The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jun. 25, 1951

Courtin' Time (book by William Roos, based on Eden Phillpotts' The Farmer's Wife; lyrics & music by Jack Lawrence and Don Walker) is par—or at any rate, pardonable—for June. It is one of those cheerfully mediocre musicals whose chief virtue is that it has no crushing vice.

It tells a turn-of-the-century yarn about a cocksure, middle-aged Maine farmer who goes around unsuccessfully hunting a second wife. All the time his capable, attractive housekeeper (Billie Worth) silently yearns for him, though—except for the fact that he is Joe E. Brown —there's no telling why. The tale has little substance and less suspense,...

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