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He said that no matter how crowded the subway was at night
when he went home, there was always plenty of room because
he smelled so from the hides that he had been working on
that people would just take one whiff and move as far from
him as they could, so he always got a seat up to the Bronx!
Anyway, through his love of the theater, he made
contact with a little group in Newark. It included young
unknowns named Dore Shary and Eddie Choderov and other
fledglings who became famous later.
Then Moss wrote a play about Hollywood, although, of
course, he had never been there. It was a comedy. It was
called Once in a Lifetime. He began taking it around. At
that time, the wonder boy in the producing world was Jed
Harris, a four-star son of a bitch--but fantastically
successful at the time and quite fascinating in his way, but
cruel. He read Moss‘play--he kept it for several days--and
then sent for Moss. He said, “You're going to make it. This
has got a lot of funny stuff in it. It's not my kind of play,
but I think that a fellow who would be interested in it is
Mr. George S. Kaufman. You go around to see George Kaufman.
You tell him that Jed Harris said that he should read this
play right away.”
Moss Hart, in a delirium of excitement, went rushing
to George Kaufman. Little did he know that Jed Harris was
just playing a dirty trick on him. Harris and Kaufman had
just had a terrific feud and the mere mention of Jed Harris'
name sent George Kaufman into a state of rage. Now came
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