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Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - October 14, 1955

Latin Quarter Flips Over Frankie Laine

"Let's get going, then if you want to flip, it's all right with me," says Mr. Rhythm, Frankie Laine, to those attending his limited engagement as star of "Mademoiselle Frankie Lainede Paree" at the Latin Quarter. Earlier, some startled neophytes, unfamiliar with the antics of Frank Libuse, the mad waiter, flip their lids with genuine anger at the preshow liberties he takes.

Frankie Laine has earned his sobriquet. He leans slightly forward as he sings, as if he were about to battle a stiff wind in Kansas. His hands are always busy, often raised, with the fervor of a revivalist. I'll say he's. Mr. Rhythm.

And a consummate showman, too, as he introduces the numbers that have meant much to his career. Because it always was a lucky number for him since he first sang it in 1949, he does "Lucky Old Sun."

Next comes "Your Cheating Heart," by the late Hank Williams, on whose life a movie will be based; then, nearest and dearest to Frankie's heart, "You're My Desire," then "Jezebel."

By now, as Frankie points out, the audience is really flying, so he introduces his accompanist, Al Lerner, frankthe Cleveland flash, before rushing into his version of "Cry of the Wild Goose." "Believe" and "Jealousy" wind up a program that should satisfy the singer's fans and win new ones.

Many think Frank Libuse is funnier before the show than he is in it. For a half hour or so he practices being rude to everybody, tucking a napkin under a lady's chin, endangering the security of many a toupe with swipes of a potted palm and mopping up the dance floor when it's full of customers. Folks gradually get on to the act and all is calm again.

During the show Frank does his horse play with the help of Margot Brander, who sings when she gets a chance and suffers innumerable Indignities, and the same harried chap who plays an anguished waiter captain.

Elsewhere in the Latin Quarter revue you see the slam-bang Apache act of the Mazzone and Abbott Dancers, who always find a warm welcome with audiences at Lou Walters' club; Chiquita and Johnson, in a dance act that features a petite brunette in a series of splits, Tamar Benamy, who makes love to herself as half man, half woman; Piroska, Howard Mann and Lynn Christie.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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