May in Paris?

Leland Hayward, a very successful talent agent who represented several leading actors and writers, sometimes confused himself. Ginger Rogers was once sent a script that she found totally unacceptable. Hayward went straight to the producer’s office to complain. “How can you insult Ginger with such trash, such drivel, such rot?” he said indignantly, “Get out of here before I throw you out,” roared the producer. “You sold us that story.”

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Inspired by Vernon Duke’s famous song, “April in Paris,” a friend of the composer’s decided to spend a few weeks in Paris one April. The weather was appalling. On his return, the traveler complained at some length about his disappointing trip. “Whatever made you go to Paris in April?” asked Duke. “The weather is always terrible then.” His friend looked at him in astonishment. “I went because of your song,” he replied. “Ah, well,” explained the composer apologetically, “we really meant May, but the rhythm required two syllables.”

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