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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Columnist suggests Congress prevent actor's retirement By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NBA) I suggest the Congress of the United States pass a joint resolution entitled, "A Bill To Prevent George C Scott From Retiring As An Actor." After all, the Congress is empowered to save our national treasures, like Yellowstone Park and Mount Vernon. And Scott could conceivably be placed in the class of a national acting treasure. Here he is, threatening retirement as an actor and the Congress is just sitting on its hands, doing nothing to stop it. More action or, Scott and R.A. HOSACK Certllltd Denial Mechanic DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Suites S. Ph. 327-7244 less worry about health insurance, I say. With those worrisome thoughts tumbling about my head, I journeyed to the Universal set where Scott is starring in "The to find out the entire, dreadful story of his projected retirement. And, alas, it is true. "This is my last he said, and there did not appear to be any touch of remorse in his attitude. The man who won, but would not accept, an Oscar.for "Patton" seems to be looking forward to his new career as director. In "The he plays a Nazi Luftwaffe officer, although one travelling aboard the big 1930s dirigible incognito. He was wearing a steel gray suit, with vest and watch chain, and his steel gray hair was GERMAN CANADIAN CLUB ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S DANCE will be held TUES., DEC. 31st EXHIBITION PAVILION TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT KERBERFLOORS OLD COUNTRY SAUSAGE SHOP NORBRIDGE MEATS NORTHSIDE BAKERY SOUTHERN ALRERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre MON DEC. THEATRE CLOSED PiNCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "THE NEPTUNE FACTOR" starring Ben Gazzara, Yvette Mimieux and Walter Pidgeon. In color. Monday, Tuesday, December 30, 31. Monday, show at p.m. FAMILY TABER Tower Theatre "JORY" in color. Monday. Tuesday, December 30, 31. Monday show Saturday and p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN cropped short. He had on a pair of steel rimmed spectacles and chain smoked Luckies from a pack stuffed into a vest pocket. His wife, Trish Van Devere, was sitting nearby, scribbling on a large pad, her legs tucked underneath her. Frequently, she would look over at him, and they would exchange fond smiles. Whenever they spoke to each other they would preface their statement with the endearing word, "Sweetheart." he said, "this is my last picture. And my last acting of any sort, except for one prior Broadway commitment. I've agreed to do a limited engagement twelve weeks in 'Death of a Salesman.' I'll direct that, too." He says this is no sudden, spur of the retirement decision. It has been coming on for years. Increasingly, he has become restless as an actor, wanting more and believing that he will find what he's seeking as a director Now, at last, he is ready to take the irrevocable step. There is more to it than just a change of viewpoints, from that of actor to director. He is not as young as he once was and hankers after a more stable existence than that of an actor. As a non actor he will be able to stay home more, a consummation he devoutly wishes. "Trish and I bought a home in Greenwich, Connecticut, 22 months ago." he says. "Didn't we. sweetheart9 And we've barely seen the inside of it since. I've been acting all over the world That's not the life for me any more. "I want to spend more time at home in Greenwich. I love that country living. We intend to can things, things that we grow in our own garden. We have a very nice little garden "And I like to play golf. And I like to watch the snowflakes fall. I am a very domestic sort of a man." After he finishes his stint in "The he and Trish will go to New York where she'll star in and he'll direct a new version of O'Neill's "All God's Chillun." Then comes his final acting engagement in "Death of a Salesman." Then he' 11 go back to more film directing. His most recent movie direction, "The Savage Is produced his running rating battle with the Motion Picture Rating Board. He says the ultimate test of his position is yet