The Theater: New Play on Broadway, Nov. 30, 1959

Only In America (by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee) tells the story of Harry Golden, editor (The Carolina Israelite) and author of the bestselling Only in America. The stage difficulties involved are immediate and persistent. The adapters really have little to dramatize beyond a genially hard-hitting personality that best conveys itself in the first person, and a pungent egalitarian philosophy of life that seems blatantly pious when acted out. Adapters Lawrence and Lee must, in fact, swell out into two hours of theater what is not only ill suited to the theater, but what even in book form comes off...

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