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On Broadway: Jan. 7, 1966

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Wednesday, January 5

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT (CBS, 7:30-8:30 p.m.).* Leonard Bernstein conducts Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony in a tribute to the composer’s 60th birthday.

BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATER (NBC, 9-10 p.m.). In “The Enemy on the Beach,” Robert Wagner and James Donald star as two naval officers assigned to neutralize a German mine that is paralyzing Allied shipping. Color.

Thursday, January 6

CBS THURSDAY NIGHT MOVIE (CBS, 9-11 p.m.). Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris in Requiem for a Heavyweight, the story of a prizefighter who is forced to give up the only trade he knows.

Friday, January 7

THE SAMMY DAVIS JR. SHOW (NBC, 8:30-9:30 p.m.). Guests are Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Nancy Wilson, Corbett Monica and the Will Mastin Trio. Color.

Saturday, January 8

SHELL’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF GOLF (NBC, 5-6 p.m.). First of eleven matches, this one between Tony Lema and Roberto de Vicenzo; from the Glyfada Golf Club in Athens. Color.

Sunday,January 9

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFF BOWL (CBS, 1:30 p.m. to conclusion). From Miami. Color.

N.B.A. GAME OF THE WEEK (ABC, 2-4 p.m.). The New York Knickerbockers v. the Baltimore Bullets.

THE SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE (ABC, 9-11:30 p.m.). Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in John O’Hara’s From the Terrace. Color.

Tuesday, January 11

CBS NEWS SPECIAL (CBS, 10-11 p.m.). James Mason narrates “The Search for Ulysses,” a documentary retracing the Mediterranean journeys of Homer’s hero. Color.

THEATER On Broadway

CACTUS FLOWER. Adapter-Director Abe Burrows gives a fast spin to a French sex farce that sets a reluctantly spinsterish nurse, a determined roué of a dentist, and his beatnik mistress in a romantic whirl. Lauren Bacall is appropriately prickly as a late-blooming lovely.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. The eccentric Sycamore family once again cavorts on a Broadway stage in an inspired revival by the APA repertory company.

Still funny after 30 years, the zany Moss Hart-George Kaufman comedy now has the added appeal of nostalgic wholesomeness and pervasive human warmth.

THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN. Brilliant plumage and clever choreography give this historical drama the shifting, colorful splendor of a kaleidoscope, but Playwright Peter Shaffer fails to inform the story of Conquistador Pizarro in Peru with a coherent dramatic or philosophical content.

INADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE. John Osborne’s threnody on the middle years electrifies with bolts of bitterness and sparks of caustic humor. The lead is played with stunning force by Nicol Williamson, a 28-year-old Scotsman, who spares neither himself nor his audience.

GENERATION. The battle between age groups is second only to the battle of the sexes as the stuff of which life and plays are made. William Goodhart makes it laughing matter in a lighthearted comedy about a doting father (Henry Fonda) who finds his daughter and her nonconformist husband living in a Greenwich Village loft and—much to dad’s discomfort—liking it.

Off Broadway

THE WHITE DEVIL. The decisive motion of John Webster’s bloody tragedy is a plunging dagger, but the determining mood is an obsessive sense of evil. In this revival, an authoritative cast headed by Frank Langella and Carrie Nye propels the play with a controlled drive and fury.


Hit Singles

THUNDERBALL (Parrot). John Barry’s theme for the new Bond movie seems to be zooming off just like his Goldfinger. The excellent voice belongs to Tom Jones, a Welsh miner’s son.

I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) (King). James Brown, a regular on the rhythm-and blues honor roll, has some good instrumental backing in the Famous Flames, but he does not need it; his voice has its own banked fires.

TURN, TURN, TURN (Columbia). The Bible, set to rock ‘n’ roll, produced December’s biggest hit. The words (“To everything there is a season”) are from Ecclesiastes, the music is by Pete Seeger, and the performance is by the Byrds, pioneers of folk-rock.

I CAN NEVER GO HOME ANYMORE (Red Bird). The Shangri-Las teach a stern object lesson. The girl ran away with the boy, but all she could think about was how her mother used to tuck her in at night. Meanwhile Mother sickened and died. The Shangri-Las’ advice: Kiss your mom and tell her you love her.

EBB TIDE (Philles). Few white singers can sing rhythm and blues like the Righteous Brothers (“blue-eyed soul,” it is called), but for the moment they seem swept away by Wagnerian passions. In fact, the singing is all but drowned out by a symphonic surge apparently recorded in an ocean cave.

OVER AND OVER (Epic). The Dave Clark Five, who arrived in the first wave of the British invasions, are still sledgehammering their drums and getting lots of attention. They sing, “Ah said it over and over and over again/ This dance is gonna be a drag.” And it more or less is.

HANG ON SLOOPY (Cadet). At the forefront of this jazzy fragment is Ramsey Lewis’ piano, accompanied by the intoxicated squeals of his fans and a bit of distant chanting, “Hang on, Sloopy.” Slurpy.

ENGLAND SWINGS (Smash). Roger Miller (Dang Me, Do-Wacka-Do, You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd) can pull a hit out of a hat. He recommends taking the family to England, because England swings, what with Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and “bobbies on bicycles, two by two.”

