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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wishes was slil'l in business Billionaire Howard Hughes was power in movie land To many olil linn1 uutvie Kur.ru, such films as Scar- lacc and The I'ronl I'aRC arc cinematic classics. l''cw people recall (hey were pro- duced hy Howard lluftlies. llul at nnc lime (he liilliun- airc imliislrialist, now a re- elnse, was a power in lln1 litmf of (lie movies. Hy IIOII THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AI'i "I ;only wish I was slill in the 1 movie busines.s because 1 don't remember any script as wild or as .stretching Ihe im- aginalion as this year lias turned out to be." The. disembodied vui'cc added: "I have always Drought lhal in the Ir.tor years of my life, I would like very, very much to make motion pictures that would worlh- whilc." A s s o e i a f e s of Howard Hughes identified the man .speaking as Hie billionaire in- dustrialist-recluse. The occa- sion was a long distance tele- phone news conference called recently to deny the authentic- ity of an alleged autobiogra- phy. Reporters at the confer- ence said they were convinced the voice was Hushes's. The incidenl and Ihe con- tinuing controversy over UK book brought back memories of the time when Hughes, lift, was a figure who oast a long shadow over the movie indus- try. Many in the ailing film in- (I u s t r y hope that Howard Hughes will return ta movie making. The business could use an infusion of Ihe Highcs millions. Also, Hughes had a clever sense of exploitation, and his movies generated con- troversy and ments which arc lacking in Die film ivorld today. COULD UK I'UOnUCK? As to whether he could pro- duce films lhal would be worthwhile, the matter is de- batable. Says Noah Dietrich, whose 32 years as Hughes's 1X0. 1 aide spanned the Tex- an's film-making career: "Howard did all right when he hired a strong director and let the man make his picture w i t h o u t interference. That was true with I-ewis Milestone and The Front Page, as well as Howard Hawks and Scar- face. South African mil j policy opposed Hy STANLKY UY.S London Observer Service CAPE TOWN Tire South African Government has still not explained why security po- lice made mass pre dau-n raids three months ago, search- ing the homes of some 130 peo- ple and seizing documents and typewriters. Most of the victims of the raids arc convinced they were simply being intimidated; but others were taken into custody and are still held in solitary cC'tiffinemcnt, white being in- terrogated. The police have not disclosed how many people were arrest- ed they do not necessarily inform next-of-kin but news- papers have estimated that 45 whites and non whites were detained under the Terrorism Act, which provides for indef- inite detention until all ques- tions are answered ''satisfactor- ily." Twenty-two of these detainees have been released. The peo- ple still in detention are likely lo be brought lo trial. The auth- orities say this will be "as soon as either in Janu- ary or February, and hint that the public will sec then that the raids and arrcsis were justi- fied. Whatever Hie outcome might be of these pending trials, the Parliamentary opposition in- tends to ask for a major de- bate on tiic whole question of detention without trial. Under Section f> of the Ter- rorism Act no one, exccpl po- lice and the cabinet minister responsible, can gel access to a detainee neither relatives nor friends nor even doctors and lawyers. The detainers arc loiaily isolated. They were all arrested between 23 Octo- ber and 25 November. Earlier detainees have been held for much longer periods. This is the Vorster Government's way of dealing with what it regards as subversive activity: indefin- ite detention incommunicado, combined with intensive inter- rogation. K is highly effective. VIGOROUS PI'.OTKST Seldom have South Africans protested as vigorously ag.-iinsl detention without (rial as Ilicy have done since the latest de- tentions. Church leaders, uni- versity principals, prominent politicians and newsp a p e r s have all voiced their concern in exceptionally sharp language. A professor of who sug- gested that the courts should reject evidence obtained from detainees because solitary confinement, he says, is lUiivcrsily break plan lurned down EDMONTON A iHto-sigiialnre petition from University of Alberta students asking for a one-werk break just before examination time has been turned down for this year. The genera! larnjlics council of Ihe university said arrang- ing for a break this year would be too disrupting, however, it agreed to a break next year. The break would allow stu- dents lo prepare for spring exams as ucil as grvwg (hem a res' after winter studies. Sorm Canadian univcrsilies and colleges already have such a break. valent to a form of torture, and testimony obtained in such cir- cumstances