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The American Way   

Center Theatre, (1/21/1939 - circa. 6/1939)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: Jan 21, 1939    
Closing Date: Jun 1939 Total Performances: 164

Category: Play, Spectacle, Original
Setting: Ellis Island, 1896; Small American Town.


Production Staff
Produced by Sam H. Harris and Max Gordon
Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Staged by George S. Kaufman
Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager; Costume Design by Irene Sharaff; Lighting Design by Hassard Short; Scene Technician for Mr. Oenslager: Isaac Benesch; Assistant to Miss Sharaff: Anna Hill Johnstone and Florence Keady
General Manager: Morris Jacobs; Company Manager: William G. Norton
Technical Director: Hassard Short; General Stage Manager: E. John Kennedy; Stage Manager: William McFadden; Assistant Stage Mgr: Franklin Heller, Henry Ephron, William Atlee, Barbara Adams and William Torpey
Conducted by Oscar Levant
Press Representative: John Peter Toohey; Associate Press Representative: Ben Kornzweig; Casting: Myra Hampton Streger; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner
Cast
Fredric March
Martin Gunther
Florence Eldridge
Irma Gunther
McKay Morris
Samuel Brockton
Ruth Weston
Winifred Baxter
Eve Abbott
Ensemble
Albert Amato
Ensemble
Jack Arnold
Ed Lorenz
Suzanne Ashbrook
Ensemble
Cathie Bailey
Ensemble
Alan Bandler
Ensemble
Bobby Barron
A Boy
Child
Robin Batcheller
Ensemble
Vivian Baule
Child
Joseph Beale
Ensemble
Walter Beck
A Minister
Herman Belmonte
Ensemble
Mary Bennett
Ensemble
Ronald Bennett
Ensemble
Evelyn Bernie
Ensemble
Whitner Bissell
Karl, Age 21
Milton Blumenthal
Ensemble
Orin Borston
Ensemble
Mary Brandon
Mrs. Squires
Louise Buck
Ensemble
Buddy Buehler
Young Alex Hewitt
Child
Eileen Burns
Mrs. Brockton
Joe Bush
Ensemble
Hugh Cameron
Mayor McEvoy
Eleanore Campsall
Ensemble
Gloria Carey
Child
Gerry Carr
Tennis Girl
Eldridge Carson
Ensemble
Kenneth Casey
Child
Teddy Casey
Young Karl Gunther
Child
Natalie Chilvers
Ensemble
Laura Church
Ensemble
Norma Clerc
Young Lisa Gunther
Alternate
Child
Beatrice Cole
Ensemble
Daniel Conway
Ensemble
Russell Conway
Ensemble
George Cotton
Ensemble
Alex Courtney
Tommy Nelson
Ed Crosswell
Ensemble
Harry Crox
Ensemble
Tom Curley
Ensemble
Robert Cushman
Young Alex Hewitt
Alternate
Child
Kenneth Dana
Ensemble
Ethel Darling
Ensemble
Gretchen Davidson
Mary, Age 20
Bud Davis
Ensemble
Celeste DeBellis
Ensemble
Louis Delgado
Ensemble
Sandford Dody
Ensemble
Gene Douglas
Child
Dorothy Downs
Ensemble
Katherine Duncan
Tennis Girl
Helen Edwards
Ensemble
Marian Edwards
Ruth
Clark Eggleston
Ensemble
Edward Elliott
Another Young Man
Ruth Enders
Ensemble
Elsa Ersi
Clara Heinrich
Herbert Everin
Ensemble
Gilbert Fates
Ensemble
Edward Fisher
Factory Worker
Alice Fitzsimmons
Child
Janet Fox
Anna
Eugene Francis
Ensemble
Vincent Gardiner
Ensemble
Bob Gewald
Child
Herbert Goff
Ensemble
Brant Gorman
Factory Worker
Carl Gose
Ensemble
Sydney Grant
Dr. Squires
Norma Green
Ensemble
Claire Greenwood
Ensemble
Donn Hagerty
Ensemble
Gilbert Haggerty
Ensemble
Ann Hagye
Ensemble
Vernon Hammer
Ensemble
