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WHO SHOULD TALK?
Discussion or Lecture'
In Recitation Sections
We Should .. .
STUDENT'S SHOULD recite in recitation sec-
tions. That is what these classes are for.
Assignments are given to students at these
meetings to prepare for the following sessions.
But when the student comes in prepared as he
should, some instructors lecture on the reading
material that composed the assignment, per-
haps adding a sidelight of personal experience
and usually pausing about three times during
the hour to ask that time-worn seldom ans-
wered question, "Are there any questions?"
The duty of the recitation class instructor
should be to stimulate discussions on the sub-
ject the student has read about in his text and
heard expounded in lectures. The old method
of provoking interest in the subject character-
ized the instructor as a villain clutching a role-
book and fingering a name of a poor student
Who rose and recited the prepared lesson.
BUT THAT is not the way it should be done.
It is up to the instructor to call forth his many
years of experience in the field he is .teaching
and the general ability which he should have as
a TEACHER to present a leading statement or
question to incite his pupils to think and speak
and to keep them ventilating their ideas on the
subject for the full period. A good recitation
instructor should be able to keep all his pupils,
or at least those who came here for an edu-
cation, in a discussion without having to re-
sort to lecturing,.
Recitation periods with pupil participation
can help the instructor evaluate a student's
knowledge and should count as part of the
total grade, perhaps offsetting the effect of a
If a student does not talk about what he has
read in the text and heard at the lecture, he
forfeits one of the learning methods-speaking.
An active discussion in class encourages the
student to speak. If presented with a stimulat-
ing question he will think. The importance of
this thinking ability overshadows the value of
many facts the recitation instructor may put
in the lap of the student.
THE GREAT fear of public speaking would
be reduced considerably if instructors encour-
aged and enthused their students to speak in-
stead of monopolizing the recitation period
with a lecture no matter how interesting or in-
formative it may be. Every student should speak
before his class in every subject.
Let's eliminate lectures from recitation per-
THE MAIN purpose of recitation periods is
to supplement the material given in a lec-
ture. This can best be done by a further lec-
ture by the recitation teacher.
Lectures in which one professor speaks to
200 or 300 students who are trying to copy
every word spoken are bound to lead to some
confusion and misinterpretation of the lec-
turer's actual meaning. Because the student
thinks that he has taken down the correct
facts, he will not have any questions to ask in
his recitation period, and will not discover his
error until penalized for it on an exam.
There is no time for the little details that
will firmly impress a point in a student's mind
in a large lecture. If a recitation instructor is
permitted to further expound the topic, then
these points will come clear.
A LECTURE in recitation brings forth a dif-
ferent point of view from that which the stu-
dent heard in the main lecture. This difference
will more often clarify than confuse the facts,
as the student is now given a more detailed and
complete view of the subject.
Further, a recitation teacher, in his lecture,
can orient the facts more clearly for the stu-
dent. His talk will draw the subjects closer to-
gether, give the chronology and present transi-
tions in the work, things which a larger lec-
ture cannot do.
The recitation teacher can take the facts of
a lecture and present them in contrast or com-
parison to present day facts. This leads to a
more complete understanding by the student
because the common sense and common know-
ledge given in this second lecture put him on
more familiar ground and make him more able
to see the lasting significance of events.
IN A recitation period, more than half of
the students are unprepared. In such a situa-
tion, "discussion" becomes impossible, bringing
forth nothing but unimportant ideas, repeti-
tious questions and desperate digging on the
part of the instructor to get some intelligent
information from his students.
For the student who is prepared for his re--
citation periods, such a performance benefits
nothing. He is merely bored and consequently
loses all interest in the subject. A second leo-
ture, on the other hand, will serve to further
impress the facts on his mind and give him an
added insight into the work.
Should recitation teachers stop lecturing in
their classes? No, for the added information
they give is invaluable in helping the student
to understand his work better.
WASHINGTON. - The two fac-
tors which have hurt Joe McCar-
thy most during his acrimonious
career in the Senate are: 1, his
attacks on members of the Eisen-
hower administration; 2, his vin-
dictiveness against fellow senators
who oppose him.
