The Bishop of Broadway: the Life & Work of David Belasco

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CHAPTER 15
BELASCO vs FAIRBANK

THE NEW YORK run of The Heart of Maryland terminated on May 16, 1896, and Belasco transferred his histrionics to Part V of the Supreme Court of New York, where his suit against N. K. Fairbank came to trial on June 3, before Judge Leonard Giegerich. The trial lasted twenty-one days and by the fifth day the swollen transcript had exceeded 225,000 words and was as prolix as an early Belasco play. In the brief space of a chapter it is impossible to do more than introduce the leading personalities of the case and sketch the sensational aspects, which are always more interesting than the dreary legalities that properly influence the outcome of any trial. If the lawyers appear at times to have mishandled their case or to have violated strict trial procedure it is probably the fault of this drastic abridgment of the proceedings and not any lack of

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