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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

"Yoo Hoo, Everybody!"



Realistic Pacifism


'Green Man' Product
Of Comic Genius
THE CONSISTENCY with which the British seem to turn out hilarious
comedies is, at times, somewhat amazing. Ordinarily characterized
by a gruesome delight in the slightly macabre and a great dependence
upon the skill of the comic actor, remarkably funny English films seem
to pour into this country as rapidly as American dollars seem to pour out.
The latest product of this peculiarly Anglo-Saxonr comic genius is
"The Green Man," the movie currently playing at the Campus Theatre.
Starring Alastair Sim, the film traces the planning and attempted-execu-
tion of a political assassination; it is fully as funny in effect as any of
the illustrious Mr. Sim's earlier screen exploits.
Briefly, the plot concerns the efforts of an apparently respectable

Suggested for World's Ills

ONE WONDERS how remote the possibility
is that this world will soon be involved in
the horror of World War III. Events of late
are moving the East and West toward the like-
lihood of this conclusion.
The most conclusive evidence from Moscow
indicates that Mr. Khrushchev-an impulsive,
ambitious man, given to excessive drinking-
is fast filling the shoes of the deceased Comrade
Stalin. Like Stalin, he has since Stalin's death
removed by force and cunning his rivals-first
Beria, then Malenkov, Molotov, Shepilov and
Kagonovich and now his one-time saviour, Mr.
This will probably mean that Soviet foreign
policy will reflect ever so much more the per-
sonality of the daring, impulsive party boss and
less the considered and more moderate ideas of
a "collective leadership."
Zhukov's likely departure from Kremlin
policy circles will mean less understanding of,
and more belligerence toward the West, in-
creasing the likelihood of war. While Zhukov
held to the "limited war" concept, a man who
has said bombing planes are obsolete and who
favors ICBM development is now, it appears,
in firm control of the military. While Zhukov,
like Eisenhower, a military man, has a full
appreciation of the senseless destruction of
another war, a politically preoccupied man is
now more than ever dictating policy. While -
Zhukov, to a great extent out of his personal
friendship with Eisenhower, has believed the
differences of East and West could be solved
by hard negotiation, Khrushchev demonstrated
the intransigence of his government at the '
recent London disarmament talks.
OF LATE, starting with the precipitation of
the Suez crisis and ending with the war scare
threat in Syria, Khrushchev has demonstrated
his daring and determination to gain a long-
sought Russian foothold in the Middle East,
even at the risk of war. There is great likeli-
hood that Khrushchev and Zhukov had their
parting over. what Khrushchev, has done so
far in the Middle East, or more disquietingly,
what he plans in the future. Either because of
the insecurity of his position or because of his

own ambition, Mr. Khrushchev is not at allE
satisfied with the status quo of the world and
seems intent on providing strong impetus-both
overtly and covertly-to the "wave of the fu-
But Khrushchev's relent challenges to the
West have been met with resistance and not
with division and pessimism. This resistance
is not cause for rejoicing, but really it only
heightens the tensions. There is certainly less
talk today of peaceful coexistence, more talk
of toughening up far that day when we may
have to slug it out with the Russians if we
can't scare them out of belligerency. NATO has,
its spine up and the United States Will likely
do some sharing of the "where did everybody
go?" type intercontinental missile. The United
States has even been getting some missiles off
the ground of late in a show of latent strength.
Mr. Dulles' warning to the Russians to keep
their claws off Turkey was certainly unequivo-
QNE IS TEMPTED to burrow underground or
emigrate for a few decades to the South
Sea Isles, but that would meet the common
condemnation of being unrealistic. One wonders
what policy can realistically be called realistic,
these days. I am coming to the position where
I think pacifism is more realistic than this
heightening situation of challenge-response,
which, history counsels us, will lead only to
resolution in war. I am nearly convinced it
would be more practical and realistic to, upon
our own initiative, disarm and submit ourselves
to world public opinion and commit our defense
monies to the poor and backward abroad.
I do not believe the Russians would dare
bulk world opinion, that they have enough
strength or that they have an enduring ideology
to undertake an effective, lasting imperialism.
In any case, there is nothing worthwhile, imagi-
native or realistic about continuing this game
of challenge-response, which is leading the
world toward a war which should kill a half-
billion people and a war which Mr. Khrushchev
shows no reluctance to precipitate as long as
he can claim United States' belligerency.
Editorial Director


