Inside Hollywood, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-13


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INSIDE HOLLYWOOD By Herb Stein HOLLYWOOD May 12 Since the last two Pulitzer Prizes for best plays went to Hollywood screenwriters to Ketti Frings for Look Homeward Angel and the Albert Hacketts Frances Goodrich for Diary of Anne Frank scriveners should lose their fear of layoffs The fruits of being off a studio payroll can be sweet indeed In fact the Hacketts even came back to Holly ¬ wood to work on the screenplay of their play for the George Stevens pic version at Fox Gene Markey severing his West Coast ties His home here is up for sale He wants to devote all his time to racing Oscar Levants best teleshow was the one with Fred Astaire Tuesday night At one point Astaire played the piano while Oscar danced Fred too did a kindly imi ¬ tation of Sam Goldwyn singing Our Love Is Here to Stay Levant had his wife read the entire Time piece on him on camera He announced Winchell would be his guest tonight said jocularly Im hav ¬ ing Walter at his insistence then quickly added But dont misconstrue this he can destroy me in a single column columnA A A A ADraw Draw your own conclusions department Friend of ours making a quick trip to Vegas was told of the airlines that there was a first class flight going up but only a coach flight for the return Dynamo MGM producer Al Zugsmith told the Re ¬ porter The boxoffice success of a pic ¬ ture in todays market is in direct ratio to the talk it arouses It is not enough for a picture just to entertain The audience must derive from it a reaction that will cause talk for a week after While Zugsmiths High School Confidential wont be shown until tonight its un ¬ leashed a tongue war Metro considering it its hottest film since Blackboard Jungle JungleA A A A ASeems Seems to us the kind of talkedabout picture Zugsmith had in mind in his quote is Mervyn LeRoys No Time for Ser ¬ geants which we were sorry to miss at a screening Tuesday night Well catch it at the studio next week Wed given our tick ¬ ets to Marjorie Morningstar to screen ¬ writer Everett Freeman and his wife who still ache from the howls of the LeRoy comedy And Times Bill Johnson told us at lunch yesterday that when he saw Ser ¬ geant he laughed so hard through the first half he was almost too exhausted to sit through the continued explosive second round In these days of psycho pix arid horror movies guys like LeRoy had better watchtheir mirthquakes Charles Addams fans could rule Mervyn off the track the laugh track that isA is A A A ATelevision Television Star to his young daughter Lets look at the sunset Sprout What channel is it on Polan Banks in town to open offices for his BanksNa ¬ tional Productions His first pic Garden of Eden KTTV signed to televise the Wilshire Macbeth golf tourney June 8 Some show business names teeing off in the tournament Fred MacMurray Hoagy Carmichael Phil Harris Donald OConnor Gordon MacRae Johnny Weissmuller Neither Dinah Shore nor Shirley Temple knew the lion on Dinahs last show was live until the last minute Gals were scared stiff and werent eased any whe an assist ¬ ant director rapped their dressing room doors before for the number and yelled All Christians into the arena Dana Andrews to New York next week for a months rehearsal on Two for the See ¬ saw in which he replaces Henry Fonda June 30 Danas contract is for six months Hes renting a home in Connecticut for the stay stayA A A A AJoanne Joanne Woodward accepted no dough for her Wilde Wide World stint instead had the show donate 5000 to be split between the Neighborhood Playhouse where she studied and the Motion Picture Relief Fund Alan Wilson overheard it at a Hollywood cocktail party Are you sick sick sick or just plain ill MGM press reviews its highlytouted Gigi at the studio Tuesday night with a cham ¬ pagne pour following the running Its a tossup locally whether there are more Freeway bulletins or commercials on radio 20th ordered 1000 leis to be flown in from Honolulu for the women at the local preem of South Pacific May 21 Tickets to the pic preem benefit for the UCLA Medical Center are 6250 a copy which includes a post preem party Ed Wynn on the Anne Frank set was asked if a certain actor was old I dont know if youd call him old JSd answered but Gus Edwards was in HIS revue

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