It actually would hurt me, John my beloved, if you ever believed I think of you the way MacFarlane thinks of you—as more or less part of the gig rather than as a person. (Something I’d like to throttle him for but’ll probably go on watching the pre-2013 Family Guy anyway.) I’m less ironical and more earnest than one would assume at first. Not exactly an asset in this town.
On another note:
Silk Stockings was the last movie my old boss Mamoulian, aka The Old Man, ever did (at 60—he died at 90), and “Stereophonic Sound” is one of the numbers on John Wilson & Orchestra’s 2014 Cole Porter album. But watch the clip instead. Janis Paige is the focus in this number but Fred Astaire at 58 is still a joy.