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Boxoffice-January.24.1953

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: January on AW A J^ormally a resident of Ottawa, where he has been closely associated with high government circles, Leonard W. Brockington. president of J. Arthur Rank enterprises in Canada, stepped to anotlier sphere when he was named chairman of the loyalty panel of the United Nations, New York. Brockington is a former chairman of the board of governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.. and served as conciliator which brought about a settlement of the countrywide railway strike several years ago. He is also a member of an important government committee here and was an adviser to the late prime minister. L. W. M. King. The Little Elgin was thronged with patrons to .see the French film. "Clochemerle." after it had been condemned by Archbishop Alexandre Vachon. The picture was replaced January 16 by "The Magic Box." Manager Ernie Warren said publicly that he was glad to cooperate with the prelate, but he did not want anyone to get the impression "that we are being forced to discontinue the film." Warren expressed the view that the picture would have run for three weeks. Now on loan to the UNESCO, Norman McLaren, producer of the National Film Board here, was notified that he had been awarded a 1.000-bolivar prize (about $280) for the best creative films at the film festival at Caracas, Venezuela. His exhibit of four NFB short subjects are animated creations. Pembroke, in the Ottawa valley, will have its first drive-in this year, a site of 12 acres having been secured by J. A. Campbell for a construction of a 400-car theatre at J. S. Duncan, director cost of $60,000 . . . of Odeon Theatres, accompanied Trade Minister C. D. Howe, along with other officials, on a government trade mission to Soutli American countries. Manager Fred Leavens reported that the Elmdale was jammed during the three-day engagement. Januai-y 15-17. of two members of the Bowery Boys, Huntz Hall and Gabe Dell. Adult prices were raised to 50 cents and $1 for the appearance of the Hollywood pair. Second Airer Is Projected For Fredericton Area FREDERICTON, N. B.^Plans for opening a 400-car drive-in early in June have been made by Byron Evans of Nashwaaksi.s. about three miles from here. RCA equipment will be used. The projection room and screen will be completed in May. It will be the second airer in the Fi-edericton area, which had the first in the maritimes several years ago. It was opened at Springhill, about five miles distant, by Ashley Burnett. Popcorn suppliers to Canada's leading independent theatres from coost-to-coast. YORK CONFECTIONS LTD. 277 Victorio Street Toronto 2, Ontario Ass'n of Producers Picks S. D. Peterson OTTAWA— S. Dean Peterson of Toronto was elected president of the Ass'n of Motion Picture Producers and Laboratories of Canada at its annual meeting Saturday il7) in the Chateau Laurier hotel. Formerly the vice-president, he succeeds F. R. Crawley, president of Crawley Films, who occupied the chair for the 1953 conference. Peterson is president of Peterson Productions, 337 King St. W., Toronto. The representatives of some 20 companies attended the meeting, the luncheon of which w-as addres.sed by W. Arthur Irwin. Canadian government film commissioner, A report on the Motion Picture Industry Council of Canada was presented by J. J. Chisholm of Associated Screen News, who is the International pre.ss guy of Variety and a past chief barker of the Toronto tent. Gordon Sparling of Montreal dealt with the subject of the annual Canadian Film awards while other business matters were discussed by Graeme Fraser of Crawley Films; W. J. Singleton. Associated Screen News, Montreal, and others. A discussion took place on the customs duty and federal taxation as it affects the production and processing of films. The secretary of the convention was J. Alasdair Fraser of Montreal. No Crackdown Decreed On Bingo in Ontario TORONTO—Following a number of convictions against operators of bingo and other games of chance in different cities, intimation has come from the provincial attorney general's department that no indiscriminate crackdown has been ordered against lotteries in Ontario. It was intimated that no drive was being