The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Apr. 12, 1954

King of Hearts (by Jean Kerr & Eleanor Brooke) sends up a shower of witty sparks over a rather flat and meager landscape. A satiric farce, it concerns a megalomaniac cartoonist (Donald Cook) who regards his comic strips as profounder than the Wise Books of the East, and himself as a sort of Einstein with sex appeal. He is exhibited in varied but always-voluble relation to an assistant (Jackie Cooper), an interviewer, a syndicate chief (David Lewis), a small boy he adopts (Rex Thompson) and a fiancée (Cloris Leachman) whose romantic eyes are opened by, among other things, his not knowing...

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