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SL's Rush To Spend $5,000
Blinds It to Best Use

Ike Has

'Anybody Care to Have a New Look at Civilian



AFTER A SERIES of closed sessions Student
Legislature has opened future discussions
of SL finances to the student body. The finance
committee meeting at 3 p.m. tomorrow and
SL' open cabinet meeting at 4:15 p.m. Monday
have both been opened to students by SL. The
Legislature encourages students either to bring
new suggestions for disposal of its $5000 or to
indicate preference for possibilities already con-
sidered by SL.
SL discussion at Wednesday's weekly meet-
ing strongly indicated the Legislature needs
some kind of direction. Debate over finances
was not vigorous and at times wandered aim-
lessly over points enumerated many times pre-
viously at the meeting. Constructive comments
were limited to a handful of members. SL Presi-
dent Ned Simon and treasurer Bill Adams both
remarked about lack of debate.
ACTUALLY SL's problem isn't as great as the
Legislature is making it out to be. The very
suggestion SL treats cooly is the best location
for the $5000. This is SGC.
The Legislature argues SGC doesn't need the
money because University Regents passed a stu-
dent tax last month providing funds for run-
ning the new student government. At the same
time they provided for financing SGC until
the student tax can be assessed next September.
SL says it would be better to use the. money for
some other constructive purpose since SGC
will be amply financed.
RULY SGC's existence doesn't hinge on pos-
session of SL's treasury but there is no
reason why the new student government can't
use money over and above the amount provided
by the student tax. Many of SL's most con-
Driing Ban Re
Solve Campus
EXPANSION REQUIRES room. If more stu-
dents on campus have cars there has to
be room for parking.
In campustown and its immediate environs,
there just isn't any extensive space. About the
largest ground is the residence hall ball field
.n back of South and West Quads.
During football seasons this area is packed
with autos and no passageway between them.
If an outdoor garage were built here it would
hold a negligible number. of autos especially
when we consider how many cars would sud-
denly appear from the men in the nearby quads
One very often hears a student saying how
easy he found it getting a driving permit. Ad-
mittedly, there are rules and sub-rules as to
who can -drive on campus and who cannot, or
should not. But the rules are too laxly enforced.
A MILDER FORM of today's rulings or a
tcomplete abolishing of them will probably
results in sights similar to New York's Times
Square on Saturday night. Even now it's diffi-
cult to cross State or University early in the
morning or at noon.

structive suggestions for spending the $5,000 are
defective because the amount isn't enough to
start such projects. Paul Dormont's non-profit
student barbershop, and bicycle shop proposals
were both weak not ideally but financially. If
SL would give the $5,000 to SGC, stipulating
the money was to be a foundation for estab-
lishing one of these worthy projects, SGC could
add money from its own funds to make the
project reality.
EVEN IF there is no support for Dormont's
trust fund idea (the bicycle shop and bar-
bershop were part of this idea), all the sug-
gestions SL has expounded could be accom-
plished equally well by SGC. The Legislature
should give the $5,000 to SGC and if SL comes
up with a good proposal for the money it can
strongly suggest to the new student government
that the $5,000 be used for SL's proposal. If
SL doesn't create a feasible proposal the money
should simply pass to SGC. The new student
government can certainly over a period of
years find a constructive use for the money.
FROM COMMENTS heard at SL's delibera-
tions Wednesday one would think SL is
interested in spending the money for good
cause but also interested in getting credit for
the disposal. Certainly Student Legislature has
served the campus for eight years and has done
at times an admirable job under great difficul-
ties. However the anxiety for spending the mon-
ey itself is not necessary. Students will be just
as satisfied if SGC uses the $5000 for some con-
structive purpose as thy would be if SL rushes"
at the last minute to dig up worthwhile projects
to perpetuate its name in University history.
-Dave Baad
moval Wouldn't
5 Car Problem
If a general driving okay were granted to all
students, there are few who -would deny that
a lot of additional cars would end up on cam-
pus. Those students living in Ann Arbor's
neighboring towns and villages would be off
and with them friends and car-hanger-on-ers.
Week-ends would see a mass exodus to Detroit
et al so that ordinary week-ends would find a
half-empty Ann Arbor.
ASUGGESTION proffered for granting per-
mits was to have the student provide a
guarantee for off-the-street over-night parking.
This will limit the permits issued-by giving
permission not on any rational grounds of
who can drive, but rather to those few who can
find the space. (Another ban in disguise.)
However, a garage lease can expire and
there's another car in the street. Friends and
parents coming in for a day or a few days
would end up parking their car in a city gar-
age .
There isn't any room now.
There certainly won't be any more if permits
are made the rule rather than the supposed
--Harry Strauss

