SAFETY BELTS IN CARS, an optional device everywhere up to now, may soon be made compulsory in cars owned in New York state. It’s one result of a 7-year study of almost 100,000 accidents by the Automotive Crash Injury Research unit of Cornell University. The study shows safety belts greatly reduce personal injury. Other findings:
Small cars are safer in accidents where the car rolls over; larger cars are safer in collision. The old plush upholstery was probably safer than new plastic because of higher friction.
SO MANY IMITATORS ARE HORNING IN on the
Eskimo-art craze in Canada that the government’s going to label the genuine articles as one way of protecting both artists and collectors. The label (see drawing) is by Ottawa artist James Boyd. It will show price, Eskimo carver’s name and where he lives. Spurious Eskimo art is being produced as far away as Hong Kong for sale in this country.
WHAT CHANCE FOR AN ALL-RICHARD HOCKEY LINE (the NHL’s first three-brother string since the Bentleys)? It depends on how 21-year-old Claude, now with Hull Canadiens, recovers from a recent knee injury. Claude, leading the OHA Senior League with 14 goals when he ripped knee cartilages in early December, looked like a cinch to join Maurice (the Rocket) and Henri (the Pocket)—perhaps this season—with Montreal Canadiens. Now Canadien coach Toe Blake says, “He’s got a big chance —if the knee holds out.” Hull coach Dick Dumachel says unreservedly, “There’ll be a Richard line in the NHL by 1960.”
LOOK FOR AN ACCELERATED INVASION of Canada’s Atlantic fishing waters by Britons, Norwegians and Germans—the result mainly of Iceland proclaiming a 12-mile zone to protect its fishing. West Germans who tried our Grand Banks this year reported catches twice as large as they got off Iceland. Only 70 of Germany’s 210 fishing trawlers arc diesel and capable of fishing the Banks. New trawlers are now being ordered. Britons are also planning long-range trawlers to fish Canadian waters. A 12-mile zone wouldn’t help Canadian fishermen. All our important fishing banks are farther out than that.
WHAT MPs WILL DO Raise income tax? curb smut?
WILL INCOME TAX be raised? Will the Arrow be rescued? Will smut be driven from the newsstands? Like a Broadway musical that still hasn’t had its tryout, Ottawa’s not quite sure who or what will get top billing in the new session of parliament starting in a few days, but one thing is certain: the program for the next six months is loaded with potential show-stoppers. Here are a few:
Tax changes: With a deficit of $800 million forecast and another gust of inflation feared, will Finance Minister Fleming hike personal income tax in his March budget? Many consider it possible, almost no one expects a cut in income tax.
Farm aid: The government will introduce a new system of crop insurance, along with a credit plan to assist farmers who want to enlarge their land holdings.
Sex literature: Parliament will be asked to adopt legislation defining obscenity in literature and write it into the Criminal Code. The purpose: to restrain burgeoning sex tabloids and curb the flow of
printed smut from the U. S. and France. Business aids: New legislation is expected to include a system of long-term loans to dollar-short nations that want to buy our goods; some new tariffs (probably against Italian woolens, for one); more money for public works to ease unemployment; a deal with provinces to speed trans-Canada highway construction.
The Arrow: Should this Canada-built aircraft or the U. S. Bomarc missile provide the centrepiece of our air defense? The cabinet will give the answer by March 31.
Money probe: The Public Accounts Committee, which stirred up a stench last year examining the Hull printing bureau, is expected to look at Seaway costs and construction policies next. Assorted debate: MPs are slated to have their say on the tangled freight-rate problem, the PM’s bill of rights, the new broadcasting act. They may also be asked to okay creation of 20 parliamentary secretaries from Tory back benches to act as assistant minister (extra pay, $4,000 a year). — PETER C. NEWMAN
TOPS IN TV, MOVIES AND BOOKS FOR 1959
WITH TV trying to heat the rap that it's creatively muscle-bound, look for some new twists in format this year, and the burial of some tired old twists. Conversation shows are in ascendancy, based on the success of Ed Murrow’s Small World and the Godfrey-Gleason talks. In the U. S. Oscar Levant will show his waspish wit more frequently and to more people; in Canada CloseUp will do a series of trans-Atlantic chats with figures of world stature. Big-big musicals in the Ziegfeld tradition will make a stronger bid for top ratings. Examples: the Manie Sacks memorial show on NBC this month, parading a raft of stars such as Sinatra, Shore, Martin and Lewis. April will see a musical-awards extravaganza plus Academy Awards on U. S. networks. Next fall CBC will do a series of musi-
cal specials and will try for Gisele, Juliette and Shirley Harmer together on a show. In February Timex All-Star Jazz Show will star Canadians Oscar Peterson and Moe Kaufman.
