(1955). Stage Play: The Desperate Hours. Melodrama. Written by Joseph Hayes
. From the novel of the same name by Joseph Hayes. Directed by Robert Montgomery
. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 10 Feb 1955- 13 Aug 1955 (212 performances). Cast: Nancy Coleman, Karl Malden
(as "Dan Hillard"), Paul Newman
Did You Know?
[from a 1991 interview] I don't like my work in films. The parts aren't very good and I need a good part. I can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and I don't like playing small parts. It's all so fragmented and you have no control. Everything out there is a business.
His first theatre role was in 1945 when he played a miner in Emlyn Williams's The Corn is Green at the Crossroads Theatre in Virginia.