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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALO-Satgrday, August Musical revives interest in pioneer film producer LOS ANGELES (Reuter) A new musical comedy about the love affair between the keystone cop comedy pro- ducer Mack Sennett and silent film actress Mabel Normand has revived interest here in the little-commemorated Hol- lywood pioneer. The musical Mack and Ma- bel was given its world pre- miere in this city which Sen- nett's silent comedies featur- ing frantic cops, hurtling cus- tard pies and lines of bathing beauties helped make famous and prosperous. It moves to Broadway later this year. Despite the enduring popu- larity of the Keystone Cop films. Sennett has few me- morials in this city which numbers among its suburbs the one-time world film capi- tal of Hollywood. A star bearing his name has been set in the pavement of Hollywood Boulevard but his is only one of com- memorative stars there. A brass plaque has been erected to his memory at a San Fernando Valley studio where he once used a sound stage. In contrast Charlie Chaplin, originally discovered by Sen- nett and later to become one of Hollywood's most famous and controversial figures, has been commemorated in a number of statues and his stu- dio is preserved as a city monument. Veteran Los Angeles stage producer Edwin Lester, who was one of those originally behind the idea of making a stage play of Sennett's life, says: "He is virtually forgot- ten in this city today. "It is quite amazing really because the only director or person in the picture business in his time who was as well known as he was, was the di- rector David Griffith." Lester, who met Sennett and remembers him as a friendless and dour man, says he also remembers the sensa- tional headlines which greeted the scandals surrounding Sen- nett's girl-friend and one of the early stars of his films, Miss Normand Miss Marilyn Monroe figure of the silent screen off her ro- mance with Sennett and left his studio after complaining he was so obsessed with film- making he had little time for her. When she returned to him in WHITE HEATHER CONCERT PARTY Presents their Fall Concert Tuesday, Sept. 17 sharp at the Paramount Theatre featuring THE ALEXANDER BROTHERS KRISTEEN GRANT "JUNIPER GREEN" Singing Duo NEIL OWEN PAT McCANN Tickets on sale at Leister's Music, Monday, August 26 the late 20s, Sennett ruined himself financially trying to revive her scandal-stained ca- reer Among the scandals in which she was involved was the 1922 shooting of playboy film director William Des- mond Taylor. The killing was never solved and as Miss Nor- mand was the last person to see Desmond alive the public believed she was in some way involved although this was never proven. Two years later her chauf- feur shot but did not kill her millionaire boy-friend while Miss Normand was present. The chauffeur used her gun but once again she was cleared of being in any way in- volved in the shooting. Banned pills could be standardized VICTORIA (CP) Conservative leader Scott Wallace says Chinese herbal pills could be available by prescription if the dosage in each pill was standardized, the contents clearly stated on the label and an appropriate licence obtained. The general practitioner made the statement in a news release after receiving a report from Dr. A. B. Morrison, assistant deputy minister, health protection branch of the federal department of health and welfare, on the ingredients of Nan Lien Chinese herbal pills. The pills, said to relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain, were seized by federal inspectors across Canada several months ago and federal laboratory tests showed they contained five drugs available only prescription Dr Wallace said tests showed the pills contain phenyIbutazone and aminopynne, which can depress the body's production of white blood cells which are the basic body mechanism for defence against infections and disease. Michal Hasek confident in potential Popular folk-music singer working on second album TORONTO (CP) There is more than just plain gumption involved in Michael Hasek's desire to turn out the best in Canadian folk rock music. Not only has the To- ronto singer a strong faith in his own potential, he is deter- mined to control it himself and see it developed to the fullest In one year, this highly per- sonalized attitude has led to the formation of the record label Naja and the release of Hasek's first album, entitled MORE THAN TOTAL PRIZES IT'S THE BIGGEST DRAW IN THE WEST! There will be 1908 lucky ticket holders! FIRST PRIZE SECOND PRIZE THIRD PRIZE 5 FOURTH PRIZES each CONSOLATION PRIZES SELLER'S PRIZES TOTAL PRIZES 1900 at each CASH TAX-FREE Entries Close October 9, 1974 Preliminary Draw October 23, 1974 GOOD FOR YOU AND ALBERTA, TOO! Proceeds from the sale of all tickets in Alberta will be used in Alberta to support sports and cultural events such as SportAlberta The Alberta Art Foundation Alberta Hetitage Foundation and the 1978 Commonwealth Games The Lottery is sponsored by the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition theCommonwealth Games Foundation and the Edmonton Exhioition Association under the auspices of the Alberta Government GIVES YOU A CHANCE ON BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Available from your favorite service, church, sports or charitable organization OR Send in the coupon and get your tickets by mail. Edmonton 1978 NAME ADDRESS PHONF PROVINCE POSTAL CODE Your muti accompany coupon simply Michal Hasek. Both arose, to a major extent, through the efforts of the singer himself. A second al- bum is in the works, with a tentative fall release. Just back from an engage- ment in Boston, Hasek said in an interview that when he be- came interested in recording his material about two years ago, he got "quite a few posi- tive reactions" from several record companies. "But they wanted my soul, not just my music. They wanted to sign me up for many years and they wanted control over my he said. Hasek said these companies estimate one in 10 albums recorded