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TIM MICHIGAN DAILY

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, I954

1'AGE TWO TIlE MICHIGAN DAILY SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1954

The Army-McCarthy Hearings:
Nothing Proven, Something Gained

SOME DAY WHEN television becomes old-fash-
ioned, we will still be wondering what was
proved by the Army-McCarthy hearings.
As for the specific charges, nothing at all was
proved, unless you were already inclined toward
one side.
As for investigating committees in general, the
hearings made them look a little silly. This was
probably their lone accomplishment, besides in-
spiring a recording centered on the wily Sena-
tor's weary repetition, "Point of Order."
Not all investigating committees could be that
useless. Some of them may even investigate. But
look what happened when the Mundt Committee
tried impartially to find the facts. The Mundt
Committee lacked two essentials of effective pub-
lic investigating-tailor-made villains and prede-
termined conclusions.
The Kefauver Crime Committee had handy ster-
eotypes. It retained its popularity because it was
investigating ways and means of punishing people
who the public agreed were guilty: No one had
to prove to the man with the television set that a
criminal was a criminal.
On the other hand, the Mundt Committee not
only lacked such a common foe but also suffered
the responsibility of discovering who was, in fact,
the bad guy. It did not have the slightest idea who
was guilty when it began. When it ended, it knew
just as much.
In the learning process it provided entertain-
ment for millions and an understanding that in-
yestigating committees are not what we want to

investigate. The closest they can come to it is to
convince the public they are investigating, which
leaves little time for investigating.
The McCarthy Committee, as all other ambitious
groups rooting out Communists, could be useful to
review evidence and make it public. As it is, they
are too concerned about discovering Communists
and proving, or rather claiming, that that is what
they are.
Kefauver never had to prove the hoodlum he
questioned was a hoodlum, nor decide whether he
was. McCarthy, too, should not be allowed to do
so, for the Mundt Committee proved how hopeless
it is.
Yet McCarthy always gets results. It has become
a necessity as evidence to his efficiency. But the
Army-McCarthy hearings adequately and publicly
demonstrated that fair methods don't get results
when the question is if and where the guilt lies.
McCarthy's methods, then, must not run the
risk of being so fair that not enough Commun-
ists would be exposed to keep him in business.
From that- consideration, it's eatsy to change the
criterion from whether a man is a Communist
to whether he can be called one.
The Army-McCarthy hearings may not have
proved anything; but they presented a vivid pic-
ture of an investigating committee's operation,
which, added to the other arguments against Mc-
Carthy, his motives, and his methods, demands
that some method of fighting Communism besides
investigative committees be found.
Either that or bid fond adieu to our sanity.
-Jim Dygert

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Leonard's Gubernatorial Race

DONALD S. LEONARD, who wants to be Michi-
gan's next governor, will be in Ann Arbor
Monday to tell his qualifications for the job.
If candidate Leonard follows the same logic in
his reasoning that he has done thus far in his
campaign, and it seems certain he will, he can-
not help but gain many votes and leave a lot of
friends behind him in Ann Arbor.
Don Leonard is one of four Republican con-
tenders in the August 3 primary which will de-
cide who faces G. Mennen Williams in Novem-
ber.
Vying for the Republican nomination along with
Leonard are Owen J. Cleary, Eugene Keyes, and D
Hale Brake.
Each of these men is well qualified for the job
of governor and can be expected, if nominated,
to carry the out-state areas. But for a Republican
to win the governorship he must draw more votes
from Democratic Wayne County than any of the
last three candidates of his party.
The keynote of Leonard's campaign - which
seems accurate enough - is that Detroit bred,
he has the understanding of Wayne County's met-
ropolitan problems. This would enable him to corn
mand the respect of its citizens and pick up the
urban votes necessary for election. °
Leonard's campaign stands on his brilliant rec-
ord built on 30 years in the service of Michigan
as an organizer, administrator, and leader.
Leonard has\ served Michigan as State Police
Commissioner, State Director of Civil Defense,
State Fuel Administrator and Detroit Police Com-
missioner along with other jobs too numerous to
mention.
Leonardw orked his way through Wayne Univer-
sity, where he obtained both a bachelor of arts
degree and a law degree. He also took post gradu-
ate work at the University Law School.
With the primary still a distance off and the
gubernatorial election three months away Leonard
has proved already that he is a positive thinker.
He believes in modifying the state prison sys-
tem to better rehabilitate inmates for a useful
life after serving their terms. A move which
could help accomplish this feat, Leonard be-
lieves, is to divide Michigan prisons, like the
one at Jackson, which is the most overcrowded

