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(^Continued from page 53) GIRL ON THE SPOT: Lois Collier, Jess BarkerUsed on top half of weekend double bill. No draw. Played Friday, Saturday, May 24, 25.— A. C. Edwards, Wincma Theatre, Scotia, Cal. Small lumber town patronage.
HOUSE OF DRACULA: Lon Clianey, Lionel Atwill — Not good as a mystery or as a show to frighten people. Therefore it is just another picture that expects to let monsters draw in the people, but this one slipped. Business off. Played Tuesday, Wednesday, May 7, 8.— Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va. Small town patronage.
IDEA GIRL: Jess Barker, Julie Bishop— Just a good musical comedy that went over O.K. All the audience was satisfied. Played during good weather in a small town with quite a tew big shots . Piayed Monday, Tuesday, May 20, 21.— Joe Drnry, Wells Theatre, St. Marys, Ga. Small town and rural patronage.
SHADY LADY: Charles Coburn, Ginny Simms— Good picture which played to above average business. The holiday helped this one out. Friday was just fair. All in all it was a satisfactory engagement. Played Thursday, Friday, May 30, 31.— Arthur E. Phifield, Park Theatre, South Berwick, Me.
SHADY LADY: Charles Coburn, Ginny Simms— A fair picture, but didn't even pay the lielp. Lowest Sunday business 1 have played to since the depression. Played Sunday, Monday, May 26 , 27.— Roger O. Gackle, Ro-Ny Theatre, Northwood, N. D.
SHADY LADY: Charles Coburn, Ginny Simms— You can pass this one up. We double-billed it and still didn't bring them in. Played Wednesday, Thursday, May 29, 30.— Harland Rankin, Plaza Theatre, Tilbury, Ont., Can.
SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK, THE: Gale Sondergaard, Kirby Grant — The audience was very disappointed. A mystery usually goes over swell here, but groups left all during this performance. Only a few saw it to the end. Played durmg swell weather. Played Monday, Tuesday, May 27 , 28.— Joe D'rury, Wells Theatre, St. Marys, Ga. Small town and rural patronage.
TERROR BY NIGHT: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce — No good for us. People didn't turn out. Played Wednesday, Thursday, May 29, 30.— Harland Rankin, Plaza Theatre, Tilbury, Ont., Can.
THIS LOVE OF OURS: Merle Oberon, Claude Rains — This was a beautiful picture that was appreciated by a small audience. Played Wednesday, Thursday, May 22, 23. — A. C. Edwards, Winema Theatre, Scotia, Cal. Small lumber town patronage.
BURMA VICTORY: War Documentary-— An excellent war documentary film as far as photography was concerned, but outdated now. Half the audience walked put. It killed a good Gene Autry feature. "Melody Ranch." It should have been a gratis film. English narration terrible. Why let the English do all the talking? It was the worst double feature we have ever had. Played Wednesday, Thursday. — E. J. Bunnell, Crist Theatre, Loveland, Ohio. Rural and small town patronage.
CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT: Dennis Morgan, Barbara Stanwyck — Just the type that goes over O.K. here during the middle of the week. Everybody laughed at the humorous jokes and was satisfied with the picture. Played Wednesday, Thursday, May 15, 16. — Joe Drury, Wells Theatre, St. Marys, Ga. Small town and rural patronage.
CINDERELLA JONES: Joan LesHe, Robert Alda— Very silly comedy that did average business. Played Tuesday-Thursday, May 21-23. — Ritz Amusements, Inc., Park Theatre, North Vernon, Ind.
CINDERELLA JONES: Joan Leslie, Robert Alda— There is something terribly wrong with this picture. It couldn't get the audience interested. Too much bubble blowing. The part ruined Alda's hopes and such a let-down after "Rhapsody in Blue." Played Friday, Saturday. — E. J. Bunnell, Crist Theatre, Loveland, Ohio.
DANGER SIGNAL: Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott— This picture did pretty well, but not as well as expected, although those who saw it liked it. Played during fair weather. Played Wednesday, Thursday, May 22, 23.— Joe Drury, Wells Theatre, St. Marys, Ga. Small town and rural patronage.
IT ALL CAME TRUE: Ann Sheridan, Jeffrey Lynn, Humphrey Bogart— Played with "Born for Trouble." Really packed them in with this combination. Played Friday-Sunday, May 17-19.— Noel D. Leighton, Star Theatre, Limestone, Me. Small town patronage.
MAKE YOUR OWN BED: Jack Carson, Jane Wyman— This is a good picture. Played to average business. Played Saturday, Sunday, May 18, 19. — L. Brazil, Jr., New Theatre, Bearden, Ark.
MY REPUTATION: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent — Rather a high class dialogue picture. My patrons were divided in their likes and dislikes of this one. Personally I considered it good but after all I cannot speak for my audience. Played Friday, May 10. —Jerry L. Thayer, Raymond Theatre, Raymond, N. H. Small town patronage.
NEW YORK— Week of June 10
ASTOR: Plufo's Kid Brother RKO
Feature: The Kid from Brooklyn RKO
CAPITOL: The Milky Waif MGM
Treosures from Trash M&M
Feature: Two Sisters from Boston MGM
GLOBE. Ten Pin Titans RKO
Feature: Make Mine Music RKO
CRITERION: Equestrian Quiz MGM
Lone Star Padre Universal
Feature: Night in Paradise Universal
HOLLYWOOD: Snow Eagles Vifaphone
The Hair Raising Hare Vitaphone
Feature: A Stolen Life Warner Bros.
