. . . Charles
. . . The
Will Aid Industry
NEW YORK "Making Americiui pictures
abroad, such as MGM now is doing with 'Teahouse
of the August
Moon' in Japan, will
help the American
major companies in
their negotiations to
get larger quotas in
these c u n t r i e s."
according to Collier
Young, who recently
of "Huk" in the Philippines
The Far East has
become an important Collier Young
part of a picture's film income and Huk."
which deals with the Philippine guerilla warfare
following World War II. would have an
especial interest, not only in the Philippines.
but in Hong Kong, Singapore. Tokyo and
other Asian territories. Young said.
Young is a fervid disciple for Philippine
production, especially since "Huk." which was
financed by United Ai-tists, cost only $350,000
to produce there. It would have cast approximately
three times that amount if made in
Hollywood. A number of Philippine film
producers and exhibitors have a financial
stake in the picture and Young figured that
he gave employment to thousands of extras
and a few technicians, including Manuel
Rojas, who was the unit's second cameraman.
The stars who came on from HoUj^vood were
George Montgomery. Mona Freeman and
John Baer but most of the smaller roles,
including three featured parts, were filled
by local talent. The Philippine film industry
makes from 50 to 60 local pictures yearly,
most of them on the crude side, Young
Young hopes for a simultaneous premiere
of "Huk" in Manila and in a key U. S. city
some time in July or August, when the picture
will be released. He will start production
of "The Halliday Brand." a western
feature to star Joseph Gotten, some time in
June. This also will be a UA release.
Young has not given up his production
chores for Filmakers but the latter company
has been inactive mainly because his coproducer,
Ida Lupino, has been occupied
with her TV chores on "Fom- Star Playhouse."
He also has created a TV series. "Mi-. Adams
and Eve." which will star Miss Lupino and
her husband. Howard Duff, and he also is
readying a TV series ba.sed on famous trials,
which will star Joseph Gotten as narrator.
Two of these pilot films have been completed.
Young, who came east with his wife, Joan
Fontaine, will return to Hollywood Monday
Fox Family Club Elects
NEW YORK—Harry Reinhardt has been
elected president of the 20th Century-Fox
Family Club. Bernard Bozzone vice-president,
Hy Salant treasurer. Ann Virus secretary,
and Leo Israel publicity manager. Coming
activities will be the annual outing, gin
rummy tournaments, the annual fall dance,
a bowling tournament and a swimming club.
lyjiinny Keiner, IFE general sales manager,
went to Chicago May 7, starting a tenday
swing of midwest exchanges to finalize
"Madame Butterfly" playdates . . . Charles
Boasberg. Paramount supervisor of sales for
"The Ten Commandments." went to Philadelphia
May 9. Mervin Hou.ser, RKO studio
director of publicity, returned to Hollywood
May 10 after ten days of home office meetings.
Joe Friedman of Wainer Bros, home
office special events department, left for
Detroit and Chicago to set up arrangements
for John Wayne's personal appearances with
the C. V. Whitney film, "The Searchers" .
Bernie Kamber. head of the New York office
of Hecht-Lancaster. left for Hollywood May 8
in connection with the charity opening of
"Trapeze" at the Fox Wilshire May 29.
Charles Levy, formerly advertising-publicity
director for Buena Vista and later with
20th Century-Fox, is now eastern publicity
representative for Byrna Productions and is
working on "Spring Reunion." which United
Artists will relea.se . . . Bob Perilla. column
contact in Columbia's publicity department,
has been awarded the master of arts degree
in communications by New York University
C. Moskowitz. Loew's vice-president
and treasurer, is vacationing in Florida
United Artists softball team opened
its 1956 season May 3 with a 10 to 4 victory
over Sesac Music Corp. in Central Park. Matt
Daniels of the UA contact department,
pitched a four hit game. The 18-man UA
squad is managed by Don Base.
Heading for Europe early in May were;
Hugh Herbert, who will produce "The
Little Hut" for MGM in England and Spain,
who planed to London May 5: Noel Coward,
who sailed on the Liberie May 11 after appearing
in TV spectaculars; George S. Kaufman,
playwright, and Judge Learned Hand,
who sailed on the Queen Mary May 9, and
John Sutherland. TV film producer, who left
for Cairo via London and Paris May 4 . . .
