GREAT BRITAIN: Common Informer

In 1781 an English law was enacted providing that anyone discovering a theatre open on Sunday might, as a "common informer," sue the proprietor, collect informer's money. The law has never been repealed. When a Miss Millie Orpen discovered this state of affairs, she pounced upon the Sunday-showing Capitol Theatre (cinema) in London with a suit. Last week to all cinemen's dismay, a court awarded Miss Orpen $15,000. But the court was dismayed too. It also awarded the Capitol a stay of execution. Planned were appeal and repeal.


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