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NEW ACTS: ‘INVASION OF BELGIUM’

Plain red curtains rolled back reveal a miniature view of a farming land, presumably in Belgium. An invading army is announced by motor cycle scouts speeding across the fields. The “Belgium” act is along the lines of “The Sinking of the Titanic” in execution but managers must consider if booking it in a moderate size theatre the smallness of the figures onstage may cause trouble to those in the rear. – Sime.

75 YEARS AGO

(Feb. 19,1941)

KATHARINE HEPBURN’S TEARFUL ADIEU

Katharine Hepburn winding up her tour in “The Philadelphia Story” in Philly, gave the audience at the final performance an unexpected extra show. In a tearful curtain speech, she told how the Philip Barry play had given her a comeback when “most people considered me a has-been” and said the long run had been the happiest time in her life. Instructing the stage manager to leave the curtain up, she added, “I just don’t want to think the curtain ever fell on our play.”

FDR SPEAKER AT ACADEMY BANQUET

Officers of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have landed Pres. Roosevelt to address the awards banquet, night of Feb. 27 with all networks carrying the talk. It marks the first time that a President has spoken directly to the motion picture industry. Bob Hope has been named emcee at the banquet and Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne will hand out statuettes to the best actor and actress.

QUITE DOGGIE

As actors, dogs are entitled to the equivalent of Oscars. So rule the Tailwaggers with their own awards on night of Feb. 23. “Boscars” will go to pooches in three divisions: best acting jobs for male and female and to most promising hound. Award will be a bronze fire hydrant.

25 YEARS YEARS

(Feb. 16,1960)

LEGION EXEC CHARGES TV BRUSHING VIETCONG TERRORISM STORY

Critics of mass media coverage of the Vietnam war have come mainly out of left field. Now shouting is coming from the right. Robert Pitkin, editor of American Legion Magazine last weekend lamented editors snubbing of Vietcong terrorism. He said: “The Vietcong terror campaign has been going on for eight years. It isn’t news everyday so it’s downgraded. Yet, it is the very core of why we are in Vietnam.”

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