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Col.—Of all the dogs received at the Army Dog Training Center at Port Carson, only about 10 per cent fail to qualify far any of Its courses. On the Air f TV's 'Omnibus' Lays Siege To 'lliad' and It's a Draw BY HARRY Mae ARTHUR “Omnibus," which will try anything once, certainly deserves another large A for effort for attempting to span the gap be tween the ancient Greeks and television. Anyone who tries to cram “The Iliad” of Homer into the confines of a TV studio is bound to arouse awe—and probably is doomed to only qualified success. “The Iliad” demands room. CBS-TV’s “Omnibus” would have been a lot better off on Sunday afternoon If it could have, as Mike Todd is. doing to film “War and Peace,” gone out and sub-leased Yugoslavia. Homer (whoever they were) was a scope man and more tele than kine about It. too. Even so. the “Omnibus” crafts men did a creditable Job in the 90 minutes (less generous slices of time for the four “subscrib ers”) devoted to “The Iliad.” Channel Chuckles 1 AUNT TENNAI grSJcs-. 4-s fc&ue- •7 btlitvt that a woman’, place i, in the home —in front of tho TV ,et." Despite some noticeable short comings here and there due to physical limitations of the studio, the show managed to churn up some excitement. There were moments when Elliot Silversteln, who staged the production, and Ted Danielew ski, who directed, created quite an effective illusion of battle tumult. They managed It with some clever camera and sound trickery, including such devices as shooting only one fallen war rior and the feet of what ap peared to be hundreds of others leaping over him. AUTO RADIO WHILE YOU WAIT SERVICE all woaa oc*a*wT*x» Regal'* ——lnstallation Drivin Radio SaloMrvicg N. J. AVI. AND D ST. N.W LI. 4-7179 LI. 4-1614 There were other times when battles that were supposed to be vast had somewhat the appear ance of Morris dance* in a broom closet. It made for an uneven mood, this being transported to the gate of Troy by an illusion, then suddenly being dropped back into a TV studio. This television “Iliad” was at its best, as most television drama is, when it got down to personali ties. Michael Higgins’ Hector, for instance, was a fine figure of a heroic man, doing what he had to do. defending Troy even though he knew it meant death in the process. Frederick Rolf’s Priam, was most affecting, too, when in his moment of grief he came to beg from his enemy the body of his son. Dorothy Hart had an ef fective moment or two, too, though her Helen had a great deal less to do with this drama tization than legend insists It had to do with the Trojan war. Paul Sperrer made quite a tor mented man of Achilles, even to the point of suggesting to at least one viewer that his Achilles heel was really a need for psy chiatric care. The thought of what might have happened to the siege of Troy had Achilles consulted a psychiatrist Instead of the gods is a pretty stagger ing one to have in the middle of "The Iliad,” too. Andrew K. Lewis, who did this adaptation “in free dramatic form." may get some com plaints from scholars, but he wont get any here. A story teller has a right to his own version of a legend that has been kicking around as long as this one. Mr. Lewis had clarity, and dramatic force. Alistair Cooke was, as is customary, ex cellent as the narrator. This was not the high point of television drama's season, but it certainly is good to have “Om nibus” around to try things like televising “The Iliad.” Ralph Edwards will never do it ** * * OLD FAITHFUL—Jack Benny is getting to be in television the same dependable entertainer he has been for years on the radio. Appearing every second Sunday night this year on CBS-TV, he has come no closer to wearing out his welcome than he previ ously did with less frequent shows. You may know what the com edy is going to be about—Ben ny's passionate love affair with the American dollar—but he and his writers always seem to come up with some fresh aspect of it. His delivery is sheer perfection, too, and he ought to be required viewing for any young would-be entertainer. There is a great deal more to the Benny comedy than the simple gimmick of making him the butt of the jokes. This helps make him a sympathetic charac ter but he has to establish the sympathy in other subtle ways, too. Another thing Benny knows! Je— - ”!% , qg jlPp' !?‘ V '..J;. Bb>;. f iQj •f V MUSIC-MAKERS—BIond, blue-eyed Elise Rhodes is the fea tured singer on NBC-TV’s new Monday-througb-Friday "Ted Mack Matinee” (WRC-TV, 3 pan.). Jt’s directed by Bob Blum, who put a distinctive stamp on a number of shows a few yean back during a tour of duty with the local NBC television station. how to do is to make use of his guest stars, as in the case of Groucho Marx on Sunday night. A Benny guest has to work, but he also shares generously in the applause. There is never too. much of Benny on a Benny show—in fact, there usually is not enough—so, naturally, he is always welcome the next time. ** * * FIGURES DON’T LIE? A quick course in how to use the ratings to prove what you want to prove is provided in an NBC press release. It boasts a fabu lously large audience for “Peter Pan,” achieved in this manner. NBC already had the American Research Bureau rating of 60.1, ANNOUNCING WILLIAM NICUKLSON NBVDf OLDT hill-nichelson and oldt, opticians formerly hill-johnson William Nichelson and Nevin Oldt formerly with Parkwood Opticians 814 18th Street N.W. Dl. 7-3611 Indicating an audience of 66,- 820,000, when the Nielson 66.1 rating came along. Nielsen, us ing a much smaller sample than ARB, measures the audience by means of a device showing when sets in the sample audience are on and to what channel they are tuned Nielsen projected the sample, reported 20,400,000 sets tuned to NBC-TV when “Peter Pan” was on. So NBC applied ARB’s count of 3.3 viewers-per set to Nielsen’s set count, which comes out to 67,320,000. The network, however, conservatively is claiming only 67.3 million viewers for “Peter Pan,” and that’s what you can do with 5 rating points.