Souvenir Programme. Jack Kirkland and Sam H. Grisman Present Henry Hull in "Tobacco Road" by Jack Kirkland, Based on the Novel by Erskine Caldwell. PROLETARIAN DRAMA.

Souvenir Programme. Jack Kirkland and Sam H. Grisman Present Henry Hull in "Tobacco Road" by Jack Kirkland, Based on the Novel by Erskine Caldwell

(New York): M. Horowitz, (1937). Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers; (14pp). Trivial external wear; Near Fine. Rather elaborate pictorial program for the 1937 season of Jack Kirkland's "Tobacco Road," for which Henry Hull reprised the role of Lester Jeeter which he had created three years earlier. Copiously illustrated with stills from the production, and reproducing the text of two New York Daily News editorials praising the play's realistic depiction of farm tenancy in the South. Described by critic Gerald Weales as "the" quintessential play of the 1930s, "Tobacco Road" opened in 1934 to uniformly poor critical notices; the show nearly closed in its opening weeks, then gained steam as Henry Hull's classic portrayal of the lazy, ignorant sharecropper Jeeter became a word-of-mouth cause celebre. In the end, "Tobacco Road" became one of the most talked-about plays of the Great Depression, finally finishing its run in 1941 after nearly 3,200 performances.

Price: $60.00

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