Motion Picture Herald (Jul-Aug 1944)

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HANDSHAKE. George "Freckles" Wendelton shakes hands with Ed Fay, circuit owner and chairman of the Providence War Activities Committee, at ceremonies in the Majestic theatre there, a part of the Fifth War Loan finale premiere of Warners' "Mr. Skeffington". Several bands, including the original "Anchors Aweigh" orchestra of the Newport Training Station, were on Jiand. GREETING. Martin J. Mullin, left, and Samuel Pinanski, right, New England circuit owners, are seen as they greeted Private George Lougee, former assistant manager of the Paramount, Lynn, Mass., when he visited the home office, Boston, on furlough. IN THE HOSPITAL: a scene in a ward at Lowry Field, where convalescent men watch the industry's motion pictures on a 16mm. Bell & Howell Filmosound. The scene is being duplicated in hospitals across the country where the Red Cross runs film shows for the wounded soldiers. What they say ABOUT SLAPSTICK: J The exploring cameraman finds exhibitoi opinion mixed on psychology of laughte The Question: When slapstick appears in high budget comedies, chuckles become belly-laughs. Is , it because it was unexpected, or do patrons hunger for it? MORRIS FOGELSON, Denvide Theatre, Denvil/e, New Jersey: "It all depends on the type of theatre. In my theatre, we have a sophisticated ciass; they go for the drawing-room types: cliches, and so forth." HAROLD D. POPEL. Center Theatre, Long Island City, New Tork: "Definitely, right now, the people certainly do prefer slapstick: there are so many of these war pictures, you know. / think, judging from reactions to the fwo-reelers. that they'll go for straight siopsfick features. In any case, I play revivals and, when / play them, and show them slapstick, they enjoy it very much." CLIFTON SMITH, Washington Theatre, Washington, New Jersey: "Frankly, I think in our theatres we do well with some corn — which indicates to me that they will accept slapstick features, although I wouldn't like to see a cycle of slapstick. Too many things run in cycles in this business, and / think that's one thing wrong with it." IRVING GOTTLIEB, Stanley and Center Theatres, Brooklyn, New York: "No slapstick is liked in our houses; they like comedies or musicals — their tastes have advanced these years. For a scene, I grant you, slapstick is all right; but that's all. The days of Snub Pollard and the rest are EDWARD LACHMAN, State Theatre, Boonton, New Jersey: "I don't feel that they hunger for larger doses of slapstick than those which they've been having. But I have no objection to the contrast of slapstick and drama in a feature. The public seems to enjoy it. We also have slapstick in Abbott and Cosfello. But, if the industry turns out straight slapsick, I think if will overdo it, in view of present-day tastes." 12 MOTION PICTURE HERALD, JULY 29, l<