Dick & Rita Part 1-4 Compiled by Susan Calter

Dick Haymes Deportation Move Argued Morning Herald – 6/30/54
LOS ANGELES – June 29 (AP) – The Los Angeles Director of Immigration testified today that a Washington official of the service ordered the deportation arrest of crooner Dick Haymes before the expiration of a 60 day truce But Herman Landon. called as a government witness at Haymes deportation hearing, denied that U S Atty Gen Herbert Brownell discussed the case with him “directly or indirectly.” Brownell’s name entered the case yesterday when Haymes’ counsel asked another witness if the attorney general had ordered the deportation arrest Landon also denied that he en-trapped Haymes, as alleged by the singer, into leaving the United States for Hawaii “I would have warned Mr. Haymes that he would be excludable had I known about his Trip before he took it” he said. Landon said that the transcript of a statement Haymes made after his return from Hawaii last July was sent ‘in routine fashion to Washington” He said that an unnamed reviewing officer of the Immigration Service mailed him two or three weeks later and said “‘giving Haymes additional time would have no purpose”
      Landon said he had previously instructed an investigator that “if the circumstances warranted. Haymes could have the usual time to have his legal status adjusted.”
      A statement introduced yesterday showed Mat’ Haymes was promised 60 days in which to seek special congressional help on his case. He was arrested less than 30 days after the promise was made. Landon. under direct examination denied the story of Richard Cody, a former immigration official and Hayrnes star witness He denied ever telling Cody not to warn Haymes that a tap to Hawaii would make him deportable.
Los Angeles Times July 1, 1952
Columbia Studio Denies Hinted Haymes Case Link

A Columbia Pictures spokesman yesterday branded as ‘completely and unequivocally false” suggestions that the studio or its president. Harry Cohn, was in any way involved in Dick Harms deportation difficulties.
Haymes’ attorneys. including David C. Marcus and Bartley Crum, tried, apparently unsuccessfully, at die singer’s second deportation hearing Tuesday to implicate the studio and Cohn in die case.
Telegram From Attorney
    Yesterday the studio released a telegram it. reported en having been received by B. B. Kahane, vice-president of Columbia, from Cnim, representing both the singer and his wife, Rita Hayworth, last March 29, the telegram follows:
    “You have wired me that Western papers carry statements attributed to Rita and Dick implying that pressure by film interests was responsible for action taken by the Immigration Department against Dick and that natural conclusion Hollywood would draw was that reference was to Harty Cohn, president of Columbia:
    In the firm place no such statements were made by Rita or Dick only statements have made by me and none of my statements were intended to imply that Columbia or Mr. Cohn were in any way involved responsible for Immigration Department action. I meant what I said namely. that I believed “proceedings were inspired from a source or sources outside government and that Haymes was getting a raw deal. Disclosures of past week confirm my belief”
Refers to Affidavit
    The “disclosures” mentioned by Cries referred to publication of an affidavit from a former Immigration Service employee which suggested that Haymes had been entrapped into making himself subject to deportation in taking a trip to Hawaii last year.

