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United World Halts TV

United World Halts TV Production; Screen Gems to Expand Its Activities HOLLYWOOD—Major company thinking on the subject of TV film production took diametrically opposite tacks in almost simultaneous developments involving Universal- Intenational's video subsidiary, United World Says J. V. GERBRACH Ames Operating Co. AMES Ames, Iowa Films, and the Columbia television unit, Screen Gems. A temporary production shutdown was ordered for United World while company representatives undertake a comprehensive survey of the existing market for TV fare. To date the organization has turned out 13 half-hour films in a series tagged "Tlie Fighting Man," and guarded comments by U-I spokesmen indicate that returns on the investment thus far have not been too encouraging. As a result of the hiatus, George Bole, who has been functioning as executive producer, returns to his former post as studio manager, while Mel Tucker, who joined United World some time ago as a producer, switches over to the U-I payroll in a productional capacity. At the same time Irving Briskin, vicepresident of Columbia's Screen Gems, indicated his unit will, during 1953, add one and IT IS A PLEASURE THE OPE.AH0COMPANV °«'" ^MES, IOWA (VUgMS t U' 1952 TO NOTE fXovefs^reJjf^f *^prVare "^'Tf enJoyi"|^ts en3°y^"lv,is la»e "same rare r»'- „.rcl.alS' ,s, r DIFFERENCE' possibly two new series to its slate, which now is concentrated upon the manufacture of 39 half-hour entries for the Ford Motor Co. Briskin opined that TV film-making is beneficial for major companies because it maintains employment at high levels during periods when theatrical film activity is at low ebb, and thus helps keep down overhead and operating costs. He made it clear, however, that Columbia has never considered the idea of disposing of its backlog of old theatrical fare for television, a possibility which Briskin called "the height of stupidity." Bell System Adds Three Links to TV Network NEW YORK—Three links were added December 27 to the Bell System radio-relay network, providing added facihties for television and telephone service. The American Telephone & Telegraph Co. opened an additional westbound channel between Chicago and the coast on the transcontinental route. It parallels existing radio-relay facilities which are routed to the coast via Omaha and Salt Lake City. The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. opened two additional channels, one northbound and one southbound, between Los Angeles and the San Fi-ancisco area. The former originates at Los Angeles and is routed to San Francisco via Oakland. The southbound connects Oakland with Los Angeles. Both are joined to the transcontinental route opened by the Bell System Aug. 17, 1951. During the year, 17 stations in 16 cities were joined to the Bell System radio-relay and coaxial cable network, bringing the total to 114 in 71 cities. AT&T listed the most important events it serviced during 1952 as the political conventions, the presidential election and the telecasts to theatres of the opera "Carmen." It said at the year's end the most important events it would service during January would be the four New Year's day football "bowl" games and the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower as president. note tne 1 cnara^- ^^g ''^°\^^ in ^nf .gnce. ^"t.n any other gener ^^es. °" espec^t^i; the audiei **Tclal». r--rnt^ ^^eftalnm -^ -^ lea- Tnt ««^^n\alnm «"* "°' , .^e fact tvieir g°° in this ^ jVGtc ^,^ - , are ever ,.,-

— —— — — — — — ' ' — — — — — — AT BIG TRAIMC SHOW—Tom Shearer, vice-president of the B. F. Shearer Co., (left) is shown at the company's booth the recent TESMA-TEDA trade show, at which was held in Chicago in conjunction with the Allied national convention. The background is a miniature model of the Shearer Cyclormic screen. At the right is W. A. Hodges of the Hodges Theatre Supply Co. of New Orleans. Seattle Couple in Africa Filming Wild Life Footage SEATTLE—Elma and Alfred MlUotte are shooting film for a new animal documentary for Walt Disney. The couple grew up in Seattle, attended the University of Washington and have been working for Disney for the past six years. The Millottes, who have won Academy awards for their "Seal Island" and "Beaver Valley" films, are now in Nairobi. Kenya, East Africa, where they are shooting a collection of reels on African animals. Between the two of them they undertake the duties of director, producer, cameraman, technician and cook. In a recent letter to friends here they enclosed a clipping from an East African news paper which gives an interesting account of their life in the jungle. In one incident, while looking for elephants, they counted 350 of the huge beasts milling around their truck, which did double duty as a home and studio. The next night, feeling it might be safer up a tree, they built a platform from which they could photograph the herds. But so many elephants collected around the tree that they had to spend 24 hours in their perch before the beasts would move far enough away to permit them a safe