Drunkard, The


The Fallen Saved
"The Drunkard; or, The Fallen Saved is an American temperance play first performed in 1844.  A drama in five acts, it was perhaps the most popular play produced in the United States before the dramatization of Uncle Tom's Cabin in the 1850s. In New York City, P.T. Barnum presented it at his American Museum in a run of over 100 performances. It was among the first of the American temperance plays, and remained the most popular of them until it was eclipsed in 1858 by T.S. Arthur's Ten Nights in a Bar-Room.

"The primary writer of the play was William H. Smith, who also directed and starred in the original production in Boston in the 1844–45 season.  Smith was the stage manager at Moses Kimball's Boston Museum and a recovered alcoholic. An anonymous collaborator, believed to have been Unitarian minister John Pierpont, co-wrote the script."

William H Smith (author)
Drunkard, The (1964)