FABULOUS FREDDIE AND THE CIRCUS SAINTS AND SINNERS by Paul  Green

FABULOUS FREDDIE AND THE CIRCUS SAINTS AND SINNERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This account of Freddie Darius Benham is part biography of the man but mostly a record of the organizations he has founded, the most famous of which is the Circus Saints and Sinners where big are recruited and raucously initiated. From Long Island and with an early acquaintance with famous people, Freddie rose from suburban correspondent to a recognized reporter on the got along well with the great and wealthy, found his other self in Dexter Fellows of the circus, and ended up with his own wealth of know-how and whom. There are his parties, his financial shortness, the juicy assignments he drew, World War I and his part in it, the founding of the Order of Seraphic Secretaries, of the telephone operators, and of the Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Post, and the big, brassy Saints and Sinners. There are detailed accounts of the officers, the zany initiations, and the members -- from political, sports, entertainment, newspaper, etc., fields -- and Freddie's importance in promoting the Saints and Sinners across the country. A Runyonish character in the midst of a frenzied gaiety, this is an entertaining record of antic, if ephemeral, actions.

Pub Date: June 4th, 1951
Publisher: Wilfred Funk