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The radio fans who visited Keith's this week to have a look at Phil Baker and his stooges were overpowered when presented with real talent such as Jack Whiting and Mitzi Mayfair. After appearing with Baker in the recent "Calling All Stars," they have accompanied him on his vaudeville tour. Herein lies a chance for Harvard men who miss their Broadway to get just a touch of it. But it's only a fleeting glimpse. Jack Whiting exhibits his handsome blond profile in putting across, as only he can, a few of the songs from his stage successes. And buxom Mitzi Mayfair twists her rubber legs into unique contortionist poses. The audience, overawed, sits on its hands, saving applause for three burlesque clowns whose antics are antique.
The rest of the bill is names--Baker, Beetle, Bottle--and they all disappoint. Merely seeing Bottle in a box destroys a beautiful illusion of a deep-dyed villain; also his voice has lost its rasping note. Baker plays an accordion with finesse, even attempting the "Bolero," but his humor has lost its punch. This reviewer may never again appreciate the trio, even on the air, which is a loss to the ham industry. There is also a clever marionette show, which kindly raises the curtain so that the audience may at last see how the intricate system of wires manage the dolls.
One successful murder, one attempted, two court trials, and headlines, headlines--they call it "White Lies." Walter Connally has been fraudulently (I hope) inveigled into this production of which Columbia should be ashamed. But go: Whiting and Mayfair will help make you forget the provinces.
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