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===1932=== Margaret's career was climbing higher. On 14 Mar 1932, the ''New York Times'' states that Margaret Sullavan "has been engaged" as a member of the cast of ''Happy Landing'' which will open 28 Mar. On 4 May the ''New York Times'' states that Margaret Sullavan "who recently closed" in ''Happy Landing'' has been engaged for the leading role in ''Coast-to-Coast'' at Broad Street Theatre, Newark. On 24 May 1932 the NYT announced that ''The Boy Friend'' was set to open 6 Jun on Broadway and the cast was to include Margaret Sullavan. Meanwhile the New York Times still took no notice of Henry Fonda. Jane Fonda states that just after Henry and Margaret separated, Margaret had taken up with producer Jed Harris. "Dad would stand outside her window, knowing Harris was inside with her."<blockquote>"That just destroyed me," he said a lifetime later to Howard Teichmann. "Never in my life have I felt so betrayed, so rejected, so alone."</blockquote> Could "Jed Harris" and Elmer Harris be the same person? Meanwhile for Henry Fonda, work was non-existent. Even though he had said he wouldn't, he tried to go back to the University Players, but Joshua Logan had already replaced him with a Princeton architectural graduate named [[Jimmy Stewart]]. Fonda was forced to take a menial summer job in Surrey, Maine. (So what did Fonda do for money between say Feb and June of 1932? I haven't found anything yet.) At this same time, Henry's future wife, socialite Frances (Seymour) Brokaw who had married George Tuttle Brokaw on 10 Jan 1931 as her first husband ([http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org:2249/pqdweb?index=8&did=98311048&SrchMode=1&sid=4&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1219103463&clientId=54310 ''New York Times'', 11 Jan 1931]) was "...living in splendor as Mrs Brokaw, in a mansion with a moat on Fifth Avenue..." (''My Life'', p 36). The exact address being 1 East 79th Street. A photo of George appears [http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org:2249/pqdweb?index=15&did=94616463&SrchMode=1&sid=4&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1219103463&clientId=54310 here]. It has been reported that it was in this Summer of 1932 that Henry met and was the roommate of fellow-actor [[Jimmy Stewart]], at the Madison Square Hotel "while both worked on Broadway" ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=114970741&firstvisit=true&src=search¤tResult=3 Seguin Gazette Enterprise (Seguin, Texas), 13 Aug 1982, page 3]), but this is both true and false. Some sources state that Stewart was also a member of the University Players, starting that Summer, which is true. But Stewart replaced Fonda, they did not work together. Jimmy Stewart was in Massachusetts for the Summer of 1932, and Henry Fonda was in Maine. They were not roomming together in New York City, with or without Joshua Logan. And when they all did room together, it wasn't at the Madison Square Hotel. I do not think Fonda appeared in the Theatre Unit's "Carry Nation" at West Falmouth, Massachusetts. The article in the [http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org:2249/pqdweb?index=194&did=100848240&SrchMode=1&sid=3&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1218770453&clientId=54310 New York Times, (5 Sep 1932, "Summer Theatres Still Testing Plays"]) does not mention him in the cast. The play shortly afterward moved to Broadway. And in fact in Sep 1932, in another play that Sweeney missed, Henry Fonda played the part of Inspector Enderby in ''Michael and Mary'' ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=55696065¤tResult=5&src=search&firstvisit=true ''Portsmouth Herald'' (Portsmouth, NH) 6 Sep 1932]), which must have had a short run as the following month he was appearing on Broadway as Eustace in ''I Love You Wednesday'' which opened 11 Oct 1932, closing that December after 63 performances. This must have appeared to Henry as a new high-water mark, he previously having only been in short-runs. Two other notable members of this cast were [[Humphrey Bogart]] and [[Arline Francis]]. Henry's appearance in ''I Love You Wednesday'' proves that he could not have been in the Broadway run of ''Carry Nation'' as that started 29 Oct at the Biltmore and ended in November after 30 performances. However Jimmy Stewart was in this play, evidently his Broadway debut, so he must have been living in New York City at that time. Jane says of this general period, but which I will place exactly here, "For a while he shared a two-room apartment on the West side with Josh Logan, Jimmy Stewart and radio actor Myron McCormick." (''My Life'', p 36) Sweeney on page 9 agrees, stating that "Fonda moved into a two-room apartment on West 64th Street with Logan, Myron McCormick and...Jimmy Stewart". So what I think is that he ''may'' have been roommates with Stewart starting in the Fall or Winter of 1932, not the just-ended Summer. Fall was when all the summer stock actors moved back into New York City looking for the big score and living on rice and water. The University Players, now called the "Theatre Unit" however were perhaps doing a tad better, moving Carry Nation to Broadway for 30 performances.
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