Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Hysterical Women Mob Film Stars At Premiere At London Theatre
LONDON, March 27, 1947.-Film stars Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and Paulette Goddard were mobbed by 5000 hysterical women in Leicester Square last night. Seven policemen carried Robert Taylor through a crowd into the foyer of the Empire Theatre as soon as he arrived with his wife, Barbara Stanwyck, for the premiere of “The Other Love” in which Miss Stanwyck and David Niven are starred.
Waiting women swooped on Taylor and, after police had rescued him, they called for reinforcements. They fought their way back to the car, lifted Barbara Stanwyck, and tried to carry her along a narrowing lane kept open by the picture people.
This operation took 20 minutes. Then the crowd swept aside the cordon and swooped after Barbara Stanwyck on a stairway at the back of the foyer. Miss Stanwyck swayed on the staircase and Robert Taylor and policemen helped her up stairs while others kept back the hysterical women who were following her.
Finally Taylor and his wife got to the top of the stairway, where flood lights blazed and camera men waited. There Miss Stanwyck sat against a wall in a plush chair with Taylor kneeling at her feet chafing her hands.
Later she said: “I am not hurt. I was so overwhelmed that I was terrified for a few minutes.”
Paulette Goddard and her husband Burgess Meredith arrived late and sneaked in unseen by the crowd. –They were mobbed as they left. Paulette Goddard was carried shoulder high through the crowd by police who elbowed the excited women out of the way to make a passage.