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Wt £^^^^nHk’ w 'dH. '. fg j^BHßfcfc If WbL k ■lp'- JHHP ■ :-;, WBEk WS&qt&l . ||g. Hjg|| JBm As ■ 3W W ' 1 $ jj fX? '■*/ | .» v - ■■ p* > ”■ IBk 1 ;^^ : - GLAMOUR GRADUATE—Joan Vohs, Hollywood starlet, will step into television tonight at 9:30 on CBS-TV’s “Stage 7.” She will appear opposite Frank Lovejoy in “The Long Count.” He Favors the Easy Way Bert Parks Just Does His Two Shows, Does No Rushing After Ulcers By Margaret McManus NEW YORK. Bert Parks has won the battle of the ulcer belt. The quiz master of ABC TV's Sunday night “Break the Bank” show, oldest quiz show on the air. Parks has evolved a formula of living and working according to his own tastes, which is hard to beat in any business. Starting out as a CBS radio staff announcer, 22 years ago, he learned early to have a horror of quick and fleeting fame, inevitably accompanied by quick and fleeting fortune. He saw radio stars flash into a brief moment of glory, then fade, much as a spent sky rocket disappears into a sum mer’s night, trailing a few, sad sparks in its wake. Weighs Results A perceptive young man, he also became early aware of the rather desperate tensions which developed when the boys at the topmost rungs of the ladder fought and clawed to stay way up there. “I decided this was really no way to live,” he said. “I confess it is a great tempta tion for any one with ambi tion to want to be the big gest, the most successful name in his field. “I can do a little bit of everything. I can sing a little. I can dance and tell a reason ably funny joke, if I put my mind to it, and there are mo ments when I look with some wistfulness at the great tele vision entertainers, say the people with the top 10 ratings. “But whenever I get over wistful, I always stop to wonder how long they’re go ing to stay there and to count what this costs them in energy and nerves. “Please don’t let me give the impression that I’m indifferent to my career. I have my share of ambition and I want to do the best job I can all the time, but there are other things as important to me as my work.” Morried 12 Years Parks has been married for 12 years to the former Annette Liebman of New Haven, Conn. They have three children. Joel and Jeffrey, 8-year-old twin boys, and Annette, called Petty, aged 6. Mrs. •Parks was a dental hygienist, working in New York, and Bert was a 28-year old radio announcer, who had begun to think of himself as a confirmed bachelor when a friend introduced them on a blind date. “I’ll always remember what this friend said when he set up this date for me. He said, ‘Bert, I know a beautiful girl you must meet. I think she’s just what you're looking for.’ “This was the Tightest thing my friend ever said. She was a beautiful girl and just what. I was looking for. She still is.” Atlanta-born Bert Parks, whose father and mother still live in his home town, started to work parttime as a radio Fonda Is Fine In Circus Yarn Emmett Kelly, the most famed of all the circus clowns, couldn’t get his heart into his work on the high trapeze. He wanted to make people laugh. How he came down out of the air and got his start as a f unmaker is the story to be told tonight in "Clown” on "G. E. Theater” (WTOP-TV, 9 o'clock). An extract from Mr. Kelly's book of the same name, it is an affecting half-hour TV drama. It’s a slick produc tion, showing signs of both cost and care. Henry Fonda gives it one of his accus tomed excellent perform ances and Dorothy Malone ably a beta him as Mrs. Kelly. —H. M. Fonda Is Fine In Circus Yarn |jj||p JSjyjfe Wj BERT PARKS announcer in Atlanta, while he was a student at a military school there. “I used to rush to work right from classes, still in my uni form, and I’d be making sta tion breaks and doing com mercials with the old saber chain clanking right into the mike. I