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MAN MA By GEORGE TUCKER NEW YORK—It must be true, e saying that death has a macabre fascination for Broadway. When one of its satellites is nudged into the abyss, post mor- tems are held in every cafe, in every stage dressing room, on every street corner. Today they are holding- Evelyn Hoey's, retelling the tragic, vitriolic end of her career. But, if Broadway wants a better story it should look back beyonn Evelyn Hoey. It should go back six yours, to 1929, when began a fascinating Grand Hotel involving all the characters of Cole Porter's "Fifty Million Frenchmen." "Fifty Million Frenchmen" marked the last bright summer before thu fall. It was the last gleam in '12nd street before the blight of the crash and the depression which dimmed the lights on so many marquees. Finally, it was the lust extravaganza of the old Lyric theater before burlesque and third-run movies arose like clouds of killing vapor to drive what remained of the legitimate theater from the street. if. if. if. Slender, vivacious, lovely Evelyn Hoey was in the east. So were IU?t- ty Compton, Cienevievo Tobin, Helen* Broderick, Lester Crawford, Bill Gaxton, Jack Thompson, and Alan Jones with his California Colleg-i- ans, all comparatively unknown. Betty C o m p t o n surrendered Broadway after that early bid for recognition. She followed Jimmy Walker into self-imposed exile, later married him after the first Mrs. Walker had divorced Jimmy. Then there was Jack Thompson, the tall, handsome dancing partner of Betty Campion's. Thwarted because he could not gain the hoped- for rei'oirnition after the musical comedy closed, Thompson tragical ly ended his own life. They found his body late one afternoon floating in tlie North river. As for diminutive Genevieve Tobin, she went on from there. She happened to be one of those flaxen- haired pretties who always seem in demand by film or stage producers. Bill Gaxton, probably Broadway's reigning comic, is now the star of "Anything Goes." And Lester Crawford, who is Helen Broderick's husband, voluntarily resigned from the show so that he could devote his time to furthering his wife's career. Now Helen, they say, can't miss stardom in the films. * * * This musical comedy hit of 1929, a Cole Porter show, was produced when Porter wasn't the fair-haired lad he is now. It was his first genuine success on Broadway, It was the first great success, too, of Herbert Fields, the librettist, after his association with Lorenz Hart and. Richard Rogers had been dissolved. Where Fields is today I wouldn't know. But, Cole Porter, who brought Evelyn Hoey back from Paris to sing a lead in his show, is busy with new productions, a wealthy, pleasant, successful man. Jack Thompson, the dancer, is in a suicide's grave, Genevieve Tobin and H«len Broderick are in Hollywood. Alan Jones and his collegians are famous. And Evelyn Hoey, the blue-eyed girl from Minneapolis who died the other day of a pistol bullet on the rural estate of a millionaire playboy, well, she's the girl they're talking about, the honey-haired i-hanteuse who sang "in softly wailing tones of moonless night, 'What Is This Thing Called Love'."" A policeman is seen only once a week on lona, one. of the islands of the Hebrides. The bobby comes over from the Scottish mainland and asks one of the natives to sign his notebook as evidence of his visit. The wobble of thu earth's axis is called the "precession." It is caused by an uneven gravitational pul 1 of the sun on the earth. This vouW not occur if the eaith were exact ly globular.

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  1. Miami Daily News-Record,
  2. 04 Oct 1935, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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