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Boxoffice-November.19.1955

: November Blurbers

: November Blurbers STUDIO PERSONNELITIES Allied Artists The Buchanan & Co. odvertising ogency has been retoined to handle the campaign on producer-director William Wyler's "The Friendly Persuasion." Cleffers Independent Producer Hal R. Makelim set GEORGE GREELEY to compose ond conduct the score for "The Peacemaker." Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Musical score for "The Battle of Gettysburg," documentary short subject, will be composed and conducted by ADOLPH DEUTSCH. United Artists NELSON RIDDLE will compose and conduct the score for "Johnny Concho," the Frank Sinatra starrer being filmed by Sinatra's Kent Productions. Meggers Columbia SEYMOUR FRIEDMAN drew the directorial ossignment on the Wollace MacDonald production, "Secret of Treasure Mountain," which will go before the cameras early next month. Republic FRANK LLOYD was handed the directorial ossignment on "Papa Married a Mormon," upcoming film version of the novel by John Fitzgerald. 20th Century-Fox "The Sixth of June," the Dona Wynter starrer which Charles Brackett will produce in England, will be directed by HENRY KOSTER. Opiions Allied Artists Producers Samuel Bischoff and David Diamond set BOBBY BLAKE, WAYNE TAYLOR and BOB ROURKE for supporting parts in "Screaming Eagles," in which the headlinsrs—under direction of Charles Haas—are Tom Tryon and Jon Merlin. Columbia Replocing Kathryn Grayson, forced to withdraw from the assignment because of illness, PIER ANGELI will enact the romantic femme lead opposite Phil Carey in David E. Rose's Technicolor romantic drama, "Port Afrique." It is being megged by Rudy Mote on location in England and Africa. Contractee LUCY MARLOW drew the feminine leod opposite Frankie Laine in Producer Jonie Taps' Technicolor musical, "The Last Laugh," which Blake Edwards will meg. Independent Another oddition to the stellar cast of the Mike Todd production, "Around the World in 80 Days," is RONALD COLMAN. The topliners ore David Niven and the Mexicon comic, Cantinflas. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer CLORIS LEACHMAN, New York stage-video player, joined the cost of the Arthur Loew jr. production, "The Rack," which stors Paul Newman, Anne Francis ond Wendell Corey. Republic FRANCIS LEDERER was signed for a feotured role in "Lisbon," storring and being produced and directed by Ray Millond on location in Portugol. Other cast topliners ore Maureen O'Hora and Claude Roins. 20th Century-Fox DANA WYNTER will hove the femme storring role in "The Sixth of June," o World War II drama which Charles Brackett is to produce. Handed a new two-year term ticket was actor JEFFREY HUNTER. ROBERT RYAN, GUY MADISON and VIRGINIA MAYO, the last-named borrowed from Warners, were set as the cost toppers in "The Proud Ones," a frontier drama roLing next month as o Robert L, Jocks production, which Robert Webb will direct. United Artists Harris-Kubrick Pictures inked JAMES EDWARDS for a chorocter role in the Sterling Hoyden starrer, "Bed of Feor," being megged by Stonley Kubrick. MARIAN CARR drew the second femme lead in the Pine-Thomos-Shone production, "Nightmare," which Maxwell Shane directs. The topliners are Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy and singer Connie Russell. Fronk Sinatra's Kent Productions booked KEENAN WYNN and WALLACE FORD for "Johnny Concho," which stars Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt, under the direction of Don McGuire. Universal-International Drawing the femme lead opposite Audie Murphy In "Apache Agent" was PAT CROWLEY. The Aaron Rosenberg production is being megged by Jesse Hibbs. ROBERT STACK will star with Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall in the upcoming Albert Zugsmith production, "Written on the Wind," which Douglas Sirk will direct. Warner Bros. Playwright MARC CONNOLLY, who has done some stage and TV acting, will moke his motion picture debut in the role ot a priest in "The Spirit of St. Louis," the CinemcScope biography of Charles A. Lindbergh, which Lelcnd Hayword is producing. The director is Billy Wilder. IRVING WALLACE and SAM ROLFE were Scenorists handed new term contracts. Technically Allied Artists LIEUT.