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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                '11 HarrovWiouse': Fresh Approach fo Caper The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat., Nov. 2, 1971 Japanese Borrow MacArfhur for National Exhibit "II with Charles Grodin and Bergen. An Elliott Kastnar pro- duction fay 20lh Century-Fox. At Ihe Stags 3 theater. Hollywood rating; PG __ Parental guidance suggested. By Doc llalllday We seen} to'be (faced with shortages everywhere these days: Oil, food, jobs, govern- ment Integrity. One thing we have r.st been short of, how- ever, is caper movies. For some reason, Hollywood never seems to lire of making these things. They are always charactered by a band of ec- centric criminals who sneak past a super-sophisticated se- curity system to steal a fabu- lous fortune. "11 Harrowhouse" hits us with another caper picture but, surprise of surprises, it lurns out to be a marvelously fresh and entertaining film. Diamond Dealer It is the story of a young American diamond dealer named Chesser (Charles Grodin) who is forced by market conditions to buy his diamonds from a monopolistic London firm run by a snob- bish Englishman named Meecham (John While suffering under Meecham's snubs, Chesser is approached by multi-million- aire Clyde Massey (Trevor Howard) who wants him to purchase a large custom-made slop-1, Chesser felches the stone bul is robbed before he can deliver. Massey claims Theater Time For Saturday WORLD "The Girl from Petrovka" shorts TIMES "American Graffiti" shorts EASTOWN 1 "California Split" EASTOWN 2 "Jeremiah Johnson" MARION Features at 11, 5, 11. TWIN WEST "Busier and Billic" "Easy Rider" "The Mechan- ic" Mcechum pulled the heist and IN hoarding diamonds to keep world prices up. Massey proposes a theft. Chosser and his girl, Marcn (Candlce purale over Meecham's elaborate security system heat, sensors, electric eyes, lasers, mirrors, the whole bit and think they find a way in through Mee- cham's humble employe. Watts (.Jaines Narration Elevates This is all pretty standard stuff for caper movies but Grodin, who also adapted Jeffrey Bloom's screenplay, elevates the entire proceed- ings with a subtly ironic narration. It is delieiously wry, dry and understated, but exuberantly funny, giving "11 Harrowhouse" an entirely new direction. Grodin gels an able assist from the resl of the cast. Candice Bergen complemenls his low key approach hand- somely, allhough she allows herself lo become a bit shrill lowards Ihe end. Howard, Gielgud and Mason are all ac- tors of impeccable quality and give the entire film a founda- tion of bedrock solidity Gielgud especially manages to fold his face into a mask of lizard-like malevolence and portrays the ultimate in Bri- tish snobbery. Director Aram Avakian does a fine job with the direc- tion although one senses an attempt to imitate Richard Lester in some of the chase scenes. All in all, "11 Harrow- house" gives us a new ap- proach to a tired genre and offers us more than jus! an- other caper movie. Say Puppies Stolen To Use in Dogfights VANCOUVER, B. C. (AP) Thefts of purebred Staf- fordshire bull terrier and Rho- desian ridgeback puppies have soared, according lo shelter authorities who say (hey are being sold in the U. S. for use in dogfights. "The puppies are being trained lo fight to the death in illegal battles with other Jack Holmes, secre- tary-manager of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty lo Animals, said. He said Slafforrishires and ridgebacks are not- ed for tenacity and refusal to relinquish a hold on a victim. The purebred puppies sell for or more in Canada, but a fully-grown, trained fighting dog can bring upward of Sin.OOO in (he U. S., Holmes said. There are no regulations to prevent puppies from being taken across the border, ex- cepl lhal each musl have a rabies certificate. was 194H, There- was a ifirl like Hi I lie in wry M-huol. Ml the Ixiyt- knew her... YES ALL THE BOYS KNEW HtBI I'lil MliK mi mil1 11 mi Ji'isf tunl. ffllSTERqnd BILLIE I No. 1-1 SHOW S5S "EASY RIDER'i.) MS Hy Hob Conslillnc NEW YORK I have been able to obtain through a secret source un exchange of corres- pondence having lo do with a classy not classifies! deal between the U. S. and Japan. The Japanese may not agree on having our atomic subs pull into Japanese ports to fill the subs' rice bins and sake tanks, but we see eye lo eye, on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's famous hat and corncob pipe. Last Augusl 3, Ihe general director for cultural affairs of the greal Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Yulaka Tsuji. wrote lo Capt Robert Ale- xander (US.N, direclor of Ihe MacArlhur Memorial, Norfolk, Va., as follows: "As one of those who hold your inslilulion in respect, that performs the function of preservation of the articles and materials relaled lo General MacArlhur in memory of the general, who is your country's BIG GEORGE! weal hero, we lake pleasure in writing In you. "Various Cllies" 'The Asahi Shlmbun have dei.'ldcd lo hold an exhlhltion for (he reminiscence or the past 51) years to begin around October, IH7'i. in various cities all over Japan and would like, to request your institution special considerations in loan- Ing us objects for exhibit. As you might know the coming year of is the 511th year of 'Sbowa', our current era. In other words, the reign of the present emperor is recording half a century, which is epoch- making in the history of Japan. "These years have been for us .Japanese full of ex- citements and changes that are unprecedented in our history. In this view the Anahi Shlinbun have decided on the exhibition prepared and con- sidered to commemorate the 50th year of Showa, first lo take place in Tokyo and then taken Bob Considine around to various other cities nationwide towards May. 1975. "In order to make perfect the list of exhibits, it is ab- solutely necessary to have some items preserved and kept in custody abroad added there Among them, special mention should be made of the articles related to General MacArlhur. who contributed lo