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The Marriage-Go-Round is a 1958 play written by Leslie Stevens and a 1961 film adaptation also written and produced by Stevens. It was inspired by a suggestion that dancer Isadora Duncan supposedly made to playwright George Bernard Shaw: the two of them should have a child because "with your mind and my body, think what a person it would be!" The play, a sex comedy, was a Broadway theatremarker success with a run of over 700 performances; the film, a box-office failure.


The play's original production on Broadway starred Charles Boyer as Dr.Paul Delville, a professor of cultural anthropology at a New York college,Claudette Colbert as Dr. Content Lowell, the Dean of Women at the college and Delville's wife, Julie Newmar as Katrin Sveg, and Edmon Ryan as Ross Barnett.


Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times called the Broadway production at the Plymouth Theatre "droll and buoyant" and its direction by Joseph Anthony "immaculate."

At the 13th Tony Awards, Newmar won for her performance as Featured Dramatic Actress and Colbert received a Tony nomination for her performance as a Dramatic Actress. Colbert lost to Gertrude Berg, who won for her performance in A Majority of One.

The play was in part a success due to charity theater parties, such as one sponsored by Maternity Center Association, which bought all seats for one night's performance in November 1958, paying $5700 and netting $16,000 after selling tickets to its members that were priced between $10 and $30.

Film adaptation

The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) is a sex comedy film adaptation made by Twentieth Century-Fox, based on the play of the same name. It was written and produced by Leslie Stevens, directed by Walter Lang, and starred Julie Newmar (who reprised her Broadway role), Susan Hayward, and James Mason.



Bosley Crowther called it a "giddily light and witty film" and a "mentally strip-teasing escapade"; he called Newmar a "specimen of modernity the likes of which we have never expected to see" who "looks like a twenty-first-century vision, standing a good 6 feet tall and being as beautifully proportioned and persuasive in personality as in physique." Crowther also complimented producer Stevens and director Lang for "settings about as crisp and colorful as one could wish and the whole movement of the running dalliance tasteful and absorbing in the limited space."


  1. The Marriage-Go-Round, a January 7, 1961 New York Times review of the film adaptation
  2. "Marriage Go-Round" looks at love and fidelity from the website of the Redding Record Searchlight
  3. Joseph Anthony, 80, a Director And Stage and Film Actor, Dies, a January 22, 1993 obituary from The New York Times
  4. The Marriage-Go-Round Awards from the Internet Broadway Database
  5. Theater Parties, a December 1, 1958 article from Time magazine

External links

  • The Happy Hack, a September 28, 1959 Time magazine article about Leslie Stevens
  • (show)
  • (Broadway original production)

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