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FILMS
'Staircase' Goes Down, Down.. .

By ELIZABETH WISSMAN
According to my high-school
rhetoric book, one means of defi-
nition is to say what the object is
not. And nothing could be more
appropriate to the criticism of
that high school heroic, "Up the
Down Staircase."
From the beginning, "Up the
Down Staircase" is not an ex-
ample of the genre "Film as Fine
Art." There is. no sense of surface

and color, no melting images,
nothing of the self-conscious ca-
mera. At its most radical, the
cinematography allows some hand-
held method to increase the in-
timacy of the experience. There is
also a smattering of "graphic
representation," an appropriate
inch of slum photography i the
film footage, to conceed to the
ideal of documentary reality.
If it is not a technological tri-
umph, then we must classify it

Steiger's. Performanc
In Tense Negro-Whit

By ROGER RAPOPORT I
Editor
The .iost oppressive fact of life
about the American South is not
the continuing parade of unpun-
ished murders of innocent Negroes
(45 in Mississippi in the past four.
years), the beating of harmless
little Negro girls trying to inte-
grate a school in Grenada, Miss.,
or the bombing of a church in
Birmingham.
The most tragic effect of theI
death and devastation is the ef-
fective way it manages to keep
most Negroes down and discourage
them from from fighting for
their rights. As anyone who has
spent a little time in the South
will tell you, momst Negroeshprefer
to turn the' other cheek. The reg.-I
ular murders serve as a steady
reminder of what happens to an
uppityNegro in the South.
That's why a Negro who is serv-
ed chewed up and spit upon ham-
burgers at a drive-in will throw
them away, and. not protest. That's
why most Negroes would prob-
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ably not bother trying to inte-
grate a white school. And that's
why a Negro gas station attend-
ant will not tell you that you've
left your car lights on while you
went into the station. He's afraid
you "might think I'm messing with
you."
But the Negro can get tough
with the white Southerner. The
evidence is offered by "In the
Heat of the Night," where the
Negro, Sidney Poitier, not only
manages to live but actually comes!
out on top.

as something a little more tradi- it. This is not to say that "Up the
tional. A movie. With characters Down Staircase" is a radical
under development, or situations means of presentation. But rather,
undergoing comedy-any of the that it is almost hopelessly buried
traditional entertainment which in a multiplicity of views. Calvin,
we take on when the fourth wall Coolidge High (the setting and
falls away. But, again, "Up, the perhaps the star of the drama)
Down Staircase" disappoints us in may not be a democracy; but the
our sophomnoric zeal to classify. film itself borders upon anarchy.
What the audience is presented There are several, distinct and
with in this film is a series of im- separate, character studies at open
pressions, without the stylistic de- war. This is not to mention the
vices which normally accompany head-on collision of philosophy,
sociology, and pure plot consider-
ations. It is not a wonder that
e S h in es Sandy Dennis is visibly shaken
throughout all three hours of the
film.
Rh There is a Negro and Puerto-
e D ra m a Rican situation, suitably repre-
sented by Miss Dennis' Negro and
Puerto Rican students. Knives
tle baron considered to be an switch hardly any more sophistic-
enemy of the dead man, Tibbs ation than those made famous in
shows conclusively that the Ne- "The Blackboard Jungle." But this
gro can succeed by getting tough film does not, as in earlier versions
with Whitey. of the same story, perform the
Tibbs has come with Gillespie miracle of Horatio Algier. Minimal
to question Endicott about the progress is made against the over-
murder. The meeting starts on a whelming ignorance and disinte-
cheerful note with Endicott or- rest of the ghetto.
dering lemonade for Tibbs and There are the maladjusted in-
showing him prized orchids. Sud- dividual students. The lonely and
denly though, Endicott realizes anonymous who make their ap
that he is being implicated in the peal for sympathy. The chunky
crime.pelfrsmah.Tecuk
adolescent girl who imagines her-
"Let me get this straight," he self into a suicidal leap is but one
tells them. "You came here to adventure. The mind, appropri-
question me." ately, boggles under the weight of
Tibbs tells him that's the point. all of these.
Endicott then slaps Tibbs. And But the chief nemesis is yet to
Tibbs slaps him right back. Rub- be faced by our plucky young
bing his sore face 'Endicott turns school mar'm. Miss Dennis must
to Gillespie and says, "Well you battle, inhumanistid armour, the
saw that Gillespie. What are you many-headed moster of cybernet-
going to do about it?" "Well, I ics. The school administration is
don't know," mutters Gillespie. En- calloused in big-city schools. But
dicott shakes his head and tells this we have known before, and
Tibbs, "There was a time when I we do not know it any better by
could have had you shot." the end of "Up the Down Stair-
Later the mayor of Sparta sees case."
Gillespie in town and tells him, But among so many impressions,
"I don't know what's the matter the film presents us with its final
with you. The last police chief negative quality-the lack of any
we had would have shot Tibbs on person or persona to receive the
the spot. Claimed self-defense." impression. Since the incidents