launched against church or charity organizations as long as they observed the regulations outlined in the criminal code. One provision of the act permits what is described as "occasional" games. The problem is to define the word. Leases Clarenville House CLARENVILLE, NFLD. — The Clarendon Theatre here has been leased by M. A. Bourne, who has started renovating the interior, with redecoration of the walls, ceilings, floors and replacement of the screen, seating, projection and sound equipment. Some changes w-ill also be made in the front, it is understood. The policy will be in operation nightly except Sundays, with a matinee on Saturdays and public holidays. May Close St. John's Hall ST. JOHN'S. NFLD —There is a move to close the Pitts Memorial Hall until improvements have been made. A few years ago a hall just across the street was wrecked by fire and a large loss of life resulted. The Pitts hall has been liberally used for stage performances, including stock units. There are no exit signs and lights and the emptying takes too long. The hall is frequently congested for amateur and professional performances and for closings, etc. TORONTO /"•ol. John A. Cooper, organizer and former head of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors A.ss'n, will celebrate his 85th birthday February 5. The dean of the film indus- . . . try made his latest public appearance at the Canadian Picture Pioneers banquet in November Rupert Lucas, a well-known Toronto theatre, film and radio figure, died in New York City. For some time he had been identified with the produetion of the March of Time film series. Jack Arthur, former district manager for Famous Players and now with the Canadian National Exhibition, provided an interesting plug in a public utterance for "The I Don't Care Girl" at Shea's when he pointed out that he was the producer at the Toronto Imperial back in 1929 when Eva Tanguay headed the stage show. Manager Sam Hebscher of tlie Palace at Hamilton featured the Toronto Symphony orchestra in a one-night performance January 14 and has booked the National Ballet Co. of Canada for February 4. The Palace offers occasional stage and concert attractions Jack Clarke, Loew supervisor in . . . Toronto, has made a switch of assistant managers. H. L. Taylor of the downtown house went to the Uptown from which Robert Cockburn was transferred to Loew's Theatre. Arch H. Jolley, executive secretary of the Motion Picture Theatres Ass'n of Ontario, reports that eight more members have been enrolled, these being the eight Odeon units which had been operated by National Theatre Services under the recently terminated partnership agreement. They are located at Brampton, Oakville, Aurora, Newmarket and Seen at the opening at Sturbeon Falls . . . Loew's of "Above and Beyond" was Maj. Theodore Vankirk of the U.S. air force, a member of the B-29 crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Raoul Auerbach of 20th Century Theatres, Toronto, has gone to British Columbia on business for the 70-theatre circuit headed by Nat Taylor. Stan Helleur of Toronto Picks His Best 10 in 52 TORONTO—Stan Helleur. film critic of the Telegram, has added his "Best 10 in '52." His lineup: 1. Limelight: 2. High Noon: 3. Carrie: 4. The Quiet Man: 5. Five Fingers: 6. Cry. the Beloved Country; 7. The Man in the White Suit; 8. Ivanhoe: 9. The Story of Mandy; 10. The Greatest Show on Earth. Helleur has added a number of special selections, as follows: Best musical, "Singin" in the Rain": best comedy, "Pat and Mike"; best documentary. "The Royal Journey"; best semidocumentary. "The Lusty Men"; most unusual. "The Thief." His pick of stars included Laurence Olivier. Claire Bloom. Arthur Hunnicutt. Thelma Ritter and. for "most of the most." Marilyn Monrbe. Dealing with an interplanetary voyage to Mercury. "Fatal Planet." original by Irving Block and Allen Adler. has been assigned to Nicholas Nayfack to produce for Metro. 90 BOXOFFICE : 24, 1953

