The Trial of Mary Dugan

   Bayard Veiller's three-act courtroom melodrama, produced by A. H. Woods, opened on 19 September 1927 for a hefty 437-performance run at the National Theatre. The murder trial of beautiful Follies entertainer Mary Dugan (played by Ann Harding) is going badly until her younger brother, Jimmy, takes over Mary's defense from the experienced attorney Edward West. Mary's admission of affairs with several men is mitigated by testimony that the spoils of these affairs financed Jimmy's law degree. It turns out to be well-spent money when Jimmy proves that West, in love with the murdered man's wife, framed Mary and provided a weak defense to guarantee her conviction. Norma Shearer scored a hit in the 1929 motion picture version, her first "talkie," and Laraine Day reprised the role in a 1941 remake.

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