The Buchanan & Co. odvertising ogency has been
retoined to handle the campaign on producer-director
William Wyler's "The Friendly Persuasion."
Producer Hal R. Makelim set GEORGE GREELEY to
compose ond conduct the score for "The Peacemaker."
Musical score for "The Battle of Gettysburg,"
documentary short subject, will be composed and
conducted by ADOLPH DEUTSCH.
NELSON RIDDLE will compose and conduct the
score for "Johnny Concho," the Frank Sinatra starrer
being filmed by Sinatra's Kent Productions.
SEYMOUR FRIEDMAN drew the directorial ossignment
on the Wollace MacDonald production, "Secret
of Treasure Mountain," which will go before the
cameras early next month.
FRANK LLOYD was handed the directorial ossignment
on "Papa Married a Mormon," upcoming film
version of the novel by John Fitzgerald.
"The Sixth of June," the Dona Wynter starrer
which Charles Brackett will produce in England, will
be directed by HENRY KOSTER.
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.
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.
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.
CLORIS LEACHMAN, New York stage-video
joined the cost of the Arthur Loew jr. production,
"The Rack," which stors Paul Newman, Anne Francis
ond Wendell Corey.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Playwright MARC CONNOLLY, who has
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
handed new term contracts.
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
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
The Woolner Bros, production, "Swamp Women,"
is being edited by RONNIE SINCLAIR.
director and CHARLES
MERRILL PYE was named art
HUNT unit manager on "The Rack."
Named assistant director on "The Rock" was
"Pordners" will be photographed by DANIEL FAPP
JOHN SEITZ will photograph "Santiago."
"They Come From Another World" to INVASION
OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.
"Jubal Troop" to JUBAL.
He Died Laughing" to THE LAST LAUGH.
"The Mine With the Iron Door" to SECRET OF
"They Tamed the Land" to TO TAME A LAND.
"The Case Against Joe" (Bel-Air Prod.) to CRIME
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
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.
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
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
Following the premiere, "Oklahoma!" began
a roadshow engagement at the Egyptian Friday
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.
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East: Terry Turner, special radio-TV ex
ploitation consultant on RKO's "The Con-,
queror." concluded studio huddles in
with the campaign on the picture an<
returned to his New York office.
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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.
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.
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East: Alfred E. Daff. U-I executive vice
president, concluded studio conferences anr
returned to Gotham.