— — — j OMICtUDDIiJlli/^iJJDS^M^22^ifiii^4ii Ọ-I a. Xui The EXHIBITOR HAS HIS SAY «out piqubes ALLIED ARTISTS Bomba and the Jungle Girl (AA)—Johnny Sheffield. Karen Sharpe. Walter Sande. Another one of the good series of Bomba pictures. Acceptable to children and grownups alike. As good as most of this series. Business slightly below average due to cold weather. Played Mon. Weather: Cold and fair.—N. D. Patterson. Tate Theatre, Coldwater, Miss. Small-town and rural patronage. Bowery Battalion (AA)—Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall. Donald MacBride. Very poor attendance. Not the type of picture that appeals to students or adults. Got us the smallest crowd of any picture played since we took over management of the theatre.—Mr. and Mrs. Walt J. Breitling, Comfrey Theatre, Comfrey, Minn. Small-town and rural patronage. Here Come the Marines (AA)—Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall. Hanley Stafford. Another hilarious one with the Bowery Boys. They always please and they are all good. Used this as the top half of a double feature. Played Pri., Sat.— S. J. Smith, Siston Theatre, Sisseton, S. D. Small-town and rural patronage. Highwayman, The (AA)—Charles Coburn, Wanda Hendrix, Philip Friend. Pretty good costume drama with plenty of swordplay, pounding hooves and heroics. Color very unsteady. Didn't pull any business for us but it had heavy pre-Christmas competition. R. G. Risch, Reno Theatre, Appleton, Minn. Small-town and rural patronage. COLUMBIA Brave Warrior (Col)—Jon Hall, Christine Larson, Jay Silverheels. Just a fair little Indian picture. O.K. for a Saturday double bill. Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Rain and cold. Dan Guest, Tower Theatre, Wichita Falls, Tex. Subsequent run, city patronage. Brigand, The (Col)—Anthony Dexter, Jody Lawrance, Gale Robbins. This picture is not worth playing. They will stay home to watch television. Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Fair. Harland Rankin, Beau Theatre, Belle River, Ont. Small-town and rural patronage. Hit the Hay (Col)—Judy Canova, Ross Hunter, Fortunio Bonanova. Old or new they love Judy and they back her up with long lines at the ticket stiles. Columbia gave us a real double bill when we matched this with "The First Time." The price was right and we showed a nice profit. Played Sun., Mon., Tues. Weather: Rain.—Bob Walker, Uintah Theatre, Fruita, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Carbine Williams (MGM)—James Stewart, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen. Held a screening and the comments had me scared. It made me feel it belonged midweek in Fruita but the price dictated a Sunday date. I wasted a lot of effort on a good picture and the trailer that should have brought them in .scared them away. Or, maybe it was just the fact that here again everyone else had played it first. It's a good thing Metro got their accepted contract back to me before the results of this one were in or they would be out for a long time. Played Sun., Mon., Tues. Weather: Rain.— Bob Walker, Uintah Theatre, Fruita, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. Night Into Morning (MGM)—Ray Milland, John Hodiak. Nancy Olson. A very good picture. Out of the beaten track and very well Bill Leonard— HaiL and Farewell! pOR M.\NY years one of the most faithful and enthusiastic contributors to Exhibitor Has His Say has been Bill Leonard of the Leonard Theatre at Cedar Vale, Kas. To the sorrow of his fellow townsmen and many friends. Bill passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 28, 1952. A letter this week from Mrs. Leonard enclosed a regular EHHS form, almost complete, which was found in Bill's desk. Herewith are published Bill's last opinions on pictures for his many exhibitor friends. done. Will appeal to adults, mostly. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Fair.—Bill Leonard, Leonard Theatre, Cedar Vale, Kas. Smalltown and rural patronage. Pat and Mike (MGM)—Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Aldo Ray. Too much sports. Comedy too heavy for our trade. It is not up to their other hits. Played the Sunday before Christmas to nearly normal business. This is for your "400" trade. Weather: Fair. Ken Christiansen, Roxy Theatre, Washburn, N. D. Small-town and rural patronage. Strictly Dishonorable (MGM)—Ezio Pinza, Janet Leigh, Millard Mitchell. Talk about a "stinker!" This one rates three plus! When a company like MGM makes a picture like this, why don't they junk it? It's terrible. Classed as a comedy and not even a grin in it. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Chilly and damp.