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SATURDAY. DECEMBER .10. 1919
JIMMIE FIDLER PRAISES HATTIE McDANIELS Is Compared To Marie Dressier HOLLYWOOD.—(ANP)—Last Tuesday, in his syndi cated, nationally read movie column, Jimmie Fidler, ace commentator, paid high compliment to the artistry of Hal ide McDaniel’s portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara’s mammy in Hione With the Wind,” mu.ti-million dollar film epic .star ring' Clark Gable. Vivian Leigh and Olivia de Haviland and 'others. Declared Puller: “Hattis, with iVe of the greatest dramatic per formances of all time, steals that pjeture. . . Long after I’ve forgot ten their work (the other stars). I’ll still sve the emotion-wracked, ebony face of Hattis, tears coursin'; down her checks as she pleads for o* da de Haviland’s help out side the room where Scarlett’s and Rhett’s baby lies dead. '‘The most 'prejudiced critic alive could nor watch her work withou: admitting that it is acting at its artistic best . And where does this Negro ar;L\ L go from here? Why, Rating The Records By FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS For ANPj 1. The Blues, by Meade "Lux” Lewis- ,Blues Note) 2. Pick-A-Rib, by Benny Goodman Quintet (Victor) 3. Summertime, by Sidney Bechet Quintet (Victor) 4. Subtle Lament, by Duke Ellingt on * Brunswick) 5. Smokey Mary, by Bob Crosby (.Decca) 6. Miss Thing, by Count Basie Voealion) 7. Fine and Mellow, by Billie Holiday (Commodore) S. Minor’s Swing, by French Hot Club Quintet (Victor) 9. Woodchoppers Ball, by f/oody Herman (Decca) 10. Someday Sweethearts, by Muggsy Spanier (Bluebird). After listening to several hun dred hot jazz records- released dur ing 1939, your dizzy reviewer has decided that those listed above are the year’s best platters. Selection of the 10 best was no easy task, be cause of the tremendous rise oi public interest in the phonograph and attempts of one set of musi cians to completely out-play the rest. THE BLUES. This long 20 min ute improvised performance by L.ix Ls- vis is easily the finest record of its type ever released. Playing slow, moody blues simply' and straight from the heart, this great pianist has a recording in four parts- that is the year's best. Another fine ex ample of blues piano is CHICAGO IN MIND by Albert Ammons, also on Blue Note. PICK-A-RIB. The only Good man performance rating the first ler; this tune not only provides great swing fcut is intelligently built up to a breathtaking climax on the second side. Teddy 7 Wilson. Lionel Hamilton, John Kirby, Bud dy Scliutz and Goodman were in perfect form when this was waxed. Os all recorded performances by the small Goodman units, this is “he greatest. Best performance by full band was Jumpin’ At the Wcodside, on Columbia, but this Footlight Flickers By ALVIN MOSES NEW YORK—(ANP)—AII Har lem is preparing for the “night of nights” at famous GOLDEN GALE —“the million dollar ballroom’’ New Year’s night. This giant bai'.- room which dwarfs any other in the city has found a place in the hearts and affections of the younger set which should spell success for years and years to ccme. They’ve given you the fin est money can afford—all they ask of you in return is,—your patron age and respect and we should fipd it difficult to supply the lat ter Hattie McDaniel need not bow even to Clark Gable or that green eyed beauty Vivian Leigh, of “Gon ■ With the wind” cast in the matter of headline publicity these days Though Hattie is merely cast in the role of a moon-faced Negro mammy left with the task of rea-- ing Scarlett O’Hara. . critics ail over the country are agreed that she is . . The Star of the Cinema Extravaganza, and Not Gable 01 O’Hara. Miss McDaniel has had a sort of pieced together screen career until her big moment came Commencing with the Lew Ayres picture, she has had parts in “Tne Blonde Venus,” “The Little Colo nei," “Alice Adams', “Nothing Sacred,’’ and “Saratoga” to name the more prominent picture. Au accomplished singer, three of he f piionograph records meeting with sale%» success today are: “I’ve Changed My Mind,” “800 H;o Blues” and “Just One Sorrowing Heart.’