HoUvwood Otfice— Suite 219 at 6404 Holly wood lUvd.:
Ivcn Spear, Western Manager j
Navy Relief to Benefit
By 'Boats' Premiere
HOLLYWOOD—With the Navy Relief
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
"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
"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
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.
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
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
Martin H. Lencer. David P. O'Malley. Harvey
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
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
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
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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