made seven bucks a week.” Staggering Surprise He said when he came to New York to take an audition as a staff announcer at CBS, he added two years to his age. assumed what he imagined was a sophisticated, man -about - town air, and was absolutely speechless when the executive told him he was hired. “I was exactly 18 years old. I was earning SSO a week and 1 was the richest man in town," he said. He worked for the next six years as a regular staff an nouncer and then he had a chance to replace Jimmy Wel lington as the announcer on the Eddie Cantor show. Grad ually, he became the general emcee of the show, doing some singing and acting as straight man for Cantor. He later worked in radio with Benny Goodman. Xavier Cugat and was with Cugat when he went into the Army in 1942. He went first to the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga., and it was there, after his graduation as a second lieuten ant, that he and his wife were married. Soon after, he was assigned to Gen. Stillwell's staff in the China-Burma-India theater of operations and he went over seas for three years. After Army Service When Parks returned to the United States in 1945 and started to look around New York City for a job, he audi tioned for the “Break the Bank” show, just about to go on radio and television as a simulcast. He got the show and has been doing it, oh, so stead ily, ever since. In a medium where shows often disappear from the air after one or two seasons, the nine-year tenure of “Break the Bank” is somewhat phe nomenal Parks is also the emcee of “Stop the Music," on ABC TV on Tuesday nights, which means that he usually comes into the city about two or three days a week. After the Parks’ twins were bom they bought an attrac tive white calpboard house in Greenwich, Conn., and they have embraced the country life with an all-encompassing vigor. (RclMMd l« Hu mu avßdtato. Inc.) £l}c suiulau j§taf TV-RADIO Pull-Out Section •WASHINGTON, D. C., MARCH 27, 1955 E-5 On the Air In Praise of Players Some of the Week's TV Drama Hours Displayed Some Skillful Acting. By Harry MacArthur The hour-long television dramas continue what has been a first-rate season. There were at least four occasions last week when the hour spent with them was well spent. In some cases the playing was superior to the play, but that can be satisfactory, too. It was Sir Cedric Hardwicke who rose above a minor com edy called “The SI,OOO Win dow” on “Elgin Hour” (WMAL TV—Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.). He was cast as a stiff and pompous employe of a bank which owned a race track and which put him behind the track’s new SI,OOO window to lend the enterprise some dignity. Invited to a party by one of his customers, he fell under the influence of free-flowing champagne, wandered into the back room and dropped $12,- 000 at the roulette table un aware of what he was doing. Gamblers, he discovered, don’t like welchers. There is not much to be said of the rest of this play plotwise, but Sir Ced ric’s combination of pompous bluster and confusion in this strange new world of the pro fessional gamblers made the show a delight. Nina's Not Plain An evening earlier several examples of skilled acting were in evidence. The best probably was Nina Foch’s in "Miss Turner’s Decision” on Studio One (WTOP-TV—Mon day, 10 p.m.). It was, it is true, a little difficult to imag ine Miss Foch as a not overly attractive, thirtyish spinster whose father had to bring home a dinner guest in the hope of marrying her off. She lights up too much for any man to believe that. She and Edward Andrews, Program Notes NBC Color Studios to Get A Spectacular Dedication Television’s week shows some promise. It starts off tonight with a king-sized color spectac ular designed to dedicate some new premises NBC has set up for tint TV in Burbank, where the network’s