McCarthy's attacks on members
of the Eisenhower administration
have been well publicized. His re-
venge technique of investigating
those who oppose him is not so
well known. But it has made Sen-
ate colleagues bitter. Here is part
of the revenge record:
Senator Symington of Missouri-
When Symington persisted in dig-
ging into the reasons why Don
Surine was dropped from the FBI,
a friend of McCarthy's approached
Democratic senators on the Mc-
Carthy committee and warned that
if this line of cross-examination
continued, McCarthy would insist
on publishing the police records of
senators. This was aimed at
Symington who as a youngster
went on a joy ride in a neighbor's
car without bothering to ask per-
mission and later pleaded guilty.
The neighbor later wrote a letter
pooh-poohing the incident. But it
remains a matter of police record.
Senator Jackson of Washington-
When Jackson asked searching
questions of Roy Cohn, Cohn
jostled him in the corridor and
whispered: "Want to get rough?
We can get rough too." Surine
then brought into the hearing room
a file marked "Senator Jackson's
Record" and ostentatiously put it
on the table where everyone could
John J. McCloy-When McCloy,
former high commissioner to Ger-
many, now head of the Chase
Bank, instigated Eisenhower's
book-burning speech at Dartmouth,
McCarthy investigators turned up
in Germany to probe McCloy's op-
erations, even including whether
Mrs. McCloy used her government
car to buy groceries. McCarthy
also accused McCloy of destroying
records on Communists inside the
Sen. Robert Hendrickson of New
Jersey-When Hendrickson signed
the Senate subcommittee report
condemning McCarthy's finances,
McCarthy threatened to fight Hen-
drickson's re-election, called him
a "living miracle ... the only man
in the world who has lived so long
with neither brains nor guts."
Senator Tydings of Maryland-
When Tydings refused to confirm
McCarthy's charges of Communists
in the State Department, McCar-
thy raised Texas and Chicago Tri-
bune money to defeat Tydings and
circulated a fake picture of Tyd-
ings smiling at Communist chief
Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of
Maine-When Mrs. Smith signed
the Declaration of Conscience in-
directly criticizing McCarthy's be-
havior, he maneuvered one of his
friends, Robert Jones, into running
Struve Hensel, Assistant Defense
Secretary-When Hensel wrote a
report on the Cohn-Schine attempts
to browbeat the Army, McCarthy
got hold of Hensel's income-tax re-
turns and sent two investigators to
browbeat Hensel's mother-in-law;
even told her her daughter was in
a hit-and-run accident in order to
scare her into giving information.
This is probably the first time
in history that a personal, private
army of investigators has been
able to use U.S. Government re'c-
ords and the power of U.S. Gov-
ernment subpoenas in somewhat
the same manner Hitler used his
elite corps in Germany,
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"How Long Do You Think It'll Stay Radioactive" GENERATION:
Bomber Shot Down--Who's
In the Right?
THE SHOOTING down of an American pho-
to-mapping bomber Sunday by Russian
jets raises the question whether the bomber was
actually over international waters when it was
fired upon. According to the Air Force, the
RB-29 was never within 15 miles of Russian
An exactly opposite claim was registered by
Moscow, which said Russian fighter planes in-
tercepted it to make the bomber leave Soviet
territory.. "The American plane opened fire
on the Russian planes," Moscow's note said.
"In view of this unprovoked action of the Am-
erican intruder, the Soviet aircraft were com-
pelled to retaliate the fire, after which the
American aircraft left the air space of the So-
viet Union and flew off in a southerly direc-
WHICH VERSION--the American or the
Russian-is correct? Probably only the bomb-
er's crew and their superiors know. For, in this
cold war era, it may well be that the American
airplane was mapping Russian territory and
encroached within the Soviet's three-mile limit.
However, it is fairly well established that the
Russians have been doing this same thing in
northern Canada and Alaska. Vapor trails from
unidentified high-flying jets, presumably So-
viet photo-reconnaissance planes, have been
sighted in the far North. Information gathered
on these missions may well be valuable to the
Russians in the event of a future war.
