty. as well as motion picture Indastry leaders, turned out to honor the veteran filmmaker upon his 40th anniversary as a producer. Speakers Included Y. Frank FYeeman. Paramount vice-president and board chairman of the Ass'n of Motion Picture Producers: Irene Dunne, and Paul G. Hoffman. Goldwyn was presented with a medallion upon the city's behalf West: James R. Grainger. Republic vicepresident in charge of .sales and distribution. checked in from the east for brief conferences with President Herbert J. Yates prior to the latter's departure for New York to spend the holidays. • « • East: William H. Wright. Metro producer, and Mrs. Wright left for Cincinnati for the Christmas hoUday. « • • East: Francis Winikus. national advertising-publicity-exploitation director for United Artists, returned to his Manhattan headquarters after conferences here with UA producers. San Mateo Studio Site Purchased for Drive-In SAN FRANCISCO — Guy W. Meek of Atherton. owner of four drive-in theatres in northern California, has purchased at public auction the eight acres on Peninsula avenue in San Mateo, the site of the old Pacific studios. Meek made the purchase from the estate of the late Lester Park at a price of $87,000. Park had started to build a drive-in there but halted construction after installing the screen and doing some grading. Meek now owns drive-in theatres in Palo Alto, Cotati. San Pablo and Vallejo. It is not known what Meek intends to do with the remainder of the property. The studios were built in the 1920s and housed the Pacific studios and later the Max Graf studios. It was taken over by a group to produce the "Parade of Progress," but the project was abandoned after a time. Wilshire Klieg Lights On for 'Moulin Rouge' HOLLYWOOI>— Pllmdom's otMervance of the yuletlde was Interspersed with a of klleg-llghted glamor when on Tue.vlay i23» "Moulin Rouge." the Jose Ferrer starrer directed in Prance by John Huston for Romulu.s Films and United Artists wa.s worldpremiered at the Fox WUshlre Theatre The event was followed by a premiere party at a Hollywood night club, hosted by Harold Mlrlsch, G. Ralph Branton and Eliot H>Tnan —who own U. S. rights to "Rouge. " with proceeds going to the Damon Runyon cancer research fund. The debut went on as scheduled as Federal Judge William M. Byrne denied the application filed by George Banyal. representing the Moulin Rouge restaurant in Paris, seeking an injunction to restrain the showing of the picture. The motion was made In conjunction with a suit charging that the use of the bistro's name on the picture Is unauthorized and illegal. Among the premiere-and-party guests were: Horry M. Worner, Mervyn LeRoy. Jock L. Worner. Jesse L. Losky, Eddie Cantor, Chorles Coburn. Joon Crowford, Edward G. Robinson, Greer Gorjon, George Burnt end Grocie Allen, HurT\phrey Boflort, Gabriel Poscol. Joe Postcrnok, Arlcne Dohl, George Sidney, Jerry Wold, Charles Brockett. Williom A. Wellmon. Esther Willioms, Milton Sperling. Roy Rogers, Dore Schory. Sol Lesser, Jeanne Crom, Wiliiom Perlbero. Donny Koye orvj many others. Huston and Ferrer likewise were on hand for the festivities, the director having arrived Monday (22) from France with the print of the picture. •'The Stooge." the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy produced by Hal Wallis for Paramount release, will be given its invitational press preview Monday at the Academy Award Theatre with garnishment, including searchlights, special stunts and bleachers for the autograph fans. Chest Drive Near Goal HOLLYWOOD—Close to an over-the-top basis, the Permanent Charities committee's 1953 fund-raising campaign total now stands at SI. 150.900. within breathing distance of the goal of $1,250,000, it was reported by Dore Schary, drive chairman. The allocation to the Los Angeles Community Chest will be $702,000: similar Chest organizations in Burbank. Santa Monica and Glendale will receive $36,700, while $181,700 will go to the American Red Cross chapters in those cities, and another $176,000 is earmarked for eight other major charitable organizations. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Take the High Ground " will be scored by Dimitri Tiomkln. 53