Originally Posted by HossC
After reading CityBoyDoug
's articles about the "purity squad", I came across this one from Feb 17, 1932. The last paragraph made me smile
As a matter of fact, I believe it was this so-called Purity Campaign that spelled the end of Eltinge's career, because it more or less put the stopper on the type of act he did when he performed. In private life he was routinely masculine to all appearances, and he detested the overtly effeminate men who sometimes approached him. He despised wristwatches and the men who wore them; like many in those times he still held that only pocket watches were suitably manly. But it didn't matter how presentable his private persona was; he could no longer ply the trade that had made him famous.
(Based on a fairly recent book I read a few years ago, Underground L.A.
. Author, date, and publisher forgotten.)