VOL. 47, NO. 38








SEPTEMBER 17, 1955

Movie Celebrations Help Our Biz

Ottawa’s Motion Picture Month Saluted By Mayor In Daily Press

Ottawa: Ottawa’s celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the Motion Picture Theatre got off to a fine start on Labor Day, with most of the centre town theatres playing to big returns on the strength of the



Never in the history of our In- dustry, to the best of my knowl- edge, have we had such a steady flow of solid product available for release. Hold-overs in the key situ- ations has become so general, that the old days of Holiday openings is just about dead. In Toronto, which is, of course, considered the key for the entire country, Labor Day saw only three new pictures opening, with all other first-run theatres in hold-over sessions.

In trying to piece together a clear pic.ure of what the situation will be in Toronto come October 10th, Thanksgiving Day, I found myself with a virtual jig-saw of outstanding product, which may or may not be playing Toronto first- runs that particular week. As if stands now, and this picture can change overnight, these are the PROBABLES for the Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto.

At the Imperial, Canada’s larg- est theatre, and Famous Players flagship, the Dean Martin - Jerry Lewis VistaVision picture from Paramount, “You’re Never Too Young,” is the scheduled attrac- tion. However, the odds are that Warner Bros.’ “Mr. Roberts” will be firmly entrenched in the middle of a record-breaking engagement by then, and my bet is that it will not move.

At Shea’s, 20th-Fox’s Cinema- Scope production, “The Left Hand of God,” starring Humphrey Bo- gart and Gene Tierney should be in its initial week’s run for the Holiday.

The University-Eglinton combi- nation will probably open another Fox CinemaScope _ attraction, “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” starring William Holden

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3 Hamilton Houses Set For Day And Date

Hamilton: A new combination of theatres has been organized at Hamilton for day-and-date book- ings of action pictures, replace- ment of one house of the original trio having taken place. The Hamil-

(See DAY & DATE Page 2)

new Fall feature openings. Don Watts, president, and Frank Gal- lop, vice-president of the local Theatre Managers Association, have worked hard to make the month-long celebration a success and, with the newspapers taking over from now to the end of September, the Rideau and Centre theatre skippers, respectively, can (See CELEBRATIONS Page 2)

Arch Jolley In Windsor, Opens Windsor’s Motion Picture Month

Windsor: Arch Jolley, executive secretary of the Ontario Motion Picture Theatres Association, was the guest speaker at the formal launching of Windsor’s Motion Picture Month on Monday night at a

widely attended meeting and din- ner sponsored by the local Ad and Sales Club. Ed Lamoureux, who was elect- (See JOLLEY Page 2)

Foto-Nite Saskatoon Case Appealed

Saskatoon: The Saskatchewan attorney general’s department has filed notice of intention to appeal the acquittal of a Saskatoon theatre operator on a charge of operating a lottery in connection with Foto-

(See FOTO-NITE Page 2)

“Spirit Of St. Louis” Lands In Saint John

Saint John: The replica of the famed ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ which Charles A. Lindbergh flew on the first solo crossing of the Atlantic 28 years ago, landed at Saint John Airport last week. The plane will be shipped air cargo from Halifax to Paris for film sequences in the

(See ST. LOUIS Page 3)

Melville Theatre Has Gala Opening Nite

Melville: The new theatre in Mel- ville, Sask., the Paragon, took a full page ad in the “Melville Advance” prior to their opening on Monday, Sept. 5th, advertising a snack bar on the mezzanine floor, a 24-sheet poster display on its front, smoking

(See MELVILLE Page 2)


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“Love” Gets Bang-Up Exploitation Tie-In

Toronto: As part of their pub- licity campaign for “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” both Tom Daley, manager of the Uni- versity Theatre, and Mare Hirsch, manager of the Eglinton Theatre, have teamed up and arranged a special dual screening of the film with the Toronto Telegram. The Telegram is inviting the mothers of their carriers these boys and girls have paper routes throughout the city and adjoining suburbs. The Telegram expects to have an at-

(See “LOVE” Page 3)

Odeon Take Over Roxy-Hamilton Re-Opens October 7 As Hyland

Toronto: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Limited announced this week that after October 1, 1955, the Roxy-Hamilton (750 seats) will be

operated by Odeon.

The Roxy Theatre has been sold by National Theatres Limited to Ganord Limited, who have leased the theatre to Odeon on a long term deal.

