Boxoffice-November.19.1955

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: 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.

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