New York/Los Angeles/London: Samuel French. Very Good+ in Good dj. 1938 (c.1937). Acting Edition. Hardcover. [light shelfwear to book; jacket has several small chips and tears, uneven browning to front panel]. (B&W photographs, stage diagrams) Classic, stereotype-ridden ethnic-and-religious-conflict domestic comedy, about American-Jewish soldier Abie Levy, who, while serving in Europe during the War, meets lovely Irish colleen Rose Mary Murphy, marries her in secret, and brings her back to the States, only to discover that in order for the families to be able to DEAL WITH IT, they'll have to stage two more wedding ceremonies -- once with a rabbi and again with a Catholic priest. Oy! Hokey and dated from the moment of its creation, it was nonetheless a huge success on Broadway, running for over five years (1922-1927) despite being roundly panned by critics, and went on to become a road-company perennial. It was filmed twice by Hollywood, in 1928, as a silent film which is thought to no longer exist, and in 1946, as a talkie which unfortunately does; there was also a radio version which ran for two years in the early 1940s. The publication of this "Acting Edition" was apparently inspired by a Broadway revival in 1937. (Note that the photographs in this edition are not of actors or scenes from the play, but of the stage settings for each act.) . (Inventory #: 22700)
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