Dick & Rita Part 1-1 Compiled by Susan Calter


DICK HAYMES DEPORTATION HEARING —(In this rare inside-the-courtroom photo, Dick is shown testifying on witness stand.) A deportation hearing which lasted five hours, was held before special Immigration inquiry officer Joseph A. Dummel (left) last night as singer Dick Haymes fought to escape deportation. Others present as new charges were filed are stenographer Betty Hansen and Examiner Thomas J. Nolan (seated right). In background is Dick Haymes and flanked by his attorneys, Robert Eaton and David Marcus. (LA Examiner August 27. 1953)

Rita Rejects Offer of $1 Million for Divorce Settlement
Portsmouth Herald – 9/11/53

LAS VEGAS. Nevada – Rita Hayworth last night turned down a million-dollar divorce settlement from Aly Khan for support of their five-year-old daughter Yasmin. “Nothing will make me give up Yasmin’s chance to live here in America among our precious freedoms and habits.” the film star told the Associated Press. Her attorney said Prince Aly had attached two conditions to the million-dollar offer: (A) Yasmin was to be exposed to Moslem teachings when she is seven and (B) the child was to be brought to Europe two or three months each year. Rita said “While I respect the Moslem faith and all other faiths, it is my earnest wish that my daughter be raised as a normal, healthy American girl in the Christian faith. There isn’t any amount of money in the entire world that is worth sacrificing this child’s privilege of living as a normal Christian girl here in the United States. There just isn’t anything else in the world that can compare with her sacred chance for that, and I’m going to give it to Yasmin regardless of what it costs.” The glamorous redhead, wearing a simple black dress, made the announcement on the veranda of her second-floor hotel suite.

She is in Las Vegas visiting her intended next husband. crooner Dick Haymes. who is establishing a Nevada residence before suing for divorce from Nora Eddington Flynn Haymes. With Rita was her attorney, Bartley Crum. who had flown from a Paris conference with Aly’s attorney. Miss Hayworth instructed Crum to cable her refusal tomorrow to Aly’s attorney. Charles Torem in Paris. Crum said Torem told him that in the event Rita turned down the million-dollar proposal. Torem might come here for further discussion with the actress. Under terms of a Reno, Nevada divorce she obtained from Aly last January 26, Miss Hayworth has exclusive custody of the child. At that time Aly agreed to pay $48,000 a year for Yasmin’s support. but Crum said Aly has made only -one small payment.” The attorney remarked in Rita’s presence that she feels her former husband should have visitation rights but that he will have to visit Yasmin in America. Crum said Prince Aly’s fabulously wealthy father. Aga Khan III. spiritual leader of millions of Islamic Moslems, is “quite interested in Yasmin; she is his only granddaughter.”

Rita and Singer Sign Property Agreement Long Beach Press Telegram – 9/19/53                                                                                                                 Rita Hayworth, signed a prenuptial property agreement here Friday night. a few hours after his wife obtained an interlocutory divorce decree in Los Angeles. Haymes explained that the pact will safeguard Rita’s income and property for the sole use of herself, her children and her heirs. He will not share in her earnings. Haymes said, and she will not be responsible for his obligations. After obtaining her California decree -which becomes final in a year, Mrs. Nora Haymes said she’ll think it over awhile” before signing a waiver that would permit the crooner to get a Nevada divorce next week. Of her decision, Haymes commented. “It might delay us, but it will never, never prevent Rita and me from being married. We wanted to get married about the 2415 of September so I can really work on my singing bookings which start Sept. 28 in Philadelphia “

DRANK TOO MUCH – Mrs. Haymes testified her husband “was terribly jealous and drank too much.” but after the hearing told newsmen she wished Dick and Rita “all the happiness in the world.” One of Haymes’ lawyers. David Marcus, had waited in Los Angeles for Mrs. Haymes to sign the waiver and fly it here. where Haymes has been waiting out his six-week Nevada residence requirement He had planned to wed Rita next Thursday. the day after he becomes eligible for the decree. By signing the document, Nora would waive the 30-day time the law affords her to file an answer to Haymes’ Nevada suit. Marcus explained. He added that her failure to sign means Haymes will have to wait at least 30 days to get the Nevada divorce. TALKS WITH HAHN – Marcus said had talked with Bora’s attorney. S. S. Hahn. “Hahn said he doesn’t know any reason for the hitch except a woman’s prerogative to change her mind,” said Marcus. “He said he’ll use his good offices to effect execution of the waiver by her.” The property pact was drafted by Rita’s lawyer, Bartley Crum. at Haymes’ instigation and was signed shortly before Crum left by plane for San Francisco Friday night. “I love this girl so much.” Haymes said, “that I will do anything in the world to protect her. I intend to stand on my own two feet and to take care of my own troubles … I only thank God that I have her and her love to inspire me enough to work and fight my own battles.” CHARGES CRUELTY – Nora Eddington Flynn Haymes, 28, former wife of Errol Flynn. alleged mental cruelty in her divorce complaint against Haymes, 34. A settlement of S100 a week alimony and a lump sum of $8000 was agreed prior to Friday’s hearing. Married July 17. 1949. the Haymeses had no children.

