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WALTER MATTHAU plays a Hollywood producer in “Goodbye Charlie,” 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and De Luxe
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SHORTS Barefoot For Her Art
As the wife of Harry Karl, a shoe manufacturer, Debbie Reynolds probably has greater access to shoes than any other actress. Therefore, it came as a surprise to her and a shock to him that her first week’s scenes in “Goodbye Charlie” which opens ....atthe.... Theatre, were played completely barefoot. “I don’t mind giving my all for my work,” she said, “but I hope Harry doesn’t think I’m trying to ruin him.” Tony Curtis and Pat Boone also star in the 20th Century-Fox comedy filmed in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color.
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New Husband-Wife Team
Married couples have worked successfully together in almost all phases of show business — as performers, as producer and actress, as script collaborator and as dancing partners. Now a new husband-wife team (Andre Previn and Dory Langdon) in a totally new area (song writing) have written two tunes for 20th Century-Fox’s “Goodbye Charlie’ which opens....atthe.... Theatre. Previn is the noted composer conductorarranger-pianist and jazz musician who won Academy Awards for “Gigi” and “Porgy and Bess.” Previn and Langdon may soon become the Lunt and Fontanne of Tin Pan Alley!
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Screen Gangster Returns
Sheldon Leonard, at one time filmland’s most popular gangster, con man, racketeer and allaround “heavy,” returns to the screen as a bookie in 20th Century-Fox’s “Goodbye Charlie” which opens... atthe.... Theatre. He has been pursuing more honorable endeavors in recent years as producer and/or director of a number of successful TV series including “The Danny Thomas Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
JOANNA BARNES plays a wayward wife in the 20th CenturyFox comedy in CinemaScope and De Luxe Color, “Goodbye Charlie” which opens ....at the,... Theatre. In starring roles are Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Pat Boone. Vincente Minnelli directed. Mat 1D
Director Minnelli Is Seasoned Movie Vet
Vincente Minnelli has made 30 pictures since he became a director in 1942. Known as an experimentalist and always eager for new ideas, the Oscar-winning (“Gigi”) director brings experience and imagination to his latest picture, “Goodbye Charlie,” 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color opening Hee abeUneis ae be eabres
Never becoming obsessed with one particular movie technique, Minnelli is forever experimenting with the camera to create breathtaking effects that stamp a Minnelli production as surely as elongated features mark a Modigliani painting.
Despite the richness of his pictures, Minnelli has the knack of bringing out the innermost expressions in his individual performers, giving the audience a personal rapport with each screen portrayal.
The Minnelli approach to motion pictures began in 1942 when he was given “Cabin in the Sky” to direct. He followed this with such outstanding hits as “An American in Paris” (an Oscar winner), ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,” “The Clock,” “Ziegfeld Follies,” “Father of the Bride,” “The Bad and the Beautiful,” “Brigadoon,” “Kismet,” “Tea and Sympathy,” “Some Came Running” and “Home from the Hills.” All of his pictures are studied carefully by students of filmmaking.
Vincente Minnelli started in show business at the age of three, when he made his debut in his parents’ tent show. When he became an adult, he worked in Chicago for the Balaban and Katz Theatres, designing settings and costumes. Earl Carroll took him to Broadway where he then worked for 10 years as art director of the Radio City Music Hall. His next stop was Hollywood and fame as a motion picture director.
Singer Pat Boone Is Businessman Too
When the Beatles invaded the U.S., the two stars most likely to be hurt pulled a fast switch. Elvis Presley wired a welcome, which was read on their first coast to coast TV appearance. But Pat Boone topped Elvis by getting nationwide distribution rights to Beatle portraits, which he’s selling. In a few short months, he already has orders running into millions.
Boone is devoting himself almost full time to his Beatle portrait business, now that he has finished his starring role with Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds in the 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color, “Goodbye Charlie,” which opens . pear iH aVenire oye Theatre.
“The Beatles are no passing fancy,” says Pat Boone. “They are the freshest young talent of the day. With their bounce, humor and a brand new sound, they’re here to stay. Every ten years the public is ready for a new idol — Valentino, Vallee, Sinatra, Fisher, Elvis and myself, each had a ten-year period except for Elvis and me who came up at the same time. Each success breaks bigger than the one which preceded it, so that the Beatles are the hottest things in the world today. There are big companies spending a million or more right now on games for the Christmas trade, but nothing they’re doing will compare to the sale of Beatle portraits.”
