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Issue Details: First known date: 1958... 1958 The Joshua Tree
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A contemporary review offers the following synopsis:

'A death is planned with cold-blooded ingenuity, and when it miscarries the intended victim takes a merciless revenge. The planning of this death springs a great many effective surprises, and it is rather important that future audiences should not know exactly what they are. The idea in the mind of the plotters is that a husband should be told by a doctor that he has an uncurable disease and encouraged to take out a bogus life insurance from which his wife will benefit. It is a rather dull business getting through realistic medica examinations and negotiations with the insurance agent to a situation where anything may happen and nearly everything does.'


'The Arts. The Joshua Tree', The Times, 10 July 1958, p.4.


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'A wealthy lawyer goes to get a check-up to get a large health insurance policy.'

Source: British Film Institute (http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/256193). (Sighted: 5/9/2013)


  • American actress Anne Baxter's first appearance on the London stage.

Production Details

  • Played at in Newcastle (one week) and Leeds (one week) before reaching the London stage.

    Performed at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, from 9 July 1958.

    Cast members included Anne Baxter (Louise Schaeffer), Hugh McDermott (Kit Schaeffer), William Sylvester (Dr Alex Moon), Rita Stevens (Pearl), Kenneth Collins (Simon Schaeffer), Richard Caldicott (Al Baur), Reginald Smith (Dr Ginsberg), John Stacy (Dr Thorpe), Michael Bell (Officer Zakin), and Peter Halliday (Lieutenant Joy).

    Produced by Allan Davis.


    'The Arts. The Joshua Tree', The Times, 10 July 1958, p.4.

    'Meeting Every Taste in the Theatre', The Times, 30 June 1958, p.5.

    'Sir John Gielgud to Produce a First Play', The Times, 10 June 1958, p.5.

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Date: 1958
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