The Theatre: Elmer

Twelve years ago George M. Cohan and the late, great Ring Lardner pooled their talents and their mutual enthusiasm for baseball, produced Elmer the Great, a farcical saga of a rookie pitcher with an arm like a whip and a Model T brain. A story goes when Lardner first saw the show on Broadway, he was convinced that it was terrible. He acknowledged as his own only one line of the script. He underestimated both the play and his part in its conception. Elmer spoke Ring Lardners language, proved as durable as his Alibi...

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