(Wool, Robert M., ed.)
Title Show, the Magazine of the Performing Arts (November 1961) [cover: Harpo Marx]
Book Condition Good
Edition (Vol. I, No. 2)
Publisher New York Hartford Publications, Inc. 1961
Seller ID 22431
[edgewear and possible slight insect-nibbling to covers, a bit of cracking/splitting at both top and bottom of spine (but binding fully intact), moderate creasing to covers]. (B&W and color photographs, ads, etc.) The second issue of publisher Huntington Harford's ambitious attempt at creating a Life-type magazine devoted exclusively to the performing arts, including movies and TV; never a huge success, it ended its initial, large-format run in 1965. (An equally short-lived resuscitation, from 1970 to 1973, was a lesser publication in every way.) During its brief heyday, though, the magazine showcased an impressive roster of contributors (this issue includes pieces by Nat Hentoff, S.J. Perelman, and Kenneth Tynan), and represented a valiant effort to popularize the arts for a mass audience, e.g. Herbert Kupferberg's article "Opera for People Who Hate Opera," in this issue. Retrospectively, the most interesting piece in this particular issue is probably "The Winsome Foursome," S.J. Perelman's account of working with the Marx Brothers on the film version of their stage hit "Animal Crackers," surely one of the earliest "working with the Marxes" memoirs and, as such, a significant contribution to what by the end of the decade was to build into a full-scale rediscovery/revival of the madcap brothers' film work. (It's worth noting, too, that Harpo's autobiography "Harpo Speaks" had been published earlier in the year, which no doubt factored into his selection as this issue's cover boy.) Other highlights of this issue: "The Soft Mythology of Jazz" by Nat Hentoff; "Mr. B. [George Balanchine] and his Ballerinas" by Robert Kotlowitz; a profiles of actors Richard Boone ("Television's Angry Gun") and Paul Scofield; Part II of a Kenneth Tynan profile, "Orson Welles: Genius Without Portfolio"; and a somewhat corny photo feature in which Tammy Grimes dressed up as various movie stars, including Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie Coogan. Also includes numerous reviews of current films, TV shows and plays (in both New York and London).