The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Nov. 5, 1945

Beggars Are Coming to Town (by

Theodore Reeves; produced by Oscar Serlin) is a might-have-been. Playwright Reeves started—and ended—with an idea. He raises his curtain on a set-up that promises to crackle—and then merely crumbles.

Beggars is a tale of two racketeers. Back in Prohibition days Frankie Madison (Paul Kelly) had taken the rap and gone up the river for 14 years. His partner (Luther Adler) has grown rich and respectable, with the help of Frankie's dough, operating a swank supper club. Frankie, getting out of stir, thinks the partnership still exists. When he sniffs the truth, he thinks it is...

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