The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Apr. 14, 1941

Watch on the Rhine (produced by Herman Shumlin). Lillian Hellman, No. 1 U.S. woman playwright (The Children's Hour, The Little Foxes), has written an uneven play concerning Naziism, but it is by far the best on the subject to date. There is not a single Nazi in it. It tells of the daughter of a dead American diplomat (Mady Christians), who returns from Europe to her luxurious, flower-filled old home outside Washington, D.C., bringing with her the German engineer (Paul Lukas) she married 20 years before and their three children. Since 1933 her husband has been an underground fighter against Hitler...

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