Radio-TV mirror (July-Dec 1953)

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Sally watched in silent terror ii FRONT PAGE FARRELL A GREAT FEAR Welled up inside of Sally, as she watched her husband stand in front of the audience at the Crystal Theatre — it was an audience of autograph fans, brought together through the efforts of Mildred Parker, the press agent for the theatre. As Sally stood in the wings, tensely waiting, listening for the terrifying sound of a gunshot, she reviewed the case in which David had become involved. . . . Two murders had taken place in plain sight of thousands in this very theatre. First had been the murder of Gary Cummings — handsome, famous bandleader, idol of mUhons — ^who had been giving a performance on the huge stage of the Crystal. He had been leading the band in a novelty nvmiber which featured whipcracks punctuated with music, and the sound of the shot had been taken for a whipcrack as he slid to the floor in front of the audience. . . . David had found the first clue — a slip of paper bearing Cunmiings' autograph. The angle of the bullet established that the killer had stood in the wings when he fired the shot. Mildred Parker had said that, shortly before the killing, she had escorted a large group of fams back to Cummings' dressing room before the performance — Cummings had given each his autograph before going on stage. David had told Sally that he figvu-ed the killer had mingled with the fans and thus gained access to the wings. . . . Sally had been with David when he met the first suspect— ^beautiful, glamorous Avis Harwood, a society girl whose reputation for thrills had led to shocking newspaper headlines. Avis's worship of Cumnaings had been the talk of the theatre when she got herself a job as an usherette in order to meet him and pursue him. Finally, Cummings had become annoyed with the headstrong girl's attentions, and she had been fired. Avis could have been tagged as a thrill-kiUer, but something about the whole case made both David and Sally hesitate. . . . The second suspect was Liza Redfield, hot-tempered girl singer with the band. Cummings had brought her to prominence from nowhere, and then threatened to send her back into oblivion unless she was "nice" to him. Liza had been heard to threaten to kiU Cummings if he ever pulled such a dirty trick. (This information had been given to David by Dick De Marco, another famous bandleader, who once worked for Cummings.) Cartridges that fitted the foreign-make murder pistol had been found in Liza's dressing room. . . . The third suspect was Lester Jeffries, once a successful ar Front Page Fancll, heard on NBC Radio, M-F, 5:15 P.M. EST, sponsored by Chef Boyardee, Aerowax and others. Staats Cotsworth and Florence Williams are pictured here in their radio roles as David and Sally Farrell. 68