Theater: Hollywood Hotfoot

BOY MEETS GIRL by BELLA and SAM SPEWACK

P.T. Barnum never died; he went to Hollywood. That was Broadway's view around 1935 when Boy Meets Girl was first presented in New York. Almost annually in those years, Shubert Alley applied a farcical hotfoot to the inane denizens of Celluloid City.

The show is still furiously funny, not because the setting is Hollywood but be cause the subjects are avarice, folly and desire, three aspects of human nature that make the whole world kin. The two protagonists, Robert Law (Lenny Baker) and J. Carlyle Benson (Charles Kimbrough), are nuthouse intellectuals—that is to say, screenwriters....

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