The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jan. 5, 1942

Banjo Eyes (book by Joe Quillan & Izzy Elinson; music & lyrics by Vernon Duke & John Latouche; produced by Albert Lewis).

He had aged, but not altered. Gone, to be sure (except when he donned them for one nostalgic inning when he pitched Margie and If You Knew Susie into a waiting audience's lap), were the burnt cork and the white-rimmed goggles. But the eyes still popped, the voice still beckoned, the legs still scissored as though in time with an incredibly fast march. More of an imp than a comic, more of a song salesman than a singer, more of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!