PALACE: 2.000 Rooms RKO
Feature: Without Reservations RKO
MY REPUTATION: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent — Very well acted picture with a nice story and enjoyed by all patrons. Didn't draw as well as expected especially final day as business dropped off. Used "Behind Green Lights" as second hit. Played Tuesday-Thursday, May 21-23. — George O. Wiggin, Maplewood Theatre, Maiden, Mass.
RHAPSODY IN BLUE: Robert Alda, Joan Leslie— A very fine musical -biography which failed to draw even after extensive exploitation. It helps the prestige of the theatre to play it, but it doesn't help the pocketbook. Played Wednesday, Thursday, May 15, 16. — Roger O. Gackle, Roxy Theatre, Northwood, N. D.
RHAPSODY IN BLUE: Robert Alda, Joan LeslieDid not go over so well for me. Below average business and too long drawn out, causing a number of walkouts. Much of the music is over the heads of my audience, I guess. Played Sunday, Monday, May 19, 20. —Arthur E. Phifield, Park Theatre, South Berwick, Me.
SAN ANTONIO: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith— Swell Technicolor Western which did the business expected. A small town natural, if I have ever seen one. Played Sunday, Monday, May 19, 20.— Roger O. Gackle, Roxy Theatre, Northwood, N. D.
Short Features Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
LONESOME LENNY: Technicolor Cartoons— One of the funniest cartoons I've seen for many moons. Don't pass this one by. — Arthur E. Phifield, Park Theatre, South Berwick, Me.
ANNAPOLIS: This Is America— A very good "This Is America." It is about Navy men. Play it. — Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
DOUBLE HONEYMOON: Leon Errol— Yes, sir, Leon "Rubberlegs" Errol can sure put a laugh on a sad face. This is very good. Play it. — Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
NO SAIL: Walt DHsney Cartoon — Excellent short or cartoon enjoyed by old and young as well. Played with "My Reputation" for three days. — George O. Wiggin, Maplewood Theatre, Maiden, Mass.
SLEEPLESS TUESDAY: Leon Errol— A very good comedy, but Kennedy is not so popular in this town. — Nick Raspa, State 'Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
BOUNTIFUL ALASKA: Movietone Adventures— A very beautiful and interesting travel reel in color. Personally I enjoyed this immensely but many of my patrons are plain bored and restless during any travel reels. — Arthur E. Phifield, Park Theatre, South Berwick, Me.
LIFE WITH BABY: March of Time— This was quite academic. I have played every issue of this series since its inception, but find my patrons don't care for it any more. The average person in a small town cares little about "Tlie Palestine Problem" and "American Beauty" was sillv. — Hobart H. Gates, Garlock Theatre, Custer, S. D.
REPORT ON GREECE: March of Time— Interesting
PARAMOUNT: The Lonesome Stranger
Popular Science, No. 5 Paramount
Together in the Weather Paramount
Feature: The Bride Wore Boots Paramount
RIALTO: Cured Duck RKO
Feature: Shadow of a Doubt Universal
RIVOLI: Throwing the Bull 20th Cent.-Fox
Feature: Cluny Brown 20th Cent.-Fox
ROXY: Golden Horses 20th Cent.-Fox
In My Old Kentucky Home ... .20th Cent.-Fox
Feature: Somewhere in the Night. . 20th Cent.-Fox
STRAND: Daify Doodles Vitaphone
Michigan Ski-daddle Vitaphone
Feature: One More Tomorrow Warner Bros.
WINTER GARDEN: Picture Pioneer . .Universal Banquet of Melody Universal
Feature: The Runaround Universal
news to those interested in the old world affairs of today. Patrons' comments favorable. — George O. Wiggin, Maplewood Theatre, Maiden, Mass.
MAESTRO OF THE COMICS: Person -Oddities— This is about the persons who draw the funnies, therefore it should go over.— Nick Raspa, State 'Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
QUEER BIRDS: Variety Views— Not so good. Too
many birds.— Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
SCHOOL FOR MERMAIDS: Person-Oddities — A Person-Oddities which is all right. — Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
FRONTIER DAYS: Santa Fe Trail Westerns— These 20-minute Westerns are always good. They have everything the people want.— Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
ORDERS FROM TOKYO: Technicolor Specials— This is very good, but my patrons have seen enough war films. Give us more musicals, Warner Bros. You can really make them.— Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va.
SUNBONNET BLUE, A: Blue Ribbon Hit Parade— A very good cartoon. — Nick Raspa, State Theatre, Rivesville, W. Va,
Publicists Get Wage Rise In Retroactive Pact
The minimum pay for senior studio publicists will be increased from $109.80 a week to $125.05 retroactive to October 9, 1943, with lesser classifications increased proportionately, rnder terms of a contract offered by the producers and accepted by the Screen Publicists Guild, which is expected to be signed shortly.
The new pact covers the period from the above date to January 1, 1946, during which time the publicists worked under terms of a previous pact with the understanding that the pay rises now agreed upon would be retroactive.
Negotiation of a contract to start from the beginning of 1946 awaits the outcome of a jurisdictional dispute between SPG and the newly-formed Studio Motion Picture Publicists. Meanwhile the new levels will go into efifect, with the terms of whatever contract may be negotiated to be made retroactive to last January 1. It is estimated that back pay to the publicists under the agreement now reached will total in excess of $150,000. No date has been set as yet for the opening of new negotiations.
MOTION PICTURE HERALD. JUNE 15. 1946