Show Business: The Nonperformers

Every Monday evening at 10 p.m. on NBC, a honk that sounds as if it came from a goose with a bad head cold reverberates through the living rooms of America, and America listens—and watches. The Arthur Murray Party and its nasal, admittedly amateurish M.C., Kathryn Murray, have somehow waltzed into one of the top-rated spots on nighttime TV. Fortnight ago, after CBS had spent weeks advertising The Case of Dr. Mudd on Desilu Playhouse, CBS's Trendex was 18.7, the Party's a cozy 24.7.

Tall, gawky Dance Master Murray, 63, whose major contribution is to hop onstage like an arthritic flamingo at...

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