Cinema: Balcony Scene

Last week a Hollywood actor lost his job for being drunk and disorderly on foreign soil. To Mexico City to make a picture called Viva Villa, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had sent Lee Tracy, famed for his staccato characterizations of reporters, press agents and politicians. Noted for his eccentric conviviality, Actor Tracy used to frequent Manhattan speakeasies with pockets full of cheese crackers and popcorn. Last week when 30,000 Mexican cadets paraded past his hotel he appeared on the balcony outside his bedroom, wrapped in a blanket. Throwing that off, he shouted profanities at the crowd,...