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— The EXHIBITOR HAS HIS SAY (Continued from preceding pagei of competition. Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Terrible.—Bob Walker. Uintah Theatre. Fruita, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. REPUBLIC Sands of Iwo Jima (Rep)—John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara. One of the very best war stories we have seen for years. Action and excellent performances make this a "must" for any house anywhere. Apart from John Wayne's popularity the film is strong enough to make any exhibitor happy. The scenes of the landing on Iwo Jima are the most realistic in a long while. Good work Republic! Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Pine.— Dave S. Klein. Astra Theatre, lOtwe-Nkana, Northern Rhodesia, Africa. Government, mining and business patronage. 20th CENTURY-FOX Deadline—U.S.A. (20th-Fox) — Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore. Kim Hunter. Bogart has had it here. This is his third picture that has failed badly. I, personally, like to see him but my paying customers do not. Played Tues. Weather: Fair and moderate.—N. D. Patterson, Tate Theatre, Coldwater, Miss. Small-town and rural patronage. Diplomatic Courier (20th-Fox) — Tyrone Power, Hildegarde Neff, Patricia Neal. Good picture but it won't draw flies. Business below average. Played Sun.. Mon. Weather: Pair and cool.—Dan Guest, Tower Theatre, Wichita Palls, Tex. Subsequent run, city patronage. Lady in the Iron Mask f20th-Fox)—Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, Alan Hale jr. Good double-bill feature for weekend. Kids will like it but it wasn't too well received by adults. Played Thurs., Fri., Sat. Weather: Fair.—George Kelloff, Ute Theatre, Aguilar, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. Leave Her to Heaven (20th-Fox") —Reissue. Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Grain. Wonderful cast and gorgeous Technicolor. A story of a very possessive woman who would do anything, even take her own life, to have her own way. Some beautiful scenery. Pre- Christmas slump hurt us. Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Fair and mild.—James Wiggs jr.. Tar Theatre, Tarboro, N. C. Small-town and rural patronage. My Friend Flicka (20th-Fox) — Reissue. Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson. A reissue that stood up well at the boxoffice for pre-Christmas showing. Everyone enjoyed it and very few recalled seeing It before. Fox knows what to reissue and theirs are good. Played Thurs., Fri., Sat. Color Gives Business A Shot in the Arm gIG SOMBRERO, THE (Col)—Gene Autry, Elena Verduffo, Stephen Dunne. Attention, Mr. Autry! If you still want to stay in the movie business you had better start making all your pictures in color as you did this one. Previously, it had reached the point where you were very weak at the boxoffice with your sepia filmed pictures. Patrons have told mc they wouldn't come because it was in Sepiatone with the reasons that "it hurts my eyes" and "it looks like pictures Grandma took when she was a girl." Patrons are be^rinning to think they are cheated unless a picture is in color—so let's have more of it. Played Thurs., Fri., Sat.—Dwight and Janice Hanson, Valley Theatre, Eddyville, Iowa. Small-town and rural patronage. Weather: Fair.—Ken Christianson. Roxy Theatre, Washburn. N. D. Small-town and rural patronage. People Will Talk (20th-Fox)—Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Findlay Currie. Excellent comedy for any theatre. No business, due to Christmas shopping, etc. A shame to waste such an excellent attraction that has all the ingredients for capital A entertainment. Played Mon., Tues. Weather: Mild.—K. R. Corkum, Cross Tlieatre, New Ross, N. S., Canada. Rural ctjmmunity patronage. Red Skies of Montana (20th-Fox)—Richard Widmark, Constance Smith, Jeffrey Hunter. Good action picture. You can't go wrong on this in a .small town. Lots of everything in this picture. Played Tues., Wed. Weather: Snow and cold.—George Kelloff, Ute Theatre, Aguilar, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. Take Care of My Little Girl (20th-Fox)— Jeanne Crain, Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor. A dandy picture. Just a nice, clean, wholesome picture that is top entertainment. Don't be afraid of this one. Played Fri., Sat.—Bill Leonard, Leonard Theatre, Cedar Vale, Kas. Small-town and rural patronage. UNITED ARTISTS .\ctors and Sin (UA)—Edward G. Robinson, Marsha Hunt, Eddie Albert. Two-episode comedy-feature by Ben Hecht kidding Hollywood. This was passed by our competition pos.sibly because they considered it an art type. Pi'oved surprisingly good.—Martin Brown, Avenue Theatre, Yakima, Wash. Small-city patronage. Red River lUA)—Reissue. John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan. Howard Hawk's production in which a man built up a great empire in the cattle country. Scenes of a big cattle drive to a northern market. Guns, horses, cattle, men. Indians. Running time is two hours and five minutes—a bit long. Busine.s.s was at par. Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Cloudy and cold.