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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, September 29, 1972 _ THE LETK8RIDGE HERALD 27 Hoiv's this for boob-tube drama? The human side of those wonderful guys on television By RUSSELL BAKER New VuTk Times Service WASHINGTON Whenever we see people like Marcus Wel- by, Perry Mason, Matt Dillon and other comparably splendid professional men on television, we see Uiem at their absolute best. 'IWs is only natural. Everybody smiles when he knows he Is having his pic- ture tafcen, unfortunately, this gives us a distorted impression o! the lives of these important men. Like the best of us, they loo have their bad days. They, too, become involved in situations they would rather not have to tell their children about. They too must worry about paying Hie rent and meeting the oc-1 highwayman's bill. Right now, for example, Wel- by, Mason and Dillon are em- broiled in one of those disagree- able affairs which are all too commonplace in less telegenic lives. The trouble began last fall when Marshal Dillon shot him- self in the foot practising his fast draw. Although television viewers would never guess it, the marshalt's draw had been slowing down in recent years. In fact, of 103 street show- downs in the previous two years, Dillon had lost 72 none of which, naturally, was photographed for television. He had, nevertheless, absorb- ed a lot of lead for a man his age ?nd had suffered some ser- ous wounds. Nine times he had nlerrupted divorces at "gen- eral hospital" for emergency ilood transfusions and bullet removal. When the marshall's last-draw practice resulted in a gunshot wound in the fourth toe of Hie right foot, he de- cided to go to Marcus Welby, M.D. Unfortunately for Dillon, Wel- by was not on television that day. "Do you have an appoint- ment, asked V.'el- by's regular receptionist, the one who is never permitted to be seen on television. Dillon apologized. The recep- tionist told him that, in that case, he would have to wait. Wen Welby arrived from the golf couvsc, the marshal had passed'out. Tire reason is disputed. Dillon contends it was from loss oJ blood; Dr. Welby's receptionist, that it was from intake of gin, Whatever the reason, Dillon was placed on Welby's oper- ating table after the reception- ist said, "He was complaining about his foot." Removing the unconscious Dillon's left shoe, Welby immediately noticed an acute bunion condition, which hj treated surgically. Tlio marshal was furious when he recovered conscious- ness. He refused payment ol Welby's bill for for bunion surgery, and threatened to sue Welby for operating on the wrong foot for the wrong rea- son and for playing golf during office hours. Welby ordered his bill collec- tor to go to work on Dillon. The bill collector began phoning the marshal in the middle of the night and asking him when he was going to stop cheating his creditors. Dillon retaliated at first by ticketing Welby's car whenever he saw it double-parked at Hie country club. When Welby's bill collector began telling all the gunmen in the territory that the marshal was a deadbcat who wouldn't pay his bills, Dil- lion sought legal aid. He went to see Perry Mason. He said he wanted to sue Welby 'or slander, libel, defamation ol character and removing a' junion without a permit. Ma- son cooly pointed out that such suits were very hard to win. The big-money awards from juries, he said, came out of malpractice suits. He had Dillion enter "Gen- eral Hospital" for a thorough checkup. The findings left Ma- son ecstatic. "We've got Welby for cent he's said Mason, "except, of course, for the cash he keeps hidden under the mattress from inter- nal revenue." "What's asked Dil- lon. "When he Mason said, "he left a sponge in your brain. Dillon explained that this must have been the work of Ben Casey long ago. "You don't have to tell that to the Mason replied. "Welby's lawyers will never locate Casey. I'll have Paul Drake see if he Kas any. reruns paying any- where in the country, and if so, we will have them destroyed." 'Ain't I hat what we in Dodge call dirty pool, Mr. The marshal asked. Mason said yes, it certainly was, but life was a messy proposition some- times, and people, after all, would be people. The case still hasn't come to court. There have been too many television cameras around lately. FEATURE VALUE BUYS GP183 1971 HONDA ?750 350 Black film boom called more cultural genocide LIGHT AROUND THE EDGiS Like the corona around the sun during an eclipse, the hair of Prime Minister Try- dean stands out brighlly around his darkened and sil- houelted head when caught by a light while campaign- ing in the lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion earlier this week. Ann Arbor's liberal pot law Here pot's treated like parking offence New York Times Service ANN ARBOR, Mich. Under the trees on the University ot Michigan campus, in the back rows of movie it is said, in the public gallery of the city council chamber itself young people are increasing- ly lighting up marijuana in pub- lic these days. Ask a youth If he is afraid of likely to be: "Heck, no. Any- way, it's only a fine." Since May, shortly after two radical members of the Human Rights party were elected to the city council, the penally for marijuana use or sale here has been steadily eroded. In a series of moves, com- pleted last week, the council more or less declared its inde- the police, and the answer is I pendencc from slate drug laws governing marijuana, and re- placed them with a city or- dinance providing for the is- sueance of a ticket