Theatre: Idealist

A veteran of vaudeville, cinema, radio, Comedian Phil Baker—as well known for his accordion-playing as for his clowning— for years wanted to play a legitimate role. "I'm tired"' said he, "of being an Edgar Bergen." Recently his ambition soared at the thought of playing the lead role of a hoofer in Robert E. Sherwood's Idiot's Delight, while his "idealism" was aroused by the play's anti-war message.

Baker made arrangements with the Theatre Guild and Alfred Lunt, chucked his lucrative radio work, took Idiot's Delight on tour. Hailed as a natural for the hoofer role,...

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