West Coast sta tions already have been in operation. Whether NBC will fare better than CBS did with a like project a couple of years ago only time will tell. Dedi cating its glossy, then new Television City, CBS forgot about the real show, which was the shiny new TV factory. To show viewers what the place looked like, the camera, in typical Hollywood fashion, was turned on a model of the building inside the building it self. Whatever NBC does to night at 7:30 (WRC-TV) will be done in star-studded style, of course. Everybody on the network roster from Dinah Shore to President Pat Weaver will be on hand. Scenes from some of Paramount’s forth coming movies will be seen, too, during the 90-minute "En tertainment 1955.” Ed Sullivan’s competing en WJr .■ wL mWT't wm x r k- ri m si - - -LI-’W f' Ma —9-: ■ ?; -wg . • H; AwirSia/ t - MFm mm 71ML ; flHff HOfe I " * x v % . --Jfjflh •' -Jfjß : • ** n§si Hgk DIRECT FROM BROADWAY—Another company making a “road tour” via television is the cast of “The Southwest Corner” which ended its New York run earlier this month. Markey and Eva Le GalUenne, in the scene here, will head the original east when the play is done on NBC-TV’s “Television Theater” Wednesday night at • (WRC-TV). ft B as the prospective husband, played their off-beat romance with great sensitivity, however, under Paul Nickell’s direction. They caught character and mood with real finesse. In the give-and-take of their scenes together they proved perfectly in tune. Glenda Farrell and, of all people. Cliff Hall. Baron Munchausen’s old radio chum, added some deft touches, too, as Miss Foch’s parents. Credible Cad Earlier that same night Robert Montgomery (WRC TV—Monday, 9:30 p.m.) un dertook an original teleplay titled (after a column in Va riety which keeps track of trav elling showfolk) “N. Y. to L. A.” The portrait of a Pal Joey type conniving to get a movie contract, this, too, was played skillfully by Pamela Rivers, Loretta Daye, Charles Drake and Ed Binns. Mr. Drake, especially, made the central figure thoroughly dis reputable, but completely cred ible in a flrmly-packed and fully-rounded chacacterization. “Shadow of the Champ” proved not the best thing ever done on "Television Playhouse” (WRC-TV—Sunday, 9 p.m.), but it was not the worst one either. One of those character studies which fit comfortably into a television hour, it told of a young hanger-on’s dis covery that he doesn’t have to depend on his prizefighter crony. Lee Grant, Eli Wallach and Jack Warden churned up some considerable drama be fore it was over. Miss Grant’s presence, of course, was a vir tual guarantee. You hardly ever could get them much better than that. Thanks to the actors, it wasn’t a bad week at all on tel evision. tertainment (WTOP - TV, 8 p.m.) will be another tribute to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2d. The occasion this time is the 12th anniver sary of “Oklahoma!” the show that launched their partner ship. This “Toast of the Town” cast will be star-studded, too, with Celeste Holm of the original “Oklahoma!” com pany rightfully on hand this time. She couldn’t appear on the last R-H tribute because of her identity with “I Cain’t Say No,” which wasn’t allowed on the air. Whether or not she will sing it tonight remains to be seen. In any event, you probably can talk her into singing it sometime during her two weeks at the Statler Em bassy Room, starting May 23. Undei' the Big Top Tuesday night will see NBC TV running considerably more of a gamut than that old one from A to B. It will put one of man’s oldest entertainments almost back-to-back with his modem, 20th century method of blowing himself right off this planet. ■ I’ .-J / w-* < smmL -i ‘ t jjjjfppp Jjj * " 'ty' ' fl J|p 'V * mm %... SiM jf . 