Old Play in Manhattan, Nov. 17, 1947

The First Mrs. Fraser (by St. John Ervine; produced by Gant Gaither), which tackles the problems of British divorce in the '20s, probably wasn't meant to hold up after 17 years. In any case, it hasn't. A drawing-room piece about a middle-aged woman (Jane. Cowl) who lets her husband (Henry Daniell) marry a self-seeking young girl and then gets him back again, it follows a familiar pattern, makes use of familiar patter. It has no glaring faults; it is just so tame and predictable as to be generally dull.

Playwright St. John Ervine (rhymes with "Injun servin' ") ceases to be mild—and...

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