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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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JE MICHIGAN DAILY
Established 1890

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?ublished every morning except Monday during the
liversity year and Summer Session by the Board in
ntrol of Student Publications.
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o55ciated &U i ate gt're%
1933 No1r "vea 1939
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all co-operate in this story about the pioneering of
air mail at. night in South America. The plot is
quite a comprehensive one, including the des-
tinies of a great. number of people - from in-
fantile paralysis patients to pilots' wives.,The ac-
tion (and there is plenty) covers a period of
24 hours, during which time serum is carried
across the Andes mountains to Rio de Janeiro, and
connections with European transportation are at-
tempted. The acting is acceptable to any connois-
seur not only because of the popularity and repu-
tation of the stars, but because it is a well-ex-
ecuted cog in the machinery of a good production.
Some of the best features of the picture are the
brilliant air photography and the effective mu-
sical accompaniment which make the precarious
flights quite gripping. There is a very good chance
for the plot to drag in spots, but it does not, be-
cause there is a scientific atmosphere about the
whole thing which subconsciously commands the
attention and patience of the audience. It typifies
the scientific age, and shows us what is replacing
the old mellydrammer and the western thriller.
Mickey Mouse is also at the Michigan running
in a steeplechase on a two-cat powered horse -
one fore and one aft. It is an average Mickey
Mouse cartoon, but Walt Disney's average is about
three stars plus. .-C.B.C.
T he n;;Theatr e
HENDERSON HOMECOMING
"DINNER AT EIGHT"
A REVIEW

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NIGHT.EDITOR: RALPH G. COULTER'

Hopwood Poetry
REVIEW OF TWO POEMS
By ELIZABETH DAVIS
By SIGMUND PROCTOR
The criticism of student poetry ranges from
that which consists in the full application of pro-
fessonial standards to that, usually on the part of
a teacher, which is tempered by the feeling that
the writing of verse which fails to be outstanding
may yet serve the important purpose of develop-
ing the writer's sensitivity to poetic values, and
by the reflection that it is unwise to judge pre-
maturely what are the capacities for poetic
power. The appraisal of verses written by those
who have Hopwood aspirations must probably fall
midway between these extremes, though surely
judgement in the competitions theselves must be
in terms solely of the value of the poetry to its
reader.
Miss Davis's Sonnet has unity of conception and
a clear unfolding of the experience communicated,
and the experience itself is significant and suited
to expression in the sonnet form. The imagery is
in general an appropriate and effective agent to
realization of the experience, yet there are minor
confusions, and there are lines in which the pro-
fusion of purely conceptual words, and of words
at that which often fail to have logical neatness,
diminishes the intensity of the poem.
The sonnet may be interpreted as being ad-
dressed by a person who recognizes that the ex-
erience of love is beginning in his, or more prob-
ably her mind, to a lover whose emotion is more
advanced. "The quick mind" in line five is that
of the speaker.
It is the first six lines which contain most of the
verbal infelicities. Does any lover command love?
Thing in the third line is a nebulous word that
might well be replaced by a specific and imag-
inative one. Most objectionable of all is the
phrase fulfill conceptions, which is pure prose in
value, communicating nothing except through the
denotation of the words .. it is doubtful more-
over whether this denotative significance is pre-
cise. In the sixth line we have a certain vague-
ness again in some deep thing, and the image of
depth isnot fully consonant with that of fragil-
ity. Scourging the pulse suggests an attempt to
whip it into faster beat, an end surely that in
terms of the idea of the poem might be ejected
to, yet one that is not identical with the clearly
stated end of mere punishment. Again, does the
pulse have an art? The lines after the eighth
are unobjectional in diction unless for the word
gone.
The experience in Ten O'Clock Boat is not an
idea but a felt state of .mind. It is neither subtle
nor intense, but it affords amoment of pleasure.
The evaluation of so slight an experience is some-
times difficult if there is any reader who chal-
lenges its significance, for so small an effect is in
danger of disappearing under the pressure of con-
tinued inspection. This reader is hospitable to
the theory that almost all communicated mo-
ments of experience have enough value to justify

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Liquor Discussion
A t Union Forum...