Robert Hanley
Ensemble
Lola Harris
Ensemble
Michael Harvey
Ensemble
William Hawes
Ensemble
James Hayes
Ensemble
George Herndon
John Williams
Alan Hewitt
Alex Hewitt
Nina Hill
Ensemble
Mary Hoban
Ensemble
Cynthia Holbrook
Ensemble
Danny Hood
Child
Claire Howard
Mary Hewitt, Age 10
Martin Gunther's grandchild
Child
Carol Hulings
Ensemble
Bradford Hunt
Judge Hewitt
Buddy Irving
Young Karl Gunther
Alternate
Child
Carl Johnson
Ensemble
Peter Johnson
Ensemble
Marilyn Jolie
Child
Curtis Karpe
Ensemble
Allen Kearns
Jeff
Walter Kelly
Tommy
Child
John Kerr
Ensemble
Robert Kerr
Ensemble
Lila King
Ensemble
Dorothy Knox
Ensemble
William Layton
Ensemble
Kenneth Le Roy
Child
Michael Leonard
Ensemble
Tommy Lewis
Bobby
Child
Richard Lloyd
A Political Speaker
Audrey Lodge
Child
Constance Lodge
Child
Virginia Lodge
Young Lisa Gunther
Alternate
Child
John Long
Antonio Coletti
Child
John Lorenz
The Chairman
Betty MacDonald
Ensemble
James MacDonald
Immigration Official
Marvel MacInnis
Ensemble
Edward Mann
Ensemble
Jules Mann
Ensemble
Adrienne Marden
Lisa Gunther
Jean Martel
Ensemble
Remi Martel
Ensemble
Gaylord Mason
Ensemble
Buddy Matthews
Child
Gordon Merrick
Ensemble
Dorothy Miller
Ensemble
Gordon Mills
Ensemble
Patricia Minty
Child
Carman Mitchell
Ensemble
Lois Montgomery
Ensemble
James Moore
Another Political Speaker
Mona Moray
Tennis Girl
Mary Murray
A School Teacher
May Muth
Ensemble
Florrie Nadel
Ensemble
Edna Nagy
Ensemble
Cecil Natapoff
Ensemble
Doris Newcomb
Ensemble
Donald O'Day
Child
Grace O'Malley
Ensemble
Le Roi Operti
Dr. MacFarlane
Margaret Owens
Ensemble
Melvin Parks
Ensemble
Judy Parrish
Ensemble
Lee Parry
Ensemble
Albert Patterson
Ensemble
Charles Payne
Ensemble
Jeannie Belle Perry
Ensemble
Martha Pickens
Ensemble
Gloria Pierre
Ensemble
Elinor Pittis
Julia Hewitt, Age 11
Martin Gunther's grandchild
Child
Philip Pollard
Ensemble
Jean Porter
Ensemble
Janet Regan
Young Lisa Gunther
Child
Ronald Reiss
Child
George Repp
Ensemble
Robert Rhodes
A Political Speaker
Eric Roberts
Child
James Roland
Child
Mary Romano
Ensemble
Peggy Romano
Child
Sylvia Roseman
Ensemble
James Russo
Factory Worker
Nathaniel Sack
Ensemble
Stephen Sandes
Mandolin Player
Ray Santos
Ensemble
Lesley Savage
Ensemble
Dora Sayers
Helen
Louise Segal
Ensemble
Nat Seigal
Ensemble
Jeanne Shelby
Mrs. Hewitt
Thomas Speidel
Ensemble
Don Starr
Ensemble
Mary Stevenson
Ensemble
Rodney Stewart
Ensemble
Sidney Stone
Factory Worker
Elliott Stranger
Ensemble
Ruth Strome
Tennis Girl
Daphne Sylva
Ensemble
Jerry Sylvon
Ensemble
Ward Tallman
Henry Courtney
John Thomas
Ensemble
Jerome Thor
Ensemble
Frances Thress
Ensemble
Harry Todd
Ensemble
Carl Urbont
Ensemble
Grace Valentine
Mrs. White
Dickie Van Patten
Karl Gunther, Age 9
Martin Gunther's grandchild
Child
Joan Vitez
Ensemble
Julia Walsh
Ensemble
George Ward
Child
Jeanne Wardley
Mrs. Kennedy
David Wayne
Karl Gunther
William Welch
Child
Maurice Wells
Otto Heinrich
Peggy Wells
Ensemble
Alan Wenfield
Ensemble
Bob White
Another Boy
Child
Albert Whitley
Ensemble
Nancy Whitman
Ensemble
Lynn Whitney
Ensemble
Mary Williamson
Ensemble
Lois Winston
Ensemble
Janice Winter
Ensemble
Barbara Wooddell
Julia, Age 21
Gene Yell
Ensemble