prison in the country, into units to handle no
more than 600 men.
Leonard is a vigorous supporter of improved
highways in the state which he claims could go
much further to stimulate the state's tourist in-
dustry.
And he wants to again restore the harmonious
relationship between the governor's office and the
legislature which has been lacking so much re-
cently.
So now after an absence of six years from the
governorship it appears that the Republican party
has found a real potential and successful stand-.
ard-bearer for governor.
--Baert Brand
God And
Congress
AGNOSTICS, ATHEISTS and other religious dis-
senters soon might be prevented from affirm-
ing their allegiance to the United States.
Congress is currently legislating a change in
the pledge of allegiance, placing the phrase "under
God" into the passage " .. . one nation, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all." The addition is
to be inserted after the words "one nation."
As might be expected, no opposition to this
proposal has developed. No one wants to appear
to challenge a belief so sacred as faith in God,
or to deny the obvious importance of religion to
American history and society.
But our tradition, while at every point acknow-
ledging the large role of religion in the national
life, also provides for unqualified freedom of con-
science in matters of faith. The right of religious
dissent-no matter how widely at variance with
majority beliefs-is among the noblest of American
practices.
Congress proposes to legislate, in effect, that only
those believing in God and willing to associate the
Deity with an affirmation of political allegiance
are good Americans. Clearly, this imposes an offi-
cial penalty on adherance to certain religious con-
victions, and as such is unconstitutional under the
terms of the First Amendment,
-Allan Silver

WASHINGTON - Shortly before
Winston Churchill arrived for his
talkswith Eisenhower, the Nation-
al Security Council, which seems
to be rnaking the chief foreign af-
fairs decisions these days, drew up
an extremely important new pol-
icy for the Far East.
Churchill will doubtless find this
policy a little easier to swallow
than the tough and drastic inter-
vention program which Adm. Ar-
thur Radford tried to sell him in
London six weeks ago. Hence
there should be a reasonable basis
for agreement between England
and the United States in the Far
East.
In brief, here is the new policy
adopted by the National Security
Council.
The United States has now drawn
up three defense lines. If the Com-
munists step across one of these
defense lines, the United States
will fight only with the coopera-
tion and support of the United
Nations. If the Reds step over the
second defense line, we will fight
in alliance with any of the coun-
tries invaded regardless of the
U.N.
If the Communists step over the
third defense line, we will fight
whether we have any allies or not.
Defense Line No. 1 - Indochina
-Here we will fight only with
U.N. backing. If the United Na-
tions acts to support the three
small countries of Indochina, the
United States will go to war with
the U.N. Furthermore, if the Red
Chinese push across the border in
numbers, we will urge the U.N.
to intervene. In this case we would
China.
Defense Line No. 2 -Includes
South Korea, the Philippines, all
the island chains down through the
East Indies, including Formosa;
also embracing Thailand, Burma,
and Malaya. If any of these coun-
tries are attacked, we will invoke
our defense treaties with them and
go to war. If we have no defense
treaties at the moment, we will
endeavor to sign some shortly.
Efforts will be made to bring all
these areas within the Pacific
NATO.
Defense Line* No. 3 - Includes
all U.S. territories, U.S. trusts
and U.S. possessions in the Paci-
fic, plus Japan. This last is signi-
ficant. It means the United States
would go to war to save Japan
whether our allies join us or not.
This is the reason President Ei-
senhower spoke so candidly about
trade with Japan during the news-
paper editors dinner this week.
For today, the key to our entire
Far Eastern policy is Japan. The
National Security Council has de-
cided to encourage a strong and
friendly Japan to counterbalance
the China-Russian alliance, and be-
cause Japan is dependent upon im-
ports she can be starved into alle-
giance to the Communists.
That is one reason why Burma,
Thailand, the Malays, and Indo-
nesia are so important. They have
been big Japanese markets in the
past.
Will Germany Repeat?
A high-level diplomatic confer-
ence took place in London the oth-
er day which pinpoints one of the
main problems Churchill and Ei-
senhower are now discussing.
It was a meeting of top U.S.
ambassadors from Western Eu-
rope, including Winthrop Aldrich,
envoy to London; Douglas Dillon,
envoy to France; and Dr. James
Conant, U.S. high commissioner to
Germany. Mrs. Clare Boothe Luce
was not able to come from Italy
because of poor health. She has

