The Theatre: Family Joke

One day last week the President's mother went to see George M. Cohan impersonate her son in I'd Rather Be Right, the musical comedy in Manhattan which mildly spoofs the Administration. Mrs. Roosevelt Sr. had reserved her seat in another name, but the news leaked out backstage. Actor Cohan, who would not harm a fly unless it was a typhoid carrier, soft-pedaled a line here & there. But at other lines of his, such as "'If Eleanor would stay at home, I'd get a decent meal," Eleanor's mother-in-law heartily ho-ho'd.


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