-CMDR. CHARLES W. RAINEY, U5NR, is acting as technical adviser on the Walter Wanger production, "Mother-Sir." Crew members include ALLEN K. WOOD, production manager; WILFRED CLINE, cinemctogropher; DAVID MILTON, art director, and EDWARD MOREY JR., HOWARD JOSLIN ond NED DOBSON, assistant directors. RICHARD C. MEYER will edit "Crime in the Streets." Crew assembled for "Screaming Eagles" includes ALLEN K. WOOD, production manager; RAY HEINZE, assistant director; HARRY NEUMANN, cinemotographer; JACK OKEY, art director, and BOB EI5EN, film editor. Independent The Woolner Bros, production, "Swamp Women," is being edited by RONNIE SINCLAIR. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer director and CHARLES MERRILL PYE was named art HUNT unit manager on "The Rack." Named assistant director on "The Rock" was ROBERT SAUNDERS. Paramount "Pordners" will be photographed by DANIEL FAPP Warner Bros. JOHN SEITZ will photograph "Santiago." Title Changes Allied Artists "They Come From Another World" to INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Columbia "Jubal Troop" to JUBAL. He Died Laughing" to THE LAST LAUGH. "The Mine With the Iron Door" to SECRET OF TREASURE MOUNTAIN, Paramount "They Tamed the Land" to TO TAME A LAND. United Artists "The Case Against Joe" (Bel-Air Prod.) to CRIME AGAINST JOE. MGM Leaders Speak HOLLYWOOD—Keynote speakers at the eighth annual National Public Relations conference, which ended Wednesday (16) were Cecil B. DeMille. Paramount producer-director, and George Murphy, MGM actor and public relations representative. DeMille's topic was, "Proclaim Liberty—a Creed for Public Relations." Admissions in Greece Total admission.s in motion picture theatres from October 1953 to October 1954 in the Athens and Salonika areas of Greece were 28,993.078, the highest on record. Oklahoma Governor Hosls Film Premiere HOLLYWOOD—A celebrity-studded audience, including Gov. Raymond Gary of Oklahoma and Oscar Hammerstein II as hosts, attended the gala local premiere of "Oklahome!" Thursday (17) at Grauman's Egyptian. Produced by Arthur Hornblow jr., directed by Fred Zinnemann and being distributed by Magna Theatre Corp., the film version—in the Todd-AO widescreen process — of the long-run Rodgers and Hammerstein stage hit stars Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Eddie Albert, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood and Rod Steiger. Industry executives, civic notables and stellar names were in the audience. Premiere ceremonies included the "annexation" as Oklahoma territory of the Egyptian Theatre property by Governor Gary for the run ol the production. Four emcees—Will Rogers jr.i Shirley Thomas. George Putnam and Reed Browning—covered the festivities for radic and TV. Following the premiere, "Oklahoma!" began a roadshow engagement at the Egyptian Friday (18). CxecUtio-e. West: Morey R. Goldstein. Alhed Artist^ vice-president and general sales manager, arrived from Manhattan for huddles with President Steve Broidy and other executives. H^ was accompanied by Harold Wirthwein, western division sales chief, who attended a recent regional sales session in Chicago a, which Goldstein presided. * * East: HaiTy Cohn. president of Columbia headed for New York for a stay of severa weeks, during which he will attend the annua stockholders meeting on the 28th. « * * East: Terry Turner, special radio-TV ex ploitation consultant on RKO's "The Con-, queror." concluded studio huddles in connection with the campaign on the picture an< returned to his New York office. * * « East: To participate in discussions con cerning future literary purchases by thi company, Darryl F. Zanuck. 20th-Fox vice; president in charge of production, planed ti New York. He was accompanied by produce, Buddy Adler, David Brown, head of th' studio story department, and Lew Schreiber Zanuck's executive aide. ... I East: Edward Morey, Allied Artists vice| president, returned to his New York headi quarters after attending the recent annua meetings of the company's stockholders am board of directors. En route east, he stoppei off in Dallas for conferences with Jame Prichard, AA's southern division sales chief. * * . East: Alfred E. Daff. U-I executive vice president, concluded studio conferences anr returned to Gotham. 36 BOXOFFICE : 19. 195

