The Theatre: Merry Murray

Last week Showman Billy Rose put on his third revue at his two-year-old Manhattan nostalgia palace, the Diamond Horseshoe cabaret. For this show Rose dug up several pre-and-early-'20s cinema stars. Master of ceremonies was grey-haired Carlyle Blackwell, who was a notable glamor boy during the Wilson Administration. The lush Nita Naldi, whose heroic scale bust was a feature of Rudolph Valentino's Blood and Sand, gave a smoldering recital of Kipling's The Vampire. Shimmy-shaking Gilda Gray didn't attempt the racking vibrations of her youth, but heaved and rolled through a less exacting danse du ventre.

But the star who really strutted her antique...

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