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'Kiss Them for Me'
-Comedy in War
THERE WILL NEVER be another "Mister Roberts." Movies like "Kiss
Them For Me" prove this over and over again. But this vehicle for
two femmes fatales and an aging romantic idol is fun as long as it
does not take itself seriously.
What this Kiss does prove is that war and the people who fight
it can be funny. but shore leave can be funnier. With Cary Grant as
the Navy flier who wants to "get drunk and chase girls," the humor
is dry even when the characters are soaked.
When a reporter asks about Grant's war experiences, he counters
with "Which war?" then goes on to describe the various inter-service
wrangles that are carried on. "Anything that happens to the enemy is
AY, DECEMBER 5, 1957
NIGHT EDITOR: MICHAEL KRAFT
Restrictions Beg Re-evaluation
PI LAMBDA PHI fraternity was fined $400
and placed on social probation because its
had a drinking party.
Actually Pi Lam's only sin was that it was
unfortunate enough to get caught and stupid
enough to register the hotel rooms in which
the party was held in its own name.
There is a University regulation which says:
"The use or presence of intoxicating beverages
in student quarters is not permitted."
But this regulation is notoriously myopic
and equally unfair. It just runs counter to the
A very large prcentage of the students on
campus are over 21, the legal state drinking
age, and they're not permitted to drink at
their residence, whatever that may be. Students
in residence halls drink liquor in the residence
halls. Students in fraternities drink liquor in
fraternity houses. Students in apartments drink
liquor in their apartments.
Almost all fraternities have pre-parties some-
where else before their parties, whether it be
in a hotel room or an apartment. These are the
The rule is unfair. Students over 21 should
be permitted to drink in their residences. In
fact, few people would dispute that, yet these
students still cannot drink.
The regulation is a dangerous one. It encour-
ages students to set up one night a week to go
off somewhere and get "smashed"-and then
ND THE UNIVERSITY regulation does not.
really do the University any good. In fact,
it is harmful. Certainly one regulation nobody
respects will lead to disrespect of other regu-
lations, in fact, of the University itself.
Yet, changing the regulation involves a tre-
mendous number of problems. The machinery
to bring about such a change is complex.
The University, of course, cannot have a
reguation contrary to the state regulation,
which prohibits people under 21 from drinking.
And then there are alumni groups, church
groups, and the like to keep satisfied.
But it is becoming more and more apparent
that a change is necessary,
Right now work is being done on revising
the University regulations book. This is indeed
an appropriate time to work on this rule. It is
also heartening to note that administrators
are showing interest in the drinking regula-
tions. Perhaps this might even be an area for
student government to look into.
But whatever happens, we must hope for
some improvement in a regulation which is
unfair, impracticaland perhaps even dangerous.
SUGGESTIONS to the Plant Department:
That the room temperature of classrooms
in campus buildings be regulated so all are
within the same approximate range.
According to a somewhat unofficial survey,
it was found that there is a temperature drop
of at least ten degrees when entering Haven
Hall from Tappan,Hall.
From Haven to Mason the temperature re-
mains stable; however, as one ascends to the
higher reaches of Mason the temperature drops
in an inverse way.
It has been reported that somewhat the same
situation is true in the Natural Science Build-
ing where basement lab temperatures drop to
sub-zero levels while the first floor auditorium
reaches stifling proportions.
This situation creates a severe threat to the
health of students, who, exposed to the peculi-
arities of Ann Arbor's climatic conditions are
already susceptible to the ravages of numerous
(Herblock Is on Vacanon)
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Case o Dr. Condon
By DREW PEARSON
TODAY AND TOMORROW:
. why Muddle Through?
By WALTER LIPPMANN
A DECISION of great moment was taken in
the White House la'st week. It was that once
again, as on the two other occasions when the
President was disabled, it will be possible for
the government to muddle through somehow
until the President has recovered. The hard
issue, which was whether he should' for the
period of his convalescence delegate his powers,
was avoided. Instead, the President and his
intimate advisors decided that he would per-
form token actions symbolizing the activity of
a President, such as signing a few official docu-
ments or attending meetings, while the real
powers of the office were exercised by various
individuals and committees.
The country has twice accepted this method
of dealing with the disability of the President.
It is not at all sure that the country will accept
it this time, and there are signs that there is
a big change in the public mood. It can perhaps
be described by saying that in the past there
was an overwhelming popular desire that Eisen-
hower should continue to be President of the
United States. Now there is a mounting anxiety
and insistence that somebody should be Presi-
dent of the United States.
The nation is deeply disturbed by a growing-
realization of the painful situation into which
it has been allowed to drift. It will not long
put up with the appearance of leadership. It
will demand the reality, and it will be acutely
conscious of the difference between acting and
play-acting, between the formalities of power
and the substance.