Haymes Faces New Trouble Daily Inter Lake – Kalispell, Montana – 7/7/54
LOS ANGELES (UP) —Superior Judge Elmer D Doyle yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Dick Haymes when the singer failed to appear at contempt hearings in connection with former wife Nora Flynn Haymes charges he awes her $3,800 in back alimony. The warrant for Haymes’ arrest was the second in five days. Last Fnday a Santa Monica Judge ordered Haymes arrested when he failed to appear on charges he owes another ex-wife, Joanne Dru. $4,800 in child support. Judge Doyle overruled an attempt by Haymes’ attorney. David Marcus. to crush yesterday’s warrant. Marcus argued that Haymes should not have been served with a subpoena on the alimony matter recently when he was in Los Angeles for a re-hearing of his deportation case. Marcus said he would appeal Judge Doyle’s decision. Nora Flynn Haymes said the singer, now the husband of actress Rita Hayworth. agreed to pay her $100 a week support and so tar has only made one payment. In the Friday action, Haymes was declared in contempt for failing to appear on charges he owed Miss Dru $4,800 for support of their children. Action on the warrant was delayed until July 11 to give Haymes a chance to appear or settle his account Nora Flynn Haymes appeared in the same court soon afterward to ask that another of her ex-husbands. actor Errol Flynn. be held in contempt because he owes her $58.500 for support of their two children. The matter was continued until November when the court was informed Flynn had paid $2,500 toward the total and would pay the balance by November. 
Dick Haymes Again Ordered Deported After Rehearing Sheboygan Press – 8/3/54
LOS ANGELES – Singer Dick Haymes, husband of actress Rita Hayworth, again has been ordered deported following a rehearing of his case. Ralph Farb. special inquiry officer for the immigration and naturalization service, upheld Monday the deportation order issued last March 23 after Haymes’ first hearing. The rehearing was ordered after Haymes appealed to the board of immigration appeals in Washington. D. C. contending that he had been the victim of entrapment when he went to Hawaii in June last year to visit Miss Hayworth. Haymes had supported his appeal with an affidavit horn Richard R. Cody, former immigration service employee here. Cody’s affidavit said immigration officials had instructed him not to warn Haymes he would be ineligible to re-enter the mainland, once he left, unless he had a special permit. Farb ruled there is no evidence substantiating Cody’s claim and cleared Herman R. Landon, district immigration officer here. of Haymes’ entrapment charge. Farb gave the singer 10 days to appeal again to the Washington board. and Haymes’ counsel said they would do so immediately. The governments case against Haymes is based upon the singers registration as a neutral alien during World War II. thus avoiding military service as a citizen of Argentina Counsel for the government contended that, having claimed neutral status. Haymes forfeited eligibility for American citizenship Attorneys for Haymes maintained that it is immigration service practice to warn aliens that they need a special permit to re-enter this country, should they leave it.
Alien Ruled Not Eligible To Be Citizen Hayworth’s Spouse Loses Plea to Stay Nevada State Journal – 8/3/54
HOLLYWOOD, Aug 2 (IP)— Crooner Dick Haymes was ordered deported today by Immigration Service Special Inquiry Officer Ralph Farb on grounds he was an alien ineligible for citizenship. Farb upheld the governments’ claim that Haymes, husband of film star Rita Hayworth. should be deported because he left continental United States without permission and was ineligible for citizenship on grounds he had claimed draft exemption as an alien.
      Attorneys for the crooner had the case re-opened on grounds that Haymes was entrapped by the local immigration officer. Herman Landon. who faded to notify him he might be subject to deportation if he left on a Hawaiian trip.
      Farb said that the entrapment claim was not borne out by evidence submitted at the re-hearing held last month, Haymes made the trip to Hawaii June 1955 to press his courtship of the red-haired film star who subsequently married him in Las Vegas, Nev.
      The hearing officers statement in upholding the deportation order said that Haymes had made no showing that there was any truth to the statements of former immigration employee Richard Cody on whose affidavit the case was reopened.
      Cody, who has left the immigration service, claimed that Landon told him not to warn Haymes he might be excludable from the country if he made the Hawaiian trip. Landon denied the statement and the government brought In other testimony to concur in Landons’ claim that he did nothing to entrap the singer into making the trip.
      The special inquiry officer said that Haymes now has 10 days to appeal the order back to the board of immigration appeals in Washington. Immigration Service spokesman said such appeals usually take from 30 to 60 days before they are heard. Now In Nevada the deportation order was turned over to U. S. Marshals for service on Haymes’ Los Angeles attorney, David Marcus. The singer and his wife had been vacationing in Nevada following the local hearing.
      He is being sought on a bench warrant in southern California on the claim of one of his former wives. Joanne Dru that he was behind in payments for support of their three children. Mother ex-wife, Nora Eddington Flynn Haymes, also has a court action pending in which she accuses Haymes of being behind in alimony payments to her Haymes, during the original deportation proceedings, denied that he sought draft exemption on grounds he was a citizen of a neutral country, Argentina. He claimed he was turned down on at least two physical examinations for military service but conceded he might have subsequently signed papers giving other reason for his not going into service. It was on the basis of Cody’s statement made after the original deportation order was issued that the Appeals Board in Washington ordered the re-hearing
Dick Haymes Deportation Appeal Due The Galveston News – 8/4/54
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Singer Dick Haymes. husband of actress Rita Hayworth. again has been ordered deported following a rehearing of his case. Ralph Farb, special inquiry officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. upheld yesterday the deportation order issued last March 23 after Haymes’ first hearing. The rehearing was ordered after Haymes appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C.. contending he had been the victim of entrapment when he went to Hawaii in June last year to visit Miss Hayworth. Haymes had supported his appeal with an affidavit. train Richard R. Cody. former Immigration Service employee here. Cody’s affidavit said immigration officials had instructed him not to warn Haymes he would be ineligible to re-enter the mainland, once he left. unless he had a special permit. Farb ruled there was no evidence substantiating Cody’s claim and cleared Herman R. Landon. district immigration officer here. of Haymes’ entrapment charge. Farb gave the singer 10 days to appeal again to the Washington board and Haymes’ counsel said they would do so immediately The government’s case against Haymes is based upon the singer’s registration as a neutral alien during World War II. thus avoiding military service as a citizen of Argentina Counsel for the government contended that. having claimed neutral status, Haymes forfeited eligibility for American citizenship Attorneys for Haymes maintained that it is Immigration Service practice to warn aliens that they need a special permit to reenter this country, should they leave it David Marcus. Haymes’ attorney here. said Farb’s order is directly contrary to Cody’s affidavit.
      Our thanks to Susan for all the time and hard work she spent researching and locating all of these press reports for this article. Susan has also supplied most of the photos for the article from her collection.
      These items appeared mostly in various newspapers around the country from the period of Dick’s deportation hearings in 1953 thru Dick and Rita’s marriage and divorce in 1955. They indicate just what the general public saw reported on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis. before most of the jackals in the press chose sides and picked Rita as the sweet. innocent victim and Dick the ‘draft-dodging’ scheming villain.
      Sadly for Haymes, as others have written, Dick never fully recovered his career or reputation from all the nasty articles that followed him the rest of his life.
End of Part 1

 

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