Vintage Army: Aug. 21, 1975

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. 21, 1975 report runs today.

GOOD MORNING: Spelling/Goldberg talking going their separate ways … Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are together again in a Lausanne hotel. Meanwhile, Henri Wynberg’s at Liz’s Gstaad house and Jeannie Bell’s at Burton’s Swiss chateau … And Bill Alexander’s in Rotterdam getting dough together for the hoped-for “Jackpot” re-re-restart … Jack Nicholson is out of “The Pirate,” and the Roman Polanski UA epic 17th century adventure pic is postponed until next year. Boats built for the pic will be stored until the new launching. Nicholson’s price (for his “Chinatown” director) was too high … Meanwhile, UA is high on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” after flying up to SanFran to view the first cut of the Jack Nicholson starrer for producers Michael Douglas-Saul Zaentz and director Milos Forman … Elvis Presley, minus 30 previous pounds, bounced on the Vegas Hilton stage, told pals rumors of his retirement were ridiculous. “I never enjoyed working as much as now.” Instead of a set show, he did requests only. Back at his side after the show was g.f. Linda Thompson. Neil Sedaka, who bows at the Riviera tonight, was ringside for Presley — he’s writing tunes for Elvis’ next RCAlbum … Edgar Bronfman Jr., younger brother of the kidnapped Sam B.II, wings here next week to meet with Ron Kass on the pic version of Morris West’s “Harlequin.” Kass co-produces for Sagittarius Entertainment; Edgar Jr., for his Efer Prods., and the exec producer is Frank Yablans under the 20th-Fox banner … Robert Alda nixed summer theater offers, arrived here for “Kojak” and other guestints — and was promptly paged to join Deborah Kerr in the legit “Souvenir,” which hits the road after the Shubert. But , Alda would rather remain here.

NOT IN THE SCRIPT: Nicky Blair, standing on sidelines of the “Run, Joe, Run” Valley location, noted a man frantically waving from a car stalled on the San Fernando road. Blair and fellow thesp Joe E. Tata rushed over, discovered the passenger was about to give birth. They summoned the film company nurse, Jerry Miller, and the trio soon delivered a baby girl … Blair’s working as an actor (midwife?) these days to earn enough bread to soon open a new eatery — also on the strip … Fifteen-year-old thesp Stewart Petersen was rushed — by ambulance plane — from N.Y. “First Vision” filming to make his Moab, Utah, date on “Against a Crooked Sky”… Robert L. Joseph is writing an original, “Aspects of Affection,” an epic yarn about a Jewish family from the Spanish Inquisition through WW II — will film on his own. To afford this creative luxury, he’s now penning the big screen version of David Ely’s Playboy mag short story, “Always Home,” for Playboy Prods. He also did Playboy’s two-hour ABCer, “Clock and Bell, ” and will pen 20th-TV’s four-parter, “Ducats,” an 1860-set feminist yarn for Nancy Malone …”The Waltons” Joe Conley’s three-month-old daughter, Jana Lynne, becomes the fourth generation of his family to thesp — in “Waltons.” Joe’s grandpa was a touring medicine showman, “Snake Oil” Johnny McMahon; his mom, Mary McMahon Conley, was in vodvil … John Cypher, who plays Pam Hensley’s b.f. in “Marcus Welby”– until she meets Jim Brolin — was to have been killed off via cancer after five segs. But he now survives the romantic rebuff — even gives away the bride in a strictly non-religious ceremony.

GEORGE BURNS, BACK FROM HIS Cunard II nitery date in London, is paged to return for a Palladium stand or a one-man show for six-eight-week theater stand. But, right now, “Sugar Throat” wants to remain here, help promote “Sunshine Boys”… Sept. 19, Arnold Mills will be inducted as prez of the conference of personal Managers West at the Crystal Room, where he’ll also be surrounded by a large contingent of fellow Friars … Pat O’Brien’s out of the hospital and back with wife Eloise at their Drury Lane Theatre apartment, returning here next week … The L.A. Press Club will roast Bill Kennedy at his “retirement dinner,” Sept. 16 at the Club. Foster Brooks is first to join in the dais … Dorothy Manners is guest speaker at the Press Club’s Round Table Lunch Sept. 4 … Writer Kate Holliday is desperately searching a small Hollywood bungalow in which to scribble — else she gets hauled into court next week by her landlord … Ruth Batchelor will pen a Free Press gossip column … Paula Morgan’s tome, “The Roses Have Never Wilted,” is now in 47 So. Calif. book shoppes.

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