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Was he from Provincetown, too?
No, Eddie Mayer was from New York, I think. He called
his play “The Firebrand.” It was about Benvenuto Cellini, and
it was a very very good play. And Liveright had the misfortune
of having a hit in his first production. It introduced to the
American public several people who became rather well-known
later on. Benvenuto Cellini was played by Joseph Schildkraut,
who became a well-known actor. Two of the minor characters in
the play were Frank Morgan, who became a big star, and Eddie G.
Robinson. He was unknown in those days, and of course he became
a very famous movie star. We all thought the girl would
become famous--I don't remember who it was--but she didn't make it
Did he make a lot of money on it?
Unfortunately, yes. He made quite a lot of money, and
it went to his head. The next think he did was “Hamlet” in
modern dress with Basil Sidney. Basil Sidney was at this time
his brother-in-law, married to Mary Ellis who was, I told you,
the star of “Rose Marie.” This production got plenty of attention
in the papers, but it lost a lot of money. It didn't go.
Then Liveright became interested in a musical show.
That was the beginning of the end, because musical shows are
murder. Also, at this time he had the misfortune of meeting
Otto Kahn, the New York banker, who was very amused by Horace
Liveright and gave him several tips on the market that always
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