The Theatre: Show Business: Jan. 16, 1939

> A big hit in Paris was witty, shocking Jean Cocteau's The Terrible Parents, whose plot involves sons cuckolding their fathers and other incest. When Cocteau offered free tickets to school children, the Paris Municipal Council ordered the theatre's lease canceled, thus closing the show. Cocteau, who calls himself "John the Bird-catcher," at once slapped a five-million-franc damage suit on the city of Paris, alleging his play has "great artistic merit" and insisting that it was left "to the discretion of the teachers to choose the pupils most worthy to profit by the offer of free tickets."


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