The Theatre: Tryout on the Coast

Ladies and Gentlemen (by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, from a play by Ladislaus Bush-Fekete; produced by Gilbert Miller). Decade ago the late Minnie Maddern Fiske huffed, barked, flounced her way through a typical virtuoso's vehicle, Ladies of the Jury. Hungarian Ladislaus Bush-Fekete (né Bus-Fekete: the "h" was his idea of Americanizing the name) made a play with the same situation—a resourceful woman swinging the rest of a jury around from a verdict of guilty to acquittal in a murder case.

As translated, and practically rewritten, by Hecht and MacArthur (The Front Page, 20th Century), Ladies and Gentlemen gives Helen Hayes...

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