The Hero

   Gilbert Emery's tragicomedy of the aftermath of the war opened at the Longacre Theatre on 14 March 1921 for a limited run of four matinee performances. Revived on 5 September 1921 at the Belmont Theatre, it ran for 80 performances. When the scapegrace younger brother, Oswald, comes home from the war, he is treated as a hero, although his older brother Andy knows that he went only because he had ruined a girl and stolen some money. Andy's wife Hester becomes interested in Oswald, but he resists her. After a struggle with himself, Oswald steals the church money with which Andy was entrusted. On his way out of town, Oswald dies saving a child from a fire. Hester knows about the stolen money, but saves her brother-in-law's posthumous reputation by saying he was taking it to deposit. Oswald will indeed be remembered as a hero.

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