Pick-up Girl

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Pick-up Girl is an American play by Elsa Shelley (c. 1903-1971?)[1]

The original text

A play about teenage prostitution set in a juvenile court.

Published by Dramatists Play Service, 1943, and first performed at the 48th Street Theatre, New York 3 May, 1944 (playing till 21 October, 1944).

Translations and adaptations

The 1959 British film Too Young to Love was based on this play.

Performance history in South Africa

1952: Produced by Taubie Kushlick with Marilyn Patterson and Colin Stamp in the leading roles and Sheelagh Ross and Ronald Irwin Emery in the supporting cast. It had its premiere at the Library Theatre on 23 September 1952. The play caused quite a stir in Johannesburg because of its outspoken content.

1953: A revival of the production by Kushlick opened on 3 March with Gillian Whyte as Elizabeth, Bob Haber (Peter), Michael Hogan the judge and Kenneth Mew the father.





Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: p. 66.

The Rand Daily Mail, 24 February 1953.

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