Figaro in Wonderland

"In some areas," said Barber Bert Oakley, "my new shop would scare the trade away." But not in fashionable Westwood, a Cadillac's spurt away from Hollywood. With searchlights, clouds of soap bubbles, and a few cinemactor customers (Allan Jones and Pat O'Brien) to give it atmosphere, the grand opening of "the world's swankiest tonsorial parlor" last week drew thousands of spectators.

What they saw through the purple glare of the neon signs more than warranted Oakley's remark. In the yellow-floored, blue-walled shop were 20 barber chairs upholstered in pastel-blue leather. Behind them...

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