What Price Glory? (play)

What Price Glory?
Written by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings
Date premiered September 3, 1924 (1924-09-03)
Place premiered Plymouth Theatre
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting Company Headquarters in a Franch Village in the zone of advance, a cellar in a disputed town, and the bar at Cognac Pete's

What Price Glory?, a 1924 comedy-drama written by Maxwell Anderson and critic/veteran Laurence Stallings was Anderson's first commercial success, with a long run on Broadway, starring Louis Wolheim.[1]

The play depicted the rivalry between two U.S. Marine Corps officers fighting in France during World War I.

The play was notable for its profanity, "toot goddam sweet," etc., and for censorship efforts by military and religious groups. These efforts failed when the primary censorship authority, Rear Admiral Charles P. Plunkett, was revealed by columnist Heywood Broun to have written a far more vulgar series of letters to a General Chatelaine.

The play's success allowed Anderson to quit teaching and journalism, and start his long and successful career as a professional playwright. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1924-1925.


  1. "Louis Wolheim". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on February 18, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. |archive-url= is malformed: timestamp (help)


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