Hollywood in Person

N.p. N.p., 1937. Draft script for the 1937 live radio show, which originally aired on CBS. Copy belonging to interviewee H. Bruce Humberstone, with his holograph pencil annotations regarding line changes and deletions throughout.

Sponsored by General Mills and marketed as the "Gold Medal Hour," the Hollywood in Person radio show was hosted by Art Baker (under the name "Bob Baker the Bisquick Maker") and Louise Roberts, who would drive to studio lots in a motorized live broadcasting studio and interview the Hollywood elite, such as Deanna Durbin, Basil Rathbone, Jesse Lasky, and Ann Sheridan. The show was an early example of tabloid journalism, with a focus on celebrity gossip and candid, unrehearsed disclosures—although, as the existence of this script proves, the interviews were of course meticulously planned beforehand.

In this broadcast, Baker interviews director H. Bruce Humberstone and Twentieth Century-Fox contract player Arleen Whelan, an actress Humberstone claimed to have discovered working as a manicurist in a Southern California barbershop.

Missing wrappers, presumably as issued. Title page integral with the first page of text, dated TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1937, noted as copy No. 17. 16 leaves, with last page of text numbered 15. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, partially bound with a single paper clip to the top left corner.


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