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Scene after scene went straight at the truth: an old doctor, hard-shelled and compassionate, talking as he sewed up a cut; a down-and-out fighter in an employment office, with nothing to put on the application blanks; the wretchedness of a manager squeezed by his own weakness into betraying his fighter; ex-boxers in a tavern, going over and over the treadmill of the past.
As Harlan McClintock, the heavy-weight who "was No. 5 in Ring magazine in 1948," Jack Palance achieved a genuineness that most actors would hesitate even to try for. Makeup gave his face the pits and scars and shapelessness of a has-been boxer's; but under the makeup lay the actor's skill, and beyond that the playwright's understanding. The result was something that seemed to give television screens what they don't ordinarily have: the color, breadth and three dimensions of life. And television—which must bear heavy responsibility for the ills and aches of boxing—earned itself a credit mark for a constructive gesture. Let's have Requiem for a Heavyweight again, and more on the same order.
EXTRA POINT OF NO RETURN
THE HAMILTON (Ont.) Tiger Cats, contemplating the loss of 10 footballs in one game when they sailed over the end zone and into the crowd, lately have revised their extra point procedure: instead of kicking over the goal post toward the stands, they boot from behind the goal post toward midfield.
HOPE FOR THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN is a hallowed name in U.S. motor racing—the place where the postwar renaissance of American road racing began, the place where aficionados and appleknockers congregate in droves each fall to ogle the shiniest and swiftest sports cars.
Lately, though, the little hamlet in the Finger Lakes region of New York has been catching barbs as well as bouquets. "In view of extremely hazardous conditions at the Watkins Glen course, because racing at this site under present circumstances places all organized motor sport in jeopardy," says the Sports Car Club of America, it is banning to its members all races at the Glen until further notice. The Road Racing Drivers Club has taken the same action.
Several months ago the SCCA refused to sanction the 1956 races because of a disagreement over financial arrangements. The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation laid down a new 2.3-mile macadam course (which was completed only an hour before practice for the September races) and held the race meeting anyway. Eleventh-hour warnings by the SCCA and RRDC, after an uneasy practice period, advising members not to compete had little effect. The new surface was slippery and loose; road shoulders were mushy; spectators were unnecessarily exposed. One holder of a novice license raced, crashed and luckily escaped from his burning vehicle. Windshields and goggles were peppered with stones flung backward by churning wheels.
Granted the course was green in September, says Henry Valent, president of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation, but 'tain't so now.
"We feel we have a circuit second to none," Valent says. "The course has seasoned down. There are no soft spots and no loose stones. We want no quarrel with the SCCA. We've been talking with them, and I think we'll get together very soon."