Vintage Variety

Stories have been edited for brevity and clarity, but some archaic spellings, phrases and punctuation (or lack thereof) are retained for period authenticity.

75 YEARS AGO

(April 28,1916)

FLOOD OF BIG FILM FEATURES FOR SUMMER SEASON

Broadway is threatened with a flood of feature pictures during the coming summer. Certain to show early in the summer are Thomas H. Ince’s “Civilization”; William Fox’s “million dollar production,” “A Daughter of the Gods” with Annette Kellermann, the new D.W. Griffith masterpiece, “Mother and the Law.” Two possible others are “The Fall of a Nation,” the Thos. H. Dixon feature and a yet unnamed sociological subject fostered by a group interested in the elimination of so-called White Slave conditions.

50 YEARS AGO

(April 30, 1941)

INSIDE STUFF – PICTURES

A sample of journalistic intrigue was the talk of N.Y. newspaper row as regards John O’Hara, whose Newsweek critique on “Citizen Kane” concluded with the admonition “you must see it and if you cannot, go out and demand of your theatre manager why he’s not exhibiting the film.” N.Y. Hearst dailies [since then] have been singularly devoid of “Pal Joey” publicity, this being a current Broadway legit musical whose book was authored by O’Hara. The thing came to a head with an item of a “Joey” chorister’s wedding plans, when the show’s title was elided and “a musical show” substituted.

25 YEARS AGO

(April 27, 1966)

VALENTI INTO ERIC JOHNSTON’S STETSON

Film company presidents meeting in Arthur B. Krim’s N.Y. office Monday unanimously selected Jack J. Valenti, one of the closest men to Pres. Johnson, to replace the late Eric Johnston as prexy of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Strangely, Bill Moyers, LBJ press secretary, merely announced Valenti’s impending resignation as one of Johnson’s top aides and did not identify Valenti’s new job.

BERLIN ON ‘AMERICA’S’ ROLE

Most unhappy that the Chicago White Sox stopped the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before their games in Comiskey Park and were substituting Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” is Berlin himself. He has been quite vocal that the ballad he wrote was never intended to be a “national anthem.”

TOKYO STAGE TUNER OF ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’

“Gone with the Wind” will become a stage musical in Japan. Toshiro Mifune will play Rhett Butler and Waturu Nachi will be Scarlett O’Hara.

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