The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Oct. 3, 1938

Missouri Legend (by Elizabeth B. Ginty; produced by Guthrie McClintic in association with Max Gordon), half a clowning comic strip, half a romantic daguerreotype, is based on the life of Jesse James. Playwright Ginty, with some support from history, has made James (Dean Jagger) into a droll sort of Jekyll & Hyde who, when not "riding out," is Thomas Howard of St. Joe, Mo., a sober family man with a mousy wife (Dorothy Gish), and a pillar of the local Baptist church.

Playwright Ginty's triumph of make-believe is that she has created, out...

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