The Good Fellow (1926)

George S. Kaufman and Herman J. Mankiewicz

Kaufman and Mankiewicz were colleagues at the New York Times Drama Desk in the 1920s (in fact, one of Mankiewicz's reviews, written while on a bender, and Kaufman's rewrite of it later figured prominently in a scene from the screenplay of Citizen Kane). Here, they join up for their own stage comedy, a farce about the small-town mania for joining fraternal organizations. Our hero, Jim Helton, nearly bankrupts his entire family savings in order to host the national convention for his beloved Knights of Corsica. Common sense prevails at the very last minute.

Samuel French

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