Pan Am
WASHINGTON-President Eis-
enhower is having aeronau-
tical headachese. He's just had a
terrific headache over an air route
between Seattle and Hawaii and
he's about to have more over a
route to Alaska. Part of the
trouble is the present White House
system of staff work whereby the
President, following the general
staff system in the Army, takes
the recommendation of his staff
without knowing too much about
the facts behind their recommen-
Here's the inside story of what's
been happening.
After long study, the Civil Aero-
nautics Board recommended that
Northwest Airlinesbcontinue its
present operation between Seattle
and Hawaii in competition with
Pan American Airways, and that
Northwest be given a permanent
license to fly the great circle route
over the Arctic to Tokyo.
This decision against Pan Am-
erican, the pet airline of both the
Truman and Eisenhower Adminis-
trations, automatically went to
the White House for confirmation.
And this is where Ike's headache
began. For his Secretary of Com-
merce Sinclair Weeks immediately
moved in, together with Undersec-
retary of Commerce Robert Mur-
ray, even though Murray had just
submitted his resignation.
They recommended that the
President reverse findings of his
CAB and rule for Pan American.
Trusting his two Commerce De-
partment executives, that was ex-
actly what the President did. He
ruled that Northwest Airlines
could no longer fly the route be-
tween Seattle and Hawaii, leaving
Pan Am to fly that route without
competition; also refused to give
Northwest a permanent route ov-
er the Arctic to Tokyo, thus op-
ening a possibility for Pan Am to
get that route later.
Extra Saturday Session
WHEN THIS news broke, things
realy began to pop around
the White House.
First, Sen. Hubert Humphrey of
Minnesota phoned Gov. Orville
Freeman, new Democratic Gover-
nor of Minnesota, requested that
the Minnesota Legislature pass a
resolution demanding that Ike fol-
low the advice of the CAB. The
Legislature promptly did so. Sim-
ultaneously various Northwestern
state chambers of commerce serv-
ed by Northwest Airlines planned
a trek to Washington.
Simultaneously, also, Senator
Humphrey phoned Assistant Presi-
dent Sherman Adams.
"The President's ruling will jeo-
pardize one of the most important
enterprises in the Northwest," he
said. "He should be better inform-
ed before he reverses experts who
have been studying this question
for months."
Humphrey, a Democrat, asked
for an appointment to see the Pre-
sident but was told Ike couldn't
possibly see him for about a week.
This was on Thursday, February 3.
However, as protests began to
roll in,rAdams hastily calledRe-
publicans to a conference for a
Saturday morning, February5. Or-
dinarily Ike goes away on Satur-
days. But Adams knew that on
the following Monday that Mayors
of Minneapolis and St. Paul, plus
the Governor of Minnesota, plus
-several chambers of commerce
would be descending on the White
To head this off and to take the
play away from Democrat Hum-
phrey, Ike held an emergency
meeting with two Minnesota Re-

publicans Sen. Ed Thye and Con-
gressman Walter Judd. Secretary
Weeks and Undersecretary Mur-
ray, who originally caused the
trouble, also attended.
At the meeting Ike complained
that he hadn't been given all the
facts. He had been told that
Northwest Airilines had received a
greater subsidy than Pan Am, a
piece of information based on an
outdated report and definitely
not the case. Pan Am's total sub-
sidies are greater than any other
Result: The President complete-
ly reversed himself, came out for
Northwest as originally recom-
mended by the CAB.
NOTE-Secretary Weeks is a
close friend of fellow New Eng-
lander Sam Pryor, Chief Pan Am-
erican lobbyist in Washington.
They have known each other about
25 years.
Another Air Headache
A LL WEEK, acting CAB Chair-
man Chan Gurney, frequently
friendly to Pan American Airways,
has been trying to get an entirely
different ruling OK'd by the White
House before new CAB member
Ross Rizley takes his seat.
This pertains to the Alaskan air
route between Seattle and An-
chorage, the most important and

' 1 f' - -lR ..T A .


