Child of Manhattan (play)

Child of Manhattan (play)
Child of Manhattan
Written by Preston Sturges
Characters Madeleine McGonegal
Otto Paul Vanderkill
Panama C. Kelly
Date premiered 1 May 1932
Place premiered Fulton Theatre (Broadway)
New York City, United States
Original language English
Genre Romantic comedy
Setting Loveland Dance Hall, Madeleine's home, and a Penthouse
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Child of Manhattan is a play by Preston Sturges, his fifth to be produced on Broadway and his last for almost twenty years as his career took him to Hollywood.[1] It was adapted into a film of the same name, released in 1933 by Columbia Pictures, the second play of Sturges' to make it to the silver screen, after 1929's Strictly Dishonorable.

Broadway production

The Broadway production opened at the Fulton Theatre on 1 March 1932 and logged 87 performances, closing in May of that year.[2] It was produced by Peggy Fears and directed by Howard Lindsay.

The opening night cast included:

  • John Altieri as John Tarantino
  • Franz Bendtsen as Lucinda, Limited
  • Alexander Campbell as Doctor Charley
  • Douglass Dumbrille as Panama C. Kelly
  • Dorothy Hall as Madeleine McGonegal
  • Jackson Halliday as Buddy McGonegal
  • Maude Odell as Mrs. McGonegal
  • Reginald Owen as Otto Paul Vanderkill
  • Jessie Ralph as Aunt Minnie
  • Joseph H. Roeder as Eggleston
  • Harriet Russell as Luthy McGonegal
  • Ralph Sanford as Spyrene
  • Helen Strickland as Miss Sophie Vanderkill
  • Elizabeth Young as Adelaide Vanderkill


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