The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Dec. 3, 1956

The Happiest Millionaire was Philadelphia's Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (1874-1948). Kyle Crichton, who helped write My Philadelphia Father with Biddle's daughter Cordelia, has rerouted the biography for the stage. Certainly this most redblooded of bluebloods, most warm-hearted of hotheads, most brotherly-loving of eccentrics—who turned teetotaler and collected alligators, boxed with professionals and gave a voice recital without having a voice—cried out to be a stage character. The stage problem, plainly enough, was to give some sort of connection to Father's disconnected crazes and sudden whims; the stage difficulty was to make a...

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