1 Diamond Service Pins To Ten RKO Workers HOLLYWOOD—Ten RKO studio employes who have served the company for 25 years were honored at the RKO Studio Club's sixth annual dinner dance Saturday (10) evening at the Ambassador Hotel. William Dozier, vice-president in charge of production, returned from the Orient ahead of schedule in order to be present and address the group. Diamond pins were presented to the ten veterans: Rudolf Becker, laborers; Blanche Forst, publicity; Vernon Harbin, legal; Edwin Harman, sound; Wilkie Kleinpell, transportation; Marianne Macklem, story files; Richard Mahn, labor relations; William Robey, electrical maintenance, Pathe; Minerva Searles, property, and James Vaiana, electric. Valerie Anderson, who was signed to a long-term contract by RKO after Vice-Presiden William Dozier saw her photograph in a fashion magazine, has been invited by her hometown. Riverside, Calif., to reign as queen of the giant YMCA sports show there Monday (19), the proceeds of which are to be contributed to the building of that organization's world service committee. NE>AA Speaker Cones for the DRIVE-IN THEATRE 4" 5" 6" FOB. $1.49 $1.59 $1.89 SACRAMENTO ALL CONES ARE WEATHER-PROOFED AND CONTAIN LARGE MAGNETS glenn e. koropp 3600 San Ysidro Way Sacrameiito 25. Calif, write, wire - or phone IVanfioe 9-0941 SAVE MOHEYj U^^^jj"-;' ON PREVUES 3 fram9% With Copy, Photo* and OH Slogo Talk U«« at Pr« U o d by nonycircuitil TRAItER® IMMEDIATE SERVICE! ^^gg^ NO CONTRACTS FILMACK NO BITURNB , Advance or Crosi Plugs! 1 327 S. Wibuk Ckleaco. IM. LITTLE BIG GUNS—Producer Frank Woods selected three giants—each is over seven feet tall—to deliver the gift of a miniature revolver to Allied Artists president Steve Broidy after filming- was completed on "Gun for a Town.'" Motion Picture Academy Adds 16 New Members HOLLYWOOD — Sixteen new members have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They and their branch classifications are: George K. Arthur, William B. Bosche, Eric Cleworth and Basil Davidovich, short subjects; Howard R. LeSieur, Jonas Rosenfield jr. and Max Weinberg, public relations; Earl Holliman, actors; James H. Garlock, art directors; M. B. Paul, cinematographers; Alfred Perry, music; Paul Nathan, producers; Richard De Weese, sound; Ruth Cordish, Benn Jacobson, and Elaine Stone, members-at-large. This brings the Academy's membership to 1,773. Wildlife Series for TV HOLLYWOOD—Screen Gems, Inc., television subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, is scheduled to go into production Monday (19) on Johnny Wildlife, an all-color series of 39 half-hour telefilms dealing with life above, below and on the earth. The shows will be made for SG by Briskin-Wildlife Adventures Co. with Jack DeWitt as producer and Ralph Staub as director. Christens Air Squadron HOLLYWOOD—Karen Steele, who stars with Victor Mature in Samuel Goldwyn jr's. production of "The Sharkfighters," was a guest of the naval air station at Los Alamitos, Calif., where she christened a fighter squadron the Sharkfighter. The picture's advertising trademark, a man in the water circled by sharks, has been selected by the Naval Air Reserve Command as an insignia for the planes in the squadron. Plea by Judy Garland HOLLYWOOD — A special quarter-hour musical show for the 1956 March for Muscular Dystrophy has been recorded by Judy Garland. Included are selections from her new Capitol album and her own personal appeal for America's support of the fight against the disease. Entitled "Lucky Day," the show Is being distributed to 1,000 radio stations throughout the country. Eric Johnston Praises High Role of Film Ads HOLLYWOOD—What advertising has done for the motion picture business was passingly praised by Eric Johnston, president of the Motion Picture Ass'n of America, in his appearance before the 59th national convention of the Outdoor Advertising Ass'n of America Tuesday (13). "Coming from the motion picture business," Johnston said. "I have no question that it pays us to advertise. The advertising has helped us create a huge market for our product both at home and abroad. What's more, it has helped us create better motion pictures to satisfy this market." Most of Johnston's address was devoted to conditions existing behind the Iron Curtain. George Montgomery to Star In 'Last Gun in Durango' HOLLYWOOD—George Montgomery has been signed for the lead in "Last Gun in Durango," which Robert E. Kent is producing for Grand Productions, with Sidney Salkow directing. Meanwhile, Geraldine Brooks has been given the femme topline opposite Montgomery in "Cross-Up," which William Berke is producing and directing for Security Pictures. Nick Persoff has been set for a supporting role. Both films will be released through United Artists. To Direct 'Morningstar' HOLLYWOOD—Daniel Mann has been signed to direct "Marjorie Morningstar," which Milton Sperling is producing independently for release through Warner Bros. Mann has flown to New York to join the producer in setting up a series of tests with new young actresses for the title role in the feature. In Blood-Giving Party HOLLYWOOD—Members of the Screen Actors Guild and Screen ESttras Guild joined in a two-day Red C^oss blood-giving "party" Thursday and Friday (15, 16). A six-bed Red Cross mobile blood unit took over the entire second floor of the SAG building for the occasion. j^j D'Agostino Resigns HOLLYWOOD—Albert D'Agostino has resigned as head of RKO's art department, effective December 31. He leaves the studio after 20 years to regain his health and in order to take individual picture assignments next year. He formerly was art director with Selznick Pictures and with Universal. Jim Stewart Speaks HOLLYWOOD—James Stewart planed to Arlington, Va., to deliver the traditional Veterans Day address Sunday (11) at the T'omb of the Unknown Soldier. New Screen for Boyes Theatre BOYES HOT SPRINGS, CALIF.—Manager Alan Finlay recently installed a new widescreen In the Boyes Theatre. New footlights and a new title curtain were added at the same time. 42 BOXOFFICE : : November 17, 1956
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