4 years ago


I Get ready for the

I Get ready for the box-ottice power ol Marilyn Monroe in #^tc

— 'High Noon Makes Every 10 Best List So Far NEW YORK—"High Noon." Stanley Kramer's production for United Artists release, starring Gary Cooper, was the only feature to be on every "ten best" pictures of 1952 list to date. This includes four New York morning papers, the Times, the Herald Tribune, the News and the Mirror, as well as the World Telegram and the Post, evening papers, and the National Board of Review-. The Journal- American is running a 1952 "Best Movie" contest for its readers and winners will be announced late in January. CHOICE OF THE CRITICS This week the New York Film Critics voted "High Noon" the best picture of the year and Fred S. Zinnemann, who directed the film, was named best director of the year. Shirley Booth, for her role in "Come Back, Little Sheba," and Sir Ralph Richardson, for his part in "Breaking Through the Sound Barrier,' were voted best actress and actor of the year. "The Quiet Man," produced in Ireland by John Ford with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara starred, a Repubhc, was the runnerup by being mentioned by five New York papers and the National Board. "Breaking the Sound Barrier," a David Lean British made picture starring Ralph Richardson and Ann Todd, distributed in the U.S. by United Artists, was mentioned by four papers and the National Board. The pictures which were in four listings included "The Greatest Show on Earth." Cecil B. DeMille's production for Paramount release, starring James Stewart, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Dorothy Lamour and Charles Heston; "Five Fingers," 20th- Century-Fox production starring James Mason and Danielle Darrieux, and "Limelight," Charles Chaplin's production for United Artists release. Thus United Artists distributed three out of six pictures, "High Noon," "Limelight" and "Breaking the Sound Barrier," which received the most mentions on "best ten" lists for 1952. "Breaking the Sound Barrier" was also picked as the outstanding foreign picture for 1952 by the National Board. SPECIAL CINERAMA AWARD "Tills Is Cinerama" received special awards or separate mentions in every list except in the World Telegram and the Post. The World Telegram was the only paper to omit "Tlie Quiet Man." The Mii-ror listed "This Is Cinerama" among the ten best pictures, the Tribune gave it a special citation. The News called it "the most startling event in the motion picture world during 1952," the Times mentioned it, but would not consider it for "best ten" listing and the National Board gave it honorable mention because of "its contribution to the arts and techniques of the motion picture." The 1952 pictures which received three mentions out of the seven listings were: "Come Back. Little Sheba." Hal Wallis production for Paramount release; "Hans Christian Andersen." Samuel Goldwyn production for RKO release, and "Singin' In the Rain," an MGM musical. The pictures with two mentions were: "Ivanhoe" (MGM); "Viva Zapata" i20th-Fox), "The African Queen" (UA), Gary Cooper in "High Noon" "The Thief" (UA), "Carrie" (Para) and "The Man in the White Suit" (U-I). "Cry. the Beloved Country" (UA) was listed in the Times "best ten" while "The Four Poster" (Col) and "The White Line." Italian language film released by I.F.E.. were listed only in the Herald Tribune "best ten." "High Treason." a British-made film, was listed in the News "best ten." Others which had only one listing, either in the Mirror, the World Telegram or the Post, were: "Sudden Fear" (RKO I. "Dreamboat" (20th-Fox), "My Six Convicts" (Col), "We're Not Married" (20th- Fox), "Outcast of the Islands" (UA), "Walk East on Beacon" (Col), and "The Promoter" (U-I). The Herald Ti-ibune gave a special citation to "Forbidden Games," French language film distributed by Times Film Corp., the Post listed it among the best "five" of the year and the Times and the World Telegram also listed it among the best of the foreign films for 1952. "Two Cents Worth of Hope," Italian language film distributed by Times Film, was also mentioned twice. "The Young and the Damned," a Mexican picture, was also mentioned by the Post. "High Noon" ran 11 weeks at the Mayfair Theatre in Times Square, the longest run at that house in several years. 'Limelight' Due for Early Loew's Theatre Bookings NEW YORK—Charles Chaplin's "Limelight" will go into general national release on the Loew's circuit during late January and February, starting in 20 key cities. Five dates have been set for January 15 "Vendome, Nashville; Loew's, Rochester; State, Cleveland; Midland, Kansas City, and Penn, Pittsburgh. January 22—State. Norfolk; Loew's, Richmond; Loew's. Indianapolis; Loew's, Akron; Grand, Atlanta; January 28—Loew's, Canton, Ohio: January 29—State, Houston. February bookings will be in Loew's State, Syracuse; Ohio, Columbus; Loew's, Dayton; Valentine, Toledo; Victory, Evansville; Regent, Harrisburg; Colonial, Reading, and Aldine, Wilmington. Sarnoif Reports Big Increase in TV Sets NEW YORK—Television-equipped homes in the U.S. increased from 15.000.000 in 1952 to nearly 21,000,000, a gain of 40 per cent, Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff. board chairman of the Radio Corp. of America, said in a year-end statement. At mid-December, 117 TV stations were on the air and construction permits had been granted to 135 others. He said that 47 per cent of U.S. families have TV sets in thenhomes and more than 65 per cent of the population is within the range of one or more TV stations. Sarnoff said the two most significant steps in television progress during the year were the licensing of new stations, permitted by the lifting of the station freeze, and the opening of ultrahigh frequencies for broadcasting. He said that as a result new markets will be opened and that the RCA .service company will open 34 additional service branches in 1953. In the international field, RCA has supplied equipment for 15 TV stations in Canada. Brazil, Cuba, Hawaii, Dominican Republic. Mexico, Venezuela and Italy. Sarnoff called the transistor "the latest marvel of science destined to exert a profound influence on the future of electronics and communications. "He said it will enable the electronics art to expand into many new fields of science, commerce and industry." The transistor is a small particle of the metal germanium, no larger than a pinhead, which is imbedded in a plastic shell about the size of a kernel of corn. It has no heated filament, requires no warm-up period, uses little power and is rugged. It can have many applications, Sarnoff said, wherever sound amplifying equipment is used. $6,000,000 Trust Suit Filed By Graham, N. C. Couple CHARLOTTE—An action under the antitrust laws, seeking damages of $6,000,000. has been brought by Allen B. and Brona C. Thompson, husband and wife, of Graham, N. C, co-partners doing business as the Graham Theatre. Defendants are North Carolina Theatres, Wilby-Kincey Service Corp., H. F. Kincey. in charge of operations of the Paramount Wilby-Kincey theatres in North and South Carolina, the eight major film distributors and Republic. Graham was using first The complaint charges that In 1930 the runs on national release date availability, that in 1930 after North Carolina Theatres took over three in Burlmgton, N. C, only a few miles from Graham, because of combination and conspiracy to monopolize and restrain interstate commerce, the defendant distributors pre-released their films to the theatres in Burlington, and subsequently granted them 14 days clearance over the plaintiff's Graham. It also alleges injury by various other illegal practices. John Piatt Gets RCA Post CAMDEN. N. J. — John Piatt has been named manager of theatre equipment sales in the engineering products division of RCA Victor by A. R. Hopkins, general sales manager for the department. Piatt succeeds M. F. Bennett, who has joined the regional management staff. BOXOFFICE January 3, 1953 13