The Roxy Theatre will be closed down on Saturday, October 1, for re-decoration, and will re-open on

(See ODEON Page 5)

Stone Plugs Hollyw'd

Toronto: In a series of display advertisements, Phil Stone of To- ronto radio station CHUM, has been giving a chatty and readable account of film celebrities he and Mrs. Stone had met during a recent

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Odeon’s flagship, the Odeon- Toronto, together with the Fair- lawn, is slated to be in its first week of UA’s “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes,’ CinemaScope and Technicolor, co-starring Jane Rus- sell, Jeanne Crain and Scott Brady.

Odeon’s Hyland and Christie combination will probably be in its second week of the DCA-Alliance release, “I Am a Camera,” co- starring Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey and Shelley Winters, which is scheduled for its Canadian pre- miere there September 30th.

At Loew’s Downtown, UA’s “Not As a Stranger” has been do- ing so much business that the sche- duled opening of MGM?’s Cinema- Scope musical, “It’s Always Fair Weather,” co-starring Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey and Dolores Gray, and featuring that $64,000 Question man, Hal March, has been pushed back and back, until now it looks as if it will not oven until next week-end, which would put it smack into its third week for the Holiday.

Loew’s Uptown, xcheduled to open _ Universal - International’s CinemaScope war drama, “To Hell and Back,” starring Audie Murphy, Sept. 21st, will.in all probability be in its third week over the Holi- day, also.

This leaves one possible question mark, the remodelled Tivoli, which Famous Players are striving vali- antly to get open by Thanksgiving Day. No definite decision has been made, or at least announced by Fa- mous as yet, as to the policy of the Tivoli when it re-opens. Undoubt- edly it will be used for outstand- ing first-run attractions, with long- run possibilities. What the opening attraction will be is anyone’s guess right now, but my guess is Para- mount’s “Ulysses,” co-starring Kirk Douglas and Silvano Mangano which has surprised everyone with the terrific business it is doing at the Globe Theatre in New York.

With product like this available for the Fall season, plus a dozen additional smash hits ready to fol- low, how can anyone in the In- dustry feel anything but confidence for the future?

“My Sister Eileen”

New York: Columbia’s Cinema- Scope - Technicolor musical “My Sister Eileen”, had an _ oceanic world premiere aboard the Queen Elizabeth on that ship’s trip from Southampton to New York on September 8.



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now rest on their laurels. Highlight of the Golden Jubilee celebration was the Saturday morn- ing parade of gayly decorated floats, western bronchos, cowboys, their female counterparts, the Son of Davy Crockett, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and many other characters from Walt Disney pro- ductions. Large crowds gathered along the route through the Capi- tal’s centre town neighborhood streets to watch the parade, cheer the many floats and listen to the music provided by several local bands. Newspapers played up this event, and were unusually gener- ous with stories and photos before and after the opening day cere- monies. Both the Journal and Citizen are running 8-column flares especially made for the occasion on their daily amusement pages, the text of which is Ottawa Salutes Movies 50th Anniversary.

Ottawa’s mayor, Dr. Charlotte Whitton, took space in the local dailies to extend the city’s thanks to “The Motion Picture People of Ottawa.” Calling them “an integral part of the life of this city in which your responsible and coop- erative sense of citizenship can always be relied upon to further any cause in which your great resources can be used,” Mayor Whitton said, in part: “Through these years better partnership of the cinema and the community has progressed just as surely as these marked scientific advances” (“Birth of a Nation” to CinemaScope). “To greater and greater degree, the responsible producer and the re- sponsible exhibitor have worked with the church, the home and the educator to make the movie a developer, not a danger, in individ- ual and community growth.”

Reviewing local film history from the city’s first house, Har- mony Hall, opened in 1908, three years after the first nickelodeon in Pittsburgh, Dr. Whitton added, “Now challenged by radio and TV, the motion picture industry, in all its tremendous and vital impact upon our community living and the national economy, is rising with even greater vigor and vision. The inexpressible value of the tremendous, timeless and spaceless range of the permanency of the film presentation must be _pre- served.”


(Continued from Page 1) visit to Hollywood studios as well as an insight into the shooting for a number of forthcoming produc- tions.



(Continued from Page 1) loges, staggered seating, cry room, love seats, large screen, air com- ditioning, large stage with dressing rooms, latest projection and sound equipment. Opening of the theatre, after weeks of preparation, trans- formed a former used car lot to a modern spacious entertainment centre.