HIS DOES NOT MEAN that the country
disbelieves the President's doctors or that it
does not devoutly hope that he will have the
full recovery which the medical bulletins indi-
cate. It is that even before the President was
stricken this time, the country had already
become increasingly aware that he- was a partial
invalid in partial retirement, and that he was
notsequal to the full demands of his office. It is
because his energies had already failed so
much that his third illness is having such a
deep effect on the public mind.
This is the hard truth of the matter, and the
White House will best serve the country and
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the President himself by examining it with
sympathy and with courage. If it is true, as I
believe it is, that the country will not now
accept token leadership, we shall by trying to
muddle through be heading into a great political
storm when Congress reconvenes.
The Administration will be taking enormous
risks if it comes to Congress with a budget,
with legislation to implement its foreign policy,
and with military plans which, though offered
in the name of President Eisenhower, are known
not to be genuinly his own. There will be
a disorderly search for the men who are in
fact responsible, and there are ominous signs:
that there will be appointed scapegoats from
inside the White House.
THE CRUCIAL PROBLEM, which is created
by the President's health, is that while he
retains the responsibilities of his office, he is
unable in any full and adequat sense to exer-
cise the powers of his office. If the tactic of
muddling through won't solve the problem,
there is a choice between resignation and the
procedure, unprecedented but indubitably legi-
timate under the Constitution, of delegating to
the Vice-President the powers and duties, but
not the offices of the President.
There is in Washington a remarkable body
of opinion which holds that all things con-
sidered-our situation in the world and the
President's failing energy-the right course is
for the President to resign. This cannot be ruled
out as the eventual solution. But it is drastic
and irrevocable, and there are considerations
which warrant trying at first the moderate
compromise of merely passing the powers tem-
porarily to the Vice-President.
One of these considerations is that if, as the
nation devoutly hopes, the President makes a
very good recovery, the country is entitled to
have the President which it elected. Another
consideration is that Mr. Nixon, whose position
cannot be easy no matter what is done, might
be better off if he were allowed some time to
make his peace with the opposition and to
gain the confidence of the country.
It is, of course, true that it will be trying and
difficult for him to be the temporary Acting
President while the elected President is still
in office and living in the White House. But
Mr. Nixon has shown the necessary tact and
delicacy. On the other hand, as this is a period
when critical decisions must be taken, it will
be better to have them taken by him with
legal power and legal responsibility, openly and
with public accountability. In the meantime,
the President, freed of responsibility and the
worries that go with it, would probably have a
better chance of a good recovery.
This solution, let it be said again before it is
scornfully dismissed by Mr. Hagerty, is the one
recommended last spring to the Congress by
Attorney General Brownell and by President
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LOS ANGELES - One of the
most important parts of our
missile development is the nose
cone. It must be strong enough to
withstand a speed of several
thousand miles an hour, yet light
enough not to bog down the mis-
In the latter part of 1954, the
man who did the pioneer work on
missile noses, Dr. Edward U. Con-
don, drove from Corning, N.Y., to
Washington in his station wagon
to deliver a new nose cone to the
Navy. The Navy, however, refased
to accept it.
It had called in Dr. Condon and
asked him to put his inventive
genius to work devising the new
missile nose. It needed the nose
badly. But now it refused to ac-
BEHIND THIS paradoxical po-
sition was one of the most shame-
ful chains of events in United
States government. It illustrates
why scientists were driven out of
government and why the U.S. is so
tragically behind Russia in sci-
What happened was that Rich-
ard Nixon, as congressman from
California and member of the Un-
American Activities Committee,
had staged an investigation of Dr.
Condon in 1947-48, when Condon
was director of the Bureau of
Standards in Washington.
There was no accusation that
Condon was a member of the
Communist Party, only that his
wife was gossipy, that they had
attended a Yugoslav cocktail par-
ty, that he was guilty by associa-
Condon was one of the best men
ever to head the Bureau of Stand-
ards, was credited by Dr. Edward
Teller with shortening develop-
ment of the H-bomb by one year.
Yet Nixon, sitting on the powerful
Un-American Activities Commit-
tee, investigated every sentence he
ever uttered, checked on every im-
portant person he'd ever talked to.
Averell Harriman, then Secre-
tary of Commerce and Condon's
boss, defended him. Condon was
cleared. But eventually, tired of
being hit over the head by Nixon's
investigation, he, like so many
other scientists, decided to get out
of government. He went to work
for Corning Glass at Corning, N.Y.
To work for Corning, however,
he had to clear another loyalty in-
vestigation, since Corning was
handling government contracts.
This was extremely thorough. Be-
cause of Nixon's earlier charges,
the Eastern Regional Security
Board took from July, 1953 to 1954
to act, at which time it completely
cleared Dr. Condon.
