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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

[ STUDIO PERSONNELITIES

[ STUDIO PERSONNELITIES Barnstormers Columbia GENE AUTRY checked in after o three-week personal appeoronce tour, during which he covered 20 cities in 13 stotes. Briefies Columbia Producer-Director Jules White gunned "A Pair of Sneakers," o two-reel comedy starring Welly Vernon and Eddie Quillon. Felix Adier wrote the script. Cleffers Allied Artists "White Lightning" will be scored by MARLIN SKILES. Warners RAOUL KRAUSHAAR wos set as musical director on "The Blue Gardenio," which is being produced independently by Alex Gottlieb. Meggers Columbia "The Infinite Woman," Edison Morshall's fict ionized biography of Lola Montez, has been assigned to ROBERT ARTHUR to produce. WILLIAM FADIMAN was handed the production reins on "The Franz Liszt Story/' celluloid biogrophy of the pianist-composer. Metro "The Ruth Etting Story," based on the career of the nightclub ond recording singer, will be produced by JOE PASTERNAK. 20th Century-Fox ROBERT BASSLER is readying "The Twelve Mile Reef," a story of sponge-diving off the Florida coast, for a February start. The script is by A. t. Bezzerides. Options Allied Artists Set for one of the femme toplines in "Jclopy," Producer Ben Schwalb's new Bowery Boys comedy, was MONA KNOX. The megophonist is William Beaudine. Columbia TOMMY FARRELL was signed for "49 Men." Producer Sam Katzmon booked SUZANNE DALBERT to portray the femme heavy in the picture which stars John Ireland and Richord Denning under the direction of Fred F. Scars. Independent Wisberg-Pollexfen Productions signed ROBERT SHAYNE and DORIS MERRICK for the top roles in "The Neonderthal Man," a science-fiction melodramo, which is being directed by E. A, Dupont. Universal-International Cast as Barbara Stanwyck's daughter in "You Belong to Me," the Ross Hunter production, was LORI NELSON. The romontic drama will be megged by Douglos Sirk. Little theatre actor STUART WHITMAN, signed to a term pact, will moke his film bow in the Victor Mature-Mori Blonchord vehicle, "Prince of Bagdad." George Shermon is directing the Albert J. Cohen production. Warners FRANK FERGUSON was signed for o character part in the Kathryn Grayson starrer, "The Grace Moore Story," which Gordon Douglos is megging for Producer Henry Blonke. Scripters Columbia MICHAEL BLANKFORT is penning "River of the Sun," from Jomes Romsey Ullmon's adventure novel for Producer William Fadimon. "The Circle of the Day," from the novel by Helen Howe, will be screenplayed by JAY DRATLER as o Willifirn Fadiman production. Biographer IRVING STONE was togged to write 'ho screenplay of "The Life of Cosonovo," upcoming Villiotn Fadiman production. -'' ' mmond," the Kenneth Garnet original, n-d for Producer Lewis J. Rachmil by Story Buys Columbia Film rights to the Emile Zolo novel, "The Human Beast," were acquired and the property has been bonded to Lewis J. Rachmil to produce. "High Commond," on adventure story about Canadian bush pilots by Kenneth Gomef, was acquired and added to Lewis J. Rachmil's production docket. Metro Acquired and added to Producer Jock Cummings' slote was "The Tea House of the August Moon," a best-seller by Vern Sneider. It deals with the experiences of on ormy captoin assigned to rehabilitate a war-torn Okinowon village. 20th Century-Fox "Be Prepared," a humorous tome by Rice E. Cochrane, was purchased and assigned to Leonard Goldstein to produce. Warners The independent unit headed by John Wayne and Robert Fellows purchased "Island in the Sky," o novel by Ernest K. Gonns, and inked William A. Wellman to direct the action dromo. Technically Metro "All the Brothers Were Valiant" will be photographed by GEORGE FOLSEY. Warners "Calamity Jane" will be photographed by WILFRID CLINE. DON PAGE will be the assistant director on "Blowing Wild." Title Changes Columbia "The Velvet Coge" to PROBLEM GIRLS. Universal-Internalional "Wings of the Vulture" to WINGS OF THE HAWK. Stolkin, Corwin, Burke No Longer in Gamble Co. WASHINGTON—The FCC Tuesday (9) decided that Ted Gamble's Mount Hood Radio and Television could amend its application for a Portland, Ore., television channel to show that Ralph Stolkin. Sherrill Corwin and Edward G. Burke jr. had sold out their interest in the company. This reversed the decision of the hearing examiner, who held that the application could not be amended because the deadline for amendments had been passed. Stolkin. Corwin and Burke, between them, owned 43 per cent of Mount Hood's stock, the same percentage as that owned by Gamble. The Stolkin-Corwin-Burke stock was sold to about 30 employes of Portland radio station KOIN. operated by Mount Hood. Mount Hood is competing for a Portland television channel with the company which operates radio station KGW in that city. Hearings, postponed because of the wrangle over amendment of the application, were scheduled to be resumed on Wednesday (10). but a further postponement was certain. 