1-2-3 (Decca). Len Barry is the new wavy-haired, high-tenor hitmaker from Philadelphia who specializes in puppy-love lieder. Falling in love, he explains, is as elementary as 1-2-3, or ABC. Another of his hits, Like a Baby, is about a youthful couple. “When you smile, you’re so adorable, so infantile,” he croons. Seems she smiles just like a baby, feels just like a baby in his arms, and makes him cry just like a baby.


DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. Omar Sharif in the title role and Julie Christie as his Lara head an impressive cast in Director David Lean’s thoroughly romantic version of Boris Pasternak’s epochal bestseller.

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD. In this taut, tasteful version of John le Carré’s bestseller about a burnt-out British secret agent, Richard Burton gives his best screen performance.

VIVA MARIA! Photography by Henri Decae enhances the allure of Jeanne Moreau and Brigitte Bardot, who do what they can with Director Louis (The Lovers) Malle’s rather slapdash farce about a pair of dance-hall girls involved in a Central American revolution.

THUNDERBALL. Sean Connery returns as 007, equipped with a backpack jet and aqualung for all sorts of spectacular conquests by land, sea and air.

LAUREL AND HARDY’S LAUGHING 20’S. Witless innocence runs amuck in excerpts from the silent classics of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, assembled with hilarious results by Cinema Anthologist Robert Youngson.

JULIET OF THE SPIRITS. Director Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita, 8½), ostensibly exploring the subconscious of a mild little matron (Giulietta Masina) whose husband has strayed, makes her problems materialize as a Freudian three-ring circus in full color.

REPULSION. This chilling case study by Writer-Director Roman Polanski describes how a tormented blonde manicurist (Catherine Deneuve) retreats into a nightmare world, working considerable mischief along the way.

THE LEATHER BOYS. Motorcycling, teen marriage and homosexuality complicate the life of a serio-comic British strumpet (Rita Tushingham) whose young husband prefers to spend all his evenings out with the boys.

DARLING. John Schlesinger’s brittle jet-set satire stars Julie Christie as the playgirl who makes a name for herself by doing the wrong things with the right people.


Best Reading

A THOUSAND DAYS: JOHN F. KENNEDY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. In this topnotch and for the most part balanced retrospective, Historian Schlesinger has done full justice to his craft and to the President he loved and served.

THE WILD SWAN, by Monica Stirling. A tender and touching biography of Master Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, who lived to be 70 and was still seeing life as a fairy story more magical than any he wrote.

MY LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS AND ON THE PLAINS, by David Meriwether. Dictated to a granddaughter and now published for the first time 72 years after his death, this gruffily matter-of-fact autobiography overflows with anecdotes that show life on the early American frontier as a grim and dangerous business.

IN MY TIME, by Robert Strausz-Hupé. The distinguished director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Foreign Policy Research Institute looks back without anger at his youth amid the ruins of a Middle Europe shattered by World War I, weighs his own nostalgia for a lost bourgeois civilization against the dynamics of the atomic age.

QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL, by Elizabeth Bishop. In the first book of poems that she has published since 1954, a fine but unprolific poet presents a slender sampling of superb descriptive verse.

THE BEGGAR, by F. M. Esfandiary. The injustice of justice and the crime of punishment are shrewdly displayed in this fiercely ironical parable—composed by an Iranian-in-exile—that demonstrates how the devil takes the hindmost when men play God.

SELECTED LETTERS OF MALCOLM LOWRY, edited by Harvey Breit and Margerie Bonner Lowry. A tragic novelist—whom drink, neglect and poverty might have carried to death in Mexico or oblivion in the Canadian wilderness—shows in his letters the courage and dedication to his craft that enabled him to produce his single masterpiece Under the Volcano, a modern version of Dante’s Inferno.

THE SAVAGE STATE, by Georges Conchon. This scorching satire on race politics in Africa is written with an acetylene torch, should be read through goggles.

VICTORIAN SCANDAL, by Roy Jenkins. The Dilke Case was the Profumo Affair of the Victorian era, a sensational politico-sexual scandal that rocked an administration and blasted the brilliant career of the man who at 42 had already been designated as Gladstone’s successor. The story is authoritatively told by Historian Roy Jenkins, new Home Secretary in Britain’s Labor government.

Best Sellers


1. The Source, Michener (1 last week) 2. Those Who Love, Stone (2) 3. Up the Down Staircase, Kaufman (3) 4. Airs Above the Ground, Stewart (4) 5. Hotel, Hailey (5) 6. The Lockwood Concern, O’Hara (6) 7. Thomas, Mydans (8) 8. The Honey Badger, Ruark (7) 9. The Rabbi, Gordon (9) 10. The Man with the Golden Gun, Fleming (10)


1. A Thousand Days, Schlesinger (2) 2. Kennedy, Sorensen (1) 3. Games People Play, Berne (5) 4. A Gift of Prophecy, Montgomery (3) 5. A Gift of Joy, Hayes (4) 6. The Penkovskiy Papers, Penkovskiy (8) 7. Yes I Can, Davis and Boyar (6) 8. Is Paris Burning? Collins and Lapierre (7) 9. World Aflame, Graham 10. Intern, Doctor X

*All times E.S.T.

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