Melville’s town band heralded the opening by forming before the brilliant canopy of the building and entertaining an orderly crowd awaiting opening of the doors. Mayor W. R. Bailey officiated at the opening which had Peter Blake as master of ceremonies. Other speakers taking part in the open- ing program included Dave Wii- liams, chief inspector for theatres for the province of Saskatchewan, Maurice Tallant, president of the Melville and District Board of Trade, and Hugh Vassos, owner of the theatre.

No children’s tickets were sold for opening night which featured “Vera Cruz” on the screen. Out of town guests of the theatre and business world who aitended the opening, included besides Mr. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harris cf Winnipeg, former local Roxy Theatre manager; Abe Feinstein of United Artist Films, Winnipeg; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hersac, Roblin, Man.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Myter- ko of Strathclair, Man.; Bill We- lykholowa, Kamsack, Sask.; Mr. and Mrs. Lousass and Lorne Cog- ger, of Dominion Sound Co., Regina, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Weber, contract department of Simpson-Sears, Regina.


(Continued from Page 1) ed president of the Windsor Ad and Sales Club, was the prime or- ganizer of the Month and develop- ed the plan with the cooperation of Bob Knevels, president of the Es- sex County Theatres Association.

The dinner was attended by all local industry executives, civic of- ficials and prominent businessmen in the community. Mayor Patrick, in the name of the City of Wind- sor, Officially declared the dates set as Motion Picture Theatre Cele- bration Month and set off what is expected to be a _ tremendous box-office bolster in the whole Windsor area.

The Month is receiving wide- spread newspaper and radio sup- port and will feature parades and other ballyhoo.


First project for Sol C. Siegel’s new agreement with Metro will be a musical production of “The Philadelphia Story.”

SEPTEMBER 17, 1955

Boasberg Welcomed At Para. Luncheon

New York: Charles Boasberg, who joined Paramount Film Dis- tributing Corporation as of Sept. 6 as special assistant to George Weltner, head of worldwide sales for Paramount Pictures, was pre- sented to executives of the com- pany at a luncheon in the com- pany’s private dining room.

Mr. Weltner, who presided at the luncheon, in welcoming Mr. Boasberg, stated: “With his years of executive sales experience in the domestic market, both in the field and in home offices, Mr. Boas- berg brings added depth to the Paramount organization. We are happy to have him with us and we have every confidence that he can and will make an _ outstanding contribution to the increased need for specialized handling of motion pictures in today’s market.”

Present at the luncheon, in ad- dition to Weltner were: Barney

Balaban, Adolph Zukor, Don Hartman, Paul Raibourn, Jerry Pickman, E. K. (Ted) O’Shea,

Hugh Owen, Louis Phillips, James E. Perkins, Russell Holman, Sidney Deneau, James Richardson, Robert J. Rubin, Arthur Israel, Jr., J. William Piper, Sid Blumenstock, Ai Fitter, Burt Champion, Herb Steinberg, Hiller Innes and Dr. L. J. Warshaw.



Notice of the appeal was filed in the case involving Vince Pas- ternak, manager of the Victory theatre.

Sessions of the Saskatchewan court of appeal are scheduled to open in Regina Sept. 12 but there is no definite date for hearing of the appeal.

Mr. Pasternak and Ray Resky, manager of the Broadway theatre, were acquitted on the lottery oper- ating charges in a decision handed down by Magistrate B. M. Wakc- ling. Both theatres are Odeon.

The magistrate’s dismissal of the charges was based on a ruling that under the Foto-Nite arrange- ment there was no exchange of legal property.


(Continued from Page 1) ton Cinema, which had formerly been linked with the Downtown and Avalon, has reverted to an off-beat policy, and the new line-up comprises the Downtown, Avalon and the 700-seat Mountain.

The change was effected with the first-run program consisting of “Revenge of the Creature” and “Cult of the Cobra.”


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(Continued from Page 1) forthcoming movie on Lindbergh’s great adventure. The plane is important enough to have two stand-ins, one on location in New- foundland and another back in Hollywood. Movie pilots Thomp- son and mechanic Hawkins say the plane is as hard to manage as any prima donna.

A knot of aviation fans with cameras watched the replica of the most famous airplane in his- tory trundle up the apron of the Saint John airport, accompanied by a Stinson LIl—camera-carrying plane.

