The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Dec. 24, 1951

Point of No Return (adapted by Paul Osborn from J. P. Marquand's novel) is a sure smash hit. Yet it is a hit at the expense of being a good play. Most of the Marquand virtues are discernible, but in Paul Osborn's version they are doled out in the smallest of small change. The whole thing has a smart, professional veneer, but it has no real psychological or satiric impact.

The play centers on a crisis in the life of rising Manhattan Banker Charles Gray —on whether he will be made a vice president of...

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