IN VIEW of this, the United States would
indeed be foolish if it did not engage in the
same type of activity. With a potential aggressor
situated only a few minutes flying time from
American airbases in Japan, we should, and
more than likely already do, fly regular photo-
reconnaissance missions over the outskirts of
Russia and her Chinese satellite.
This activity is militarily essential to prepare
for any possible war in the future with Russia.
When engaging in a little bit of necessary
"cheating," we should necessarily be prepared
to occasipnally accept the consequences.
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William Warner Bishop Lecture, as-
pieces of the Department of Library
Science. "Books and Communication;
Some Social Implications of Publishing,
Bookselling and Librarianship." Dan
Lacy, Managing Director of the Ameri-
can Book Publishers Council. 4:00 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 10, Rackham Amphitheatre.
University Lecture. Auspices of the
English Department. Elmer Rice, play-
wright and director of plays, will speak
on "The Drama as a Social Force.'
Thurs., Nov. 11, at 4:10 p.m. Auditor-
ium A, Angell Hall.
Doctoral Examination for William
Coryell Mecham, Physics; thesis: "A
Statistical Model for the Propagation of
Radiation in Refraction Ducts Bounded
by Rough Surfaces." Wed., Nov. 10,
1041 Randall Laboratory, 9:00 a.m. Co-
Chairmen, D. M. Dennison and D.
Anatomy Seminar: "Cytology and Cy-
tochemistry of Skin Glands of the
Caribou." Dr. Wilbur Quay; "Applica-
tions of Organ Culture," Dr. Raymond
Kahn. Nov. 10, 11 :00 a.m., Room 2501
East Medical Building.
Geometry Seminar will meet Wed.,
Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m. in 3001 A.H. Mr.
Smoke will continue his discussion of
topics in algebraic geometry.
Preliminary Examinations in Linguis-
tics will be given according to the
following schedule: English Language,
Fri., Nov. 12, 2:00 p.m., 2023 Angell
Hall; Linguistic Science, Sat., Nov. 13,
9:00 a.m., 2023 Angell Hall.
Students, College of Engineering: The
final day for Dropping Courses Without
Record will be Fri., Nov. 12. A course
may be dropped only with the permis-
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with the instructor. The final day for
Removal of Incompletes will be Fri.,
Nov. 12. Petitions for extension of time
must be on file in the Secretary's Of-
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College of Architecture and Design
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are due Fri., Nov. 12, for those students
whose standing at midsemester is "D"
or "E." Cards have been distributed to
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juniors and seniors. The reports for
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sent to the Faculty Councelors for
Freshmen and Sophomores, 1210 Angell
Hall; those for juniors and seniors to
Faculty Counselors for Juniors and
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are registered, Additional cards may be
obtained in 1210 or 1213 Angell Hall.
401 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Ap-
plication of Mathematics to Social
Science will meet Thurs., Nov. 11,
Room 3401 Mason Hall from 4:00-5:30
p.m. W. Tanner will speak on "nowl-
edge of Signal Parameters and Detec-
Seminar in Applied Mathematics will
meet Thurs., Nov. 11, at 4:00 pnm. in
Room 247 West Engineering. Prof. R. V.
Churchill will speak on "Generalized
Engineering Mechanics Seminar: Jo-
seph Shea will speak on "Stability of
Structures Exposed to Wind" at 4:00-
p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11, in Room 111, West
University of Michigan Symphony Or-
chestra, Josef Blatt, Conductor, with
Joseph Brinkman, Professor of Piano
in the School of Music as soloist, 8:30
n.m.. Thims_. Nov. 11- in Hill Anditnr-
Le Cerle Francais will meet Wed.,
Nov. 10, In the League at 8:00 p.m. Two
skits and a film, "Haute Seine," will
be shown. The Ensian picture will be
taken. All members are urged to attend.
Singing, dancing, and refreshments,
History Department Coffee Hour-The
sixth in a series of Union student-fac-
ulty coffee hours will be held in rooms
3-L,M, and N of the Michigan Union
from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Nov. 10, and will
feature members of the History Dept.
as special guests. The public is invited
to meet the faculty informally. History
students are especially urged to attend.
Refreshments will be served.
Skeptics' Corner. 'Ethics-by God or
Man," Faculty. Lounge at the League.
