Variety (September 05, 1951)

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Act employment has perked up considerably, according to major talent office spokesmen. Fall pic- ture indicates that cafes, lounges, and the outdoor fields will be using the usual quota of acts. If any slack exists, television will be able to absorb most layoffs in the stand- ard act category. The only weak sector in the talent departments, according to current indications. Is vaude. The paucity of playing time has hit the offices considerably, but the other fields have snore than made ,UP for that decline in revenue. Percenterles also feel that pick- up will be accentuated thir fall when the Federal Government allo- cates defense contracts. It s figured Government spending will be especially felt in such cities as Detroit. Los Angeles. New York and Chicago. The talent agencies are in a good position in many situations. Some offices say that nearly every time a salt is involved, two Jobs have to be done. First an agent has to sell an employer, then there’s a selling job to be done on the act. Tills vending process Is more fre- quent for acts made through re- cordings than in any other case. Agency men declare that In these Instances, the offices attempt to keep salaries at reasonable levels. It’s felt that every time the salary of an act rises to any appreciable degree, there are fewer employ- ment outlets. When the stipend reaches the upper brackets, only a handful of cafes are in position to buy the turn, and they’ve got to concentrate on theatres and gamble on the ultimate take via percentage deals. When the flow of hit disks stops, these acts are gen- (Continued on page 75) By GEORGE ROSEN As Eddie Cantor sees it. the N. Y.-to-L. A. transition for major TV talent and productions, now that the cross-country micro-cable has become a reality, is as natural and inevitable as it was back in the radio era of the ’SO’s. Cantor is currently in New York for his initial “Colgate Comedy Hour** appearance of the season next Sunday (9), but this will be his only origination from the east. He’s all set to premiere the first commercial coast-to-coast show from Hollywood on Sept. 30, with his subsequent 10 Colgate shows all emanating from the Coast. Cantor’s drumbeating of the “Go West” TV formula is appar- ently shared by the NBC video brass, for in addition to Cantor, the majority of the web’s top tal- ent array will do most of their programs from Hollywood this season. These include Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. Danny Thomas, Bob Hope, Jack Carson. Abbott Sc Costello, Martin & Lewis, Dinah Shore and Donald O’Connor, (Continued on page 24) . Hollywood. Sept. 4. Those red faces lighting up the western horizon despite smog and “unusual weather” can’t be blamed on Labor Day-weekend sun- burns. They belong to the crying towel boys who, a year ago. mourn- fully predicted that the old town wouldn't be the same during 1951. ‘TV, you know.” A year ago, the pessimists snick- ered at studio announcements that production would be maintained at “average” figures—around 40 a month. Today, they’re abashed. Pace not only has been main- tained. but studios now are ac- celerating their efforts. Prospects tor the final four months of 1951 are better than they were a year ago. Check of production for the first half of the year shows 268 films have received the Production Code Authority seal. 13 more than dur- ing the same period In 1950. Of the total, 42 were lensed abroad. This classification, of course, in- clude* some purely foreign films. The ’majority, however, are the product of Hollywood studios shot on location in distant climes, as, for example, Warners’ “Captain Horatio Hornblower,” which was made entirely in England. This increase over 1950 will be maintained for the remainder of the year. As of this morning. (Tues.) there were 92 films shoot- ing here and abroad. Figure admit- tedly is four under the number for the post-Labor Day period last year, but the decline represents * (Continued on page 75) Harry JoUon’s ’Comeback’ Harry Jolson’s personal at the A1 J olson Remembrance Night Oct. 23, at Carnegiq Hall, N. Y., a one-nighter for benefit of the N. Y. Cardiac Home, will be in the nature of a “comeback” for the late singer’s brother. Latter has long been retired. ABC deejay Joe Franklin is sparking the show, which Vill have Milton Berle and Barry Gray as emcees and at which Jolson's widow will make a personal. Minneapolis, Sept. 4. Opening - night audience at “Springtime for Henry’’ at the Lyceum here included one 93-year- old and another 80-year-old Ed- ward Everett Horton fan. They were the star’s mother (93> and the latter’s “kid” sister (80). They drove all the way froqi Los Angeles to Minneapolis, with the younger femme at the wheel, to ap- plaud the comedian. It marked the third time within a year that the elderly Mrs. Horton has traveled across the continent to attend her son's performance. Stretch pennant drive for the artist ’selling the most disks dur- ing 1991 is narrowing down to Patti Page and the Les Paul-Mary Ford team, according to current indica- tions. Miss Page, for Mercury Records, and the Paul-Ford duo, for Capitol, are seen sure to go well over the 5.000,000-platter mark apiece before this year ends. In both cases, the artists have come up out of obscurity with their disk clicks. Miss Page got away to a wing- ing start at the outset of this year with her “Tennessee Waltz” slice, which went well over 2.000.000 sales, part of which was racked up late last year. Songstress also clicked with several other disks, notably ‘ Mockin’ Bird Hill” and “Mister and Mississippi.” among others, although not to the extent of her “Waltz” smash. The Paul-Ford team has come up with a rush this year with several bestsellers. Their biggest sides to date have been “How High the Moon” and “Mockin' Bird Hill,” (Continued on page 75) Nix of Stack in Britain Seen as Reprisal Vs. New Hampshire Mailman Television’s Fading Due to Poor Shows, Zannck Sez in Paris Paris, SeTpt. 4. TV Is no menace to either films or radio, Darryl F. Zanuck told newsmen this week, prior to his return to the U, S. Zanuck said pix were packing up tremendously in America and that radio was “staging a comeback.” 20th-Fox production chief opined that TV’s Impact will continue to fade as the novelty wears off. He attributed this in part to low qual- As Local Theatrical Star By NAT KAHN New London. N. H.. Sept. 4. To blase Broadwayites. this town is just a speck on the New Hamp- shire map. but it has its theatrical compensations. Localites have heard of Cornell, Hayes and Fer- rer. and so many other stars, but they'll stick with their Charlie Jobes. Jobes is a mail carrier in New- port, N. H„ 15 miles from New London. For 19 ygars, ever since its organization, he has been the star of the New London Players, a non-Equity company recruited each summer season from among fledgling groups in New York and elsewhere. For 19 year*. Jobes has commuted each summer from Newport—after delivering the mail —to head up the performances in New London. The troupe frequent- ly changes from year to year—but Jobes always returns. “Our Town,” “Harvey” and “Lightnin’ ” are typical of the plays that have starred Jobes. No- tice of his appearance In s play lwre is the signal for sellout per- (Continoed on page 20) (Continued on page 86) Unearth Twin N.Y. Cops As Ex-Actors (At Age 1) Zanuck arrived in New York from Paris today (Tues.) and was slated to fly to the Coast tomorrow or Thursday. He is accompanied by his wife. Their daughter. Susan, who was touring with them, pre- ceded them home by a week. Four-week trip was a biz-vacation combo. Zanuck huddled on two a enow or sommsts Ul * UK) a coNPutn noen i •V HVTEBTAINMHVT bUI Urdwr Mm Direction of PHIL iHTAIMY