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"A Moral Crime" Playbill
with Joseph Haworth as Philippe Count d'Albert
Columbia Theatre, Chicago
August 3, 1885

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Joseph Haworth & "A Moral Crime"

After a Chicago try-out engagement in August of 1885, A Moral Crime opened at New York City's Union Square Theatre in September of the same year. In the Elwin A. Barron and Morgan Bates melodrama, Joseph Haworth played Phillippe, Count d'Albert, a young military hero in the time of Louis XVI. Portraying the character of Jules Garmont was Joe's close friend E. H. Sothern. The Union Square was a popular house and manager J. M. Hill anticipated a success, but A Moral Crime far exceeded his expectations and had a long run.  In the aftermath of John McCullough's death and the Boucicault lawsuit over Robert Emmet, it was an important success for Joseph Haworth and his first hit in New York as a leading man.

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