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Priorities of 1942: Willie Howard, Lou Holtz, Gene Sheldon, Paul Draper, Hazel Scott

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003)

SIGNED
PEN AND INK
16 X 25 INCHES
ILLUSTRATED: NEW YORK TIMES, 29 MARCH 1942
AL HIRSCHFELD, SHOW BUSINESS IS NO BUSINESS,
NEW YORK: SIMON & SCHUSTER, 1951, PAGE 102
Priorities of 1942 was a broadway revue that featured a variety of new
and old talent. Amongst the noteworthy performers were; Paul Draper, a great dancer who would would eventually be blacklisted by McCarthy and Willie Howard who was an old time comic who made several appearances in the Ziegfeld Follies over the years. Gene Sheldon (playing the banjo), four years later would play the lead in the Perelman - Hirschfeld - Odgen Nash - Vernon Duke musical,
Sweet Bye and Bye. That is until the opening night in New Haven, when Sheldon decided
his comic material was funnier than Hirschfeld and Perleman's and he started performing it instead of theirs. Perelman was so furious that he confronted Sheldon in the interval, the two had words which ended with Perleman belting him and the actor in hospital. Hirschfeld was proud to
say decades later that they were never brought up on charges.


Price
£6,650

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