Music: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 5, 1931

Ballyhoo. For the first time a musicomedy has been based on the somewhat amusing Bunion Derbies (1928 and 1929) of Promoter C. C. Pyle. In Ballyhoo the promoter of the transcontinental footrace is Q. Q. Quale (William Claude Duganfield, better known as W. C. Fields). Funnyman Fields exhibits a rich form of comedy which appeals freshly because his foibles and frustrations are the sort that take place in life, never in the theatre. As may be expected, Mr.

Fields' marathon is not a happy one financially and his troubles are many. As in the...

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