TV-Radio
union Votes
Down Bid
MIAMI BEACH (I)-Union ne-
gotiators for 3,000 employes of
the ABC and NBC radio and tele-'
vision networks yesterday rejected'
last-ditch offer from the com-
panies and said they were ad-
vising their members to standby
to initiate strike action.
Edward Lynch, chairman of the
negotiating committee for the Na-
tional Association of Broadcast
Engineers and Technicians, AFL-
CIO, said the companies' proposals
were found "to be defective in a .
number of specific areas and gen-
erally inadequate to meet the
needs ofour membership."
"We are advising the federal1
mediator that the companies' pro-
posals in their present form are
unacceptable and will not be rec-!
ommended or submitted to the+
membership," Lynch said.
"Unless the management of NBC
and ABC make significant adjust-+
ments in the deficient areas of1
their proposals, and make themI
forthwith, a nationwide strike call
will be issued," he said.+
Tim O'Sullivan, a member of the
negotiating committee, said the
companies' 140-page proposals
at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 2%12 hours
were submitted to the union team
before the old contract expired.
Network employes remained on-
the job, working without a con-
tract, during the day.
The terms of the network offer
were not disclosed but NABET is
seeking a pay base of $275 a week
for its 3,000 members, who now
are paid from $218 to $230.
NABET's contract with ABC and
NBC-CBS is not affected-expired
Thursday midnight and members
worked without contracts Friday.
O'Sullivan said he felt the NABET
locals would insist upon striking if
a new contract was not soon
forthcoming.
The technicians were promised
support by the American Federa-
tion of Television and Radio Art-
ists AFTRA, in the event of a
walkout.

SENATE PROBE:

Mundt Says Communists Incited

WASHINGTON (M)-Sen. Karl
E. Mundt, top Republican on the
Senate panel assigned to investi-
gate racial riots, said yesterday
he would bet "the Communists are
in this some place."
The South Dakota senator has
been working with Sen. John L.
McClellan (D-Ark.), chairman of
the Senate permanent investiga-
tions subcommittee, in laying the
groundwork for an intensive
probe.
Just this week the subcommit-
tee quietly set up offices in De-
troit and Newark, where the
bloodiest andmostkdevastating of
the riots occurred.
The Senate voted the subcom-
mittee $150,000 last month to
conduct a complete investigation
of the widespread riots and of
lawlessness generally and direct-
ed it to propose measures for the
preservation' of law and order.
Mundt told a reporter that staff
investigators have begun what
might be termined a diagnosis
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inquiry into the causes of the
riots, interviewing slum area res-
idents rather than just city offi-
cials, police or known agitators.
After Congress returns from its
Labor Day recess Sept. 11, he
said, the subcommittee will meet
to get a report on what leads have
been discovered and then decide
what direction the investigation
will take.
Mundt said he would not be
surprised if the subcommittee's
trained investigators turn up evi-
dence of a Communist core that
moves into riot-torn areas to fan
the flames once trouble 'starts.
On the basis of 25 years of Red-
hunting in the House and theI
Senate, he said, he knows that
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tn Rioting
"the Communists fish in troubled
waters."
Asked if the subcommittee plans
to probe the activities of militant
Negro organizations like the Stu-
dent Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee, Mundt said "We will
look into any organization that
appears to be involved."
He said, as McClellan has pre-
viously, that this will include what
role, if any, has been played inr
the riots by antipoverty 'workers
financed by the Office of Eco-
nomic Opportunity.
Another intriguing line of in-
quiry, Mundt said, is the source of
the gasoline bombs used by riot-
ers. He said he had heard a re-
port of quantity shipments.

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"THEY GOT A MURDER ON THEIR HANDS.
THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, the
top homicide expert of the Phila-
delphia, Pa., police department'
who is visiting bucolic Sparta,
Miss., where he is arrested for
murdering a white Chicago indus-
trialist who's building a new fac-
tory in town.
Police Deputy Sam Wood, play-
ed by Warren Oates, finds Tibbs
in the train depot: "On your feet,
boy; I mean now," he tells him.
Tibbs is immediately brought in-
to gum-chewing, pot-bellied, Police
Chief Gillespie, played by Rod
Steiger.
Gillespie'decides to have Poitier
stick around to help solve the
murder. An unorthodox love-hate
relationship develops between the
two. Twice Steiger thinks he has
managed to find the killer on his
own and figures on dumping
Tibbs. But Tibbs proves both pris-
oners are innocent.
Gillespie begins to realize that
Tibbs is both tougher and smarter
than he. "You're so damn smart,
you're smarter than any white
man. You have to stay around
here and show us all up," he tells
Tibbs.
And Tibbs does just that.
But Tibbs never blinks. Inevit-
ably, of course, the film gets melo-
dramatic. Poitier holds off four
redneck attackers with a single
pipe. He thwarts a lynch mob with
a few seconds of fast talking.
In a key scene in the green-
house of Eric Endicott, a local cat-

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True, things don't work out ex-
actly that way these days in Mis-
sissippi or in Detroit for that mat-
ter. But it's still encouraging to
know that someone can actuallyt
see their way to a time and a1
place where a tough and confident
Negro can actually come out aheadt

and characters are emotionally
Icharged, one would expect a con-
sistent and respondent emotion.
Instead, we receive yet another
minor character in Sandy Dennis.
A fluttering and extremely sen-
sitive minority, but something less
than central all the same.

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and leave a little hope for all be- In such a miscellany, there do
hind. 'remain some positive points of
Even more important, though, entertainment. But do not ask
is the change in Gillespie. Steig- this reviewer why you should go?
er, the stupid, gruff -("Yah, talk to this movie. Only why not.
to me," he says picking up a
phone call), beer-bellied Southern
sheriff is capable of seeing the
light. By the end of the film he
is even carrying Tibbs' suitcase.
And if that can happen in Sparta,
Miss., there's no telling what the}
future might hold.

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