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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, MARC"l13,19.0

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'O'DANIEL'
Playwrights Beat Room
Shortage To Finish Play

By MACK WOODRUFF
A lot goes into the making of
a successful play, sometimes even
ringing doorbells.
Glendon Swarthout, teaching
fellow in the English department
and co-author of the recent Expe-
rimental Theatre success, "O'Dan-
iel," employed the doorbell ring-
ing technique in November, 1945.
It was necessary to find a room for
John Savacool, other half of the
writing team, so they could write
dialogue and polish the play out-
line which they had prepared
while together overseas.
No Room
"There wasn't room for John
in my apartment," Swarthout
said, 'so I'started ringing every
doorbell in the neighborhood, try-
ing to find a place for him to
stay." After having made a com-
plete tour of the block, Swarthout
ended up at Miss Mary Cooley's
home, right next door to his apart-
ment. She rented him a room. Miss
Cooley is assistant to the director
of Hopwood Award contests. "We
owe her a great deal," Swarthout
said.
Swarthout met Savacool in the
third infantry division at 'Anzio
Beachhead. "The outline for the
Naval IeserV('
Now Seeking
Reeruiits Here
Setting up pirmanent shop in
this area the United States Navy
Organized Reserve is now recruit-
ing new members and is planning
a program of traning and recrea-
tional activities.
Eligible for the reserve ar Navy
and Coast Guard veterans anl
physically-fit 17-year-olds Army
veterans are also eligibl but an-
not transfer ratings above the rank
of corporal.
Reservists are required to train
two hours a week for which they
receive a full day's pay. Pay for
enlisted men ranges from $132
to $264 a year and is paid in
quarterly installments of $33 to
$61.
Training and other activities
will be held at the Naval Armory
in Detroit. Arrangements are
pending to provide transportation
for all interested veterans in this
area. Reservists may take their
training from 8 to 10 p.m. any
night Monday through Thursday.
Interested students may contact
the reserve by phoning Ypsilanti
3560 W11 or Ann Arbor 2-7162 or
25-8524.
Che mist Will
Discuss Sulfur
Research Director
To Lecture Today
Dr. C. M. Suter. Associate Direc-
tor of Chemical Research at the
Sterling-Winthrop Research In-
stitute, will speak on "Recent
Progress in Sulfur Chemistry" at
4:15 p.m. today in Rm. 151 of the
Chemistry Building at a meeting
of the University section of the
American Chemical Society.
Dr. Suter is known for his work
on the organic chemistry of sulfur
compounds and for his book on
this subject. Also among his writ-
ings are papers on the synthes
of germicides and physiologically
active amines.
After receiving his Ph.D. at the
University of Kansas, he taught
for over ten years at Northwestern
University, where he served as
head of the Chemistry depart-
ment.

Spanish Play
Will Be Given
"Los Interes Creados," a play
by Nobel Prize winner Jacinto
Benavente, will be presented by La
Sociedad Hispanica April 1 and 2
in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Translated into English by John
Garrett Underhill, the play "Bonds
of Interest" was chosen by the
Theatre Guild for its inaugural
production in 1919 and by the Ev-
eryman Theatrical Company of
London the following year.
Set in a 17th century back-
ground, the action centers w'ound
bonds uniting rich and poor, and
has been acclaimed the most ;op-
ular and widely translated of Ben-
avente's works.
'U' Cadets Given.
ROTC Awards
Chicago Tribune ROTC awards
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>lay was written in cemeteries, po-E
,ato patches, vineyards and cities,
dil the way from Anzio to Belfort
'ap near the Gernian border,"
Swarthout said. The day after the
iutline was completed, Swarthout
,as injured in an accident and re-
turned to this country where he
was discharged in January, 1945.
Pretty Precious'
"When I returned, I brought
nothing with me but the clothes
:)n my back, and the outline, which
had become pretty precious to
me," he said.
Savacool was discharged in Oc-
tober, 1945, after three years
overseas, and directly thereafter,
'ie came t6 Ann Arbor. "The win-
iow of his room was within shout-
ing distance of our place," Swarth-
>ut said, "so we could shout back
and forth when we got ideas." Six
veeks were needed to write the
dialogue.
"O'Daniel" is the story of an op-
>ortunistic American named Dan
who rises on the discontent of
war veterans to a position of polit-
ical importance in the year 1952,
vhich the authors seem to have
>icked as a disastrous one."
Five Performances
The play opened at the Princess
rheatre in New York under the
-uspices of the Experimental
rlieatre, and ran for the custom-
try five performances during the
week of Feb. 23. Drama critic
Srooks Atkinson praised the
relay 's "p o w e r f ul t h e atrical,
cenes," and asserted that "al-
hough 'O'Daniel' is not skilful
!nough for a Broadway commer-
ial venture, the authors deserve
"he practical experience of a pro-
duction." He added that "many
better plays are less interesting
than Swarthout's and Savacool's
:prentice work."
'Educative Experietice'
Swarthout called the produc-
tion "the most educative;experi-
-nce of our lives," and gratefully
thanked the Theater Guild and
the Experimental Theatre for
what they have done.
Swarthout lives with his wife,
Katherine, and 10-month-old son,
Miles, in Ann Arbor. He is the au-
thor of one novel, "Willow Run."
Savacool's home is in Summit,
N. J. He is a teacher of French
Literature at Williams College,
Williamstown, Mass.
The authors have plans for an-
other play which they intend to
begin soon.
Liquor Business
DETROIT, March, 12 - (iP) --
Final arguments were heard to-
day in a circuit court hearing on
a case which seeks to put the state
out of the liquor business.

