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STUDIO PERSONNELITIES

Columbia

VALERIE FRENCH returned from moking personal

appeorances here and abrood in connection with

openings of "Jubal," in which she appears with

Glenn

Ford.

Blurbers

Independent

HAROLD L. PALMER, who for a time hondled

radio-TV publicity for Warners, joined the Wendell

W. Olsen agency as head of its locol public relations

department.

Cleffers

Allied Artists

SALTER was signed as rr

Independent

Hampshire Productions, headed by Harry Totelman,

inked composer-conductor FREDERICK STEINER

to a three-picture deal.

RKO Radio

Musical score for "Tension at Table Rock" will be

composed by DIMITRI TIOMKIN.

United Artists

Producer Samuel Goldwyn jr. booked JEROME

MOROSS to score "The Shorkf ighters."

Loanouts

United Artists

Russ-Field Productions borrowed ELEANOR PARKER

from MGM to star with Clark Gable in "The King

and Four Queens," which Raoul Walsh will direct

for Producer David Hempstead.

Meggers

Allied Artists

LEW LANDERS is piloting the Lindsley Parsons

production, "The Cruel Tower," starring John Ericson.

United Artists

Robert Goldstein Productions booked GERD OSWALD

to direct "Love Story," a forthcoming Barbara Stan-

Options

Allied Artists

the Bowery Boys Casting on entry, "Chasing

Trouble," was completed with the signing of LAURIE

MITCHELL, CHARLES WILLIAMS, ANN GRIFFITH and

BENNY BURT. George Blair megs the comedy, a

the top femme

ite Joel McCreo in "The Oklohomon,"

Diter sch.

actor to PETER VOTRIAN was added the cast.

MARl BLANCHARD was signed to star with John

in Ericson the Lindsley Parsons production, "The

is Cruet Tower," on which Lew Landers the mega-

Columbia

BILL BISHOP was cast os the hero in "The White

Squaw," the Wallace MacDonald production in Technicolor,

which also features David Brion. The director

IS

Roy Nozarro. Contractee WILLIAM LESLIE

drew a featured part.

Producer Sam Kotzman booked the MARY KAYE

his TRIO and PEREZ PRADO and orchestra for top

roles in "Cha, Cho, Cha," a tunetilm which Fred F.

Sears will direct.

Independent

JOHN CARRADINE was cast as the principal heovy

Golden State Productions' "The She-Creature,"

in

toplining Cothy Downs, Tom Conway and Maria

English. ictioner, Megging the science-f which American

is International will release, Edward L. Cahn.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

ELIZABETH FLOURNOY was cast in "The Power

and the Prize," a Nicholas Noytack production

starring Robert Taylor, with Henry Koster directing.

Producer Hal W

role of a chorine in the Dei

comedy, "Hollywood or Bust,"

Paramount

VALERIE ALLEN for

RKO Radio

Frank

Tashlin

JEFF SILVER, 19-year-old TV-radio actor, was cost

in a featured role in "Strike a Blow," adolescentdelinquency

drama, which stars James MacArthur and

Kim Hunter. It will be produced by Stuart Millar

and megged by John Frankenheimer.

TV comedienne NITA TALBOT will make her film

debut with Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher in

"Bundle of Joy," on Edmund Grainger production

which will roll early next month with Norman Taurog

wielding the megaphone.

Handed a comedy role in the Red Skelton starrer,

'Public Pigeon Number One," was JOHN ABBOTT.

Norman McLeod is piloting the Harry Tugend pro-

20th Century-Fox

Added to the cast of the Henry Ephron production,

"The Best Things in Life Are Free, PHYLLIS

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AVERY. Starring Gordon MacRoe, Dan Doiley, Sheree

North and Ernest Borgnine, the tunefilm is being

piloted by Michael Curtiz.

Actress DANA WYNTER has been held

term.

other

Universal-International

Character actor JERRY PARIS was inked to portray

an airline pilot in the Jock Mahoney-Leigh Snowden

vehicle about reincarnation, "I've Lived Before,"

is which Richord Bortlett megging for Producer

Howard Christie.

Orchestra leader RUSS MORGAN will undertake a

"Cory," which stars Tony Curtis and Martha Hyer

and will be produced by Robert Arthur.

Character actress MILDRED NATWICK was cast

a spinster aunt in the Debbie Reynolds-Leslie

as

is Nielsen vehicle, "Tammy," which being produced

Technicolor and CinemaScope by Ross Hunter.

in

The director is Joseph Pevney. Drawing a featured

was MALA POWERS.

spot

Warner Bros.

Playwright-actor BERNIE HAMILTON was cast as

in Girl a corporal "The He Left Behind," army con

starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood. The F

Rosenberg production is being directed by Davi

Butler.

Scripters

Melro-Goldwyn-Mayer

JACK SCHAEFER is penning "Company of Cow

World War II drama, which Charles Schne

Universal-International

R. WRIGHT CAMPBELL is writing the

for "The Man of a Thousand Faces," a fi

phy of the late Lon Chaney, which Robert ,

produce. The Chaney role wi be undertake

Story Buys

Allied Artists

it to in Planning shoot on location Central America

next spring. Producer Lindsley Parsons bought

Incredible "The Yonqui," a story by Herman D.

Deutch about an American locomotive engineer

who goes to Honduras and becomes a political power.

Independent

Planning to set up her own unit to produce the

subject—^in which, however, she will not star—Jane

Powell purchased "The Gay Saint," a historical novel

by Paul Bailey about a Mormon adventurer who

made a fortune in the early days of San Francisco.

Hampshire Productions, headed by Harry Tatelman,

purchased "The 446," an account by Cooper Adams

ond Roger Aston of their experiences aboard the LST

446 during World War II.

Paramount

Producer Hal Wallis acquired film rights to "Girls

of Summer," a play by N. Richard Nash, which will

be produced on Broadway this fall.

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Universal-International

Scheduled os a Van Heflin starrer, film rights were

to secured "If Should Die," a magazine story by

Hugh Pentecost about a New York newspaper reporter.

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will be produced by Howie Horwitz as

his first assignment since being recently inked to

RETIRE AT MGM Three MGM workers, the latest to retire under Loew's, Inc.,

retirement plan, received from Dore Schary, studio head, thanks and congratulations

at a gathering of department supervisors in Schary's office recently. The three going

on retirement are James Ryan, assistant chief of police; Will B. McCormick, electrical

department, and D. E. Woods, sound department. The three had 74 years of

service at the Culver City plant. Left to right; E. C. DeLavigne, head of labor relations;

Dr. Wesley C. Miller, recording director; Ryan; W. P. Hendry, chief of studio

poUce; Schary; McCormick; A. Sydney Moore, head of the electrical department;

Woods; By EUerbrock, studio representative of Loew's retirement fund, and W. W.

Spemcer, studio manager.

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