McCarran Act .. .
To the Editor:
WE IN THE Social Action Com-
mittee of the Wesley Founda-
tion have recently concerned our-
selves with the McCarran-Walter
Act of 1950, the federal law now
regulating immigration and nat-
uralization procedures. Our study
centered on the report made to
President T r u m a n (entitled
"Whom We Shall Welcome") by a
commission appointed to examine
the field of immigration.
From our study, we concluded
that certain features of the Wal-
ter-McCarran Act are objection-
able, both in the sense of not serv-
ing the best interests of the United
States, and in the sense of not
conforming to a Christian social
ethic. Specifically, for instance, we
urge replacing and National Ori-
gins Quota System with a non-
discriminatory quota system; end-
ing the retroactive applications of
the law which may lead to such
abuses as deportation for long-
past acts which were not illegal
at the time they occurred; clari-
fying the security provisions which
at present do not regard all types
of totalitarianism as equally un-
desirable, and which lack the flex-
ibility to deal adequately and fair-
ly with all prospective immigrants
who may have seriously and sin-
cerely repudiated past totalitarian
sympathies or affiliations. We
have drawn up a "work-sheet"
spelling out our objections in
greater detail. (Available on re-
We have contacted, or plan to
contact, members of Congress in a
position to concern themselves
with the repeal or revision of the
Act. We write this letter both to
inform the University community
of our interest in the Walter-Mc-
Carran Act, and to encourage an
interest on the part of other in-
dividuals and groups.
-Bart Carter Pate, Chairman
Social Action Committee of the
Wesley Foundation
* * *
Spring Rushing .,.
To the Editor:
SINCE I pledged in my first se-
mester and am interested in
the fraternity system, I would like

to try to answer the two editorials
in Tuesday's Daily which advo-
cated spring rushing.
It was stated that fall rushees
receive superficial views of the
fraternities they rush. No rushee
need be uninformed about any fra-
ternity. The Interfraternity Coun-
cil's Rushing Committee spends
untold hours counseling rushees.
It makes available complete sta-
tistics on every fraternity. Mr.
William Zerman, Assistant to the
Dean of Men, is happy to aid any
rushee. After counseling, the man
usually selects ten or twelve fra-
ternities to visit during the open
houses. These visits should narrow
his interest to five or six frater-
nities where he will attend smok-
ers, lunches, and dinners. Bids
are generally not given until the
rushee has attended three such
meetings which last at least one
hour. Thus, when he pledges, mu-
tual observation by rushee and
fraternity has taken place on four
extended occasions. This whole
carefully selective process would
seem to allow for a sound choice.
In the residence halls no fresh-
man thus picks his floormates or
roommates. Officials pick them for
him using a paper application sub-
mitted by him.
Spring rushing suggests that all
freshmen should live unpledged
for a semester in the dormitories.
For the past sixteen semesters
fraternity freshmen had more A's,
a higher cumulative average, and
fewer grades below C in all Univer-
sity departments, than residence
halls freshmen had. The one-to-
one relationship of the fraternity
"big brother" system seems super-
for for advice and guidance to the
one-to-twenty relationship of the
residence halls. Thus scholastically
and emotionally, it seems that the
sooner a man pledges a fraternity,
the better off he is.
The use of generalities In Tues-
day's editorials rather than a spe-
cific analysis and examination of
the problem did not produce truly
meaningful editorials. I hope that
this letter, by giving just a few
specific facts about rushing and
the fraternity system as I know
them, has been more meaningful.
John Etter