CAMPUS
BRIEFS I
Hungarian Banking .. .
Paul Hollas, director of the
Hungarian Commercial Bank, will
speak on "Banking in Hungary
Under Hitler" to graduate students
in business administration and
economics at 4:30 p.m. Mondhy lX
the East Lecture Room cf the
Rackham Building.
Hollas is a graduate of the Lon-
don School of Economics and the
University of Budapest.
*
Garg Staff To Meet,...
The advertising staff of the
Gargoyle will meet at 4 p.m. to-
day in the Student Publications
Building.
Students interested in joining
the staff should attend.
Shakespeare Talk ...
D. Nichol Smith, Merton Pro-
fessor of English Literature at the
University of Oxford. will lecture
on "Shakespeare Criticism, Old
and New," at 4:15 p.m. today in
Kellogg Auditorium.
The lecture, under the auspices
of the English department, is open
to the public.
International Tea . .
Tea will be served to foreign
students and friends at 4:30 p.m.
today in the international Cent-
er.
Lenten Matins ...
Lenten Matins, which students
of all denominations may attend
will be held at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow
in the Wesleyan Guild Loungze.
Hillel Tea Dance ...
The B'nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tion will hold a tea dance from
3:30 to 5 p.m. today at the Foun-
dation.
Tutoring .Service
Is Now Available
Students desiring to be tutored
in various courses should call at
the Union Student Offices between
3 and 5 p.m. Mondays through
Fridays, according to Art DerDer-
ian, publicity chairman for the
Union Executive Council.
The Union will act as a go-be-
tween for students who want tut-
oring and those who offer their
services. Tutors for the following
courses are available: chemistry 3,
4 and Se; economics 51, 52. 71,
72, 121, 151 and 195; French gram-
mar; history 11; mathematics 7
through 100; physics 25; political
science 1; and Spanish 1.
A new potato digging machine
separates the tubers from rocks
by blowing the potatoes off a
moving belt with a blast of air.

PU CTURE NEWS

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S P R I N C C H A P E A U X-Model Shirley Brown and her
ininiature French poodle try on new styles in women's hats to give
a preview for fashion conseious visitors at a Chicago benefit show
for the Friends of the Orphans.,

S P E E D Y W A T E R S K I E R S-tou Withey, Grand Rapids, Mich., ski expert, and Martha
Mitchell sSt a fast pace as they practice water skiing at Cypress Gardens. Fla.

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W R I T E R -Lilla van Saher,
(above) Hungarian actress and
a graduate of the ISchool of
Medicine in Paris, has turned to
writing as a career and will live
in the U. s.,

B - 2 9 T H R 0 U G H T U N N E L-Through the opening of a steel landing mat rolled up on
IHickam Field, Honolulu, by the terrific backwash of a twin-engine P-82, a 7th USAAF photographer
made this unusual shot of the famous B-29, Pacusan Dreamboat.

S L E D G I R L-An attractive
pin-up pose for toboggan fans is
struck by shapely Janis Carter,
Imotion picture actress.

Students!
Students!
StudentsI
Tomorrow
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BRITISH M I D C E T C A R--Members of the British
Legion look over a new midget motorcar shown at a London ex-
hibition. A single-seater, the car has a 21-h.p. motor, cruises at
30 m.p.h. and gets 65 miles to the gallon.

V A L L E Y O F G R A P E S - This is Pearl valley, the famous grape producing country ot
South Africa and one of the points of interest on the British royal family's tour.,

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