Albuquerque Tribune (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Albuquerque, New Mexico
'Mannix' comes calling at Albq apartments End of scene by Nar-n Mike Connors darfs out of camera range after completing a brief poolside scene with actress Rue McClanahan at The Brook, an Albuquer- que apartment complex. The "Mannix" seg- ment being filmed in Albuquerque this week will be telecast next fall. By HOWARD BXYAN Tcikue Stiff Wrttn A famous "private eye" visited an .Albuquerque apartment complex one afternoon this week, talked briefly to a woman at the outdoor swimming pool, and left. When you see this scene on the "Mannix" television series next fall it probably won't last a minute. But it took a good three hours to capture it on film. The setting was The Brook, a new apartment complex at 5320 Montgo- mery NE. ALL WAS quiet at 3 p.m. and there wasn't a soul around the swimming pool. By 4 p.m.; Holly wood was moving in by the truckload and carload. About a dozen young men and women, attired in bathing suits, positions around the pool. They were Albuquerque resi- dents, hired as extras for the scene. Trucks were unloaded, and work- ers began moving large cameras, sound equipment and reflectors onto the patio. MIKE CONNORS, who stars as "Joe Mannix" in the TV series, ar- rived on the scene, script in hand, and looked at the bikini-clad girls around the pool. "If I'd known I would have been here he laughed. The nattily attired actor sat in the sh'ade and studied his script as equipment was moved into position on the artificial turf putting green just east of the pool, HE WAS'joined by Rue Mc- Clanahan, Broadway and Hollywood actress who plays the part of Vivian on the "Maude" television series. "Let's have an assistant director shouted as Connors and Miss McClanahan stepped into cam- era range. Miss McClanahan, wearing a light blue pants suit and straw hat, sat in a patio chair just inside the wrought iron fence surrounding the pool. AS THE FILM rolled, Connors hurried from his car across the put- ting green, waved to Miss Mc- Clanahan, met and embraced her at the wrought iron gate, and they engaged in a brief dialogue "Not enough background Arnold Laven, the Paramount director, called. The scene was filmed again against a backdrop of extras playing volley ball and diving into the pool. "They overdid it this Mr. Laven called, and the extras were instructed to slow down their action a little. THE THIRD TAKE was interrupt- ed when a young lady left her apart- ment with a Basset hound on a leash and all the dogs in the neighborhood started barking. "Shoot the an assistant director called jokingly. By 5 p.m., apartment tenants were arriving home from work and watching the filming from vantage points on balconies of the three-sto- ry apartments. FILM ROLLED again for another scene which required Connors merely to walk across the putting green to his car, get in, and drive off. The first take went well until a homeward bound tenant drove in the driveway just as "Mannix" was trying to drive out. "Don't linger that sun's going down the director warned cast and crew. THE SECOND TAKE went well until Connors tried to open the door of the car and found that somebody had accidentally locked it. About this time, a prop man decid- ed the car windshield needed wash- ing. The fifth or sixth take was pro- nounced "excellent" by the director, and the camera crew moved out to the street curbing in front of the apartments for final shots of Con- nors driving east on Montgomery in his gold colored sedan. BY 7 P.M., Hollywood was pack- ing -up and leaving and life at The Brook apartments was settling back to normal. But apartment ten- ants will long remember the day that "Mannix" came calling. Mannix greets friend to by Norm Noel Coward comedy opens at The Barn The Barn opened "Fallen a play by Noel Coward, on Wednes- day. A cast of six presents the debon- air, sophisticated comedy on the Barn's stage-in-the-round. A local actor, Larry Bettis, joins professional New York actors for the production. ACTORS appearing with Bettis are Susan Genis, K. Lype ,0'Dell, Susan.Walker, Harold Cherry and Patricia McGregor. Noel Coward creates high comedy out of a frothy nothing: a story of two friends, both awaiting the visit of a former lover a charm ing Frenchman. Bettis portrays the Frenchman, Maurice Duclos. The Albq actor has both appeared in and directed nu- merous plays since studying drama, speech and radio at the Univesrsity of Tulsa. Bettis is a partnerand president of Bettis Parks Adver- tising, Inc. THE BEST friends each married five years, are played by Miss Genis and Miss McGregor. The Albuquerque Tribune oiiltoiiii The Albuquerque Tribune, Thursday, April 18, 1974 Mike Connors, as Joe Mannix, and Rue Mc- Clanahan, as the mother of a kidnaped girl, rush to greet one another in this scene in a "Mannix" segment. The sound man in the background holds a microphone to pick up their dialogue. Gobel-Trask program slated Hilton books 'Checkmates' A fast-moving rhythm and blues group will take the stage at the Hil- ton Inn's Cabaret Lounge- Monday through April 27. The Checkmates, Ltd., who have had several million-selling records, will play at The Hilton after a week's