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. . Peter UPT Chiefs See More Striving for Quality HARTFORD—Executives of United Pai-amount Theatres declared Monday (8) that the film industry is more quality-conscious today than it has been in ten years. "There's a new feeling of optimism in Hollywood," Robert M. Weitman, vice-president of UPT. told Francis S. Murphy, editor and publisher of the Hartford Times, and other newspaper executives at an afternoon meeting at the UPT home office. "This is based not only on better industry relations, af seen in the two Hartford Times symposiums, but also in stepped-up interest on the part of top executives in better story selection, improved production techniques and the disappearance of those Doubting of a year or two ago who proclaimed that the movies were done and finished." Robert H. O'Brien, UPT secretary-treasurer, commented: "Millions of new dollars have been invested in Hollywood productions. New methods of production not only are welcomed and tried, but the production community itself ever is searching for new talent, new scripts." Both men agreed that the two sessions of film industry and newspaper personnel held by the Hartford newspaper went far in discussion of common ailments of the motion picture business as related to the press. Weitman concluded: "The production outlook for 1953 is tremendous. There are numerous musicals, dramas and comedies in various shades of color. Three-dimension motion pictures, in the Cinerama, Natural Vision and Ti-i-Opticon systems, are another indication of the new trend towards improving film production." Others attending the afternoon meeting in the Paramount building: Leonard H. Goldenson, president: Walter, vice-president and general counsel of UPT; Martin J. Mullin, president, and Harry Browning, vicepresident and district manager of New England Theatres, and David R. Daniel, general manager, and Allen M. Widem, motion picture editor of the Hartford Times. HARTFORD Mrs. Estelle Parker O'TooIe, for many years secretary to Henry L. Needles, division manager for Warner Theatres, has been discharged Irom Cedarcrest sanitarium, and returned to her Wethersfield home . . . Ralph A. Miller, an early Hollywood stunt man, was in. Miller, now traveling the world with card trick-s, doubled in the old Hollywood days for Tom Mix and Harold Lloyd. James Maloney, New Britain actor who has appeared in several Hollywood films, including "Detective Story," was en route to the Pacific as part of a USO-Camp Shows production of "Room Service." James M. Connolly Heads Theatre MOD Campaign BOSTON—James M. Connolly, branch manager for 20th-Fox, has been appointed chairman of the theatre division of the March of Dimes drive of the Suffolk county chapter. George Swartz, a former exhibitor and theatre owner, now in the insurance and real estate business, is the general chairman for Greater Boston and Charles E. James Connolly Kurtzman, northeastern division manager for Loew's Theatres, is the Suffolk County chapter chairman. The drive starts January 1 and continues through that month, with the week of January 18-24 set aside as theatre week for the March of Dimes. Many theatres in Suffolk county already have signed for audience collections, including the ATC and E. M. Loew circuits and several independents. This year the general headquarters for the MOD is at the Vendome hotel. NEW HAMPSHIRE A rthur I. Rothafel, at one time a Hollywood script writer, was married to Mrs. Hope John, advertising and promotion manager for a Laconia department store, at a recent ceremony at the home of the bride's mother in Meredith. Rothafel, who now is general manager of radio station WLNH in Laconia, is a son of the late founder of the Roxy Theatre in New York . Latchis, owner of the Latchis Theatre in Newport, is arranging a vaudeville show to be staged in connection with Newport's annual winter carnival January 30-Febru£iry 1. The old Star Theatre, Concord, will be used to house some of the offices of the state government. Lancaster, Ohio, Theatres Seek City Tax Relief LANCASTER, OHIO—Attorneys for local theatres have asked city council to repeal the municipal 3 per cent admission tax, in force for the last four years, "because of declining revenues." One theatre here has closed and two of the four remaining houses barely will break even this year, the attorneys told council. According to the city auditor, revenue from the admission tax is only a little more than half of the amount yielded when the tax was inaugurated. Council was told that 12 Ohio cities have repealed amusement taxes and that in the last two years 159 Ohio theatres have closed. Theatre Hoodlumism Draws Editorial Fire SPRINGFIELD—Rampant hoodlumism local motion picture houses has come in fo some scathing comment in the local press with one paper, the morning Union, send; a special reporter to do a survey, while evening paper, the Daily News, in a lead ei ttf Broadtas' Hei diliattontri torial, said sternly, "Teenage hoodlums halJUgiis controlled our downtown theatres lon|i enough." ,a.