Saint John was the party’s first Canadian port so while the fliers cleared Customs and got a weather check, spectators went over the historic ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ from her authentically-burnished engine cowl to the weird windmill which drove Lindbergh’s unique air-in- duction compass.

Thompson and Reaver picked up the ‘Spirit’ after she was ship- ped from Hollywood to New York, and flew her for CinemaScope filming near the Long Island site of Lindbergh’s take-off that his- toric May 20, in 1927.

Roosevelt airfield, from which the 25-year-old airman took off for Paris non-stop, now is a race- track, so the movie-makers used a nearby private airfield. One day Colonel Lindbergh visited them and said he was very pleased with the exactness of the copy of his ship.

The replica itself is an impor- tant enough airplane—important enough to have two stand-ins, one in Newfoundland where movie director Billy Wilder is shooting scenes, and another back in Holly- wood. All three were built from the original blue-prints. ee,

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For the re-opening feature, “Above Us the Waves,” at the newly- named Hyland Theatre at London, previously called the Elmwood, Manager Jim Dickinson arranged for a parade to the theatre of the band and a detachment from the HMCS Prevost naval training station. An actual torpedo was set up in the lobby as a naval exhibit.

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For “Not As a Stranger” at the Capitol Theatre, Hamilton, Mana- ger Ralph Bartlett secured the co-operation of local druggists in special advertising which tied in with the title of the picture. One drugstore used the line: “We welcome you as a friend, ‘Not As a Stranger’.” An- other said: “Atkison’s Rexall Pharmacy, where you shop in friendly atmosphere and ‘Not As a Stranger’.”



Labor Day was ushered in with the traditional pre-holiday mid- night shows at many first-run theatres and most of the neighborhood spots. The last long week-end of the year before Christmas Day drew large audiences to most of the owl shows and the Labor Day matinee and evening performances. Added attractions at the drive-ins included fireworks displays before and following the final performances.

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It appears that Ottawa will continue to be known as the Town of Monster Bingos during the Fall, Winter and Spring season. The Lions Club started the season rolling for the bouncing-ball-and-numbers ad- dicts at the Auditorium on September 14, with over $10,000 in prizes— including the inevitable motor car—paid out to the lucky winners.


The Elks Lodge of Shellbrook, Sask., opened its new 425-seat Elks

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Dave Griesdorf, general manager of Canadian Odeon theatres, was here for a week, inspecting their Pacific Coast houses. He reported that there will be no further theatre closings at the present time.

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Cary Grant was here, accompanied by Winston Barron, Toronto editor and commentator of Canadian Paramount News. Cary appeared at the Capitol for two days doing publicity on his new film “To Catch a Thief.” He also made personal appearances at the Capitol in Victoria.

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Orpheum manager, Ivan ackery, is at it again. He posted a hydrant in front of his theatre on the main stem hard by a cutout of a talking dog who announced, I’m waiting for “Lady and the Tramp”, a plug for his current picture, which played to most of the kids in Vancouver.


Cary Grant, in town to publicize his picture, “To Catch a Thief,”

had a busy program set for him. During his short stay, besides news- paper and radio interviews, he called in at City Hall to pay his respects to Mayor George Sharpe, made three personal appearances at the Metro- politan Theatre, and attended a cocktail party in his honor. e e e Olivia de Havilland, through the Odeon Theatre, Winnipeg, award- ed a prize of $50 to the first baby born in a Winnipeg hospital on Friday, Sept. 2, the opening day of “Not As a Stranger,” in which the actress plays the part of a nurse. The winner was a 7-pound 15-ounce daughter born to Mr, and Mrs. Arthur Fry, 566 Sherburn St., born at 12:10 a.m. Theatre manager Tom Pacey will present the $50 to the Frys on behalf of Miss de Havilland. e e e Visitors to Winnipeg included Mr. and Mrs. H. Baldwin, Souris, Man., and Mr. Bob Harvey of MacGregor, Man. The Community Thea- tre at Elm Creek, Man., has re-opened.



(Continued from Page 1) tendance of about 2,000 mothers at these screenings. They have as- signed two of their feature writers, John Fisher and Frank Tumpane, to cover the event and are going all out to make it a success.

