New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 5, 1948

Crime and Punishment (adapted from Dostoevsky's novel by Rodney Ackland; produced by Robert Whitehead & Oliver Rea) is perhaps too great a novel to be tampered with. But by the same token it would seem able to withstand a lot of tampering. Dostoevsky's great study of crime and punishment is also a tense story of crime and detection. Before its arrogant Nietzschean murderer Raskolnikov (John Gielgud) is guided toward confession and atonement by a humble Christian prostitute (Dolly Haas), he is played with, cat-&-mouse, by the Moscow police.

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