Polly with a past

   George Middleton and Guy Bolton s three-act comedy opened on Broadway on 6 September 1917 at Belasco Theatre for 315 performances, produced by David Belasco. Ina Claire played Polly, a minister's daughter from Ohio, who is studying for a singing career in New York. To meet expenses, Polly works as a maid for friends of Rex Van Zile, who is trying to break off with a girlfriend. Polly is persuaded to pretend to be a French temptress on the prowl for Rex, who, by curtain fall, is in love with Polly. Claire repeated her role in a 1920 motion picture version.

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