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

Remains To Be Seen (by Howard Lindsay & Russel Grouse; produced by Leland Hayward) does a straight hack job in hit-or-miss fashion. In their first mystery farce, the authors of Life With Father and the producers of Arsenic and Old Lace never manage to make murder, or much of anything else, amusing. When the curtain goes up, a highly unpopular vice-snooper is already dead, and in due time a highly unperturbed audience finds out who killed him. But the mystery side of Remains To Be Seen can largely be ignored; indeed, the playwrights themselves set the example.

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