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BROADWAY NIGHTS Copyright. 1035. Kln» Feature Syndlc»t», Inc. By CLARK KINNAIBD NEW YORK, Jan. 28.—Broadway 28.—Broadway is Broadway again. Pistol shots and screams are ringing out upon the hour, matinees and evenings. Two rattling good mystery melodramas melodramas are being being spread before before the drama gluttons and gourmets, providing providing some froth and frills for a fare that haa been run- running rather excessively t o vitamins. "Blind Alley," , _ a melodrama Charles Laughton which arrived with the autumn autumn leaves, appeared destined to be the hit thriller of the season, season, after introducing Roy Hargrave as a topnotch make-believe gangster. gangster. Now Mr. Hargrave has melted his greasepaint Into Ink and wrltter "A Room in Red and White," which should be making spines twitch until the political conventions make It difficult for the other actors to hold attention. Sets Add to Effect It's the artfully constructed tale of a mother and son who murder their mad husband and father and then send the structure structure of their "perfect crime" tumbling about them. It's mindful mindful of "Payment Deferred," that masterful melodrama which introduced introduced Charles Laughton to America,, and should likewise serve to^make the fortune of Leslie Leslie Adams, the dumb husband of "Goodbye Again" and the comedy foil of "As Thousands Cheer," who Is the restrained madman of this play. It shouldn't be surprising when an actor heretofore identified with comedy roles emerges as a first rate actor In melodrama or tragedy, but Adams provides a thrill as unexpected as Charles Laughton suddenly becoming the high comedy butler in "Ruggles of Red Gap." The same trick is turned by Crystal Hernc, the murderous mother of this piece, who, like Adams, switches from the ridiculous to the sublime without difficulty. Their artistry is made easier by the mood In- most golf course designer in the country, expired In the early 1930's. He's so effective and amusing In "I Want a Policeman" Policeman" that we're glad It happened. happened. He rather overshadows the hero,, Weldon Heyburn, who is playing hookey from the movies. "Granite," the play by Clomence Dane, who did well by the theater theater with "A Bill of Divorcement" and "Will Shakespeare," which Is making a second bid for New York's affections, Isn't likely to have any more success this time. It's another of those plays in which a woman unwittingly makes a bargain with the devil, and then has to live up to it. This time it's a woman who is anxious to get band, and who her house but rid of her bus- should walk Into nameless strang- duced vlded but expired mysteriously | er who proceeds to be her Judd Grav, while exuding an odor of fire and brimstone. Next to "A Room in Red and White," the most exciting event of the week, at least to this correspondent, correspondent, was the arrival on these shores of Rene Clair, who Is so good a movie director that even the author of his latest hit, "The Ghost Goes West," gives him all the credit for It! Robert E. Sherwood, who rests up from doing hit plays for the stage such as "The Reunion in Vienna" Vienna" and "The Petrified Forest" by tossing off scripts for the movies, volunteers: "Of all the movie directors I know or have observed, Clair Is unquestionably and far away the best story teller. He is Frank Capra and Robert Riskin in one. Although I am given credit for the screen play of "The Ghost Goes West," I am compelled to admit that It was really written by Rene Clair. My assistance wan nevessary because when we started work on this story a year ago, Clair's knowledge of English English consisted almost exclusively exclusively of 'Please? 1 and 'O. K.'...It Is my conviction that he will enliven enliven our screen with some really brilliant works." Around the Town. Mr. Clair now speaks enough English to express enthusiasm for Hollywood personalities and works, which will give rather a start to Hollywood personalities who have been engaged in belittling belittling their works. Hn liked "Ruggles "Ruggles of Red Gap" and "The Informer," Informer," and Katharine Hepburn and King Vidor and above all— Charles Chaplin. by by the towering Jo Mielziner, set pro- who is turning producer after this piece, In partnership with his brother, Kenneth McKenna. His "A Room in Red and White" seems to us to be more worthy of salutes than that over-praised scene provided provided by his brother designer and producer, Norman Bel Geddes, Geddes, for "Dead End." The Hargrave play rates the preference among mystery fans to "I Want a Policeman." by "He tor in story story, himself is the best dlrec- thc world. But I have a for him which I cannot direct. now, a splendid have written but because It will fit. only Chaplin," he said with mounting enthusiasm. enthusiasm.

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  1. Corsicana Daily Sun,
  2. 29 Jan 1936, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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