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No Teamwork on Satellite

Speech Department Playbill

ITH THEIR first laboratory bill, "Reach
for a Dream," scheduled for tonight, the
Speech Department starts another season of
entertaining the public and providing practical
experience in play production for students.
Maybe this year the student body will show
more appreciation of their efforts.
The Department's bill, consisting of a major
series - works by well-known playwrights -.
and several original one-act plays or readings,
is connected with speech and theatre produc-
tion class work. Crews of student workers, cos-
tume, prop, make-up and stage hands,-etc. as-
sist a paid production staff. Faculty directors
have a student associate director. Plays are en-
tirely student acted.
Men and women work hard on their own
time to prepare each play. Intensive five-week
rehearsals take three hours a night, six nights
a week.
The result is not a flawless performance. No
one can or should expect polished perfection
from an amateur group, whose actors are in-
experienced and whose directors are not pro-
But we can give credit where credit is due,
If we stop looking for points to criticize long
enough to realize that each play has taught
the cast something, we must praise it on edu-

cational grounds alone. And 'isn't advance-
ment of the learning process a function of any
college education?
THIS DOESN'T mean that the plays aren't
good entertainment, as skimpy attendence
records at last year's shows would seem to
The 1957-58 major bill of Joseph Kessel-
ring's "Arsenic and Old Lace," Eugene O'Neill't
"Desire Under the Elms," Verdi's Opera, "The
Msked Ball," J. M. Synge's "Playboy of the
Western World," and Shakespeare's "Love's
Labor's Lost," are theatre classics not often
produced anywhere.
The department should be commended for
its adventurous spirit in attempting to present
such a fine and worthwhile series.
Perhaps once a month students ought to
consider substituting the weekly movie for
live drama. Money can be saved, incidentally,
It might also be mentioned in passing that
a student undertaking deserves some support
from the students.
Right now tickets to the series are available
all over campus, at a special student discount.
Why not take advantage of it?
Activities Editor

THIS COLUMN recently dis-
closed that the Army has six
satellites in a warehouse at the
Redstone Arsenal, H u n t s v ill e,
Ala., which it believes could have
been launched well ahead of the
Russian Sputnik. They have been
gathering cobwebs for six months.
Three months ago, the Budget
Bureau, operating directly under
the White House, actually sent
auditors to Huntsville to make
sure not one penny was spent by
the Army on satellites..
This column also revealed that
the original 1954 satellite pro-
gram, "Operation Orbiter," which
used the Navy, the Army, and the
Air Force, all working as a team,
had been switched in July, 1955,
to "Operation Vanguard" and put
solely under the Navy.
* * *
THE NAVY has an excellent
man, John P. Hagen, in charge of
this operation. But the Navy was
the feast experienced branch of
the armed services to be given ex-
clusive control of the satellite, be-
cause the chief problem is boost-
ing the satellite into outer space.
This requires a missile or rocket
of tremendous power, and the
Army and Air Force have been
well ahead in developing such a
The question which the Amer-
ican public is entitled to ask
the Eisenhower Administration,
therefore, is - why the switch-
ing from different branches of the
armed services? Why the ineffi-
ciency? Why the tragic delay
which cost us untoid loss of pres-

tige throughout the world and
definitely contributed to the
toughening of Russian policy in
the Near East?
The No. 1 answer is lack of di-
rection at the top.
Under Roosevelt, the atomic
bomb or "Manhattan Project" was
placed under the direction of one
man, Gen. Leslie Groves of the
Army, now with Remington-Rand.
Groves was not a scientist, but be
was an administrator. He was re-
sponsible directly to the com-
mander-in-chief, Franklin Roose-
velt. All the scientists worked un-
der him. He placed Dr. Robert Op-
penheimer directly in charge of
building the bomb at Los Alamos.
UNDER THE much-publicized
Eisenhower -Ateam," there v has
been little actual teamwork. Each
branch of the armed services
competed against the other. Each
went before Congress to demand
more money, materials, and man-
power. The present commander-
in-chief, who so emphasized
team-play, actually had no team-
play. Though he spent his life in
the military, he did not act as
commander over his own military.
That was the primary reason
why our world leadership in sci-
ence evaporated.
Another reason was big business
competition to get in on govern-
ment contracts.
During their recent trip to Rus-
sia, members of the Joint Con-
gressional Atomic Energy Com-
mittee visited the Dubna High
Energy' Laboratory, where the
world's largest synchrotron is in-

