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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, September 27, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Ultra-casual, movie-oriented Joan Water field's Entertainment eye Crosby is Mr. Hollywood I Ann of Green Gables assured of full house Tonight and SAT. HOLLYWOOD (NBA) Perhaps as much as any one man, Bing Crosby is a symbol of Hollywood: ultra casual, movie oriented, light hearted. And yet, quietly, he has all but abandoned southern California in the last few years. He was down here, from his home near San Fran- cisco, to tape a CBS special. It was, he said, his first time in Los Angeles in the summer in around 10 years. The Crosbys Bing and his second family live in a town called Hillsborough. They made the move when their three children were small. The presumption is Bing and Kathryn felt the environment was better for raising children. "We're only six minutes from the Bing says. "I can take an eight o'clock plane, be at NBC in Burbank by It's better for all of us up there." Bing doesn't label it as such, but he's actually in a state of semi retirement. He admits that he doesn't do much any more, at least much in the show business arena. He hasn't made an album in a year; he made one single in that time, a recording of Tony Orlando and Dawn's hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree." UKRANIAN MEN'S CLUB DANCE Saturday, Sept. 28th, p.m. Polish Hall 8th Ave. 13th St. N. GOOD MUSIC Members and Invited Guests The Eagles Present For Dancing Pleasures "MUELLERS MUSIC MAKERS" Friday, Sept. p.m. EAGLES HALL. 13th ST. NORTH Photobrown Lenses This is the newest light sensitive lense. much like the very popular Photogray and Photo sun lenses Fashion Eyewear Over 500 frames in stock of various styles and colors, carrying such fine European names as Christian Dior. Metzler. Rodenstad and Nigura Contact Lenses We specialize in both conventional hard lenses and Bausch Lamb soft lenses Hearing Aids Widex Fidelity and Zenith Also batteries for all makes CM Wn ymcripHM M at if INT i CaH our office ami will gladly arrange your DISPENSING OPTICIANS No. 101 ProfMftonal 8Wg.. 740 4th Ava. S. Acroaa from Paramount Theatre BMg. Phone FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT THE EL RANCHO PRESENTS IntlHiAztocLouitgo The Calypso Songs and Stylings "THE BAREFOOT MAN" In ttw OirtrMwr Tavmrn From Chicago: The Uptown Country Musical Stylings of "DARYL PETTY and BERTIE LEE" In Iho Dining Room Harry Bailey at the Keyboard all at (he HOTEL 327-5701 Mayer MeojralhDrHre His last movie was in 1966. "I do he says. "Maybe a special or two a year, one of those American Sportsman shows for ABC, a few guest shots, some benefits, that's about all." He's just taped a CBS special, Bing Crosby and Friends, which CBS will air on Oct. 9. That may be the sum of his TV work for the season, although there could be more appearances yet to be scheduled. Despite his relative show business inactivity, Bing Crosby is hardly inactive in general. He has more interests than a bank. He fishes. He hunts. He plays golf. He tends to his real estate dealings in Mexico and northern California. He raises race horses "but I don't race them." He often goes to Africa in the summer. "I love to shoot birds in he says. "It's great there doves, things like that. I don't shoot animals any more, I've shot one of everything and that's enough." It's a good life for a 69 year old gentleman who is one of show business' all time greats. (At 69, he enjoys pointing out that he's 14 months younger than Bob Hope) Unlike many of his contem- poraries, he makes no effort to conceal his age, nor to conceal the fact that he's beginning to look his age. (He may wear a toupee on oc- casion, but that's all.) There are lines on his face and the skin hangs loosely below his chin. And yet the blue eyes are still sparkling and the voice is firm, seemingly ready to burst into song at the drop of a boo boo boo. What's most important is that he feels great. "The operation was says, referring to his major surgery some six months ago, "but I came through it fine. My last check up was perfect, the doctor said. A play is a journey. For many in tomorrow's capacity audience for the Charlottetown Festival production of Anne of Green Gables it will be a journey to a gentler time remembered and the first enchantment of Lucie Maud Montgomery's books. And just as the popularity of the books has not diminished, neither has that of the adapta- tion to the stage by Don Harron and Norman Campbell of the children's classic in the ten years since its debut. Harron, actor writer per- former and the hilarious Charlie Farquharson is a com- plete man of the theatre. He has played at both Stratford Festivals (Ontario and on Broadway in Home is the Hero, The Dark is Light Enough, Separate Tables and The Tenth Man 'and as Maggie Smith's co-star in London. And it was Harron who first suggested to Campbell that "Anne" could be turned