The Theatre: Theatre Note: Feb. 23, 1925

"Stand back there, you coyotes," snapped D. O. O'Donnell, brandishing a revolver. Eleven officers of the law were cowed. "Crack!" barked a gun. "Ow!" screamed an officer, as the bullet plunged its way through the fleshy part of his left arm. In the wings, a woman screamed, fell fainting onto the stage. Onlookers guffawed.

The play was Hell's Bells, performed in a Manhattan Theatre. O'Donnell was Eddie Garvie. The wounded man was Clifton Self. The woman who fainted was Shirley Booth. The laughing onlookers were the audience. They thought it was a...

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