Professors George A. Peek and Wil-
liam C. Trow, discussion leaders. 4:15
p.m., Wed., Nov. 10.
Episcopal Student Foundation. Stu-
dent Breakfast at Canterbury House,
Wed., Nov. 10, after the 7:00 a.m. Holy
Communion. Student-Faculty Tea Wed.,
Nov. 10 will not be held at Canterbury
House, All Canterbury tea hounds are
expected"at the Skeptic's Corner at
Undergrad Zoology Club. Dr. Maurice'
Seevers will give a lecture and demon-
stration on the "Physiological Effects
of Drugs Addicted to Animals," Sup-
plementary film. Wed., Nov. 10 at 7:00
p.m. in the Pharmacology Building. Re-
Wesleyan Guild, Wed., Nov. 10. Mid-
week Worship, 5:15 p.m. in the chapel.
Mid-week Tea in the lounge, 4:00 to
W.A.A. basketball clinic will be held
Wed., Nov. 10 at 5:10 p.m. and Thurs.,
Nov. 11 at 7:15 p.m. in Barbour gym.
W.A.A. timer's and scorer's meeting
will be held Wed., Nov. 10 at 5:10 p.m.
in Barbour Gym. Fencing room.
Industrial Relations Club-Wed., 7:30
p.m., Student Lounge, BusinessrAdmin-
istration. Topic: "Discharge for Gam-
bling." Dr. Robert C. Shapiro, Psy-
chiatrist, University Hospital, guest
First Baptist Church. Wed.. Nov. 10.
4:30-6:00 p.m. Midweek chat in Guild
Movies: Free movies. "Famous Fish
I Have Met," "Introduction to Haiti,"
NOv. 9-15. 4th floor Exhibit Hall, Mu-
seums Building. Films are shown daily
at 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.,rincluding Sat.
and Sun., with an extra showing on
Wed. at 12:30.
Pershing Rifles. Report to TBC at
1930 hours for regular company drill
Nov. 10. Bring tennis shoes.
Vespers will be held in the Presbyter-
ian student chapel at 5:00 p.m.
Lutheran Student Association-Wed.,
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Coffee Break at the
Center, corner of Hill St. and Forest
Ullr Ski Club will hold its first meet-
ing Wed., Nov. 10th, at 8:00 p.m. in
Room 3-S of the Union.
St. Mary's Chapel-Novena devotions
in the chapel Wed, at 7:30 p.m. An
open forum discussion conducted by
Father McPhillips in the Fr. Richard
Center immediately following the serv-
ices. Social hour, refreshments,
The Congregational-Disciples Guild:
7:00 p.m., Discussion Group at Guild
The Student Zionist Organization will
meet Wed., Nov. 10, at 8:00 p.m., at the
Hillel Foundation, 1429 Hill,
International Center Tea. Thurs.,
Nov. 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Rackham Build-
Christian Science Organization Testi-
monial Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Fire-
side Room, Lane Hall. All are cordially
Lane Hall. Lecture by Rabbi Abba
Hillel Silver, spiritual leader of The
Temple, Cleveland, Ohio. Topic: "Eth.
ics-by God or Man." Thurs., 8:30 p.m.
Auditorium A, Angell Hall, Skeptics'
Corner, "Ethics-by God or Man." Room
439, Mason Hall. Prof. William Alston,
discussion leader. Thurs., 4:15 p.m.
La P'tite Causette will meet Thurs.,
Nov. 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the
right room of the Michigan Union
cafeteria. Venez tous et parlez fran-
Episcopal Student Foundation. Stu.
dent Breakfast at Canterbury House,
Student Arts Magazine
GENERATION, Vol. 6, No. 1. 35 cents.
GENERATION, the magazine which undertakes to represent both the
voice and the form of the best in student creative expression, reach-
es the public this morning with its fall issue. The sixty-four pages and
cover will sell for thirty-five cents.
You might do well to make the small investment, for this collec-
tion of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and are-in this reviewer's opinion
-is abundant in entertaining-even emotionally stirring-material.
