Summer and Smoke Financials, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Nov 1948
Of Plays And Prosperity "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN," of course, played to big houses as the only UBO attraction to visit the Murat so far this season. "Oklahoma!" "Oklahoma!" is supposed to return here sometime in .Tannarv. "Carousel" might have been here this week- week- but is playing Louisville Instead. The wily John Thuman, who manages the road shows in Louisville, established a blockade t the Murat by getting five Tuesday nights there in November for Burton Holmes, whose travel lectures he books throughout this territory. So Louisville has "Carousel." The Murat still is carrying "Allegro" in its books as a possibility for later in the season. Speaking of plays and prosperity, it may be news to his friends if not to Dave Gurian, proprietor of the Parkway Tavern on North Illinois Street, that checks representing the first 10 per cent return on their $90,000 investment have been sent to backers of Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke," which opened in New York Oct. 6. Mr. Gurian, as related in this column a few weeks ago, is one of the show's "angels," by virtue of being the brother of Manning Gurian, who is associated with Margo Jones in the production. "Summer and Smoke," which breaks even around $15,000. has been grossing more than $20,000 a week consistently, according to Variety. So our Mr. Gurian may continue to live in hope. It may stimulate his thinking to know that "Life With Father" earned a profit of 6,000 per cent on an original investment of $23,000. If "Summer and Smoke" ultimately earns 6,000 per cent on $90,000 . . . well, Imagine.