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K.Cs AS JURORS IN
One of the most illustrious juries
ever assembled in Australia was selected from the audience at the Minerva Theatre last night for the opening performance of "Night of January 16th" all of which was staged in a courtroom with a handsome
woman standing trial for the murder of a financial colossus.
Last night's jury included Judge
Markell, Mr. Dovey, K.C., Mr. Win-
deyer, K.C. Mr. Vernon Treatt, K.C., Mr.Eric Miller, K.C., Mr. Jack Craw- dord, former world tennis champion, Rear-Admiral H. J. Feakes, Mrs. T. H. Kelly, Lieut.-Colonel Mary Agnes Brown (U.S.A.) Mr. J. Bancks, who created Ginger Meggs, Kate Ogilvie, and Jeanie Rankin.
This jury brought in a verdict of "not guilty" for which it was
severelv censured by the Judge (a neat piece of acting by Clifton Penny, himself a member of the Sydney legal
fraternity as well as skilled actor).
Actually, the drama of the courtroom -considered as a plot rather than as
"theatre" - is developed so skilfully that there appears to be a perfectly good circumstantial case for a verdict
of guilty or not guilty.
As a stage story, the play has a number of inherent faults. Chief of these is the terrific volume of talk which has to stand in as substitute
In a long cast Peter Finch's man- nerish District Attorney, Thelma Grigg's skillfully overacted femme
fatale, and Leonard Bullen's loud- dressed cocksure gangster are out-
standing. The briefer appearances of Hilda Dorrington, Edgar Yardley, and
Marshall Crosby - as witnesses - were
each happily managed.