"Exodus," the motion picture involving a ship by the same name and its epic voyage with a load of refugees, mostly women and children, to Israel, is going to give a life to handicapped children in Salt Lake City.
Premiere of the film at the Villa Theatre March 22, starting at 8 p.m. sharp, is being sponsored by Maurice M. Warshaw, prominent Salt Lake businessman, as a benefit for the Speech and Hearing Foundation.
This nonprofit organization gives speech and auditory training to children 2 to 15 years old who suffer a hearing loss with its attendant speaking difficulty, and is open to anyone who wants to apply.
Dependent on tutoring fees and voluntary contributions, the Foundation at 22 So. 8th East, was started six years ago by Mr. and Mrs. Dean Spears, who were unable to find adequate training in the city for their own three children, who were handicapped by hearing loss.
Now employing two experienced teachers for 22 children enrolled, the Foundation has shown remarkable success in equipping such children with speech and hearing facility adequate to hold their own with youngsters in the public schools.
Funds from the "Exodus" premiere will be turned over to the foundation, which is widening its scope with adult lip-reading classes.
Tickets for the premiere may be obtained in the lobby boxoffice of the Uptown Theatre 53 So. Main, or at Grand Central offices, 2233 So. 3rd East. mail orders will also be filled at both addresses.
The film, an exclusive, reserved-seat engagement, is set in the turbulent period when the Israeli underground was battling the British and Arabs in the struggle for independence.
Based on Best-Seller
It is based on the best-selling novel by Leon Uris and stars Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, John Derek, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer, David Opatoshu and Jill Haworth.
It was filmed entirely on location in Israel and Cyprus.