Inside Hollywood, Daily Racing Form, 1957-05-17


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Jk / mm INSIDE HOLLYWOOD ByHerbStein HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 16.— Great moments in history: the signing of the Magna Carta, Declaration of Indepen-.. denee, doner. Treaty Treaty of of Ver- denee, doner. Treaty Treaty of of Ver- Versailles, United Nations Charter and tonights press gathering at the Moulin Rouge "to be highlighted by the signing of he contract for Marie MacDonalds first Las Vegas appearance at Wilbur Clarks Desert Inn . . . Eddie Fisher winds his Vegas Tropicana stand the 19th, stretching his original four-week stay to seven frames. The Trops future deal with Fisher is for eight weeks a year at 5,000 a week for five years — an even million dollars . . . Rhonda Fleming follows Fisher into the Trop . . . Elvis Presley buying .90 worth of magazines from the rack at the M-G-M newsstand, but not a single edition of the mags that carried him on the cover. His purchase covered an assortment of girlie books . . ."Herman Wouk, who had final nod on the femme start for "Morningstar," was hesitant about Natalie Wood, feared she couldnt mature properly from 17 to 24 or 25. But the exhaustive tests shot by the studio proved the clincher and the entire studios knocking on Wood. Former M-G-M comedy megger Don Weiss being dickered by Metro to direct the "Thin Man teleseries co-starring Peter Law ford and Phyllis Kirk. All three of the foregoing use to be under contract to Leo for movies . . . Ditto Sam Marx, wholl produce the pilot which Weissll direct before theres any long haul inking . . . Dick Brooks nabbed us at The Hollypark Turf Club, says any claim Eugene Frenke has on "The Brothers Karamazov" is strictly on the title. The property itself is in public domain and Metros goin ahead with it no matter what they call it . . . The Anne Carroll up for an acting contract, at 20th as a result of her work in the Ben Bard talent show is agent Sam Jaffes daughter . . . Next major tinkering with edging into entertainment production for TV is U-I. The Valley lot, by the way, is probably the biggest and best maker in town of TV commercials, an item they dont publicize . . . Tony Owen hopped south of the border on a survey trek to see what the markets like for peddling the picture backlog of the Eliot-Hyman-owned Warner movies to Central and South American TV stations. Terry Moores husband, Gene McGrath, is tied in with Owen. • . • » Selznick starting a trade paper campaign to identify his "A Farewell to Arms with the bigness of "GWTW" by giving it the initialized treatment — "AFTA" . . . Daily Variety reports an exhibitor in Little Falls, Minn., booked "The Spirit of St. Louis" into his two theatres there day-and-date because the town is Lindberghs birthplace. Opening was made a big civic event, but in one of the houses the gross skidded to .50 the second night . . . Ran into Eddie and ,da Cantor at Linnys, both looking real fit again. Eddie told us he heads East next week for a series of TV appearances plugging his upcoming Doubleday tome, "Take My Life . . . When a hardworking producer who was with us told Cantor he was up to his neck in projects, Eddie said: "Dont try to join our cardiac club," and gave him two bits of advice: "Keep your weight down. And dont let yourself be worried by anything big or little — no worry, imagined or otherwise, is as big as a coronary." AAA Caprice Capone Mrs. Phil Yordan testing for a role in "Kiss Them For Me" at 20th . . . Report from England: Diana Dors left hubby Dennis Hamilton, again. This time because he took a swing at someone at a party . . . Radio ad blurb of the week : "Take a traffic tranquilizer for traffic jitters. Call a Yellow Cab" . . . Reuven Shi-loach, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Israeli government, arrives tomorrow to be Danny Kayes guest at Palm Springs.

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