of the U.S. and England-despite
growing German haughtiness and
the likelihood that an indepen-
dent Germany might "retreat."
Churchill Not es
Some time before he left Lon-
don, Winston Churchill called in
top atomic advisers, Lord Cher-
well and Lord Salisbury, and laid
down a British policy that it was
better to lose all Indochina than
risk using the atom bomb. . .Rea-
son for the meeting was word that
Admiral Radford hada planup
his sleeve for A-bombs to Indo-
china. Churchill, on the contrary,
argued that the A-bomb would
alienate the people of all Asia.-.
John Foster Dulles is fit to be tied
over the British labor delegation
which plans to visit Red China.
He says the British could at least
have tipped him off in advance.
Dulles is planning to persuade
Churchill to withdraw permission
for the trip, but the old gentleman
of No. 10 Downing Street will
probably tell Dulles to mind his
own business.
** *
WASHINGTON-It is not often
that a talk between the heads of
the two most important democrat-
ic nations in the world gets started
in an atmosphere of mutual re-
crimination. But that was the way
diplomats felt about the Churchill-
Eisenhower talks as the two states-
men sat down together.
What made American diplomats
sore was Foreign Minister An-
thony Eden's speech in the House
of Commons directly and bluntly
criticizing the United States.
But what the public doesn't know
is that Eden and Churchill were
equally sore at some private re-
'marks made by Secretary of State
Dulles one week ago. In fact it
was Dulles' remarks that actually
inspired the Eden speech.
What had happened was that
Dulles had a background-informa-
tion-only dinner with a few choice
newspapermen last week during
which he had some rough things to
say about the colonial policies of
England. He said, among other
things, that the United States was
hampered by British colonialism,
that we were pulling British chest-
nuts out of the fire, and Dulles
ticked off a long list of differences
between the U.K. and the U.S. He
also hinted that the United States
might have to junk part of the al-
liance with England and operate
entirely on our own.
Unwise Words
Diplomats say that the secretary
of state should have known better
than to unloose such criticism just
a few days before the Prime Min-
ister and foreign minister of Eng-
land were coming to Washington
on an important mission.
When Prime Minister Churchill
heard that the American secretary
of state was castigating the British
Commonwealth on the eve of his
trip to Washington, Sir Winston hit
the ceiling.
British policies toward the col-
onies, he told his associates, are
just as liberal as American poli-
cies. In fact, England has led the
world of late in granting indepen-
dence to colonial peoples, stormed
the Prime Minister. So if John Fos-
ter dares mention this any time
between now and Churchill's de-
parture, the old gentleman is set to
blow him out of his chair.
In such an atmosphere began
the most important diplomatic
talks since Eisenhower assumed
office.
No wonder Secretary of the
Treasury Humphrey and Secretary
of Defense Wilson have given u

