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Industry Dividends For 1952 in Decline WASHINGTON—Film industry publicly reported cash dividends during 1952 were estimated at $27,257,000 by the Commerce Department Thursday (22). This was a substantial drop from the $35,122,000 publicly reported in 1951, and the lowest since the $23,665,000 in 1945. Highest year was just under $55,000,000 in 1947. Industry dividends reported during December were estimated by the Department at $4,440,000, compared with $6,751,000 in December 1951. Substantial differences in dividends as between 1952 and 1951. mostly drops, were reported by several companies. Columbia's 1951 total was $609,000. compared to $444,000 in 1952. Consolidated Amu.sement, Ltd., dropped from $450,000 to $400,000. Loew's went from $7,716,000 to $5,016,000; Paramount Pictures from $4,606.- 000 to a slightly higher $4,684,000 in 1952; United Paramount Theatres from $6,520,000 to $4,125,000; 20th Century-Fox from $5,817,000 to $3,460,000; United Artists Theatre Circuit from $344,000 to $189,000; Universal Pictures from $832,000 up to $1,206,000 in 1952; Warner Pictures from $6,800,000 to $5,450,000. National Theatres, Inc., not reported in 1951, publicly declared $415,000 in dividends in December 1952. The Stanley Corp.. described as alway;) late in reporting, had not been heard from for 1952. but paid $272,000 in 1951. RKO Theatres, which declared $392,- 000 in October of 1951, had also not reported for 1952. To Resume Red Hearings In Los Angeles by March WASHINGTON—The House Un-American Activities Committee, at its organizational meeting Thursday (22), unanimously agreed to re-subpena some 70 witnesses, including a few from the motion picture industry, whom the committee had not been able to reach in it,s hearings last October on Communism in the Los Angeles area. Those hearings, held in Los Angeles, encompassed Red activity in several professional fields, of which films was only one. The committee felt it should complete this phase of its activities, particularly since some of the witnesses would be "friendly." and it would be unfair not to let them have their day in court after having announced that they had been subpenaed. The hearings will resume in Los Angeles, according to Rep. Donald L. Jackson (R., Calif.), but not before the end of February at the earliest, since a probe of certain aspects of the educational field have been scheduled for Washington hearings some time during the month. Industry Honors Dr. DuMont NEW YORK—Members of the radio and television industries paid tribute to Dr. Allen B. DuMont. president of Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc., at the annual dinner sponsored by the radio, television and appliance division for State of Israel bonds Thursday 1221 at the Savoy Plaza hotel. Benjamin Abrams is chairman of the New York committee for State of Israel bonds. Senator Wiley Is Briefed On Film Situation Abroad WASHINGTON — Detailed information about U. S. motion pictures abroad was provided Sen. Alexander Wiley, new chairman of the powerful Senate foreign relations committee, by Eric Johnston, president of the Motion Picure Ass'n of America, and company executives at a gathering here January 16. Sen. Karl E. Mundt, another committee member, attended briefly. The whole matter of U. S. films abroad, including their reception in various countries and restrictions put on them, was discussed. The committee had indicated earlier that it might hold hearings on the subject. Johnston had had lunch with Wiley early in December. Member company representatives included Barney Balaban, Paramount; Nichcla' M. Schenck, MGM; Spyros P. Skouras, 20th Century-Fox; John J. O'Connor. Universal- International; William Zimmerman, RKO; Ned E. Depinet; Theodore R. Black, Republic; Edward Morey, Allied Artists, and Raymond Bell, Columbia. Representing MPAA besides Johnston were Ralph B. Hetzel jr.; Sidney Schreiber. Edward Cooper and Kenneth Clark. Vietheer to NY as MPAA Reorganizes Foreign End NEW YORK—Initial steps to reorganize the foreign division of the Motion Picture Ass'n of America were taken Friday (23i at a meeting of foreign managers, with Eric Johnston, president, presiding. The move was made necessary by the death of Joyce O'Hara who. as executive assistant to Johnston, was in close touch with the foreign situation. George Vietheer. administrative head of the Washington office, will be moved to New York to assist Ralph B. Hetzel jr., vice-president, who in addition to holding administrative control of the New York office has foreign division responsibilities as well. Vietheer was administrative assistant to Hetzel in the Department of Commerce and the Economic Stabilization Administration before joining MPAA. Gerald Cahill. assistant to Jack Bryson, who handles legislative matters, will take over Vietheer's