'Stooge' Set for New Year's HOLLYWOOD—"The Stooge," the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy produced for Paramount release by Hal Wallis, will be the piece de resistance at special New Year's eve shows scheduled at seven local theatres the Orpheum. downtown; the Hawaii, Hollywood; Crown. Pa.sadena; Picwood and Manchester. Inglewood. and the Gage and Van Nuys drive-ins. Party Given for 65 Ready To Leave on GI Tours HOLLYWOOD—Film and radio persona; I j , ities making overseas trips to entertain G]' '' during the Christmas-New Year's seaso: joined military brass, leaders of charitabli and civic organizatioras and state, county anj city government officials Thursday (18) at I goingaway luncheon at the California Nb' tional Guard armory in Culver City. ; With George Murphy, president of tfcj Hollywood Coordinating committee, as chair] man, speakers included Dore Schary, MGI production chief; James F. Sauter, presider of USO-Camp Shows. New York, and. froi. Washington. Col. Raymond F. Stone, chief c special services, representing the army's adju. tant general and Brig. -Gen. Frank Dori| deputy chief of information. , Luncheon was prepared and served by arm, ^ personnel from mobile field kitchens fror] li Ft. Mac Arthur. The 48 volunteer stars and Ij 4 musicians who will carry yuletide greeting, to military personnel stationed and hospjj talized overseas is the largest project of it; kind yet organized by the committee in coj operation with the Department of Defens(j USO-Camp Shows, army special services an^ the army air force. They took off by plan' Friday il9i for Korea, Alaska, the Caribbea, and the Greenland-Newfoundland area. ; West: Producer Fred Brisson of Independi ent Ai'tists, accompanied by publicist Ph Gersdorf. returned from a month in Ne^ York and Washington, where they draft plans for the premiere of "Never Wave at i WAC." being released by RKO. to be stag" late in January in the nation's capital. • • * West: Francis M. Winikus, United Artist advertising-exploitation director, was pected in from New York for huddles wiC various members of the UA production fam'j ily. • • • West: Harry Cohn. president of Colum^ bia. planed out for Honolulu to check pr posed location sites for the upcoming fl' version of "Prom Here to Eternity." • • • West: Steve Broidy. president of Allie Artists, returned from Chicago, where he at tended a COMPO session. • • • East: Walter Lantz, cartoon producejj trained for New York for parleys with tJhome office executives on his 1953 prograiril He'll also talk with officials of Coca-Cola".j export division on a series of two-mlnut Technicolor commercial cartoons, which dubbed into several languages. • « • East: Charles Amory, vice-president 111 charge of west coast sales for Pat he Labora

' ' ' DENVER—The ours lOtSlayii;,' *n Ciii reselling Salter, fs, M, iti F. Stone i : the am;, in. ftan :• lisenedb;; M kitte Meet star: s fuletide fiR oned and _ (St projf!! comniittee ment of t: «tial sem:> tool! Olt ii -., kllliefc: Btodo: ' I Mie iiOD of Inc:; by piiWicL':' a month ': leie they i.' "Never 'Hk W, to be . ion's capK ) vice-presiK t for El ?-^ s at Ft. b: 1 ne» war ;: UnitM 1 ]is, » irector, for 1 prodiici;' tsident of C- uliitothitM lie upconm? ^ Eternity-" ). where f cartoon ijls les ?' parleys ''^ ..rfnonS, of Coti of tw»-' wii" that usually get their entertainment elsewhere. Ui- vite-P"- forPatln''' orlfort*' dent of *f:" (isssu's"'^ Opera TV at Denver 'Great Experiment' Initial .showlnR of Rrnnd operu on large-screen television took place there lit the Punimount last week when "Ciirmen" was taken off the mlcro-wiive as It jwBS being produced by the Metropolitan Opera Co. In New York, and the result was satisfying. The house clo.sed all day. opening at 5 for free coffee and sandwiches, which were served until the start of the opera, 6:30 Denver time. Prices were $2.40. )|3.60 and $4.80. and the hou.se gro.s.sed about !$3,500. with half going to the arranging company, which In turn will settle with the opera company. The house placed 1,800 seats on i sale. Patrons were generally satisfied with the show. Many of them hunted out John Wolfberg, general manager of the Wolfberg Tlieatns, owners of the Paramount, and told him they would be back for the next opera showing, and wanted to know when It would jbe. The sound was all that could be asked, •the closeups were fine, but the long shots left something to be desired, but still good enough to satisfy all but the most critical. Wolfberg envisions the event as opening up an entire new field for the motion picture theatre, and an experiment that might very well be the very means to get people into the film houses for pictures, people Dec. 23 Deadline Is Set By Booth Local No. 150 LOS ANGELES—A Tuesday (23i deadline has been set by the lATSE projectionists ILocal 150 in its dispute with operators of the 24 drive-ins in this territory over the ilocal's request that iw-o men be employed in a booth during first run engagements, ner owners have been notified that if ement is not reached by that time a Ikout will be called. Such notification ame from the local's strike committee, leaded by John Maynard, Charles Venclll .d George Schaffer. barter Port Hueneme Firm To Rebuild Burned House PORT HUENEME, CALIF.