The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 6, 1941

Pal Joey (book by John O'Hara, music by Rodgers & Hart, produced by George Abbott). Since he came of age, John O'Hara has spent more time in nightclubs than many men have in bed. He has stayed till closing, seen all the sights, heard all the jargon. His short novel Pal Joey consists of the magnificently illiterate letters of a nightclub crooner and hoofer, an attractive, low and decidedly rubbery heel, describing his greedy world of mice and moola (women and money). Perhaps the most laudable thing about this character is that he might...

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