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Page Eight


Tuesday, June 4, 1974

(Continued from Page 2)
the Beatles' pictures. tie had
stepped out of this a r e a of
strength -- comedy - and the
lackluster nature of his films
showed it.
Then last year the f o r tn e r
Philadelphia TV writer who left
in the early '50s for .ntlard
and the Goon S h o w managed
to drum up financial sitpport
from producer Ilya Salkind and
some Panamanian interests for
another Richard Lesterr coedy.
The product, The Three 'Mus-
keteers, is hilarious.
Lester hasn't ironed out all of
the problems that plagued l im
in his Hard Day's Night era -
Musketeers is plagued be some

slow pacing in a few places.
But his subtle, witty 'o'i:hes are
just magnificent.
Michael York stars a; D'Ar-
tagnan, the apprentice Nluske-
teer, and turns in a fine per-
formance. Simon Ward, !Zasluel
Welch, and Geraldine Chaplin
round out the cast (and by the
way Raquel can act).
-David Blomqui't
What's Up, Doc?
Peter Bogdanovich takes no
chances when it comes to .rak-
ing a comedy. The ingredients
for his slap-happy and slightly
hysterical What's Up Doc? in-
clude filming a partial remake
of Howard Hawe's screwball
Bringing Up Baby (1938), en-
listing the penmanship talents
of not only Buck Henry (who
did the screenplay for Mike Ni-
chols's smash The Graduate)
but David Newman and Robert
Benton as well (they wrote
Arthur Penn's cenebrated Ron.

nie and Clyde), and finally, as-
sembling a cast with spectacu-
lar stars like Barbra Striesand,
Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn.
and Kenneth Mars.
Having realized what appears
to be the ultimate in comedy
production, Bogdanovich t h e r
hired every out-of-work Holly-
wood stuntman he could find tc,
make his dream come true.
The result is sheer p'iysizal
chaosn fromstart toIfh s
guarantee the laughs baecazuse
nobody makes good smash-em-
up comedies anymore, a n d
young Bogdanovich seems to
compensate for this gap all by
himself during the course of one
What's Up Doe? may not be
very funny, but it at least
brings meaning to the w o r
zany again. Many feel Striesand
and O'Neal are mere pupputs
and hinder the film. Believe
me - nothing could hinder
What's Up, Doe?"
-Michael Wilson
Thunderbold and
The Movies, Briarwood
Just what we all needed to
get through the summer - an-
other dull, predictable, and to-
t a ll y absurd police - bad
guys melodrama. Breaking
windshields, fish fights, pulp-
novel - quality dialogue, a n d
wailing sirens abound in t h i a
latest in a string of complete-
ly forgettable nothings from
United Artists.
Clint Eastwood and J e f f
Bridges head up the cast, but
who really cares? After all,
how watchable can a police film
be when the plot calls for tone
bank robbers to use a cannon
to break into the vaults?

Daley gets competition
for Dem. mayoral ticket

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CHICAGO (A - William Sing-
er didn't count on Mayor Rich-
ard Daley's health breaking
And he's still campaigning as
if Daley hadn't suffered a mild
stroke last May 6-a stroke that
might require surgery for the
72-year-old mayor.
EIGHT MONTHS ago, Singer,
a Chicago alderman, announced
that he would challenge Daley
in the Democratic party mayor-
al primary next February. Since
that announcement, Singer's
campaign has become t h e
strongest challenge in years
against the party organization
which has kept Daley in charge
of Cook County politics for two
If he runs, Daley will be after
a sixth four-year term.
"We'll have to assume that
Daley will run," Singer says.
And if he doesn't run? Then
any candidate designated by the
Democratic party organization
controlled by Daley "would be
IT IS NOT the first time that
the 35-year-old Singer has taken
on the mayor and the regular
Democrats. In 1972, Daley and
18 of his delegates to the party's
national convention in Miami
Beach were denied their seats
because they violated quota
rules in selecting delegates.
The man whose delegation
was seated in place of the Daley
regulars was William Singer.
Singer says he took no great
satisfaction in winning the head-
on fight with Daley at the con-
vention. "I wanted a compro-
mise. I knew the way they se-,
lected their delegates was
wrong, but all of ours weren't
right either.
"BUT WHEN the push comes
to shove, you try to win it all."
Daley's ouster from the con-
vention, combined with the
election defeats of candidates
he backed in 1972 and the con-
victions on bribery charges of
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such longtime allies as former
Gov. Otto Kerner and Cook
County clerk Edward Barrett
prompted observations that per-
haps the Daley organization was
"That's self-delusion," Singer
scoffs. "I'm not running be-
cause I think the machine is
falling apart. They're going to
go out and knock on all the
doors just like they've always
done, but we're going to knock
WHAT MAKES Singer, a Jew-
ish lawyer with two aldermanic
victories in partially liberal, af-
fluent wards, believe he can
break the organization grip on
City Hall? Before Daley, two
other mayors of Irish descent,
Martin Knelly and Ed Kelly,
ran the government for nearly
half a century.
"This is not going to be an
election about Vietnam or space
or energy or anything else. This
is an election the people can
feel, can touch," Singer says.
"The people will be deciding
how their city is going to be
run. I know what they want."
On a marathon schedule ful-
filling his first campaign pro-
mise to visit each-of the more
than 600 schools in Chicago,
Singer-has been in more schools
than Dick and Jane.
HE JAMS in as many as eight
school visits a day except for
time out when he must attend
a council meeting or committee
"There are one million people
in this city directly affected by
schools," he says. "When you
visit schools, you learn about
the neighborhoods and the im-
pact the schools have on neigh-
"I know the city, I know the
neighborhoods," he says. "I
was born on the West Side, I
went to high school on the South
Side and I live on the North
Side. I've spent five years in
the council learning about fi-
nances and now I'm in the
schools. I have to show people
that Singer can make this city
hoods and the White Sox and
the Cubs are some of the folksy
tactics that Daley has used suc-
cessfully for many years.
Even before the mayor's re-
cent illness, Singer said, "I'm
not running against Daley ..."
"Any machine candidate
would be strong," he said.
"The machine can get about
200,000 or 250,000 votes for any
candidate. With Daley running,
you make it about 300,000 or
350,000. We need to have a turn-
out of more than 600,000 to have
a chance, and we'll get it."
IN THE 1971 primary Daley
received 36,000 votes. Four
years earlier his primary vote
was 421,000. Both times he ran
Singer estimates the army of
precinct captains and workers
at the organizations' disposal
numbers about 10,000 doorbell
"We'll have twice that
many," Singer promises. "We'll
spend $1 million and we'll have
the most impressive election
this city has ever seen."
HE SAYS many contributions
have come from persons who
always have sweetened Daley's
campaign treasury. "I suppose
some of them are hedging their
bets and are going to give to
Daley, -too."
It is nearly midnight when
Singer gets home. He must be
up at six to hit the schools again
and he has to hunt atennis op-
ponent for his regular Saturday
morning game.

He hasw kept up the almost
daily pace for eight months.
"It seems like it's only been

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