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"The Drunkard" at the Theatre Mart

What, you haven't heard about the record shattering run of "The Drunkard" in Los Angeles?

Neither had I until I got a mysterious e-mail about a year ago. They knew about it. Where had I been?

"The Drunkard" was a temperance melodrama from 1844 that hadoriginally been produced by, of all people, P.T. Barnum.

In 1933 it got dusted off and opened in the Theatre Mart and ran for 36 years. The stars all came. Beer was served to temper the prohibition theme. Boris Karloff suggested adding an olio. Which they did. The program here is from 1939 and was recently on eBay.

The building is still there at N. Juanita & Clinton Streets. Amazing. See the new Theatre Mart page for more information. Yes, I'm still looking for interior photos.

1 comment:

  1. Check out Ebay under envirocamilli for a 1938 Matchbook from this record-shattering pieceof theater.