«inw' The Union reporter noted that the souiw lot * K up track was often drowned out by "foul ioBbK we' mouthed shouts, curses and threats also * >s Scurrilous language appeared the rule, rathe: Swl ««* than the exception, as almost every senteno a create a c shouted by the miscreants contained ai it T,te. obscene, vile or sacrilegious expression. iorilies, "It was common," the story continued, "t< SI see youngsters running over the theatn (jdcasts. chairs. They ignored the aisles. It also wa; toiler, ex common to see half a dozen children stamp aior Nitol ing wantonly on the seats and backs of chair: Sitli I in their mad, enigmatic scrambles througJ oiiliauliile the balcony." It oi The reporter said the ages of the disturbing elements ranged from 10 to 18, and thai the fact s younger children were exposed to the obscen- (iiestion to jiirisdict I any even tiastlierigl ities, and the flagrant "public petting performances" (jal that went on around them. said Iselin Said the Union story, "An usher, when informed tie present that a gang was raising a din in the 4 by tke c: ; balcony, explained it would do no good tc throw them out, week." because they'd be back next is could not I* stand s CBC, Thf There have been recent Instances where ber of priv ushers have been badly mauled by the young watiEg, he I roughnecks while trying to exercise theii 'In limited authority. Commenting on the situation, the Daily M im to 3 rijhts with News editor stated the responsibility for the behavior of children in public should have : lelewion started in the home, but added that, if this i s ordinary has been neglected, "the only immediate and effective answer to the problem is police protection. To safeguard their own property and to protect the rights of their civilized customers, theatre owners should themselvesi arrange for police guards at the theatres." It is the practice of the local theatres to hire police for this work, and the officers are: generally those who work in that capacity on their days off, while some of them are retired from the force. History of Filmdom Shown HOLLYWOOD—Honoring Samuel Goldwyn on his 40th anniversary as a producer, an oil painting showing the history of Hollywood since Goldwyn, Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse L. Lasky sr. made "The Squaw Man" was unveiled Thursday a8) at the California bank on Vine street. The bank is located where the three film pioneers lensed their film. Immediote families of entertoinment industrY employes also eligible for TB care of WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. - (tii.(orsliiP ,sstitiiwn"'' # ai i Bioin'ii I leato' He latter Ills prodnted 1 Meral aget He bill ^ on m. was divisio: FPC Gives I MOSTEEAL Mii. payable 'record Deci 'ffi company i ^inextn sde on Maic ilJiitoSLK } Ikeatres •wks, and ^-Alem %s partner ^- is the olds and Pi ^Jlthyear, MASSACHUSETTS THEATRE EQUIP. CO. 20 Piedmont St. Boston, Mass. Telephone: Liberty 2-9814 PRODUCE A BETTER LIGHT IN ANY SIZE THEATRE OR DRIVE-IN . . . MORE ECONOMICALLY! CARBONS, INC. • BOONTON, N. J. *iibiaiias( "lieloriner I'W'McDoiii '"""Stliefi: tnentovj Winces have {""shows lot ^8 BOXOFFICE :: December 27, 1952 iOXOFFiCE ::

