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Zita Johann in 'The Machinal' by Sophie Treadwell (An mp3 of the 'Arthur Hopkins Presents' radio broadcast of June 7, 1944) ('A 1928 Broadway hit, Machinal is a modern age tragedy of isolation turned to murder. The play, Sophie Treadwell said, is about "a young woman, ready, eager for life, for love...but deadened, squeezed, crushed by the machine like quality of the life surrounding." Loosely based on the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Treadwell uses this scenario as a springboard for her own speculations about what circumstances might drive a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder.)

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Zita gets a bustline and a smile, courtesy of the Realart Art Department: