The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 15, 1951

Second Threshold (by Philip Barry, with revisions by Robert E. Sherwood) was left not quite finished at Playwright Barry's death a year ago. The play itself is overcast with thoughts of death. It portrays the soul sickness of a distinguished public figure who has paid too heavily, in inner hardness and human loss, for the world's prizes. Even between him and the daughter he loves there is a gulf, now widened by her engagement to another such aging man of distinction as himself. Numb and parched, Josiah Bolton (Clive Brook) casts about for an unobtrusive way to die. But in time...

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