—James Wiggs jr.. Tar Theatre, Tarboro. N. C. Small mill-town and rural community. UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL Cattle Drive (U-I) — Joel McCrea. Dean Stockwell, Leon Ames. Perfect western—in color with Dean Stockwell and everyone's favorite, Joel McCrea. This one satisfied them all and, brother, that takes a lot of doing. Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Mild and wet. K. R. Corkum, Cross Theatre, New Ross, N. S., Canada. Rural community patronage. Frenchie (U-D—Joel McCrea, Shelley Winters, Paul Kelly. Wow ! This one is a dilly. A fine story, superb cast and a bang-up job all around. The outdoor shots in this picture are beautiful. Don't be afraid to boost this one. Played Sun., Mon., Tues. Weather: Rain. Bill Leonard, Leonard Tlieatre, Cedar Vale, Kas. Small-town and rural patronage. No Room for the Groom (U-D—Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don DePore. Here's a real picture. Everybody who saw it had something good to .say about it. Of course, Tony Curtis made a hit with our teenage patrons. Leave it to Universal to make a comedy good for the whole family Played Thurs., Fri., Sat. Weather: Cold.^Tom Hetherington, Musicland Theatre, Kaslo, B. C. Small-town and rural patronage. Sally and Saint Anne (U-I)—Ann Blyth, Edmund Gwenn, John Mclntire. Good family comedy picture. About average draw here —even though we had a football game one night. Played Wed., Thurs. Weather: Mild.— L. Brazil jr.. New Theatre, Bearden, Ark. Small-town and rural patronage. Son of Ali Baba (U-D—Tony Curtis, Piper EHHS Just One Big Happy Family RETURN OF THE TEXAN (20th-Fox)— Dale Robertson, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan. Boys and girls, I hope you are able to use my comments to help you make a buck as often as I use yours for that same purpose. Without these columns, how else would I have known I had a great little patron-plcaser in this'? Fox didn't know it—if you could tell by the price they posted on it—for I've never found them playing Santa Claus. It's one of the l)est I've had from them to date, and the price was the lowest. A wonderful job of casting, a down-to-earth smalltown story and simple, plausible direction give it the bait to lure movie masses. I went to work after so many of you passed the word. Doubled with "Roffue River" for SRO both nights. Thanks for a tip that paid off. Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Cold.—Bob Walker, Uintah Theatre, Fruita, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. Laiu-ie, Su.san Cabot. This did very well. These two stars have what it takes to bring in the young crowd. Keep them together and they 11 get bigger and better. Played Thurs., Fri.. Sat. Weather: Cold.—George Kelloff, Ute Theatre, Aguilar, Colo. Small-town and rural patronage. WARNER BROS. Big Jim McLain iWB) — John Wayne. Nancy Olson, Jim Ai'ness. John Wayne will bring them in—but, they will be most disappointed when they come out. Filmed in Hawaii—in about two days, it looks like. It is not TV but pictures like this that are hurting theatre business. Poor acting. Business was good but I don't know why ! Played Sun., Mon. Weather: Warm.—Dan Guest, Tower Theatre, Wichita Falls, Tex. Subsequent run, city patronage. Big Trees, The (WB)—Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore. Tliis is a color drama of the Redwodtis of northern California. A good story and good scenery with intrigue and a railroad wreck. Our action fans liked it. Played midweek.—C. E. Bennewitz. Royal Theati'e, Royalton, Minn. Small-town and rural patronage. Lion and the Horse, The CWB> — Steve Cochran, Ray Teale. Bob Steele. A beautiful picture in color, suitable for family trade. I would say good for any day in the week. Played Fii., Sat. Weather: Cold.—L. Brazil jr., New Theatre, Bearden, Ark. Small-town and rural patronage. Lion and the Horse, The (WB) — Steve Cochran, Ray Teale, Bob Steele. Doubled with "Outlaws of Boulder Pass" for our after Christmas weekend. "Lion" was second run and continued to please our western patrons. Beautiful in WarnerColor and has plenty of family appeal. Animals, a little girl and "Wildfire." Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Cold and fair.—James Wiggs jr.. Tar Theatre, Tarboro, N. C. Small mill-town and rural patronage. Where's Charley? (XN'^)—Ray Bolger, AUyn McLerie, Robert Shackleton. A mild offering that gets off to a slow start but picks up as it goes along. The English accent is hard to understand. Buy it RIGHT and play it. Played Sun., Mon., Tues. Weather: Favorable. —Bob E. Thomas, Orpheum Theatre, Strawberry Point, Iowa. Small-town and rural patronage. BOXOFFICE BookinGuide Jan. 24, 1953

Interpretive analysis of ioy and tradepress reviews. The plus and minus signs Indicote degree of rit only; audience elossification is not rated. Listings cover current reviews, brought up to dote regularly. his department serves also as an ALPHABETICAL INDEX to feature releases. Numeral preceding title Picture Guide Review page number. For listings by compony. In the order of release, see Feature Chart. Very Good; ~ Good; — Foil Poor; = Very Poor. In the summary rt is rated 2 pluses, — as 2 minuses. o CD