Strictly Dishonorable (play)
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|Written by||Preston Sturges|
|Characters||Count Di Ruvo
|Date premiered||18 September 1929|
|Place premiered||Avon Theatre (Broadway)
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Setting||The NY speakeasy of Tomaso Antiovi and an apartment above it|
Strictly Dishonorable is a romantic comedy play written by Preston Sturges and first produced on Broadway in 1929. It was adapted for the screen twice, first in 1931, then again in 1951. The play was Sturges' second Broadway production, and the first of his plays to be made into a film.
On Broadway, the play opened on September 18, 1929 at the Avon Theatre and ran until January 1931, logging 557 performances. It was produced by Brock Pemberton and directed by Pemberton and Antoinette Perry, after whom the Tony Awards are named. Written in just six days, the play was such a success it earned Sturges over $300,000, and attracted interest from Hollywood.
The opening night cast was:
- John Altieri as Giovanni
- Carl Anthony as Judge Dempsey
- Tullio Carminati as Count Di Ruvo
- Louis Jean Heydt as Henry Greene
- Muriel Kirkland as Isabelle Parry
- Edward J. McNamara as Patrolman Mulligan
- William Ricciardi as Tomaso Antiovi
- Marius Rogati as Mario
NOTE: William Ricciardi was the only actor from the Broadway cast to play his role in the 1931 film adaptation.
"Dempsey" was the maiden name of Preston Sturges' mother.
- Strictly Dishonorable at the Internet Broadway Database
- Preston Sturges at the Internet Broadway Database
- Strictly Dishonorable (1931) at the Internet Movie Database
- Strictly Dishonorable (1931) at the TCM Movie Database
- Strictly Dishonorable (1931) at allmovie
- Strictly Dishonorable (1951) at the Internet Movie Database
- Strictly Dishonorable (1951) at the TCM Movie Database
- Strictly Dishonorable (1951) at allmovie
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