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Estdblished 1890

are theoretically true, but "actually impossible
because of crooked politics, party machines, and
incompetent representatives that characterize our
'democracy.'" The quotation marks around the
last word are the writer's. No alternatives are of-
fered, except an insinuation that democracy is
a failure.
j., That is modern criticism.

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Musical Events


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CITY EDITOR........................BRACKLEY SHAW
WOME11S EDITOR..................CAROL J. HANAN
NIGH'I EDITORS: A. Ellis Ball, Ralph G. Coulter, Wil-
iam G. Ferris, John C. Healey, E. Jerome Pettit, George
Van Vleck, Guy M. Whipple, Jr.
BPORTS ASSISTANTS: Charles A. Baird, Donald R. Bird,
Arthur W. Carstens, Sidney Frankel, Roland L. Martin,
Marjorie Western.
WOMEN'S ASSISTANTS: Barbara Bates, Eleanor Blum,
Lois Jotter, Marie Murphy, Margaret D. Phalan.
REPORTERS: Roy Alexander, John A. Babington, Ogden
H. Dwight, Paul J. Elliott, Courtney A. Evans, Ted R.
Evans, Bernard H. Fried, Thomas Groehn, Robert D.
Guthrie, Joseph L. Karpinski, Thomas H. Kleene, Rich-
ard E. Lorch, David G. Macdonald, Joel P. Newman,
Kenneth Parker, George I. Quimby, William R. Reed,
Robert S. Ruwitch, Robert J. St. Clair, Arthur S. Settle,
Marshall D. Silverman, A. B. Smith, Jr., Arthur M.
Taub, Philip T. Van Zile.
WOMEN REPORTERS: Dorothy Gies, Jean Hanmer,
Florence Harper, Marie Heid, Eleanor Johnson, Jose-
phline McLean , Marjorie Morrison, Sally Place. Rosalie
Rtesn ick, Mary Robinson, Jane Schneider, Margaret
BUSINESSTelephone 2-1214
........... ............ ..... CATHARINE MC HENRY
OEPARTMENT MANAGERS: Local Advertising, Fred Her-
trick; Classified Advertising, Russell Read; Advertising
Contracts, Jack Bellamy; Advertising Service, Robert
Ward; Accounts, Allen Knuusi; Circulation, Jack Ef-
ASSISTANTS: Meigs Bartmess, Van Dunakin, Milton Kra-
mer, John Ogden, Bernard Roselithal, Joe Rothbard,
James Scott, David Winkworth.
Jane Basett, Virginia Bell, Winifred Bell, Mary Bursley,
Peggy Cady, Betty Chapman, Patricia Daly, Jean Dur-
ham, Minna Gifen, Doris Gimmy, Billie Griiths, Janet
Jackson, Isabelle Kanter, Louise Krause, Margaret
Mustard, Nina Pollock,.Elizabeth J. Simonds.

T HE faculty concert, Sunday afternoon, was de-
lightful in all respects. Mr. Doty played his
three Bach numbers, "Prelude in C-minor," "St.
Anne's Fugue," and the Chorale Prelude, "Wir
glauben alle in einem Gott," with exactness and
Ravel's Septet, which, is in effect, a harp con-
certo, demonstrates to the full power of this in-
strument. Miss Pfohl's performance was excellent.
The long harp cadenza beginning with rich, deep
chords, developed into an effective pizzicato in
one hand and shimmering sweeps in the other.
Mr. Besekirsky and Mr. Hamilton reiterated this
contrast in the first and second violins. Mr. Pick,
playing cello, and Mr. Whitmire, viola, formed
adequate support throughout. Mr. Falcone and
Mr. Stein, playing the flute and clarinet, had sev-
eral effective duet passages which gave the music
a certain starkness. In fact, the whole character
of the Septet was strength. It must be added that
the performers kept a perfect balance.
Mr. Brinkman's piano group was very distinc-
tive in quality. He played its technically intricate
pieces w i t h a clear-cut interpretation. The
Brahms stood out as an innocent voice among
the glitter and brilliance of Schumann, Liszt, and
Rachmaninoff. Clarity in interpretation so neces-
sary for modern impressionistic works, such as is
the Notturno of Respighi, was characteristic. Mr.
Brinkman gave one of a set of "Diversions" by
John Alden Carpenter, as an encore.
Vaughn Williams cycle of songs, On Wenlock
Edge, was sung expressively by Mr. Hackett.
These five songs vary in intensity and character
from song to song; from the quaint, half-humor-
ots "Oh, When I Was in Love with You" to the
dramatic "Bredon Hill" or the bare "Clun." His
intimate interpretation suites these folk-songs
very well. Mr. Brinkman at the piano, and Messrs.
Besekirsky, Hamilton, Whitmire, and Pick forming
the string quartet were excellent support for Mr.
Hackett. The brief introductions to each song, the
"atmosphere-settings," were characteristic of
Vaughn Williams distinctive style.
This last number through its intimacy and in-
formality put the audience in complete harmony
with music. In fact so much so, that walking
home through the melting snow one still heard
a measure of Bach, a chord of Respighi, and a
song of Vaughn Williams.

