Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 26, 1959

Anna Lucasta (Longridge; United Artists), in the course of its on-again, off-again success story, has suffered more color changes than a traffic light. As first written, back in 1936, Anna was a backstreets melodrama in which Playwright Philip Yordan rummaged among some white trash in a small town. The principal characters were poor Poles, and the heroine was described by one playgoer as "a sort of squarehead Camille." When the play, as written, failed to get a Broadway opening, Playwright Yordan remaindered the rights to the American Negro Theater. The white trash became...

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