into a musical One of his daughters had been reading the book and Harron picked it up. Thus an authentic Canadian stage classic was born. The collaboration with Norman Campbell was ideal. Campbell has a long line of television credits and is a pioneer in television techni- ques. He has been director of two episodes of All In the Family, and received two "Emmys" for his productions of ballet for television; Cinderella in 1970 and Sleep- ing Beauty in 1973. Since 1965 "Anne" has been performed across Canada, at Expo in Japan, in New York and in London where it was awarded "best musical of the year" by English critics one of whom greeted it as "a wonderful change from the usual snide and ugly And some of the players in tomorrow's production. Elizabeth Mawson who plays the tight-lipped Manila HOTEL Next Week TAVERN ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY Don Perrin Lounge Nightly: Bonney Rudy SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES >STON Mayfair Thaatre "MARCO" in color. Starring Dest Arnaz Jr.. Jack Weston, Zero Mostel, Friday, Saturday, September 27. 28. Friday shows and p.m. FAMILY. FORT MACLEOD Empress Thaatra "GOLOFINGER" starring Sean Connery. Friday, Sat- urday, September 27, and 28. Friday show at p.m. ADULT. PINCHER CREEK Fox Thaatra "BLAZING SADDLES" in color Starring Mel Brooks. Friday, Saturday, September 27. 28. Friday shows at and p.m. ADULT. SATURDAY MATINEE "8 ON THE LAM" starring Bob Hope Phyllis Oilier. Saturday, Septemer 28. Show at p.m. FAMILY. TABER Towar Thaatra "LAST DETAIL" in color. Starring Jack Nicholas. Friday Saturday, September 27, 28. Shows at and p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. SATURDAY MATINEE "THE OUTLAWS IS COMING" One snow at p.m. FAMILY._________________ debuted in the role in 1971 has been acclaimed by critics as being closest to the character in the original novel. George Meroer (Matthew) follows in the steps of Peter Mews who created the role and Doug Chamberlain. A singer as well as an actor George also directed the festival company in Just for You and his most notable role has been Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. For Malorie Ann Spiller (Anne) it's a theatrical cliche come true. Understudy to Gracie Finley, she has been given her first big break by Artistic director Alan Lund on this tour and is turning it into a personal triumph. Keep an eye too on Calvin McRae, the 18-year-old Gilbert Blythe Calvin has danced in the States in Disney on Parade, The Julie Andrews Show, The Academy Awards, and in the movie Lost Horizon. Planning the tour and travelling the sets is a thir- teen week exercise in almost military logistics so when you settle in your seat at the Yates to enjoy give a silent cheer for the 15 or so local men and youths, all volunteers recruited by Bob Baunton of Arts Council from Playgoers, Musical Theatre, Youth Theatre and U of L drama students who'll be at the Yates 8 a.m. Saturday to un- load and set up the show, and will still be there at midnight to pack up, clean up and send "Anne" on to its next playing date On the movie scene, apart from the estimable Chinatown, the best bet, weather permitting is the double-bill at the Drive-in. Poseidon Adventure is back, a pretty tepid cliche situation story enlivened by superb special effects which should be stunning on the large screen. Teamed with it is the very pleasant and well-made Conrack. Heart-tugging fare about a white teacher and black students it re-affirms the homey virtues and is real- ly the better half of the program. Next pair up is The Conver- sation and Man on a Swing. The Conversation is a marvellously quiet thriller that got little local reaction in its first play. The critics went wild about it. a distilla- tion of the prime horror to the Watergate affair that was yet to come a confirmation of its creators enormous talent" (Judith Crist) enormous enterprise and tension" (Time) I was fascinated (Pauline Kael) like spending a couple of hours in the electric chair waiting for someone to pull the switch" (Rex Man on A Swing is a pretty routine programmer, worth seeing for Joel Grey in a far-cry perfor- mance from his Cabaret. On television there's a love- ly drop of black comedy in Saturday's Theatre of Blood. Wild melodramatics with a top flight cast of British ac- tors and Vincent Price as a demented Shakespearean ac- tor who slaughters the critics who have dubbed him Wayne and Shuster are back Sunday, Monday brings the delightful teaming of James Garner and Joan Hackett in Support Your Local Sheriff; Tuesday, late night it's a toss- up between Johnny Carson's 12th anniversary show and Truman Capote's excellent The Glass House; Wednesday, lots of love and music in Oliver; Thursday take your pick of the series, the best, hold-overs from last season; Friday there's a smart involv- ing thriller in Charley Varrick with Walter Matthau as a genial bank robber who mis- takenly carries off Mafia money. Indians threaten bomb squad HAMILTON