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Boxoffice-January.10.1953

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However, — The EXHIBITOR HAS HIS SAY (Continued from preceding pa«e) S. Klein, Astra Theatre, Kitwe-Nkana, Northem Rhodesia. Africa. Government, mining and business patronage. Blue Veil, The (RKO) — Jane Wyman. Charle-s Laughton. Joan Blondell. This is an excellent drama that brought forth a few tears. Our patrons were well pleased and a.sked for more like it. Played Sat., Sun.— C. E. Bermewitz, Royal Theatre. Royalton, Minn. Small-town and rural patronage. Drums In the Deep South (RKO)—James Craig, Barbara Payton, Guy Madison. This was very well received. Crowds and all comments were favorable. It was worth the playing time. Played Mon., Tues., Wed. Weather: Clear and cool.—Tom Hetherington, Musicland Theatre, Kaslo, B. C. Small-town and rural patronage. Tembo (RKO 1—Expeditionary crew and natives. All I can say is that if anyone doesn't see this wild animal picture in color of Howai-d Hill using only a bow and arrow, he will miss a good show. Comment and draw were both good here. Played Fri.. Sat. Weather: Cold.—L. Brazil jr.. New Theatre, Bearden, Ark. Small-town and nu-al patronage. Thing From Another World, The (RKO)— Kermeth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Young. It's old as the hills but they still have all the "scare" in it and you'll do outstanding business on a poor change. When the Thing made his first appearance it was every man for himself if you were standing in the aisle and the little guys sitting down front almost tore the backs off the seats as they headed for the security of mama's lap. Those who ventured in by themselves bought a lot of popcorn every time the Thing came on the screen. We had to escort some of them home. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Windy.—Bob Walker, Uintah Theatre, Fruita, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. REPUBLIC Mountain Rhythm (Rep)—Reissue. Leon Good Weaver, Frank Weaver, June Weaver. little reissue. If your folks go for "com" play this with a weak "A" feature and satisfy your patrons. Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Fair.— George Kelloff, Ute Theatre, Aguilar. Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. Woman of the North Country (Rep)—Ruth Hussey, Rod Cameron, John Agar. Believe the action fans were well pleased. Heard no kicks. The story, at least, was different. Can't say I like Ti-ucolor. Played Tues., Wed. Weather: O. K.—Frank E. Sabin, Majestic Theatre, Eureka. Mont. Small-town and rural patronage. 20th CENTURY-FOX Belles on Their Toes (20th-Fox)—Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy, Debra Paget. We had the African premiere for this one and they don't come any more delightful. Packed houses applauded this excellent Technicolor film that 20th-Fox does so well. We all would like to see more of these films with that splendid cast. Play it—you will do very good business in any situation. Played Thurs., Fri., Sat. Weather: Fine.—Dave S. Klein, Astra Theatre, Kitwe-Nkana, Africa. Government, mining and business patronage. Diplomatic Courier (20th-Fox) — Tyrone Power, Hildegarde Neff, Stephen McNally. Another one from Fox that you do not have to be afraid of. But, I'm sorry to say that business was just average. Play it. Played Thurs.. Fri., Sat. Weather: Rain.—Harold Bell. Opera House Theatre, Coaticook, Que. Small-town and rural patronage. Dreamboat (20th-Fox) — Clifton Webb. Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis. Pretty good program but nothing big about it. Business was below average. Played midweek.—D. B. Fiske, Fi.ske Theatre, Oak Grove, La. Also Lake and Lake Drive-In, Lake Providence, La. Small-town and rural patronage. Lure of the Wilderness (20th-Fox) — Jean V Peters. Jeffrey Hunter, Walter Brennan. Everything about this one is tops. Comments good and it had a fair draw. I think it would have done better had I not played it so late. It had already played around me. This was my fault though as I pulled my early date to play another big pictiu-e. Played Tues., Wed. Weather: O.K.—Lloyd Hutchins, Center Theatre. Kensett, Ark. Riu-al patronage. Pony Soldier (20th -Fox)—Tyrone Power, Cameron Mitchell, Thomas Gomez. Technicolor a big asset. Exploited as a Northwest Mounted Police picture. Business was good. Played Tues., through Tues. Weather: Cold with some snow.—Richard D. Empey, Granada Theatre, Duluth, Minn. General average city patronage. Pride of St. Louis, The (20th-Fox)—We played this one late, but people were asking for it, .so we decided "better late than never." They Liked This One In Bearden f-«ARBINE \\TLLIAMS (MGM) Barnes ^ Stewart, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen. A true picture about a man who was put in prison for using a gun and got out by using a gun! Should have an award as one of the best pictures of the year. Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Cold.—L. Brazil jr.. New Theatre, Bearden, Ark. Small-town and rural patronage. It is hard to judge the merits of a picture at a time like this. As our minister said only yesterday, "These are not normal times." this is all beside How right he was ! the point. The picture is good—very good and should draw wherever there are baseball fans—everywhere! Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Cold !—Marcella Smith, Vinton Theatre, McArthm-. Ohio. Small-town and rural patronage. UNITED ARTISTS Second Woman, The (UA)—(Released in Africa under the title "Ellen.") Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton. Quite a nice suspenseful movie. Nothing great, but good entertainment. Star value here with good performances. Might be too heavy for really small towns. Played Fi-i., Sat. Weather: Fine.—Dave S. Klein, Astra Theatre, Kitwe- Nkana, Northern Rhodesia. Africa. Government, mining and business patronage. Two Gals and a Guy (UA)—Robert Alda, Janis Paige. James Gleason. This is just the kind of stuff that is keeping people sitting by their TV sets. This is terrible—no story, no acting, nothing. They build the Three Sons in the trailer, and they do play a numberno, I guess they start several, but they never get through the first line of the music. That is a shame because there is a bare possibility they could have saved the picture. Played Suii.. Mon. (double bill). Weather: Rain.— Lloyd Hutchins. Center Theatre, Kensett, Ark. Riu-al patronage. UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL Blue Lagoon, The lU-D—Jean Simmons. Donald Houston. Noel Purcell. In my opinion this is one of the best pictm-es ever to hit my screen. We packed them in at all performances and everybody was happy—including me. Played Thurs.. Fri., Sat. Weather: Rain. —Tom Hetherington, Musicland Theatre, Kaslo, B. C. Small-town and rural patronage. Groom Wore Spurs, The (U-D—Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Joan Davis. This comfortable little laugh-getter seemed to please most of those who took a chance and. when we got through balancing the expense sheet, we had just nosed over out of the pink. It's worth a date if you haven't a lot of highpowered product in a backlog. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Nice.—Bob Walker, Uintah Tlieatre. Fruita, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. Just Across the Street (U-I)—Ann Sheridan,. John Lund, Robert Keith. Another great one from Universal. Boy, when it comes to giving out a good all-round family comedy just leave it to Universal. We had very good crowds every night we played this one. If you haven't played it yet I would suggest you take it. Played Mon.. Tues., Wed. Weather: Wet.—Tom Hetherington, Musicland Theatre, Kaslo, B. C. Small-town and rural patronage. Lady From Texas (U-I)—Josephine Hull, Howard Duff. Mona Freeman. This one surprised me. It was so good I was sorry I double billed it on a Friday-Saturday. Jasephine Hull stole the pictiu-e—or perhaps she was supposed to? Anyhow, one could tell she had been in the legitimate theatre (why do they call it legitimate?) as her acting was certainly smoother than the rest of the cast. I hope she will appear in future pictures. Don't pass this one up if you are looking for a good comedy. Weather: Just weather.—Marcella Smith, Vinton Theatre, McArthur, Ohio. Small-town and rural patronage. WARNER BROS. Bugles in the Afternoon (WB)-Ray Milland. Helena Carter, Hugh Marlowe. Have been playing too many of these cavalry pictures lately, especially as the other exhibitor in om- town is giving his shirt away to get business. Played Thiu-s., Fri. Sat.—Harold Bell, Opera House Theatre. Coaticook, Que. Small-town and rural patronage. I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (WB)— Prank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey. Too bad so few showed up. This is a fine show that all adults and teenagers should see. Well made. A gripping story. Played Tues.. Wed.—Fi-ank E. Sabin, Majestic Theatre, Eureka, Mont. Small-town and rural patronage. She's Working Her Way Through College I WBi—Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan, Gene Nel.son. Good musical comedy that did above average business. All comments favorable. Should please everyone. Played Midweek. Weather: Good.—D. B. Fiske, Fiske Theatre, Oak Grove, La. Also Lake and Lake Drive- In, Lake Providence, La. Small-town and rural patronage. Where's Charley? (WB)—Ray Bolger, Allyn McLerie, Robert Shackleton. A nice film that did average business. This one is a little on the English side which might not help .some of you. Played Thurs., Fri.. Sat. Weather: Rain.—Harold Bell, Opera House Theatre, Coaticook, Que. Small-town and rural patronage. White Heat (WB)—James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien. There is just no stopping James Cagney in this crime-thriller. Plenty of action, gun battles and just a dash of savage love with Virginia Mayo as the moll-gal. Warner's trailer is a ticket seller. Played Sim., Mon. Weather: Cool and fair. —James Wiggs jr.. Tar Theatre. Tarboro, N. C. Small mill-town and rural patronage. BOXOFFICE BookinGuide Jan. 10, 1953

xoffice rrison's I intcrpretiv* onolysit ot toy and tradepress reviews. The plus and minus signs indicote degree of irit only; audience classification Is not rated. Listings cover current reviews, brought up to dote regularly. ill department serves olso as an ALPHABETICAL INDEX to feature releases. Numeral preceding title Picture Guide Review page number. For listings by company, In the order et release, see Feature Chart. jBBrdim mi^'i Very Good; * Good; — Foir; — Poor; — Very Poor. In the (ummary -H is rated 2 pluses, — os 2 minuses. rorts