* W. C. Handy, the “Grand Old Man” of rhythm and the blues, bfld the socialites speechless Sun back to pla-ing incidental, comedy maids, of course. An actress com parable with the immortal Marie Dressier, has flashed like a dark meteor across the screen —and now must, disappear because Hollywood can’t give her adequate parts. No one’s to blame, least of all the pro ducers who would ask nothing bet ter than (o capitalize on her abil ity. "But II don’t, think it will be easy for me to laugh at Hattie’s comedy in the future, for I’ll never be ablc to overlook the tragic fact that a very great artist is being wasted.’ was inferior to the Count Base ’Vei icn on Decca. SUMMERTIME. Taking the George Gershwin tune as a central theme, Poes Bechet added his own ideas and turned it into a grand and touching masterpiece with his soprano saxophone, an instrument oil which he has no equai. SUBTLE LAMENT. Duke Elling ton’s records are so consistently | good it is generally difficult to select his best. Yet this number, spiritually akin to "Black and Tan Phantasy,' 7 unquestionably deserves top rating. It is the kind of slow music in which Duke excells. The best Ellington stomps of the year are LITTLE POSEY, COLID OLD MAN and PUSSY WILLOW, with IOY MEETS HORN one of the year’s greatest novelties. Os his smaller units, the odd blues DOOJJ. WOOJI and the stomp HODGE PODGE, both by Johnny Hodges on Voealion, are tops. 4 SMOKEY MARY. Here is 1939\s best example of fast, killer diner jazz. Especially exciting are the drums-string bass pyrotechnics by Bauduc and Haggart. For the most nart. however. Bob Crosby’s band bailed to live up to past perform ance. 1 MISS THING. Basie’s band, second only to Ellington’s, turned in a year of consistently fine play ing with this double-side number, understood to have been recorded without the unit’s knowledge, its supreme offering. Notable is the whispering trumpet against rhythm toward the end. The Count himself produced memorable swing for Decca with piano and rhythm, with HOW LONG HOW LONG BLUES the best of the superb lot. LESTER LEAPS IN. on Voealion by the Kansas City Seven, also was tremendous. PINE AND MELLOW. No better vocal blues wav released this year chan Billie Holiday- opus. Combin ing the true blues . feeling with splendid artistry, Miss Holiday here compares favorably with tue best work of the late Bessie Smith the occasion of the Metropolitan Music society sponsors of the Grit Symphony orchestra, the Yount Peoples band, and the Young Peo ples’ orchestra. Charles Barry Stewart, that’s a name that Footlight Flickers passes on to you in a Dries succes >ketch. a native Philadelphia vho claims Harlem by musica. doption in the depression days o 934-6. he invested half of h:i weakly salary '$10) to defray tin rental of an organ for four hour: a day in order to work out ai idea. Something within himscl told him he could make an orgai sound like a full sized band anc paid well for doing so. After a terrible siege of union trouble and disappointments of all sorts. Char lie landed with the Nixon Grant Opera house (Philly) playing the luge Kimball organ in be twee i nours throughout 1936-7 Then the theatre clo sea. Noth ng daunted, Cha .\ies got a job ch lext day playing the piano at Beo ley and Bums . . Philadelphia: argest night cUr >. for what wa. termed a four hour engagemen i-Ie stayed on fpi 10 months aftei that first night alternating win - Deloyd McKays, now featured wih. Louie Prima’s band. He opene . Jay Fagan’s Beautiful Million D<o lar ballroom, and claims that tiv man who gave nim his real brea.! n life is. . .Paul O’Brien, ojaeiat”. of Ashbury Park’s swankiest niglr dub where he played the peerls-r; Hammond organ built in the:* Stewart's hands are said to be the most perfect (for a man), and wo,, first prize in the Ha r risburgh, p;„. photographers exhibit last season, NEWS OF THE THEATRES - vvyww ; t mm* Ttv f IWMBI mmmmmemmmmmmmmmmmmmatmtmt n u iii—ir».weer mm w»n>iww) ai n wny Theresa Harris, Bosemond Winners In First Annual Sepia Screen Poll Her Recording in Best Seller Ranks DOLORES BROWN Dolores Brown, beauteous 19 year-old Brooklynite, now featur ed with Erskine Hawkins and his orchestra, has .Just completed a “Colored Americans On Parade” Makes Kit With Washingtonians WASHINGTON—(ANP)— “Col ored Americans on Parade,” a series of interesting films on tne Negro in America, produced and presented by Edward Lewis, young New Yorker, former photographs or the Daily News, has n.