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thing as our (here his voice drops to a whisper)
--as our Frankenstein's monster, advertising via
radio. Each owner there pays the government a
nominal sum to support radio, instead of taking it
in the neck as the public does here. Shall we
pledge ourselves to keep such an ideal plan quiet,
and toady to our national sponsors?
Yes-men: Fine, let's.
TOPS! Radio in America is as nutty as harvest
time in Brazil. It is venal, banal, distorted,
hideous outrage perpetrated upon a public which
is powerless at least at present, to hit back. It
makes listening to the radio between 5 p. m. and
7:30 p. m. amazingly disgusting. It makes listen-
ing to the radio at all quite disgusting. American
radio will take the advertising of charlatans and
quacks who have been ousted by medical societies.
It brings to the home puffs for food, toothpaste,
mouthwashes, medicine and cigarettes at times
when such advertisements are particularly ill-
chosen-at luncheon and at dinner.
American radio has been fed loco weed.
It would whisk a cabinet-member off the air if
he said "damn" or "hell," yet it allows Broadway
cowboys to intone suggestive songs from 6 until 6,
provided, of course, they can find a sponsor.

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WEDN>ESDAY,' DEC. 7, 1932

The Theatre

e You Listening,
ns Of Radioland?

MR. HARRY EVANS, who is Life
Magazine's movie critic, made use
in a recen.t issue of a critical device which was
just as efficient as it was amusing and entertain-
ing. In his movie review page, Mr. Evans an-
nounced that a little magical dog, to be known as
Oscar, would bark "No, No!" whenever the proper
time came to upbraid movie continuity writers and
directors for certain words or actions that ruined
an otherwise good picture.
What we propose to do is borrow Mr. Evans'
little dog and use him for radio criticism. Oscar
will bark "No, No!" in bold-face type whenever
it is necessary.
So we ask you to consider now that you are
in any large broadcasting 'station, preferably one
which is a member of the national chain. The
station manager is speaking.
Station manager: Men, our national advertising
has fallen off seriously in the past few months.
What is the matter with us? What can we do
to remedy it? Should we use our influence to
bring legislation to Congress outlawing this type
of advertising from the air? Or should we try to
build up our national ballyhoo again?
Yes-men: Yes, Mr. Manager. Let's build up our
national advertising again. That's the thing to do.
Oscar: No! No!
Station manager: Another thing comes to mind,
men. Let's give the local boys the prod, and
scare up some thirty-second advertising squibs
to shunt in on the big programs during the inter-
missions. What do you say?
Yes-men: Yes, Mr. Manager, that's a fine idea.
We'll get Blank Cleaners, Space Haberdashers,
and Infinite Soup right away. With others, we'll
sponsor a "prosperity" program that'll buffalo
the public.
Oscar: No! No! DON'T DO THAT!
Manager: By the way, it's true that the public
takes to our propaganda, our publicity, and our
advertising, and likes it, isn't it?
Yes-men: Yes, that's true.
Manager: Should we have more moutaineer
hill-billy songsters, more "funny" comedy teams
like the Hair-Oil Rowdies, and more sponsored
"acts" to dupe the poltroons that listen in?'
Yes-men: Yes, let's do that.
Oscar: NO! NO!
Manager: I think I'll tell our continuity writers
to keep on with "and now we return to the rhythm
of the foxtrot-we- continue with the musical
question" and other inanities. The public swal-
lows that gaff, don't they?
Yes-men: Yes, sir, they like it. They don't
know any better.