The crooner meanwhile faces the next installment of deportation proceedings in Los Angeles. Sept. 28 before the U.S Immigration and Naturalization Service. He has asked a continuance to give him time for a honeymoon trip. A native of Argentina. Haymes was charged with illegal re-entry into this country after he visited Miss Hayworth in Hawaii last spring. 

Dick’s Marital Mix-up Headed For Solution       San Mateo Times – 9/21/53

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The madcap marital mix-up of Nora Haymes. crooner Dick Haymes and charmer Rita Hayworth may be heading for a solution today. The situation has the complications of a good jigsaw puzzle but some clarifying developments are expected momentarily that may clear the way for Haymes to marry Miss Hayworth.

Nora. the former wife of Errol Flynn, got a California interlocutory divorce decree against Haymes last Friday. It will be a year before that divorce is final in California. WORLD TOLD OF LOVE – Before she got her decree Haymes told the world that he was in love with Rita and then announced he planned to get a Nevada divorce and marry her September 24.

This miffed Mrs. Haymes, who said her crooner husband had told her he would wait a longer period before taking a new wife. Under Nevada law she is allowed 30 days in which to file an answer to Haymes’ divorce action. But Haymes asked her to sign a waiver that would allow him to marry immediately. Mrs. Haymes balked at signing such a waiver. asking for a delay as a “matter of public decency.” But over the week end she began to relent and yesterday her mother, Mrs. Becky Johnson, said the waiver had been signed and might be notarized today. Another complication is the fact that Haymes faces deportation action by the government. The Immigration service contends that Haymes. a native of Argentina. re-entered the continental United States illegally last spring after a visit with Rita in Hawaii. But his attorneys have dug up an 1855 treaty of the United States and Argentina under which they say a citizen of the South American country is entitled to virtually all the rights of a United States citizen when he is in this country.

HEARING TODAY – A hearing was scheduled in federal court today on the contention of the crooners attorneys that under the treaty he is entitled to a hearing by a special constitutional court of three federal judges. The United States Immigration takes the position that Haymes was not entitled to re-enter the United States because as a citizen of a neutral country he signed a waiver exempting him from United States military duty during World War II and lost his right to become an American citizen.



