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By VIRGINIA VALE Merle oberon has changed her appearance once in her movie career; when she shot to stardom as Anne Boleyn, with Charles Laughton also making his bow to Ameri can movie audiences as Henry the VIII, she had an exotic kind of beauty. Ensconced in Hollywood after the British picture had brought her fame, she changed her type, became just a very beautiful young MERLE OBERON woman. But she’d like to change it again, for at least one role; says she wants to be really homely, and play one of those heavy, dramatic roles that would bring her a new kind of fame. Maybe some day she’ll get her wish. Meanwhile, her new picture is “Night in Paradise,” for Universal, with Turhan Bey. * Lucille Ball, who plays a secre tary in “The Dark Comer,” doesn’t have to fake the scenes in which she types. She used to be a stenog rapher says she hated it so that she decided on the starvation-to model route to stage and screen. —* — Bandleader Harry James has turned romantic actor; in 20th Cen tury-Fox’s “Do You Love Me?” he vies with Dick Haymes for the fa vor of Maureen O’Hara. He says his success will be entirely due to the coaching he gets at home from his wife, Betty Grable. Those Goldwyn Girls who are touring the country are realists. Said one, “We’re too short for show girls, we’re not the cute type.” Some of them feel that trying for dramatic roles is too hard it means working hard with coaches, going to bed early every night, exer cising, dieting, struggling. They fig ure being fashion models at $125 a week is a lot easier and more fun. “The Theater Guild on the Air” is required listening for 200 students at Michigan State college; as a part of their course in radio education, they prepare short, critical reviews of the Sunday night productions, over ABC. * Radio programs have given away everything from live goats to small fortunes; now the sponsor of the Woody Herman show on ABC Fri day nights will give the band to the winner of a contest. On June 21 the band will play in the winner’s home, on the front porch or the auditorium of the local high school —if you win and want to give the band away you can still keep the thousand dollar additional prize. Two Walt Disney cartoon charac ters are regular members of the "Amos ’n’ Andy” program. They are Clarence Nash (Donald Duck) who does the theme whistle that opens and closes the program, and Jim Basquette, who is “Uncle Remus” in the new Disney series. All that Whitey Ford asks of a new suit is that it looks old. Re cently the NBC “Grand Ole Opry’s” Duke of Paducah was lucky enough to get a new “radio suit,” his first replacement in 14 years. It’s an exact duplicate of his old tight-legged, pinch-backed, bay window revealing green one, but al low’s a little more leeway for the pounds he’s put on as the years slipped by. * John Wayne, co-star of RKO’s ro mantic comedy, “Without Reserva tions,” is a charter member of a yacht club which stipulates that its members must have no yachts. It’s the Emerald Bay Yacht Club, and the activities of its members are confined solely to writing each other insulting memos and devising imag inary minutes of meetings that should have been held but weren’t. * — ODDS AND ENDS—Overheard at a Lanny Rots broadcast —“ That’s the best looking bunch of people on the air” — meaning Lanny, Evelyn Knight and An nouncer Nelson Case. ... Alex Scour by of “The Right to Happiness” has recorded over ISO talking books for the blind, with the approval of the Library of Congress. . . . Charles Irving, “Young Dr. Malone,” admits that one of his hobbies is baking cookies. . . . First time in 12 years that i Johnny Weismuller’s had a chance to wear | clothes on the screen it in “Sfcamp Fire” — I but-throughout the first haff of fhe picture 1 he dons nothing fancier than jeans and an I old work thin. TIME TO ‘PLAY BAIL’ Great Ball Season Seen ♦ Returned Vets Add Color to Nat 7 Game By AL JEDLICKA WNU Features. “Play ball! ” And the crack of the bat again thrills Americans the nation over as the 1946 sea son gets under way. While softball, football, basket ball and golf have challenged base ball for youth’s attentions in recent years, the game still ranks as the No. 1 sports spectacle, an enjoy able outdoor relaxation for the fans. Last year, approximately 15 million persons paid to watch major and minor league ball, and with most of the big stars returning from the war this season attendance should be equally great or greater. Nineteen hundred and forty-six may be a memorable year for an other reason, too, for it marks the introduction of baseball on a big time professional basis in Mexico. Following an old American custom, President Avila Camacho tossed out the first ball at the Mexican league’s first game in which the Vera Cruz Blues walloped the Mexico City Reds 12 to 5 before an overflow crowd of 33,000 in Mexico City. In the U. S., chief interest again will center on the major league races, though the return of topnotch performers from the services and continued postwar prosperity should herald a banner minor league sea son. It’ll be like old times again in the American league with the New York Yankee sluggers back in there, denting the fences. But because of an average pitching staff, Joe McCarthy’s aggregation will be V' (T* Jg jgamMMKaWJMmLft. . . '-. Jr l EASY WAY . . . Jimmy Dykes with Rudy Laski, Joe Smaza and Doyle Lade of the Chicago