March 29, 2010

What Price Glory? – or Victory, Fame or Beauty?


“What Price Glory?” 
       The famous play by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings 
       The title of this World War I drama is taken from a line in the play: “And since six o’clock there’s been a wounded sniper in the tree by that orchard angle crying ‘Kamerad! Kamerad!’ Just like a big crippled whippoorwill. What price glory now?” The classic 1952 movie version starred James Cagney as Capt. Flagg.


“What price victory?”

       Cover headline on The Week magazine, April 2, 2010
       Referring to the passage of the Democrats’ health care bill


“What Price Fame?”
       Cover of OK! magazine, January 11, 2009
       Referring to the ups and downs of Britney Spears


“What Price Beauty?”
       From the headline of a 2009 article by Hugh Wilson on MSN about plastic surgery addicts like socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein. She spent $4 million on plastic surgery and ended up with this disfigured face.

The book of quotations for theatre fans:

The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations

A great source of quotes from and about the theatre, compiled by Prof. Louis Phillips

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