Bought and Paid for


Bought and Paid for
   This comedy-drama by George H. Broadhurst opened on 26 September 1911 and ran for 431 performances at New York's Playhouse. A telephone girl played by Julia Deane rescues her family from lower-middle-class drudgery by marrying a millionaire, but—in a scene deplored for its vulgarity—she resists his husbandly attentions when he is drunk. Her sister's husband, a shipping clerk played with comic verve by Frank Craven, helps to save their marriage. Craven milked the role for all its humor, and it made him a star.

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