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FINCH'S BIG

CHANCE

IN U.K. FILM

LONDON:

Olivia De Havi land, expected to play opposite

Australian Peter Finch in the film version of a Town Called Alice, forecasts international film fame for any young star who plays the male

lead.

She told Ron Randall about it when she last dic- kered with the idea of making Alice two years ago.

The Rank organisa- tion again hopes Olivia will agree this time, but they're still talking

money.

in the meantime, De Haviland is making final preparations for her wedding in March to French journalist Pierre Galante.

Olivia's chief concern at present is keeping up with her 5-year-old son who speaks fluently after living in France for a year.

De Havilland says the wedding at the small town of Yvoy Le Mar- ron, near Orleans, will be performed by Gal ante's boss. Jean Prou vost, who happens to be mayor of the town.

She expects to start Atice immediately after.

T>ON Randell'« agents

want him to fly back to Hollywood for a new film as soon as he finishes I am a Camera, but Hilde Christian says, "Don't go."

Hilde is the attractive actress Randell hopes to marry when his divorce from Australian Marie Keith finally comes through.

Hilde can't go tc Hollywood because sht has a part in Michaé Redgrave's new filrr Rosalinda, based on thc light opera Die Fleder

maus.

Randell says: "Peopii have been announcing my engagement to Hildi since 1 got back, but I'n not even divorced yet.

"Imagine what Emil: Post would say.

"I'm a great believe: in conventions am never deliberately. flou

them."

JEAN Simmons am

Stewart Grange have parted for anothe; six months.

She's gone back U Hollywood and he haj gone to Pakistan.

Before Jean flew ou of London Airport pay- ing £120 for excess lug- gage, Granger said hus- bands, and wives shoulc not be seen together tot

often.

He explained ht meant they shouldn't bf seen together in filmi too often.

They've just finishec one-Deadlock.

In the meantime Simmons has turnee down the part of th< Monssrrat's Esther Cos- tello.

Granger says: "W< don't feel the part ii right for Jean."

It's the story of i blind girl who recoven her sight but is ruthless ly commercially ex ploited as a miracle.

Jean and Jim ha< Turkish baths befon they parted.

It took some weigh off.

Jean went to th baths currently beini used for slimming b; Ava Gardner. Viviei

Leigh, and socialites Uk Judy Montague an« Lady Victor Paget.

A SSOÇIATED Britisl

Studios are recon sldering their decisioi to film George Orwell' 1984 which made such i sensation on Britisl television.

They've Just beei watching audience re actions to the long awaited cartoon film o

From DICK KISCH

Burt Lancaster

Orwell's Animal Farm, made by Halas and Batchelor.

The film of Orwell's better fable - some of the animals are born equal but some are more equal than others - is made in Disney style but lacks the charac- teristic Disney ingenuity

and wit.

The character of Pig Brother Napolean is al- lowed to speak in such a way many audiences leave the theatre won- dering why he is speak- ing like Churchill.

The British film people are so nervous of Animal .Parin, they al- lowed it to have its world premiere in New York rather than in London.

EVERYONE is wait

AJ tog to hear which,

film Audrey Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer decide to make.

The current report is that they've agreed to make the film version of their stage success On dine In British studios.

Herbert Wilcox has tied Errol Flynn up for another film after he finishes King's Rhap- sody.

They want to make The White Witch of Rose Kali in Jamaica, and hope Vivien Leigh will co-star.

Hollywooders lined up for British films or plays include Gregory. Peck as Barney Green- wald in the stage ver- sion of the Caine Mutiny, Jose Ferrer in the long-announced film Cackleshell Heroes and Burt Lancaster in a cir- cus film trapeze.

nTHE novelty disc ban

A ned by the BBC, John and Marsh, is one of the brighter moments in Alev Guiness's latest British film comedy. To Paris, With Love.

It's one of those fetchingly insinuating necking duets and the British film censor raised his eyebrows at its presentation in a cabaret scene.

He couldn't legitim-_ ately find an excuse for cutting it since it all takes place in the dark.

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