Say Darling Author:Richard Bissell A Book-Of-The-Month Club Selection. — Not since Ring Lardner has there been a writer to match Richard Bissell for originality, irreverent with and the unerring ability to transcribe the American language in all its garbled, nonconnected, cliche-studded, fragrant, graphic glory. SAY, DARILNG is unquestionably his finest, funniest book. The author ... more »of A STRETCH ON THE RIVER and 7 1/2 CENTS (The book that became THE PAJAMA GAME) has crammed all of the wisecracking, big-money, gaudy and glamorous world of Broadway into the book that hardly slows down for the laughs.
Jack Jordan, fresh from Indiana with a best seller to his credit, checked into the hotel with a suitcase rescued from an overanxious redcap, a headache and a large supply of misgivings. He was in New York to collaborate with Broadway's awesome genius Richard Hackett on a musical version of Jack's book. Jack was prepared for almost anything--except what happened.
What happened was the roller-coaster ride called show business, in which the coolest sometimes wonder about their sanity and the rest don't care. The girls were gorgeous, the shirts were loud, the cocktails frequent, the prices outrageous--only talk was cheap. Nobody agreed opn anything, yet somehow, out of the endless blowups, the frantic rewriting, the crazy optimism and the Black Thursday despair, a musical began to take shape. And then there was Irene Lovelle, star of the show--irresistibly lovely, in love with the theater and with herself, and impossible for any man with eyesight to ignore.
There is no business like show business, and Richard Bissell has proved it irresistibly in the hilarious and unforgettable pages of SAY, DARLING.« less