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The Times (London).
30 December 1948

TORCH THEATRE
"MURDER MOST FOUL"
By Claude Pirkis.

A programme acknowledgement for "funeral furnishings" augurs well for a grand guignol bill, and two of the three pieces are horribly up to standard. That the latest is set in 1894 suggests that the author holds a proper romantic view of murder, which ceases to be sordid when it was done before we were old enough to read about in the newspaper or done, at any time, for love of Venice.

Oddly enough, it is the piece remotely connected with an actual crime that tells least on the stage. Mr. Pirkis's proffered solution to the mystery of Jack the Ripper is as good as any other guess, but it lacks the essentially theatrical colour of the other plays.


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       Press Reports: East London Observer - 17 August 1889 
       Press Reports: El Siglo XIX - 6 June 1896 
       Press Reports: Galveston Daily News - 29 January 1890 
       Press Reports: Manitoba Daily Free Press - 8 January 1889 
       Press Reports: The Two Republics - 12 August 1896 
       Press Reports: The Two Republics - 21 January 1894 
       Press Reports: The Two Republics - 6 June 1896 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 11 April 1930 
       Press Reports: Williamsport Sunday Grit - 27 September 1891 
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