The Trial of Mary Dugan

The Trial of Mary Dugan

The Trial of Mary Dugan is a play written by Bayard Veiller.

The melodrama concerns a sensational courtroom trial of a showgirl accused of killing of her millionaire lover. Her defense attorney is her brother, Jimmy Dugan. It was first presented on Broadway in 1927, with Ann Harding in the title role, and in London in 1928 with Genevieve Tobin. Two American films were based on the play, one in 1929 directed by Bayard Veiller and starring Norma Shearer, and one in 1941 directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Laraine Day.

During the play, the audience was addressed as if it were the jury.

A novelization of the play, by William Wolff, was published in 1929.

Ayn Rand's Night of January 16th is reported to have been modeled on this play.[1]

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  1. ^ Heller 2009, pp. 75–77