The Phoenix
Proj ect
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are
excerpts from a talk given by Ralph
A. Sawyer, Dan of the Graduate School
and Director of the Phoenix Project.
The talk was presented in conjune-
tion with Nuclear Energy conference
here which closed yesterday.)
The Michigan Memorial-Phoenix
Project is co-operating with the
American Institute of Chemical
Engineers in presenting a program
on The Social Impact of Nuclear
Energy. For the Phoenix Project,
these sessions represent the third
of our annual conferences, designed
to inform its friends and donors
about its activities, in particular,
and about the atomic energy sit-
uation, in general.
The Michigan Memorial-Phoe-
nix Projecthwas established in
1948- by the Board of Re-
gents of the University of Mich-
igan as a wgr memorial "to
explore the ways and means
by which the potentialities of
atomic energy may become a
beneficent influence in the life
of man."
The Project is devoted to re-
searches into the beneficent appli-
cations of atomic energy, in the
hope that through these researches
a better world may arise from
the ashes of destruction. Hence,
the Project was named for the
Phoenix, the bird of ancient myth-
ology, which, returning to its tem-
le every 500 years to be consumed
in the altar fire, rose again from
its own ashes, renewed and re-
vitalized. For the support of the
faculty, friends, and corporations,
have subscribed over $7,500,000.
It is with our own funds, then,
that we are supporting a wide
variety of research projects, rang-
ing, for example, from a labora-
tory for the dating of archaeologi-
cal specimens, to studies of the
reactions of water fleas to X-
radiations.
While a large part of the re-
search under the auspices of the
Phoenix Project is in the fields
of the biological and physical
sciences, we have a program in
the social sciences that, we be-
lieve, is unequalled in any other
institution in the country.
For two years we have been
carrying on a study, under the
auspices of our Institute of Public
Administration, of the techniques
and procedures by which the A-
tomic Energy Commission operates
and of the relationships between
the Commission and its contrac-
tors, its Advisory Committees, and
the Congress.
In addition to its direct sup-
port of research, the Phoenix
Project has been able to pro-
vide extensive facilities for the
University in this new and
formerly used by the Univer-
sity Hospital and now known
as the Radiation Laboratories
of the University, the Phoenix
Project has installed and e-
quipped a laboratory for the
study of plant growth, and a
hot laboratory for handling ra-
dioactive materials, for carry-
ing on experiments with them,
and for training University per-
sonnel in the use of these iso-
topes.
In the radiation laboratories the
Project has also contributed to-
ward the installation of two radio-
cobalt sources, one of which is
the most powerful such source out-
side the Atomic Energy Commis-
sion laboratories. In the Univer-
sity Hospital, we have equipped a
laboratory for handling all the
radioisotopes used in therapy, and

we have contributed $90,000 toward
the construction of the new under-
ground laboratory, where, with the
support of the United States Atom-
ic Energy Commission, cancer
therapy with X-rays, radio-cobalt,
and radio-cesium will be carried
on, and their relative effectiveness
studied.
Some of these laboratories, I
hope you will be able to see during
your stay here. I hope you will
also be able to see the site on the
North Campuso n the other side
of the Huron River, where we are
building, at the present time, a
$1,500,000 Phoenix Laboratory to
house research using high levels
of radiation. Adjoining this labor-
atory will be built our nuclear re-
actor, for which a gift of $1,000,000
has been received. This reactor
will be the third built outside of
Commission facilities. We expect.
that it will be an extremely power-
ful source of neutrons and radia-
tion for a wide variety of experi-
ments in the fields of medicine,
biology, and engineering.
The University of Michigan be-
lieves that the Phoenix Project
is unique in the breadth of its
approach to atomic problems, in
the wide variety of fields of re-
search covered, in its close inte-
gration with the program of the
University, and in the fact that
support for the Project has been
furnished by the contributions of
friends and alumni of the Univer-
sity rather than by public funds.
We believe that the results to date

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN.

Suspensions .
To the Editor:
I have read in The Daily the
cases of the three suspended facul-
ty members and I have been shown
copies of the letters and editor-
ials which appeared in The Daily
at the time of the suspensions.
It certainly looks like a one
sided treatment of the issue. Ev-
eryone keeps talking about aca-
demic competence as the criteria
for judgement.
But does this University want
Communists on its staff no mat-
ter how brilliant they maybe in
their own field? A teacher who
is a member of the Communist
Party must take orders from Mos-
cow and cannot possibly be free
to make any decisions of his own.
He must also try at every moment
to, recruit people into the Party
and influence his students.
Now, of course, I do not know
whether these men who have been
suspended are or are not Com-
munists. But this is what Presi-
dent Hatcher and the various
committees set up have to decide.
They also have to decide wheth-
er this University wants anyone

tettelP TO THE EDITOR
The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not in good taste will
be condensed, edited or withheld from publication at the discretion of the
editors.

r*

on its faculty, Communist or not,
who refuses to cooperate with a
committee of the Congress of the
United States.
I would think not.
--J. X. Rommel
Woman of the World
To the Editor:
IT SEEMS to me that if the
University of Michigan really
wanted to discuss the place of
women today in a democratic
manner, it would have chosen
some other title than "Woman
in the World of Man."
What does this title mean? Ob-.
viously, that woman is in a world
which is basically a man's and has
to make the best of it.
It's about time that everyon
realized that the world belongs
both sexes equally. It is rather
discouraging to find the Univer-
sity of Michigan hinting other-
wise.
Why not the title "Woman in
the World of Human Beings?"
I urge all those who agree with
me to write President Hatcher
asking for this change.
-Marjorie Crockett