The Daily Official Bulletin Is an
official publication of the University
of Michigan for which the Michigan
Daily assumes no editorial responsi-
bility. Publication in it is construc-
tive notice to all members of the
University. Notices should be sent in
TYPEWRITTEN form to Room 3553
Administration Building before 2 p.m.
the day preceding publication (be-
fore 10 a.m. on Saturday). Notice of
lectures, concerts and organization
meetings cannot be publshed oftener
than twice.
Vol. LXV, No. 92
Students who entered the Hopwood
Contest for Freshmen should call for
their manuscripts at the Hopwood
Driving Permit Holders are reminded
of the responsibility to register their
1955 automobile license number with
the Office of Student Affairs, by March
1, 1955.
Those students who are now secur-
ing their new license plates should re-
cord the change with the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs at this time.
Camp Nissokone, Oscado, Michigan
(boys' camp) will interview in Room
3K of the Michigan Union Mon., Feb.
21 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. They need camp
counselors and cooks. Sorority or fra-
ternity cooks interested in summer em-
ployment will also be considered for
Actuarial Employment-The Equitable
Life Assurance Society of New York
will be interviewing students for sum-
mernand permanent actuarial employ-
ment Mon., Feb. 21, In 3016 Angell Hal.
The Society will offer a generl aptitude
test, needing no special preparation and
requiring about 30 minutes to take, at
3:15 p.m. Feb. 21,3in Room 3017 Angell
Hall. Students interested in the actu-
arid lfield may find the test useful for
determining their qualifications for the
Mon., Feb. 21-
Sacramento, California-Sacramento
State College. Teacher Needs: All fields.
Battle Creek, Michign - Lakeview
Schools. Teacher Needs: Spanish & Eng-
ilsh, Latin, Music-Instrumental and
Vocal, Early and Later Elementary.
West Hartford, Connecticut - Public
Schools. Teacher Needs: Speech Cor-
rection, Guidance, Music and Art. (Will
be interviewing until noon.)
Tues., Feb. 22-
Grand Rapids ,Michigan - Public
Schools. Teacher Needs: H.S. Vocal Mu-
sic, Industrial Arts, Home Economics,
Early and Later Elementary.
Thurs., Feb. 24-
Chelsea, Michigan - Public Schools.
Teacher Needs: French, English, Jr.
High Social Studies, Home Economics,
Business, Industrial Arts, Early and
Later Elementary.
Flint, Michigan-Public Schools &
Jr. College. Teacher Needs: All fields.
The following public school systems
are interested in teachers in the follow-
ing fields:
Elkton, Michigan-Home Economics,
Librarian, Industrial Arts, Mathematics,
and Physical Education for Girls.
Franklin Park, Illinois-all fields.
New Paltz, New York-Girls' Physical
Education, French-Latin combination,
Third Grade, Agriculture, Business-Sec-
retarial Practice and Art.
Niagara Falls, New York - English,
reading, or library work.
Ridgewood, New Jersey-all fields.
Owatonna, Minnesota-English, Eng-
lish-Journalism, Kindergarten, First
Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade and
Art Coordinator.
Verona, New Jersey-English, History,
Mathematics and Science, Health and
Physical Education for Girls.
Wheaton, Illinois-Social Studies and
Family Living and Guidance, American
History and Boys' Tennis Coach, English
and Speech.
White Plains, New York-All fields.
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone - All
The rollowing Colleges are interested
in Teachers in the following fields:
DeKalb, Illinois - Northern Illinois
State Teachers College-al fields.
Fresno, California-Fresno State Col-
lege - All fields.

