Vintage Army: Aug. 29, 1955

Army Archerd isn’t writing a Monday column this summer. Instead, he’s selected columns from approximately the same date in the past 42 years. The Monday, Aug. 29, 1955, column runs today.

GOOD MORNING: Howard Hughes promised Jane Russell he wouldn’t loan her out on his two remaining commitments — unless she OK’d it. Jane just completed “Tambourine” at Columbia and is off on a tour for WAIFS … The “Four Girls”– Jane Russell, Connie Russell, Beryl Davis and Rhonda Fleming — plan two weeks of one-niters in October … Connie Towers would like to gain her freedom from Columbia … Looks like Southern California instead of Florida as the location for “It Happened One Night.” And Jack Lemmon enjoys working out for his four musical numbers — knocked off five pounds doing ’em … One number in “Carousel” that Gordon MacRae won’t have to learn is “Soliloquy.” It’s been the finale in his nitery show for years … Japan trip’s postponed till next year, sez Bill Holden, just back from Puerto Rico with the “Proud and Profane” troupe. Holden’s hardly been around the U.S. in the past coupla years. The Orient trip for his first indie film, “Samurai,” is now skedded for spring ’56 … Bing Crosby won’t be home until October. Philip C. is recuperating nicely, sez brother Gary. When Gary crowned Jean Moorhead as “Miss KNX,” he eyed the gorgeous Jean and quipped: “I’ve stood in for dad many times, but this is the best!”

TY POWER ‘PLAYS’ THE PIANO in the Duchin biog as well as Larry Parks “sang” in the Jolson pix. George Sidney, who’s directing the film, told us he took piano lessons from Duchin back in the early ’30s … Power will prove his pianistics on Broadway this fall when he plays a couple of Leonard Bernstein tunes in “A Quiet Place”… Eva Gabor, by the way, remains in Gotham for Ty’s arrival … Josh Logan leaves for N.Y. tomorrow, but returns for the final editing of “Picnic” after its A.R.I. test. Logan loves films and wants to do more … Ronnie Burns, George and Gracie’s 19-year-old sprig, does a five-minute excerpt from “Picnic” in his first appearance on the Burns & Allen show … Georgie Jessel’s back from his visit to England and France. There’ll be some new tales told at Hillcrest today … Joan Crawford was a weekend victim of the flu bug … G. David Schine back in town, and with Piper Laurie … Glenn Ford owes Columbia three more pix after “Jubal Troop,” but sez there’s hope Metro may still buy out the commitments.

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT for the Thalians’ big show at Ciro’s … Buddy Bregman, in addition to producing the show, also paid for the costume rentals! … Geri Galian takes over for Bobby Ramos at Hover’s. Ramos left yesterday for the Waldorf to sub for vacationing Xavier Cugat … Johnnie Ray found time to take ex-wife Marilyn Morrison to Ciro’s before departing yesterday to start his Desert Inning tomorrow. After a four-weeker in Vegas, Ray rushes to London for the Oct. 2 debut of commercial TV … Jackie Barnett hosts a big party for girl friend Jana Mason’s Mocambow tomorrow night … And Donald O’Connor partied his pals at the Circle J Ranch on Saturday night. Didn’t tell ’em the occasion, his 30th birthday … The Harold Mirisches celebrated their 25th wedding anni with a party for the family at Romanoff’s … French canary Mari Erdos arrives today — the reason’s Lee Sobel … Tony Quinn returns this week from his “Lust for Life” location in Europe via the new Italian liner, Christopher Columbus … Type casting: George Sanders will play a ringmaster in the TV series being whipped up for him … Steuben Glass sold its Tennessee Bowl, engraved with a scene showing Davy Crockett and his bear, Death Hug, for $ 1,500 … George Gobel gets in practice with his guitar again — to wax an Xmas album.

MAMIE VAN DOREN INTERRUPTS her honeymoon to return this weekend to christen the USS Shangri-La. Mamie winged out via United last night to meet Ray Anthony in Toledo. Wedding plans were indefinite — tomorrow or Wednesday. She said she’d return because she didn’t want to disappoint 3,000 sailors who requested her for the christening! … Alan Ladd will take co-producer credits in “All Through the Night”– he doesn’t appear in this one … UI composer Hank Mancini combines bizness with pleasure on his vacation — he’ll march through the east plugging his tune “Toy Tiger”… Janet Leigh and the Irv Kupcinets were invited to a cocktail party at St. James Palace, no less … Peggy King’s got her choice of three B’way shows if she doesn’t return to Hollywood … Ella Logan’s planning to leave Gotham for a vaude tour of the Continent … And Margo got a call from Gant Gaither who wants her to do “The Man With the Golden Arm” in Gotham. It would put her on B’way the same time hubby Eddie Albert’s swinging along the Great White Way in “Reuben Reuben”… Marie Wilson wonders if the new model cars will automatically shift the blame!

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