National Affairs: Everybody's in the Act

When Music Czar James Caesar Petrillo imperiously directed Manhattan nightclubs to raise musicians' wages last week he did not forget to write a punch line. He wanted a 20% increase for musicians in 1,100 New York night spots. But if the clubs had a floor show he ruled that the musicians deserved a little more—45% to be exact.

Cried pint-sized Billy Rose: "I'm willing to give them more money. But this demand would put the Diamond Horseshoe out of business." Warned Joe Howard of the big, garish Zanzibar: "Absurd." There was, the owners hinted,...

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