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

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CHAPTER 20
BELASCO: vs KLAW AND ERLANGER

THE CASES OF Brooks vs. Belasco and Belasco vs. Klaw and Erlanger were tried simultaneously beginning April 6, 1905, and for several days this double bill proved the most exciting show in town. The spectacle of Belasco and the Syndicate locked in mortal combat was dramatic fare that no Broadway attraction could duplicate. Leading the dramatis personae in this mighty morality play was the hero, Belasco, who had been selected by newspaper editors throughout the country to enact the role of crusader and public champion. As the heroine, Mrs. Leslie Carter offered brief but effective support in what was for her a relatively minor role. David Warfield, playwright Charles Klein and Benjamin Roeder represented the remaining forces of Good, while their evil counter

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