The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 9, 1933

20th Century (by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur; George Abbott & Philip Dunning, producers). Even if it did take two years to write the third act, this muscular successor to Messrs Hecht & MacArthur's Front Page was well worth the wait. It is the saga of one wild trip, on the New York Central's crack Chicago-New York train. Aboard is Oscar Jaffe (Moffat Johnson), an intentionally composite reproduction of Morris Gest and the late David Belasco, an ill-kempt maestro whose last three durbars have just about bankrupted him. In the adjoining compartment...

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