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B AS IN BARNUM 291 slightly better treatment than a few of the art-for-art's-sake boys." The New Yorker never relented. A few days before DeMille's death on January 21,1959, the magazine published a 2-sentence review of a remake, The Buccaneer, concluding: If that much manpower had been as conspicuously wasted in Russia as it is here, all hands would now be in Siberia. 5. SHARING with him the tensions of one crisis after another, we felt it was part of DeMille's nature to be in a state of constant motion. He kept up a staggering pace and never seemed to be happier than when chaffing under some mighty dilemma. The one great battle he lost was the one he wanted to win most—the famous dollar controversy, longest and bitterest of his life. It began in the fall of 1944. At that time he was a member of a radio union, the American Federation of Radio Artists, and for eight years had been master of ceremonies of the Lux Radio Theater at a salary of $98,000 a year. While others were responsible for the actual production of the Lux shows, including the selection of stories and actors; DeMille was able to invest them with the aura of his special showmanship. He was a fitting ornament for a showcase fea- turing the royalty of Hollywood. Thirty million persons listened to the show each week, its Crossley rating rising high above that of any then current dramatic offering. On August 16, 1944, the program's even, happy tenor came to an abrupt end.