. . Ray
Otewart Granger and his wife Jean Simmons
have bought a large ranch near
Silver City, N. M.. and are having plans
drawn for a ranch house costing around
Word received here is that
. . .
Pennington, former branch manager
here for Paramount, has been made manager
at Milwaukee York has put in a
widescreen and Cinemascope in the Summit,
Harrison, Neb. The installation was
made by Ted Knox.
Tillie Chalk, Paramount cashier, was vacationing
and entertaining her daughter and
four gxandchildren, who leave soon for a fouryear
stay in Germany has
chopped off two jobs, dividing the sales territory
between two salesmen, John Vos and
John Thomas. William Peregrine, who has
been handling the northern section, goes into
the office as office manager, Frank Carbone
becomes booker and Don Cook, booker, quits
to take a job as truck driver for Safeway
stores. The other job abolished is that of
Sylvia Grief, biller.
Mayer Monsky, Universal manager, and
wife were vacationing in New York and the
east . . . John Allen, MGM district manager,
was in from his Dallas headquarters, calling
on the circuits and conferring with Henry
Priedel, branch manager . . .
independent distributor, is taking over the
agency for Realart, American Releasing Corp.,
and others being handled by Robert Herrell,
who will devote his full time to his Kansas
City exchange. Laura Haughey, office manager,
also moves to the Lloyd office at 820
21st Leon Blender, sales manager for
American Releasing, was in to make the
switch for that company. He was accompanied
is by his wife Miriam, who a niece of
Oscar Galanter, office manager at Universal.
Increase in Sales Tax
Is Proposed in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY—An additional tax burden
looms for Utah theatregoers. Three
mayors of the state this week joined in a
move to have the igST state legislature increase
the Utah sales tax to 3 per cent from
2 per cent.
The boost was proposed by Mayor Adiel F.
Stewart of Salt Lake. He had the backing
of the city commission and later in the day
mayors of Ogden, Utah's second largest city,
and Logan, its fourth largest, said they would
join him in the move.
The mayors and commissioners proposed
that the state increase the tax and then kick
back to cities the one per cent boost. They
said more money is needed to operate cities
and that property taxes have reached their
A similar proposal was made two years ago
and enabling legislation passed the legislature.
A year ago. Mayor Earl J. Glade suggested
the city tax of 1 per cent, but the matter was
dropped when it was pointed out that to put
a 1 per cent tax on city sales would result in
the amount due.
Meantime, all SAG members have been invited
to inspect the new Guild headquarters
Hal Fuller, Dimension Pictures exchange
. . .
owner, went to Albquerque on a sales trip building at an open house to be held Saturday
Theatre folks seen on Filmrow included Mr.
and Mrs. John Groy, Vista; Buena Fi-ank
Aydelotte, Fort Collins; Emmett Sevard,
'Great Day' Mass Opening
Greeley; Mrs. Nora Wright, Flagler; Wilbur
Williams, Boulder; William Taggart. Delta;
L. N. Scheidigger, Seibert; George McCormick,
In 215 Western Theatres
NEW YORK—"Great Day in the Morn-
Canon City; Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Ad-
rian, Fairplay; Dr. F. E. Rider, Wauneta;
Glen Wittstruck, Meeker, and Bernard Newman,
and Salt Lake City exchange areas within
two weeks after it has had its premiere Wed-
nesday (16) at the Orpheum Theatre, Denver,
MPPC to Break Ground
For New Headquarters
HOLLYWOOD — Groundbreaking ceremonies
for the new Motion Picture Permanent
Charities headquarters will take place
Tuesday (15) with Samuel Goldwyn, who
earlier this year donated $75,000 to the building
fund, tur-ning the traditional fu-st shovelful
of earth. Civic leaders, welfare agency
heads and industry members will attend.
The event will be followed by a luncheon
honoring Goldwyn, at which the MPPC and
the Ass'n of Motion Picture Producers will
present the producer with citations commending
him for his years of service to the
charity organization. Goldwyn conceived the
idea of the MPPC in 1940 and was its first
Steve Broidy, chau-man of the MPPC building
committee, said construction work will
of business in the city.
