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Petula Clark
Showtime in Branson: So who needs hip anyway?

Chicago audiences thought Gene Wilder's line in that 1974 movie was hilarious. There's a real good chance Jim Stafford, if he saw the film, didn't laugh at all. And let's be clear about this: Whatever Jim Stafford is—singer, songwriter, comedian, businessman, husband and father—he is not a moron. What we're dealing with is a cultural divide that, to a degree, defines Branson. And the amiable Stafford, a man from an "itty-bitty town in Arkansas" in his 16th season headlining at his own theater here, can articulate it as well as anybody. "A while back," he said, sipping from a bottle of water in his dressing room, "somebody came...