Valentine B. Windt's third production of "Beg-
gar on Horseback" opened Monday night to an
enthusiastic audience at the Laboratory Theatre.
In the opinion of the audience, and by an un-
looked-for coincidence, also in ours, it was re-
vealed as fully the equal of the 1931 version.
Mr. Windt is more generally known to the cam-,
pus for his direction of the Kauffman and Con-
nelly satire than for any of his other produc-
tions. It is a script that makes enormous demands
on the director and cast, there must be a split-
second precision in the way it is put together if it
is to amount to anything. After the heavy success
of its first two runs here, the graduation of almost
all the actors on campus, the transfer to the
cramped stage of the Laboratory theatre, a third-
run hit would seem almost impossible. In getting
it Mr. Windt has probably broken an all-time
record of some sort or other.
We won't waste our space writing appreciations
of the famous script-if you don't know what it's
about by now, after all these years you've wasted
in this man's town, you may as well go see Clara
Bow in "Call Her Savage."
About the players: We'll take our Screen Re-
flection columnist's stars away from him this
morning and award them all to the Cady family,
Frances Manchester, Jack B. Nestle, John Silber-
man and Gladys Diehl. With Homer and Mrs.
Cady a good bit improved over the former pro-
duction, this year's backfield may be considered
stronger by a couple of touchdowns at least.
For Mr. Stocker we can only vote a rosy red
apple and the earnest advice that he go into
character work. Mr. Stocker was miscast as Neil.
For Mary Pray, the same advice and a bound copy
of Harpers.
For Mr. Pribil the sincere wish that he would
stop trying to frown, smile, and raise his eyebrows
all at once. We don't know what's wrong with it
. . . it just doesn't work, that's all. Also the
request that all sofas, chairs, and tables be re-
moved from sets on which he plays to prevent
him from bowing over them on every line.
For Vivien Cohen, Frances Johnson, and Law-
rence Levy, applause for pleasing bits.
For Mr. Windt special commendation of the
handling of the marriage and trial scenes-two
bits of directing that are seldom excelled tech-
nically on the professional stage.
"Beggar on Horseback" is a swell show. Oh,
pshaw, there goes our boyishness cropping out
DuMaurier's sentimental "Peter Ibbetson" is
showing its oldtime lachrymose effectiveness this
week at Robert Henderson's Bonstelle Civic
Theatre in Detroit.
Rollo Peters and Jessie Royce Landis, in the
glamorous roles of Peter and the Duchess of Tow-
ers, are the center of a brilliant, colorful produc-
tion, which is rather better than the "Peter Ibbet-
son" of the last Dramatic Festival. If a com-
parison is necessary, and probably it isn't, we can
say briefly that the present version excells the
old technically, especially in the opening ballroom
scene; that Rollo Peters is superior to Glenn
Hunter by a lot; and that Miss Landis, though
excellent, is a little disappointing after Violet
Kemble-Cooper. Mr. Henderson has retained his
old comedy part of the inn-keeper, which makes
a contrast there a bit difficult.
The production's most important aspect, to Ann
Arbor readers, is the fact-that five graduates of
Play Production are included in the large cast.
Alan Handley is prominent in the ballroom scene,
and Mildred Todd, as Peter's mother, is important
in the dream sequences.
Whether you like "Peter Ibbetson" or not is a
matter of taste. It is sentiment of an older thea-'
trical day, done with all the old fashioned fur-
belows and fripperies, and in this case, done very
well. It takes good direction to put life into Du-
Mourier's dainty filigree pattern and that's what
Mr. Henderson has given it.
Mr. Peters and Jessie Busley will be starred in
the Bonstelle production of Ben Levy's "The Devil

Passes," which opens Friday night.
(From the New York Times)

Cory Theatre has bridged the hiatus of a sabba-
tical year on the part of its founder and director
and has resumed at the old stand in Fourteenth
Street with ranks but slightly changed. And now,
during the past month, another such playhouse
has followed suit.
On Armistice Day, Nov. 11, the Detroit Civic
Theatre, renamed the Bonstelle Civic Theatre of
Detroit, began its ninth season on the date and
with the play, cast and staff which Jessie Bon-
stelle had already scheduled at the time of her
unexpected death several weeks ago. The threat
to the theatre's continuance caused by the death
of Miss Bonstelle was more sudden, the hiatus
to be bridged far briefer than that which hung
over Miss Le Gallienne's stage, but they were met
with the same quiet determination. On the very
day of the memorial service for the theatre's
founder the board of directors met, faced the
question of its future, unequivocally decided to
carry on and appointed to the vacant post the
young founder of the neighboring Ann Arbor
Dramatic Festival, Robert Henderson, who, inci-
dentally, had been on the point of signing with
Miss Bonstelle to be her associate director.
In the eight years since its foundation-for it
was only in name and in added security that the
organization became the Detroit Civic Theatre
four years ago-the theatre has averaged twenty-
seven and a half productions per season. The
longest season was that of 1926-27, with thirty-
five productions. A bewildering variety of plays
have filled its stage, from serious classic revivals
to fresh-from-Broadway hits.
The roster of players who appeared in these
presentations would be a small edition of the
membership roll of the Actors' Equity Association.
Among the more prominent of the guest artists
for one or more productions have been William:
Faversham, Madge Kennedy, Sidney Blackmer,
Robert Warwick, Nydia Westman, Grace George,
Jessie.Royce Landis (who returned, by the way,'
for this season's first productions), Grant Mit-
chell, Winifred Lenihan, Kenneth MacKenna,
Jacob Ben-Ami and the Coburns.
Music and Drama
Kenneth Osborne, assistant to Palmer Christian
in the organ department, will play a varied pro-
gram, including within itself a wide range of pe-
riods and moods beginning with the charming
Andante from one of the first symphonies ever
written by Stamitz. The Bach "Fugue in E flat"
has been called the St. Ann because of the sim-
ilarity of its subject to the old English hymn
tune of that name. The Vivaldi-Bach Concerto
was originally written for string orchestra and
transcribed for the organ, a distinct evidence of
the influence which the Italian concertos had
upon the German school of that time.
The beautiful chorals of Cesar Franck, which
were his last compositions, show him in his most
religious moods and this one in B minor is char-
acteristically devout. DeLamarter says of his
"Nocturne"-"as languorous in melody as the
wayward evening breeze; through the indefinable
fitful stirring of the breeze in the pines, the
clear, far notes of distant chimes, lost at moments
and heard again." The recital ends with the Rus-
sian composer Bubeck's dramatic "Fantasia," in-
tensely nationalistic in feeling.
-Kathleen Murphy

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The inauguration of President-Elect Roosevelt
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