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PONS-8 - Washington Daybook By PRESTON GROVER...
Washington Daybook By PRESTON GROVER WASHINGTON—THis reciprocal trade business is getting out of hand. Secretary of State Hull claims to have made qu-i te a success of it and many have come to agree with him. But Representative Dickstein hit on the idea of applying applying it to actors actors and other artistic talent. He is sponsoring sponsoring a bill which would require foreign 'nations to hire _as many American American singers and acton, as this country hires from abroad. We take Lily Pons, ship Jessica Dragonette Dragonette to France. We ship Mae West to Italy and if Italy has a substitute for Mae West we'll be surprised. -By'PresioriLGrover-- Rep, Samuel Dickstein Noel Coward conies from England, England, so we shuffle Robert Taylor to England in return. Scandinavia has us done in almost, what with Greta Garbo, Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, and a fair quan-. tity of others. But possibly we could please the Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians with Jean Harlow, Harlow, Grace Moore and Lawrence Tibbett. Yet mayhap the winsome Jessica Jessica doesn't want to so. to France in exchange for Lily Pons or anybody- else. Maybe she wants to stay here and keep a tennis date and sing on the radio. * * * It Gan Be Done B UT all that can be handled. Mr. Hull has made a success of three-way trade, as had merchants long before. We get Simone Simon from France, France goes to Russia Russia for a ballet dancer and we, in turn, send Stepin Fetchet or Har- po Marx to Russia and everybody's happy. Perhaps Mr. Dickstein's bill wouldn't produce quite that effect. Actually what he wants is to shut out the second-class artists from abroad who drift in to compete with Americans. Determining who is second class seems to present no problem to-Mr. Dickstein. He leaves it up to the secretary of labor, who now is Miss Perkins 'but some time later may be Ed McGrady or John L. Lewis. Oranges For Dancers? O F COURSE the bill takes this stand, that if the American public sees somebody abroad for whom there is no American substitute, substitute, then that foreign artist may be brought over. But it would be up to the secretary of labor, advised but riot controlled by artistic artistic minds, to decide whether the United States could provide a sub for Sonja Henie, Lily Pons or Anna Mae_ Wong. The ultimate solution might be to bring Secretary Hull and Mr. Dickstein together and arrange it so we could ship to France two tons of oranges and bring back a corresponding .weight of adagio dancers.

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  1. Miami Daily News-Record,
  2. 03 Mar 1937, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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