Michael Makes Good

Taken from ‘Great War Theatre’:

Examiner of Plays’ Summary:
Various people ‘certify’ that they have read this ‘type-script from the original MS’. I do not know why. It is a very ordinary play, not ill-written, but rather silly. Michael is the younger son of a baronet who had done time for emblements and at the opening of the play is living at a boarding house then he meets Mona, a dancer. The war breaks out and he enlists, and Mona takes a government job. He comes back on leave and after he has confessed his past and she hers – to wit, that she was deduced as a girl of seventeen – they become engaged. Michael goes back and gets the VC. His elder brother dies and he becomes the heir, and his mother and sister for the first time since his disgrace, come to see him. These events move him to the thought that Mona is not good enough to share his present social position – as heir to a baronetcy! And he suggests another arrangement. However, he suddenly – and very properly – sees that he is acting like a horrid cad and renews the splendid offer of marriage. Mona is happy – but I should doubt her happiness lasting! The boarding house inmates are the best part of the play. A German spy is concerned in it but nothing comes of his activities recommended for license. G. S. Street