IT WAS IN July, 1954, after he
was cleared, that the Navy asked
him to go to work on the badly
needed nose cone for missiles. And
it was in October, 1954, that the
Navy refused to accept it.
In between, here is what had
happened. The same Nixon, by
then Vice-President and cam-
paigningin Montana for Republi-
can candidates in the 1954 elec-
tion, learned on October 19 that
Dr. Condon had been given a final
security clearance. He picked up
the phone and called Washington.
Two days later, October 21, Sec-
retary of the Navy Charles Thom-
as removed Condon's security
The record on Condon was one
foot high and weighed 10 pounds.
It had taken a loyalty board of
experts one year to study the rec-
ord. But the Secretary- of the
Navy, after word from Nixon, act-
ed in an hour. He could not pos-
sibly have studied the record.
In thus acting, he not only drove
another valuable scientist away
from a government project, but
he hurt his own missile program.
For Thomas's subordinates, a
day or two later, refused to ac-
cept the missile nose cone which
Dr. Condon had rushed to com-
pletion and driven to Washington
in his station wagon.
Condon argued with the Navy
that he already knew the secret
of thefmissile nose cone, since he
himself had developed it. You
can't put the egg back into the
chicken. he said.
* * *
IT MADE no difference. Con-
don's security clearance had been
removed, thanks to Nixon, and
the Navy refused to accept the
nose cone. Dr. Condon drove it
back to Corning, N.Y.
Three weeks later, the Navy
called Condon, sheepishly said
they would take the missile nose
cone, after all. As developed by
Condon, the cones are now the ba-
sis for our present-day missiles.
Later, however, the Air Force
blacklisted Corning Glass because
Dr. Condon had no security clear-
ance, and, rather than handicap
his firm, he resigned. His boss,
staunch Republican Amory
Houghton, now made Ambassador
to Paris by President Eisenhower,
thought so highly of Condon that
he put up $100,000 for his inde-
pendent research. But Dr. Condon
still is lost to government-thanks
to the political terrorism of Vice-
(Copyright 1957 by Bell Syndicate Inc.)
purely coincidental," says the
Commander, and the audience
may believe him.
War looks downright peaceful
after fighting off P-T boat ty-
coons, the shore patrol, and Jayne
Mansfield, not to mention never
having anything smaller than a
PERSONALITIES are the best
part of the film. There is the Navy
public relations man who can nev-
er stop promoting ala Madison
Avenue, but cannot remember a
new "client's" name.
There is the Hartford (Conn.)
politician who wins the "hard way
. .. without a wound." Obsessed by
the political advantages of battle
scars, he sighs enviously over an-
other flier's h o s p i t a 1 record:
"wounded twice, two purple hearts
-the lucky stiff could be a Sen-
Then there's Jayne Mansfield
in her usual role as dumb blond
("and it's natural, except for the
color"). Making noises like a
mouse trapped in a wall, she un-
dulates through her part with all
the talent one can expect from an
actress of her dimension.
SUZY PARKER, one of Amer-
ica's top fashion .models, in her
first motion picture role is cooly
beautiful, as much contrast to
Miss Mansfield as a violin to a
brassy trumpet. Unfortunately,
the lovely red-head has neither
the depth of the violin nor the
sparkle of the trumpet.
She is convincing as long as
she says nothing, but when she
acts, she almost reads her lines.
Technically, the reading is not
bad, but it lacks emotional quality
or comedy flair.
But Miss Parker has a peculiar
quality, perhaps that of appear-
ing a lady, that makes her per-
formance satisfactory, if vot com-
IT IS WHEN the personalities
stop being amusing and try to be
profound that the movie becomes
reminiscent of the monster-films
created during the war.
War, according to some observ-
ant soul, is hell, perhaps more so
when it is being laughed at. Cer-
tainly, it is less so when it is be-
ing used as a grandstand.
"Kiss Them for Me" gets its
sparkle from people like Cary
Grant for whom the plot and
characters are vaguely familiar.
This is probably what saves it
from being mediocre, but keeps it
from being a classic.
Apropos the alleged superiority
of Soviet education: 'A boy who
studied for seven years in Russian
schools told newsmen.. . that the
work there wasn't any harder
than the work in American schools
-at least in grades one through
Russian children, like their
American counterparts, he said,
often sign up for snap courses, the
most snap of which, according to
him, is the course in the Soviet
THE FEW hundred people who
heard Vatican organist Fer-
nando Germani at the Detroit In-
stitute of Arts Tuesday evening,
were privileged to hear one of the
world's unquestionably great ar-
Germani performed Bach's Toe-
cata, Adagio and Fugue in C Ma-
jor so skillfully that he made it
look elementary. He played the
Toccata for what it is - a virtuo-
so improvisation demanding ut-
most dexterity and coordination
in both hands and feet.
