March 7, 1935
Cliffside, March 4—Two shows of late: “Rumba with George Raft, Iris Adrian the new dancer and Carole Lombard, for a dance picture is just all right, nothing more. The ensembles were attention-getting because of scope of dress style. The picture is of value only in presenting this particular dance. Otherwise this scribbler did not get heart beats from it. Contrary, however, we get many laughs from “Sweet Music,” which puts Rudy Vallee out front again and including Ann Dvorak and that happy, smiling Ned Sparks. In this show you will see (or have seen the funniest band, in our opinion, anywhere). The band is Frank and Milt Britton’s laugh set-up. One violin player sees a nail in the floor, deciding that it is dangerous, takes his violin, drives in the nail and continues fiddling’. Their pet weakness, too is crashing violins over their heads as they go right on with the music of other instruments. The band finally ends in a heap on the floor.
Radio dance program: Kay Kyser from The Blackhawk in Chicago is a top notch dance set-up of radio dance hours. We like it. The Blackhawk is one of Chicago’s most heard of restaurants for later supper dancing. Located on Wabash Avenue, one half block from Randolph, it is very near the goings on of downtown Chicago. It is the remembered place of this scribbler’s World Fair visitings. But for the revolving doors, interesting observations, you might hear over your radio, the rush of the “L” as she goes to town. We go for Kyser and his band, yes suh.
Seen from my window: A boy lost control of his skating—so plop he went like that.
After thinks when shaving: “Little fingerprints are all around the house,” if true, might be because I probed my route to that hall light with the pull thing that shows in the dark. That autogiro flying over World’s Fair towing the greeting, “Welcome World’s Fair visitors.” And a big kick is the speedboat spin over Lake Michigan. Nothing equals tho, seating yourself in a closely built plane and giving her the gun, not even an exciting 89 at golf. Hmm, and I might solo yet.
Not so very long until you high school boys will be loose; take a tip from O. O. McIntyre: It strikes me that talent is extraordinary when it has the innate energy to declare itself in an atmosphere of utter stagnation.
Rutherfordton letter: “Your column this week was right up my alley. You mentioned my favorite musical instrument, the accordion, and my often-listened to radio program all in one breath. I claim to be the discoverer of the Hammerstein program here among my friends. It is delightful.” After Thinking It Over thank you, A. E.
Writer’s Club: We were unable to attend the first organization meeting. However, it has come to our attention that Friday evening, March 8th is the next. We look forward to it.