will sell, adding that in both Canada and the United States he has encountered per- formers with contracts whose master tracks sit in cans with no promise of a market. "I was frightened of that happening to me. If I spend two years working on some- thing and find it's going to stay in the can, it's not very good for my state of mind." Confident in his potential and not willing to chance sending his product to the ranks of the non-movers, Ha- sek scrounged his own back- ing and cut the album him- self. With the help of friends, both technicians and musi- cians, he entered Toronto's Meniscus studios last year to begin recording his fresh and varied folk-rock sound. Eight of the 10 selections on the al- bum are originals. Hasek, who sang in a church choir as a youngster and took vocal training in high school, has a rich, proficient style, at times resembling the mellow, laidback sound of Neil Diamond, at times the deep resonant sound of Kristoffer- son. His compositions on the al- Natural Man, You Lighten My Load and Song to the promise. Hasek had 1.000 copies of the newly-recorded album pressed to begin his promo- tion campaign, taking them to news writers, record outlets and radio stations. One major Toronto retailer bought 30 copies on speculation, and two days later was replenishing his depleted stock. Six months and almost sales later, A and M records picked up on the young self- made artist, signing him to a contract for national dis- tribution. He chose to keep his own label, he said, adding with a grin that Navajo In- dian word for brought him just that. The effort needed to pro- duce his own promoting to be trying, he said, but it is more profitable and much more satisfying in the long run The last daub an artist will make on his canvas is his sig- nature. Michal Hasek's scrawl on the corner of the al- bum's back cover was the fi- nal touch to five months of work, and the singer's own personal seal of approval. LIGHT ROCK With "ACME MUSIC" At The ALEC ARMS Lethbridge Lodge No. 21.O.O.F. ANNUAL PICNIC Sunday, August 25th To be held at the farm of J. Garrett. All and Theta-Rho Welcome! To commence at p.m. Film director's life open book By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NEA) Director William Wellman, now 78 and "full of is still pretty much the same man Hollywood knew for so long as Wild Bill. He has written a kind of stream of consciousness autobiography called "A Short Time for Insanity." It didn't start out to be published. He was bedridden a year or so ago, and under drugs, and he would wake up with "the darndest memories." So he wrote them all down, in longhand. When it was finish- ed he took it to a printer to get eight copies made up, for his wife and children. "Then Ernie Gann (the author) read it and he said I was crazy I should put it says Wellman. "So I did." He says the only nasty thing in it is about Spencer Tracy "but I hated him and he hated me so it's OK." But he's planning a nastier one, to be called "Growing Old in which he plans to answer David Selznick's memoirs. Wellman says he never like producers. "I only invited one producer to my he says, "and that was the biggest mistake I ever made." There was one producer he almost liked. "The producer I was most fond of, and not very he says, "was Darryl Zanuck. He had great enthusiasm We had a fist fight once. After that, we hadn't spoken in two years Then I wanted to get 'The Ox-Bow Incident' made but everybody turned it down. I finally took it to Zanuck and he let me do it." Wellman's last film was "Darby's Rangers" in 1957. He doubts he'll do any more "I'm he says, "and I'm not overcrowded with offers But once in a while some idiot does make me an offer But now I think I'd rather write." He plans one more book after the book about Selznick and he already has a title "Wrong Head on the Pillow." "There were a lot of wrong heads on the wrong pillows in he says "I'll tell the stories but I'll disguise them just enough so that nobody can guess who they are." Wellman doesn't go to many movies these days. The man who gave us such great ones as "Public "Nothing "A Star Is "Beau Geste" and "The Story of G.I. Joe" finds today's films lacking. "I loved 'Patton' and 'The Sting' and 'Love he says, "I choose that kind. I don't go to the other kind." He thinks there's a great lack today in star content. "When I was he says, "it was fantastic all the stars, one after another. The only girl today is Strei- sand she has a wonderful voice. Among the men Red- ford is the closest thing to r big star. News wire services limit urged WASHINGTON (AP) Mu- tual Broadcasting System is asking the Federal Commu- nications Commission (FCC) to prohibit news wire services from operating radio networks or at least limit the number of their outlets C. Edward Little, president of Mutual, said the petition for rule-making filed with the FCC. is aimed specifically at the new Associated Press Radio and UPI Audio Network. The Petition filed is a followup to a petition by the Mutual Radio Networks a week earlier asking the FCC to declare AP Radio and UPI Audio Network subject to FCC rules. The new petition also asked the commission to conclude its action started in 1964 to limit the term of wire service contracts with broadcast stations to two years. TONIGHT AT ALLIED ARTS presents "DAMN YANKEES" (A DICK MELLS PRODUCTION) YATES CENTRE Tickets at Leisters (At Yates Box Office from Southern Alberta's New Peopte Who Know THE HERITAGE MOTOR HOTEL On No. 3 Highway Taber Alberta's Hew Fun Spot Tfm 's Nigtitiy Entertainment THE MAJESTIC I TRAILS ENS COCKTAIL LOUNGE I TAVERN "LIIv 9 Enjoy Our DINING LOUNGE SPECIAL! Monday to Thursday LABOR CLUB WEEKLY BINGO Every Monday 8 p.m. Cash Jackpot in 55 Numbers..... 10th Game Blackout in 55 Numbers ALL GAMES PRIZE MONEY CAN BE DOUBLED ON A BLUE CARD WORTH 11 Games Prize Money Entry Card All Wood Cards Childrtn Under 16 Not Allowed Bingo will also be played in the club room for and their invited guests. Music Friday and Saturday Banquet Facilities Corner 13th St. and 2nd Ave. N. _______ Relax in air conditioned comfort ;