Cast of characters:
J.K. Hutchinson...General Rumford
Elizabeth Patterson...Madame Rumford
John Rutherford...Major Patterson
James Bradbury, Jr....Joe Patterson
Malcolm Williams...General Orlando Jackson
A comedy in three acts by Booth Tarkington. Produced by Alfred A.
Aarons, Inc., at the Liberty Theatre, New York, August 27, 1923.
Acts I.--General Rumford's Estate. Magnolia
Landing, Mississippi, 1841. Act II.--General
Jackson's Gaming Resort, Natchez. Act
III.--Drawing Room of the Mansion.
Staged by Ira Hards.
In the 1830's the Rumfords live at Magnolia Landing, Mississippi. Young Tom
Rumford, taken north when a boy, was brought up by relaitves of Quaker
tendencies living near Philadelphia. Returning to Magnolia Landing, a young man,
he refuses to accept the duel as the only means of settling a dispute between
gentlemen. He does not believe in fighting. Insulted by a bully, he refuses to fight.
Which so angers his fire-eating father that Tom is sent to the woodshed to live.
Running away from home he drifts into a gambling house in Natchez just in time to
see the proprietor shoot down a couple of faro cheaters. From the gambler Tom
learns that courage is merely a question of preparedness. "The brave man is the
man who feels he is safe." Under which spur Tom fights another bad man who has
insulted him, acquires an acquaintance with the use of firearms and seven years
later returns to Magnolia Landing as "the notorious Cunnel Blake," terror of the
lower Mississippi. Here he is romantically revenged upon his male enemies and wins
the love of his most adorable cousin.
From The Best Plays of 1923-1924 by Burns Mantle.