Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Feb. 23, 1931

America's Sweetheart is notable if only for its refreshing little plot, which consistently refuses to run the usual course of musicomedies. The standard Act I finale finds the Boy and the Girl bitterly disappointed through some unfortunate misunderstanding, whereupon one or the other inevitably sings a snatch of the show's torch song and wanders hopelessly away. In America's Sweetheart, however, when Jack Whiting sees that his girl friend (Harriette Lake) is about to throw him over for a big cinemagnate, he breaks into a sullen soft-shoe dance with Gus Shy, the comic, and...

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