to come. "When the picture opens in nine selected he says, "we will poll the audience. If a large enough majority agrees with me that the film is fine for people under 18, I will continue the fight litigation if necessary. But if not enough people agree with me, that'll be the end of it." I wondered whether he had considered his position, should he be tendered an Oscar as a director He turned one down as an actor, would he accept one as a director' "No." he said, firmly. "I wouldn't accept it if it were offered to me for the same reasons I didn't accept the one I got for 'Patton It would be inconsistent, I feel, to accept the one but not the other." I wondered, too, whether there might be any particularly juicy part that would tempt him to return to acting. He said that no, there was none. "Not even something like 'King I said. He laughed. Trish laughed and looked up from her yellow pad and they exchanged warm smiles "Funny you should mention Lear." Scott said "That's the one Shakespearean part that has never excited me Now. Macbeth that's another matter. Maybe Macbeth would tempt me." Trish looked up sternly he said. "Not even Macbeth. I am not going to act again And that's final." Congress, it's up to you now. GOLDEN RRIDGE RESTAURANT 1517 Mayor Magrath Drive HOLIDAY HOURS OPEN Dec. 31st 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. New Years Day 11 a.m.-2 a.m. FOR DELIVERY OR TAKE-OUT PLEASE PHONE EARLY 328-5677 or 328-2525 Top comedians to form team LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Knotts five time Emmy winning comedian who starred on the Andy Griffith show and Tim Conway, madcap comedian on McHale's Navy, are thinking of teaming up. Five months ago they teamed with straight man Bill Bixby in a Walt Disney movie. The Aply Dumpling Gang. It has not been released yet. Conway said he has written a number of sketch ideas for a comedy team, and said he hopes he and Knotts have time to work on them. Knotts said- "We see a greater potential for ourselves after this (the film for Disney) We've talked about getting a property for ourselves and making a picture of our own, where we have a little more control over things. We see the possibility of a team." DON KNOTTS SITTER UNSEATED LOS ANGELES (AP) Vernon Woodrich's attempt to break the world record for sit- ting atop a flagpole ended pre- maturely when a strong gust of wind sent him toppling from his 35-foot perch. Woodnch. 49, was reported in satisfactory condition in hospital following his fall. It's a two-way street If you pay unemployment insurance premiums then you have the right to apply for unemployment insurance! benefit whenever you have an interruption of earnings. That's your right. But the right to receive regular benefit is balanced by an obligation; an obliga- tion for you to be actively and sincerely searching for work. If the job you want isn't available, look around. Often there are jobs you can turn your skills to that are just as rewarding and times more secure. Be realistic. Look at all the jobs in your area. You have the right to regular unem- ployment insurance benefit only as long as you're look-] ing for another job. That's your obligation. Monday, Dtotmbtr 30, 1174 THI LITHIRIDQE HERALD Actor files bankruptcy SCOTT POSES WITH WIFE Jewish funeral services held for Jack Benny LOS ANGELES. (AP) "He was a national Bob Hope remarked of Jack Benny as famous figures of the entertainment world gathered in old Hollywood fashion to pay a final tribute Sunday to the gentle, self- effacing comedian who died Thursday night. About 350 persons crowded into the Hillside Memorial Park Chapel in suburban Culver City for the service while others stood behind police lines outside in the late December sunshine and heard Hope's eulogy, Hebrew prayers and a brief, tearful tribute by Benny's closest friend, George Burns. But it was an orderly crowd by Hollywood standards and the most star-filled in recent memory, reflecting the film community's respect for Ben- ny, who died of cancer of the pancreas at 80. Hope began by quoting a message to Benny's widow, Mary Livingstone, from President Gerald Ford and his family. His usual composure shaken, Hope remarked, "Last Thursday night, the world lost someone it loved very much But the void that is left