To give the affair a little glamor, Tom and Mare promoted 50 rec- ords of “Love Is a Many-Splen- dored Thing” from Decca and Ca- pitol record people. They also ob- tained 20 copies of the book from the Clark Irwin Publishing Com- pany, boxes of “Black Magic” chocolates, and lined up both Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola people to serve refreshments. The records, books and chocolates will be pre- sented to the oldest mother, the mother of the carrier having the longest service, etc. Each mother entering the theatre will be pre- sented with a beautiful rose with the compliments of the Telegram. Arrangements were made with ra- dio stations CKEY and CHUM to set up tape recorders to interview the mothers immediately after the

screening these interviews will be aired the following day. Word has also been received

from Harrison Howe, manager of the Paramount Theatre, St. John, of a magnificent tie-up he arrang- ed with Calp’s Limited, the largest local department store in his city and “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.” The tie-up is built around the ‘Suzy Perette’ gowns. Calp’s are making available to Harrison for this tie-up, windows, counter and floor displays, co-operative news- paper ads and radio advertising, plus a huge fashion show to take place each evening during the en- gagement of the picture in the theatre foyer.







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A full report on the Annual Pioneers Golf Tournament which took place on Thursday will be carried in next week’s Digest .. . a complete sell-out was predicted by Ticket Chairman Joe Bermack with only a small number available four days before the gala event... in town for Haskell Masters’ son’s wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kalmen- son, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kalmine, Mr. and Mrs. Berny Goodman and the Arthur Hirsch’s.

Doug Rosen, g.m. for IFD and AA in Canada, according to a New York film trade paper reported a 20% decline in motion picture business in Canada and at the same time announced that his com- panies were studying home-grown production . smash business across the country is reported by all companies with the top product put into release since Labor Day

. UA’s “Not As a Stranger”; Paramount’s “To Catch a Thief” and “We’re No Angels”; Colum- bia’s “The Man From Laramie”; Warner’s “Pete Kelly’s Blues”; Metro’s “Interrupted Melody” and Fox’s “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.”

The Nortown and _ Eglinton theatres, Toronto, initiated a stu- dent price policy as of last Fri- day . the policy will be the same as the one started on Labor Day by Famous Players Toronto suburban houses . . . Tom Moran of Odeon has put into use a new and original popcorn container with a circus motif.

Frank Vaughan, general sales manager for JARO, revorted that a last minute spurt in the closing days of JARO’s 10th Anniversary Billings Drive, recently completed, put Montreal into first place with Calgary second and Toronto third .. . Harry Firestone and Bill For- man who re-opened the Mayfair and Esquire, Toronto, last Monday, were slightly surprised a week be- fore opening when they looked at the amusement pages of Toronto’s dailies . . . the Mayfair was listed in the 20th Century listing as open and playing RKO’s “Cattle Queen of Montana.”

Abe Cass became a grandfather for a second time when son Jerry presented him with a second grand- son... this one on Abe’s birth- day.


(Continued from Page 1) Friday, October 7, as the Odeon- Hyland, Hamilton. The Odeon- Hyland will present first-run films and product will include films from the studios of the J. Arthur Rank Organization.

During the past month an Odeon-Hyland was opened in Lon- don as a result of public demand for this particular type of opera- tion.

The Odeon-Hyland, Hamilton, will present as its opening feature the British film Waves,” starring John Mills, a pro- duction from the J. Arthur Rank Organization.

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New York: Warner Bros. “Mis- ter Roberts,” now in its ninth week at Radio City Music Hall, is the longest run film at the showcase since May, 1952.

Only four movies have run longer at the Music Hall than “Roberts.”


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Amherst: In Amherst, N.S., an usherette and confection attendant, Muriel Estabrooks and _ Ciette Reese, were dressed up as Mer- maids and accompanied by an Octopus decorated a car which paraded through Amherst’s down- town streets last week.

Friday night shoppers recogniz- ed it as a stunt to advertise a movie as placards told of the double-bill feature coming three days to the Capitol theatre.

Two thrillers, ‘Creature with the Atom Brain’ and ‘It came from Beneath the Sea’, were the movies promoted by the car display.

Theatre staff artist Basil Cloney, explained the mermaids, as de- picting a contrast. “Mermaids are found beneath the sea,” but you’ve never seen anything like IT, he said, meaning the giant octopus in the movie ‘It Came From Be- neath The Sea.”

Mr. Ed Mullis is manager of the two Amherst theatres (F. G. Spencer Company).