— — TCF Allots $575,000 For TV Studio Stage HOLLYWOOD—Video is here to stay, in the opinion of TCF Television Productions. 20th Century-Fox's TV subsidiary, and resultaiitly plans have been approved for the construction of a scoring and re-recording stage on the Fox Western avenue lot at an estimated cost of $575,000. The structure, .scheduled for completion within three months, will be built under the supervision of Irving Asher, TCF general manager, and studio manager Harold Lewis. • « * Second-generation department: Frank Capra jr., son of the veteran megaphonist. Is making his show-business bow as assistant director on the Gunsmoke telefilm series produced and directed by Charles Marquis Warren for CBS-TV and Liggett & Myers. The programs are being manufactured by Filmaster Productions, headed by Robert Stabler. • • • Alvln Ganzer was Inked by Warners to direct a "Casablanca" segment for the Warner Bros. Presents show on ABC-TV. The series stars Charles McGraw and is produced by Jerome Robinson. • • • Production activities lor United World Films, the U-I TV and industrial film subsidiary, win hit a peak this month, it was reported by George Bole, vice-president in charge of west coast operations. On the docket are 69 TV commercials, 15 per cent of them in co or. as wed as a half-hour color subject to be made for the American stock exchange. • • • Columbia's video segment. Screen Gems, booked Al Rogell, veteran film pilot, to make his television debut as director of "Never Lend Money to a Woman," an entry In the Ford Theatre series, starring Keefe Brasselle and Anna Maria Alberghetti. Mo'ion Picture Academy Adds 22 Active Members HOLLYWOOD—Ten new members have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Art,s and Sciences, and 12 others have been reinstated. Newcomers are Gene Allen, Pat Barto, Lloyd Henry Bumstead, Charles Hagedon, Tambi Larsen, Moss Mabry, Sheila O'Brien, Rosemary Odell and Bill Thomas, art directors branch, and John E. Horton, executives. Given reinstatements were Henry Grace. Grace Gregory, Hugh Hunt, Ralph Hurst, Arthur Krams, Fred MacLean, Jack Moore, Alfred E. Spencer, Edwin B. Willis, Arthur Wilde, Isadore Freling and L. Busch-Fekete. United Pictures Seeks Site for Larger Studio HOLLYWOOD — United Pictures, Inc., formerly United Productions of America, is casting about for a new studio site, its present Burbank facilities being inadequate, according to President Stephen Bosustow. Active in the fields of cartooning, TV spots, industrial and "ducational fields, the company is surveying the San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica and Westwood areas. Bosustow said new buildings are needed to ifford space for a 50 per cent increase in personnel, plus additional photographic and Jrocess equipment. THE vlewers-with-alarm who can always find in the Industry's future something or other to indicate the donning of sackcloth and ashes apparently are currently permitting themselves to be disturbed over a new dark cloud threatening the future of filmmaking. This time the lugubrious rallblrds are wringing their hands becau.se they foresee a shortage of competent d. rectors for theatrical features. They reason that, in former years, the ranks of megaphonlsts have been kept filled through the recruiting of writers and film editors who have shown directorial leanings and talents. Moreover, there are plenty of outstanding film pilots to illustrate their contention—such men as Edward Dmytryk, a one-time cutter who has to h s directorial credit such hits as •The Caine Mutiny," 'Soldier of Fortune" and 'The Left Hand of God," among many others; Joseph L. Manklewlcz, veteran scenarist who branched out into production and, later, into the merging field as well, and whose latest scrivener-director chore was "Guys and Dolls," the Samuel Goldwyn musical; John Huston, whose accomplishments as scenarist and helmsman include "The African Queen" and the upcoming "Moby Dick;" plus an array which includes Philip Dunne, Richard Brooks and Richard Murphy, all