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Thursday, January 22, 1953
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FLAMES LIGHT SKY OVER PRISON.—A wall of flame leaps
high in the sky over Western Pennsylvania Penitentiary at
Pittsburgh, after convicts rioted, seized guards as hostages, and
set fire to parts of the prison. This picture shows Jhe front of
the main prison building with flames rolling up from a struc
ture in the rear.— (lP) Wirephoto.
David Niven Tries To Be
“WoIF For Next Picture
HIRES ERROL
FLYNN’S FORMER
PRESS AGENT
By JAMES BACON
(For Bob Thomas)
HOLLYWOOD Wi-David Niven,
never known as a Hollywood wolf,
is making sure he is an expert one
for “The Moon Is Blue.”
He’s got Errol Flynn’s former
press agent working for him.
Niven won’t say whether the hir
ing of Flynn’s press agent is any
more than pure coincidence but ad
mits that it’s nice to get pointers
from one who has watched the
master at work.
. “You know,” commented Niven,
*1 haven't had a personal press
agent since early in my career. I
was broke then, heavily in debt
.an<Lmy career was injaad need of
tmol in the arih: Wrlilfea a pub
licity man. He turned out to be too
good. The next day a gossip col
umn headlined ‘David Niven Buys
150-Foot Schooner.’
“Soon my tailor, butcher and
baker were on the phone, all
screaming, ‘Where’s that 20 bucks
you’ve owed me for six months?’
Thus ended one of the shortest
publicity campaigns in Hollywood
history.”
Besides hiring Flynn’s ex-publi
cist, Niven prepped for his role of
the wolf in the movie version of the
Broadway hit by touring in the
West Coast company of the play.
Otto Preminger, the producer-di
rector of both the play and the
movie, and F. Hugh Herbert, the
author, wanted Niven to tour with
the play with the idea of playing
the same role in the movie later
on.
‘‘They apparently didn’t consid
er me a natural-born wolf type,”
commented Niven.
The company of “The Moon Is
Blue” started shooting this week
with two separate casts—one Eng
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SPECTACULAR FIRE DESTROYS and flames
billow from the A. B. Wynn commission house in Shreveport,
U, during a spectacular fare which destroyed a block ©f the
business district Fierce heat from the general alarm fire kept
spectators at a distance and made it difficult for the fire fighters.
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THE KEY WEST CITIZEN
lish-speaking and the other Ger
man. As the Hollywood troupe fin
ishes their scene, the* German
counterparts step in and do the
same scene in German.
“There’s a million good reasons
for this,” Niven said. “A German
gross of one million dollars more
than normal can be expected when
German actors are used.”
Preminger, formerly of Vienna,
directs both versions.
The German movie title is “The
Virgin on the Roof,” most descrip
tive of the play’s context.
Much of the spicv dialogue of the
play is retained in the movie
script.
“Preminger and Herbert are
confident that it will be passed by
the censors,” Niven said. “After
all, it would be passed on televi
sion."
Nivai a|sg disclosed a
lietzecTphase of his Hollywood ca
reer. He started in the movies in
the early 30s playing bit roles in
Westerns.
“You’d be surprised,” comment
ed the suave Britisher, “how many
producers have told me that I pos
sessed what was then known as a
‘Western face,’ as long as 1 kept
my mouths hut.”
In 1934 he began a 15-year asso
ciation with Sam Goldwyn, inter
rupted only by six years combat
sendee as a British commando.
Niven, who was mustered out as a
colonel, had the longest war rec
ord of any Hollywood star.
Niven said his firsi picture with
Goldwyn in 1934 earned him a re
view in the Detroit Free Press
which he has saved to this day. It
read:
“David Niven is Sam Goldwyn’s
newest discovery. He is tall, dark
and not at all handsome.”
There arc two saints Valentine
who were killed in Rome on the
same day and whose festivals are
observed Feb. 14.
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