Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Dec. 29, 1930

Petticoat Influence has very little weight but is deft and amusing. With tongue well in cheek, it sets out to have a few quiet laughs at the British Foreign office, the vanity and complacence of the male, the intuitive cunning of the female.

Richard Chalfont (John Williams of One, Two, Three!) has all the qualifications for Colonial Secretary to a small island. He has lived there, knows the language and people, has written thick books about the place. In addition he has an admirable wife, charming, meek little Helen Hayes. But the...

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