Theater: Goodguys Finish First

A Case of Libel has been adapted by Henry Denker from a chapter in Lawyer Louis Nizer's bestseller, My Life in Court. The case, though veiled, is Newsman Quentin Reynolds' winning libel suit against Columnist Westbrook Pegler. Since the element of suspense is nonexistent, the result is fairly tame and lethargic, except for those who relish every predictable cliche of courtroom stagecraft.

A famed war correspondent (John Randolph) has been vilified in print by his old right-wing extremist friend (Larry Gates) as a Communist-line lackey and a "drunken, immoral, yellow-bellied degenerate." An ace...

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