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i 35c ‘toM' wy 12 P.M. SfAR PARKING PLAZA 10th fir E St*. N.W. 'loans On Diamonds, Watches. Jtwtlrj, Camtras.Guus. Etc. Oldeit Loon Office in Metropolitan Area HORNING'S 18th and No. 1 Highway 1 MtU South at Ktehmat Brtsaa Arlington, Vo. Toko le« from 12th fir to. Are. EVENING PARKING CAPITAL CUBAGE 1320 N. Y. Ave. N.W. Between 13th and 14th 'Best Years of Our Lives’ Proves Itself Best Drama of Year By Joy Carmody A distinguished audience headed by the White House family Iasi night added Washington’s vote to “The Best Years of Our Lives’’ a: | the best motion picture of 1946. The screenplay, opening at Keith’s ir a brilliant benefit prelude to its public showing today, sustains all the enthusiastic things that have been said of it, deserves the prizes it has won. Now, in the second year of restless truce, it tells what homecom ing was like after the greatest war in history. It does not tell that story fully, of course, but in dimen sions adequate to make “The Best Years of Our Lives” a fine, living summary of one of man’s greatest dramas. The major credit for the screen 1009 F*o«. A*«. N.W. ~~ DELICIOUS Tang o' the i Sea Food | i For over 25 yeors O'Donnell's has been known for consistently delicious meals at reasonable prices. | The next tome you dine I out, dine'at O'Don nell's. LUNCHEONS 55c up DINNERS 95c up^ Win* i ,• r__ l I 1207-1221 E St. N.W 31A CRILL AMUSEMENTS AMUSEMENTS NOW | SHOWING \ Doors Open * 10:30 a.m. I •i'SSS^ 1 OICK -W-^-ioCK.. ^r?M® M,TCHUM 1 1 humphmy .ogar^.-coak™ SCOTT 1 RONALD KAGAN WAD* . I ZACHARY SCOn •• S™ . ■ £j . , I play at Keith's is difficult to place The easy thing to do is bestow it upon Producer Sam Goldwyn as the man who assembled the superb tal ents which were able to reduce the huge story to its simple, human values. It takes them three houre to tell It, which is longer than the usual screen feature, but never a minute is wasted. The screenplay which William “THE BEST YEARS OP OUR LIVES.-’ an RKO Picture with Dana Andrews. Fredric March. Mrrna Loy, produced by Samuel Goldwyn. directed by William Wyler, screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood from the novel “Glory for Me" by McKinley Kantor. At Keith's. „ THE CAST. Milly 8tephenson _ Myrna Loy A1 Stephenson --Predric March Pred Derry -Dana Andrews Peggy Stephenson-Teresa Wrighl Mari* Derry - Virginia Mayc Wilma Cameron_ Cathy O’Donnell Butch Engel -Hoagy Carmichael Homer Parrish-Harold Russell Hortense Derry-Gladys George pat Derry -Roman Bohner Mr Milton- Ray Collin! Cjin -r Steve Cochran Mri. Parrish-Minna Gombell Mr. Parrish_Walter Baldwin Woody - Victor Cutlci Mrg. Cameron_ Dorothy Adam: Mr. Cameron- Don Beddo< Bullard -Erslclne Sanforc Luella Parrish _Marlene Aamei Rob Stephenson_ Michael Hall Prew -Charles Haltor Mr. Mollett_ . _ Ray Tea Thorp*-Howland Chamberlir Novak- Dean White Wyler directed and Robert E. Sher wood wrote from a novel by Mac Kinlay Kantor is notable most ol all for Its quality of understanding It evokes perfectly the feeling that this is how it was, which was sc many contradictory things. Some of these were courageous and som< cowardly, some funny and other sad, some sordid and others shining but all of them human and hones) and never over-sentimental. In becoming a motion picture with a heart, and a quite healthy one, “The Best Years of Our Lives’ draws upon the services of one oi the finest casts ever assembled Goldwyn spent as wisely as he did lavishly for the services of Predric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright and the others. And he chose with rare discrimination when he came up with Harold Rus sell, a handless veteran with no act ing experience, to play the role of possibly the most dramatic charac ter in his story. “The Best Years of Our Lives” is a simply patterned screen narra tive. It tells of three men back from the war. One of these is a middle-aged banker (March) who returns as a sergeant and a wiser man than his banking experience ever would have made him. An other is a glamour boy airman (Andrews) who was a sodajerk be fore they made him a falcon. The third is a former high school ath lete (Russell) who comes back hand les* and, worse still, heartless for the life he had planned. The genius of Wyler as director of the Goldwyn screenplay is that he never lets his principals be come mere symbols and succeeds marvelously in keeping their story from becoming fuzzy and too in volved. If it takes a bit of fiction to keep these three diverse charac ters together in their poet-war world, Sherwood, Wyler and the picture’s cast give the fiction a high plausi bility. It seems that it could not have been any other way after their return to Boone City, a large but neighborly • community where social differences do not mean the jisual extreme of separateness. So Al, the banker with two grown kids and a charming wife, Fred who comes back to a sleazy home on the wrong side of the tracks and a war bride of dubious character, and Homer who suddenly felt the loss of his hands, work out their adjustment together. The gamut of the emotions is covered in the three-pronged story but it never loses compactness. Banker Al whose sergeant’s stripes have turned him into a bellicose liberal is the comedy character of the three. Fred who likes neither his sloppy play-girl wife nor the idea of resuming his old soda fountain job is the romantically dramatic one. And Homer, who has no hands to run through his girl’s hair, carries the story's burden of restrained poignance. * * * w The incident through which these principals move is intelli gently honest, never fancy. It is dressed with finely varied dramatic meaning in scene after scene. Many of these are among the best of their type in screen story telling. There is, for instance, a memorable first-night-back when the restless trio and the banker's wife and daughter get together pn a binge which helpa unwind their nerves. AMUSEMENTS It lets the standard for a doaen dramatic highlights in the story's progression. Among these are Homer’s awk ward retreat frgp his love for the girl next door, and from the solici tude of his over-kind family; Fred's dour reunion with his alcoholic fa ther and his dilapidated stepmother, his'pursuit of his gad-going wife and the ultimate embittered meet ing; and Al’s return to the bank , and his discovery of how little bank ers know of human nature as com pared with a man who has been a sergeant. | There is a choice of three love stories in “The Best Years of Our Lives,” each superbly told. Simplest i of the lot is that of the banker : Stephensons, A1 and Milly who have an adjustment to make alter their years of war separation. The drama of the other two is j higher, highest in standard screen terms in the case of Andrews who must rid himself of Virginia Mayo before he Is free to wed the brawe, high-principled daughter of the Stephensons, a girl played by Miss Wright. Most fascinating of the three, however, is the love story of Homer and the girl next door, a story whose elements are those of the maimed veteran who must learn all over again that he is a man. * * * * “The Best Years of Our Lives” is ' a splendidly acted screen play, as everyone must surely have heard by : now. Its best single performance probably is that of* March, which has been nominated for an Academy award. In a way, however, even this carries less of drama than the work of Russell as the wounded sailor, Homer. There is little to choose, at their best, between those mentioned and the portraits created by Andrews of the frustrated airman, Miss Wright as the girl who rises above her con ventional discipline to help him, or Miss Loy as the bewildered and brave wife of the banker who came home such a truculent ex-sergeant. Joan Can’t Find Any Good Reason For Night Clubbing ly tha Associated Pros* HOLLYWOOD. | What Joan Caulfield thinks of night dubs and people who go to : them shouldn’t happen to a skunk. ! “It’s a fish-bowl existence,” says Joan. “I’d be as comfortable in a | bathing suit at Hollywood and ’Vine.” Everybody, if Joan’s version is true, goes to night clubs only to see what everybody else is wearing— and drinking. Craning her heck over the shoul der of an imaginary companion, Joan mimics: “What kind of a cocktail is that? Let’s stick around. Three of those and shell need a blotter.” People who are attracted to night clubs, Joan believes, have some thing wrong with them. “You don’t go to dance, because you can’t dance. You don’t go to drink, be cause the drinks are no good. So what the heck do you go for?” Bachelor Girl Joan lives, as you may have surmised, with her mother. She blocks all studio at tempts to link her romantically with some young male star. She’s one of the serious youngsters from the New York stage-who is going to be a success or bust a gusset trying. She’s frank, free and easy, and comfortable to be around. "I like to dress up,” admits Joan. "Don’t get'me wrong. I love dinner parties at friends’. But if I go to a night club once in four or five months, I’ve got a tummyful. There isn’t a thing you can do in a night club that’s worth the money and effort.” Doesn’t she even care for floor shows? “Well, I've been to some Holly wood parties,” says Joan, “where you get a bigger laugh out of the receiving line than anything you'll