111 ■ [I. J ■ L BEAUTY IN THE Alß—The difficult heel-catch demonstated here by Miss Mara will be one of the highlights of this week’* telecast over NBC-TV of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The hour-long circus preview will be televised Tuesday night at 8 (WRC-TV) .direct from Madison Square Garden. Item: An hour-long tele cast of the Ringling Bros, and Bamum & Bailey Circus, direct from the dress rehearsal in Madison Square Garden, will be aired at 8 pm. Tuesday (WRC-TV). Item: The 14th report on medical progress in the “March of Medicine” series is sched uled for 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (also WRC-TV) in the “Circle Theater” time slot. This one, “Ten Years After Hiroshima,” is an on-the-spot film account of the radioactivity research being done in Hiroshima by * the United States Atomic \ Bomb Casualty Commission. Mike Comes Back "Follow That Man,” cops and-robbers telefilm series, is slated to start Wednesday at 10 p.m. on WMAL-TV. It turns out to be a rerun of above-average half-hour who dunits in which Ralph Bellamy played Mike Barnett, private eye. . . . That new series pro duced by WTOP-TV and the D. C. Department of Public Health, which ‘started last week with a survey of the ground to be covered, will get down to rehabilitation cases tonight at 11:30. . . . "Death of a Stranger,” the only play written by the British poet, Rupert Brooke, will be done this week on “Star Tonight” (WMAL - TV Thursday, 9 p.m.). The poet’s title for his one-act play was “Lithu ania,” fend a lot of critics think that the stage as well as poetry lost when Brooke was lost in the Dardanelles campaign in 1915. . . . Kirk Douglas recently turned down an offer to repeat his film role in a TV version of “Cham- Today's Programs on Television Highlights Sunday, March 27, 1955 „ .. . WRC (Ch. 4) —9:15, fniestry Os Pirelli 1:38, Frontiers if Faith; 18, WRC Ueliglevs Hfur: 10:30, 9:00, WTOP (9)—Adventure: Circle 4 Raaek; 11:N, Witch Mr. Wliari WMAL <ct. Taleteera. WTOP (CM. I) The essence Os life. I;M. Wkat’l Year TfhuHe; MS. Ruril America; I, Adventure; l:M, Now n< Thn; 9:30, WTOP (9)—Now and L *"> «"<• M » f,,t i l«k u» **< Lives 11, Six Gun siiuti. Then: The art of William Hogarth. P.M. WRC (Ch. 4) WTTG (Ch. 5) WMAL (Ch. 7) WTOP (Ch. 9) 11:30, WRC (4)—Watch Mr. =•• Caruiu Hum Sawfay iiiii winhy bin end Yu Wizard: Optical illusions. 4 Sunduy Pitykaata ” ” " ” 12:30, WTTG (s)—New York euiiVud" "A 11 "** r '"" F, !. tk I '"’ ''.l I ".* e * r *'" l There Be Peace Without the .* "A. T M* U. N.?” I:» Fnriiiu Rtlity li Mu Rtnlck Iktw Bit Pleturi md Heivea" 1:30, WMAL (7)—Big Pic- ;M tku Muklut ” " * " Guy Muditn ture: The defense Os Japan. M Amurleu luveutury nil It tku Ufi Culekrlty Piradl Sitity Tkaater 2:00, WMAL (7)—Celebrity " ’’ " ” ” Parade: Representative 4* *•"** 11 *»•« *»"<•» Rev. om Rnierti nu m mtin Bolling, on “Ike Can Be— !<l —!1_” vlct, l McL *-?" JLZ 11 Licked in '56 ” ;N Batktruud Sundiy Skuw Smdiy Mitiuiu My Hun 2*30 "WTOP 14) Fsrp thm ” " “Soutk tl “Wd Diva Rikirt Cummlntt Z '*T .. WTO i . T , face , tf \* J» Amtrlcu Forum Page P«t” it Diwn" Jan Pilnuka Nation: Senator Knowland. ;« •• •• •• trie p,rtmm - ■ 2:30, WRC (4)—Youth Wants :H Juviellelary Be It Rntltid Suadty Matliat Americau Week to Know: Harry P. Cain. J:i» ” " ” ” * " Eric suvariid member Os the Subversive T !i ! » Sticker Flicker* College Presi The Stircl Activities Control Board. ;<i " " Ciuhrmt - ’’ 3:00, WRC (4)—Background: ;*• jHall it Puma Ceoryetewn University Supar Cirtui Omnikai ■Effect of a possible uranium 5 ” A * tl( f ,Tu nm ” " c "“ strike in Elizabethtown, 111. , 4J | Forei| „ Ll|il , .. .. ~ 3:30, WRC (4) American >n MaattkePreis Hind ti Heavee Tkit It tki'ttiry oiiibas Forum: Senators Sparkman #,ti Rev. iinukrii - - and Mundt, on “The Effect 0 ;M Ray Risen Secret Fllii, U. S. A. "•• Yu « rt fieri of the Yalta Papers.” .