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 Sept. 5, 1975, report runs today.
GOOD MORNING: The parade of agency exex to the upper ranks of studio filmmakers continues as former ICM and CMA international division VP Roger Beaumont is appointed Columbia Pictures’ European VP, thus joining the production team, whose president is CMA alumnus David Begelman. Beaumont and wife Analisa will h.q. in Rome after a London meet with Peter Guber and Col overseas toppers … ICM-CMA grad Guy McElwaine is back from a N.Y. meet with Al Pacino and Artists Entertainment Complex’s Marty Bregman to follow their WB “Dog Day Afternoon” with “First Blood,” in which Pacino plays a returned Viet vet … McElwaine says WB will revive the studio contract system, placing players — and directors — under pact. Linda Blair is the first inked on a multiple pact, launching with “Exorcist II,” and an original film yarn is already being tailored to follow the religioso-sci-follo-up. A major role in the sequel will be that of a young psychiatrist and Martin Sheen’s sought … Henry Fonda hasn’t played a matinee in “Clarence Darrow” since the pacemaker installation. But, now in his final, three SRO weeks in London, Fonda agreed to a seventh show — Saturday matinee … And Jimmy Stewart, in his fifth “Harvey” sellout month on those British boards, allows he’s never been so tired. “It’ll take me three days to getready to do a Western,” he laughingly pens … Milton Berle, Vivian Blaine , Joey Forman and Danny Goldman, rehearsing “The Best of Everybody” here at the Hartford, take off Sunday for their bow at Chi’s Studebaker Sept. 22 — and have the ANTA in N.Y. set for the Oct. 28 opening of Bernard Kahn’s play, directed by Mel Shapiro and presented by Don Gregory and Mike Merrick.
HENRY KING, BACK FROM the tribute given him at the Telluride, Colo., Film Fest, was touched by their assemblage of his pix — including excerpts from “The Gunfighter,” 1917, “Tol’able David,” 1921, and “The Winning of Barbara Worth,” 1926. Fest co-director Jim Card had presented King with the Eastman Award 20 years ago — with co-recipient Cecil B. DeMille … As a capper to the fest, in nearby, telephone-less Donen, Colo., a print of King’s 1919 Pathe-made “Six Feet Four” was shown! Youngster Jack Nicholson came over from the “Missouri Breaks” lensing nearby, to also take bows. He was accompanied by girl friend Anjelica Huston. Henry King recalled he tried to ink her grandpappy, Walter Huston, for a couple of his pix … Bob Wise sneaks “Hindenburg” in Denver this weekend. Out at U, a pal who peeked at the pic describes it as “A ‘Grand Hotel’ in the sky”… U’s “Casanova” carries on in Cinecitta despite the theft of its negative. One scene has Donald Sutherland, as Casanova, knowingly in the sack with a transvestite … Vikki Carr, described by President Ford as “my favorite Mexican dish,” has been invited to the LBJ ranch as Lady Bird Johnson’s guest next week to talk Carr’s date at the Conference on Women in Public Life, to be held at the LBJ Library Nov. 10-11 …”Benji” was screened last p.m. at the MPTCHouse L.B. Mayer theater. On hand in person was Benji, as well as his leading lady, Patsy Garrett, and, of course, trainer Frank Inn … Richard and Alma Thomas bought a Los Feliz home boasting many bedrooms for their planned family.
THE PAINTING-LIKE “BARRY LYNDON” stills seen here this week are blowups from the film’s actual release print — photographed with Stanley Kubrick’s special lens … The RKO Radio Pictures logo will rise again — on screen in 20th-Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “Rocky” gets a hard ticket one-weeker at the UA Westwood, starts Sept. 26 … And now showing at the Village Theatre is a “Three Days of the Condor” trailer whose tag announces the Sept. 30 preem — so effective the ACLU is swamped with calls … The Mitzi Gaynor Fan Club celebrated her birthday yesterday with a sizable donation in her name at the National Assn. for the Visually Handicapped. The money helps a teenager with large-print books and special classroom materials … Pat Boone, who heads a tour to the Holy Land next year, continues his support of Israel by cutting radio-TV blurbs for the United Jewish Welfare and Emergency funds … Maria Schneider, Helena Kallianotes and scripter Carol Eastman were a trio at Dan Tana’s, where Roman Polanski’s date was Jennifer Lee … At the Actors & Others for Animals Wine Country Safari, Sept. 13 at Hugh Hefner’s, 17 California wineries will offer their vintages.