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Drama News and Reviews
Judy Holliday Captures D. C.
In a Belated Flank Attack
By Jay Carmody
The happiest news today is that Judy Holliday is in town in
Born Yesterday.” Heaven only knows how long it has been since
anything as nice as this happened around here. The politics of
which Miss Holliday is the center at the Gayety are like none the
community has ever seen and it would be the sheerest folly not to
take advantage of their presence, and hers, during the next fortnight
As a matter of fact, the regular
political actors could learn a lot
from Miss Holliday about how tc
make their work more amusing to
the electorate which is at least
deserving of that much.
The Interesting thing is, and
how well Producer Max Gordon
knows it, that "Bom Yesterday”
with Miss Holliday is still the fun
niest spectacle on the national
horizon. The play itself has been
around four seasons and the
present production is naturally
deficient in polish, but somehow
these are of inconsequence with
Miss Holliday taking things into
her fluent hands.
The other parts are well enough
filled in to provide her with the
proper atmosphere in which to
make Billy Dawn the liveliest
figure since, say, Dolly Madison.
(This department will accept
challenges from anyone who re
members Dolly and would like to
make something of that state
ment.)
* * * *
It is an odd thing, and an extra
dramatic dimension, that it took
"Born Yesterday” all these years
to reach Washington-.
With Miss Holliday as its star,
It is unquestionably the funniest
caricature (to use a tactful word)
ever written about the native
political life. It is probable that
the figure in the play in whom
Author Kanin was most interested
was Harry Brock, the multi-mil
lionaire junkman who is the vil
lian of the comedy. Kanin is
dubious about the purity of-junk
men and political figures and he
deals with them mighty scathingly
in “Born Yesterday.”
His play never did work out that1
way, however. Miss Holliday stole
it on opening night and Harry
Brock, Garson Kanin or no one
else ever got it back from her—or
ever will.
This is as it should be, a proper
reward, too, for the girl who |
stepped into the role that every-1
one has forgotten was intended for
Jean Arthur.
The delightful thing about Miss;
Holliday’s Billy Dawn—the dumb
blond who wrecked Harry Brock’s
junk yard empire—is that basic
ally she is a strict stencil. Chorus
girl mistresses of tycoons, who
take it into their empty heads to
Reform, are almost as old as sex
in the art of playwriting. Not this
one. As she is fleshed by Miss
Holliday, she is one of the great
comedy characters of the 20th
century.
No girl was ever so dumb as
Billy Dawn, or any so golden
hearted. She is innocence fairiy!
clamoring to be corrupted and If i
others beat Junk Tycoon Harry
Brock to the invitation, he put
the finishing touches on a com
parative masterpiece. That is his
firmest of a number of firm con
victions, at least, and it also is
his biggest mistake for just when
it seems that he has written
finis to Bill’s innocence, it re-;
asserts itself and destroys him.
It requires absolute virtuosity
to get the full portrait of this
hilarious heroine on the stage.
This is exactly what Miss Holli
day gives it. The lines she reads
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,'*.ce a<5fs by Garson Kanin, starring
Jiady H°Uiday. produced by Max Gordon,
and directed by Kanin. Al the Gayety.
„ The Caat.
DfrfsirBro<iic - Judson Pratt
YerraU - Randolph Echols
Ed Devery - Otto Hulett
Senator Norval Hedges Larry Oliver
5£fS: H*d**f Dorothy Raymond
Eddie Brock . William Foran
2?lei' , . „ Adele Robertson
The As nt Manager __ Russell Morrison
Bellhop ^--Howard Magwood
Bootblack--- George Ross
Barber - Phillip Drake
Manicurist - Marion White
Waiter - C. L. Burke
in a lifeless, tiny vacuum of a
voice are uproariously comic. It
is between them that the star of
“Born Yesterday’’ must build tht
good girl who has been circum
stances' quite pathetic victim.
Deadpan stupidity simply never
concealed so much of happy
wonder before.
It would be outrageous to type
an actress who has this much of
talent, but it should be arranged
for Miss Holliday to revive Billy!
Dawn periodically, say every pre
sidential election year.
