Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

The comedy sketch of a Tommy who returns to his proud and loving wife decorated with a purchased gold stripe and full of a bogus story of having killed ten Germans. During his temporary absence an old comrade calls and tells the truth about the supposed hero, who it seems was never at the front killing Germans, and who got his wound merely through an accident at the base. The sadly disillusioned wife gives ten pounds to her informant for squaring him and other pals who, he says, know the secret of the fraud. Later on the ‘hero' learns of his wife's gift to his dishonourable comrade and grows suspicious of its motive. But his jealousy dies away in penitent shame when he finds out that his wife has been blackmailed into preserving his good name. It may perhaps be held undesirable just now to illustrate the failings of soldiers. But they as well as civilians may sometimes fall to the temptation of borrowed plumes; and as the sketch is quite reasonable in its possibilities as well as wholesome in its pathos and humour it may, I think, safely be Recommended for Licence. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 12 Feb 1918

License Number: 1396



British Library Reference: LCP1918/3

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66185 V


18 Feb 1918 Palace, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance