The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Dec. 1, 1930

Smiles, produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, is very pretty, very big, very quiet. It contains four of the most charming personages on the U. S. musicomedy stage: Fred & Adele Astaire, Marilyn Miller, Eddie Foy Jr. Producer Ziegfeld is one of the few entrepreneurs who can distribute elaborate scenery, lovely costumes and beautiful women about a big stage and at the same time keep the decoration from becoming Levantine. But Vincent Youmans has written far more distinguished music (in Show Girl, Rainbow, Great Day) than he has provided for Smiles and the book never...

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