* * * *
Producer Gordon is a man ot
too good taste to let Miss Holli
day struggle alone with such a
rounded and expert comedy as
“Born Yesterday.” Naturally, he
could not have been lucky enough
to have Paul Douglas available
for his old role as Harry Brock, j
but he has not let this wreck the I
play’s balance. He has found a:
capable fellow for the junk baron
in Actor Judson Pratt, a lusty!
type who would corrupt a Senator
as readily as he would a vulner-I
able blond of Billy's build.
The other key roles are also ef
fectively filled. Randolph Echols
acts convincingly like a New
Republic Washington correspond
ent who could expand his ideal
ism to include the re-educatior
Df a Billy Dawn. There is a
pleasantly winning warmth in
this characterization and the
same may be said for Otto.
Hulett's portrait of a once decent
lawyer who could be tempted to
3o Harry Brock’s dirty work .
xiicoc iuuj uit? main per
formers who make that $235-a
iay hotel suite as belatedly amus
ing to Washingtonians as it has
seen all these last several years
to the rest of the country.
This town can use Miss Holli
day’s Billy Dawn, if not as a
representative type, as an escape
from types that are judged more
representative.
ROMANCE i4Wi?y — Specialist
in misery is Robert Mitchum
who plays one of his more
grimly romantic roles in
“Where Danger Lives,” comijig
to Keith’s tomorroiv.
Where and When
Current Theater Attractions
and Time of Showing
Ambassador — “Rio Grande”;
1:10, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30 and 9:40 p.m.
Capitol — “Tripoli”; 11 a.m.,
1:45, 4:25, 7:10 and 10 p.m. Stage
shows: 12:50, .3:30, 6:15 and
9:05 p.m.
* Columbia—“To Please a Lady”:
11:35 a.m„ 1:40, 3:40, 5:45, 7:45
and 9:50 p.m.
Dupont—“Bitter Rice”; 1, 3:10,
5:15, 7:30 and 9:40 p.m.
Keith—“Wyoming Mail”; 11:25
a.m.. 1:30, 3:30, 5:35, 7:40 and
9:45 p.m.
Little — "The Long Voyage
Home”; 12:20, 3:25, 6:35 and 9:50
p.m.
Metropolitan —“Breakthrough”;
11:25 a.m., 1:25, 3:30, 5:30, 7:35
and 9:40 p.m.
National — “Mr. 880”; 11:25
a.m„ 1:05, 2:45, 4:25, 6:10, 7:50
and 9:30 p.m.
Palace—“All About Eve”; 11:10
a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 6:55 and 9:30 p.m.
Pix—“International Burlesque”;
2:15, 4:50, 7:25 and 10 p.m.
Playhouse—“Trio”; 10:55 £.m.,
1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:40 and 9:55 p.m.
Plaza—“My Brother Jonathan”;
11 a.m„ 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 and
10:20 p.m.
Trans-Lux—“Pink String and
Sealing Wax”; 11 a.m., 12:25, 1:55.
3:30, 5:05, 6:45, 8:20 and 10 p.m.
Warner—“Rio Grande”; 11:15
a.m., 1:20, 3:25, 5:30, 7:35 and
9:40 p.m.
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Hollywood Diary
Ingrid Reported Coming
for Hollywood Film
-•-By Sheilah Graham --
HOLLYWOOD.
Ingrid Bergman, so I hear, is
coming back to Hollywood in the
spring to make a picture for a
top studio. Previously, of course,
she will reunite with her daughter
Pia in Europe.
We won’t see Jimmy Durante
here until January. Then he will
stay for two months and star
in “Casey Jones” at . Universal
International.
The British press had Stewart
Granger married to Jean Simmons,
with Cary Grant and Betsy Drake
as best man and girl, when
Howard Hughes piloted them all
recently to Nevada.' But Stew
says no. They’d rather wait until
Jean is through with her Rank
contract. She leaves next week
for Italy and “Androcles.”
* * * *
Ave Gardner’s back to work in
“Showboat” after a bad spell of
intestinal ’flu. Ave is not the;
robust type—gets colds and ’flu
easily.
Clark Gable and Sylvia have ap- j
parently canceled the trip to New
AMUSEMENTS.
York and Nassau. They just life
to stay in their little gray hom
in the West.
Robert Taylor expects to leav
the San Francisco Hospital i
week after the operation. Hi
next picture, “Man on the Train,'
depends for its starting date oi
his speedy convalescence.
Ethel Barrymore is getting the
(Continued on Page A-21, Col. 3.)
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