Washington post. No one will be named immediately to the O'Hara post. His work will be distributed. Kenneth Clark, public relations head, is among those assigned additional work. Spyros P. Skouras, president of 20th Centui-y-Fox, reported in detail on his recent survey of business throughout the world. Another meeting on the foreign situation will be held Wednesday (28). Radio-Relay Now Bringing U.S. TV Shows to Canada NEW YORK—Canada began regularly receiving U.S. television programs Monday il9) over radio-relay facilities of the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. Programs are beamed from a microwave antenna atop a telephone building in Buffalo to a station at Fonthill. Ont. Two transmitters send the signal across Lake Ontario to Toronto. T\velve intermediate towers are being built east of Toronto to interconnect Montreal to the U.S. network. In the past. U.S. programs have been shown by kinescope over the Toronto and Montreal stations of the Canadian Broadca-sting Corp. Republic N. Y. Sales Meet 3rd of Series NEW YORK—Republic Pictures sales force held the third of a .series of four regional meetings starting Thursday i22) at the home office and finishing Friday afternoon. Herbert J. Yates, president, addressed the opening day's session. James R. Grainger, executive vice-president and director of sales, presided. James V. O'Gara. John Curtin. Walter L. Titus jr. and Paul Webster attended. Branch managers present were: William Murphy. New York: Norman Silverman. Philadelphia; Jake Flax, Washington: George H. Kirby, Cincinnati: Bernard Brager. Indianapolis: I. T. Sweeney. Pittsburgh; Arthur Newman, Albany: Leon A. Herman. Buffalo: Frank Dervin, Bo.ston; Jules Livingston. New Haven: I. H. Pollard, Cleveland, and Sam Seplowin, Detroit. present were: Richard G. Yates, executive assistant to Grainger; Jack Alexander, contract department manager: A. E. Schiller, branch operations manager, and Steve Edwards, director of advertising and publicity. The second meeting of the series ended in Chicago Tuesday (20i with a dinner in honor of Paul Webster, newly appointed miriwestern sales manager. Among those present were Dave Wallerstein and Duncan Kennedy of Balaban & Katz; Alex Halperin of Warner Bros, and John Dromey of Great State.", Theatres. The fourth meeting of the series will be held at the Columbus hotel, Miami. Wednesday and Thursday (28, 29). Department of Justice Drops Radio and TV Probe WASHINGTON— Investigations leading to possible criminal antitrust actions against the radio-television manufacturing industry were dropped by the Justice Department on Monday 1 19 1, with the Department continuing to probe into whether civil proceedings should be instituted. Retiring attorney general James P. Mc- Granery explained that the action merely discharges the New York grand jury's authorization for lodging the criminal charges. The investigation would go on, he said. "Most of the persons to whom subpenas were directed have complied substantially with them." he said. "The Department study of the documentary material submitted suggests that removal of whatever restraints may exist in the industry should more properly be the subject of civil litigation than of criminal prosecution. "The study thus far made of the documents has not disclosed the use of force, strong arm tactics or activities of a similar punitive nature." The investigation, instituted last January by the then attorney general J. Howard Mc- Grath. had as one of its main points the question of whether the industry had conspired within itself to hold back color television. S. D. Brecher to DuMont NEW YORK—Samuel D. Brecher has been named manager of the New York factory distributing branch of the receiver division of Allen B. DuMont Laboratories. Inc., by Irving Rosenberg, director of operations. 42 BOXOFHCE January 24, 1953

MEWS AND VIEWS THE PRODUCTION CENTER {Hollywood Office—Suite 219 at 6404 Hollywood Blvd.: Ivan Spear, Western Manager) Moulin Rouge of Paris Sues Over UA Release HOLLYWOOD — Charging infringement upon its trademark, proprietors of the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris filed a $5,000,000 federal district damage action here involving the United Artists release. "Moulin Rouge." which was produced and directed in Paris by John Huston. The action is a followup to a similar suit brought late in 1952 by George Banyai. holder of a power of attorney for the night club, and which action was thrown out of court. Named as defendants In the multimilliondollar complaint were Fox West Coast, in which cuTuit's Fox Wilshire Theatre the film is currently playing; UA. Huston. Jose Ferrer. Pierre LaMure (who wrote the novel). Moulin Pi-oductions and others. It seeks an injunction restraining further exhibition and an accounting of profits to date, declaring the picture depicts scenes which