engagement in Vancouver, British Columbia. Currently appearing at The Hilton Cabaret is country and western art- ist Donna Fargo, whose recordings of "Funny Face" and "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." were top sellers. THE CHECKMATES'most fa- mous gold record was "Black Pearl." The trio presents a fast-action show that covers everything from comedy to soul and old favorites. The group hit Las Vegas in 1960, playing at obscure Strip lounges. Soon major hotels were booking them. THE LEADER is Bobby Stevens, Sonny Charles is the organist and Sweet Louie is the drummer. About three years ago, they performed independently. But they're back together again a; they play club dates in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Australia, Las Vegas, Dallas, New Orleans and Denver. Their television appearances in- clude the Ed Sullivan Show, Holly- wood Palace, Johnny Carson show, American Saridstand, Merv Griffin show and Playboy After Dark. BUT THE THREE are more than just entertainers when they go into a community. They become part of that community as much as possi- ble. They've worked with local po- lice on benefits, or visited prisons or detention homes for rap sessions. And, wherever they go, they share the secrets of their "soul food" reci- pe book by cooking up special dish- es for local celebrities. Comedian George Gobel and country-western singer Diana Trask will give a benefit concert for DARE (Drug Addict Recovery En- terprises) in Albuquerque. "An Evening with George Gobel and Diana Trask" is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Convention Center on April 29. The Duke City Civitan Club is sponsoring the single performances, with net proceeds to go to DARE. "LONESOME" GEORGE GOBEL makes regular appearances on NBC's "Tonight Show" and on "Hoi- loywood and is frequently seen on "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour." He has appeared on numerous TV specials, including the John Denver and Mack Davis shows. Diana Trask, "Miss Country was recently held over at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, where she shared top billing with Danny Thomas. Her single, "When I Get My Hands on hit the top of the charts this year. Her most recent release is "Lean It All on Me." George Gobel Glen Campbell to give concert Country and western singer Glen Campbell will return to Albuquer- que May 1 to do a benefit concert for State Sen, Odis Echols, Demo- cratic gubernatorial candidate. The concert will be at p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Campbell grew up in Delight, Ark., which he says is "about three miles east of resume speed. You got to be going there to get there be- cause it isn't on the way toany- where else." His first musical jobs were with an uncle, Dick Bills, and they toured New Mexico and theSouthwest, playing dates at what Campbell de- andfightin' Campbell formed his own band, making Albuquerque and aclub called the Hitching Post his base. He met Billie Nunley, later Mrs. Glen Campbell, in Albuquer- que. HE WAS in demand as a studio musician, providing background music for singers from Elvis Pres- ley to Dean Martin, before he made his own first hit record, "Gentle on My in 1967. Since then he has piled up 11 Gold Records, a Grammy, movie appear- ances in "Norwood" and "True Grit." Hii television program ran for five seasons before he uked re- lief from the grind, in favor of occa- sional has cloM with Ntw Mexico, and hit wifa's family livw in Carlsbad. What, when, Where (A WEEKEND FRIDAY, APRIL show to hang and western Ed Brown and the Kate Rock concert Rare Earth, Civic Auditorium, p.m. Home show Albuq-erque Builders Home Outdoor Living Show, Tin-, gley Coliseum, through season Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra presents its final program of the current season at 8rlS p.m. today and Saturday. Chorus and soloists -featured. Both concerts presented by the BernalUIo County Sheriff's Posse, at 2 and 8 p.m. Highschool play Eldorado HighSchooIpre-sents Neil Simon's "Star-Spangled Girl" at p.m. the humanities lecture Spanish, French plays Two plays by APRIL singing dramatist Fernando from India 8 bal will .be presented at Indo-American at Convention Center Experimental Theatre a movie the UNM Fine Arts Mehboob" at Le Cimetiere des in Room 203 of Automobile medical APRIL 21 and "El Triciclo" Curtain to tax Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday. Dinner theatre Delta .Gamma alumnae hold a "Hard Times" party Warehouse, 7617 event Faculty recital featuring Karl Hin-terbichler and Wayne Sharp at p.m. in UNM's opening week for Tickets at the Hall. comedy by The Mime Coward, at The presents a free The Experi- At Cabaret Donna at Pat in Jewish Learning go appears Friday and Yucca and Rabbi Phillip Si- urday with two at 3 His topic: "Our Right nightly, at 9 and at the Hilton Inn's auction B'Nai Israel Congregation, p.m. at Congregation B'nai School NE, plans One-man exhibition exhibition with Paintings and drawings reception at 7 (n park- A free Hugh Pierson shown by the auction by The Mime First National Bank etchings, at Whittier of Art in National watercolors by Center, Quincy and Reception today from artists at SE, 3 p.m.