the old idea that really good stage work may be
done with the most meagre of equipment pro-
vided the artists themselves are eager to make
their plays live and to give to them the depths
of their emotional feeling. After running through
almost a year of traveling from city to city in
this country where they were always enthusias-
tically received., Mr. Robinson returned to his
Dublin Playhouse and while his thespians settled
dowr to repair their repetoire he was busy on
a new play which opened in London about two
months ago, it was so enthusiastically received
that he determined to come to New York and
produce it but unfortunately he did not bring
his own group and though New York papeis say
it is one of the most excellent plays they have
ever seen as far as witty dialogue and intriging
plot is concerned it hasn't the fire of really good
acting. Still they say it is far above the average
Broadway opening and should remain on the
beards for many weeks. Play Production after
consideration of a great many plays selected one
of Mr. Robinson's for their November offering.
On Friday and Saturday of this week in the
Lydia Mendelssohn, Ann Arbor, will have the
priviledge of seeing the first production of this
play in United States. The writer having read
the script with a great deal of enjoyment can
only describe the play as being a family comedy
a great deal above the average. It is screamingly
funny reading and should be most effective on
the stage with its two sets which will be done
in Play Production's excellent style.
- John 0. Ilirt, '34
SCreen Reflections
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Four stars means extraordinary; three stars definitely
recommended; two stars, average; one star, inferior;
no stars, stay away from it.
Tira ............................M ae W est
Clayton ........................ Cary Grant
1/AE WEST admits that her life ambition is to
win the Pulitzer Prize. She could never do
it on the merits of "I'm No Angel" unless two
things could be certain - that no one else would
ever play the title role but she, and that she could
be seated on the lap of each judge as he cast his
This picture does not have its share of an ele-
ment which is necessary to most exceptional pic-
tures - a plot. Beside the fact that we see Tira,
a trouble making honky-tonk dancer and lion
tamer in a circus making a big success in New
York, and all the men she meets, the only trace
of a plot is in the fact that she is always getting
into jams and that she finally falls in love. But
what is a plot when Mae's eyes and hips are roll-
ing across the screen, and her luscious lips and
tantalizing tongue are producing such gems as
"Beuhla, peel me a grape," "Am I making myself
clear, boys?" and (to one of many love makers)
"Ya got me!"
"I'm No Angel" is full of cracks like these, and
is saturated with Mae West. She is not only the
chief character, but she wrote the story and all the
dialogue, and seems to have been responsible for
every other part of the play. All the other char-
acters are mere food for her personality to con-
sume. If you don't like Mae West, you won't en-
joy the picture. But if your human nature is not
dulled by the lack of a sense of humor and an ap-
preciation of vulgarity in a form so unique, cap-
tivating, and glamorous as this, you will be in-
cluded in the long list of Mae West addicts who
storm theaters to see her in any sort of produc-
-C. B. C.




Union's New
M ianager.. .
T O STANLEY WALTZ and to the
Union congratulations are in or-
der. Mr. Walz was named acting manager of the
men's organization by the finance committee Sat-
urday, and it is a choice that should be beneficial
to all.
Since 1927 "Stan" has been associated with the
professional staff, first as purchasing agent, later
as assistant manager, and now acting manager.
He succeeds Paul Buckley, who died last summer
just as he was realizing his ambitions for Mich-
igan, particularly in regard to centralized buying.
We feel that the Union officials could not have
made a wiser choice. Mr. Waltz combines the qual-
ities of long experience, great capabilities, dili-
gence, and a personality that makes all his friends.
The latter is one thing that is extremely essential
in an organization of this type, where the manager,
is in daily contact with countless personal prob-'
lems related to the best management of the Union.
There is no doubt but that Mr. Waltz will be
highly successful in his new position. Proof of his
capabilities has already been given, for since the
death of Mr. Buckley he has been carrying on the
affairs of the organization, and very creditably.
This has been over a period of nearly six months.
We congratulate the Union on its choice, and we
wish to Mr. Waltz a long and successful career.

