The running gag has to do with mogul Sam Goldwyn fielding phone calls from his pesky contract player Farley Granger.
At Wednesday’s curtain call for “Mr. Goldwyn,” Alan King stopped the applause at the Promenade Theater and said, “I’m not going to thank my writers, director, producers or my wife until I know how we did.” He did, however, extend an arm to one special opening-nighter in the audience: “I would like to thank my silent co-star, Farley Granger!”
Recipient of this year’s Good Sport Award, Granger graciously accepted the play’s jibes, which compared him unfavorably to his matinee-idol contemporary Tony Curtis.
At the Friars Club after-party, the star of “Strangers on a Train” and “Drive by Night” said he first heard about “Mr. Goldwyn” last summer when it workshopped at Vassar. Playwrights Marsha Lebby and John Lollos admitted they never interviewed or consulted Granger, who called their play “wonderful,” if slightly incomplete.
Set in 1952, “Mr. Goldwyn” does include the episode two years later when Granger bought out his Goldwyn contract. “Which left me completely broke,” said the actor, who dreamed of a career on Broadway.
In Granger’s opinion, the play also omitted his favorite Sam Goldwyn story.
“When he was going to make ‘The Children’s Hour,’ Sam was told he couldn’t make a film about lesbians,” Granger recalled. Goldwyn shot back, “Then I’ll make it with Hungarians.”