How Jobless, Hungry Girls Live - Adela Rogers St. Johns - Los Angeles Examiner

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St. Johns, in rimmed glasses and a dress purloined from wardrobe at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where she was a screenwriter, put on a raggedy old coat and started her brief out-of-work life as May Harrison, following Ernie Pyle's advice to "unpack your heart." Hearst had wanted her to go out and *be* an unemployed woman, to "uncover the mistakes and demand new drive in this emergency" by conducting herself as if her circumstances truly were tragic. He wanted her to take the era's theme song, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," as her personal theme song. Her 9-part series appeared from December 20 until the end of the year in 1931. (Information from her book, Honeycomb, Doubleday, 1969.)

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