The Press: Saloon Editor

In the days of bustles Earl Wilson would have been called a cad. In these days, 40 newspapers pay around $50,000 a year for his stuff, and 78,426 people have put down $2 to get it in book form (7 Am Gazing into My 8-Ball).

What they seem to like is what Earl Wilson calls the three Bs—Booze, Busts, Behinds. (Sample Wilson leer: Carole Landis looks "like a chiffonier with its top drawer pulled out." Of another buxom girl, he wrote: "only a build in a girdled cage.") What his readers also get, every...

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