All of a sudden, they hear that the convicted murderer has escaped. Everyone stampedes out of the room except Hildy Johnson. As he sits there, Earl Williams jumps through the window. Claiming he shot the police officer accidentally, Williams says he was set up by a crooked mayor and sheriff who were looking for black votes for the next election.
Hildy is convinced that Williams is telling the truth. He helps him hide in a rolltop desk, hoping to whisk him away to safety and interview him when the opportunity presents itself. However, he finds he has no choice but to ask for help. Should he approach his cantankerous editor?
The play premiered at the Times Square Theatre on August 14, 1928. The Earl Williams character, played by George Leach, was loosely based on Terrible Tommy O'Connor. The Walter Burns character, played by Osgoode Perkins, was based on Hearst editor Walter Howley. Lee Tracy played Hildy Grant. Peggy Grant, Hildy's fiancee, was played by Frances Fuller (http://www.broadwayworld.com/shows/cast.php?showid=317001).
The play was adapted for the stage in 1940 under the title His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy.
Times Square Theatre circa 1922 courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Theater.