Wooster, Ohio - The College of Woos-
For appointments or additional infor-
mation, please contact the Bureau of
Appointments, 3 5 2 8 Administration
Bldg., NO 3-1511 Ext. 489.
Rocky-Bar-O Ranch Camp, Big Fork,
Montana needs a waterfront counselor
end an evening program counselor for
teen-age girls. For further information
and for interview contact Mrs. Janet
R.Shapiro at Normandy 2-1636 after
6:00 p.m.
Camp Rising Sun, Rhinebeck, New
New York needs counselors who are in-
terested In working in a boys scholar-
ship camp with an internationl at-
mosphere. Guest campers .are invited
from all countries. Personal interview
is required.
Recreation Department, City of Port
Huron, Michigan, has positions open
for 2 or 3 people to teach tennis or/and
organize tennis tournaments for a city
program. Contract Stanley Stenek, Su-
per. of Recreation, 624 Wall St., Port
Huron, Michigan.
Four-Way Lodge, Torch Lake, Mich.
has openings for an experienced male
sailing instructor and an experienced
male canoeing instructor at their girls
camp. Salary is $500 for an 8 week sea-
son. Prefer older married men and will
accommodate the men's wives. Contact
Mrs. M. F. Eder, Dir., 5699 Belmont Av-
enue, Cincinnati 24, Ohio.
Camp Jened, Hunter, New York, a
coed camp for the physically handi-
capped, needs counselors, therapists
and generfl workers (waiters, wait-
resses, caretakers, etc.)
Peacock Camp for Crippled Children,
Lake villa, Ill. needs a male waterfront
director and a male recreation director
for their coed camp. Season is from
June 26 to Aug. 26. Sary range from
$200 to $300 for the season and in-
cludes full maintenance.
Bellefaire, Cleveland, Ohio, a coed
residential treatment home for emotion
ally disturbed children, has openings
for 9 group counselors, an arts and
crafts specialist and a swimming in-
structor. Counselors receive special in-
service training in weekly sessions. Ex-
perience in working with groups of
children is essential. Counselors sal-
aryranges from $125 to $150 per month,
plus full maintenance.
Hoover Ball & Bearing Co., Ann Ar-
bor, is interested In Mechanical Eng
students who have completed gradu-
ate work or ,re graduating this year
and who are desirous of locating in
Ann Arbor. Prospects may contact the
Personnel Department of Hoover Ball
& Bearing Co. Monday through Fi-
The Detroit Arsenal requests that En-
gineering students interested in work-
ing during summer vacation fill out
Civil Service Form 57 and forwrd to
Civilian Personnel Office, Attention:
Mr. C. E. Alfsen, Detroit Arsenal, 28251
VanDyke, Center Line, Mich.
U.S. Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Land Management is inter-
ested in receiving applications (Civil
Service Form 57) from Civil and Agri-
cultural Eng. students to work in New
Mexico this summer. Positions require
use of the transit and telescopic alidde
and completion of course work in
surveying. Applications should be filed
before March 1.
Devoe & Raynolds Co. of Louisville,
Ky. and Detroit, 'Mich. requests that
students majoring in chemistry and
chemical engineering who are inter-
ested in summer work in the organic
coatings field for Product Development
Lab work in Detroit or Louisville, Ky.
contact them. (We have application
blanks for this.)
For additional information and/or
application forms inquire at the Bu-
reau of Appointments Summer Place-
ment meeting at thebMichigan Union
in Room 3B Wed., Feb. 23 from 1:00-
5:00 p.m .
Tecumseh Products, Tecumseh, Mich.,
-has opening for a Chemist, man, with
either a B.S. or M.S. degree, to do Sna-
lytical tests; Company manufactures
refrigeration parts.
Campfire Girls, Inc., New York, N.Y.,
-announces openings of professional
calibre for young women in local Coun-
cils in many parts of the U.S.; degree
in Education, Recreation, Physici l Edu-
cation, Sociology, Psychology, Liberal
Arts, or related fields required.
The City of New York, Department of
Personnel,-announces the following ex-
Junior Analyst (School Planning), 4
vacancies, in Dept. of Education; are
exempt from N.Y.C. residence require-
Junior Statistician, paid experience
as a full-time statistician will be ac-
cepted in lieu of education on a year-
for-year basis.
Inspector of Construction (Housing),
Grade 4, 57 vacancies in N.. City
Housing Authority; are exempt from 3
year N.Y.C. residence requirement.
JuirAtuary, Sveral vacncies.

Junior Landscape Authority, 4 va-
cancies in Dept. of Parks, & 1 in Dept.
of Education.
Parole Officer, Grade 1, 7 vacancies,
age limit 21-45 yrs.; position requires
extraordinary physical effort.
Junior Chemical Engineer, 9 vacan-
cies in the Fire Department.
Junior Accountant, 75 vacancies in
various City departments; college de-
gree or high school graduation & 4
years accounting experience; or satis-
factory equivalent combination of edu-
cation & experience.
Applications for the above N.Y.C. po.
sitions must be in mail by Feb. 25; 1955.
Institute of Gas Technology, affili-
ated with Illinois Institute of Tech-
nology, Chicago 16, Ill.,-announces In-
stitute Fellowships to train selected
group at the graduate level for posi-
tions of responsibility in the gas in-
dustry; applications are invited from
male seniors and graduates in sci-
ence & Engrg., U.S. or Canadian citi-
zens, under 28 years of age.
For further informationgcontact the
Bureau of Appointments, Ext. 371, 3528
Admin. Bldg.
Academic Notices
Graduate Students expecting to re-
ceive the master's degree in June, 1955,
must file a diploma application with
~he Recorder of the Graduate School by
ri., Feb. 25. A student will not be rec-
ommended for a degree unless he has
filed formal application in the office of
the Graduate School.
Doctoral Candidates who expect to re-
ceive degrees in June, 1955, must have
three bound copies of their disserta-




. .