democrat lizalion of Japan (luring Ihe (i years from lo which is al once important and decisive in the history of Ihis country, and we are convinced thai adding to the list of exhibits of the general's mementos is of vital impor- tance. "Still Vivid" "You are probably aware thai General MacArlhur's reputation and the sympathy thai Ihe Japanese public maintained of him are still vivid in our mind. There are two objects lhat we would like lo display al Ihe exhibition regarding the general, thai corn pipe and the scrambled- egg cap. for (he loan of which we entreat your special con- siderations. These two objects are cherished in the memory of Ihe grealer parl of the Japanese population, as (he ir.ost symbolic of the general." Capt. Alexander sent the let- ter to G. Robert House, city manager of Norfolk with a memo which made two interesting points: "1. Since It was MacArthur who saved the emperor's life (the USSR and Australia wanted him tried as a war it is highly appropriate thai Ihe general be prominent in anything per- taining to the history of modern Japan and Ilirohito's reign. "2. As to valuation, Hoffman Galleries appraised the cap at and the pipe at 1 have arbitrarily raised these amounts." City Manager House replied cordially to Tsuji, said the cap and pipe could be picked up. and told him the cap was now valued at and the pipe al The Japanese would have to pay for all transporta- tion charges, insurance, pro- lection, etc., and return the objects next May. Everything worked beau- tifully. None other than Satora Yamanita, an exporter for Ihe Nippon Express Co., picked up (he goodies from Capl. Ale- xander, and off they flew on Japan Airlines. Tsuji cabled him nnthusiaslically. "RE- CEIVED COKN PIPE AND CAP SAFELY MANY THANKS." Capl. Alexander wrolc back, asking for appropriate pictures of their arrival and display. So two of the nation's most familiar military props will be on tour until next spring in a land Ihe general crushed, raised lo its feet, and started on the way to a spectacular regrowth. Bui don't let thai deter you from visiting the memorial where he is buried amid the trophies of his long life in the service of his counlry. The memorial has several "back-up" MacArthur hats and spare corncobs. Besides il has Ihe solemn word (cabled) of Mr. Tsuji: THE TWO MEMENTOS OF THE GENERAL WILL CERTAINLY MAKE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR EXHIBITION. WE WILL PROTECT." Vital Issue at Stake In Blank Furor ii-V Bradley: Spread Vet Information NEW YORK (AP) Retired Gen. Omar Bradley, the last of Ihe nalion's five-star com- LAFF A DAY manders, was cited as one of Ihe grealesl living Americans during a luncheon kicking off a year-long veterans' oppor tunity program. Bradley, 81, was praised by New York Mayor Abraham Beame. Bradley said many veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, did not know which benefits they are entitled lo and urged govern- ment agencies to give veterans more information. The cily's volerans'-oppor- tunily program is being run by the division of veterans affairs of the mayor's office. "I guess there's something to Want to discover a new the rumors they're not getting world? Then read and use the along well." classified ads every day! By Dick West WASHINGTON (UPI) When a New York publishing house brought out a volume of blank pages called "The Nothing il was accused of plagiarism by Ihe Belgian publisher of a blank book called "The Memoirs of an The American firm rejected the claim, contending thai blankncss was in the public domain and therefore not sub- ject to copyright restrictions. This issue may strike you as: being rather vacuous, but there Tee Shot Hits Crop Dusfer FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) A tee shot on the 12th hole of the Fort Washington golf course bcaned a crop dusting pilot who was spraying the fairways. "I was dazed for a said David Hughes, Ihe pilot. He said the ball soared through the plane's windshield and bounced off his helmet. "I circled a few times and when my head cleared, set down on this little airstrip in Papagni's the veteran flyer said. Dick West is a lot at stake here. When you consider lhal copies of "The Nolhing Book" already arc in print, you can see the financial ramifications are enormous. Empty Pages And more is involved than the question of whether anyone can publish empty pages without fear of being sued for literary piracy. For one thing there is Ihe mailer of movie righls. In the absence of copyright restric- tions, a Hollywood producer presumably could make a blank book into a movie without paying royalties to the publisher. And what of foreign editions? Already in certain countries, American publishers have trouble collecting payments for translations of their books. Since a blank book loses nothing in translalion, it would be particularly easy for foreigners lo appropriale. Not to mention what would happen with paperback and book club editions. Political Campaigns Beyond that, the dispute could have tremendous bear- ing on political campaigns, such as Ihe one now in progress. More lhan ever Ihis year, Ihe candidates have been going around saying nolhing. Should il turn out lhal nolhingness can be copyrighted, gelling elected lo congress will be far more difficult. Presumably, if one can- didale made, say, a foreign policy speech in which he said nothing, his opponent would have to include something substanlive in his foreign policy speeches. The upshot may depend on whether the courts make a distinction between nothing- ness, such as a campaign speech, and blankncss, such as an empty page. 1 believe Ihere is a sublle difference. Blank Stare Blankness, in the proper hands, can be creative. Is not the blank stare a bona fide and meaningful expression? Would anyone deny the exis- tence of blank cheeks, blank walls, blank verse or menial blanks? Have nol mosl of us at times drawn blanks, shot blanks or blanked out. Blankness can ever serve as an expletive, as in "blankety- hlank." Saying nothing, on the other hand, requires no crea- tivity. 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