Four short stories, four poems and a long essay fill the issue. In
addition there are six full-page reproductions of student art work ren-
dered in six distinct media. Of this latter group there is one work es-
pecially deserving of mention: an excellent ink drawing by Anne Good-
year which is-gratifyingly-fully as perfect in its realization as in its
THE FOUR short fiction pieces offer a sharp contrast of writing
technique, though perhaps they suffer from a lack of thematic variety.
Three of the four stories deal specifically with children: ages eight,
twelve and fourteen.
One of the four poems-"Precious," by Richard Braun-also re-
volves about a child. This, however, does not diminish- the success of
the piece; in.review, it seems the best of the poetry from both the
standpoint of cumulative effect and communication.
The first short story, "The Lilies of Yesterday," by Lilia P. Aman-.
sec, is a sensitively-written account of a most significant incident in a
girl's life. The author is articulate, knows how to characterize econo-
mnically, effectively; not only her main character, but those who sur-
round her in the story as well. The details of the story seem not to be
too well organized, but the total impression is good, owing in great
part to a smooth-flowing prose.
"A Game of Chess" by Mark Weingart is a graphically told history
of a fourteen-year old boy, frustrated in his desire to please. There are,
some good moments in the story and the style is nicely appropriate to
the material. But nevertheless, we somehow don't fully sympathize with
Tommy in the end.
HENRY VAN DYKE'S "Happiness in a Hotel" carries on a Genera-
tion tradition. It is a strange story, a story of perversity. Other tales
of this type have appeared in this magazine's pages before; and at
least one, in this reviewer's memory, later reached print in a national
magazine. "Happiness in a Hotel" is unquestionably a well-written
short story, and it may well gain equal acceptance. Regardless of its
fate, however, it is one of those stories that you don't easily forget.
There is also an illustrated story with words by Larry Pike and
pictures by Stu Ross called "The Day the House Went Wild." It is con-
cerned with the imaginative fancies of eight-year old Charles Dently.
Pike is capable of a neat, subtle turns in his prose, but the piece doesn't
sustain a consistently adult humorous mood. Obviously, however, the
text and pictures together would make a delightfully entertaining chil-
WILLIAM WIEGAND, in his pioneering essay on "Arthur Miller
and the Man Who Knows," makes the finest contribution to the issue.
Wiegand's purpose is to interpret Miller's dramatic production in the
light of what Miller was and believed during the college years at Mi-
chigan, his period of apprenticeship, and his subsequent era of produc-
tivity anddsuccess. Wiegand, going thoroughly into the playwright's
background, discovers several significant links which tie Miller's
thought and work to that of the master, Ibsen, and the contemporary,
Odets. The writer's conclusions are specific, definite, and reflect a well-
based authority which surely hereafter will be highly respected.
All this-essay, fiction, poetry and art-is tucked into those sixty-
four pages, between the covers. For the reader several distinct ex-
periences await within.
-Donald A. Yates
LETTERSITO THE EDITOR
To the Editor:
IN FIVE YEARS of Daily reading,
we have never read an article
so completely lacking in decency,
or in such utterly poor taste as
the profile of Russell Brown.
We cannot comprehend how such
a flagrantly vicious article was
ever approved for publication.
As members of the Jewish com-
munity, we were deeply offended
by this insult to another faith. We
do not advocate censorship, and
do feel that The Daily has gener-
ally shown good taste in most edi-
torial matters. However, this is
not a question of censorship. It is
one of respect for the deepest be-
liefs of human beings. If The Daily
has any self-respect, let it publicly
apologize for this huge lapse of
-Mr. and Mrs. Don-David
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The story
appearing in yesterday's Daily
was a factual account of the ac-
tivities and opinions of Russell
Brown. The Daily in no way con-
dones or endorses the attitudes
or statements made by Mr.
Brown nor did the paper intend
either implicitly or explicitly to
convey an impression of relig-
ious bias in printing the story.
Mr. Brown's activities have been
known on campus for some time
and in the opinion of the edi-
tors merited being brought to
the attention of our readers.