White Sox. strongly pressed for pennant hon ors by the champion Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators. Yanks Have Sluggers. Indicative of the dynamite in the Yankee bats, DiMaggio hit .305 in his last season out, Keller .301, Stimweiss .309, and Dickey .351. Though falling below the .300 mark, the other regulars have that explo sive Yankee touch in the pinch. While the New Yorkers are long on power and short on pitching, the Detroit Tigers have strength in both departments and may well repeat their 1945 league triumph. A .311 slugger in 78 games last year after his discharge from the army, Hank Greenberg will be at first this sea son, with hard-hitting Pinky Higgins back at third and Barney McCos ky, Dick Wakefield and Pat Mullin in a youthful, brilliant outfield. But the Tigers’ real strength lies on the mound, with lanky Hal New houser, who won 25 games in 1945 while dropping only 9, heading the staff. In addition, Manager Steve O’Neill has Dizzy Trout, an 18-game winner last year; Virgil Trucks, Stuffy Overmire, A1 Benton and Ruff Gentry. Because of all-around balance, many of the major league scribes like the Boston Red Sox chances in 1946. Williams Sparks Red Sox. Back from the wars after three years in naval aviation, spindly Ted Williams, who hit .356 for Joe Cro nin’s outfit in 1942, promises to put plenty of punch back into the scarlet hose along with Rudy York, ob tained from the Tigers in an over winter trade; Johnny Pesky, who ••; • * ; !*>)'*?_ t i ' s, IVI t.t MIDLAND JOURNAL. RISING SUN. MD. CARDINALS . . . Manager Eddie Dyer (center) talks it over with Johnny Beazley and Enos Slaughter. hit .331 before joining the navy in 1943, and Bobby Doerr, who rung up a .325 average prior to his induction in the army in 1944. In pitchers Tex Hughson and Big 800 Ferris, Manager Cronin ap pears to have two sure-fire 15 to 20 game winners, while Mickey Harris, Jim Bagby and Jim Wilson are ex pected to develop into grade A moundsmen. Nosed out of the American league pennant by a single game in 1945, the Washington Senators will be back knocking at the door again this year if their knuckle-balling pitching staff stands up under the six-month strain, and the boys can stir up enough punch to help out hard-hitting Jeff Heath, Stan Spence, Buddy Lewis and Cecil Travis. Head of the Senators knuckle bailers is 36 - year - old Emil (“Dutch”) Leonard, vet of 13 long seasons of play who chalked up 17 victories in 1945 against 7 losses and possessed an earned run aver age of 2.13 per game. The other so called “flutter-bailers” are Roger Wolff, who turned in 20 wins last year, Marino Pieretti, with 14, and Johnny Niggeling, much stronger than in 1945, following the removal of ulcers. Others Have a Chance. While Cleveland, St. Louis, Chi cago and Philadelphia have been counted out of the American League pennant race, they may, with lots of luck, crowd into the first division. Because of a strong pitching staff headed by the sensational Bobby Feller, fresh from the navy, Cleve land stands the best chance of breaking into the select four, while 83-year-old Connie Mack’s Philadel phia Athletics appear headed for the cellar despite the presence of Russ Christopher and Dick (“No Hit”) Fowler on the pitching staff. Profiting again from their exten sive farm club system, the St. Louis Cardinals are the ruling favorites to take National league honors away from the Chicago Cubs. The Brook lyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Boston Braves also are highly tout ed, while the Pittsburgh Pirates may well develop into the dark-horses of the race. Few new major league managers have stepped into the gold-mine Ed die Dyer has in his first year as the St. Louis Cardinals’ manager. He succeeds Billy Southworth, who has taken up the reins of the Boston Braves. In his regular outfield, the lucky Mr. Dyer intends to start Stan Mu sial, who hit .347 before entering the navy in 1944; Terry Moore, the fielding genius who hit .288 prior to his induction into service in 1942, and Enos Slaughter, who batted .318 before joining the air force the same year. Star performers in the infield in clude the great Marty Marion, wide ranging shortstop, and Whitey Kurowski, slugging third baseman, who hit .323 and batted in 102 runs last year. Mighty Mound Staff. Among Dyer’s ranking pitchers are Red Barrett, who won 23 games his last time out; Johnny Beazley, 21; Max Lanier, 17, and Harry Brecheen, 15. While Charley Grimm has none of this kind of talent in Chicago, he does have a hustling ball club to work behind a winning mound staff headed by big Hank Borowy, who helped pitch the Cubs into a pen nant after being secured from the Yankees last year; Claude Passeau, who won 17 games in 1945 despite an ailing right arm; Hank Wyse, who turned in 22 victories in spite of a sore back, and Hi Bithom, who chalked up 18 wins in 1943 before entering the navy. The National League’s champion batsman in 1945 with a .355 mark, Phil Cavarretta, will be back at first to pace the Cubs’ attack, with help forthcoming from the veteran Stan ley Hack at third, who hit .323 in his 12th season as a Bruin last year; little “Peanuts” Lowrey, Andy Paf ko and Grimm hopes Big Bill Nicholson, who flopped to .243 last year. Led by the irrepressible Leo (“The Lip”) Durocher, who won fame as one of the toughest of the “Gas House Gang” at St. Louis in the thirties, the Brooklyn Dodgers are figured to