The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Feb. 14, 1949

Diamond Lil (by Mae West; produced by Albert H. Rosen & Herbert J. Freezer) is probably the masterwork of the unversatile author of Sex, Pleasure Man, The Constant Sinner and Catherine Was Great. As a vehicle, at any rate, Lil remains after 21 years a good sturdy Mae Western. Too dated in 1928 to date much since, and so bad a play that it has considerable merit as a parody, Diamond Lil gives Miss West every chance to shoot the works, to be as majestically unrefined and unreformed as she knows how.

Against a flyblown Gay-Nineties backdrop, Lil queens it over a...

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