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1957: Kelly on the ‘Road’

Jan.11, 1957: Gene Kelly was mobbed by well-wishers after the press preview of his first indie, “The Happy Road,” which he directed, produced with an all-French crew. He says he’ll return to Paris after “Les Girls,” for the next effort under his own Kerry banner. (Variety predicted “potent word-of-mouth” for the multi-Kelly-credited “Road” and predicted for “Les Girls,” directed by George Cukor, “socko b.o. all the way”) … Burt Lancaster will give a tribute to Eddie Cantor and a pitch for the Heart Fund on the Cantor birthday show tomorrow night. (Lancaster died of a heart attack Oct. 20, 1994) … Betty Hutton winds up her Sahara stay Jan. 23, returns here next day to huddle with Jess Oppenheimer and Roland Kibbee on her TV series. She’s supposed to play a widow with three kids. Seems like Hutton and Danny Thomas oughta get together … Joanne Woodward, who figured she was the forgotten gal of Twentieth for two years, was met at the train (note: she still doesn’t fly) by studio flacks and fotogs on her arrival to do “Three Faces of Eve.” (The next year, John Wayne presented Woodward an Oscar for her performance in “Eve”) … When the “Jeanne Eagels” company moved to the Newprt location, Kim Novak checked into the Long Beach Wilton Hotel as “Marilyn Novak”. That’s traveling incognito?

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