The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 31, 1947

The Eagle Has Two Heads (translated from the French of Jean Cocteau by Ronald Duncan; produced by John C. Wilson) and, what's more remarkable, flies backwards. Famed French Avant-Gardist Cocteau's "romantic melodrama" is outdated purple-&-plush palace theatrics, which starts off with a poet-revolutionist plunging through a window into the royal boudoir, and winds up with a dying queen toppling headlong down a vast flight of stairs.

The queen (Tallulah Bankhead) has been living secludedly, half in love with easeful Death, for the ten years since her young husband was assassinated on their honeymoon. But she and the poet (Helmut Dantine) who has...

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