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Short, dark, exuberant Nat Dorfman, one of Broadway’s more successful and brighter press agents, is about to launch a play of his own making, entitled “Errant Lady.” If the schedule is followed, the piece will be brought into the Fulton Theatre on September 17 under the managerial auspices of Harry Albert. It will be staged by Priestley Morrison, and Leona Powers, who is familiar to Theatre Guild subscribers, will play the leading role. Others in the cast who commenced to rehearse yesterday are Dodson Mitchell, Edward Raquello, Donald Foster and Mary Horne Morrison.

“Errant Lady” is not Mr. Dorfman’s initial venture in the business of playwriting. Two years ago his “Take My Tip” ran on Broadway and he has been responsible for several editions of Lew Leslie’s colored revues known to you as “Blackbirds.” “Errant Lady,” I almost forgot to mention, is a comedy.


Dorfman is too smart a Broad-wayite to lay all his bets on one play. To make sure that the landlord, the butcher and grocer will continue to greet him with smiles Mr. Dorfman will press agent the new producing firm of Arch Selwyn and Harold B. Franklin. That concern, having taken offices at 500 Fifth avenue, is ready for a busy season. Its first venture will be “Lady Jane,” a comedy which will be done in association with Arthur Hopkins. The work of H. M. Harwood, Frances Starr will do just that. The Plymouth Theatre on September 10 will be the scene of this opening.

Another S. & F. Fall attraction will be Lucienne Boyer, the diseuse in “Continental Varieties,” an original musical with Vicente Escudero, internationally famous Spanish dancer in the supporting role. October 1 at the Little Theatre is the date set for this production.

The week of October 22 will find Yvonne Printemps established at the 44th Street Theatre in Noel Coward’s romantic comedy with music, “Conversation Piece.” Elizabeth Bergner, in Margaret Kennedy’s play, “Escape Me Never,” is due in New York on New Year’s eve. Both of these latter shows will be sponsored by Selwyn and Franklin in association with Charles B. Cochran, the London producer who arrives in America early in September to supervise production.

Eva Le Gallienne and her Civic Repertory Company, also under the managerial banner of the Selwyn-Franklin firm, will open her season at the 46th Street Theatre in November in a new dramatization by Clarence Dane of Rostand’s “L’Aigion.”


Recommended without reservation for film addicts: “Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back,” “Treasure Island,” two pictures that should satisfy any taste. . . . Recommended with slight reservations: “Dames,” for those who really like musical picture; “The Cat’s Paw,” only for those who think that Harold Lloyd is a first rate comedian. . . . Recommended for those who have been out of town for at least a month: “The Thin Man,” “Baby Take a Bow,” “The House of Rothschild,” “Little Miss Marker.” . . .

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