see on the Sunset Strip.” AMUSEMENTS Constitution Hall, Than., Mar. 20, S:S0 C. C. CAPPEL ^presents -"The Modern Paganini of the Violin’* FRANCESCATTI In (ill length recital '‘Slectrided the audience with his superb pinging,” Alice Eversman, Wash. Star. Tickets 91.20 to 90.00 CAPPEL CONCERT BUREAU In The Becht Co., Record Shop, RE. SMS THRU FRIDAY! MATINEE. Lutc,oU5 1:451 'l/uriMC ROMANCE CARMEN i mmKKHUwkmMM Audrey TOTTERHurneCTONYN bfc Si»»^uPYiwmuBr SWASHBUCKLER — Douglas Fairbanks follows in his late father’s footsteps in the min j aret-leaping profession, in the Technicolor “Sinbad the Sailor,” now at the Metro politan. Symphony Drive Workers Meet Tomorrow lo Report Workers In the 17th annual sus taining fund campaign of the Na tional Symphony Orchestra Asso ciation will meet at 12:30 p.ra. to mftrrow in the Mayflower Hotel for a report on the campaign. The drive was extended from Feb ruary 27, scheduled closing date, when only $112,989 of the $175,000 goal was reported. Committee reports will be broad cast over Station WMAL from 1 to 1:15 p.m. Mrs. C. C. Glover, jr„ chairman of the women’s com mittee, will preside in the absence of Edward Burling, jr„ campaign chair man. Mrs. Glover is a member of the Steering Committee for the cam paign. jAMUSEMENTS__ J LEWIS ft MINERS L ARE “GUILTY” SAYS SUPREME COURT MEXICO HAILS PRES. TRUMAN MARSHALL OFF TO MOSCOW WMAL—Hourly NoWMcart i ; tOMT’ \AftftfcP-ATT%AC.xifiN SJ«# 'T CARPLIE CLAIR II »JH. I I tk - .. - ' V Where and When Current Theater Attractions and Time of Showing Stage. National—“The Fatal Weakness’’; 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. • Screen. Capitol—“The Bachelor’s Daugh ters”; 11 a.m.. 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:55 pun. Stage shows: 12:45, 3:30, 6:15 and 9 p.m. Columbia—“The Lady in the Lake”; 11 a.m., 1:05, 3:15, 8:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pjn. Earle—“Nora Prentiss”; 10:30 a.m., 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:35 p.m. Hippodrome — “Carmen”; 2:05, 3:55, 5:45, 7:35 and 9:25 p.m. AMUSEMENTS / National Symphony ^ HANS KINDLER, Conductor SUNDAY, MARCH 16—4 p.m. EFREM ZIMBALIST VIOLINIST CONSTITUTION HALL Prices: *1.20, *1.80. *2.40 (tax incl.l Symphony Box Office, Kitt’o. ^1330 G SB N.W. NA. 7332. k • Keith’*—“The Best Tears of Our Lives”; 9:15 am., 12:30, 3:25, 5:30 and 9:35 p.m. Little—"Henry the Fifth”; 2:30 and 8:30 pm. Metropolitan—“Sinbad the Sail or”; 10:45 am., 12:55, 3:05, 5:15, 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Palace—"Boomerang”; 10:45 a.m., 12:55, 3:05, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Pix—"Guest in the House”; 3:05, 6:20 and 9:30 pm. Trans-Lux—News and shorts. Continuous from 10:15 a.m. - --- AMUSEMENTS_j MATING TODAY, 2:30 TONIGHT AT 8:M: Seat* at Bax OflUa | LAURENCE OLIVIER “HENRY la TBCHHlCOLQa Released thru UNITED ARTISTS Only Encacement in Washinitan Prices; Eves.. *2.40. SI.80; Mats., *1.80, *1.20 tax incl. All Seats Reserrcd. little Theatre 608 9th St- Nw untie ineaire T., MEt 1324 AMUSEMENTS .-NATIONAL SYMPHONY — HANS KINDLE*, Conductor ★ Rise STEVENS Ghaorwi Star Met. On era. Concert, Radio. Movie* HOWARD MITCHELL. Condaetinx (Hit Parade Series) # Schubert ! “Unfinished Symphony” and Others -Tomorrow. March 13. 8:30 P.M— CONSTITUTION HALL Prices: $1.20. $1.80. $3 10. $3 (tax incl.'. Symphony Box Office Kitts.— 1330 G St. N.W . NA 7333. NATIONAL SYMPHONY HANS KINDLER. Conductor LAST CHILDREN'S CONCERT SAT.. MARCH 32—11 A M. OLGA SAMAROFF-J5TOKOWSXI Narrator CONSTITUTION HALL Prices: flOc. SOc (tax lncl.) Tickets at Symphony Box Office. Kitt'i. 1330 G St. N W. NA. 7332 NATIONAL m# playimg* lift I IVnNkETtt. 8:30. Mata. 2:30 mmxm****-* mcum, JT&Mdness IRstafrjyOMIHUI MATINEES WEDS. * SAT*. | Come At Any Time ^ I Door* Open 8:43 A.M.. Sunday 12 Noon. Midnight Show Every Saturday Night j I Performances Arc Continuous—No Reserved Seats 1 I Increased Price* for This Engagement Only . 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 90c include* tax | Hi 5 p.m. to closing 1.80 includes tax “The Best Years o( Our Lives” ■■ |^^^^^^^^^^^^owi^nan^ort^Mfeatr^i^Ei^rea^hi^cason^^^^^ot^i^dmis<ioi^rices^^^Bp ‘"tTtJadnt Cathy O’DonneHand^H^ld ^arm,C^ae^ Ij TflllllY A WASHINGTON IHSTITUtlOH 0'i4d lUUnl Opp. U. i. Trutary w I5tfc with Annabella Richard Conte Frank Latimore ...■Walter Abel. • Melville Cooper - Sam Jaffe 2o. Directed by Henry Hathaway • Louis de Rochemont GINTu*Y-f0X Originol Screen Play by John Monks, Jr. and Sy Bartlett JOHNNY WOODS^ALPHONSE BERGE f \ The Originator of Radio Satire The Great Drapo PSSjK LEONARD BARR whh Helen est V It “Th \ TED LAWRIE _ row**owcA0& CAPITOL “ H I ■Tni '