Music: The Flivving Niteries

Is it possible for a nightclub to lose money with famed Ecdysiast Sherry Britton stripping to bugle beads and pearls, and an undraped cutie splashing in a giant champagne glass? Answer: Yes, the way the nightclub business is going these nights. As the trade weekly Variety would put it: To get off the nut (i.e., earn back the investment) in a bigtime nitery operation now, a boniface has to do boffo biz seven nights a week, and even then he may wind up flivving. Reason: the top-liners are slugging the spots for too much...

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