The Theatre: Scotch Mist

Six months ago a ham show opened in Chicago. Last week it was still running there. It had become a civic institution. It had played to 150,000 people and grossed over $250,000. The theatre was sold out three weeks in advance, and it was a good bet that, before it was through, the show would break all records for Chicago business.

The answer was not that Chicago had lost its mind, but that the play's leading man was acting up. Moreover, he was not just any leading man, but the great John Barrymore—sometimes ill, sometimes tight, but always a trouper. Many a...

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