Theater: New Plays In Manhattan, Jan. 29, 1951

Angel in the Pawnshop (by A. B. Shiffrin; produced by Eddie Dowling & Anthony B. Farrell) is set in a pawnshop —with all the sad variety of its wares, and all the tangled human history behind them, to draw upon. But Playwright Shiffrin has written a sentimental fantasy in which everything that doesn't seem banal seems borrowed, and in which he displays a kind of genius for crushing the life of words.

Into his soft-lighted pawnshop with its softhearted proprietor (Eddie Dowling) flutters, one day, a young girl (Joan McCracken). In full flight from...

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