of whom combine writing with directing talents. But, hold the crystal-ballers, the source of these creative tollers In the celluloid vineyards Is in jeopardy because the big, bad wolf called television has been siphoning off at an alarming rate— the cutters and scrlpters who otherwise might have developed Into ranking feature directors. Even If one is prepared to accept this logic, there can be little fear that any film aimed at theatrical exhibition will be begging for want of a competent pilot. During the past few seasons, sufficient of them have developed from among male stars to assure that there will be no paucity. Witness: Dick Powell, Burt Lancaster, Cornel Wilde, Jose Ferrer, Jack Webb and, most recently, Ray M Hand. Because of his newcomer status in the group, Milland and his Initial efforts behind the camera are especially noteworthy. He made his debut in that capacity on "A Man Alone," a suspenseful and exciting sagebrush entry being released by Republic, and starred also In the opus. Milland, whose thespian abilities were long since established—he won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the alcoholic in "The Lost Weekend"—demonstrates, with "A Man Alone," that he has absorbed considerable of the knowhow necessary to be a capable and competent occupant of the director's chair. That others share this opinion Is ev.denced through the fact that Republic has retained him to meg a second subject. "Lisbon." in which he again will star. So long as the higher echelons of mummers can deliver such picture pilots as Milland, the producers need have no worries—even If video snatches all the editors and scribblers in the Hollywoodlands. Presumably from Bill Blowitz, who is freelancing tlie press and public relations of Robert Aldrich, producer of the United Artists opus, "The Big Knife"—a behind-theseamy-s'dc story of the film capital—comes a lethal piece of cutlery. It's a dangerouslooking hunting knife, sheathed in a leather holster upon which is imprinted the picture's title. Better Breezy Bill should send out back protectors. Too many shivs already are being tossed around in the movie colony. A pre.ss-stopping handout from the Brudern Warner's Burbank blurbery notifies that casting of 75 boys and girls for the "picnic scene" In "The Bad Seed" had been completed. For the sake of realism, the sequence might include some footage from "Them!" After all, what's a picnic without ants? Autumn's apple-polishing accolade belongs to Teet Carle's Paramount praisers for distribution of a photograph taken Jn the studio praisery of Don Hartman, executive producer. In the shot, the entire blurbing department looks on as Carle presents Hartman with a pair of cufflinks inscribed "Publicity Man De Luxe" as a tribute to his efforts in publicizing Paramount product. In the same mail and from the same source came another bit of art—this time of Bob Hope greeting a group of visiting exhibitors on the set of his current picture. It was taken at the time when the showmen were delegates to the annual Theatre Owners of America convent'on in Los Angeles—an event staged many weeks ago. The second and newsworthy shot was delivered nearly a month after the TOA huddles were over and. resullantly, was of interest to no one, with the possible exception of the World Almanac. But the boss was aggrandized—so what tha heck! That's how publicity is pursued in the Marathon district of Cinemania. From Paramount's aforementioned Mr. Hartman an invitation to a pre.?s reception for Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, freshly returned from Rome following their starring chores In "War and Peace." Not present: Mike Todd. And the same hungry pressmen were summoned by .Allied Artists' John C. Flinn to dine and to preview "Toughest Man Alive" on Halloween. That Jovial Johnny—he'll never grow up playing trick-or-treat at his age. Gotham dispatches inform that the abovecited Bill Blowitz—who henceforth will be known as "Lucky"—garnered a new 1955 Cadillac by holding the winning ticket in a fund-raising drawing staged by the New York Cinema Lodge of B'nai B'rlth. What's the matter—he couldn't answer the $64,000 question? JOXOmCE :: November 19, 1955 37