The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 25, 1954

The Starcross Story (by Diana Morgan) closed after one performance. The reason was not savage reviews—though they were mostly scowling—but a plagiarism suit. Slapped on the producers just before opening night, it charged that British Playwright Morgan had lifted the Starcross story from The Hidden Hero, a novel by Manhattan's Stanley Kauffmann, editor of Ballantine Books.

The play concerns a movie to be made about a heroic expedition that cost Explorer Christian Starcross and his men their lives. At odds over the movie project are Starcross' widow (Eva Le Gallienne) and his former...

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