The Marx Brothers
Scene 1 - Art Curtain
Introduction - Melvin Sisters
Two pages enter and sing something that Waters in "Variety" describes as "an attractive little song number". At the end of their dance they open Art Curtains and walk up to couch on which Beauty is lying. Zeppo is seated at her feet.
Scene 2 - The Inception of Drapery
Scarf Girls Muriel Greel, G. Spencer,
At each side of the stage three girls are standing. In each group, two of them (Scarf Girls) are holding up the draperies while the third (Rose Petal) are holding up flower baskets.
Zeppo Now dearest, for the thrill of
clothes I have provide just for you.
Beauty sings "Beauty's Dress"
Zeppo Silks from Japan (enter
"Beauty's Dress" sung by everybody. During song
walk forward and curtains close.
Zeppo Now dear, admit you are
this equisite finery.
Beauty Yes, it thrills the flesh but
thrill is only skin deep. My heart still remains unmoved.
Zeppo I give up!
Beauty Oh, don't go. I want to be
Zeppo I'm through. It's the
chance now. He will give you the thrill of Cinderella
backwards. He will take you from riches to poverty.
In this scene (originally called Beauty's Dress), Merchant provides Beauty with an international wardrobe. The general purpose seems to have been to display her in as many transparent costumes as possible and Waters adds that Beauty, "at one time was clad in rather diaphanous garments".
autobiography, Harpo writes about Perfumes from Hindustan
and tells us that it was "followed
by a team of gilded toe-dancers who were eternally griping about 'the
goddam beads on the floor left over from the Hinderstan bit'."