Cinema: We Love You, Louella!

Like the elements of a plutonium bomb, Hollywood and the Hearst press came together one evening last week for a stupefyingly colossal testimonial dinner. The super-guest of super-honor: Hearst's Hollywood Gossipist Louella Parsons. TIME Correspondent Dwight Whitney, braving the flashbulbs and the boneless squab, wired this report:

For fear or favor of a gushy, 55-year-old woman who frequently misspells their names, some 800 of Hollywood's most powerful personages sat meekly among the papier-māché monkeys and silver-lamé palm trees of Hollywood's Cocoanut Grove. Such well-established stars as Clark Gable and Gary Grant allowed...

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