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 shouldbe sent in
TYPEWRITTEN form to Room 3510
Administration Building before 3 p.m.
the day preceding publication.
SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1954
VOL. LXIV, No. 5
Notices
Personnel Office-Good typist needed
[or University of Michigan Speech Camp,
Northport, Michigan, from now until
August 20, 1954. Transportation furnish-
ed. Please contact: University Personnel
Office, 3012 Administration Building,
State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, NO-
3-1511, Ext. 2621.
Ushers are urgently needed for Anna
Russell concert at Hill Auditorium on
Monday, July 19. If you are interested
in ushering for this concert, please re-
port to Mr. Warner at Hill Auditorium
between 5 and 6 p.m. during the week
of June 28.
Lectures
Monday, June 28
Conference on Speech Communica-
tion in Business and Industry, auspices
of the Department of Speech.
Registration. 8:30 a.m., Rackham East
Conference Room.
Morning session. "Fundamentals of
Business Speaking," G. E. Densmore,
Professor of Speech; "Visual Aids in
Business Speaking," Frank W. Reynolds,
Jam Handy Organization. 9:00 a.m.,
Rackham East Conference Room.
Afternoon session. "Understandabil-
ity in Communication," W. M. Sattler,
Associate Professor of Speech; "Con-
ducting the Business Interview," E. N.
Hicks, Assistant Employment Supervis-
or, Burroughs Corporation, and T. H.
Spitler, Director of Industrial Relations,
Argus Camera Company; "Training Con-
ference Goals," E. Murray Leahey, Man-
ager of Training, Ford Motor Company
of Canada. 1:30 p.m., Rackham East
Conference Room.
Evening session. "Radio and Televi-
sion Speaking." Edward Stasheff, As-
sociate Professor of Speech, and Edgar
E. Willis, Associate Professor of Speech.
7:30 p.m., Television Studios.
Seventh Annual Conference on Aging,
auspices of the Division of Gerontology.
Registration. 8:45 a.m., Michigan Un'.
Ion.
General session. "Tomorrow's Senior
Citizen and His Life-long Development."
Clark Tibbetts, Chairman, Committee
on Aging and Geriatrics, United States
Department of Health, Education, and
Welfare. 9:30 a.m., Michigan Union.
Afternoon session. Concurrent meet-
ings of work groups. 1:30 p.m., Michi-
gan Union.
Conference Series for English Teach-
ers. "Teaching the Essay and Magazine
Article." Panel discussion: Mildred Too-
good, Eastern High School, Lansing;
Marion McKinney, University High
School; Willaim M. Bedell, Redford High
School, Detroit; Arthur J. Carr, Assist-
ant Professor of English. 4:00 p.m., Au-
ditorium C, Angell Hall.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Robert
Hames Cox, Pharmaceutical Chemistry;
thesis: "Antispasmodics. Basic-alkyl Es-
ters of B-Substituted or -Phenyl- and
-Cyclohexyl-B-hydroxypropionic Acids,"
Tuesday, June 29, 2525 Chemistry Bldg.,
at 2:00 p.m. Chairman, F. F. Blicke.
Concerts
Student Recital: Robert Kerns, barl-
tone, will present a recital at 8:30 Sun-
day evening, June 27, in Auditorium A,
Angell Hall, in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the degree of
Bachelor of Music. His programs will
include compositions by Peri, Scarlat-
ti, Monteverde, Mozart, Brahms, Ravel,
Storace, and three folk songs. It will be
open to the general public.
Faculty Concert: Emil Raab, violinist,
and Benning Dexter, pianist, will per-
form sonatas for violin and piano at
8:30 Monday evening, June 28, in the
Rackham Lecture Hall. The program
will include Roussel's Sonata No. 2 in
A, Op. 28, Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in G,
Op. 78, and Finney's Sonata No. 3. It

