The Theatre: Caged Byrd

Last week the deranged festival called Hellzapoppin (TIME, Oct. 3, 1938) had passed its 1,009th performance. More than 2,000,000 people have seen Hellzapoppin, paid $3,450,000 for the privilege. During its lunatic history 3,000 panes of glass have been shattered (the noise accompanies the waggling of a chorus girl doing the bumps), 150,000 pounds of ice have been dumped in the laps of the audience, 150,000 rounds of blank ammunition have been fired from 22 revolvers, Hellzapoppers Olsen & Johnson have changed costumes 60,000 times, a laughmeter has recorded 510,000 gales of laughter. The attendance record is held by Radio Announcer Graham...

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