The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Mar. 3, 1958

The Day the Money Stopped (by Maxwell Anderson and Brendan Gill; based on the Gill novel) deals with a classic stage theme: a fight over a will. It uses classic combatants: the disinherited black sheep and his self-righteous brother. As the glib playboy with a rusting charm (Richard Basehart) and the sententious prig with a rankling virtue (Kevin McCarthy) trade slurs—while their sister (Mildred Natwick) waves an olive branch —they lay siege to the holdings in the family vault via the skeletons in the family closet. Out, eventually, clatter illegitimacies and suicides and...

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