stalled, with a capacity of 10 bil-
lion electron volts.
Seated at lunch beside the di-
rector of the laboratory, Sen. Al-
bert Gore (D-Tenn.) was asked
how American scientists got their
money for research projects.
"Well," replied Gore, "The
President presents a request for
funds to Congress, and then the
House and the Senate vote. After
that there's a compromise, and fi-
nally the President approves the
total amount."
* * *
"THAT'S NOT exactly what I
meant," said the Russian. "How
do your scientists submit their re-
"Oh," said Gore, "They make
an initial request, and then it's
reflected in the President's rec-
ommendation to Congress. By the
way, how do you Russian scien-
tists get your funds for research?"
The Russian ignored the ques-
"You know," he continued, "I've
been told by some of your Ameri-
can scientists that the way they
get their money is to say, 'The
Russians have a 680-megavolt cy-
clotron, and we need a bigger
one.' or, 'The Russians have a 5,-
000-KW reactor, and we need a
bigger one.' Is that true?"
"Just a minute," interrupted
Rep. Mel Price (D-Ill.). "Senator,
you asked the gentleman how
Russian scientists get their money
for research, and he hasn't an-
swered you yet."
"Same way," declared the Rus-
(Copyright 1957 by Bell Syndicate Inc.)

professional assassin to murder an
the interest of certain Near East-
ern parties. Sim, the malevolent
hero, finds out that the MP in
question, Sir Gregory Upshott, is
spending the weekend in seclusion
at a seaside hotel called, "The
Green Man."
* * *
A BOMB is carefully planted in
a portable radio which Sim plans
to take to the hotel, set to go off in
the middle of a fake re-broadcast-
ing of one of the victim's over-
pompous speeches.
In the midst of the preparations
for the crime, however, Sim's Aan-
cee-his erstwhile source of infor,
mation-becomes suspicious of her
gentleman friend, and has to be
unpleasantly removed from the
The hero's henchman is unfor-
tunately careless in the execution
of his task, and the woman's body
is accidently discovered in the
piano of a empty hduse by a
brash vacuum cleaner salesman
and the female tenant-to-be of
the premises.
From then on, the movie is a
series of gleeful and grotesque
misfortunes as the assassin at-
tempts to evade detection and to
safely accomplish his ghastly task.
ALASTAIR SIM is perhaps the
most regularly funny of the cur-
rent British comic actors. With the
possible exception of Alec Guiness,
he is by 'far the screen's most art-
ful practitioner of the knowing
grin, the hypocritical smirk, and
the dissembling leer. His perform-
ance in "The Green Man" is mark-
ed by the usual joviality and
George Cole as the salesman,
and Terry-Thomas as Sim's be-
spectacled fellow-malefactor turn
in humorous and vigorous inter-
pretations of their respective roles.
These two, with Sim, sustain the
film during the occasional mo-
ments when the plot threatens to
wear thin, and help the movie to
maintain a constant level of rol-
licking and boisterous entertain-
-Jean Willoughby
T AKE A WALK downtown some
Sunday night, and'as you pass
a Main Street restaurant, you'll
hear sounds emanating from the
upstairs portion. Bob Detweiler
and his dectette have initiated
what Ann Arbor has been needing
and asking for-a local jazz group
that performs regularly.
The sound of this ten-man or-
ganization is big; this is what they
advertise, and this is wht they
deliver. With four trumpets, four
saxophones, a bass, and drums,
the group possesses an integrality
of brass sounds that approaches
Acoustically, the room in which
they perform is poor, for it ampli-
fies brashness instead of the more
subtle brass sound. In the musical
arrangements, the problem of caco-
phony versus balance, or the con-
scious and purposeful juxtaposi-
tion of one screaming horn against
another, creating the same disson-
ance that the room picks up and
emphasizes, is not without justifi-
cation. That is, any intense con-
trast of brass sounds is intentional
and adds to the, final goal of a
single sound, in spite of negative
influence of the environment.
THE DETWEILER group indul-
ges in both popular arrangements
and jazz forms, the improvisations
of jazz, apparent in the solo

work, and the dissonances of mod-
ern music, obvious in some of the
ensemble material.
In "Ollie's Blues," the swing and
syncopation of the opening pro-
vided an excellent basis for conti-
nuity of rhythm in the main body
of the music. Emphatic tempo was
manifested throughout, and here
the group exhibited its talents as
a coherent unit, able to express the
feeling of swing, in the special
kind of delayed action emphasis
of the blues medium.
"You'd Be So Nice To Come
Home To" provided the opportun-
ity to employ Latin American rhy-
thm against the exciting jazz
trumpet of Dave Martin, and the
alto sax of Ron Rogers.
Timing was essential here; it
was handled imaginatively by us-
ing complete stops oetween units
of the arrangement, creating sus-
pense, and giving a dynamic sense

obnoxious member of Parliament in
"STOPOVER: TOKYO" is a fuz-
zy carbon copy of the original
cloak and dagger story.
It deals with the exploits of an
American security man, Mark
Fannon (Robert Wagner) on a
"top secret" mission to Toyko,
which involves an assassination
attempt on the American High
Commissioner in Japan.
The assassination is planned for
the dedication day of a memorial
to lasting peace between Japan
and the United States. The High
Commissioner is to light the mon-
ument, in which an incendiary
bomb has been strategically placed
by the villain, Edmund O'Brien.
The remainder of the movie is
concerned with Wagner stalking
about in the more picturesque
parts of Tokyo in a black trench-
coat,, when he isn't occupied in
stalking after Tina Llewellyn
(Joan Collins).
ALL THE USUAL cloak and
dagger techniques are employed,
with oriental overtones. In a
sweat-soaked if not gripping scene,
Wagner is almost suffocated in a
steam bath. This gave the camera-
man an ideal opportunity to record
Wagner's somewhat overdone dis-
play of emotions and contortions.
The story is often difficult to
follow, as clues appear and dis-
appear, and sinister-looking men
slink in and out of camera range.
A sub-plot involves the loss, re-
covery, loss and and final recovery
of three magazines which contain
U.S. Regulation Classified mater-
The magazines are found by
Wagner and placed in a golf bag
which is exchanged on a golf
course for another golf bag owned
by a Japanese security man.
HOWEVER, the Japanese is kill-
ed in a phone booth by three men
in a blue car, who shot him three
times in the head and twice in the
shoulder. The magazines later turn
up in the hands of the Tokyo police
at a sculptor's garden party.
All in all, it was terribly com-
Wagner manages to handle the
part of the clean-cut American
youth in adequate style. In places,
he was almost too earnest in his
portrayal of the intense young man
safeguarding the national security.
Edmund O'Brien played excellently
the part of the jovial assassin.
Joan Collins walked on and off.
The movie actually left no dis-
tinct impression of goodness or
badness. It isn't a bad evening's
entertainmentdif there isn't any-
thing else to do.
-Carol Prins
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Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
General Notices

Regents' Meeting: Fri., Nov. 22. Com-
munications for consideration at this
meeting must be in the President's
hands'by Nov. 13.
Late Permission: Women students
who attended the concert at Hill Audi-
torium on Thurs. Oct. 24, had late per-
mission until 11:05 p.m.
Season tickets are now on sale for
the 1957-58 Playbill, presented by the
Department of Speech. This season
ticket sale will continue through the
first production. The 1957-58 Playbill is
as follows: Nov. 7, 8, 9, "Arsenic and
Old Lace"; Dec.. 5, 6, 7, "Desire Under
the Elms"; Feb. 260-27, 28 and Mar. 1,
"The Masked Ball (with the School of
Music);tMarch 20, 21, 22, "Playboy of
the Western World"; April 24, 25, 26,
"Love's Labor Lost."
Persons who are interested in apply-
-ing for the General Electric Education-
al and Charitable Fund Fellowships for
195P-59 must make arrangements for
taking the recommended Graduate
Record Examination before Nov. 1. Ap-
'- nlicaios for th Felloships illmbe



Hillel Players Work Hard


Dulles 'The Prattler'