One can safely say that Ger-
mani trills as fast and evenly with
his feet as he does with his hands.
He has complete facility and does
not depend upon peculiar phras-
ing or unusual registration for ef-
* * *
THIS straightforward, highly
musical approach characterized
Dialogue, Basse et Dessus de
Trompette, and Recit de Nazard,
by the classicist, Clerambault,
with, which Germani opened the
Neither the fragile elegance of
these French works nor the aus-
tere auditorium in which they
were performed destroyed their
relevance to a liturgical function.
Onthe lighter side, Germani
played a set of variations on a
carol, Noel, by Daquin, a Frencfh
organist of the early 18th cen-
tury. Germani again demon-
strated the ease and delicacy with
which he handles prolonged trilled
The Italian organist performed
Vivaldi's Concerto in D Minor
with a slow, majestic first move-
ment, which was the best inter-
pretation of the evening. The sec-
ond movement profited from the
loud-soft echo effect created by
the swell bo: of the four-manual
Casavant organ (a modified Bar-
oque-type organ). Germani played
the third movement with a very
snappy tempo and with smoothly
executed ostinato passages.
THE FINAL work of the even-
ing was Franck's Grand Piece
Symphonique - a magnificent
performance technically. The only
fault in the work and in the en-
tire evening's playing was the in-
ability of the organ to produce
tones as softly as Mr. Germani
In the very quiet portions of
this work, the organ had a ten-
dency to produce second and third
harmonics before it produced the
principal, thus creating a blurp
Germani's conception of thi
romantic work, nevertheless, was
grandiose. Set after set of rich,
full chord progressions poured out
of the organ in a manner pleas-
ing to both musicians and hi-fi
As an encore, *Germani played
Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Consequences of Unilateral Disarmament
Let Us Disarm! . . .
To the Editor:
BY ALL MEANS, let us go
through with unilateral disarm-
Poland was stabbed in the back
by the Soviet Union because she
was a belligerent nation: she was
fighting Hitler's Germp-N7 then.
Finland was attacked by the
Soviet Union because she possessed
weapons and foolishness to use
The Baltic states were occupied
because their armies and six mil-
liou inhabitants threatened the
security -- Soviet Union's Grand
Old Party and its 180 million
Korea came about only because
we had guns and dared to use
And Hungary was massacred
only because the free world was
arming itself to avoid Poland's,
Finland's, Estonia's, Latvia's, Lith-
uania's, Korea's fate.
By all means, let us be quick to
THEN WE WITT. not have to
genuine chance to live in a social-
Then we shall have 1984 now!
By all means, let us disarn!
* * * .
LET US NOT heed the voices of
15 million troublemakers in Si-
Let us close our ears to the
warnings of those who experience
Communism in body and soul!
Let us listen only to the hypo-
critical propaganda machine in the
Kremlin which knows no ethics,
feels no compunction to achieve
Let us sleep, for "who sleepeth,
Let us disarm!
Disarm the guards at Alcatraz
and Sing Sing, disarm the police
... and the murderers and crimi-
nals will not dare to rise against
the public opinion, will not dare to
murder innocent, defenseless fools.
They truly will not.
Or? And then?
-Valters Nollendorfs, Grad.
Deep, Beep . *
what'd you do?"
Shocked your U.S. through
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
what's the joke?"
Go on, laugh until you choke.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
why the cheer?
We will win this war with fear.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
aren't you mad?"
If I am, it's just too bad.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
"Sputnik, Sputnik, think of love."
Ha! my friend, let's see your dove.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
"Sputnik, Sputnik, what of man?"
Use a mirror if you can.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
"Sputnik, Sputnik, why the sigh?"
Sad to see your free folks cry.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
"Sputnik, Sputnik, prophesy."
Change your ways or else you die.
Be- Be- Be- Beep.
sity students performing or lis-
tening to Handel's oratorio, the
While being confronted with
this powerful and sometimes emo-
tional music, I wonder how many
will give any serious attention to
To a student in a modern cul-
ture, are the words a folk story
(the Messiah has a plot) - an-
cient superstition?; e.g., "Behold
a virgin shall conceive, and bear
a soh, and shall call His name
Emanuel: God with us."
Moreover, are the words: "All
we like sheep have gone astray"
actually true? Of University stu-
dents? Thishthoughthis followed
by: "And the Lord has laid on
Him the iniquity of us all."
This apparently isn't attestable
enough to be taught in a class-
Such a question would be diffi-
cult to research. Is it then un-
founded folklore? Perhaps( of
greatest interest are words such
as. "Come unto Him . . . and He
will give you rest."
Are these an effective answer to
prevalent mental disturbances