is quickly filled with happy memories." Hope commented that great performers come along rarely and he named Al Jolson, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Maurice Jack Benny. HAD RARE MAGIC "He had a rare magic, like Picasso and Gershwin He was the undisputed master of timing and yet he left us much too soon. "He was stingy to the end; he only gave us 80 years and that wasn't Rabbi Edgar Magnin of the Wilshire Boulegard Temple where Benny worshipped, in- toned the 23rd Psalm and the Mourner's Kaddish and in- troduced Burns. The gravel-voiced comedian seemed bowed by his 78 years and said haltingly, "I don't know whether I'll be able to do this, but I told Mary I'd try Burns continued in a low, faltering voice: "You all knew Jack. What can I tell you about him that you don't already know7 I knew him for 55 years and I considered myself very for- tunate, very special because of it. I can't imagine my life without him I'm going to miss him." The crowd began to form at the cemetery in early mor- ning Onlookers pressed forward for a closer view of the celebrities and sometimes had to be pushed back by police Among other celebrities buried at Hillside Memorial Park are Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Jeff Chandler and Hal March. The services were simple and brief, in keeping with Benny's style and sense of timing. The closed casket was covered with fern and gar- denias, and bowers of floral display lined the back wall of the chapel. After the 20-minute ceremony, the people who had waited outside were per- mitted to enter the chapel and pass by the casket as the celebrities waited. Show Times PARAMOUNT THEATRE Short Subjects 2 15 700 9-00 AIRPORT- 2-30 7 ib 9'25 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 00 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT TUESDAY MATINEE Short Subjects. 2 15 AIRPORT 75 2 10 LAST COMPLETE SHOW. 2 15 PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects 715915 JUGGERNAUT 7.25 925 LAST COMPLETE SHOW- 9 15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 7 15 9 15 RETURN OF DRAGON 745945 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 15 RESTRICTED ADULT LOS ANGELES (AP) Scooy Mitchell, itar of tht 1970 television terlei Barefoot In the Park, filed for bankruptcy, listing more In debts. The entertainer's bankruptcy petition In Los Angeles federal court listed three automobiles and a plocc of property In Oregon us hlN only major assets. He said his total Income for 1972 and 1973 was college cinema MATINEES ONLY MATINEE TUESDAY WEDNESDAY ONLY Box Office opens p.m. Show at p.m. FAMILY The fiffflGBESTDOG Unleashed paramount Now Showing EM. At ind p.m. Matinees Daily at p.m. Except Sunday "SOMETHING HIT US... crew it dead... help please. ADULT An all NEW inspired by the novel, "AIRPORT" by Arthur Hailey. AIRPORT 1975 A UNIVERSAL PICIURE TECHNICOLOR" PANAVISION' [PS paramount cinema TONIbriU TUESDAY at and p.m. PAY ME 1 MILLION DOLLARS BY DAWN OR THE WORLD'S GREATEST LUXURY LINER WILL RIP OPEN LIKE A CAN OF SARDINES .GOOD DAY. -JUGGERNAUT college cinema NOW SHOWING at and p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN Bruce Lee's flu flew Adventures as the Super Hero from 'Enter The Bruce Lcc Return of The Dragon his last performance is his best' 'A BRYANSTON PICTURES Release SERVICES DEPARTMENT CITY OF LETHBRIDQE PUBLIC SWIMMING, SKATING and MUSEUM Dtc. Jin. Jin. Jin. Jin. Jin. Jin. 6 FRITZ SICK Swim (adults only) 12.00-1.00 p m FREE Public Swim 1.00-3.00 p Swim (adults only) 12.00-1.00 p.m FREE Public Swim 1.00-3-00 p m and 7 30-9-30 p Family Swim 10-00-12-00 noon Noon Swim (adults only) 1200-1.00 p.m. FREE Public Swim 1.00-3.00 Swim 1 00-5 00 Swim 1 -00-5-00 p m and 6-00-8 00 p Swim (adults only) 1200-12.45 p m STAN SIWIK Family Swim 1000-1200 noon Noon Swim (adults only) 1200-1-00 p m FREE Public Swim 1 00-3 00 p Family Swim 10 00-12-00 noon Noon Swim (adults only) 12.00-1 00 D m FREE Public Swim 1.00-4.00 p Swim 1 00-5 00 p.m Family Swim 6-00-8 00 p Swim (adults only) 1200-1 00 p m Swim (adults only) 1200-1.00 p m FREE Public Swim 1 00-4.00 p.m and 7 30-9-30 p HENDERSON PARK ICE Public Skating 1.00-3 00 p Public Skating 2 00-4 00 p Public Skating 2 00-4-00 p m Pubic Skating 7-00-9-00 p Skating 2.00-4.00 p Public Skating ;