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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
Applications will be accepted up to June 8:
fee for examination is $5. An appointment is
expected within two to three months of the
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.