VALERIE FRENCH returned from moking personal
appeorances here and abrood in connection with
openings of "Jubal," in which she appears with
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
SALTER was signed as rr
Hampshire Productions, headed by Harry Totelman,
inked composer-conductor FREDERICK STEINER
to a three-picture deal.
Musical score for "Tension at Table Rock" will be
composed by DIMITRI TIOMKIN.
Producer Samuel Goldwyn jr. booked JEROME
MOROSS to score "The Shorkf ighters."
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.
LEW LANDERS is piloting the Lindsley Parsons
production, "The Cruel Tower," starring John Ericson.
Robert Goldstein Productions booked GERD OSWALD
to direct "Love Story," a forthcoming Barbara Stan-
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,"
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-
BILL BISHOP was cast os the hero in "The White
Squaw," the Wallace MacDonald production in Technicolor,
which also features David Brion. The director
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.
JOHN CARRADINE was cast as the principal heovy
Golden State Productions' "The She-Creature,"
toplining Cothy Downs, Tom Conway and Maria
English. ictioner, Megging the science-f which American
is International will release, Edward L. Cahn.
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,"
VALERIE ALLEN for
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-
Added to the cast of the Henry Ephron production,
"The Best Things in Life Are Free, PHYLLIS
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
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
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
is Nielsen vehicle, "Tammy," which being produced
Technicolor and CinemaScope by Ross Hunter.
The director is Joseph Pevney. Drawing a featured
was MALA POWERS.
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
JACK SCHAEFER is penning "Company of Cow
World War II drama, which Charles Schne
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
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.
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.
Producer Hal Wallis acquired film rights to "Girls
of Summer," a play by N. Richard Nash, which will
be produced on Broadway this fall.
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.
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.