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

By Craig Timberlake | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 21
SHOW BUSINESS IS NO BUSINESS

FOLLOWING the Syndicate trial, Belasco wrote exultantly to John Luther Long:

But really, Jonathan, haven't we given that gang of grafters a shake-up? It cost me a lot of money, -- but (thank Heaven!) I had it to spend, and could unmask them. If I have done a wee bit of good in helping to clear away the rubbish, I am more than rewarded.

In June the producer interrupted the writing of a new play for Blanche Bates and, in company with Benjamin Roeder, made a hurried trip to England to repair old theatrical fences and build new ones, now that he was permanently locked out of Syndicate theaters at home and abroad. William Winter was stumping the West and delivering a fighting speech against "Department Store" theater, "the fang of commercial-

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