Cinema: Gays to the Fore, Cautiously

Several new releases try a freer portrayal of homosexuality

"There's nothing more inconvenient than an old queen with a head cold," Toddy sniffles as he contemplates being down and out in Paris, 1934. He has just lost his job in a gay nightclub, his lover has left him, and his new roommate, Victoria (Julie Andrews), is a singer with a voice that can shatter glass but not the indifference of booking agents.

Toddy, who is played with great good spirit by Robert Preston, speaks too soon. For the old queen is anything but an object...

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