In Catcher in the Rye The Lunts are mentioned as a part of a show that he buys tickets to. He buys the tickets to see the show with Sally, a girl Holden describes as phony, similar to most people he knows. Despite calling her phony he also suggests to her that they run away together which she responds by telling him that he is crazy and that, "we're both practically children"(132). This makes him dislike her even more because he has realized that he isn’t a child anymore and Sally is too phony to realize, according to him.
The Lunts in the book are exactly what they were in real life, theater stars. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were very successful and regarded as one of the greatest Broadway stars of all time. They were placed in the book to further justify Sally’s phoniness, this contrasts him further with the rest of the world. He thinks popular figures should be admired for their work not their popularity in general. The Lunts, similar to his sellout brother DB, show that there are phonies all around, contrasting with his brother DB, not just all the way over on the other coast in Hollywood.
Holden explains how that theater actors are not as bad as movie actor. There are many reasons he could think this, theater actors have to get into characterr, have a live audience in front of them, and need to be believable the first time they go up onto stage while movie actors are exactly scripted from a director’s vision, in front of a camera that can do as many takes as the director wants or until they get it right, they are only in front of a camera, and many effects can be added into the movie after changing the character more to make him that much more of a fake, what Holden hates. Although he likes them better, he still isn’t too happy with Broadway actors calling them “nothing to rave about”(117). Thank youuuu