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, general counsel, will discuss the latest developments on arbitration at the annual conven- tion of Allied Theatre Owners of the Gulf States to be held January 12-13 at the Jung j RKO Speeds Releases; 23 in First 6 Months NEW YORK—RKO has scheduled 23 pictures for release beginning this month and through to mid-June 1953. Charles Boasberg, general sales manager, said Tuesday il6). Seven are in Technicolor. Set for December are "Captive Women," with Robert Clarke and Margaret Field; the rerelease of "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" and "Bachelor Mother," "Blackbeard the Pirate" in Technicolor, starring Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix and Keith Andes, and prerelease of "Hans Christian Andersen" in Technicolor, starring Danny Kaye, Farley Granger and Jeanmaire. The January list comprises "Androcles and the Lion," starring Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Robert Newton, Maurice Evans and Alan Young; "Never Wave at a WAC," with Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas and Marie Wilson, and "No Time for Flowers," starring Viveca Lindfors and Paul Christian. February will see prerelease of "Peter Pan," Disney all-cartoon Technicolor feature; "Angel Face," starring Miss Simmons and Robert Mitchum, and "Sword of Venus," with Robert Clark and Catherine McLeod. March pictures will be "The Persuaders," starring Edmund O'Brien and William Talman; "Night Without Stars," with David Farrar and Nadia Gray, and the rerelease of "Fort Apache" and "Blood on the Moon." April pictures will be "Beautiful But Dangerous," starring Miss Simmons and Mitchum; "The Sea Around Us," Technicolor documentary, and "Port Sinister," with James Warren and Lynne Roberts. May pictures will be "Sea Devils" in Technicolor, starring Yvonne DeCarlo and Rock Hudson; "Mickey Mouse Birthday Party" in Technicolor, special feature composed of six Mickey Mouse shorts, and "Below the Sahara" in Technicolor, a Pathe-Denis film. June pictures will be "Break-Up." starring Miss Simmons and Mature, and "Split Second," starring Stephen McNally, Jan Sterling, Andes, Alexis Smith and Arthur Hunnicutt. RKO Planning Early Start For Five New Pictures NEW YORK— Early start of five pictures planned by RKO Radio, according to com- is pany announcement, and Charles Boasberg, general sales manager, has gone to the coast to confer with Howard Hughes. The pictures are: "Gambler Moon," to be produced by Edmund Grainger with Robert Mitchum starred. Work will start as soon as Mitchurn finishes in "The White Witch Doctor" for 20th Century-Fox. "High Frontier," air story to be produced by Robert Sparks from an original by Beirne Lay Jr, "Size 12," Technicolor film based on an original story by Jerome Weldman, with Harriet Parsons as producer. "Second Chance," comedy romance with South American background which Sam Wle.senthal will produce from an original story by Oscar Millard. "The Return of Zorro," adventure story by Walter Ferris and Prances Kavanaugh, adapted by Laurence Hazzard. 24 Proposes Unique Split Of RKO Pictures Co. NEW YORK—Formation of two new RKO companies out of RKO Pictures—one for production and the other for distribution—has been suggested by Milton M. Gettinger. lawyer with numerous distribution and banking connections in the industry. As an outgrowth of the move Gettinger would have the distribution company merge with United Artists and he would transfer the backlog to Realart for sale or reissues. The studio would be leased for production of independent pictures on a profit-sharing basis. There had been reports for more than two weeks that G«ttinger had suggested suoh a plan to various groups while the Stolkin impasse was under discussion. The agreement between Howard Hughes and Stolkin for a resumption of control by Hughes is believed to have out-dated the plan. Robert S. Benjamin, chairman of the United Artists board, commented; "No one at United Artists is now negotiating, nor has anyone in the past negotiated any deal with or for an RKO merger or otherwise, nor has anyone been authorized on United Artists' behalf to do so." Gettinger's proposal in connection with United Artists was that UA continue in existence, but transfer its distribution contracts to the new RKO company in return for a block of stock. Under the terms of the Gettinger plan, holders of the 3,914,914 