One reason for their success is that Pat is doing the hard sell in person. “A few days ago,” he says, “I took a portfolio of the portraits to Sears, Roebuck and Company, talked to the assembled buyers for their Western states and came away with an order for 300.000. When I was in Tokyo and Hong Kong I had orders for hundreds of thousands. Capitol Records ordered two million and other orders are pouring in all the time.”
Who needs a singing voice when he can put over a sharp deal like that? Pat says it took him over two months to get the license.
Learning to become a businessman hasn’t been all velvet. according to Pat. “I’ve learned the hard way.” he says. “I’ve bought oil wells that ran dry before the ink dried on the check I wrote. But a man just has to learn to invest the money he makes.”
“IT’S INCREDIBLE,” thinks Tony Curtis as he listens to Debbie Reynolds in this scene from the 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and De Luxe Color, “Goodbye Charlie” which opens .... at the .... Theatre. She has just told him that she is the reincarnation of a
Tony Curtis Begins to Reach Goals After 15 Years in Motion Pictures
Handsome Tony Curtis, still in his thirties, claims he is only at the beginning of his potential in his latest picture, ‘Goodbye Charlie,” the 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color opening .... at the Halos eabre:
“Goodbye Charlie” takes him into a comedy field long dominated by Cary Grant, and Tony admits he’s a little surprised to have made the grade so soon.
“Sophisticated comedy has been the goal of my fifteen years in films,” he says, “but it’s a field that I’ve always studied from a distance. My ambition has been realized sooner than I hoped.”
The ability to stand back and look at himself as a person and a performer and speak of his faults and foibles without granting himself artistic immunity, is one of Curtis’ greatest assets. He'll tell you, “I’m a compulsive and at times an extremely intelligent person. Other times I’m extremely stupid and go more by whim than real logical thinking.”
When told that he was fortunate to be born with a sense of humor, he says, ‘No one is born with a sense of humor — it is something you must develop in yourself. Humor comes with a sense of civilization — the more civilized you become the more your sense of humor develops, and like a muscle, humor grows stronger with use. You find your humor just as you find your luck. I’m not too much of a believer in the lucky break theory, although I guess it happens from time to time. I believe that true talent in a field ultimately asserts itself.”
He is as original in his attitude about money as he is about other things. “I believe an actor is entitled to as much money as he
can get,” he says. “You can’t say an actor is getting too much money any more than you can say a stockbroker makes too much when stocks go up 15 points and a property he has that was worth $20,000 in the morning is valued at $75,000 at the close of the market day. What did he do to make it of more value? Yet nobody tries to take it away from him.”
For a man who has traveled fast and far in his profession, Tony Curtis has done a lot of thinking. People, he feels, are made up of three components — intellect, heart and sex appeal. “A high average in these things makes up an important actor. The star is a person with a 90 to 100%. He may have a high rating in intellect and sex appeal and run lower in the heart department, but if the overall average hits 90%, he’s in. People who fall lower than 90% in this area of mind, heart, sex — either men or women — are the also rans.”
He loves to work and believes in watching his work and analyzing it carefully. “I love me when I’m good and I get very nervous when I’m bad. I think I can watch myself objectively, and that’s the important thing. When I’m bad, it’s often a combination of things which are difficult to explain, but somehow I know that the scene just doesn’t quite ‘make it’ for me. All I can do is try to figure out what I’m doing wrong and then correct it the next time.”
Tony has no ambition to write, direct or produce.
“T want to remain an actor,” he says, “and keep improving all the time. That’s all I want.”
And judging from the response of his fans, it’s just what they want too.
SOMEBODY ANSWER THE PHONE! Tony Curtis, Laura Devon and Walter Matthau all seem reluctant to speak to the caller in this scene from the 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and De
Luxe Color, “Goodbye Charlie” which opens. .
Debbie Reynolds and Pat Boone are also starred in this story of
bizarre Hollywood types.
Producer Weisbart's Ambitious Schedule
David Weisbart is fast assuming the role of one of the “hot” producers at 20th Century-Fox. His latest major production is “Goodbye Charlie,” a comedy in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color starring Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Pat Boone opening
ne tt the... . Trestre [aig interesting to note that ‘Goodbye Charlie” was being filmed at the same time as two other Weisbart productions, “Rio Conchos”’ and “‘The Pleasure Seekers.”
Born in Los Angeles, Weisbart enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he planned to become a doctor. But a summer job as a film extra drove out his medical ambitions and the following summer found him working as an apprentice film editor at Warner Bros. He soon became a full editor and his credits included “Night and Day,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Edge of Darkness” and “Johnny Belinda” for which he received an Oscar nomination.