|de a lecided hit here in Washington. Staid Washingtonians applauded loudly the appearance on the score of s*uch notables as Judge Myles Paige, James Watson, Toney, Jane Bolden, Colonel Davis of the 369th haking hands with Gov. Lehman it the annual review of the 369th. jut weren’t at all receptive to the Both Races Greet Bill In Richmond RICHMOND. Va.—(ANP)— A mowd of nearly 1,000 persons of joth races met Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Sunday morning when he :ame home with his “Hot Mikado’ (how, and all that day other hun- Ireds of Negroes and whites visited his city’s famous dancing son. Bojangles has been busy during his entire stay here One hour aft?” irrlving he was on the radio help ing a Christmas Mother program and donating S3OO personally. Later i 0 young singers from Armstrong high school saluted him' by radio. Monday he entertained at the Crippled Children’s hospital. St. Phillips- Hospital for Negro chil dren, the Home for Incurables ana the state penitentiary. “Tney can’t get out to see me . he explained, “so I thought it would, be nice to go to see them’. THE PHOENIX INDEX. PHOENIX, ARIZONA siic'cssiul tour of the midwest and S( uth and on returning to New \ o:k discovered that her record ing. “Rehearsal in Love”, had b~- | t ome a best seller. It was the first j showing of the Elks parade, al though they sat in silence. Bill Robins-on, J. Finley Wilson and his cabinet, drew little com ment, but when a picture was shown of a colored girl “clowning - ’ with a boy friend in the 369th an nual encampment, disgujst was plainly registered. Tire whole feature, however, was declared highly satisfactory by the majority of the patrons attending the Lincoln theater where it was shown and expressed a desire for another at an early date. THOSE WILD RADIO RAVES By HAROLD JOVIEN The following listing is in effect f o r the week of December 31 only! nil time shown is Eastern Stand iua. Subtract 1 hour for Central time; 2 hours for Mountain time; c nci 3 hours for West Coast time. As is the unavoidable case in ra the scheduling-, all programs are subject to last mtnute changes i and cancellations. HOT INSTRUMENTAL | AND VOCAL L GUIS ARMSTRONG—Sunday, Mcnday, 12 midnite. cotton Club, New York City. ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD MBS—Tues., 11:45 a. m. vVGR !"■ ( k Fii. 9:15 a. nr; Sat. 9:15 ; p. m.—pianist, yocalist. BON BON, singer with Jan Savitt’s orchestra—NßC Red, Wed. j U midiuie; Thursday U:3O p. m. i t cord she had ever made. Now the comely brownskinned chirper is planning to make two more lor Bluebird. Lewis is the photographer who made the only picture of the fu neral of the notorious gangester, Dutch Schultz when that hood lum was secretly buried in a New York graveyard a few years back. JUNE EVANS DELIGHTS AUDIENCE CHICAGO—(A N P)—Talented June Evans, daughter of Mr, and Mis. John W. Evans of this city, made her debut as a concert pi anist Su (day in a brilliant recital at the Auditorium Recital hail. NEC Blue Tues. 12 midnite Hotel Lincoln New York City. CARTER AND BOWIE at twin manes—M B S—Scattered Sched ule. CHARIOTEERS—NBC Blue— Men. 1:45 p. m.; Tuesday, 8 a. m.; Sat. 11 a. m.—MBS —Sat, 6:45 p. m ; Iri., 9:30 p. m. (Vocal quar- Vct) . DEEP RIVER BOYS CBS— Wsaely scattered schedule —Vocal group. LIONEL HAMPTON—vibes and drums; FLETCHER HENDER SON, piano; CHARLIE CHRIS TIAN, guitar, with Benny Good man— NBC Red—Sat., 10 p. m.— CBS, Wed., THurs., 11:30 p. m.— MBS—Mon., 12 midnite—Waldorf Asioria hotel, NYO. ELLA FITZGERALD—NBC Blue Mon, 12:30 a. nr— Sat. 5:30 p. m.— WNEW—I23O k Wed, 1 a. Ui.