The Theater: Not Legal Tender

FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER

by ROBERT E. LEE and JEROME LAWRENCE

This is a dissertation on the law at the Supreme Court level, but within the province of dramatic jurisprudence it is a draggy, flaccid, unconvincing brief. First Monday in October is having its premiere at the Cleveland Play House, and if Jean Arthur and Melvyn Douglas were not in it, the play's obituary might well be written at the same time.

The hero, Justice Daniel Snow (Melvyn Douglas) is inspired by William O. Douglas. The heroine, Ruth Loomis, played by Jean Arthur, is quite...

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