Famous and familiar stories are being scripted for some major TV shows: Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence, Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Conrad’s Victory and on CBC Hugh MacLennan’s new The Watch that Ends the Night.
Westerns will finally elbow one another off the plains. New northwesterns in the making: The Alaskan and Pierre Berton's Klondike.
Five-minute mysteries will make a bow, with James Craig playing Hannibal Cobb in 260 quickies. Nero Wolfe and Philip Marlowe will also bring their detective talents to TV.
Shows of the year? Good bets are: Mary Martin's twin bill Easter Sunday on NBC—a $1-million matinee and evening performance; two hours of Showboat on NBC; one hour with the Ritz brothers on CBS; 90 minutes of Don Quixote with Jose Ferrer on ABC— these yet unscheduled; Camille and probably Stratford Shakespeare on CBC next FALL.-BARBARA MOON
iintfiro $$$Mllllons pour Into spectaculars / Ben Hur back / Marilyn MUTILO making a comeback / Another High Noon for Gary Cooper?
FAR FROM saying uncle to TV, movies will continue to fight back this year with more $$$millions than ever, plus Yul Brynner and some of (he most fetching
and hare-skinned young ladies in ancient history. Big shows ahead: Spartacus ($5 million), based on the book by Howard Fast and starring Sir Laurence Olivier, .Peter Ustinov, Charles Laughton and Kirk Douglas. Solomon and Sheba ($6 million). Brynner takes the place of Tyrone Power who collapsed and died on the set in Spain (he won’t appearj. Plus Gina Lollobrigida.
Ben Hur ($15 million), with the usual cast of thousands and more close-fitting togas for the girls than the Romans ever dreamed of.
The Tempest ($7 million). Hollywood hired the Yugoslav army cavalry, plus Van Heflin and Silvana Mangano, for this one. It’s based on Pushkin’s fiery The Captain’s Daughter.
I he Buccaneer. Brynner plays the pirate Jean Lafitte.
The Hanging Tree. Gary Cooper may have another High Noon, helped by Maria Schell.
* Additional shows to watch: The Greatest Story Ever Told, Fulton Oursler’s version of the life of Christ, which is sure to be one of the most heavily promoted films of the year; the NFB’s color feature of the royal visit, a fulllength feature co-starring the Seaway. *" Newcomer to watch: Kicky Nelson, the teen-agers’ favorite who goes western in Rio Bravo.
* Comebacks to watch: Marilyn Monroe’s, after three years, in Some Like It Hot, and Ingrid Bergman’s in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Broadway hit Auntie Marne (Rosalind Russell) is going on the screen. And so will Anna Lucasta (stars Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis Jr. emote without a single song).
* Newest screen gimmick: Emergo. A skeleton appears to come right out of the screen at you (Shriek!) in House on the Haunted HILL.-JOHN CLARE
DHÍWC Boom year for Canadian novelists? / Film stars Astor, Flynn DUUlVO new best sellers?/Playwright Ustinov turns hand to stories
new stories coming out, top Canadian novelists seem likely to make their biggest impact in years, although best - seller lists are still dominated by such 1958 blockbusters as Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago.
Most promising of the new Canadian books are probably The Watch that Ends the Night. Hugh MacLennan’s novel from Macmillan’s (Maclean’s Dec. 6 presented an episode from it); Montreal-born Mordecai Richlcr’s fourth novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the story of a cabbie’s son who
wants to make a million; Montrealer Saul Bellow’s The Rain King (his Adventures of Augie March was a recent hit); and a sex-mystery novel, Psyche, by newcomer Phyllis Brett Young, daughter of the late U. of T. professor, G. S. Brett.
They’re facing tough competition, however. Autobiographies from which publishers expect a lot this year are Mary Astor’s and Errol Flynn's.
Novels to watch: Robert Ruark’s Poor No More (Henry Holt) and Lawrence Durrell’s Mountolive (Dutton). Newcomers to watch: Actor-playwright Peter Ustinov with a collection of humorous short stories, (Little Brown); Philip Stone who wrote No Place to Run (Viking) when 17.-L. F. HANNON
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