—Capitalized at 150,000. the Melody Theatre, Inc.. ha.s been tormed by Melvyn C. Kennedy. Floyd H. Edgton, Percy E. Smith, William Shoemaker id Ralph McKeehan. and state approval being sought to sell 5,000 shares of stock ; a par value of $10 a share. The company was organized to rebuild the felody Theatre here, which was gutted by toe in 1950. Flat Top' Trailers on TV DENVER—For the first time. Fox Intermountain Theatres is using television trailrs in promotion of "Flat Top," Allied Artists release in color, which opened at the Denver ind Esquire theatres. Charles Duer, AA manager here, obtained full United States navy ooperation in exploiting the opening. Amusement industry employes from oil the 48 tates admitted at no cost tor TB core at WILL tOGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. 80XOFFICE :: December 20, 1952 THK mountain labored and brought forth statu.s quo— and Howard HuKhen. For two to three wpek.H, Perry Lleber and his studio publicity .staff had been under orders to ".stand by" to .service a bored prcM and a far-from-breathlp.s.s public with news about the future ownership and operatlon-s of RKO Rodlo. Then, at long laat. came the momentous announcement. Out of the welter of rumors, huddles, minority stockholders suit.s. charges and counter-charges, appointments and quick resignations came that colassal manifesto, and revealed that the status of the time-honored company would be pretty much the .same as that which prevailed before the widely publicized .sale by Hughes of his controlling interest to the group, headed by Ralph Stolkln. The meat of the communique was to the effect that four new directors had been elected to the RKO board, including Hughes himself; Noah Dietrich, executive vice-president and a director of the Hughes Tool Co., a director of Trans World Airlines, Inc., the National Bank of Commerce of Houston, Texas, and a member of the University of Notre Dame's advisory board: J. Miller Walker, who has been with RKO in various capacities for 21 years, including posts as vice-president, general counsel and director; and Maurice H. Bent, a senior partner in the investment firm of Merrill Lynch, Pierce. Fenner and Beane. Remaining on the board —as the only member who was on the directorate set up by the Stolkin interests— is Edward G. Burke jr. From which it is patent that Hughes and his henchmen are firmly re-seated in the saddle. True, the Stolkin group still has its dollars invested in the outfit, but apparently will have little voice in planning its future. At the time when Hughes, last September, first announced disposal of his RKO control, the move was acclaimed in virtually every quarter as one that probably would benefit the company, its exhibitor customers and the motion picture industry as a whole. That was because of the doldrums of inactivity, uncertainty and damaging litigation and pubhc relations into which the firm had descended during the latter days of Hughes' generalship. Consensus opinion held that RKO had no place to go but up. But that was before the Wall Street Journal launched its sensational expose of certain memt)ers of the Stolkin syndicate and the sources of their opulence. Then the idea began to grow that, perhaps, the no-place-but-up starting line had been too optimistically drawn. Certainly the weeks of bickering and neartotal inactivity did nothing to improve RKO's already shaky position. But with industry-characteristic malicetoward-none attitude, those nightmarish days are down the river. RKO Radio can again regain the proud and respected place it once occupied among major fabricators and distributors of motion pictures. In their frombehind-the-goal-line start, the members of the skeletonized organization have one powerful as.set, an impressive lineup of potentially profitable pictures—Including Samuel Goldwyn's "Hanx ChrtxtUn Andcm^n," Walt DUney's new featu "Prtrr Pan," Edmund ( ird. the Pirate." Independ' Uu-ultiid RuMctl topllner. "Never V. . WAr " a pair of Jean Slmmoiii st.ii.-tr., '*" and "Beautiful But Dungrroas. .n Hartford's "Face to Face." "Jet Pilot, ullh John Wayne and Jonet Leigh, "Thr Hra Around Us," a documentary, and tiict from other source.s. But t;. .ong maintain the march toward .solid pay dirt Thot win need money, manpower, slclltul production, .smart advertising and publicity, all in generous and Immediate quantities. Hughes and hU aa.soclate» are In a pasltton to make them available For the good of all concerned, let It be hoped that they will. Kvrr since the clays of "The flrrat Train RobbIary Had a Little." Rosen's disclosure commanded considerable if lurid—attention in the lay prevs, including his warning th.it such film names as Marilyn Monroe and I^na Turner "will have to look to their laurels a.s far as sex goes— and with Christine It goes plenty far." Aa qunte