ARMY & NAVY: A Short View

"There is a very regrettable tendency, upon the part of some producers, to stage plays in which nudity, obscenity and profanity are paraded. This has invited much criticism. . . .

"Of course, we should be broadminded; and priggery ought to have no place in our attitude toward the stage. We are not, however, called upon to countenance the grossest vulgarity and almost absolute nakedness."

So wrote Mayor Hylan of New York City to his Commissioner of Licenses in regard to unnamed plays. But it was soon...

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