Las Vegas Wedding for Rita Hayward 8 Dick Haymes Las VEGAS – 9/20/53

Rita Hayworth and Dick Haymes were married today in the Gold Room of the Sands Hotel with a three-minute ceremony that looked more like a Hollywood press conference than a wedding. The bride’s two little daughters, Rebecca. 8, and the Princess Yasmin 5, sat on a divan while their mother and Haymes went through the ceremony in a hotel. The children kept turning their heads horn the photographers back to the wedding ceremony almost as though watching a tennis match. The wedding, staged by a press agent as if it were a scene out of one of Miss Hayworth’s movies. was an hour late. This was due in part to the bride’s nervousness in getting dressed and to the judge’s. tardiness because of a jury trial he was conducting downtown. It was the fourth marriage for each Haymes obtained a Nevada decree only yesterday from Nora Eddington Flynn Haymes. She won a California decree last week. Rita was divorced from Moslem Prince Aly Khan in Reno last January. Rita. smiling radiantly and looking beautiful as a movie queen should. went calmly through the ceremony until she answered with the traditional. “I do ” Then big tears came to her when and she started fidgeting. The ceremony was so brief It was over before the double ring part of the rite could be accomplished Haymes got the ring on Rita’s finger during the three-minute span. but after the wedding was over hotelman Jack Entraner fished out the ring that Rita was supposed to put on Haymes’ finger. So she put it on anyway When her daughter Yasmin sea this. she yelled “Mama. I want a ring too.”
The wedding procession was one of the longest in Las Vegas history Rita and Dick. arm in arm. walked from her quarters in a remote section of the sprawling resort hotel. Several hundred people lined the way. a half dozen or mom standing atop the high diving board at the pool to get a better look. The two came in the side entrance of the hotel, past the casino where two crap games went on with out a miss of the dice. As they went upstairs to where they were to be married. lathered customers of the ‘barber shop lined the hallway and pin-curled matrons got up from the beauty salon to gawk at the wedding parry.
Judge Frank McNamee was still in court so Rita and Dick went into Entratter’s private office where each was bolstered by a shot of bourbon As they sat chatting with a reporter Haymes’ mother called from New York to congratulate her son and new daughter in law. Haynes had to tell his mother. “We’re not named yet. colt you afterwards. I want to get married right now’
As the wedding party entered the ceremony news reel camera men’s bright lights lit up the place like a movie set. They proceeded to a microphone where the judge was waitng. The ceremony started when the press signaled. Rita were a shod-sleeved blue linen dress that she had wow many times before. and a toast colored tulle and velvet hat She wore gloves to match. and caned a bouquet of orchids and lilies of the valley. Haymes wore a pin-striped suit and blue tie.
Rita said. ‘I feel wonderfully happy. I am married to the man I really love. It sounds so wonderful to be called Mrs. Haymes.’ She said she would spend her honeymoon traveling with her husband on his night club tour. They have rented a home in Greenwich. Conn. They plan to Ay to New York Saturday. then later the Philadelphia, where Haymes opens a night club engagement Monday night ‘Our careers in fact nothing will ever separate us: Rita told reporters. She said she intends to make one picture a year and will commute between Connecticut and Hollywood.
Haymes said it is not necessary for him to appear at the Immigration Service hearing on his possible deportation in Los Angeles next Monday. “I have every confidence in the world I will not be deported” he said

Haymes in Nerve Crackup
Crooner Skips Job to Enter Hospital
Long Beach Independent-11/3/53

NEW YORK – Crooner Dick Haymes, beset by alimony and citizenship troubles, entered a hospital here Monday for treatment for “a bad case” of hypertension. Haymes had skipped a singing engagement in Pittsburgh to come here. A spokesman at Park East Hospital said the Argentina-born singer was “resting quietly’ after receiving medication However, the spokesman said Haymes “probably will be here for quite a while ” “He was a bad case of hypertension.” the spokesman said “He was nearly exhausted when he was admitted” Haymes was ordered to the hospital by his physician. Dr. J. H. Movitz The hospital spokesman said the crooners wife. Actress Rita Hayworth. had been told of his illness and “presumably” was on her way here from Hollywood. Haymes’ attomey. David C. Marcus, said in Los Angeles that the singer had called him twice Monday and told him he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Marcus quoted Haymes as saying’ “I don’t know what to do. I’m going insane My nerves are shot. I don’t know where to turn. I want to work. I’m trying to work. but they won’t let me”

Marcus said Haymes’ troubles over alimony to his farmer wife Actress Joanne Dr, plus worries about a deportation hearing had put the singer “almost at the edge of a breakdown” when he was in Hollywood last week.” Rita also told me Dick was physically and mentally exhausted and in a state of collapse,” Marcus said Haymes had been scheduled to start a one-week singing engagement in a Pittsburgh night club Monday night. Jackie Heller, owner of the Carousel Club. said the big crowd that had showed up “had a lot of complaints” about Haymes’ failure to appear

Haymes also missed a press-radio reception early in the day. Haymes deportation hearing is in recess while attorneys seek documents they claim will prove the crooner sought to enlist for military service and was rejected The government is seeking to deport him on grounds he evaded military service during World War II because he was an alien. Marcus said Heroes is trying desperately to divide up his $5000 a week income when he sings at nightclubs among his creditors in an effort to clear some of his troubles with the government his ex wife and others.

news64p17pic1 THEY STILL LOVE THAT BOY RICHARD – When Dick Haymes made his appearance in Philadelphia, for his nite-club debut, his first since marrying Rita Hayworth, of all things not showing up with Rita (who stayed at home with the children) these girls, all about Rita age, just couldn’t resist getting autograph from their Richard. (And don’t Sink he didn’t like it, but Insisted that a man or two be in the picture, so Rita wouldn’t get angry
(The Associated Press Sept. 29, 1953)
Los Angeles Times     Nov. 27, 1953

Dick Haymes Expelled by Actors Union

      New York News Press Same. NEW YORK. Nov. 26 – Actors Equity Association, the stage actors union, has expelled Argentine-born Fihn Actor Dick Haymes, newest husband of Rita Hayworth.
      Early last month, Equity dispatched a letter to Harms who is facing deportation proceedings requesting an explanation of certain alleged misstatements in his membership application. The letter stated that Hermes would be given six weeks in which to answer and added that if he failed to do so the union would have no alternative but to cancel his membership.
      The six weeks elapsed, with no word from Haymes or his attomeys, according to an Equity spokesman, who today confirmed a report that at last Tuesday’s meeting the Equity council had taken formal action to cancel Haymes membership.