reflect upon the cafe's reputation and violate the right of privacy. Under an amended plan approved by the majority of their creditors. James, George, Henry and Tlieodore Nasser have been discharged from further banki-uptcy proceedings by Referee Benno M. Brink. Income from Nasser properties and assets, including four pictures made for United Artists release, will be transferred to a holding company for distribution to creditors, among whom are the Bank of America and the Union Bank and Trust Co. The pictures involved—upon which the Bank of America has agreed not to foreclose—are "Cover-Up," "Don't Ti-ust Your Husband, "A Kiss for Corliss" and "Without Honor." Slates 'Slade' for AA HOLLYWOOD—Producer Lindsley Parsons has scheduled "Slade." a historical western based on the career of Joseph A. Slade, as a color entry for Allied Ai-tists release. Warren Douglas is doing the screenplay concerning an Overland stage lines divisional superintendent credited with killing 26 bandits who attempted stage holdups. To Handle Philippine Films HOLLYWOOD—U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to four Philippine-made features have been acquired by the Helen Ainsworth Corp. Produced in Manila, titles include "Nothing But Women" and "His Darkest Hour." Rogers TV Unit Begins Work on 4 Gallopers HOLLYWOOI>~-After a brief hiatus. Roy Rogers' TV film unit resumed production Monday (19) for its weekly NBC-TV halfhour slot. Scheduled for completion by month's end are four video gallopers. "The Land Swindle." "Peddler From Pecos," "Bad Company" and "Little Dynamite." Jack Lacey produces. Les Martinson is the megaphonist. and supporting casts for the Rogers-Dale Evans starrers include Pat Brady and Trigger. • « * Volcano Productions, headed by Bob Angus and Bill Lewis, has ticketed Luke Short, writer of western short stories and novels, to pen a series of video gallopers which will be filmed in color. Volcano, headquartering at General Service, produces the Ozzie and Harriet Nelson TV film series. Publicize the March of Dimes compaign fo aid polio sufferers. Your pofrons will help. LANZ.\ FILM HO.NOKtU — When MGIVTs "Because You're Mine," starring Mario Lanza, was adjudged by the National Screen Council as the "best picture of the month for the whole family" to be released in November 195'2, distributed to the filmmakers were the coveted monthly BOXOFFICE Blue Ribbon Awards. Admiring his plaque, in upper photo, is Producer Joe Pasternak. Also given Blue Ribbons were Ruth Brooks Flippen, upper right, who supplied the original story, and Leonard Spigelgass and Leonard Tunberg, bottom, who collaborated on the screenplay. Favors Renewed Red Probe in Hollywood WASHINGTON—Renewed House Un-American Activities Committee attention to Hollywood may be requested this .ses.ion by a new member of Congress appointed to a post on the committee. Rep. Kit Clardy (R., Mich.) on Monday (19) said that he got the impression on a visit to Hollywood 18 months ago that there was "still much to do." Although he said both the House Committee and the industry, itself, had been extremely busy in clearing out subversive elements since then, he said it was his opinion that everything possible must be done to stop Communist infiltration into the entertainment world. The position of films as a wielder of tremendous influence for either good or evil put them "in a .special category," he said, and the industry needs close watching. "I don't want to damn the motion picture industry, but if I find anything remains to be done, I will press for it, even if I am only a freshman," he said. He said that, as a newcomer, he would not attempt to swing a big stick, but he believes that there is still need for some "quiet investigation out there (in Hollywood)," and it is his opinion that the Committee should continue vigilant about the industry. Rep. Harold H. Velde (R.. 111.), new committee chairman, recently indicated he felt the Committee probably had already devoted too much time to Hollywood, and said probes ol Communist activities in other field.-: would take up most of the Committee's time this session. SWG Board Discusses Its Suit With Arnold HOLLYWOOD—The executive board of the Screen Writers Guild met with Thurman Arnold, whom the organization some time ago retained as legal counsel in its "blacklist" suit against the major companies. The antitrust action, pending since 1947. is an outgrowth of House Un-American Activities Committee probes into alleged Communist infiltration among scriveners and other fUm creators. The suit is due for a hearing shortly in the New York supreme court. * * * Samuel J. Briskin replaces Jack Cummings, resigned, as a member of the executive board of the Screen Producers Guild. Another change found Carey Wilson succeeding Arthur Hornblow jr. as chairman of the membership committee. BOXOFnCE January 24, 1953 43