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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Donald still shows off that old O'Connor talent By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Don- aid O'Connor is just back from Las Vegas, where he was half a smash. He was a smash where he wanted to be a smash doing his performing thing. He was not a smash at the gambling tables and that's the way be wanted it. In his long career, he's been the gambling route at Vegas and he's been burned, so nowadays when he plays Silly City he's too smart for them. "I set myself he says. And, moreover, he sticks to the limit. It's not purely a matter of self-control but one of calculated foresightedness. What he does is send a reg- istered letter to all the hotel casinos, before he leaves home, and orders them not to give him credit. And they stick to H. He tests them. Be goes up to the cashier at one of the casinos and asks for credit. They check and find the let- ter on file and turn him down. "That he says, "I stay out of trouble there and stay out of debt There are a rat of acts that play Vegas who get into deep trouble. A few years ago, I talked to an act there that had been playing the tame hotel for IS to pay off their gambling debts." O'Connor has recovered weH from his heart attack of a year and a half ago. He looks great and says he feels fine, too. He reports that he can do anything he wants to do and bis act is still full of his great dancing. "I just cant leap around as much as I used he says. "As long as I stay on the around, I'm fine. But I can't jump off tiie ground and I can't lift my partners the way I used to." At 48, O'Connor Is a veteran of 47 years hi show business and maybe that explains his still-youthful appearance. He had a weight problem for awhile ballooning up to 200 pounds but he's shed 50 pounds and is back where be belongs. He has many things going. Perhaps the most exciting are various projects to bring back the talking mule he co-starred with in a bunch of very successful movies years ago. "Francis was ahead of his O'Connor says. "He was anti-establishment before that word was invented. I think a revival of those stories would be very successful and I'm working on a new script now. It might make a dandy DONALD O'CONNOR WE ARE NOW FEATURING A SUNDAY FAMILY SMORGASBORD SERVED FROM TO P.M. Featuring Hot Roast Top Sirloin Of Beef And an excellent selection of Hot and Cold Dishes, Cheeses, Salads and Adults Children Under 12 BEVERAGE INCLUDED TV series, don't you Besides Francis, O'Connor is working on a movie script and a play and a bunch of other things. The only thing he won't do is another TV variety series. He quit his successful show hi (he late '50s, when he real- ized k was just too tough. Last season, he did a guest shot with Julie Andrews and found her working the same arduous schedule he had abandoned. He had to work it, too, during that week he was with Julie. "I asked myself why I was doing he says, "and there was no sensible answer. So I won't do it again." (Newspaper Enterprise Asm.) Lou Antonio chauffeur to 'Snoop Sisteri HOLLYWOOD (NBC) Lou Antonio baa been signed to por- tray a chauffeur-bodyguard for "The Snoop Sisters" in the f att on the NBC Television Net- work's "NBC Wednesday Mys- tery Movie." Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwicfc co-star in the light- {hearted series about a couple of trouble-prone mystery writ- ers with a penchant for becom- ing involved in real mysteries. Antonio has appeared in six Broadway and six off-Broadway and his film credits in- clude "Hawaii" and "Cod Hand Luke." He has guest-starred in numerous TV shows and last season co-starred with Lee Grant in "Partners in an NBC-TV program develop- ment project. Antonio also directed 11 TV shows last season, including epi- sodes of "McLoud" and "Owen Marshall." Sunday, July 15 Q OD O fB ID 8 i Farm News Archie's Fun House Christopher Closeup Pebbles and Bam Bam This is the life Lamp Unto My Feet Revival Fires Though For Day University of the Air Gospel Hour Day of Discovery Kattiryn Kufalman National Film Board Gospel Hour Face the Nation Rev. Solbreckkea Make a Wish Consultation Day of Discovery Faith For Today Curiosity Shop Roberts Meet the Press Crossroads Cameras On the Line Wolper Sp. BuDwmkle Issues and Answers Rural Report Danger is my Business Rex Humbard Movie: Great Mike Washington Debates 70's Agriculture Today District 7 Sports Spectacular Reach for the Top People's Church Canadian Horizons Country Canada I Oar and Track f Moslem People Horat Koehier Movie: Million Dollar Kids Pentecost Presents Tennis Classic I N.F.B. 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