Show Business: The Talker

TV's newest fad is conversation. It is based on a new version of the old Hollywood conviction that the opinions of any performer, expressed with or without benefit of pressagent, are worth hearing. TV's talk fad has produced a flock of conversationalists who cheerfully regard themselves as a generation of bright, chatty vipers, convinced that they can turn banality into "frankness" and delight millions by their daring.

One of the chattiest of the word warriors is intimately known to dour Cinemactor James Mason, who for years has been famed offstage for a sort of stunned silence. It was not one of Mason's...

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