The returnees from abroad were more numerous
and included; Arthur Abeles, managing
director of Warner Bros.. Ltd., with Mrs.
Abeles; Richard W. Mealand. executive director
of Paramount in England, with Mrs.
Mealand, and Sheldon Reynolds, writerproducer-dij-ector
of "Foreign Intrigue" for
United Artists, with Nicole Milinaire, his
French associate producer, and Margaret
Webster, Shakespearean producer-director.
back from Europe were A. R. Broccoli,
co-producer with Irving Allen in Warwick
Productions, who got in from London May 9
en route to Trinidad to start "Fire Down
Below"; Morgan Hudgins, MGM studio publicist,
who got in from England and France
and headed for the coast two days later;
Howard Keel. MGM singing star, who got
back from an engagement at the London
Palladium, and Arthur Hornblow jr.. who will
produce "Witness for the Prosecution" for
United Artists in England, in association
with Edward Small.
Albert Deane, manager of the Paramount
International department of censorship and
editing, got back to the home office May 9
following a tour covering Australia. Hong
Kong, Tokyo and Honolulu. R. D. Purie, who
has joined Hoffberg Productions as foreign
sales representative, left May 9 for Mexico
City, first leg of a trip through Latin
America. He will return in July •
Vclde, general sales manager of United
Artists, was guest of honor at an exhibition
luncheon in Boston May 10. Alan F. Cummlngs.
in charge of MGM exchange operations,
and Harold Postman, his assistant,
headed for Chicago for the MGM auditors
meeting Friday-Saturday (11-12). Marvin Atlas,
assistant secretary of Loew's, Inc., planed
to Chicago the same day to attend the meeting.
Eddie Cantor, who will return to films
after a ten-year absence in "The Fifth
Season," which Gregory Ratoff will produce
in Manhattan for 20th Century-Fox, was
guest of honor at an after-theatre supper
party at the Eden Roc Thur.sday (10).
Another Cantor. Dave. RKO's exploitation
manager, left May 9 for Denver to finalize
plans for the opening of "Great Day in the
Morning" at the Orpheum Theatre .
Spyros P. Skouras. with Mrs. Skouras,
Leonard Goldenson, Billy Ro.se and Joyce
Matthews. Julius Monk, Mrs. Marie Hillman,
Kitty Carlisle and Moss Hart and Kenne
Berry were among the notables applauding
at the opening of "A Most Happy Fella," new
musical hit at the Imperial Theatre . . . Joan
Collins, who has completed "The Opposite
Sex" for MGM, arrived from the coast May 6
for press interviews . . . Joan Crawford also
arrived from Hollywood May 6.
Walter Branson to Europe
On Business, Sales Talks
NEW YORK—Walter Branson. RKO vicepresident
charge of worldwide distribution,
left Friday ill) for a business trip of several
weeks through England and Continental
While on tour, Branson will hold conferences
with Robert S. Wolff, managing director
for the United Kingdom; Joseph Bellport,
general EXiropean manager; Charles
Rosmarin. European general sales manager,
and other RKO foreign sales executives and
Europe exhibitors. He will discuss distribution
policies of "While the City Sleeps," "The
Bold and the Brave," "Great Day in the
Morning," "The Brave One" and "The First
Traveling Saleslady." the latter the first
production from the reactivated RKO Studio.
Industry Leaders Pledge
$190,000 to UJA Drive
NEW YORK—Pledges totaling over $190,000
for the 1956 United Jewish Appeal drive were
made at a luncheon of industry leaders, called
by Barney Balaban. president of Paramount.
at his Paramount offices.
Samuel D. Leidesdorf. New York accountant
and treasurer of UJA. called attention to "the
grave crisis which the f)eople of Israel are
undergoing today and the tremendous
nece.ssity of re-settling and rehabilitating
over 450.000 refugees from the danger spots
of North Africa as rapidly as possible."
Builds at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL. N. Y —Sam Slotnick is opening
a new drive-in in this city. Slotnick
also operates several four-wall houses in
Syracuse, near here.
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