The Daily recognizes theexcel-
lent contributions that have
been and are being made by the
Roman Catholic Church as well
as all religious faiths. The Daily
did not intend in any way to be-
little any person, belief or reli-
gion and does not believe that it
did so. We regret that the intent
of the article, as a piece of fac-
tual reporting, has been mis-
construed and apoligize to those
whom it may have offended.)
"C" Angell Hall. All are invited to at-
The Congregational-Disciples Guild:
Thurs., 7:00-8:00 p.m., Bible class at
the Guild House. Fri., 7:15 p.m., meet
I I YI I I
Religion .. .
To the Editor:
IT WAS WITH sadness and con.
fusion that I read The Daily
of November 9. Your front page
story covering Dean Liston Pope's
lecture on "Ethics-By God or
Man" and your page six story on
the "student pope" seem to bear
conflicting policies. On one page
you recognize religion and make
a factual report on a noted reli-
gious authority's, speech; on an-
other page you also recognize reli-
gion, but in a much less solemn
-even ridiculous manner.
The feature article on the stu-
dent "pope" and his supposed
activities is, I believe, an attempt
at humor. It would seem that
when the subject matter of such
a humorous article deals with basic
beliefs and convictions of a large
percentage of the paper's readers
a bit of forethought would pre-
cede publishing such an article.
The Catholic Church holds that
the Pope is God's chosen repre-
sentative on earth. To deal with
such a person humorously and
with jest is to ridicule Catholic be-
liefs. The Pope, the dogmas asso-
ciated with him, and the tradi-
tions that surround him are as
sacred and loved by me as free-
dom is loved by Daily editors.
By all standards of journalism
it is the place of a newspaper to
report news to the public in an
honest and unbiased manner. Fea-
ture articles printed in a respected
newspaper are supposedly enter-
taining and educational; they are
not outlets for sensationalism.
However, it would seem that a
further responsibility lies with
The Michigan Daily. Although
The Daily is not the official Uni-
versity voice, it certainly influenc-
es those removed from this cam-
pus by giving a glimpse of Univer-
sity life. I, as a student at Michi-
gan, certainly do not want others
to think my University holds a
distorted sense of religion.
I sincerely hope that the policy
of The Daily will be .to continue
to recognize religion, but in the
solemn, serious manner that reli-
gion should be recognized.
-John T. Rine
At the State ...
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS,
with Howard Keel.
ONE OF FILMDOM'S oldest adages is a par-
phrased proverb: "Make a better musical
and the world will beat a path to your box-
office." This has never been truer than in the
case of "Seven Brides," which brings an origin-
ality and a freshness to the screen that hasn't
been seen since Leslie Caron enchanted movie-
goers in "Lili." But this is on the opposite end
of the scale; instead of delicacy, this adapta-
tion of Stephen Vincent Benet's "Sobbin' Wom-
en" has the lustiness and energy of Oregon
Territory in 1850. The Cinemascope screen is
filled to overflowing with beautiful mopntains
and forests (although once there is a blatant
backdrop that exudes an aura of poster-paint) ;
New Books at the Library
Davis, Burke-They Called Him Stonewall,
New York, Rinehart & Company Inc., 1954.
Havighurst, Walter-Annie Oakley of the
Wild West, New York, The Macmillan Com-
and the seven Pontipee brothers are as rug-
ged a bunch as ever swaggered out of the back-
Most of the movie is bubbling over with
imaginative direction and the thorough en-
joyment of a cast that doesn't quite take the
whole thing seriously. The brightest lights
in the cast are the Brothers and Brides: they
romp energetically through a delightful,
acrobatic Virginia Reel that is the high point
of the film, followed immediately by a fine
brawl in the midst of a barn-raising. Another
highlight is the scene in which the brothers,
slowly chopping logs and sawing wood as the
snow drifts around them, sing the Lament
For A Lonesome Polecat. Then they steal into
town, kidnap themselves some brides, close
the pass by an avalanche, and prepare for an
uninterrupted, winter-long courtship - but
the brides surprise them.
The dancing brothers are not mentioned in
the screen credits, nor are their female coun-
terparts, but among them are Jacques D'Am-
boise, of, I think, the New York City Ballet;
and one of the "New Faces" ballerinas. The
whole cast has been chosen with similar care,
and director Stanley Donen has moulded the