National Affairs: The Hollywood Touch

In Los Angeles, Adlai Stevenson was suddenly exposed to the Hollywood atmosphere. Like many another visitor, he found it unsettling at first, but not unpleasant once he got used to it.

The Democratic candidate's first brush with the magic touch was provided by chunky John R. McFaden, a pressagent hired by the California Democratic Central Committee. Moved by the dramatic possibilities in Stevenson's scheduled visit to his birthplace on Los Angeles' Monmouth Avenue, McFaden wrote out a script for the occasion. The pressagent was particularly inspired by a vision of Stevenson marching up the...

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