The Theatre: New Plays: Apr. 20, 1925

The Backslapper pours salt in the wound opened by The Show-Off. The latter comedy tells of a man who has a tongue of honey and a heart of gold; the backslapper's talk runs freely enough, but underneath there is the shark heart of the hypocrite.

His wife bears the burden. Every evening when he comes home from dispensing everywhere the cheer that wins votes, he takes his temper out for exercise. Hovering in the background is the silent, honest worker who worships the wife in purity and quiet.

There are several fearful scenes,...

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