The Theater: New Play on Broadway, Apr. 11, 1960

The Best Man (by Gore Vidal), Broadway's salute to an election year, is a lively theater piece laid at a fanciful 1960 national convention and concerned with a fierce struggle between two would-be nominees. Former Secretary of State Melvyn Douglas is urbane, intellectual and endowed with scruples; Senator Frank Lovejoy is self-made, self-obsessed and swollen with ambition. When a tough old pro of an ex-President rejects the role of kingmaker, Lovejoy plans to knock out Douglas by reviving a forgotten mental breakdown; and if Douglas will stoop, he in turn can bring up...

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