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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

Zukor Birthday Plans Set

Zukor Birthday Plans Set by Executives Among top industry executives laying plans for Variety Clubs International's Adolph Zukor 80th birthday dinner, to be held in Los Angeles January 7, were (from left) Charles P. Skouras, National Theatres and Fox West Coast president, who is chairman of the arrangements committee; R. P. O'Donnell, Texas circuit operator; Y. Frank Freeman, Paramount vice-president, and Herbert J. Yates, president of RepubUc. They and many other industry leaders attended a recent luncheon in HoUywood at which arrangements for the Zukor event were discussed. HOLLYWOOD—Complete and enthusiastic support of and cooperation with the Adolph Zukor 80th birthday dinner celebration, spon- .•!ored by Variety Clubs International and to be held here January 7, was forthcoming from production, distribution and exhibition representatives who attended a planning session last week called by Charles P. Skouras. National Theatres and Fox West Coast president and chairman of the dinner event. Committee members named to assist Skouras include Steve Broidy, Harry Cohn, Sherrill Corwin, Depinet, Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, Freeman, William Goetz, Samuel Goldwyn, Don Hartman, Kahane, Lasky, Sol Les.ser, Louis B. Mayer, Dore Schary, Joseph M. Schenck, Sidney, Edward Small, Leo Spitz, Welter Wanger, Harry and Jack Warner, Yates, Darryl F. Zanuck and Eugene Zukor, Sidney and Lasky are co-chairmen in charge of tlie program and entertainment; Lieber heads the general arrangements committee, which comprises Harry Brand, Carle, Evelove, Gross, Horwits, Lait, Strickling and Wales. Lou Smith is acting as coordinator of all activities. R. J. O'Donnell. Variety's international chairman, came from Dallas especially to participate in the meeting, which also was attended by Ned E. Depinet, Y. Frank Freeman, Ross Hastings, B. B. Kahane, Je-sse L. La,sky, Robert L. Lippert, Robert Newman, L. K. Sidney, Jack L. Warner. Herbert J. Yates, William Saal, Eugene Zukor, Mort BUimenstock, Teet Carle, Alex Evelove, Mickey Grcss, Al Horwits, Al Kaufman, Perry Lieber, George Lait, Joe Reddy, Thornton Sargent, Howard Strickling, Lou Smith, Clark Wales and Gabe York. They represent a cross-section of major studio executives, COMPO, leading Independent producers and the Ass'n of Motion Picture Producers. O'Donnell emphasized that during the months of January, February and March Zukor "no longer belongs solely to Paramount but to the industry as a whole," while Skouras stressed that "if it were not for the genius and vision of this great man there might not be movie stars nor marquees to hang their names on today." The bi:-thday dinner here will be the start of Variety Clubs International's Adolph Zukor Golden Jubilee celebration, which will culminate March 4 in New York. The local banquet, which will be attended by civic leaders and heads of other industries as well as by motion picture luminaries, wUl be held at the Ambassador hotel. Prior to the meeting conducted by Skouras, an offer by A. W. Schwalberg, president of the Paramount Film Distributing Corp., to have Paramount Pictures host the dinner event was accepted. O'Donnell approached Paramount on the basis that the celebration could be "the most exciting and still dignified event that could possibly be thought of for the over-all good of the industry," and said Paramount would be "selfish" if it made it only a company activity. O'Donnell told Paramount that "certainly no one approached him m years of .service, and no one else can be called 'Mr. Motion Pictures'." "The life of Adolph Zukor," O'Donnell said, "is an example of the American dream fulfilled. Coming to America from his native Hungary as a poor boy, he not only raised himself to a position of honor but in doing so built an industry which has carried the ideals of his adopted country all over the world. His life is a saga of Americanism at its best, and I can think of nothing more worthwhile for our industry than to hold him up as a shining example of what this business stands for." The Zukors have two children, Eugene J. Zukor, an executive at the Paramount studio, and Mrs. Mildred Zukor Loew. There are four grandsons and one granddaughter. Coplan, Gould Form Distribution Firm NEW YORK—International-United Proj ductions. Inc., a new company for the dis! tribution of foreign-made pictures in Engl lish dialog, has been organized by Davii Coplan and Walter Gould, both former]| associated with United Artists. Coplan wii be president and Gould executive vice-pres: dent. International-United will release 12 pic| tures during 1953, all but one of which completed. The first five pictures, which wil be available for distribution February 1.1 are: "Black Eagle," a Franco-Italy pre duction, starring Rossano Brazzi and Mart Canale; "Kill Him For Me," produced i| Mexico starring Arturo de Cordova an: Leticia Palma; "Swords of Musketeers," prcj duced in Italy, with Maria Canale and Pettj Trent; "City of Violence," produced in Ital;] starring Maria Montez and Alan Curtis, ani "The Captain's Wife," produced in Ital; starring Anne Vernon and Rossano Brazzj The other completed pictures are: "Tt* Pirate Prince," produced in Italy, starric! Vittorio Gassman and Milly Vitale; "Higl Tension," produced by Terra Film in Swede, starring Signe Hasso and Alf Kjellin; "Itj Strange Case of Man and Beast," a ne, production of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dj Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; "The Wicked Lad' Anne," a Franco-Italy production based o the Alexander Dumas story, starring Rossar' Brazzi and Yvette Lebon; "The Prisoner i: Venice," produced in Venice; "Son of ttj Hunchback," produced in Italy, starrir| Rossano Brazzi and Milly Vitale, and " Tfj Man in the Red Mask," now being complett' in France and Italy. I Coplan participated in the financing i\ several of these pictures through Europeaj companies with which he is affiliated, iii eluding Svenks Filmindustri, Terra Film ar' Cinag. Some of the pictures were product, in both Italian and English, others wer dubbed in England or the U. S. i Other officers and directors of Interni! tional-United wiU be announced shortl; Coplan said. The company will dlstribuJ the pictures nationally, either through li dependent exchanges or by setting up ta' city offices. Al Margolies is handling a(i vertising, publicity and exploitation can paigns on these releases. Coplan plans to leave for Europe month to line up the releases for 195! Several ai-e already in production, he said. UA to Distribute Three Features in January NEW YORK—United Artists will dijj tribute three features during January, ll| eluding the general release of "Kansas CM| Confidential," according to William J. HellUfl man, vice-president in charge of dlstrlbi)]] tion. "Kansas City Confidential," an Edwail Small production starring John Payne anl Coleen Gray, which was prereleased In N(| vember, goes into general release Januail 16. "Guerilla Girl," produced and directed l| John Christian, which stars Helmut Dar tine and introduces Mariana in the tit) role, will be released January 23. "Luxuij Girls," filmed on location in Europe wit Susan Stephen, Jacques Sernas and Laurencl ' Ward, will be released January 30. 28 BOXOFFICE :: December 20, 195 j

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