shares of RKO Pictures stock now outstanding would receive one share in each of the new companies for Tlie authorized shares of RKO their holdings. Pictures are 4,000,000. Gettinger estimated that at the end of 18 months bank loans could be reduced and $15,000,000 to $20,000,000 of working capital could be made available to stockholders. Hollywood Film Producers Asked to Pay More Tax LOS ANGELES—As a means of increasing municipal revenues, the Los Angeles city council has approved a proposal by its revenue-taxation committee to boost taxes levied on motion picture producers, based on gross production costs. The proposal has been referred to the city attorney, who will draft an ordinance covering the increa.ses and submit it to the city council for passage. Pees now range from $50, based on filmmaking costs of less than $25,000, to $700 for pictures costing $500,000 or more. The maximum, under the suggested ordinance, would be upped to $1,500. Apparently permanently sidetracked, however, because of determined industry opposition, was an additional proposed tax covering the rental of production facilities and the loanout of talent from one studio to another. Says Film Fund Needed For Public Relations NEW YORK—This industry should have a public relations fund and it should produce a picture telling the story of the industry, said Maurice Bergman, public relations director for Universal International, in an address before the Ass'n of Motion Picture Advertisers Thursday (18.i. Lack of such a fund is one of the most conspicuous deficiencies in the industry's public relations effort, he said. "It is a strange omission to think that we do not even use our screens in the 20,000 theatres in the country to counterattack and to educate the people on our many commendable attributes," he said. "It seems that we only use the screen for propaganda when we are faced with an emergency, or to assist other causes than our own." Abram Myers Will Discuss Arbitration at N. O. Meet NEW ORLEANS—Abram F. Myers, Allied hotel. Col. H. A. Cole will report on the progress of the admission tax campaign. Jack Kirsch will sketch what happened at the November 17-19 national convention in Chicago, and Max E. Youngstein, United Artists vice-president, will talk on distribution and advertising problems. Wilbur Snaper, national president, also is expected to .address the convention, according to Abe Berenson, Gulf States president. Mankiewicz Now Staging 'La Boheme' for 'Met' NEW YORK—Joseph L. Mankiewicz, motion picture director, is now trying his hand at staging an opera. He is at work on two versions of "La Boheme," one in the original Italian and the other in English written by The first Howard Dietz, MGM vice-president. performance will be December 27. After it he will go to Hollywood to resume motion picture direction. He plans to retiu'n in May to prepare to stage another opera for the Metropolitan Opera House. The two versions of "La Boheme" will be performed alternately. Mankiewicz has different casts for each. He plans less "frantic stage movement" which he said often was meaningless and distracted attention from the music, and changes in the usual type of backgrounds to conform to the story. He is the first motion picture director to stage an opera. Noel Meadow to Reissue 1932 German-Made Film NEW YORK—"Congress Dances." produced by Erich Pommer in Germany in both English and German language versions and released in the U.S. by United Artists in 1932. has been acquired for reissue by Noel Meadow. BOXOFFICE :; December 20, ISSKl t se: run will

eedej PARAMOUNT SALUTES ns tn 5l. Terry Moore and Richard Jaeckel ! as The Young Lovers— in the picture marked for every boxoffice honor in 1953... SOS in si ome Back, Little Sheba caiiestil Meet StagiDt "Miss Moore is enticing OS the student vs^hose sex curiosity is nearly er undoing. Her scenes with Jaeckel, who 1 mt i 1 is good, reflects Vouthfui impetuosity 'extremely realistically." DAILY VARIETY istor it deFilt| fet' aiiiewic- in tie P lishirSe ideiii. li: to tSe loheine"''- iestor;- 8iices,"Prets* *^ =^1 Artists 1 BURT LANCASTER • SHIRLEY BOOTH I M XldL WolllO ^lOOUCTION Come Back, Little Sheba Co-sfarring TERRY MOORE with Richard Jaeckel • Directed by Daniel Mann Screenplay by Kefti Frings • Based on the original ploy by William Inge • Produced on the stage by the Theatre Guild

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