Fair and Warmer
Fair and Warmer is a three-act comedy play by the American writer Avery Hopwood. It was first staged at the Eltinge Theatre in New York City on November 15, 1915, running for 377 performances, featuring Madge Kennedy, John Cumberland, Janet Beecher, Ralph Morgan, Hamilton Revelle, Olive May, Robert Fisher and Harry Lorraine. Staged by Robert Milton, it was well received by critics. It is a farce about a mild-mannered banker who becomes embroiled in an innocent scheme to rekindle the romance in his marriage using his best friend's wife.
Friends Laura Bartlett and Jack Wheeler enjoy going out partying, but their respective spouses, Billy Bartlett and Blanche Wheeler, do not. One evening when Laura and Jack are out together, Billy and Blanche decide to try partying themselves. The inexperienced drinkers mix a cocktail so potent that they pass out together after one drink, leading their spouses to think they are having an affair. Blanche returns the next day to apologize, but Laura has already decided to leave Billy and is having the furniture removed. The misunderstanding is resolved by Tessie, the Barletts' maid.
Cast and charactersEdit
The characters and cast from the Broadway production are given below:
|Laura Wheeler||Janet Beecher|
|Billy Bartlett||John Cumberland|
|Blanche Wheeler||Madge Kennedy|
|Pete Mealy||Harry Lorraine|
|Jack Wheeler||Ralph Morgan|
|Phillip Evans||Hamilton Revelle|
In 1919 the play was turned into an American silent film of the same title.
A Swedish film version Gröna hissen was made in 1944, another Swedish film version Oppåt med Gröna Hissen in 1952, a Danish film version Den grønne elevator was made in 1961, and a Norwegian film version Den grønne heisen in 1981.
- Fisher & Hardison Londre p.162
- "Fair and Warmer Is Highly Diverting". The New York Times. November 8, 1915. p. 13.
- Fisher, James & Hardison Londre, Felicia. The A to Z of American Theater: Modernism. Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.