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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Tuesday, October 1, 1974 'Amarillo Slim' makes film debut NEW YORK (AP) Amarillo Slim who says he has "acted all my life but not in front of the has finally made his film debut. The well-known professional gambler makes a brief appearance as himself in California Split, a film about compulsive gamblers starring George Segal and Elliott Gould. "I was hired as a technical adviser, they told me, but when 1 got up there (a location site in Reno, all of a sudden they wanted me to play drawled Thomas Austin Preston Jr., better known as Amarillo Slim. Did his acting experience at the poker table come in handy in film acting? he nodded in his characteristically hang-loose manner. "I was relaxed. Un- concerned. I didn't give a damn about those cameras. I did what I've been doing all my life." Slim added, however, he has no desire to go into the movies, and "sure hope to keep playin' poker for the rest of rny life. California Split is being promoted as film that glamorizes gambling. Does he recommend gambling as everyone's pastime? "No." The cornflower blue eyes in the long, narrow face opened wide. "I'm not for legalized gambling even. I feel it would cause too much of a hardship on people who cannot afford it. "If people can afford it, it suits me. I enjoy scratching them up a bit. But suppose a guy who works all week for a salary, stops in for a drink on the way home, and loses or on slot machines. Now if it pertains to him and him only, it tickles me to death. But when he gets home, if he's got a wife and some little kids, and the wife's not gonna get a new Easter dress, that doesn't suit me." Slim said poker, a game born in the United States, is getting popular as a spectator sport. "Poker as a spectator sport would be very, very dull. And yet. now that poker has ad- vanced to a new game called Hold 'em, all of a sudden it's entertaining. Because of these open cards the game calls for, you can relate to it ever, though you are not in it. You can guess who's bluffing and who's on to something." Hold 'em is a variation of seven-card stud in which each player is dealt two cards face- down. Five cards are then dealt face-up in the centre of the table as a community pile. The winner must make the best high hand he can out of his .two hole cards and three from the community pile. It is the ga-ne the world's top players play at the World Series, an annual tournament that started informally among them and became a public event in 1969. Slim won it in 1968 and 1972. "It's the most popular high- stakes, poker game. If any caid player ever plays Hold 'em for three days he'll forget all other forms of he said. Slim, 45, has been a professional gambler all his life. "I like he said. "Forget the .money. That's just the means of keep- ing score." His gambling is hot limited to poker. In 1972, he successfully bet that he could run the rapids of Idaho's treacherous Salmon River. "That was the only time I ever risked my life on a he said. Slim said he has lost some gambles but the balance sheet is "far, far in excess on my side." Its tangible evidence is his ranch home in Amarillo, Tex., where he keeps more than head of cattle, 27 pairs of custom made boots, 30 custom tailored western suits, and a wife and three kids. The key to his success: "I don't want to sound as if I were braggin', but I'd say it was the keen mind and sharp wit." People spend millions on quack cures VANCOUVER (CP) A spokesman for the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society says frauds cost arthritis sufferers in Canada million last year. Mildred Jeffery, the society's public information director for British Columbia, said arthritis victims spend more than on quack cures for every dollar spent on legitimate arthritis research. "People suffering from arthritis are susceptible to quackery because of the way the pain goes on and she said. Ineffective treatments like visits to radioactive mines and applications of moon dust harm people by keeping them away from reputable medical care, she said- Other treatments involved powerful drugs, in- discriminately prescribed, which could have serious side effects. Rare painting WASHINGTON (AP) The director of the National Gallery of Art has announced the acquisition of a rare, 17th century painting, Georges de La Tour's Repentant Magdalen. Director Carter Brown call- ed the acquisition the most important since the 1965 purchase of Leonardo da Vin- ci's portrait of Ginevra de 'Benci. I Ke 329 5th Street S., Phone 329-3434 EVERY .Wednesday 329-5th Streets. Is SPAGHETTI DAY at The PIZZA PLACE Spaghetti Meat Sauce ALL YOU CAN EAT! .69 Roger Moore violence with a polite touch Stuntmen in Bond film not ruffians By DICK KLEINER LONDON (NEA) There will always be an England, bless it. They're shooting the next James Bond film, "The Man With the Golden at Pinewood Studios near here and I watched one of those typical Bondian brawls. Roger Moore is playing Bond again, and he was trapped in the dressing room of a belly dancer by the bad guys who try to beat him up. The scene had been "choreographed" by the head stunt- gaffer, Les Crawford, and Moore and the