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j *- Jerry Adams, Chief Barker of the Variety Club of Washington, Tent #11 presents a check for $2,000 to the Metropolitan Police Boys' Club in their current drive. Seen left to right are: Police Chief Robert V. Murray, Jerry Adams, Attorney General J. Howard McGrath, and Station WTOP announcer. The check was presented over TV. -* A doctor examines a glau coma patient, at the Glaucoma clinic. Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. For many years the Variety Club of Washington, Tent #11, has maintained a social worker at this clinic. / Construction work going on "* at the new Children's Hospital Washington, D. C, where the Variety Club of Washington, Tent #11, will have a $115,800 Variety Club Carter Barron «- Memorial Clinic. rf -> The isolette incubator at Georgetown University Hospital was presented by the Variety Club of Washington, Tent #11. Busy Tent No. 11—The Heart of Variety In the Worlds Capital . . .WASHINGTON, D. C. - Mrs. Mary Boe, of the Wash ington Hearing Society, accepts a IGmm. projector from Morton Gerber, Former Chief Barker, Variety Club of Washington, Tent #11, and Fred S. Kogod, Chairman of the Variety Club Welfare Committee, on September 24, 1951, at the Society's headquarters.

iEWS AND VIEWS OF THE PRODUCTION CENTER i Hollywood Office— Suite 219 at 6404 Hollywood Blvd.: Ivan Spear. Western Manager) \ 'Slooge' Press Preview Held in Los Angeles HOLLYWOOD—With Dean Mai'tin and Jerry Lewis heading a contingent of stars in person, the comedy duo's new vehicle, "The Stooge," was accorded an invitational press preview December 29 at the Academy Award Theatre. Paramount is releasing the Hal Wallis production. Employed for the occasion were sky-piercing searchlights, radio and newsreel coverage and other gala premiere trappings, with George Fenneman, network announcer, as master of ceremonies. On the guest list: Judy Garland, Loraine Day, Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Leo Durocher, Jeanne Grain, Corinne Calvet, Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Jack Benny, Mary Livingston and scores of others, in addition to the working press. Stars, civic dignitaries, socialites and movie fans turned out for the December 30 world premiere of Warners' "The Jazz Singer," starring Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee, at the Fox Beverly Theatre. A new enlarged Walker high-intensity screen and Aihcraft projection lamps were installed in the showcase for the occasion. Produced in Technicolor by Louis F. Edelman and directed by Michael Curtiz, the feature played its premiere date to a sell-out house. Its local opening will be followed Tuesday (13) by a benefit premiere for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at the Paramount in New York. To Start 'Robe' in January HOLLYWOOD—"The Robe," at long last to be converted to film through the establishment of a January starting date as a Frank Ross production at 20th-Fox, will be followed by a sequel to the Lloyd C. Douglas bestseller. The followup project, titled "The Story of Demetrios," will be filmed in Technicolor —as will "The Robe"—but at this point no castings have been made on either picture. Bernard Smith Leaves HOLLYWOOD—After a year on the lot, Bernard Smith has checked out of his berth as a Paramount producer. He did not immediately announce his future plans. Smith had been preparing "Rhapsody," which property has just been sold to MGM, and also did some preparatory work on "Babylon Revisited," on which no definite production date has been set. 'Moulin Rouge Principals Refufe Aspersions HOLLYWOOD—On the heels of wildcat picketing by individual Legionnaires at Ihe December 23 world premiere here of United Artists' "Moulin Rouge," the matter a.ssumed national stature when Allen B. Willand, director of the American Legion's Americanism division at the organization's Indianapolis headquarters, notified that the Legion "expresses disapproval" of the distribution of the film "until such time as the personnel connected with it evidence sincere cooperation with their government." About a dozen Legionnaires acted as pickets in front of the Fox Wilshire Theatre for the opening of the Jose Ferrer starrer, produced and directed in France by John Huston. Placards implied that both Ferrer and Huston have pro-Communist sympathies. Ferrer almost immediately dispatched to Lewis Gough, the Legion's national commander, a telegram affirming his "wholehearted accord" with the Legion's fight against Communism and carrying the assur- West: Al Vaughan, publicity-advertising director for Sol Lesser Productions, returned from two weeks in Chicago, where he set up exploitation campaigns for the Christmas day premiere of Lesser's Tri-Opticon threedimension films at the Telenews Theatre. * * * West: Jerry Pickman, Paramount vicepresident in charge of publicity and exploitation, checked in from New York for studio huddles, planning to remain here until after the Wednesday (7) 80th birthday fete being staged under Variety Clubs International sponsorship for Adolph Zukor, industry veteran and Paramount board chairman. West: Ellis * * * Arnall, president of the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers, is expected in at mid-month for an organizational meeting. « • « West: Producer-Director John H. Auer returned to Republic after two weeks of location shooting in Chicago on his latest venture, starring Gig Young and Mala Powers. Thrown by Legion ance that the organization "need not worry about my attitude in the future toward what the Communists are trying to do. I have made mistakes in the past but they were of the head and not of the heart." The actor at one time declared under oath, before the House Un-American Activities Committee, that he is not and never has been a member of the Communist party. Huston has never been charged with Communist leanings and has never been requested to appear before the committee. Apparently Ferrer's telegram to Gough came to the Legion's attention after Willand issued his blast against "Moulin Rouge," in which he declared the Hollywood APL Film Council is concerned "with the drift to Europe of motion picture people of questionable loyalty to produce so-called American films abroad and ship them back to the U.S. for distribution. So is the American Legion." Later, Ferrer and Huston joined with Harold Mirisch and G. Ralph Branton, associated with Britain's Romulus Films in producing "Rouge," in a statement expressing confidence that "no basic differences exist between the American Legion and ourselves on the Communist question," and that they therefore "will continue to cooperate with the Legion in their efforts to eliminate Communist influences throughout America." It was indicated that Gough, a resident of nearby Pasadena, would confer with representatives of the Ass'n of Motion Picture Pi-oducers, on both the "Moulin Rouge" situation and the general subject of weeding out industry workers who are proven to have Communist leanings. Apparently the "Moulin Rouge" picketing at the Fox Wilshire was planned only as a onenight stand, since there have been no further demon.strations since the premiere. Jack Leewood Joins Cagney HOLLYWOOD—Jack Leewood, former assistant to Robert L. Lippert of Lippert Pictures, has joined Cagney Productions as publicity coordinator on "A Lion Is in the Streets," a James Cagney starrer currently in work. It will be distributed by Warners. New Script to Columbia HOLLYWOOD—Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon have delivered "A Nice Place to Visit," an original comedy, to Columbia a* the first of a group of originals which they nave been committed to pen for the studio. BOXOFFICE :: January 3, 1953 39