Dick Haymes and Wife Bar Door of Room to Deputies New York Times – 2/3/54 NEW YORK – Singer Dick Haymes and his actress wife Rita Hayworth kept to their hotel suite today while two deputy sheriffs waited outside the locked doom to arrest him. The deputies arrived at 8 p.m. last night with a civil arrest order obtained by Haymes’ former wife. actress Joanne Dru. Lawyers for Haymes and Miss Dru followed the officials on the scene: the doors remained closed to them and reporters and photographers. Today the deputies and newsmen were still in the 12th floor corridor outside the couples hotel Madison suite. The attorneys were gone but planned to meet tomorrow.
      The civil arrest order was signed yesterday by Supreme Court Justice James McNally on the strength of a similar one from the California courts. Miss Dru alleged in the complaint that Haymes concealed asset for the purpose of defrauding creditors” and owes her $33,320. The singer has admitted he owes her $32,000. He also has violated an agreement with her to give her 10
percent of his earnings to clear the bill, she alleged. Miss Dru, who said Haymes, earned $40,000 between August, 1953 and last month, put up a $3,000 bond as a guarantee for costs in the event that Haymes has been wrongly accused in the case. Her attorney, Lewis Greenbaum, said that included in the amount sought by Miss Dru is $25.000 in Califomia taxes which she paid and other debts. Greenbaum was on the scene last night with Miss Hayworth’s lawyer, Bartley Crum. who acted for Haymes. Crum talked to the couple through the door. Later Crum and Greenbaum said they would meet tomorrow. Crum said they would try “to arrange an agreement out of court Greenbaum refused to confirm this.
      Crum told newsmen he would do anything he could to alleviate the mental anguish suffered by Miss Hayworth.” The attorney said Haymes is ‘unwilling to go into bankruptcy… really wants to pay his debts” and “is not working now.”
      The Califomia order calls for Haymes’ arrest on bail of $26,000 apparently the sum he must post as security in the cased if he wants to remain free. Deputy Sheriffs Sam Engleman and Charles de Lancey who brought the order to the hotel, said they knocked and Haymes asked who was there. When they answered. the officials said Haymes replied that he wanted to consult an attorney first. In the civil case such as this arresting officers cannot force entry. They can in a criminal case.
news64p19pic1 BACK AND FORTH – Dick Haymes spends a busy day flying between Washington’s National and New York’s LaGuardia’s airports today. In Washington, Haymes said he would be here “for a couple of hours” to press his fight against deportation to his native Argentina. Haymes said he hoped to see Senator William Langer (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which help write the nation’s immigration laws. Haymes is accompanied by his Attorney Bartley Crum. Later, Haymes is seen in telephone booth at the Mayflower Hotel. In New York, Haymes applied for a passport at the Argentine Embassy. His lawyer said Haymes wanted to renew his passport until he can acquire American citizenship. (Associated Press March 24, 1954)
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Haymes Alimony Agreement Ends Hotel Siege Anderson Herald- 2/3/50
NEW YORK – A 24-hour siege that isolated Dick Haymes and Rita Hayworth in their comfortable 12th Poor hotel suite was lifted Tuesday night. Debt-enforcing sheriffs deputies decamped from the corridor outside their locked door after besieging them since 8 p.m. Monday. Haymes locked the door and stayed inside rather than face arrest.
      A compromise was worked out between Haymes and one of his former wives, who claims he is heavily in arrears in his divorce payments. Under sheriff H. William Kehl left the peace conference in the Haymes suite to tell newsmen: “He’s a pretty swell guy. The important thing to Haymes was that Rita should not be involved or hurt in any way.” “They were both looked like scared children” Haymes’ attorney, Bartley Crum. later told reporters ‘We have reached an understanding but the terms will remain private at this time.”
      Crum had spoken earlier of an immediate 84.000 payment as a possible basis for settlement with Haymes’ former wife, actress Joanne Dru. The night club singer and his bride, Miss Hayworth. went without food for the first 18 hours of their besiegernent. Then the law called a temporary truce and lunch was wheeled in to them. The deputies outside long since had fortified themselves with sandwiches and coffee. The deputies took up their posts Monday night. seeking to arrest Haymes on a civil court order obtained by Miss Dru. lawyer. Miss Dru claims Haymes owes her $33,323 under terms of their 1948 separation. She was the second of Haymes’ four wives. They had three children. She is newly married to actor John Ireland. Miss Dru wants Haymes arrested unless he pays up or posts a 926,000-bond to insure that he will pay up. She claims he has earned $40,000 in the last six months, with-out giving her a cent. The deputies held an arrest order but had no power to break into Haymes’ Madison Hotel suite to enforce it. Howevez they were free to enter once the door was unlocked.
