Theatre: Laggard Season

Four new plays due in Manhattan last week were still getting steam up at way stations, but one musicomedy rolled into town. It was a little dusty from a tryout tour of five months, through New England, the Midwest and the South.

Smiling Faces (Harry Clarke, librettist; Harry Revel, composer; Mack Gordon, lyricist; Lee & Jake Shubert. producers) is notable chiefly for exhibiting Fred Stone as a most generous person. His daughter Paula had the leading female role on tour; Daughter Dorothy, as costar, has the role in Manhattan. Her husband, Charles...

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