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CHEV-OCT-11-B - At one point Maurice Chevalier took off his...
At one point Maurice Chevalier took off his straw hat: that was while he sang Maridar modes, the tale an Eastern love affair. Wearing a Chines hat with long, hanging braid, a mandarine coat, his arms folded, he sang, ending with this moral: that an man shouldn't marry a young and beautiful girl, because she wouldn't remain loyal to him anyway. Maurice Chevalier wrote the lyrics of his songs. Some of them were in English. One song which a big hit with the veterans in the audience was the Place Pigalle in Pans, "Pig Alley" as the G.I.'s called it. where all types of people, conspicuously including the G.I.'s, used to meet. To show the spirit of the French people during the war he sang the Symphonic des semelles de bois (Symphony of the wooden soles). Because of the wartime leather shortage, wood was put on all shoe soles; Maurice Chevalier tap-danced to imitate the sound made b the wooden soles. The audience was,, most mnvi*» Joseph Cotten, Simone Simon, and Claudette Colbert brushed elbows with New York's French colony and customary first-nighters. But the audience was unanimous in its applause of the famous French star.

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  1. Barnard Bulletin,
  2. 13 Mar 1947, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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