Insure

T WO of the most prominent systems
for the control of liquor sales have
been -incorporated in bills that will be presented
to the special session of the Michigan Legislature
when it convenes Nov. 22.
Tonight two of the men who were outstanding
in framing the first of the two bills, that of the
legislative sub-committee, will appear at the first
of the Union's annual series of forums on impor-
tant topics of the day. They are Frank Picard,
chairman of the State Liquor Control Commission
and member of the sub-committee, and Carl
Delano, chairman of the sub-committee.
These two men are among the most prominent
authorities in the State on the topic. In addition,
Prof. Robert C. Angell, who headed the Univer-
city advisory committee that went to Lansing, will
act as chairman of the meeting. He has spent
many years gaining a full knowledge of the situa-'
tion.
The two systems now being propo ed are oppo-
site in their first assumption. The bill of the sub-
committee, which is similar to the Quebec system'
although it proceeds from a different theory, rules
that all spirits, including whisky, rum, brandy,
and gin, can only be sold by the bottle in State.
stores. Naturally fermented wines and malted and
brewed beverages may be sold by the glass with-
out much restriction, This bill was rejected when
presented to the legislative council and a substi-
tute drafted.
The feature of the second is that it allows the
sale of spirits by glass 'in cities of over 100,000,
with certain minor restrictions. The legislative
council desired a more liberal bill for the larger
centers of the State.,l
Both groups will present their bills to the 4egis-
lature when it convenes and authorities expect
a "battle royal" over them. Members of the sub-
committee are confident that theirs will be the
winning bill when the Legislature votes.
Students who reside in Michigan have a splen-
did opportunity in tonight's forum to hear ex-
plained the basic elements of the two systems.
Since an intelligent attitude on the question is
impossible without a knowledge of the actual
workings of the proposed systems, we urge that
all who are interested, as citizens, in liquor con-
trol in Michigan, attend this forum. It will be a
rare opportunity to hear the essentials of the sub-
committee plan from those who conceived them,
and their views on the other plan, with which
both men are very familiar.

By JOHN W. PRITCHARD
It is pleasant to suppose that when good actors
die they will go to a heaven wherein eternity will
be one long production of "Dinner at Eight." Any
role will do; they are all opulent, each giving the
individual player an opportunity to be magnifi-
cent, and at the same time to mingle his talents
with those of his colleagues in that perfect co-
operation which is so essential to a dramatic
masterpiece.
This sort of work was highly apparent Sunday
night. Mr. Henderson has assembled a company
of players of excellence, many of whom, in pre-
vious productions, have indicated latent brilliance,
although the roles. to which they have been
assigned in many cases have been counterparts of
the biblical bushel, Now the day of judgement is
at hand, and the snuffers have been entirely
removed; "Dinner at Eight," as we obscurely in-
sinuated in the lead, places each actor on a ped-
estal, so that if he is good he will shine, and if he
will exude a distasteful. aroma. There were no
evil odors apparent at the Majestic Sunday night
- none, at least, emanating from the stage.
A Moot Mixture
The play, written by George Kaufman and
Edna Ferber, has been rather completely ap-
plauded in all sections where it has been shown.
Yet there are points in it which are worthy of dis-
cussion more extended than is possible here.
Rather than omit these completely, we will outline
in the greatest brevity.
There is brought to our attention, in the first
place, the age-old question of the extent to which.
comedy and tragedy may be blended in a single
dramatic work. The writers of ."Dinner at Eight"
seem determined to focus critical attention upon
this point , and to settle it in their own way; it
will be called that "The Royal Family" could not
very well be categorised, either. The dominant
surface note in "Dinner at Eight" was again one
of uproarious farce-comedy, but in the back-
ground was observable the really important note-
that of tragedy, which goes considerably beyond
the pathos -of the ''The Royal Family."
Yet, finer craftsmanship was employed in the
current blend, for the purpose of "Dinner at Eight"
is a more fundamental one than that of the other{
Kaufman-Ferber opus. In the earlier play, the
attempt was merely to indicate how comedy and
tragedy diffuse into each other in life, so that the
one is actually inseparable from the other. The
satire in "Dinner at Eight" is more pertinent; it
presents the ironical double-dealing of the com-
edie humaine, wherein tragedy of the deepest sort
may be occuring behind the scenes, while the
persons on the stage at the moment are unaware
of any difficulty save that some playful god is
tossing monkey-wrenches into the machinery of
their own petty schemings. Thus, Mrs. Jordan,
ignorant that her husband has a fatally diseased
heart, all but swears at him for desiring to break
up her dinner-and-show-party plans by remain-
ing at home and resting.
This, then, is a motivated bringing-together of
comedy and tragedy, in a fashion which makes
one uncertain as to which motif next will be dom-
inant, It is delightful, but is it art? A banal
question, perhaps, and one important only to
academicians; but its settling will determine
whether audiences are to be rendered vaguely
jumpy by inconsistencies in what they are recon-
ciled, if the motivation is consistent; we further
believe that the unassisted double-play combina-
tion of the stage, Kaufman and Ferber, have gone
a long way toward making this successful blend
a reality in Dinner at Eight.
In brief, for those of you who prefer short state-
ments, the last three paragraphs mean simply
that the play was eccentric but grand.
The New "San Luis Rey"
There is one further point which is as outstand-
ing as the preceding one. It refers to Act III,
Scene.3 (there is no Scene 4 ). The play through-
out was a maze of complex plots and sub-plots,
but a labyrinth in which each trail was in stark
relief; all roads led to the final scene, wherein
the principals in each plot were to be brought
together at the dinner party of Mrs. Jordan. One
was, led to believe that a bombshell climax would
be exploded in that scene, followed by a denoue-
ment which would be rapid but as decisive as the
preceding action. Instead, the interested parties
met, exchanged a few pointedly important but
veiled remarks, and vanished, leaving Paula (in-
tensely worried regarding the non- appearance of
her lover, who at the moment was busy committ-
ing suicide) to close the play by pouring a quick