should be (rcaled as suspect was fined for con- tempt of court. Other develop men! s relai- ed to the detentions have spill- ed over into One is the imjuest on the death of Ahmed Timol, 30, a schoolteacher, who was detained on 23 October, and according to the .police- on 27 October jumped from the tenth floor of police headquar- ters in Johannesburg, where he had been taken for interroga- tion. The police have hinted that be committed suicide to avoid disclosing information ah out subversive activities. The in- quest proceedings have been delayed because, according to the Timol family's lawyers, the State is not making available all relevant reports and riocu- j mentation. The family briefed an intlc- pendent, pathologist, Dr. Jona- than Gluckmnn-, of Johannes- burg, to attend the post mor- tem on Timol. and as a result of rumours and allegations, Dr. Gluckman has said he found no evidence of allegations that Timol's eye had been gouged out, his nails removed and his testicles crushed. Further post r'ortem findings will lie dis- closed only when the inquest proceedings begin. Dr. Gluck- man presumably will then be called lo give evidence. Another pending court action arises out of the detention of another Indian, Mohamed Es- sop. :M. a second year medi- cal student al the University of Witwatcrsrand. Essop was arrested on Oct. 23 and, according to affidavits, admitted unconscous to the .Jo- hannesburg General Hospital on Oct. 26. He was then re- moved to the H. F. Vmvoerd Hospital in Pretoria, where his father tried to see him, but was told he was not there. His father, however, claims that he stood on a bed outside a hospital room and peered in through the fanlight and saw his son lying semi conscious on a bed, with blood clots on bis chc.st. Subsequently h'.ssop uas removed to a prison hos-! pital, and then later brought j back to a public hospital. i Affidavits by counsel for the Essop family allege that, ac-! cm-ding to n u r s e s. Essop was unconscious and in a "crit- ical" condition when he was brought to hospital: that it was f e a r e d lie would not pull through; that two pints of blood I were rushed to his and lha! screams were beard com- ing from his room. The Kssnp family obtained a court order restraining the se- curity police from assault ing Mohamcd. and the judge ex- pressed a wish for a full in- quiry !o se! the public's mind a1 rest. Muhamed, however, is still held incommunicado, and counsel for (he 'family have' cvmiplamed Ilia! nine doctors and nurses from whom Ibey al- b'mptcd to obtain affidavits re- j fused to talk, because they said i Ihe security polk-c had told them not lo give statements. The court has now ordered these nine doctors and nurses lo be brous'hi to court on i'Vbruary lo Icstify. The State, meanwhile, maintains that M'o- hamed is simulating hysteria. "ilosl of Ihe drl.'iinecs being held hy Ihe sccurily police are Indians. The rest are Africans and whites, including two Brit- ish nationals and an Australian. when Howard Iried to lake over and make Ihe pic- ture himself as in the case with Hell's Angels and The Outlaw, the result was pretty gawdawful." While Hughes may not have advanced Ihe film art, he an- licipalcd Ihe current attitude of the industry in eliminating moral curbs. As early as 1932, Hughes was battling Ihe cen- sors, and he continued the fight' throughout his movie career. Hughes's interest in movies began early. When the young Texan was attending Thacher School in Ojai, Calif., he sometimes spent his weekends in Los Angeles with his uncle Rupert. A successful novelist, Rupert Hughes had come to Hollywood lo write movies. FIRST WAS F'OOI! Howard sceompam'ed his uncle to movie sets and was fascinated with Ihe infanl in- dustry. Jn I'J25 at the age of 19, he 'produced his first pic- ture, Swell Hogan. It was so poor that he never released it. Next ho hired a competent director. Marshall Ncilan, for Everybody's Acting, a suc- cess. Hughes' third film, Two Arabian Nights, won an Oscar for Lewis Milestone's direc- tion in (he first Academy Awards, Next came the First World War f i v i n g extravaganza, Hell's Angels. A plane c n 1 h u s i a s Hughes set out to make the ultimate air picture. Hell's Angels tool; three years and nearly 54 million to complete. Midway in filming, talkies came in. and Hughes had to reshool much of the picture. He replaced the Swedish-ac- cented Greta Nissen with new- comer Jean Harlow as leading lady. The critics scoffed at some of the over-ripe dramatics, much of them directed by Hughes himself but Hell's An- gels was a popular success. Scarfacc followed, as well as a couple of minor films star- ring Hughes's romantic inter- est. Billic Dove. During mosl of the 1930s, Hughes abandoned films for another passion, aviation. But he remained on fhe Hollywood scene as escort of many of the most glamorous stars of the day: Nancy Carroll. Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn. Ida Lupiiro. Olivia lie Jlavil- land. Hughes, who was married briefly in the 1920s lo Ella Rice, a Houston, Tex., heir- ess, often was rumored en- gaged lo Ihe glamorous stars he daled. But he didn't marry again until 1957, when he se- cretly wed Jean Peters, slar of Captain from Caslilc and Three Coins in the Fountain. They were divorced in 1971 and' she m a r r i c d Stanley Hough, production executive of 2tnh Century-Fox. Hughes went back to film making in with The Out- law, with a bosomy beauty he had discovered in a dentist's office. Jane Russell. Racy dia- logue and ample display of Miss Russell's chest brought down the wrath of the cen- sors, and Hughes engaged them in well-publicized bat- tles. He had done the same in 1B32. when on the career of Al was attacked tor brutality. Hughes premiered The Out- law in San Francisco in 1943 then withdrew it under a cen- sorial storm. He became ab- sorbed in his airplane enter- prise during and after the war, finally released The Out- law in 1947 to good business and bad reviews. In .1946 Hughes formed a company with film-maker Preston of M o r g a n 's make Mad Wednesday, starring co- median Harold Lloyd, and Veil del la. with a young Hughes protegee, Faith Do- mergue. Both were failures. Hughes plunged into the movie busines.s in a big way in 1948. when ho assumed con- trol of RKO. He was now a re- cluse and never visited the studio, controlling operations from an office at Goldwyn Studio two miles away. LITTLE GOT DONE kept a close eye on ev- erything that went on at recalls a former em- ployee. 'He had to road every script, approve every cos- tume. That's why so little got done." Production wound slowly down, bul the Hughes pen- c h a n t for exploitation re- mained active. He staged lav- ish premiers for Hard, Fast and Beautiful in San Fran- cisco and The Las Vegas Story in Las Vegas. He sent a large party of reporters (o Florida to premiere Underwa- ter beneath the clear lakes of Crystal Springs. Again he tilted with the censors. The film industry's produc- tion code denied a seal of ap- proval lo French Line because of a Jane Russell costume and dance number. Hughes released film any- way. An archbishop warned Roman Catholics not to attend Libby Dam budget {-J set at million LIBBY. Mont. Of Ihe million proposed by President Nixon in the current year's bud- get to the Bureau of Reclama- tion, the largest portion for a single project is for construc- tion on the Libby Dam. The bureau's total allocation calls for an expenditure of S500 million of which 40 million is for Ihe Libby project. The leke behind the project is to be an impoundment 100 miles long nearly half of which, will he in Canada. It will flood acres in Canada and acres in the U.S., and is to be ono of the largest man- made water impoundments in the U.S. The largest is the Fort Peck Reservoir in north central- Montana which is 400 feet high. So far more than million has been spent on Libby con- struction. The project is to have a total cost of S352 million which in- cludes holding reservoirs and the building of more structures for increased water in British Columbia. Libby is located in the ex- treme northwestern corner of Montana near the Idaho-British Columbia border. PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN A hard subject lo paint and please all hoi subjects, Queen Elizabeth lias figured in circle lempcsls raised by portraits British critics doomed too modern, unflattering or othciwiso not quiie fitlrnrj. Her Ifiinst however, accentuates the traditional and is by an American artist- Joseph Wallace KinC] of Winston- Scdom, N.C. Unveiled in London, the King portrait, right, shows tile queen in a soft blue gown and wearing a neck- lace onco Mir possession of her gieat-groat-grandmolbcr, Queen Victoria, against a castle-crowned landscape. the SI-. Louis premiere urnier a penally of mortal sin." Crit- ics found French Line neither sinful nor entertaining. During 1034, RKO made only one film. The Conqueror, a S4-million oriental epic star- ring John Wayne as Genghis Khan. The following year, Hughes sold RKO to General Tire interests. But he still re- tained affection for The Con- day, February 3, 1972 THE IFTHBRIDGE HERAtO 29 Dentist a torch GAINKSVILLE, Fla. (Al'i I A dentist was tied up, gagged and turned into a human torch here by robbers who brok into his laboratory, police san The dentist, Jack Adams, wa listed in serious condition j hospital. A .spokesman said i; I suffered third-degree bums 'M per cent of his Ixjdy. quu'ui L'ld Jet Pilot another John Wayne film which had required three years to com- plete. Hughes bought the two films back for million, A trade paper called the transaction "one of the most fantastic" in film industry history. The sale of RKO marked the end of Hughes' movie ac- far. 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