The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 4, 1957

Compulsion (dramatized from Meyer Levin's novel) re-enacts, exhaustively and explicitly, one of the grisliest horror stories of the century—the Loeb-Leopold murder case. Told in 20 scenes and lasting some three and a half hours, Compulsion begins just after two young homosexuals have, with long-calculated wantonness, killed a 14-year-old boy. There follow revelations of self-styled supermen who had dreamed of committing a perfect crime; of gay, violent, vicious Artie Straus (Richard Loeb) and his "superior slave," Judd Steiner (Nathan Leopold); of how imperfect a crime the two had actually committed; of their dissension as danger looms, their behavior as detection narrows; of...

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