one down her throat and disappearing furtively.

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first impressions, and a neat, wrinkleless
collar is an important element of good
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them so long as there is any acceptable organiza-
tion or ordering of interests within them. Mere
sensations are not valuable in themselves, how-
ever vividly suggested. In this poem we should
probably say that the organization involved is
of the natural pleasure of watching and feeling
very simple sensations with the interest of being
with a person the sharing of almost any experience
with whom heightens it. If the speaker had been
alone the mere description of impressions in itself
would not have been significant.
This poem is written in a natural idiom of mod-
ern verse, and is convincingly like talk. The ex-
ecution is entirely satisfactory, the kinaesthetic
imagery being particularly effective.

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Collegate Observer
By BUD BERNARD
The University of Kentucky believes in pajamas.
A prize was offered recently for the most original
pair of morphesian toggery at the "Blue Grass"
school.
.1* **
In a recent survey of an eastern college,
statistics show that 60 per cent of college
students sleep through at least three hours of
classes a week. We thought most professors
were too noisy for that.
A punctuality machine that flashes a cheerful
"welcome" to prompt students and a sarcastic
"late again" to those who are tardy has been in-
vented by a professor at the University of British
Columbia.
An English professor at Northwestern Univer-
sity has suggested a poetry course for engineers.
We recommend, as a reciprocal gesture, a course
in integral calculus for English majors.
tion: exactly the other extreme. In another play,
that close would be very effective; but everything
in the body of "Dinner at Eight" is too clear-cut
to admit of a fuzzy finish.
The Production
The actors, who have been cruelly slightly save
for a general reference to their excellence, may be
treated thus. Edith Gresham, as Mrs. Jordan,
carried the main burden in such a cleverly con-
eived mode of distraction that she may be
awarded chief honors. Ainsworth Arnold as Mr.
Jordan proved versatility; his picture of a hurried
business man who foresaw an imminent end of
his mortal existence was deeply sympathetic.
Blanche Ring, as an extinct actress, made her
entrances and exits at apt moments, but would
not have tired the audience even if forced to sup-
port the entire play; she knows how to twist a
funny line into an side-splitting one. Noel Tearle,
as a screen star attempting to exhume himself,

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MICHIGAN HAS A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
WHETHER OR NOT THEY EXHIBIT CHAMPIONSHIP
FORM IS DEPENDENT UPON THE ENTHUSIASM
THEY PUT INTO THE GAME.
We can't expect our team to puteforth its best efforts when they are
not being wholeheartedly supported.
Be at this Meeting FRIDAY NIGHT to show them we are behind
them -- that their victory means something to us.
There will be Cheerleaders, Coaches, Student Speakers,
and the TEAM ITSELF.

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