(1961). Stage Play: Purlie Victorious. Comedy. Written by Ossie Davis
. Directed by Howard Da Silva
. Cort Theatre (moved to The Longacre Theatre from 20 Nov 1961- 13 May 1962): 28 Sep 1961- 13 May 1962 (261 performances). Cast: Ossie Davis (as "Purlie Victorious Judson"), Ruby Dee
Godfrey M. Cambridge
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[on why he left
] On the set, Don Adams
turns into Captain Queeg. He doesn't have those steel balls, but he drove me crazy. Now he's saying, 'The chemistry wasn't right.' Don is so uptight. Finally you have to say to him, 'Hey, man, the price ain't right. I'm willing to get off. I still have the original lining of my stomach...
Was nominated for Broadway's 1962 Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Purlie Victorious," a role he recreated in the film version titled
Gone Are the Days!