Bobby Clark (Monsieur Jourdain) in his adaptation of Moliere's satire. Michael Todd produced. John Kennedy directed. The costumes were by Irene Sharaff. 77 performances.
Walter Kerr: Of course, Bobby Clark invented that famous line from The Would-Be Gentleman; I suppose you know it.
Q: No, no.
Kerr: They're trying to teach him proper pronunciation, and it's explained to him that the alphabet is divided up into two classifications: there are consonants and there are vowels. And he said, "Hmm. That's only fair." Well, that's not in Moliere, but it's very funny. Got an awful big laugh.
photograph by Fred Fehl reprinted from On Broadway. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1978.