be right up in the thick of the National league race. “The Lip” enters the pennant run with a fair country outfield in Pete Reiser, who hit .310 before joining the army in 1942; Goody Rosen, who batted .325 last year; the veteran Dixie Walker, and rookie Gene Her manski. In the infield, Billy Her man and Pee-wee Reese make a winning combination around second. While none too strong, the pitching staff is built around fire-balling Kir by Higbe, Hugh Casey, Ed Head and Vic Lombardi. Giants Still Powerful. The New York Giants, while not the hated and feared aggregation of the John McGraw or Bill Terry days, nonetheless is expected to cut a figure in this year’s race. No de fensive geniuses, the Giants do pos sess power, with Manager Mel Ott, who hit .308 last year, in right; Johnny Mize, .305, at first; Mickey Witek, .314, at third, and Walker Cooper, .317, behind the plate. Ability of brainy Billy Southworth to spur the Boston Braves to give SMILING . . . New York Giants Bob Blattner, second base, and Bill Rigney, shortstop, have the old spirit. all they have largely accounts for the high esteem in which the team has been held this year. The Braves do have the nucleus for a winner with big Mort Cooper, who won 65 games for Southworth in three years for the Cards, on the hill, and slugging Tommy Holmes, Max West and Johnny Hopp in the outfield. Pittsburgh’s Pirates, rated none too highly in the early doping, could easily develop into the dark-horse of the 1946 season. In shortstop Bill Cox and outfielder Ralph Kiner, Manager Frisch has come up with two prize prospects to go along with established performers like Bob El liott in the outfield and Elbie Fletch er and Babe Dahlgren in the in field. With Lefties Ostermueller, Wilkie and Roe and right-handers Sewell, Gables, Heintzelman and Klinger, the Pirates should get good pitching. Quoted at 30 to 1 longshots in early betting to win the National league gonfalon, the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies do not fig ure in the running. NEEDLECRAFT PATTERNS * " A -- Youngsters Embroidered Sunsuit ©O9 LET the youngsters soak up sun in gaily embroidered sunsuits; each takes less than 1 yard of fabric! Appliqued boat and chicks. Never set a vase or bowl of flow ers in a draft. If you do, they will soon wilt. —• — Sitting on the edge of a bed causes the mattress to sag. —• — Heavy paper bags in which clothes are returned from the cleaners make excellent storage coverings for bedding. Place bed ding in the bag and seal the ends with gummed paper, scotch tape, or adhesive. Mend any breaks or cracks in the bag. For moth protec tion, see that bedding is clean, and that the bag contains some moth preventive. —• — Slip buttons over a wire hairpin and twist the ends together the minute buttons are removed from the garment. Drop them into your regular button box and they’re ready when you need them. —•— To give a pleasing aroma to your household linens, store scented soaps with them. —•— Never crowd the rinse tub. Clothes must move freely under water to get the soap out. Also lift each piece of clothing up and out of water when rinsing clothes. Otherwise dirt in the soiled water remains in the fabric. ’JivoA fcmbahhaAblnq. WuMsini foi ih& Xadi} After having completed her spring housecleaning, a housewife found (as who doesn’t) that she had a lot of junk which should be hauled away. But after several days seeking, she was unable to find a man to do the job. Then one morning as she was about to give up the idea, she saw a truck com ing along the street, heavily loaded with an assortment of articles. Running to the curb, she hailed the driver, and when he pulled up to a stop, she told him she had a load of trash she would like to have him cart away. Drawing himself up with all the dignity he possessed, the man re plied: “Lady, I’ll have you know I’m not hauling trash! We’re mov ing!” Get sweeter, tastier bread! JH use FLEISCHMANN’S FRESH FULL-STRENGTH 1 Fleischmann’a fresh active Yeast starts working right away! All the strength of the yeast brings out all the flavorful goodness of your bread. Be. surer of sweet taste—light texture—fragrant freshness every time! IF YOU BAKE AT HOME, insist on Fleischmann’s full-strength, fresh active Yeast with the familiar yellow label. De- jjf pendable—America’s favorite yeast g i for over 70 years. g mm A 1-yard remnant, plus scraps for appliques, makes each suit. Patters 909 has transfer of 2 bibs, pockets, pat tern pieces for sizes 1,2, 3 and 4. Due to an unusually large demand and current conditions, slightly rriOre time ll required In filling orders for a few of the most popular pattern numbers. Send your order to: Sewing Circle Needleeraft Dept. 82 Eighth Ave. New York Enclose 20 cents for Pattern. No Name Address Returning Binoculars The job of returning all of the 8,000 binoculars which the navy borrowed from the public is un likely to be finished before the summer of 1947, as each instru ment is reconditioned, suitably en graved and a certificate of'its war service prepared for its owner be fore it is sent back to him. ’Get O'Sullivan SOLIS as well as Heels next time you have your shoes repaired. MORE MILEAGE WITH GREATER COMFORT ;* CANT YOU SLEEP? WHEN the stress of modem living gets "on your nerves” a good sedative can do a lot to lessen nervous tension, to make you more comfortable, to permit restful sleep. 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