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RADIO STARS HIM DOWN (Above, left) On his recent broadcasting tour, Pittsburgh gave Ed a swell welcome. (Above) Ed Wynn, a cigar stub, and his mother who is responsi- ble for his famous so-o-o-o. Of course, the news got back to Broadway, and it was then that the street's wise boys began to say that Ed Wynn was through. Week after week until two terrible months had passed did Wynn try to pull his show together. The effort drained his body. He lost weight, couldn't sleep, turned jumpy and irritable. To top it off, he had put $171,000 of his own savings into that show. If he couldn't earn it back on Broadway, he would be almost where he started thirty years ago. Old friends who saw him staggering under the over- whelming load offered advice. Too much advice. They said go home and go to bed. They said forget the whole thing. Junk it and try something else. Wreck it or it will wreck you. See a doctor. "No," answered Wynn. So these old friends pitched in to help him. They watched the show and each night's performance brought a new crop of well-meant suggestions. Desperate but hopeful, Wynn carried them out. And the "Laugh Parade" went from bad to worse. On Broadway, the wolf packs that pick apart reputa- tions and grease the skids for those who are slipping howled the louder when they heard the news. More than once, Wynn had fooled them. But now—now they had him. Verbally, they began to (Continued on page 46) How he overcame such unpleasant circumstances is a story worth reading 7