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Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - March 30, 1951

Schnozzola Back at Copa In Top Form

Sparking the greatest mirthquake in the history of show business, Jimmy Durante returned last night to the Copacaba and, before he was done, threw everything but himself at the musicians and duranteservice staff and had hats raining from the ceiling in the best balloon-night tradition.

The much-loved Schnozzola accepted the introduction of "patron of the arts," doffed his first fedora and revealed a brown toupee.

"Them bosses should hang by the rope," he said. "Look what they made me wear. They said I'd be surrounded by beautiful women, but all I see are glue salesmen."

The Profile.

Throwing it away with disgust he added, scratching his own sparsely-clad pate: "There's not much there, but every strand has a muscle."Whereupon he turned towards the advancing girl photographer and consented to have his picture taken.

It was the same old Durante, only better than ever. First, the long opening "You Got to Start Out Each Day With a Song," in which he digresses every bar or two to catch his cartoondrummer off guard with a hunk of piano or a sheaf of music and refers to the ringside-bordering imitation Jimmy Durante at the palm trees as hollow pipe lines that shoot the bosses' money direct to the bank.

Jimmy has a wonderful new number about a telephone conversation with a blind date. To be or not to be is the question as to whether he should tell her about his nose - "Say, I wouldn't say I was handsome; it's kind of hard to put it in words." When she finally gets to meet him, she remarks he must have came so fast he must have forgot to hang up the telephone.

Saucy Nonsense.

Reviving last season's saucy nonsense with the chorus girls garbed in sport togs and revealing sweaters, he joins them in a conga line and says: "I don't know where it's going, but I'm sticking with it. The girls also assist him in his own Easter parade of hats, which requires the whole busboy crew to clean up. Then his old partner Eddie Jackson, comes on to sing and hoof and help rock the place. In a hilarious rendition of "Umbriago," Eddie is told to go to Lindy's and not return until he's marinated and the boys of the band,section by section, are told to leave because they're not needed, winding up the show in amazing fashion.

There is an awful lot of show before Jimmy appears. Toni Arden, the singer, is wonderfully appealing in a number of song moods; the one and only Marie Gambarelli presents ballet art in vivid, dramatic fashion, and Beverly and James Paycee offer some arty ballroom lifts and a spinning-top impression. You couldn't see a more rewarding night-club shoe.

 

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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