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The Theatre: Show Business: Dec. 12, 1938

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> From California to Manhattan went eleven women, aged 61 to 75, to appear as showgirls at Billy Rose’s famed Casa Mariana. Billed as “The Elderblooms,” the old girls shag, truck, sing Flat Foot Floogie.

> For five years Ma Lester, in Tobacco Road, has said to her rapscallion husband : “You’re a sinful man, Jeeter Lester, and you’re going to Hell.” Claiming that he had her fired for refusing to shout “Hell” at the top of her lungs, Ann Dere, who had played Ma for two years, sued James Barton (Jeeter) for $25,000.

> Frank Gillmore, president of Associated Actors & Artistes of America, proposed that all Broadway shows begin one evening performance each week at 6:30. His reason: to lure suburbanites, “who object to getting home after midnight.”

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