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How they partied in Beverly Hills, circa 1959

January 21, 2009 |  7:11 pm

How did they party in Beverly Hills back in 1959? Well, The Times' Larry Harnisch has dug up a funny item in the old Matt Weinstock column about a pretty funny way the hosts greeted their guests:

ANOTHER REPORT on playfulness in Beverly Hills party giving comes from a publicist John Strauss. A young man invited to a late gathering arrived with a new girlfriend around 9 p.m. and found the house dark. He rang again and again and finally a light went on and the man who invited him opened the door. He was in his pajamas and obviously had been awakened from a sound sleep. The embarrassed caller timidly asked about the party. "Is that tonight?" the host asked, yawning. "I'm sorry," the caller said. "We'll come back another time." "No, no," the host insisted, rubbing his eyes, "come in. It's all right. Glad to see you."  As they entered, the wife appeared in a nightgown and negligee and asked sleepily who it was. By this time the caller and his girlfriend wished they could fade into the woodwork. Then the host broke out laughing, turned out the lights and let the couple watch as the same gag was worked on the other guests as they arrived.

Photo: Los Angeles Times