At Ann Arbor High ...
piano; Paul Desmond, alto saxophone;
Bob Bates, string bass; Joe Dodge, drums.)
F ER two years, this writer still thinks the
work of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is the
freshest thing in American jazz, Their music
is never frantic, never degenerates into a who-
can-make-the-most-noise contest, and never
depends on bizarre sonorities and rhythms to
take the place of musical ideas. The four play-
ers are inventive, have a sensitive collective ear
for sound and texture, and seem to be having a
whale of a good time.
Basically, all their numbers use the same
general plan. Each one begins with a solo by
Desmond, with Bruback playing unobtrusively
in the background, and Bates and Dodge pro-
viding a standard rhythmic vamp. In the mid-
dle is a solo (bass and drums continuing) by
the pianist, which increases in intensity, then
subsidies as Desmond re-enters, this time with
Brubeck providing a more active counterpoint
to the saxophone line. This was varied last
night by several exciting bass solos by Bates.
The pattern is a good enough one, and it works
every time, because the players know how to
plan the dynamic curve and formal content
of their music, so that each number becomes
a real composition, with a beginning, middle,
and end.
Brubeck, in particular, has a lot of fun play-
ing with, styles. People better versedthan I
could probably hear the work of several dif-
ferent jazz pianists reflected in his playing.
Every sort of rhythm and pianistic tevture is
grist for his mill. He can play a wonderful
fake-Bach passage in two voice counterpoint,
then turn around and burlesque a second-rate
cocktail lounge pianist.
Desmond is a marvellously inventive player
who draws one of the clearest tones I've ever
heard from a saxophone. His melodic line us-
ually moves in small intervals, but, he can
make very effective use of different registers
of the instrument in the course of a melody.
Bates and Dodge handle their instruments

At Rackham Auditorium
first violin; Alexander Schneider, second
violin;- Boris Kroyt, viola; Mischa Schneid-
er, violoncello.)-
PROGRAM: Haydn, Quartet in G major, Op.
77, No. 1; Benjamin Lees, Quartet No. 1;
Schubert, Quartet in A minor, Op. 29.
T HE first concert of the fifteenth annual.
Chamber Music Festival started most
promisingly with the Budapest Quartet, a
group which, if it never surprises the listener,
never disappoints him either. Here is an en-
semble which has rehearsed so carefully and
thought out each interpretation so thoroughly
that there is simply no question of a miscal-
culation or a shoddy performance. Last night
there may have been a few more infinitesimal
slips of intonation than usual, but the same
polish and sureness were in the playing of each
'I l prcgram opened with a really wonderful
woik from the pen of Haydn. From the slight-
ly martial opening movement through the
thoughtful and, serious slow one and the
breackneck minuet to the finale, the whole
work was a joy. One wonders what Haydn's
contemporaries thought of the main theme of
the finale, which seems to start out of the key,
and which contains some rather startling mel-
odic intervals. The next composition was a
quartet by the young Manchurian-born com-
poser Benjamin Lees. I am somewhat acquaint-
ed with a two-piano sonata by Lees, and am
afraid that the quartet comes off second-
best. The work is well timed, and is neat
enough formlaly, but it seems to lack really
striking ideas, and the string writing tends to
be both conservative and unidiomatic. The
textures are thick and chordal. All the in-
.struments are playing most of the time, and
their parts have not too much individuality or
independence. In the last movement, the com-
poser became somewhat bolder, introduced
some pizzicati, harmonics, and, best 'of all, a
few rests. With its driving rhythms, this move-


At Architecture Aud. . ,
THE LADY VANISHES, Hitchcock & Cast.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK has become, recently, something of a legend-
ary figure; his films are everywhere discussed and praised, agree-
ment is general that he is a master of suspense and mystery.
The Lady Vanishes is an early Hitchcock film. But for whatever
occasional clumsiness and obviousness of the plot, it undoubtedly be-
longs in the repertory of the serious movie-goer. That is to say that
sooner or later this film will come up in the conversation and you had
better have seen it.
It is always somewhat disquieting to write an appraisal of Hitch-
cock films since the danger always exists that the suspense which he
builds so well will be damaged by premature disclosure of events. Even

a broad outline description results
in a loss of suspense. But I shall
proceed, taking this risk into con-
A lady vanishes. On a train; a
favorite location for Hitchcock.
There are all sorts of sinister char-
acters on hand. A heroine emerges.
She vainly tries to convince the
others that there was indeed a
lady who vanished. Unsuccessfully,
of course, for a time; and here all
manner of effects are used to in-
tensify the suspense as it begins to

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obstacles which might, prevent
them from reaching the match.
Even if they were boiled in acid by
a ring of three-legged spies, they
could only think of damage to
their binoculars. Needless to say,
they never do quite see the cricket
match, as they had planned.
Then, there is a man killed. It
is important to note that this man
had always attempted to maintain
a "hands off" policy, offering no


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