A Review
IN THE concoction of a successful detective
thriller there are two big duties to perform: the
author must figure out a really good reason for
decking the stage with an assortment of shadows,
shrieks, and sudden deaths, and the production
must make them convincing.
These two tough assignments are carried out
with distinction by Edgar Wallace, author and
first producer of "Criminal-at-Large," Broadway
hit which opened at the Majestic Sunday night
under the direction of Robert Henderson.
Among other impressions, you leave the theatre
with the feeling that Mr. Wallace had hit upon a
situation whose immense psychological implica-
tions are really far too good for a melodrama. You'
wish, rather wistfully, that Mr. Sophocles, or Mr.
Shakespeare had been allowed to come across it
in their day and age. You might hesitate to say
that Clytaemnestra and Lady Macbeth would then
become a teaparty in comparison to Lady .Le-
banon, but you think it would be a rather close
However, it was only Mr. Wallace who got the
idea. He did his best with it, and the result is
naturally a superlative thriller. Just what this
gorgeous situation is, we are not permitted to re-
veal. We can go only so far as to say that it in-
volves a fierce, blood-proud, dominating old lady
such as you have seldom seen, busy (for reasons
of her own) in ruling her weak son, Lord Lebanon.
Two Mysterious Footmen from America follow
Lcrd Lebanon wherever he goes, a Frightened
Lady shrieks inexplicably, a doctor from India is
found to have a criminal record -in fact, the
atmosphere is not wholesome at Mark's Priory.-
A whole series of apparently unrelated facts fit
together beautifully in the last act, and Mr. Wal-
lace's craftsmanship and the importance of his
original idea are thereby proved. What Mr. Wal-
lace lacked as an important playwright is partly
supplied by the performance of Miss Minna Phil-
lips as Lady Lebanon, who gives to the character
depths probably unknown to Mr. Wallace.
This week's bouquets go also to Frank Compton
for his smooth work as Inspector Tanner, to Ains-
worth Arnold for his best comedy since "The Ani-
mal Kingdom," to Robert Henderson, Alan Hand-
ley, George Smith, and Arthur Davidson. An extra,
large bouquet likewise to the acting of the thrill-
ing last scene when Inspector Tanner and the
criminal bandy chit-chat over the point of a gun.
"Criminal-at-Large" is too full of hocus-pocus
to be art and too good to be melodrama; if you
don't see it you're missing something.
ABOUT three years ago Mr. Lennox Robinson,
director of the Abbey Irish Players, came to the
Michigan campus at the request of Play Produc-
tion to direct for them, a play which he himself
wrote and which proved as popular in America as
it did in his native country. During his stay here

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Critieism11. . .

Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous communications will be disre-
garded. The names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential upon request. Contribu-
tors are asked to be brief, confining themselves to
less than 300 words if possible.
All dressed up and no place to go. That is the
problem of the Michigan man of today. Some
silly custom has told him he must be smooth if
he goes to Michigan, and up to now he has fallen
in with it without a murmur. Michigan, largely
through cleaners' and clothers' propaganda, I fear,
has become a University for the well dressed man
- the Harvard of the West. Perhaps we may feel
proud of this - but think what accompanies the
title. Are we at heart as blase, sophisticated and
formal, as this would indicate? After all we are
still of a college age (though heaven forbid we
should be caught being collegiate) and have a few
years left for being young and gay before we
must settle down and be really dignified. But
dressing up to the minute makes us unduly stiff
and formal - one must preserve that press, you
know. Too many people get an exaggerated idea
of their advanced age and in an effort to be grown
up and dignified, forget that there are some ad-
vantages to being young. Dressing up and being
dignified while one is in college (I cannot get
away from that word) seems to give people about
the same joys as the first shaves did a few years
ago. But how about shaving after the novelty has
worn off? It gets to be rather a gripe -- but its
too late now. The same applies to clothes - after
we get out of the University we will have to be
dignified and dress well, it will be too late then
to be young and natural. So take a hint from your
whisker experiences and enjoy yourself while you
But, more important, I think that good clothes
are too expensive for the average student to wear
every day. Some people make no pretense of keep-
ing up with the Joneses and appear on the campus
in outfits less expensive to buy and less expensive
to maintain. But there are a great many more
who reluctantly conform to custom because most
of their neighbors do the same. It is my opinion
that if some one were to start a movement to
wear less formal clothes on the campus, many

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O NE OF the fundamental theories of
this country is that our's is a great
homogeneous nation, made up of many types of
people living in widely diversified areas, but all
fusing to make it a better land in which to live -
a land with a loyal and constructive citizenry all
pulling the same way.
The theory is beautiful - the facts are con-
tradictory. As the situation really stands it is
not surprising that those who are selected for
government have a difficult time of it.
All of our citizens should be the ones to sup-
port the country -to stand up for it through
thick and thin- and to make it, through their
examples, a better place in which to live. One way
this could be done is through constructive criti-
cism, with suggestions as to a better way in which
a desired end might be reached.
The outstanding characteristic of all the criti-
cism those in authority receive on their actions.
is that it is made by those who have no right to



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