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Every night on the stage at “South
Pacific,” a group of discerning Sea bees loudly announces its philosophy about wom en: "There is nothin’ like a dame... ” And now television has taken up the chant: there is, clearly, nothing on TV today quite like the ladies. To begin with, dames — ladies, that is — are considerably easier on the viewers’ eyes than dog acts and tenors. But it takes more than the sparkling smiles and the controver sial necklines to explain how females have taken over the field already and seem sched uled to dominate it even more completely in the season ahead. Why is it that television’s “personality” programs — those that offer little more than the unflinching charm of the proprietor — are almost 100 per cent feminine in gender? Why haven’t some glib men succeeded as well as pretty glib women? One school of thought maintains that whenever the sexes have met head on, the women have proved, in the immortal words of Miss Ethel Merman, that they' could do everything better. Harriet van Home, who is television critic for one of New York’s newspapers, has walked out on the limb with sure strides: “In general," she has announced, “women talk better, with more verve, wit, imagination and richness of sound than men.” Don't Forget Koto and rioooor Standing shoulder to shoulder behind this vast statement, are Faye Emerson with her iridescent blondness. Ilka Chase with her urbane sophistication, Eva Gabor and her continental sex appeal, Betty Furness with a sort of hearty Americanness, Sarah Churchill and Lady Mountbatten with their British gracefulness, and, climactically, Lilli Palmer with her intellectual glamour. These ladies, and approximately 50 more (including those two perennial glamour girls Kate Smith and Eleanor Roosevelt), easily rule the waves. I asked Ilka Chase, who is scheduled to be the star of a big half-hour show starting in October, how she explained woman’s mounting superiority on TV. "It’s my guess that a particular girl adores her par ticular fellow, but she’s not interested in other men per se. However, she’s certainly inter ested in other women. And men, of course, like to look at all women. Doesn’t that ex plain it?” Not long ago I sat in a tiny dressing room % JOB COVKIXO CONTINENTAL BEAUTY. Eva Gabor says, “I have informal programs. Television shows up the slightest phoniness"