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Navy Relief to Benefit

By 'Boats' Premiere

HOLLYWOOD—With the Navy Relief

Society

as the beneficiary, U-I's "Away All

Boat,s." Technicolor-VistaVision film version

of the Kenneth Dodson novel about World

Wiu- II amphibious operations in the Pacific,

will be given a celebrity-studded premiere

here in mid-June. The Navy League will

assist in the event and patrons and patronesses

will include Navy officials as well as

state and civic dignitai'ies.

First nighters also will include Howard

Christie, who produced: Joseph Pevney, who

directed, and stars of the film, Jeff Chandler,

George Nader, Julie Adams, Lex Barker.

Keith Andes and Richard Boone.

Dat€ of the premiere, and the theatre in

which it will take place, will be announced

later.

"Magic Fii-e," Republic's Trucolor film

biography of Richard Wagner, produced and

directed by William Dieterle, will have its

west coast opening Monday (21) at the Pom-

Star Theatre. It stars Yvonne De Carlo,

Carlos Thompson, Rita Gam and Alan Badel.

Pi-emiere dates during May have been set

for two Allied Artists releases, with "Screaming

Eagles," produced by Samuel Bischoff

and David Diamond, scheduled to debut

Tuesday i22> at the Colony Theatre in

Fayetteville, N. C. and the Vincent M. Pennelly

production, "Crime in the Streets," to

bow the next day at the Victoria in New York.

Fayetteville was selected as the site

for the

"Eagles" opening because it is adjacent to

Port Bragg, training center in 1942 for the

famed Company D, 502nd Regiment, 101st

Airborne Division, the exploits of which are

detailed in the film. Invitations to the premiere

have been extended to top Army brass

and the affair will be attended also by Hollywood

luminaries. Directed by Charles Haas,

the feature toplines Tom Tryon, Jan Merlin

and Alvy Moore.

"Crime in the Streets," directed by Don

Siegel, stars James Whitmore and John

Cassavetes.

RKOs "While the City Sleeps," a Bert

Priedlob production starring Dana Andrews,

Rhonda Fleming and Ida Lupino, was given

its world premiere Wednesday (9> at the

Warner Theatre in Pittsburgh.

"The Searchers," the initial C. V. Whitney

Pictures film, which is being distributed by

Warners, will begin its New York engagement

Wednesday (30 1 at the Criterion Theatre.

Starring John Wayne, the outdoor action

drama was directed by John Ford.

earlier films.

22 New Members Added

To Roster of Academy

HOLLYWOOD—The Academy of Motion

has added 22 new

REUNION—When lensing began recently

on RKO's "Public Pigeon Number

One" it marked a reunion for Red

Skelton (left), star of the comedy, and

director Norman McLeod, who piloted the

carrot-topped comic in many of his

Picture Arts and Sciences

members to its roster, including:

Actors—Fred Astaire, George Gobel, Rock

Hudson, Don Taylor, Tom Tully. Administrators—Marvin

E. Mirisch. Art directors—William

Flannery. Cinematographers—Russell

Harlan. Executives—Schuyler A. Sanford.

Film editors—Viola Lawrence.

Musicians—Ernest Gold, Milton Rogers.

Producers—William Hawks. Public relations

—Jay Thompson, Allan G. Warshauer.

Sound—Charles B. Goldsmith, Harold P.

Watkins jr. Writers—Philip Yordan. Members-at-large—Eugene

Busch. Associates

Martin H. Lencer. David P. O'Malley. Harvey

Pergament.

Art Arthur to Represent

DeMille on Para. Planning

HOLLYWOOD—Art Arthur, executive assistant

to C. B. DeMille in charge of pubUc

relations, has been designated by the producer-director

to .serve as his personal representative

on the planning board of Paramount

executives who will guide the releasing

policies, publicity and advertising campaigns

on behalf of DeMille's forthcoming "The Ten

Commandments."

In line with his new duties, Arthur will

make regular trif)s to New York to join in

conferences with Maxwell Hamilton, coordinator

of the program. He took off Friday (11)

on his first such junket.

Screen Extras Retain

Incumbent Officers

HOLLYWOOD— All incumbent officers of

the Screen Extras Guild have been re-elected

for the coming year via mail ballot, in which

members also named 14 new members of the

board of directors. Of the latter, 13 were

nominated by the SEG's official nominating

committee and one was a candidate by independent

petition.

Returned to office were Richard H. Gordon,

president: Pranklyn Farnum, Tex

Brodus and Paul Bradley, vice-presidents:

Kermer G. Kemp, recording secretary, and

Jeffrey Sayre, treasurer. Elected to the board

for three-year terms were Billy J. Williams,

Paul Cristo, Tina Menard. Evelyn Ceder, Ethel

Greenwood, Leo Abbey, Guy Gifford Way,

Frank Radcliffe, Kemp, Roy Thomas, Sid

Troy; two-year term, Anna Mabry; one-year

terms, Max Reid and Joe Brooks. Brooks was

an independent candidate.

Tlie Screen Directors Guild will elect eight

new members of the board of directors and

eight new members of the assistant directors

council at its annual meeting Friday (25) at

its new headquarters.

New board and council members are chosen

for a two-year term. Incumbent board representatives

who still have a year to serve

include Fi-ank Capra, John Ford, Henry

Hathaway, Mervyn LeRoy, Frank Lloyd,

George Marshall. George Sidney (now SDG

president I George Stevens. Continuing

for another year on the assistant directors

council are Milton Feldman, Stanley Hough,

Bill McGarry, Sam Nelson, Ivan Volkman,

Bernard McEveety jr., Bernard L. Kow^alski

and George Loper.

Retiring board members include Frank

Borzage, Willis Goldbeck. Stuart Heisler.

Hem-y Koster, Walter Lang, Anthony Mann,

William A. Seiter and William Wyler. Completing

their terms on the assistant directors

council are Nathan BaiTager, Francis X.

Baur, William Beaudine jr., Ralph Black,

Henry Brill, Ru.ssell Haverick. Robert H.

Justman and Ralph Slosser.

Gobel to Star in RKO Film

HOLLYWOOD — Negotiations have been

finalized whereby George Gobel will star in

"So There You Are," a Gomalco production

for RKO, with lensing to start In July. William

Bloom has been assigned to produce

for the studio. Gobel, the TV comic who

made his theatrical film debut in Paramount's

"The Birds and the Bees," will portray

a junior advertising executive who

enters a Mr. and Mrs. America contest with

his wife, a former beauty contest winner.

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