The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Dec. 4, 1944

The Late George Apley (adapted from John P. Marquand's novel by the author and George S. Kaufman; produced by Max Gordon) neatly blends not-too-broad laughs with Beacon Street atmosphere. A pleasant footlighting of Marquand's famous satire, it will doubtless detain its thin-blooded Brahmin hero (Leo G. Carroll) on barbarian Broadway for a shockingly long time. And if the stage Apley is portrayed a little more in the rough than in the round, he never—thanks to the fine perceptiveness and wonderful finish of Actor Carroll's performance—turns into outright caricature.

Laid in 1912, the play (unlike the book) introduces its hero in middle age,...

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