The Exhibitor (1966)

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PRODUCT PREVIEW • 20th Century-Fox According to a 20th Century-Fox spokesman: Our release schedule for 1967 is an extremely powerful one, and one we are especially proud of. We lead off the year with roadshow engagements of “The Sand Pebbles'’ and continued openings of “The Bible.” Our fabulously successful “The Sound of Music” will be presented on a scheduled perform¬ ance basis throughout the country in 1967, and can be ex¬ pected to add to its many laurels by becoming the top-gross¬ ing motion picture of all time during the year. “The Blue Max” will also play scheduled performance engagements dur¬ ing the year. We will end 1967 with a loadshow, “Doctor Dolittle,” which has received more publicity prior to its comple¬ tion of production than most films ever receive in their entire production and distribution careers. Although 20th Century-Fox is known within the industry and without as “The Roadshow Company,” we also place equal emphasis and importance upon our feature attractions. For 1967, all our features will be in color, and all combine star power, production values, and artistic and technical talent to a considerable degree. All have been planned from earliest pre-production stages with their profitability in mind, and all will be merchandised with the hard-hitting advertising, pub¬ licity, and promotion campaigns that have become the hall¬ mark of our company. During the past few years, the resurgence of 20th CenturyFox has been the talk of the motion picture industry and the financial community. In fact, even the man on the street who attends movies and reads newspapers is aware of our com¬ pany’s exciting progress. In 1967, with our lineup of road¬ shows and features — each one a potential blockbuster — the success of 20tn Century-Fox will become even more spectacu¬ lar to the industry and the world. The 20th-Fox 1967 schedule includes: January — “The Quiller Memorandum,” in Panavision and color, starring George Segal, Alec Guinness, and Max Von Sydow. February — -“The Devil’s Own,” starring Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, and Alec McCowen, in color. March — -“Caprice,” in CinemaScope and color, starring Doris Day, Richard Flarris, and Ray Walston, and “Fear Of Frankenstein,” in wide screen and color, starring Peter Cush¬ ing, Susan Denberg, and Thorley Walters. April — “One Million Years B.C.,” in color, starring John Richardson, Raquel Welch, and Percy Herbert; “Hombre,” in CinemaScope and color, starring Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, and Diane Cilento; and “Prehistoric Women,” in CinemaScope and color, starring Martine Beswick, Michael Latimer, and Edina Ronay. May — “The Viking Queen,” in color, starring Carita, An¬ drew Keir, and Ardienne Corri. June — “In Like Flint,” in CinemaScope and color, starring James Coburn and Lee J. Cobb. July — “Two For The Road,” in Panavision and color, star¬ ring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. Currently in production are “Doctor Dolittle,” in 70mm and color for roadshow release in December, 1967, starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, and Anthony Newley; “The Flim Flam Man,” in Panavision and color, starring George C. Scott, Michael Sarrazin, and Sue Lyon, for May release; “A Guide For The Married Man,” in CinemaScope and color, starring Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, and Inger Stevens, for June release; “The Mummy’s Shroud,” in color, starring Andre Morell, Elizabeth Sellars, and John Phillips, for March release; “Fathom,” in CinemaScope and color, starring Ra¬ quel Welch, Tony Franciosa, and Richard Briers, for July release; “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” in color, starring Jason Robards, Jr.; and “The Day The Fish Came Out,” in color, starring Tom Courtenay, Candice Bergen, and Sam Wanamaker. American International American International will launch its 1967 calendar year with the heaviest production and distribution schedule since the company’s inception with a minimum of 19 feature films already blueprinted for release from January through October, 12 pictures to go before cameras between now and September, and seven of these to be in actual production be¬ tween December and March. Four new feature film projects were disclosed. The announcement of the large and comprehensive program from AI which has already been finalized with feature produc¬ tion starting dates and months of release was made by Ameri¬ can International president James H. Nicholson and executive vice-president Samuel Z. Arkoff. “There will be no first-of-the-year slow-down at American International,” said Nicholson and Arkoff, emphatically. “Factually, it will be just the reverse. We have one big picture shooting now, another starting in January, two features in February, and three rolling in March. Approximately seven of AI’s feature output will be made right here in Hollywood and adjacent locations,” the American International heads stated. Nicholson and Arkoff revealed that seven of the 19 features scheduled for release during the '67 calendar year are already completed or in the final editing stage, amounting to approxi¬ mately one third of the total program of ’67 releases. Four new film features announced were “The Black Jacket Girls,” a drama scheduled for September shooting; an untitled action drama to roll in March, “The Island Of Amazons,” to film in August in Mexico; and “The End,” a drama of the future to go before cameras in September. These will all be filmed in color and Panavision for ’67 release. American International pictures slated for production starts between now and early 1967 include “The Glass Sphinx,” which just started shooting in Cairo, Egypt, with Robert Taylor and Anita Ekberg starring and made in association with Italian International; “The Devil’s Angels,” a motor¬ cycle action drama to follow AI’s sensational boxoffice hit, “The Wild Angels,” which starts filming in January; “Sunset Strip” and “House Of Dolls,” rolling in February, with the former shooting in Hollywood and “House of Dolls,” starring Vincent Price, Martha Hyer and Vic Damone, filming in Dublin. In March, AI will begin production on “The Trip,” dealing with the controversial LSD drug, which Roger Corman will produce and direct; “The Hatfields And The Mc¬ Coys,” a riotous hillbilly comedy; and an untitled action drama to be produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Don Sharpe, and to be filmed in Vienna. In July, AI will roll “The Puppet Masters,” an adventure horror drama to be made in Hollywood and “2267 A.D. — When The Sleeper Wakes,” from the H. G. Wells classic drama. “The Island of Amazons” has been greenlighted for August, and “The End” and “The Black Jacket Girls” will be filmed in September, both in Hollywood. The American International calendar year release schedule as announced through next October shows the company jumping off in January with “War Italian Style,” starring Buster Keaton and Martha Hyer, and “Trunk To Cairo,” ( Continued on page 46) 44 MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITOR December 28, 1966