—Sa Rochester is To Get Award For Comic Role By LAWRENCE F. LaMAR HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (SNS) —History has been made. And, while it was in the making, Hol lywood, capitol of the world filni doiii, is definitely revealed as the foca) point of all major sepia, show business and aspirations. To ‘he honor of being- the first “crowned heads” of the film world, goes awards to Clintor. Eosemond and Theresa Harris for the year’s outstanding portraya l of dramatic acting roles, wh'lv to Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and Lillian Yarbo. go similar honors for outstanding comic act ing roles. The Sepia Theatrical Writer ■ Guild, a group originally composed of coast writers who report on studio happenings, who conducted the poll as a fitting guild for tham to make an unbiased decision in granting the awards, is reported happy over the widespread aid re ceived from newspapers and read ers during the six months opera tions. Hollywood producers, are keenly interested in the effort on the part of sepia writers to muk< the 15,000,000 or more sepia Amer icans more vitally interested in their own performers, and conse quently in American made motion pictures-. PROUD OF ACTORS Sepia writers guild, are asking a continuation of this interest, in order that the doors of opportun ity may be widened to admit sepia artist into a more lucrative angles of this flourishing industry. The guild is- proud of the actors they are privileged to honor. It has learned that the vast sepia screen audience here in this country, is alive and intelligently interested in scores of Hollywood’s leading sepia actors. The balloting among Eve writers themselves was close, in selecting the winners. Clinton Rosemond, a truly re markable man, and actor, won his place in the award race for his remarkable dramatic acting in ttm Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film “Stand Up And Fight” which starred Rob ert Taylor. The poll disclosed that this choice was greatly influence by his work in an earlier Warner Bros, picture ‘‘They Won’t Forget a Marvin Leßoy production. There sa Harris, a charming and talented brownskin actress, swept rapidly to the fore once the balloting got under way in the guild. Her wo r k in the Metro- Goldwyn - Mayer studio opus entitled “Toy Wife' starring Luise Rainer, coupled with her splendid dramatic portrayal of the role in Warner Bros, first na tional picture “Jezzebel”, starring Bottie Davis, clinched first place for her. It was nip and tuck, between tr.e pace set by Eddie “Rochester” An derson, in his comic acting rule in the Paramount studio picture “Man About Town” in which the sepia comedian shared starring honors with Jack Benny, and Manten Moore land, tabbed for his ex cellent comic acting in the Mono gram studio picture “Irish Luck” starring Frankie Darro. The race ended, however, with “Rochester’ emerging the winner, Feminine comic acting honors will go to Lillyan Yarbo, as a result of vot ing, for her work in “You Can't Take It With You”, a Columbia studio film. A long list of outstanding sep.t actors and actress played a promi nent part in the poll. Voting was vvy Ballroom, New York City. ANDY KIRK and TEDDY WIL SON—MBS—WOR ‘7lO k—Sat., 11:30 p. m. —Sunday 4:30 p. m.— Golden Gate Ballroom, NYC. VAGABONDS—NBC Blue—Wed. 9 a. m.—Also scattered schedule— Vocal quartet. I ATS WALLER—N B C—Sun. Tues., 12 midnite; WMAQ —620 k nitely except Monday. YOUNG MAN WITH A BAND— CBS —Friday, 10:30 p. m.—Guest baiid. VARIETY INSPIRATIONAL MAJOR BOWES AMATEUR HOUR—CBS—Thursday 9 p. m. FISK JUBILEE CHOIR NBC Blue—Tues., 7:30 p. m. GD3iRGiI;FTE HARVEY, maid cr the “Betty and Bob” serial— NBC Red—Mon. thru Fri. 2 p. m. GOING SOUTH WITH CLYDE BARRIiS —baritone and lire Peep Bo jangles Turns Santa Again : , Continuing his role of Santa to < the less fortunate youngsters of any city in which he might be appear j ng during Christmas time, Bu* i ‘Bojangles” Robinson Friday gave [ two dozen dolls to Washington’-. I Harlem Sketches EDDIE ANDERSON decidedly heavy in favor of Louis? Beavers by many fans who insis.- ed on voting in her favor for cue dramatic role she played in Uni versal studio epic film “Imitation of Life” starring Claudette Colbert several years ago. Likewise, Stepin Fetchit, noted droll sepia comic, came in for a superb abundance of votes for his most outstanding role in the Fox studio all-sepia cast film of sev eral years ago, entitled “Hearts- In Dixie”. The guild outlawed these uvo from this competition because of too long elaspe of time since the films were made. However both were voted the best All-Time Acting by sepia performers. And accordingly, will come in for sue!) award. Other performers- like Hattie Mc- Daniels, Hattie Noels, Bernice Pilot, Daisy Euford, Mine. Sul-Te- Wan, Anita Brown, and Ernes: Whitman, Clarence Muse, Georg Reed, Rex Ingram, Paul Robeson. Will Best, Snowflakes, Charlev Moore, Raymond Turner, anu scores of others, all received heavy votes, but because of their being scattered favoring score of picture, and other reasons, failed to rom home winners. The Sepia Theatri cal Writers Guild, is making plan for a grand presentation of Award affairs to be given on January 19 River LVys—^CßS—South only, Sunday 5 p. m. LOBBY LOBBY—CES—Sunday, 5 p. m.