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3rd wk. To Catch a Thief (Para.) VV & Tech. with Cary Grant. SHEA’S 2nd wk. Lady & the C’Scope & Tech. UNIVERSITY & EGLINTON 4th wk. We’re No Angels (Para.) VV & Tech. with Humphrey Bogart. LOEW'S : 4th wk. Not As a Stranger (UA) with Robert Mitchum & Olivia De Havilland. UPTOWN ; Female on the Beach (E-U) with Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler. ODEON & FAIRLAWN The Shrike (E-U) with Jose Ferrer and June Allyson. HYLAND & CHRISTIE 2nd wk. Above Us the Waves (JARO) with John Mills. TOWNE 2nd wk. Svengali (MGM) Color with Hil- degarde Neff. DOWNTOWN Abott & Costello Meet the Mummy (Uni- versal) & This Isf'and Earth (Universal).


Seven Little Foys (Para.) VV & Tech. with Bob Hope, CAPITOL 2nd wk. How to Be Very, Very Popular (20th-Fox) C’Scope & Color with Betty Grable. PALACE The Seven Year Itch (20th-Fox) C’Scope & Color with Marilyn Monroe. PRINCESS Mambo (Para.) with Silvana Mangano and Michael Rennie. ORPHEUM Las Veqas Shakedown (AA) with Dennis O'Keefe, KENT A Man Called Peter (20th-Fox) C’Scope & Color with Richard Todd. STRAND-SNOW DON-OUTREMONT 2nd wk. Female on the Beach (E-U) with Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler. IMPERIAL This Is Cinerama,

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Mister Roberts (WB) C’Scope & Warner- Color with Henry Fonda. MET To Catch a Thief (Para.) VV & Tech. with Cary Grant. ODEON 2nd wk. Not As a Stranger (UA) with Robert Mitchum and Olivia de Havilland. GARRICK ; Francis in the Navy (E-U) C’Scope & Tech.


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2nd wk. To Catch a Thief (Para.) VV & Tech. with Cary Grant. ORPHEUM Lady & The Tramp Tech. STRAND Love Is a Manv-Splendored Thing (20th- Fox) C’Scone & Color with Wm. Holden & Jennifer Jones, VOGUE-PARK-FRASER-OLYMPIA- ODEON-ODEON 2nd wk. Not As a Stranger (UA) with Robert Mitchum & Olivia de Havilland.

; ST. JOHN PARAMOUNT Mister Roberts (WB) C’Scope & Warner- Color with Henry Fonda. CAPITOL The Dam Busters (WB) with Richard Todd. STRAND Not As a Stranger (UA) with Robert Mitchum and Olivia de Havilland,

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Paramount announces that Hal Wallis has acquired screen rights to the Tennessee Williams’ play

“Summer and Smoke” to_ be filmed in VistaVision. Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain to New York in conjunction with publicity cam- paign for their new C’Scope mu- sical “Gentlemen Marry Brun- ettes,” for United Artist release.

Patty McCormack, child sensa- tion of New York stage produc- tion, will play her original role in Warner’s “The Bad Seed,” which is being directed by Mervyn Le- Roy. Bette Davis in Hollywood, re- porting to producer Julian Blau- stein in preparation for her starring role in the Columbia release, “Storm Center,’ which is set to roll.

Gregory Ratoff to London to bring back finished print of “The Royal Bed,” a 20th-Fox release Which he produced, directed and stars in. Major portion of the pic- ture was filmed in the palace of former King Farouk.

Margaret O’Brien in New York doing advance publicity on behaif of her RKO starrer “Glory.” Act- ress Pat Crowley penned to a long- term contract by Universal, will have as her first assignment, femme lead opposite Tony Curtis in “The Square Jungle.”

Pierre Watkins to have featured role in the Republic production “The Maverick Queen.” Alec Guinness plays the part of the leader of a bunch of crooks in the JARO production “The Ladykiil- ers,” on the floor at the Ealing studios.

MGM’s musical “Always Fair Weather,” with Dan Dailey, Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse, is slated as next feature at Radio City Music Hall, New York, while RKO’s “Pearl of the South Pacific’ wil! open at the RKO Palace, Sept. 16th.

Jennifer Jones returned to 20th- Fox studios for three days addi- tional filming for her role in “Good Morning Miss Dove.” According to Dore Schary, Alec Guinness is to make American screen debut, opposite Grace Kelly, in Metro’s “The Swan,” with Louis Jourdan and Briane Aherne.

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