Hell-Bent Fer Heaven
|Hell-Bent Fer Heaven|
|Written by||Hatcher Hughes|
|Date premiered||January 4, 1924|
|Place premiered||Klaw Theatre|
New York City, New York
|Setting||The Hunt family home in the Blue Ridge Mountains|
The play ran at the Klaw Theatre from January 4 to April 1924 and was produced by Marc Klaw. The cast featured George Abbott, Glenn Anders and Margaret Borough. The play was staged by Augustin Duncan.
The play was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1923 - 1924.
The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1924. The choice sparked controversy in literary circles and the media because the prize jury had actually selected George Kelly's The Show-Off, but was overruled by Columbia University, which was administering that year's Pulitzers. Hatcher Hughes was a Columbia professor.
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Kentucky, late one afternoon to 9 o'clock that evening during the summer. Rufe Pryor is a religious fanatic who works for the Hunts. Sid Hunt returns to the family home from the war. He has a girlfriend, Jude Lowry, who Rufe also is interested in. Rufe inspires old clan rivalry between the Hunts and the Lowrys, in an attempt to remove Sid from the picture. When Rufe's plans are discovered, the two families reconcile. (The play was billed as "A High Spirited Tale of the Blue Ridge.")
It was made into the motion picture of the same name in 1926.
- George Abbott as Sid Hunt
- Clara Blandick as Meg Hunt
- Augustin Duncan as David Hunt
- Burke Clarke as Matt Hunt
- Glenn Anders as Andy Lowry
- Margaret Borough as Jude Lowry
- John F. Hamilton as Rufe Pryor
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