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— Disney 1952 Net

— Disney 1952 Net Gains Over Previous Year HOLLYWOOD—Showing a substantial increase over the previous period, the consolidated net profit of Walt Disney Productions for the fiscal year ending Sept. 27, 1952, was $451,809, equal to 69 cents a share on 652,840 shares of outstanding common stock, it was revealed by President Roy O. Disney in his This compares annual report to stockholders. with a profit of $429,840—equal after preferred dividends to 65 cents a share of common—in the preceding year. The preferred was redeemed on Jan. 1, 1951. GROSS INCOME FOR YEAR Gross income for the 1952 fiscal year amounted to $7,722,819, compared with $6,287,- 539 the year before. President Disney explained that the 1952 gross only slightly reflects returns from "Robin Hood." which was released in June, and said principal sources of feature picture income were "Alice in Wonderland" and the reissue of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Outstanding debentures were reduced by $391,580 during 1952, and at the end of the fiscal year there remained outstanding $268,- 630 from the original 15-year obligation of $1,364,200 incurred in 1945. The $57,085 balance of a long-term $1,000,000 serial loan obtained in 1948 was entirely paid off in December 1951. Disney's report revealed that the company has more product scheduled for distribution during the 1953 fiscal year than in any previous time in its history. Among these will be the first full-length feature in the Ti-ue Life Adventure series called "The Living Desert" and described as a "saga of creature life in the wastelands." He predicts this will lead to a new era for the True Life series. Another short also has been completed in this series. It is called "Bear Country," and will run with "Peter Pan," "Prowlers of the Everglades" and "The Sword and the Rose," live-action feature, which will go into work in England in April. As previously announced, there will be a special called "Mickey's Birthday Party," in honor of the 25th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. ANOTHER NEW SHORTS SERIES Another new series of shorts will be called "Adventures in Melody," which will be introduced this year. It will show various facets of music and will have educational as well as entertainment value. It will treat of such subjects as melody, musical instruments and even the human ear. Also in work and aimed for 1954 release is a humorous dog story called "Lady and the Tramp." a cartoon feature. Plans have been completed for filming "Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue," an adventure story, which is to be made in Scotland and England, with Richard Todd as Rob Roy. Another True Life number in work is "The Prairie Story," scheduled for 1954; "Sleeping Beauty," an all-cartoon feature, and Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," a live action feature in Technicolor. AWARD TO PASCAL—Gabriel Pascal (center) producer of the George Bernard Shaw classic, "Androcles and the Lion," receives the Parents' magazine special merit award from Phil Wilcox (right).. Looking on is Richard Condon, advertising, publicity and exploitation manager for RKO Radio, distributor of the motion picture. Columbia Sales Force Confers on 'Salome' CHICAGO—Columbia's sales forces, headed by A. Montague, general sales manager, began what is believed to be the first sales convention ever devoted to one picture at the Drake hotel Friday (16). The picture was "Salome," Technicolor film starring Rita Hayworth and Stewart Granger and co-.starring Charles Laughton. Home office executives of both the domestic and international corporations attended. There was a cocktail party and dinner and a screening of the picture on the program for the first day. Paul N. Lazarus jr. went into a discussion of the advertising and promotion plans for the film at the opening session Satiu-day and told those present it would be given a premiere in the spring. Montague took over Saturday afternoon and outlined the liquidation policy that will be pursued. present included: Jack Cohn, Montague, Lazarus, Rube Jackter, Louis Astor, Louis Weinberg, Irving Wormser, George Josephs, Maurice Grad, H. C. Kaufman, Howard LeSieur, George Berman and Harvey Harnick from the domestic section of the home office; Joseph A. McConville, Bernard E. Zeeman, Sigwart Kusiel, Max Thorpe. Lacy Kastner, Harry Kosiner. Michael Bergher, Leroy Brauer, Roger Sardou and Alan Tucker from the international department. Division managers pre.sent were: Nat Cohn, New York; S. A. Galanty, midwest; Carl Shalit, central: B. C. Marcus, midwest; I. H. Rogovin, New England; R. J. Ingram, southeastern: Jack Underwood, southwestern; H. E. Weiner, western Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, and L. E. Tillman, northwestern. First Inaugural Newsreel Contrasted With Latest KANSAS CITY—Arthur Cole, veteran Paramount industry representative here, did not know in 1905 that he would spend most of his working life with motion pictures when he helped to decorate the reviewing stand from which President Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated on March 4 of that year. He did know that this was