Radio: Belligerent First

Eddie Cantor's ping-pong eyes and small potato voice have abetted many a vulgar nudge and giggle, but nobody ever thought of suppressing him as a menace to public morals. Nevertheless, last week that is just what happened to him. NBC cut Eddie Cantor off the air, in the middle of his act. In Manhattan he and Singer Nora Martin were telecasting an old tune, We're Having a Baby, My Baby and Me, which Cantor sang in the 1941-42 Broadway musical, Banjo Eyes. NBC found some of the lyrics and some of the comedian's bodily illustrations of them, "objectionable."

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