stuntmen went at it, full speed ahead. And then, after- the brawl was over, one stuntmen wiped his forehead and said to Moore, "Thank you very much." During another take, one stuntmen asked another to get him a cup of tea. As he was pounding his adversary's stomach, he looked at him and said, "Do you take sugar, Perhaps that's the secret of the success of the Bond films, the combination of semi violence and typical British politeness. Whatever the reason, they keep rolling along. Co producer Oubby Broccoli told me there's no sign of any let up in public enthusiasm for Bond movies and they plan to continue mak- ing them, one every 18 months. Broccoli says the interest is worldwide, and he's had feelers to make one in Russia. "We've been invited to film he says, "by Russian film interests. But we won't do it unless they exhibit our films there and I doubt that will happen because we've never been too kind to Russia in our films." This is Moore's second Bond film and he seems happy with the project. The humor is that after he's done the four he's contracted to do he will be independently rich. It's worth a man's trouble, that goal. He came out of the dressing room brawl scene hardly puf- fing. He keeps himself in good shape through a program of exercise. "This kind of he said, "is a lot easier than learning dialogue. Actually, I enjoy doing the fight scenes because I always win." In between Bond films, he wants to give himself a change of pace he's doing a drawing room comedy. There will be no brawls but there will be a lot of dialogue to memorize. Moore says the Bond success has made him a prime target for publishers who want him to write his autobiography. "But I won't do it yet." he says. "I think I'll wait until a few of my ex-wives kick the bucket." He then returned to film the scene. One of the enemies was a portly actor named George Silver who said he weighed 25 store. That's 350 pounds and he looked it. He was sup- posed to crush Moore with all his weight and he did. Poor Roger groaned under lire ton- nage and said, "Please! Remember, I have a wife. Yea can get hurt making films. In this one, Christopher Lee, the British horror movie King, is Bond's nemesis, and he told me of his injuries. Lee rolled up his trousers and showed me a nasty lump on his knee. It came, he said, from his work in "The Three Musketeers." "I tore the ligaments in my he said. "1 had five sword fights in the film and I got hurt in the first of the five. For the rest of the filming I had to hcbbie around with my knee strapped, doped up with pain killers." Lee is again playing a heavy, as he did in but he's grateful it isn't a horror heavy. He's done too many horror heavies and he'd rather not do any more. I asked him what happened to the pilot he did with Sammy Davis Jr., in which he played the Devil and Sammy was an inept assistant. Lee said it didn't sell, and he had heard that NBC was worried "They were afraid the public might take it seriously, and figure Hell was such a nice' place they'd try to get there." As usual, there's a new leading lady for Bond in "The Man With the Golden Gun." She's Maud Adams, one of York's (and TV's) top models. Swedish born, she's a tall and fantastically beautiful girl. I asked her if she had been a Bond fan, and she said with a smile, "Of course everybody likes Bond and Donald Duck." This is her fourth picture but her first big one. She says it's hard for her to get acting work because she is so well known as a model. Many directors are anti model." she says, "and I think justifiably so. Many models feel that because they know how to pose in front of a camera that automatically makes them actors. That's not so." She says she knows her limitations as an actress, that she is still inexperienced "But I'm beginning to feel more she said. The director of "The Man With the Golden Gun" is Guy Hamilton. He was well dressed shirt, tie. jacket in comparison to the usually sloppy American directors. Hamilton said I had just happened to catch him on a bad day. They had to go back to work on the fight scene. Hamilton called them into action with these lovely British words: "All right, gentlemen. Let's have it nice and noisy, if you mind." Actress 40 PARIS (Heater) Actress Brigitle Bardot celebrated her 40th birthday today, shut off from the world in her villa at St. Tropez, -Bngittt was in (he luxurious villa. La Madrague. with her boy-Jriend Laurent Verges and a usual menagerie of stray animals including a dozen dogs, a donkey and turtles. Brigitle's iow profile for the occasion was in sharp contrast with the mid 24-bcwr- long parties which marked !isr birthdays a decade ago. Former TV actor makes his living with motorcycle By BOB THOMAS LOS ANGELES (AP) He looks much the same as when he played Robert Young's son in the television series Father Knows Best. But there is little other re- semblance between the fic- tional Bud Anderson and the real Billy Gray. Billy is 36 now and he makes his living by racing motor- cycles on Southern California speed tracks two or three nights a week. "It's an exciting sport; I love he says. "And it pays for itself and gives me a little pocket money." He doesn't need much. He has been divorced twice and has no children. Fifteen