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Hell-Bent Fer Heaven

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Hell-Bent Fer Heaven

Hell-Bent Fer Heaven
Written by Hatcher Hughes
Date premiered January 4, 1924
Place premiered Klaw Theatre
New York City, New York
Original language English
Genre melodrama
Setting The Hunt family home in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Hell-Bent Fer Heaven is a melodrama play by Hatcher Hughes that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1924. The choice sparked controversy in literary circles and the media because the prize jury had actually selected George Kelly's The Show-Off, but was overruled by Columbia University, which was administering that year's Pulitzers; Hatcher Hughes was a Columbia professor.[1]

The play ran at the Klaw Theatre from January 4th to April 1924, featuring George Abbott, Glenn Anders and Margaret Borough. It also helped launch the career of Clara Blandick, who would go on to appear as Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1923 - 1924.

It was made into the motion picture of the same name in 1926.


  • George Abbott as Sid Hunt
  • Clara Blandick as Meg Hunt
  • Augustin Duncan as David Hunt
  • Burke Clarke as Matt Hunt
  • Glenn Anders as Andy Lowry
  • Margaret Borough as Jude Lowry
  • John F. Hamilton as Rufe Pryor


  • Internet Broadway Database

External links

  • Internet Broadway Database
  • Internet Movie Database

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