« (Waster. Bremt) " “ 4:30, WMAL (7) College >«i Ptult Are Fway Milllea Dellir Mevle Yu Asked Per It mill Press Conference: Senator 7 ! 1! u „ VTancflplri I ;M M ” Llrt "'" Brtiutl Veruica Lekt Pepsi Pliykeau Privita Secretiry . . _ _ :<S “Eutir’mut ’55 Jill McCret " M Ana Sothern : Visit to C fhe Visit to the San Francisco g.„ B ai Hope * » » • EdSuiiivu ZOO. Q:3O Hello Hiyai ■ • President Elsmkuir Celeste Helm 4:30, WTOP (91—The Search: <« («•*•>■) " " “ ” sinter Kerr The University of Louisville Ttievisna Piaykust Tkt Leu wilt waiter wiacktii litetfic Ykaatar brings cultural programs to 0 !l * I * ,l< Public Prosecutor Henry Foadl that city. /' M 1 Blktrt Dekkef Lift Renas at N Front Pile Oetectlvo Stipe Sovin 5:00, WTTG (s)—Georgetown —‘mt— A_" 1— frank Ltvkjay University Forum: Tariff hi* h'.um,'"... "*!** *»"■<■•«»»•« negotiations being conducted H);M Bek Cummhm Flama rieatir Seven Star Tkaater Wkat’t My Ub by this Nation at Geneva. ’« I * * - " - ■■ * 5:00, WMAL (7)—Super Cir- M~ Brinkley; Sparta Soeday NawTSpiciar Save. Star Tkaater News; Waatkar cus: A tight-wire walker. 4 4:'> Sperts; Film Sliaott "Tre»d Siftly" Basekall Reundap 5:00, WRC (4)—Hall of I l ! “ " F,r, 0,, ” Frances Day Te live Auw Fame: Lord Byron, the poet, D " ! L. " *!L fights for the freedom of a 1,:l ' * r * ctair T *“*« *•»" star router Newt coimtry, in “The Finest Gift,” starring Tod An- ment ’55,” the opening of Henderson and Barbara drews. the network’s color studios Cook. 5:00, WTOP (9)—Omnibus: jP. Calif., with g :3o> WMAL (7)—President A survey of the Confederate . Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Eisenhower: Highlights of States as they existed be- Helen Hayes, Leontyne his press conference, fore the Civil War; a minor Price, Judy Holliday, Ralph _ tplpvision tap. 'knrftrtt.M. “ST SK *'SWI2= ! York Giants discusses the Adolph Zukor, Sue Carson B „ alns t thp nninxt of his bweball fu* , TZtTT „ . . ture and a talk with an 7:30, WTOP (9)-Private tized , n chivington * ™ 1 C „ arr l er „ Secretary: Ann Sothern Raid ,” a western, starring 5:30. WTTG (s)_Facts Fo- gets her boss a new account Albert Dekker and Gene rum: The Presidents high- with the help of an electric Lyons way plan. typewriter. . WTnp ... . 6:00, WRC (4)—Meet the 7:30, WMAL (7)— Playhouse: 9 ' TOF <9*-_E lect ri c Press: Senator Bridges. Peter Votrian stars in “The Theater: Henry Fonda star? 6:30, WTOP (9)—You Are Loner,” the drama of a neg- ff. Em “ et ‘ K^i y ’ ‘ n J he There: Michael Higgens has lected boy. Clown, with Dorothy Ma the title role in “The Tri- 8:00, WTOP (9)—Toast of lone ’ umph of Alexander the the Town: Salute to the 9:30, WTOP (9)—Stage Sev- Great, 324 8.C.” 12th anniversary of the en: "The Long Count.” a 7:00, WMAL (7)—You Asked musical, "Oklahoma!” with stor y of boxing and shady for It: Methods for rescuing Senator Kerr, the University promoters, stars Frank Injured electric linemen. of Oklahoma Glee Club, Lovejoy. 7:30, WRC (4)—Max Lieb- Celeste Holm. Richard Col- 10:00, WMAL (7)—Break the man Presents: "Entertain- lett, John Raltt. Florence Bank: The sum is $2,600. Mm*.*, I m pion” on the grdund that he already had done that. So it will be Rory Calhoun on CBS-TV’s "Climax” next Thursday night. It also will be Geraldine Brooks. . . . Marie Wilson, “My Friend Irma,” a thing of her past, will star in a new TV comedy series, “Miss Pepperdine,” come autumn. It will be filmed in Hollywood for CBS-TV, with the pilot film set to be made next month. . . . WMAL-TV’s Aletha Agee, 11:20 p.m. weather girl, is previewing styles to be shown at the Cherry Blossom fashion show luncheon at the Btatler Wednesday.... Horace Heidt’s talent scout, Russ Mayer, will be at the Empire Room of the Ambassador Hotel tomorrow night from 7 o’clock on, scout ing talent. The Heidt "Show Wagon” will be telecast from Uline Arena next Saturday (WRC-TV, 7:30 p.m.). —H. M.