Cinema: Broadway Minstrel

When Jimmy Cannon was a newspaper shaver, the late Damon Runyon gave him some advice: "The best way to make a living is to be a sportswriter." Cannon followed the advice, and Runyon liked the results so well that before he died he made Cannon "the custodian of my reputation when I'm gone." At 43, as sport columnist for the New York Post, sad-eyed Jimmy Cannon has also come closer than any other sportswriter to taking Runyon's place. His favorite columnar character is Two Head Charlie, a thoughtful horse player, who talks like this: "You take a real ugly bum ....

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