People, Mar. 31, 1952

Hearts & Flowers

A flurry of feathers and screeching again issued from the gilded cage of Hollywood's scrappiest lovebirds, Franchot Tone, 47, and Barbara Payton, 25 (TIME, Sept. 24 et seq.). The latest rift, according to Manhattan Gossipist Cholly Knickerbocker, began innocently enough. Barbara, apparently in a pet, ripped a telephone from the wall of their West Side hotel suite and swung it at Franchot, whose ducking has improved since last September when he brawled and was flattened by Barbara's robust friend, Cinemactor Tom Neal. At week's end, Franchot, still in Manhattan, and Barbara, back in Hollywood, both denied the story. But...

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