New York/Los Angeles: Samuel French. Good. (c.1931). Later Printing (see note). Softcover. [soiling/staining/discoloration to covers, front hinge a little tender; text is clean]. Play about fussin' and feudin' ranch folk, set in pre-statehood Oklahoma, or maybe I should say "Oklahoma!", given that it's best known (if it's known at all) as the source material for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which premiered to great acclaim in 1943 and has had a notable afterlife. (The original play ran for just 64 performances in early 1931, but also toured the Midwest and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.) Riggs, a native Oklahoman himself, wrote quite a few other plays (not one of which is remembered, let alone performed, these days), and also had a sort of desultory screenwriting career, with credits including the turgid THE GARDEN OF ALLAH (1936) and two of the decidedly non-turgid Universal Sherlock Holmes B-pictures of the 1940s. I find it somewhat amusing (your mileage may vary) that this very American play was written entirely when the author was in residence in France, and also that the role of the cowpoke Curly in the original Broadway production was essayed by the very un-cowpoke-like Franchot Tone. (NOTE: Inside-front cover blurbs for the plays "Night Must Fall" and "And Stars Remained" date this printing as circa 1937.) . (Inventory #: 22387)
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