Room Service (play)

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Room Service is a play written by Allen Boretz and John Murray. It was originally produced by George Abbott and debuted at the Cort Theatre in New York on May 19, 1937. Its initial production ran for 500 performances, closing on July 16, 1938. The play was revived for a short run of 16 performances in 1953. RKO Pictures purchased the film rights for a then-record $225,000 and used it as the basis for the Marx Brothers film of the same title.[1]

The 1937 production starred Eddie Albert as Leo Davis.[2] The role was played by Jack Lemmon in the 1953 revival.[3] Alexander Asro, who created the role of Sasha Smirnoff, played the same role in both the film and the revival.

Original 1937-38 Broadway cast[edit]

Character Actor
Leo Davis Eddie Albert
Sasha Smirnoff Alexander Asro*
Timothy Hogarth Jack Byrne
Joseph Gribble Clifford Dunstan*
Hilda Manney Betty Field
Faker Englund Teddy Hart
Senator Blake's Secretary William Howard
Gordon Miller Sam Levene
Harry Binion Peter Loeb
Gregory Wagner Donald MacBride*
Bank Messenger William Mendrek
Senator Blake Ralph Morehouse
Christine Marlowe Margaret Mullen
Dr. Glass Hans Robert
Simon Jenkins Philip Wood*
  • Reprised the role in the film adaptation.


  1. ^ Mitchell, Glenn (2003). The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia. London: Reynolds & Hearn. pp. 247–248. ISBN 1-905287-11-9. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Albert Biography". 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Biographical Information for Jack Lemmon". Kennedy Center. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 

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