The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Feb. 9, 1931

Green Grow the Lilacs is a folk-play whose elements are a good deal more folk than play. Because Playwright Lynn Riggs (Roadside) is a poet rather than a dramatist, his pithy piece is chock full of fine, salty dialog, but the dramatic structure is very slim.

The scene is laid in Oklahoma Territory at the turn of the century. The plot: Curly (Franchot Tone of Hotel Universe and Pagan Lady), a happy broncobuster, woos and wins Laurey (June Walker), who mortally fears & hates a psychopathic farm hand (Richard Hale) in her employ....

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