Music: New Pitch in the Persian Room

Comedienne Elsa Lanchester was between movies. Moreover, she was on three months' vacation from Los Angeles' popular Turnabout Theater, where she has reigned as revue queen for the past nine years (TIME, May 24, 1948). Husband Charles Laughton was off on a three-month tour reciting Shakespeare and the Bible. What should Elsa do with the time on her hands? A Hollywood promoter solved the problem for her. Last week, red-haired Elsa was making her first try as a chanteuse in the top-tab Persian Room of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel.

She had tested her routine first...

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