Books: Up the Mulligan Guards

THE MERRY PARTNERS (302 pp.)—E J Kahn Jr.—Random House ($4.75).

When Actor Victor Moore's father lay on his deathbed, he looked up and saw a strange physician hovering over him "I know you're a bum doctor, but you look like Tony Hart," the dying man muttered and closed his eyes in trusting contentment. Ned Harrigan's fans were no less staunch. A copy editor for the New York Telegraph added this personal postscript to a news column on Harrigan: "I'd rather hear Ned Harrigan sing one verse of the Mulligan Guards than Caruso warble his entire...

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