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Up in Smoke

August 04, 1985

In Charles Champlin's review of David Thomson's book, "Suspects" (Book Review, July 14), he refers to Paul Henreid 'lighting up for Bette Davis in that unforgettable bit of business from "A Stolen Life." ' Alas, it was in "Now Voyager" that the 'two cigarettes' bit became famous, even though it had been done at least twice before, seven years earlier, in "Honor Among Lovers" and "The Rich are Always With Us."

ALEX GORDON

Los Angeles

The forgotten unforgettable was remembered by a baker's dozen readers. Champlin says: "As Mr. LaGuardia once remarked, when I make a mistake, it's a beaut."

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