Trembling with fatigue from the top of her platinum-blonde hair to the tips of her dainty little (size 5) shoes, the onetime idol of 2,000,000 G.I.s faced newspaper photographers one night last week in a cramped backstage office of Manhattan's garish Latin Quarter. "Let's have a leg shot, Betty," shouted a cameraman, and gamely she snaked out one of the most celebrated gams this side of Marlene Dietrich. "Spread open your dressing gown," snapped one photographer. "You look like you only got one leg."

Thus last week Betty Grable, for six years Hollywood's top female box-office attraction, hit the comeback trail—with...

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