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April 9, 1934
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The first case of yellow fever in fifty years has arrived in New York. It was greeted with horror by the immigration authorities who discovered it in a passenber aboard a ship hailing from the tropics, and by Guthrie McClintic, the producer of “Yellow Jack,” current play which deals with the conquest of the disease. Mr. McClintic was not entirely displeased by its arrival as the ensuing publicity cannot possibly do his show any harm. To put your mind at ease, however, it can be said that there is no danger of the fever spreading, as there are no yellow fever bearing mosquitoes in these parts.


This is not the first time that a natural news break followed one of Mr. McClintic’s productions. According to his press representative, a week after his “Jezebel” opened archaeologists reported the discovery of the tomb of that lady of easy morals in Egypt. As a matter of fact soon after Sidney Howard’s “Yellow Jack” was announced the newspapers carried front page stories that a new serum for yellow fever had been perfected in California.

You can readily see that McClintic might easily become a pernicious influence, if his luck holds out. It would have been exceedingly embarrassing had this producer announced such plays as “No More Ladies,” “Peace on Earth” or “Death Takes a Holiday.”


Elizabeth Bergner, Jewish actress who has caused as much furor in the Nazi regime as a rabbi in the Silver Shirts, will be seen on Broadway this Fall under the management of Arch Selwyn, who will produce “Escape Me Never,” the play which at the present time is playing in London with Miss Bergner in the leading role. After her Broadway appearance the little actress of big talents will visit Hollywood and make plans for a picture which United Artists hopes to produce.


The United Artists Corporation who gave the picture, “The House of Rothschild,” to a movie public which has expressed its thanks by keeping the Astor Theatre packed to its very eaves, has been digging up all sorts of historical information about the Rothschilds. The other day I was reminded that in the book, “Anthony Adverse,” there is a scene devoted to the expression by Adverse of his opinion of one of the Rothschilds, whom he meets in Paris and London. There is an interesting incident concerning a chair which Adverse needs and which Mayer had bought Rothschild was indignant when Adverse offered to buy the chair from him, his dignity was hurt when he thought he was being mistaken for a second-hand furniture dealer. He finally presented the chair to Adverse. Adverse is also portrayed as telling some of his banking friends of the good reputation and power of the Rothschild family.

Another Rothschild story that comes from the United Artists office tells how James Rothschild, youngest of the sons and head of the French branch of the international banking concern, was re sponsible for the marriage of the beautiful Eugenic to Napoleon III. It seems that James, when Eugenie came to him for a loan, was so impressed by her beauty that he took her to a ball given at the Eylsees, residence of the president of the republic. The president was Louis Napoleon fell in love with her and made her his wife and later the Empress of France.

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