j QUEBEC—If . . R. isiiQuebec Leader Insists ifdJOn TV Censoring Right the courts rule that provln- Mal censorship of televised films unci tcle- /Isloti shows origlnatlriR In the province Is Imconstlliitlonal. then Quebec still will have :Ialmcd a right which 11 believes to be Its >wn. Fdouard A&selln, National Union kov- •rniiifiit leader, told the legislative council. jJerlouK doubts as to the constitutionality jf the bill adopted recently by the leglsla- Ive assembly were raised when the measure iwne up for discussion in the upper house. be doubts were expressed by Jacob Nlcol. bo also sits as a Liberal senator In Ottawa. Nicol questioned whether the province ould create a censorship of a purely federal BTvice. At the present time only federal Uthoritles, through the Crown-owned Canalan Broadcasting Corp., have lelevlscd roadcasts. Hector Laferte, Liberal Opposllon leader, expressed the same views as >nator Nlcol. Such doubts did not exist for Asselin. who Bid that while it was true that, the Supreme Jourt of Canada and the privy council had ^''fteld that control of radio was a federal matthe fact .still remained that there was •'Is 10 question that movies were strictly of prov- ''^^flliclal Jurisdiction. Asselin said that while it was true that A the present time television was operated nly by the CBC, this was only incidental. le could not see courts ruling against the Quebec stand simply because it affected only he CBC. The time would come when a ^ '• kuinber of private television stations will be peratlng, he pointed out. "In any event," Asselin said, "is the provnce going to cede what it believes to be ts rights without a fight? Quebec believes yfc has the right to censor movies presented iiliij in television even as it censors movies in >tJ^he ordinajy way." The latter censorship included that of itoi^Ums produced by the National Film Board, »t! federal agency. The bill was given second and third rearing on division, that is without a recorded .Lit rote. [mflfPC Gives Extra Dividend MONTREAL — Famous Players Canadian 'orp. has declared an extra dividend of 15 lents, payable December 27 to shareholders 3f record December 12. Since December 1950 ^ this company has been paying 30 cents quar- ''* terly. An extra disbursement of 20 cents was :1 ft nade on March 22, bringing total payments praii tor 1952 to $1.60 compared with $1.20 last year. VANCOUVER . . . KU theatres are pushing Chri.nmas gift books, and reports are that sales are Alex Entwisle, now 86 and a Famous trisk . . . yers partner in a chain of Edmonton theaes. is the oldest active exhibitor in Canada, ais son and partner Arnold died recently in '^nis 58th year The University of British Columbia has opened a new 200-seat theatre m the former campus cafeteria . . . Raymond McDonald, chief provincial censor, is jWatching the fight in Quebec with the federal i^overnment over censorship of TV films. The irovinces have no power to censor films and Ive shows for television. M ARIT I M E S 'pilmlniitliin lontrsU were held on the .stages of the Strand In Sydney Mines and the Odcon In North Sydney, udjalnlng town.s on Capo Breton I.slnnd, In the "Penny Princess" contest. There were gifts of dotuited merchandise from .stores for thi winners . F. Ha/el of Port Hawkesbury Ivan L. Haley, manager of the Dundas and Mayfair Theatres, Dartmouth, N. S., who died recently. owner-manager of the Rialto at Tatamagouche and State at Port Hawkesbury, N. S., has decided to sell one and retain operation of the other. Cy Miller, originally of Toronto who recently has been on the staff of Malcolm Walker at the Gaiety, Halifax, has returned to St. John, pending another affiliation. Prior to joining the Walker staff, he was here as a salesman and later as branch manager for United Artists. While here he was active in softball. His wife is a niece of Abe Garson, operating the local Strand and Kent, and Garrick and Oxford in Halifax. Sam Babb, head booker for Franklin & Herschorn, has been devoting considerable time to photography, including enlarging, developing and printing. Lately in the vicinity of his Lancaster home, he has had excellent opportunity for reproducing work of Mother Nature on film. He has not given up his philatelic collecting . . . The drum beating talents of Tommy Gorman of Ottawa were discernable in the challenge (?) from Sonja Henie to Barbara Ann Scott for a S30.000 (?) side bet on the comparative skating merits of the two skater.-^. The contest was to have been held at St. Andrews, according to the tale from pressagentryville, but appears to have been lost in the maze of word.s. Gorman has been active in promotions of hockey, horse racing, wrestling and baseball, and he chaperoned Babe Scott when she made her first sortie into showdom, but she quit him for bigger auspices and now he's with the opposition. .\ bottle of whisky and another of rum proved the undoing of two youths, aged 17 and 18. at St John'A Nfld For «jn>* month.s, patrons of 81. J ' ! before the geiidu- • oi. the witll they erred in

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