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Gay to grim account of the overseas tour of The Barretts of Wimpole Street as ""the family"" hook down into the unpredictable events that greeted them on route, from Casserta to Rome to Marseilles, Paris, London -- and a dozen and more places between. Of their personal affairs there is the romance of young Betty Brewer and Lt. Hster and their marriage; the award from General Mark Clark; lunch with General Giraud preparations for Christmas; tours of hospitals, rest homes, special performances for boys with three house' leave from foxholes; Cornell's calm belief in the play and Aherne's ; the audiences, the boys and their response. There's the breakdown and build up of company morale; their sincere pride in the wholehearted reception of The Barrets by the ... despite warnings to the contrary. A bright, amusing chronicle, not just another ""I Was There"" but a sidelight on the art and power of good theatre.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1945
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace