He acted in Lillian Hellman's play, "The Little Foxes," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Tallulah Bankhead, Frank Conroy, Abbie Mitchell, John Marriott, Marie Carroll, Carl Benton Reid, Lee Baker, Charles Dingle, and Eugenia Rawls in the cast. Howard Bay was set designer. Aline Bernstein was costume designer. Herman...
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I suppose a lot of Broadway people will want to kill me for saying it, but I wanted to use Broadway so I could make more money in the movies. Some actors act for art's sake and starve. That;s not for me. I can't afford it. My reputation as an actor is a good one, but I've no illusions about it being the world's greatest. A Broadway success would have given it a boost.
HIs first professional job was as a walk-on in "Dead End" in 1935. He had asked the author, former classmate Sidney Kingsley
, for a job. Duryea eventually replaced Huntz Hall
in the cast.