Says editor Noreen Murphy,
“Donald O’ Connor, of course, was the star of the show. And after, what he admitted was 50 years of performing, it was there, the old show business magic."Ms. Murphy makes him sound like a ratty old sweater being resurrected from the basement.
"[The magic] flashed through in his smile as he tapped, sang, quipped, graciously handled a heckler who practically made it on stage before the police started to remove him (“Oh, he‘s just trying to have a little fun like the rest of us,”)....”
Sounds like a horrible night.
O‘Connor answered questions and danced
“in between such songs as ‘Walking My Baby Back Home’ ‘Make Someone Happy’ and ‘Singing [sic] in the Rain,’ to mention but a few, while batting away at the moths.”Batting away at the moths. The irony. So sad, really.