Collits' Inn really did (and does) exist in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, though it is doubtful it is has ever had a landlord's daughter who could sing as well as Mary Collits, or a handyman as comically outrageous as Dandy Dick. With Gladys Moncrieff and George Wallace Snr in the leads, not even the financial depression of the 1930s could stop Collits' Inn from smashing box office records in Melbourne -- and even doing quite nicely in Sydney as well. A charming musical romance, this is one of the forgotten triumphs of Australian theatre and is published her for the first time with the songs and music included, and with its remarkable stage history remembered in an introduction by John West. (3 acts, 8 men, 3 women, extras).
T Stuart Gurr