He served as assistant to the producer on “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and on recommendation of director Elia Kazan, he was made a producer. In five years he produced more than 13 pictures including “Rebel Without a Cause,” “The Charge at Feather River,” “The Command” and “Them,” described as the finest science-fiction movie ever made.
In 1956 he came to 20th Century-Fox, and except for two projects away from the studio, has made all his subsequent pictures there.
Presently David Weisbart is preparing for the 20th CenturyFox big roadshow production for 1965, “The Day Custer Fell,’”’ and has two other projects, ‘Conquest” and “Trap for a Man” on his planning boards.
Debbie Reynolds Gets High-Fashion Clothes
Debbie Reynolds once Hollywood’s stereotype of the girlnext-door, emerges as a blonde siren in 20th Century-Fox’s offbeat comedy, “Goodbye Charlie.”
Movie-goers, who have grown accustomed to seeing’ Miss Reynolds in gingham and calico, will be pleasantly surprised by the elegant and sophisticated wardrobe designed for her by Academy Award-winner Helen Rose in the CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color attraction which opens.... at the.... Theatre.
Miss Reynolds is cast as a seductive young lady named Charlie, the reincarnation of an unscrupulous male Hollywood writer who was shot by an outraged husband. For the role, Miss Rose created ten outfits costing $250,000 and ranging from “the best bikini on the
beach” to a spectacular evening
“Audiences who have always thought of Debbie as the ‘Tammy’ type are in for a surprise,” says Miss Rose. “Because she is a petite girl, clothes have to be scaled to her size, but she can look as chic as any highfashion, tall model and this wardrobe proves it.”
The fact that the character played by Miss Reynolds is the reincarnation of a wayward male, proved an extra challenge to Miss Rose in designing the wardrobe.
“T felt that the clothes should be a combination of daring and alluring femininity, but with mild suggestions of ‘remembrances of the past,’ ”’ says Miss Rose. “During: her first moments ‘back on earth’ we put her in a tailored slack suit, softened by a brilliant velvet jacket. The ‘Charlie Pants,’ pink silk plus frou-frou lace, is a further evolution. By the end of the film ‘Charlie’ has all the men swooning over her.”
All jewelry work for Miss Reynolds was especially created to harmonize with the colors and design of her clothes, while her elegant footwear was made in Italy, where the Italian craftsmen specialize in fine beaded work and in fitting feet as tiny as Miss Reynolds’. Enhancing the fashion creations of Miss Rose are coiffures created by one of Hollywood’s top hair stylists, Sydney Guilaroff.
Starring with Miss Reynolds in “Goodbye Charlie” are Tony Curtis and Pat Boone.
LAURA DEVON appears in the 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and De Luxe Color, “Goodbye Charlie” which opens “=. atthe... .... Uieatre,
Pretty Laura Devon In “Goodbye Charlie“
Just over three years ago a couple of beginners were singing in the London Chop House in Detroit. One, Barbra Streisand, was a relatively unattractive girl, but the audience responded to the way she put across a song. The other singer was Laura Devon, a blonde beauty with a floating mezzo-soprano voice. The breaks for both girls came on the same week. Barbra got her first TV date, an appearance with Jack Parr; and Laura Devon won the singing lead in a Detroit production of “The Boy Friend.”
Today Barbra is the star of the Broadway hit musical, “Funny Girl,’ and Laura has just completed a co-starring role in her first motion picture, ‘‘Goodbye Charlie,” 20th Century-Fox comedy in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color opening .... at the ....Theatre. Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Pat Boone are the stars.
Laura came to Hollywood when a scout spotted her in “The Boy Friend.” She signed a contract with Universal and for her first year she never appeared before a camera.
“It was a wonderful year,” she says. “I was being paid to go to school and cultivate my talent, and when the course was over, I was ready for my first TV role.”
After numerous TV _ roles, Richard Boone selected her to appear as a regular on his TV Repertory Theatre. She acted in all 26 segments and was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in “The Fling” episode.
Then Richard Zanuck, head of production for 20th CenturyFox, signed her up for “Goodbye Charlie” and three other motion pictures.
“T’m very sophisticated in ‘Goodbye Charlie’,” she says. “I play a former starlet now married to a big Hollywood producer. I’m the reason Charlie gets shot, but I guess I shouldn’t give the whole story away.”
In real life, Laura is married to actor Brian Kelly, also a native of Detroit.
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