—Bill Leonard, Leonard Theatre, Cedar Vale, Kas. Small-town and rural patronage. Texas Carnival (MGM)—Esther Williams, Red Skelton. Howard Keel. We could use one like this every other week. An interesting story, lots of good comedy and excellent color. The patrons leave with a smile. Played Sat., Sun.—C. E. Bennewitz, Royal Theatre, Royalton, Minn. Small-town and rural patronage. PARAMOUNT Atomic City (Para)—Gene Barry, Lydia Clarke, Michael Moore. For sheer suspense this one cannot be beaten. I will add to all the good things that have already been said about this picture. Just get them in and they will like it. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Unsettled.—I. Roche, Vernon Theatre, Vernon, Fla. Small-town and rural patronage. Caribbean (Para) — John Payne, Arlene Dahl, Cedric Hardwicke. I believe this was slightly below par for this type picture. A little slow-moving in spots. Business was slightly below average due again to the weather. Played Sat. Weather: Cold and clear.—N. D. Patterson, Tate Tlieatre, Coldwater, Miss. Small-town and rural patronage. Let's Dance (Para)-Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young. It cannot be said that Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire are not popular here. This is a catchy musical with abundant comedy and songs that pleased all patrons. You can't go wrong with this one. Played Sun.. Mon.. Tues. Weather: Cool. G. J. Forhan, Montcalm Theatre, Hull, Que. Small-town and rural patronage. My Favorite Spy (Para)—Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan. A darn good picture. A little slow on the start but speed picks up good and plenty and finishes with a good "belly" laugh. Played Sun.. Mon., Tues. ^Bill Leonard. Leonard Theatre, Cedar Vale, Kas. Small-town and rural patronage. Something to Live For (Para)—Joan Fontaine. Ray Milland, Teresa Wright. Will sure be glad when Paramount gets away from the bottle. "Lost Weekend" was all right but this one is no "Weekend." Played Tues., Wed. —Harold Bell, Opera House Theatre. Coaticook. Que. Small-town and rural patronage. Son of Paleface (Para)—Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers. The jokes come thick and fast—and this did about average business! It is one of Hope's best to date, supported by Jane, Roy and Trigger to insure a "natural!" Played Sun., Mon., Tues. Weather: Favorable.—Bob E. Thomas, Orpheum Theatre, Strawberry Point, Iowa. Small-town and rural patronage. RKO RADIO Drums in the Deep South (RKO)—James Craig, Barbara Peyton, Guy Madison. From all angles this is a very good action thriller. It pulled only fair crowds, however, which I believe is due to the war angle. I've found that war pictures of any kind have failed to do business for me in the past year or two. Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Clear and cool.— I. Roche, Vernon Theatre, Vernon, Fla. Smalltown and rural patronage. Fighting Father Dunne (RKO)—Reissue. Pat O'Brien Darryl Hickman, Charles Kemper. An exceptionally fine little movie that will please all. You won't make a fortune with this one but you will make many friends which is just as important. Play it, especially the smaller situations—it's your kind of movie. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Fine.—Dave S. Klein, Astra Theatre, Kitwe-Nkana, Northern Rhodesia, Africa, Mining, government and business patronage. Narrow Margin, The (RKO)—Charles Mc- Graw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White. Everyone talked about this one being a "sleeper." If you can get people in to see this one, they will come out pleased. A very good mystery—perfect for a double bill. Played Tues., Wed., Thurs. Weather: Fair and warm. —Dan Guest, Tower Tlieatre, Wichita Falls, Tex. Subsequent run, city patronage. Rancho Notorious (RKO)—Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer. A jillion kinds of competition n-om churches and schools plus rain and snow both evenings gave us a disastrous weekend with this different western. Doubled with "Bashful Bachelors" to the worst business of the year for this change. Had the weather been good. I am sure we would have packed them in regardless (Continued on next page) >UJ Ul 06 at < X u H a£OXCO > Ui cc v^H oe O X H1/1 Ul e> a^\ UJ >Uil < X u BOXOFFICE BookinGuide Jan. 24, 1953