to those caught in violation. According to the national organization for the reform of marijuana laws, a Washington based lobby group advocating the legaliza- tion ot pot, Ann Arbor's ordin- ance is the most liberal in the nation. In East Lansing, home of Michigan State University, silimlar law has been passed but it provides for fines of u; to on a third offense ant permits judges to impose pro- bationary terms on offenders The state law that was super seded here provides penalties ranging from a year's impri- sonment for possession of mar- ijuana to four years in the penitentiary for its sale. By CHARLES FOLEY London Observer LOS ANGELES America's Negro leaders are denouncing the black films boom, which is making millions for Hollywood. They say it is yet another defamatory, defacing assault on their race with the difference that this time it is being en- couraged and assisted by black artists. For years blacks have been frozen out of the film unions and excluted from the indus- try _ whether as workers be- fore or behind the cameras. But now that audiences are flocking to see the new black films, with their heavy em- phasis on sex, violence and machismo MGM, American International and other big studios arc giving black film makers includ- ing some very incompetent ones a free hand. A new organization called CAB (for Coalition Against Blaxploilation) has been form- ed, anti Juntas Griffin, a top functionary in the long-estab- lished National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) who has taken charge of CAB, says, "These so-called black movies are, just one more form of cultural gen ocide. Super-nigger is another stereotype, all the more insidi dious because it's based on a white His group pro- poses a rating system for blacl movies to inform the commun ity what, in terms of moral ob- jsctionability, they are abou to receive. The judges will be five members of the NAACP one of them white. MAKE MONEY But will black audiences pa any attention to Mr. Griffin an( his CAB? The reason these films ar making money, whether for th big studios that back them or for independent black produ ers, is that ghetto dwellers and middle-class cinema-goers alike are reacting to them elec trically. What sells is the imag of the black man on top, moc ing Whitey, beating him [Hugh Robertson, and writer Lonac Elder have packed all kinds of ethnic horrors. White humiliates black, black beats up white, while tortures black, black murders white in an end- less round. The poor little detec- tive story has become a veh- icle for an interminable exer- cise in racial baiting. There are few "fights" in MELINDA; instead, victims are held down ,vhile then- faces are systemat- ically beaten to a bloody pulp with lovingly observed cruelty. The film has run away with its authors, to the point where they scarcely seem to be aware how blatantly they are expos- ing their contempt for women. In this macho world, womer are sex objects to be med, and lie who fails to blow his ent's head off with a gun eak-kneed The dia gue Is peppered with every pecies of obscenity baned to rint, tat common these day: o the screen. i oppon m is "a Interestingly, women are among the most vocal critics of the new black cinema. Shir cy Lake, assistant editor o "Third World" newspaper, says ;hat most of these films, "de- >ase black women and cater tc a depraved market for sex mov .es with black Kuumba Arts Workshop de- clares there is not a simpl black film to come out of Holly wood lately that honestly treat black women as human being with normal strengths an weaknesses. "Vulgar character izalion of black women as pen up, lustful glamour dolls whos only role Is to satiate a man ego and sexual mania has be come almost standard in Holl; wood films. They are symbols objects, not women." As for the films, "they are worthless as portrayals of black they were never intended to be. Hollywood has seen their mon- ey-making potential." KRESGE'S SATURDAY BOMBSHELLS Sip the light fantastic: Three feathers. Only Three Feathers blends light four year old with a smooth mellow eight year oW. Join the light brigade. PARK Your assurance of quality PANT! HOSE 100% Dupont stretch nylon one tin panti for PULLOVERS shooting him dead. Decades of pent-up frustration are finding release in these films, unreal though they may be. Their heroes are more or less interchangeable: a black version of James Bond could be dropped straight into MELINDA, one of the lat- est black thrillers, with hardly a line changed in the script. There is a small army of form- er black football pros at work in filmland, such as O. J. Simp- son and Bernie Casey, filling roles as cowboys, soldiers of fortune and the like. They are, represented, of course, as miracles of sexual efficiency, rullUess in their treatnient of women anrT invincible in every fist-fight. But are the fairy tales thus spun really harmful to the black community, especially its young people? Do they, as one black critic, Clayton Riley, alleges, increase the passivity of an op- pressed minority group by sel- ling it cheap dreams of omni- potence? These are questions that can be answered only in terms of specific films and In- dividual viewers. MONEY MAKER It is difficult to believe that the "Shaft" films, with their j fast cars, (aster women and fancy clothes and their spoofy, outrageous aura, can deeply af- fect many minds. They are black imitations of a typical Hollywood product. A film like MELINDA which promises to be a big moneymaker for MGM this year is rather dif- ferent. 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