Heywood Broun (essay date 1931)
SOURCE: An essay in The Nation, New York, Vol. 132, No. 3419, January 7, 1931, pp. 24-5.
[In the following essay, Broun offers his appraisal of Fields's performance in the film Ballyhoo.]
To me this seems a year in which the musical comedies distinctly show the way to so-called legitimate attractions. My quarrel with that word "legitimate" is deep and of long standing. I have never been able to understand why entertainment becomes more important simply because no one sings. In recent years I begin to sense a new point of view among critics. When I held a reviewer's post on a morning paper, it was practically treason not to choose a comedy or a farce if it happened to...
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