Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Mar. 28, 1938

Prologue to Glory (by E. P. Conkle; produced by the Federal Theatre) is Lincoln in the days before he grew a beard; a very youthful Lincoln (Stephen Courtleigh) keeping store at New Salem, Ill., launching himself in politics, courting the half-legendary Ann Rutledge (Ann Rutledge*) ; a half-legendary Lincoln, licking the leader of the Clary Grove gang in a wrestling match, debating ("Resolved, that the bee is more valuable to society than the ant"), joking, yarn-spinning, walking through a snowstorm to pay back a customer he had accidentally shortchanged; a shy,...

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