Museums Building, rotunda exhibit.
Indian costumes of the North Ameri-
can plains.
Events Today
Michigan Christian Fellowship,
Picnic. Leave LaneF all at 2:00 p.m.
Transportation provided. Plenty of good
food. Come and join us for fun and
fellowship.
If you are interested in going please
contact B. J. Cole at NO 3-1561, Ext.
3553.
Coming Events
Michigan Christian Fellowship
Sun., June 27. 4:00 p.m. Panel di..
cussion, by a group of Christian stu-
dents on the topic. "what Jesus Christ
Means to Me." Everyone welcome.
Seventh Annual Conference on Aging.
June 28-30.
The following student sponsored so-
cial events are approved for the coming
iweek-end. Social chairmen are re-
minded that requests for approval for
social events are due in the Office of
Student Affairs not later than 12 o'clock
noon on the Monday prior to the event.
June 26-
Michigan Christian Fellowship
Alice Lloyd Hall
Phi Delta Phi
June 27-
Phi Delta Phi
Pi Lambda Theta Meeting--Monday,
June 28, at 5:30 at the Women's Swim-
ming Pool; at 6:15 picnic supper in
the Women's Athletic Building. For
reservation call NO 8-8958.
Single graduate students and young
people of post-college age are invited
to join with the Fireside Forum group
of the First Methodist Church for a
picnic to a local lake on Sunday after-
noon. Meet at the back of the church
at 2:30 with swimming equipment.
Transportation and food will be taken
care of by the committee.
Lutheran Student Association Meet-
ing 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran
Student Chapel, corner of Hill Street
and Forest Avenue. Program and re-
freshments.
Sunday-Services in the Ann Arbor
Churches.
Speech Department Play, Hamlet, July
7-10.
Single Tickets for the Department of
Speech summer plays will go on sale at
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater box
office in the north end of the Michigan
League MONDAY, June 28, at 10 a.m.
Included on the summer playbill are
Hamlet, July 7-10; Mrs. McThing, July
21-24; Sheridan's The Critic; and Moe
zart's opera, The Marriage of Figaro,
August 5, 6, 7 and 9, with The School of
Music. Single tickets for Hamlet.and
the opera are $1.75-$1.40-$1.00, and for
Mrs. McThing and The Critic $1.50-$1.10-
75c. Lydia Mendelssohn Box Office is
open continuously from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Graduate Outing Club will meet at,
2:00 p.m. Sunday at the back entrance
of the Rackham Building.

X1
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CURR~eNIT MOVIES

At The State...
THE STUDENT PRINCE, with Ann Blyth and
Edmund Purdom.
Y taking more than a few liberties with Rom-
berg's musical wat-horse MGM has managed
to grind out about a hundred and ten minutes
of cheapened fun. Romberg had the ability to cre-
ate a good show, which somebody at MGM ap-
parently didn't like; aside from lousing up the
lyrics and the story, they turned "the Singing
voice of Mario Lanza" loose on the music.
Mr. Lanza, who turned out to be too fat and
too temperamental to appear in the movie itself,
might also have been deleted on the grounds
that he has no sense of the music he is sup-
posed to be singing. It sounds a little too much
like his idea of superemotive Italian opera,
which Romberg definitely did not have in mind,
and, from the results here, rightly so. In "The
Great Caruso" Mr. Lanza was at least imitat-
ing a singer with taste! without such a model
he can only rely on his own abilities and in-
clinations. His voice is just as good as it ever
was (no progress, though), but he is misusing
it now to the point of sounding like a bad
singer of senseless ballads.
Mis Blyth not only uses her limited voice better
than Mr. Lanza, but she also has the guts to do
her own acting. She is capable, and with a little

partner, Edmund Purdom, looks and acts as he
should, and up until the time he opens his
mouth and Mr. Lanza begins singing it looks like
all will go well. Unfortunately at that point the
horrible incongruity of two men with opposite
theatrical tendencies destroys any of the good work
Purdom has done.
Around the two (or three) central figures are
a host of good actors who add the humorous
touches necessary to keep this from seeming
more than an hour or two longer than it is.
Louis Calhern, as the king of Carlsburg, and
Edmund Gwenn, who plays the tutor, are both
exceptional, and S. Z. Sakall portrays his cus-
tomary role with his customary zest. There are
a multitude of over-enthusiastic Heidelberg stu-
dents and several Prussianistic diplomats and
lackeys who give the featured business a rather
lush background.
But none of these minor things can resurrect
what begins as an essentially bad film and holds
on to this character until it comes to a late end.
An overabundance of cardboard scenery and paint-
ed backdrops, the occasional "new hit songs" which
are thrown in to improve upon Romberg, and at
party scene straight from "Die Fledermaus" (com-
plete with Strauss music) only, reinforce the
mixed-up effect of the show
-Tom Arp

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