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Medicine: New Play in Manhattan: Dec. 31, 1934

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Ode to Liberty (adapted from Michel Duran by Sidney Howard; Gilbert Miller, producer). The news about Ode to Liberty is that Ina Claire is now wearing her blonde hair piled in curls on top of her head like a charming Billiken. This hair dress and the Claire glamour manage to keep fluttering this airy nothing of a play. It concerns a Parisian lady who has left her overbearing banker husband for a small apartment of her own. There she unexpectedly finds herself playing unwilling hostess to a Communist fugitive (Walter Siezak, ingratiating young hero of Music in the Air). He is supposed to be a German Red who has taken a potshot at Adolf Hitler. It appears to be a breach of party discipline to shoot individuals, but he hopes to be forgiven on the grounds of “youthful exuberance.” His charm, his broken English and his pistol persuade Miss Claire not to give him up to the police.

After the Communist has hidden four days in the Parisian lady’s apartment, they exert a strange influence on each other. Three square meals a day, 59-franc shirts and a change of socks open the Communist’s eyes to “soft living.” The lady takes to reading Red literature. When her husband uncovers the situation, the lacy makes a decision. The Communist is on his way to Toulouse and his hostess is preparing to join in his political vaga bondage by ordering herself a pair of stout walking shoes.

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