probably the first newsreel to be made of an inauguration that .showed in theatres, because he afterwards went to a little store-room motion picture theatre in the national capital to see the film shown that had been made of the inaugural ceremonies and parade. At that time. Cole was quartermaster on the USS Dolphin. This was the ship of the .secretary of the navy, William H. Moody, ;tnd Washington, D. C. was its home port. Cole was one of the crew that a.ssisted in the decoration of the stand mentioned, and he recalls that he watched the film later with much the same interest that others displayed at that time in motion pictures they were considered a novelty. McKINLEY NEWSREEL IN 1901 There have been claims made that William McKinley's inauguration in 1901 was newsreeled and later shown in Hammerstein's Olympia Music Hall, but others contend that while Edison took shots of McKinley's colorful torchlight parades and these were shown during the campaign, there is no record of a film made of the inaugural. Of course newsreels were being made both here and abroad, often on "bootleg" film, and by a lucky accident the promoter of a film show at the Buffalo Exposition in September of 1901 set up his camera so that he caught the assassination of President McKinley. This film was widely distributed for showing over the country, after its Buffalo sensational run, and greatly increased the interest in news shots. The coverage of next week's inauguration by newsreel cameramen will be a far cry from the Theodore Roosevelt ceremony. All of the newsreels will be represented by substantial crews, to shoot the parade and other events from every angle. All have made arrangements to rush development of the films and to get them on to theatre screens as quickly as possible after the Washington ceremonies are completed. Fox West Coast Cancels 'Limelight' Opening LOS ANGELES—Cancellation by Pox West Coast, the southland's largest circuit, of a scheduled Wednesday i21> multi-theatre opening of Charles Chaplin's "Limehght" was disclosed as the result of conferences between Charles P. Skouras, circuit president, and leaders of filmdom's anti-Communism segment. The chain scratched the booking when informed that picketing by the American Legion and, possibly, other organizations could be expected inasmuch as Chaplin currently is the target of considerable criticism. It is understood that United Artists, which is releasing "Limelight," has decided to make the feature available at a later date, possibly hinging upon its clearance by the Legion. 18 BOXOFFICE :: January 17, 1953

Fox Honors Gehring For Long Service NEW YORK—Twentieth Century-Fox celebrated the week as "Bill Gehring week" in honor of the 35th anniversary of the association of the executive assistant general sales manager with the company. Participating were the 1.239 employes in the company's 32 domestic exchanges, six in Canada and theatres in both countries. The climax was a testimonial dinner William C. Gehring Thursday (15) at Toots Shor's restaurant at which Al Lichtman, distribution director, was toastmaster and Spyros P. Skouras. president, praised Gehring before a gathering of 200 executives, department heads and other home office repre.sentatives. The Rev. Patrick J. Masterson. executive .secretary of the Legion of Decency, delivered the invocation. Among those present were Martin Moskovvitz New York State division manager; Abe Dickstein, New York branch manager; C. Glenn Morris, Atlantic division manager; Peter Myers, Canadian division manager, and branch heads Sam Diamond. Philadelphia; Joseph B. Rosen, Washington; Al Levy, Pittsburgh; Nat Ro.sen, Albany; Charles B. Kosco, Buffalo; J. M. Connolly, Boston, and Ben Simon, New Haven. The local exchange sales and booking staff also attended. Speakers Bureau Survey Started Under Bergman NEW YORK—Maurice Bergman, Universal- International director of public relations, has been named chairman of a Council of Motion Picture Organizations committee to survey possible establishment of an industry speakers bureau. Robert W. Coyne, COMPO special counsel, reported the appointment, which had been made by the three COMPO co-chairmen, Trueman T. Rembusch, Sam Pinanski and Al Lichtman. Bergman made a successful two-week speaking tour of Ohio a year ago for COMPO. He will now see if tours can be arranged on a national scale. If that proves to be true, a pool of speakers will be set up and a list of dates prepared. Bergman said that many platforms are available. "Other industries have made it a policy to provide speakers for these platforms," he said. "As a consequence they have been able to tell their story to those groups of business and civic leaders who formulate public opinion. Our neglect of this opportunity is all the more inexcusable because more than any other business we have the pei-sonalities that conventions and other gatherings would like to hear." Lippert Gets Two British Films HOLLYWOOD—T\vo British-made Romu- productions, "Twilight Women" and "The lus Little Big Shot," have been acquired by Lippert Pictures for U. S. distribution. Both have been set for spring release. Help in the March of Dimes drive. Use some method for audience participation to raise funds. TKm'