The Stage Debacle

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126432
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135663 | DOI:
The Stage Debacle

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Buzz wrapped up Cinderella Jones in May 1944. “Star Spangled Banner Girls” never materialized, and the more promising bio of Marilyn Miller was mired in legalities. On June 2, Gertrude was rushed to hospital after hitting her head in the unyielding front seat of the car after the maid slammed on the breaks to avoid hitting a car. The pressures were beginning to mount. No work meant no income in the face of Gertrude's mounting medical bills. Buzz carried the weight of jumbo mortgages, property taxes, and alimony. After a week, Buzz received a telegram from Jack Warner that stated his contract with the studio had been terminated. His next show Glad to See You was also cursed from the beginning. During his extended unemployment, Buzz remained at Gertrude's side for the duration of her illness, which lingered well into the following year.

Keywords: Cinderella Jones; Gertrude Berkeley; terminal cancer; Jack Warner; Glad to See You

Chapter.  2712 words. 

Subjects: Film

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