SAG Removes Bash Firm
From Its Unfair List
HOLLYWOOD—John Bash Productions, TV
and theatrical film unit, has been removed
from the "unfair" list of the Screen Actors
Guild, that organization disclosed in a report
to its membership. Bash, so listed because
he had not paid an arbitration award
in favor of SAG, protested that he had not
done so because he had not been notified.
TTie SAG said the filmmaker now has paid
SALT LAKE CITY
poy Pickrell, longtime employe at the 20th-
Pox branch office, was seriously injured
when hit by a car. Roy was running to
catch a bus. A driver, who had started on a
yellow light, hit Roy and threw him beneath
the wheels of an oncoming truck, which
stopped just inches short of running over the
filmman. Roy was in fair condition in a Salt
Ellis Everell, operator of the Park-Vu Drivein,
plans to open a new playground at the
ozoner May 18. A miniature train is one of
the attractions . . . Variety Tent 38 is planning
a sports car race in June to raise funds
for building a hospital for retarded children.
This will be the second event in a series of
activities designed to put the name of Variety
before the people of Utah. The first, a
gigantic Helldorado Days, attracted more
than 1,000 persons to the Newhouse Hotel,
new headquarters for the tent. Irving Gillman,
chief barker, is sparking the events.
Film stars Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack and
Rory Calhoun will appear on the stage of
the Utah Theatre for the premiere of "Great
Day in the Morning." They are scheduled
to fly over from Denver, where premiere
activities are slated prior to the Utah event,
which is planned for May 17 . . .
Wood, auditor for Fox, was in . . .
Columbia's tub-thumper, flew down from the
northwest to set up campaigns for three pictures
. . . Cleo Swedenborg is a new bookerstenographer
at 20th-Fox Jack
(Betty Smith) Fullenwidder, daughter of the
Frank Smiths, was a visitor from her California
Business in the Utah-Idaho-Montana area
is reported way off in some situations. Television
is only now being installed in some
communities in the three states. Bad weather
knocked grosses at Salt Lake drive-ins again,
although May 1 brought sunny skies and
hope for a respite from storms . . . Helen
Rice Woolford, public relations representative
for Intermountain Theatres, won a transistor
radio at a recent Ad Club luncheon.
U. S. Film Festival Idea
will open in 215 situations in the Denver Under Consideration
HOLLYWOOD—Key figures in the Holly-
according to Walter Branson, RKO vicepresident
in charge of worldwide distribution.
Among the theatres are the State, Albuquerque;
Skyline, Canon City; Chief, Colorado
Springs; Piney, Boise; Rialto, Butte;
Babcock, Billings; Egyptian, Ogden; Lyric,
Fort Collins; Isis, Aspen; Chief, Pueblo; Flatirons,
Boulder; Paramount. Cheyenne, and
Santa Fe, Santa Fe.
To Screen Hope Starrer
HOLLYWOOE>—Members of the southland
press will be guests of Paramount, Bob Hope
and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
on a weekend junket to the desert resort
beginning Friday (25), when Hope's new
starrer, "That Certain Feeling," will be
screened as a benefit for the Desert Hospital.
The Norman Panama-Melvin Prank
production also toplines Eva Marie Saint and
wood industry are again mulling the idea of
an international film festival to be held in
the U. S., which would be similar to the affair
just concluded in Cannes, France, it was
reported by George Murphy, official American
representative to the event, upon his return
after a ten-day stay.
Murphy, MGM director of public relations,
said there is some feeling that such a festival
should not be held in the film capital, and
asserted there was general agreement among
U. S. visitors to Cannes that Hollywood should
either participate in that annual event on
a much larger scale or bow out.
'Juggernaut' to Republic
HOLLYWOOD—Republic will distribute
"Juggernaut," an upcoming John Bash-
Elizabeth Dickinson production, which will
be directed by Paul Henreid. It will be the
second Bash-Dickinson entry for Plepublic,
following the already completed "Acapulco,"
filmed in Mexico.
;: May 12, 1956