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me mixed up with somebody. As a matter of fact, I've got all of my reviews pasted in books. I'm going to show you how wrong you are.”

He got a ladder and climbed up in his closet and pulled down the index of the year that Lady in the Dark opened and looked up the review. Danny had it word for word eleven years later! John Mason Brown nearly died with embarrassment. He said, “I must have been out of my mind.”

I just wanted to mention that. Authors or stars will remember a bad review long after they've forgotten all of the good ones. They take the favorable ones for granted. That's only their due. But when somebody knocks them, oh boy, how they remember. I'm that way myself. I remember the people who have offended me I guess more than the ones that I've loved.

Q:

Back to Harry Maule--could you describe him at all?

Cerf:

He was one of the gentlest, finest men that I've ever known. From the day that he came to us to the day that he left, everybody in the place loved him, although once in a while you had to use forbearance with Harry. He was a little long-winded. Once he started, you couldn't stop him.

Every time that William McFee came to the office-- McFee was quite deaf and like so many deaf people he shrieked at the top of his lungs and had a funny habit--he'd grab you by the ear and scream into your ear. Of course,



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