Old Play In Manhattan, Apr. 9, 1945

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (by Rudolf Besier; produced by Katharine Cornell) is making its third Broadway appearance since 1931, after a G.I. tour overseas (TIME, Jan. 29). Katharine Cornell's great box-office hit has lost none of its popular lure or artistic worthlessness. And with the present production often retaining the broader treatment employed for G.I.s, The Barretts seems more theatrical and thumping than ever.

In a way, this is all to the good. By slighting its frail claims to be taken seriously, the play can be indulgently enjoyed as a gaiters-and-crinoline version of the princess, the knight and the dragon. The...

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