Vintage Army: Aug. 15, 1956

Army Archerd isn’t writing a Monday column this summer. Instead, he has selected vintage columns from approximately the same date in the past 42 years. The Aug. 15, 1956 report runs today.

GOOD MORNING: Natalie Wood and Nick Adams could surprise pals by eloping to Las Vegas this weekend. They’re due thar for a fan mag layout, but nearly tied the knot in Vegas once before! … Bill Holden offered to act as longshot “double” for Josh Logan in “Sayonara’s” Japan locations. And Holden also offered the same deal to Joe Mankiewicz, who’ll be filming “Quiet Man” in Saigon. Holden will be touring both places at the right time … Bill Thomas told Paramount to stop using the title “The Delinquent” for the Jerry Lewis pic. Pine-Thomas owns the title … There’s been a shakeup in the James Dean Memorial Fund, with Jane Deacy the new head. She was Dean’s first agent … Dean’s best pal Lew Bracker, who used to race with him, is back on the tracks, with Ralph Wuethrick, the mechanic who drove with Dean on his last ride, acting as pit man … Vic Damone and Pier Angeli probably will settle in N.Y. when she completes “The Vintage.” Damone will continue in TV from Gotham this Fall … Lana Turner decided not to accept any more pics until after the Jan. stork date … Tony Curtis gets four weeks off before starting “Sweet Smell of Success,” with one week location in N.Y. … At the Iris Theatre, during one of Sinatra’s long, silent scenes in “Johnny Concho,” a fan yelled: “For crying out loud, Frank — SING!”

SOME TRAVELING MUSIC, PLIZ: WB sent a recording crew to New Orleans to wax rock ‘n’ roller Smiley Lewis’ “Shame, Shame, Shame” for “Baby Doll.” Ken Hopkins’ score for the Elia Kazan pic includes blues as well as r’n’r … Ray Heindorf, Warner’s musicmaster, out of St. Joseph’s where he had a pin removed from his busted leg. On crutches now, he expects to be walking again by Thanksgiving … Paul Douglas worried about the television of “Born Yesterday.” Thinks he might slip into a slang ad lib. He could get away with it onstage, but not on video … Mike Wilding coulda lingered longer in Hollywood. He’s vacationing on the Riviera before starting “Long Live the King” in Sweden … Joan Collins probably won’t wind up “The Sea Wife” in London until Sept. 15 … Barry Nelson expects a long run of “No Time for Sergeants” in the Isles — rented a Mayfair apt. for six months … David Niven and wife Hjordis will be guests of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier in Monaco next month, after Niven completes “The Little Hut.” Mrs. N. is now cruising with Grace abroad the royal yacht … The Tony Martin pool must be the most popular spot in town: Cyd Charisse brought back bikini bathing suits from Italy. Gave some to her bosom buddies, too.

CUT-UPS: Ursula Andress birthday-gifted John Derek with a set of 12 knives, from as many different European countries. And they plan to wed! … Sol Siegel probably will wing to Italy to work out the deal with Gina Lollobrigida for “Les Girls”… Paramount plans no TV or radio at the “War and Peace” preem … There’s talk of reassembling the Carthay Circle “Desk Set” company in Frisco after Shirley Booth’s two-month trip to Europe … That’s Vikki Douggan languishing on the cover of George Shearing’s latest and greatest album, “Velvet Carpet”… Livingston and Evan’s tune, “Whatever Will Be, Will Be,” is the first Academy Award eligible song to make the bestseller list this year … Anne Francis tests for the third top role in “Designing Woman.” She’ll dance ‘n’ sing , too … Hugo Haas squired Greta Thyssen to “The Red Mill”… Dewey Martin, due to start “10,000 Bedrooms” in three weeks, got Joe Pasternak’s OK to wing to Vegas for Peggy Lee’s stint up thar … Showbiz friends were shocked yesterday by the death of Dr. Allan Black.

BETSY GRANT, STILL SHAKEN from the Andrea Doria sinking, remains in N.Y. until Cary Grant completes “Pride and the Passion” and arrives next week … Janet Stewart, another Doria survivor, has arrived back here … Ruth Roman and son have rented a house on Long Island … Mortimer Hall, Diana Lynn and the Cal Smiths (KFAC) are Frisco-bound. Hall will meet his mom, N.Y. Post owner Dorothy Schiff, up there. She’s covering the conventions … Russell Havenstrite’s plush DC-3 wings Jane Powell to Frisco next week … Scenic Artists Local 816 IATSE (Film Studios) painted the backing of the Republican podium … One of the most popular spots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago is the RCA hospital house, where accredited convention newsman put on the feed bag. It’s affectionately called “Sarnoff’s Gourmet Centre” or “Bobby’s Barbecue”… Tomorrow, an L.A. Metropolitan bus, with Marilyn Monroe painted on all sides, makes its debut — on a different route each day … Arthur Wilde has exited Art Jacobs’ flackery.

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