—Weeky guests lobbying their hobbies. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS— CBS —Sun. 4:30 p. m., Guests. SOUTHERNAIRES—VocaI quar tet —NBC Blue —Sun. 11:30 a. m.; Friday 12:15 p. m. ROCHESTER. Jack Benny’s Ra dio Valet —NBC Red—Sun. 7 p. m West Coast rebroadcast 11:30 p. nr. W'INGS OVER JORDAN—CBS 9:30 a. ru.—Chorus and talks. WE, THE PEOPLE, CBS—Tues., £ p. m. West Coast rebroadcast, 12:30 p. m. VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSI TY CHORAL CLUB—WRTQ— Richmond, Va., Sunday 4:45 p. m. Under direction of Mrs. Aldena Windham Davis. Emanates from Gob tun Uu4- PAGE SEVEN “Doll House”. The dolls will be distributed to needy children at Christmas. Robinson is appearing this week in the nation’s capital in “Hot Mikado”, the World’s Fair hit, which is now m tour. By SID THOMPSON NEW TORK —(ANP)—As the old year fades, we all begm to make our New Year’s resolutions. Since Harlem itself is unable to make resolutions (and it is sadly in reod of somei this corner will indulge in the pleasant but fanciful task of resolving for Hanem and its citi zens. \ Resolved: That there will be more work and Jess relief for Har lemite: during 1940. That job getting and placement agencies will stop praticing nepot ism and give more jobs to people who need them. That persons with money to spend will spend it in stores whero Negro white collar workers are hired and KEPT on the pay oils. That less time will be spent in organizing and more in doing .hings. That our ministers and heads of business' will refrain from carry ing work out of the district to white persons in otner districts. That an efficient Negro chamber of commerce will be formed and itept at work. That in the next election the people will support unanimously, some Negro candidate for council Tnat more Negro papers will oe read and less Daily News. That there will be less killings in Harlem during J 940. That all the people will revolt against the high rents which are prevalent here. That at: GOOD movements will iiave tile support of all the people. That less money shall be spent on dances and cabarets and more .'•pent in doing some good for somi one who is in need. That the whites will not have to place their stamp on one of our outstanding persons for them to meet with approval. That the Negro of the city and country will nave some representa tion in the coming second edition of tlie World's Fair. That W’e all should stop “stop thinking white, just think right.” The benefits being given in Har lem during the holiday season will provide many meals for its needy citizens. The Apollo theatre was jammed until eariy in the morn ing with persons who came to view the all-star show put on by the Amsterdam News in order to ra'.se funds for Christmas baskets for poor. Tlie New York Age’s Christ mas dance held at the Golden Gate ballroom, was the biggest dance of the season. Nearly 5.000 person'. . rowded in the beautiful ballroom 1.0 hear the greatest array of bands ever got together. If they would have charged admission prices in proportion to the name bands present, the charge could not have been less than $5. Andy Kirk, Te.i dy Wilson, Louis Armstrong, Tiny Bradshaw, Benny Carter, Roy Eld ridge, Lionel Hampton, Coleman l-lawkins, Claude Hopkins, Jimmie Lunceford, Eddie Mallory, Hot Lip. Paige, Fats Waller and many olTiers appeared in a symphonic blues -tribute to W. C- Handy, la ther of the blues. And did the crowd enjoy themselves. From early evening until early dawning NAME PROJECT MANAGER WILMINGTON, N. C. —tC) —E William Burnett ha s been named manager of the low-rent housing mcject here by 11. R. Emory, exe cutive director of the Housing Authority in this city.