descent. Another time, relates the article, they caught an intimate moment in the life of the elephant when a baby fell into a hole and they were able to photograph its rescue by an anxious mother and sister. They also photographed several elephants swimming—proving a point oft discussed. All animals come under their skilled cameras. Unexpected luck with lions and babboons will probably lead to films concentrating on the life of these animals. Birds and in ects—even grasshopper swarms—appear on their film. The Millotte's expect to spend two years to complete shooting for their assignment, which is to make three or four animal feature films. Records Fall as New Picfures Pull In Patrons During Last Week of '52 LOS ANGELES—Records toppled like tenpins as a precedentially strong array of new features brightened the local first run rialto during 1952's last week. Outstanding were "Hans Christian Andersen" at 350 per cent; "The Star" at 325, and "Moulin Rouge" at 280, while business otherwise was generally far above average. (Average Is 100) Beverly Canon The Member ot the Wedding (Col), advanced prices '75 Chinese, Los Angeles, Loyola, Uptown Pony Soldier (20th-Fox) _ 85 Downtown Paramount Sl«y Full of Moon (MGM) plus Liberace on stage 210 . Hollywood Paramount, Orpheum, Manchester, Picwood, Goge Dnve-ln, El Monte Drive-ln, Van Nuys' Drive-ln Rood fo Boli (Para) 190 Egyptian State Million Dollar Mermaid (MGM).. 160 Four Star The Star (2tOh-Fox), odvonced prices. .325 Fox Ritz My Cousin Rochel (20th-Fox), advanced prices Fox Wilshire Moulin Rouge (UA), advanced prices 280 Fine Arts Come Bock, Little Shebo (Paro), advanced prices - . .225 HowOM Cleopotro (Para), reissue; Sudan (Realart), 2nd wk '5 Hillstreet, Pontages Blockbeord the Pirate (RKO); The Maverick ( AA) 1 25 United Artists, Vogue The Bad and the Beautiful (MGM) 225 Warners Beverly Hans Christian Andersen (RKO), '^ advanced prices ' Warners Downtown, Hollywood, Wiltern Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (WB) 110 'Forever' and 'Bali' Hit 150 In Improved Denver Week DENVER—Local first run grosses improved greatly last week. Top hits of the week were "Road to Bali" and "Stars and Stripes For- CANNED GOODS DRIVE—Each year J. J. Parker's Broadway theatre aids the Portland police department's Sunshine department by staging a special show with admittance price a mere two cans of food. Here's a part of the several tons of canned goods taken in. The picture was Universal's "It Grows on Trees." The kiddies are helping one of the department's lieutenants check "tickets." The canned foods went into Christmas baskets distributed to needy families Christmas day. ever," both reaching 150 per cent. "Million Dollar Mermaid" collected 135 at the Broadway. Aladdin, Tobor, Webber Against All Flogs (U-l); The Maverick ( AA) 1 00 Broodwoy Million Dollar Mermaid (MGM) 135 Dcnhom Road to Bali (Para) 150 Denver, Esquire Stars and Stripes Forever (20th- Fox); Toughest Man in Arizona (Rep) 150 Orpheum— Ruby Gentry (20th-Fox); Captive Women (RKO) 90 Poramount Abbott ond Costello Meet Captain Kidd (WB), Mother Wore Tights (20th-Fox), reissue 115 Vogue Great Expectations (Allied Films), reissue 75 World Miss Julie (Trans-Global) 120 Portland Grosses Improve; •Bali' Leads With 150 PORTLAND—Boxoffice business improved over the Christmas holiday. At J. J. Parker's United Artists Theatre, "Road to Bali" lead with 150 per cent. Paramount Montono Belle (RKO) 1 20 Orpheum Stors and Stripes Forever (20th-Fox) . . 1 40 Orientol Stors ond Stripes Forever Moyfoir My Pol Gus i20th-Fox) 1 40 120 (20th-Fox) . . . United Artists Rood to Bole (Pora) 1 50 Broadway Against All Flogs (U-l) 120 Liberty Under the Red Sea (RKO) 90 Roxy Limelight (UA) 140 "Stars and Stripes' Takes Honors In Seattle With 120 SEATTLE—First runs hit new attendance lows here. Blue Mouse Outpost in Malaya (UA), 2nd wk.. . . 70 Coliseum The Ring (UA); Tromba, the Tiger Man (LP) 80 Fifth Avenue Stars and Stripes Forever (20th- Fox); Bomba and the Jungle Girl (AA) 120 Liberty Plymouth Adventure (MGM); Apache War Smoke (MGM), 3rd wk 85 Music Box— The Iron Mistress (WB), 4th wk 80 Music Hall Against All Flogs (20th-Fox) 95 Orpheum The Black Costle (U-l); The Raiders (U-l) 80 Paramount My Pal Gus (20th-Fox); The Maverick (AA), 2nd wk 60 "Bwona Devil' Debut in 'Frisco Scores 200 Per Cent SAN FRANCISCO—Arch Oboler's "Bwana Devil" opened at the St. Francis Theatre to the neat tune of 200 per cent. Fox—Stars and Stripes Forever (20th-Fox); Never Take No for an Answer (Souvaine) 120 Golden Gate Blockbeord the Pirate (RKO) 110 Loew's Worfield Apache Wor Smoke (MGM).... 75 Orpheum The Pathfinder (Col); Yukon Gold (AA) 50 Paramount Abbott ond Costello Meet Cootoin Kidd (WB) 90 St. Francis Bwono Devil (Oboler) 200 United Artists Invosion, U.S.A. (Col), 2nd wk, . . 45 Jr PLAY SAFE... NEXT TINE VSE ^g ea//or f 1327 S. WABASH AVE, CHICAQO S30 NINTH AVENUE. NEW YORK DENVER SHIPPING & INSPECTION ., Denver Colo. 2118 Stout St WYCOFF PRODUCE A BETTER LIGHT IN ANY SIZE THEATRE OR DRIVE-IN . . . MORE ECONOMICALLY! CARBONS, INC. • BOONTON, N. J. BOXOFFICE :: January 3, 1953 45