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Oh, yes, he's married to Lucinda Ballard, the stage
designer. He wrote “The Bandwagon,” and “Three's a Crowd,”
He's still with MGM?
Oh, no, he's retired. And speaking of Dietz, there's
another famous humorist I love--Frank Sullivan. Frank is a
a very sick man today; lives in virtual seclusion up in Saratoga,
New York. Liveright published a couple of his books.
He's a darling man. One time we were publishing in the Modern
Library some translation of one of the Roman writers--I've
forgotten which one it was--and the fellow who did it was a
Columbia professor. He came in to see me one day and told me,
“I don't know whether this will interest you or not, Bennett,
but a friend of mine is going to England for the summer, and
he left behind a lot of filthy motion pictures. Tonight we're
going to run some of them down in a house down in Chelsea.
Would you like to come?”
I said, “I've never seen a dirty motion picture in my
life, and I'll be there!”
That evening I stopped in for a preliminary drink at a
speakeasy called Moriarity's.
That's still in existence.
No, this was not P.J.'s. Moriarity was a very elegant
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