The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 12, 1951

The Number (by Arthur Carter; produced by Paul Vroom & Irving Cooper) has faults galore, but one very respectable virtue: it keeps its audience interested. Without offering anything very new, Playwright Carter has built up a good situation for melodrama, thrown in some characters that are tough, some twists that are lively, and even a surprise or two. In more expert hands, The Number might have excited audiences instead of merely interesting them.

The play tells of a respectable young woman (Martha Scott) who goes to work for a smooth, ruthless bookie (Murvyn...

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