Associated Press Foreign News Analyst
A YEAR AGO this week, the worst enemies
of the Arab world as pictured by Egyptian
propaganda were the Israelis, the British and
the French.
Today the Egyptians and their brethren in
Syria have all but forgotten Britain and
France. Reading and listening to Egyptian-
Syrian axis propaganda, one would suppose
the Arabs have only one real enemy in the
Western world, and that man is John Foster
Egypt's chief propaganda medium, Saut al
Arab (Voice of Arabs) has pulled out all stops,
broadcasting in many languages a campaign of
vituperation against the U. S. Secretary of
An Arabic language broadcast pictures him
as "Dulles the prattler," attempting to wed
Western journalism to "my sister Israel."
A POEM broadcast in Arabic to the Sudan
pictures Dulles as a man "born a devil,"
who spends his time planning for Arab dis-
unity, indulging in trickery and plotting to

turn both Turks and Jews against the Arab
English language broadcasts from Cairo ac-
cuse Dulles of indulging in a "brink of war"
policy by bringing Turkish pressure against
-Syria. Another broadcast accuses Dulles of try-
ing to buy Arab goodwill with American dol-
lars. It lays all Western woes in the Arab
world to Dulles.
Just a year ago, Israel invaded Egypt and
the British and French joined in, hopeful of
knocking Nasser out of his role as the libera-
tor-symbol of the Arab world.
The attempt failed, and Arabs gave much
of the credit to the United States and the pol-
icy of President Eisenhower.
FOR A SHORT WHILE in Cairo, Americans
were heroes to a public which evidently had
been looking for an excuse to regard Americans
in such a light. This lasted only briefly. With
the Eisenhower doctrine came a new. wave of
Arab disillusionment. The Arabs, noting there
was no protection offered in that doctrine
from a repetition of the aggression Egypt had
experienced, looked upon American policy as
attempting to "fill a vacuum" in the Arab
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ALTHOUGH the local theatre
offers enough to keep any de-
voted theatre-goer theatre-going,
much of its fare is standard stuff.
Nothing wrong with standard
stuff, of course, but there should
be room for the unusual, or non-
commercial play.
The Speech Department will
occasionally take a chance, but
for the most part, Ann Arbor
shows - MUSKET, Civic Theatre
and so on - are little inclined to
offer drama off the beaten path.
They can't afford to, any more
than DAC could. The glimmer of
hope, however, is to be found in
the Little Theatre groups on cam-
There are still signs of life,
most happily in an organization
known as the Hillel Players. The
Players are beholden to thesHillel
Foundation for use of their chapel
(for a stage) and for monetary
But members, it must be em-
phasized, are culled from all
across campus, with no religious
preferences taken into account.
THE CREDO of the group, ac-
cording to President Jerry Kof-
fler, is "to do plays for our own
enjoyment, and for the audience's,
without wnvrvinr ahnut monev.

Diary of Anne Frank and The
Master Race, finally ended their
season with an original student
play. In almost all cases, the re-
sults indicated success and a de-
cent margin of quality. Three of
the plays toured in Jackson and
Of course, technical troubles
came up, but the Players feel that
surmounting these was excellent
experience. The chapel, according
to Koffler, has no directional
lighting or dimming facilities,
just plain old wall switches. There
is no curtain, of course, and
blackouts had to be used in all
The lack of subtle lighting
makes for make-up problems as
well. "The difficulty is' achieving
enough definition of the actors'
features," said Koffler, "and we
surmount this by about four
inches of make-up per square
FACED WITH this set-up,
many a theatre group might for-
get the whole bit and go home to
"I Love Lucy," but the Hillel Play-
ers have actually thrived on it.
They are already in rehearsal for
their first production, a concert
reading of Sartre's No Exit, to be
given November 24 in the chapel.

ing of O'Neill's Emperor Jones,
and, (they wildly hope) a musi-
cal. Auditions are held separately
for each production.
The tours furnish more fun and
challenges for the Players. "Last
year," Koffler told us, "we went
down to Saline for a performance
which was to be held in a recrea-
tion hall of a youth hostel. When
we arrived we found no stage. At
the last minute, the proscenium
staging had to be changed to
theatre-in-the-round. Along with
this there was no lighting.
So we improvised, having the
characters enter carrying flash
lights and kerosene lamps. It was
pretty unusual, but since the play
took place in a hovel, it added at-
But from now on," he added,
"we find out about our tour
theatres in advance."
* * *
THE GROUP, which began in
1924, charges no admission at
their performances, but they keep
happy. "It all depends on your
goals and outlook," Koffler ex-
plained. "If you're aiming for
Broadway credentials, it won't
"But if you want to present
good plays and work and learn, it
can be as good as you make it.


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