Twentieth Century

Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur (playwrights)
George Abbott (director)
Moffat Johnston, Eugenie Leontovich, William Frawley (starring)

New York: Abbott-Dunning, 1932. Draft script for the Broadway premiere of the 1932 play. Working copy belonging to playwrights Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with their annotations in manuscript pencil throughout.

An early theatrical effort by legendary playwrights, authors, and creative collaborators Hecht and MacArthur, preceded by "The Front Page" (1928) and "The Great Magoo" (1932).

Based on "Napoleon of Broadway," an unproduced play by Charles B. Millholland, about an egomaniacal theatrical producer (based on real-life impresario David Belasco) as he attempts to win back his former protégé, now working as a Hollywood actress. The play made its Broadway premiere on December 29, 1932, at the Broadhurst Theatre, running for 152 performances. Adapted for film by Howard Hawks two years later, starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard.

Set in New York.

Blue titled wrappers, with credits for playwrights Hecht, MacArthur, and Millholland on the front wrapper. Title page present, dated December 29, 1932, with credits for playwrights Hecht, MacArthur, and Millholland, director George Abbott, and others. 112 leaves, with last page of text numbered 3-29. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Title page lightly dampstained, else Pages Near Fine, wrapper Good, moderately dampstained and edgeworn, bound with two gold brads.


[Book #160793]