Radio: Tribute to a Composer

The warmly sentimental, eternally commercial heart of show business throbbed for a full hour this week on an NBC-TV show called America Applauds; An Evening for Richard Rodgers. Out of friendship for Composer Rodgers (and, incidentally, to plug the women's shoes made by Sponsor U.S. Shoe Corp.), Mary Martin made her first TV appearance, accompanied by Rodgers at the piano, and singing I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy. Bing Crosby crooned It's Easy to Remember from Rodgers' 1935 movie Mississippi, Valerie Bettis danced the Slaughter on Tenth Avenue ballet from 1936's On Your Toes. Other singers and dancers ran through...

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