The Theater: Americana

CLARENCE DARROW by DAVID W. RINTELS

Clarence Darrow represents some of the best America that we can remember —a rugged liberalism long before it was gilded with chic, the common man invested with intellect. In a nation of somewhat disheveled justice, Darrow did genuinely unpopular things as a lawyer from 1878 to 1938. He saved Leopold and Loeb from the death penalty, defended blacks against rape charges, kept the lynch mobs from the Haymarket "conspirators." He was an honest and useful man.

Henry Fonda's Darrow, which last week began a limited run on Broadway...

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