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Goldwyn Announces

Plans for New Opus

HOLLYWOOD—In addition to continuing

his personal selling efforts on behalf of the

multi-million-dollar "Guys and Dolls." which

is being distributed by MGM. veteran filmmaker

Samuel Goldwyn intends to put a new

picture before the cameras early next year,

provided he can develop a suitable and satisfactory

story line for the untitled property.

That was the word from Goldwyn at a

press conference called upon his return from

a trek to the Orient, during which he attended

and plugged openings of "G. and D."

and conferred with industry and government

leaders in Japan.

His next independent venture, the topic

of which was not disclosed, will be in blackand-white

and Cinemascope. Goldwyn declared,

adding that a solid script is the prime

essential for a successful motion picture and

that star names, color and other garnishments

are secondary.

The producer is planning a June 1 departure

on a trip to Europe to attend "G. and

D. ' premieres in FYance. Germany and England.

The musical, based on the stage hit,

was well received in Japan, he reported, although

U. S. tunefilms ai-e not as popular

there as are romantic dramas with "heart

and warmth." A $10,000,000 gross will have

to be secured by "Guys and Dolls" before

it

starts showing a profit, he said.

Buffalo Showing Halted

After Bombing Threat

BUFFALO—The Niagara Theatre. Paramount-operated

community house at 426

Niagara, closed early Fi'iday night (4)

after a telephone bomb thj-eat blamed on

teenage rowdies. Acting Manager Blase

Palumbo called police and Walter E. Szczpanski.

assistant detective chief, advised him to

evacuate the theatre. Palumbo halted "Gunpoint,"

and told the audience there were

mechanical difficulties." He feared panic if

he told the patrons the real reason for the

move. A thorough search of the Niagara by

theatre attendants and police failed to reveal

any explosive. Palumbo said strict discipline

is maintained at the Niagara at all times and

that it is possible a youth who was banned

for misconduct made the false phone call.

Hicksville, Not Babylon,

Reopened by Prudential

NEW YORK—Reported reopening of an

Associated Pi-udential Theatres house at

Babylon on Long Island in last week's issue

of BOXOmCE .should have been credited to

Hicksville instead of Babylon. The Hicksville

opening on Friday (4i followed a complete

renovation and redecorating job. Wall-to-wall

screen, new drapes and curtain and a rock

wall base for improved acoustics were major

improvements.

The Hicksville foyer also was changed, one

stairway eliminated, lounges and restrooms

modernized. The refreshment counter is new.

RKO Film at Cork Fete

NEW YORK—Allen B. Miner's "Naked

Sea." in Pathe Color, will be presented at the

Cork Film Festival in Eire, to be held May

21-27, according to Walter Branson. RKO vicepresident

in charge of worldwide distribution.

Walsh, Downing, Halloran

Feted by lATSE of N.Y.

HARMONY WAS THF, THEME—Richard F. Walsh. lATSE president, scrond from

right; Russell V. Downing, Music Hall managing director, right, and Charles W.

Halloran, New York State first deputy industrial commissioner, left, received awards

from Mayor Robert F. Wagner of New York for their labor-management-govornment

contributions at a dinner Sunday (6).

NEW YORK—New York State lATSE

locals gave a dinner May 6 for Richard F.

Walsh. lATSE president, to celebrate his

election to the executive council of the merged

has shown it can work as a unit in peace

and harmony despite newspaper reports to the

contrary. He said that James C. Petrillo.

president of the American Federation of

AFL-CIO. It was held at the St. George Musicians, who also attended the dinner,

Hotel. Brooklyn.

could corroborate the statement.

Other guests of honors were Russell 'V.

John C. McDowell, secretary of New York

Downing, managing director of the Radio City

Local 1. was toastmaster. Chairmen were

Music Hall, and Charles W. Halloran, first

deputy industrial commissioner of the Thomas Murtha. business agent of Brooklyn

state,

who were cited for their contributions to Local 4. and H. Paul Shay of Elmira Local

lATSE labor - management - government harmony. 289, secretary-treasurer of District

Presentations were made by Mayor Robert 10, which comprises all New York State locals.

F. Wagner.

Labor, industry and government were well

Walsh declared that the executive council represented at the dinner.

Examinations July 7

For Chief Censor's Job

ALBANY—A competitive examination for

the directorship of the State Education Department's

motion picture division i censoring

i

will be held July 7. The job, which pays

from $8,820 to $10,590 in five annual salary

increases, has been filled on a temporary

basis since September 1955, when Dr. Hugh

M. Flick was promoted to executive assistant

to the commissioner of education. Dr. Ward

C. Bowen, chief of the bureau of audio and

visual aids, took over temporarily after Flick

left, but when Dr. Bowen suffered a heart

attack recently. Helen H. Kellogg, a veteran

in the state censorship setup, was made acting

director. She will not be a candidate

for the post of director, having arrived at

the statutory age for retirement.

The eligibles will be drawn from persons

permanently employed in the competitive

class in the State Education Department,

with a minimum of one year's continuous

service on a permanent basis prior to the

examination in positions allocated to Grade

23 (associate director) or higher. There are

at least 20 holding positions in that grade.

Whether they will all try the test—for a job

paying about $1,000 a year more—is uncertain,

in view of the fact it is based in

New York City rather than in Albany.

There will be a written examination, testing

a knowledge of five areas; may also be an

oral one. The written part will be on social

sciences and literature; standards of morals

and good taste with special application to

mass media of communication; laws and

regulations relating to the review and licensing

of motion pictures and their exhibition

in New York state; principles and techniques

of administration and supervision, and related

knowledge and abilities involved in performing

the duties of the position.

Individual achievement, facilitation of

group objectives, and ability to deal effectively

with others, will be the scope of the oral

test.

Applications will be accepted up to June 8:

fee for examination is $5. An appointment is

expected within two to three months of the

test

date.

Greene and Sommers Win

Reade Circuit Prizes

NEW YORK—Bert Greene of the St. James

Theatre. Asbury Park, won first prize in the

February "Manager of the Month" contest of

Walter Reade Theatres. Joe Sommers of the

Paramount Theatre. Long Branch. N. J., won

second prize. Cash prizes are awaa-ded for

the best over-all job in advertising, exploitation,

public relations and physical management

of a theatre.

BOXOFFICE

:

12. 1956

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