years ago when he came of age and collected his earnings as a child actor, he bought a' mod- est home atop a hill in To- panga Canyon. He rents half of it for addi- tional income. Acting work? "I'm not too interested in television he said. "Features are pretty hard to get unless you're Jack Nicholson. The last work I did as an actor was a couple of years ago." Part of the reason for the lack of jobs in films and TV, he suspects, is a long-ago mis- hap with the law. "I got busted for he said. "The police stopped me and found some stems and leaves in my car. That was 13 years ago but people still re- member it. When people see me nowadays, they say, 'Gee, you look I think they expect me to be some strung- out junkie." He isn't. Billy -Gray is smooth-shaven, with hair no longer than the normal style of, today. His motorcycle rig- ors keep him lean and muscu- lar. His outlook is realistic, his attitude friendly. Billy agreed with the Holly- wood legend that child actors become unhappy adults. "Most of the kid actors that I knew have become rela- tively unhappy people. It might have something to do with not being able to make the transition from being the centre of attention to having to make it on their own. "I don't think that child ac- tors suffer from being thrust into an adult world. If any- thing, that's an advantage. "In our society children are not given responsibilities pro- portionate to what they can handle. They are kept chil- dren too long, with the resul- tant sexual and personality frustrations." As for himself: "I've had my share of depression. But every life has ups and downs. On balance I've been very for- tunate." He began acting at 6 and played feature roles in such films as To Each his Own, Jim Thorpe, All-American and Moonlight Bay. By the time he was picked for Father Knows Best, his salary had reached a week. "Later the producer said he was going to make two shows a week, and he would pay me a Gray recalled. "The court agreed to the con- tract but after a year the film- ing went back to one a week. So my salary was cut in halves. I figure I lost By the end of the television series, he was earning a week but during much of the five years he was supporting his mother and younger brother. Although Father Knows Best still appears regularly on television, Gray's residual payments have long since ceased. "I can thank Ronald Rea- gan for he remarked. "When he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, he negotiated a contract that allowed the producers to cut off residuals after a certain number of reruns. Shortly pfterward, Reagan became a producer." Gov't to maintain food prices board OTTAWA government gave notice Monday that it plans to keep the food prices review board in action for another year. In the session open- ing throne speech, the government ended speculation that the IVz year old board would be abandoned when its mandate expired in December, this year. Once again, the board would be charged with reporting on trends in food prices and analyz- ing reasons for price changes in specific areas. In its latest report Friday, the board predicted a .continuing climb in food costs, say- ing prices will be 15 per cent higher this year than last. Mrs. Plumptre called for' spending restraint and urged the govern- ment to maintain sub- sidies on basic food such as milk and bread. Opportunity Ringing Terry Bland Ltd. Is celebrating 10 years in business and has an exciting low cost offer-for you. you are planning portraits within the next two years this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. 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Tony Musante portrays a policeman whose father may know more about a slaying than he's telling. SPORTS SPECIAL: World Series of Hockey, 10 p.m., Ch. 7. Highlights of game five seen this morning between the USSR and Team Canada. WEDNESDAY DRAMA SPECIAL: ABC Afterschool Special, 4 p.m., Ch. 11. "Sara's Summer of the Swans" is a story of emotional maturity. CANADA DRY'S RADIO and TV LISTINGS Programs are listed by the Radio and Television Stat- ions. Any variation in program schedule is due to last- minute changes by the stations and is not the respon- sibility of Chinook Beverages Limited or The Leth- bridge Herald. CHEC 1090 Monday thru Friday a m Wayne Barry Farm News 7.40 News. Weather. Sports Wally Hild Checline p.m Roy Rennick News. Weather. Sports 1.00 Gram Prices 3.00-7.00 Jack Neufeld 5-00 News. Weather. 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Sports 10.10 From" the Capitals Five Nights a Week Touch the Earth Folk Circle Wednesday Morning Warm-Ups Calgary Eye Opener 8-00 World at Eight 7-00 The World at Seven 8-10 Eye Opener 9-00 News 9-13 This Country in the Morning 10.59 Time Signal 12.03 Radio Noon 1-20 Stock Market 2 03 Take Five 2-30 Off the Record 3-30 Max Ferguson Show Dave Barregar's Calgary 6-00 World at Six Bobby Hull and Coach Billy Harris of Team Canada 74 discussing the use of White Mountain Spring Water. The team's medical advisors have requested Canada Dry, represented by Vice President E.B. Walker to supply the natural spring water during the World Hockey Series in Canada and Russia. 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