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bootlegger. His was a very popular joint right opposite the
Pierre Hotel off Fifth Avenue on 61st Street--an old private
house. It was the meeting place for quite a lot of literary
folk, among them Frank Sullivan, who said he named his kidneys
Well, I stopped in there for a drink. Sullivan had
nothing to do that night and said, “Do you want to have dinner
I said, “Don't disturb me, Sullivan, I have a very
important date tonight. I'm going to see some dirty movies.”
And Sullivan said, “You're not going to see them without
So Sullivan and I went down to this place on 22nd Street.
We were late. We'd lingered a little too long at Moriarity's.
And the first picture was on when we came. So we walked into
a dark room. We knew there were quite a number of people that
we couldn't see, and one of these filthy pictures was on. When
it was over, the lights went on while the operator changed
reels. They only had one machine, of course, And we saw there
about 30 men, all college professors. You never saw a meeting
like this in your life. It looked like a meeting to discuss
the Einstein Theory. This wasn't a bunch of tramps. These
were dignified college gentlemen who had turned up like ourselves
out of enormous curiosity.
Was it worth it all?
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