The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 4, 1954

Dead Pigeon by Lenard Kantor is a three-character melodrama that is constructed like a superhighway: the audience is never in any doubt where the play is going; it is beautifully landscaped by Joan Lorring in various stages of undress, and —though everything moves along briskly enough—there is a certain sensation of monotony.

The plot concerns two detectives assigned to guard Joan at a seaside hotel during her 24-hour release from the penitentiary in order to give information to the district attorney about her recently murdered gangster lover. Both detectives are on the gangsters' payroll, but one of them (Lloyd Bridges) falls...

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