     Both Haymes and Miss Hayworth have claimed they are broke He doesn’t have any money. he’s broke.’ Attn. Crum told reporters in the lobby of the hotel. As for Rita putting up the bond money for her bridegroom of five months Crum said. Why should she? Do you think that’s fair? I don’t. Neither does Dick Why should she pay the debts incurred by Haymes with Joanne Dm. She doesn’t think she should and I don’t think she should either.
      I haven’t the remotest idea where the bond will be obtained. Haymes is $30.000 in arrears in his income tax payments to the government and there is an arrangement to pay that amount over a period of time.” Besides his money troubles. the 34-year-old Haymes also faces a federal deportation action. He is accused of re-entering this country illegally last spring after a visit to Rita in Hawaii. A native of the Argentine. Haymes first came to this country in 1937. He never became a citizen. Haymes and the glamorous Miss Hayworth were wed in a three-minute Las Vega. Nev ceremony. She had recently divorced Aly Khan. Sheriffs Deputies Sam Engelmeyer and Charles Delaney, toting pistols. knocked on Haymes’ door late Monday ‘Who is it?” the crooner asked. Engelmeyer identified himself and explained his mission “I’m waiting to see my lawyer. Haymes told him through the locked door, “and I won’t come out until I do” ‘We’ll wait” Engelmeyer assured him.
Los Angeles Times Feb 10,1954
Pre-induction Physical Given Haymes Described
NEW YORK. Feb. 9. (AP) Two former members of the Army Medical Corps testified today concerning a pre-induction physical examination given Singer Dick Haymes in August. 1945. Haynes, husband of Actress Rita Hayworth is fighting a deportation action brought on the allegation that he evaded military service by claiming Argentine citizenship. “I found him suffering from hypertension.” Dr. Frank Guidotti told newsmen prior to testifying at a closed proceeding in the office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Haymes and Miss Hayworth did not attend the session. Guidotti formerly was chief medical officer at the Army Induction S7ation at Grand Central Palace. Also testifying was Anthony R. Cortaro, formerly an Army sergeant and chief medical clerk at the induction station. Edward J. Shaughnessy, district immigration director, said the testimony “will be written up and forwarded to Los Angeles for use of the Hearing Officer there who will conduct the regular hearing in the deportation case.” Shaughnessy said the two witnesses “testified to the effect that on August 8, 1945, Haynes appeared and was examined by the doctor as to his physical fitness for military service.” The witnesses gave the depositions at the request of defense attorneys. 
L.A. Daily News Feb. 21, 1954
Real Issue in Haymes Case
Los Angeles, Feb.20 (UP) All Hollywood hullabaloo aside, the real issue in the deportation order against Dick Haymes, a singer, is the interpretation of the McCarron Act and whether, by its terms, Hawaii is a “foreign country” even though it is a territory of the United States. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has held that Haymes is an alien ineligible for citizenship because he claimed his birth in Argentina, a time neutral country, provided him with exemption from our wartime draft laws. THE McCARRAN Ace provides that when an alien ineligible for citizenship leaves the country, he may not return. The immigration service found this to be the case when Haymes returned here June 7. 1953. from a visit to Hawaii. Now that Haymes’ attorneys have filed notice of appeal from the domination order, the warrant will not be served until the board in Washington has had a final say. If the appeals board sustains the order, Haymes may take his case to the federal courts for final test of the issue. ALL THE PUBLICITY about Haymes’ ill-fated Hawaiian trip comes at a most embarrassing time: when President Eisenhower is trying to get a Hawaiian statehood bill through Congress, If the deportation order interprets the McCorran Act to mean that Hawaii is a foreign country because it is not a part of continental United States, then Congress will be in the position of conferring citizenship on people who clearly are not eligible for it.

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