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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Arnold Daly: A Giant Felled by Fire by Trav S.D.

Irish-American man of the theatre Arnold Daly (1875-1927) was born and bred in Brooklyn. To my shock, he is no relation to the seminal Augustin Daly, although I have little doubt he profited…

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Karl St. John Hoblitzelle and the Interstate Amusement Company by Trav S.D.

Many thanks to friend Beth Greenberg who happened to be in Texas a few months and sent these photos back, prompting this post. Missouri-born Karl Hoblitzelle (1879-1967) was one of 13 childr…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Marian Nixon: Star of the 20s and 30s by Trav S.D.

Screen actress Marian Nixon (Marian Nissinen, 1904-1983) was born on this day. Nixon began as a teenage vaudeville dancer, before landing her first walk-on in The Shriek of Araby (1923) with…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Short Life But Long Fame of Norman “Chubby” Chaney by Trav S.D.

How surprising to learn that Norman “Chubby” Chaney (1914-1936) time as a Little Rascal was so short, and so to learn that his time on earth was, as well.  He’s in just 19…

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Herbert Dyce Murphy: The Ultimate Polar Individual by Trav S.D.

October 18 is the birth day of Herbert Dyce Murphy (1879-1971). I can’t for the life of me recall how this remarkable individual came on to my radar. While Murphy did go on the lecture…

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Annette Hanshaw: The Personality Girl by Trav S.D.

Singer Annette Hanshaw (1901-1985) was born in New York City on this day. Hanshaw was a niece of vaudeville performers Uke Henshaw and Nellie McCoy, sister of Bessie McCoy. Her father had be…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tomorrow: Learn About America’s Most Important Comedy Team! by Trav S.D.

Happy 150th Birthday, Joe Weber and Lew Fields: October 16, 7pm 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of both members of America’s premier comedy team and pioneers of Broadway:…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Sammy’s Coney Island Misadventure Opens Tomorrow! by Trav S.D.

Filed under: BROOKLYN, Coney Island, Indie Theatre, PLUGS Tagged: Coney Island USA, Halloween, kid's show, Sammy's Coney Island Misadventure

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The Horror of Francis Ford Coppola by Trav S.D.

We’ve chosen Friday the 13th as the day for a little Halloween tribute to the director of Dementia 13.  This is part of a slowly germinating series we are doing on directors who are n…

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The Backstory on the Wonder Wheel by Trav S.D.

With Woody Allen’s new movie Wonder Wheel due to open tomorrow at the New York Film Festival, we thought it would be a good time for a little post on the background of the real thing, …

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Della Fox: A Girl with a Curl by Trav S.D.

Theatrical soubrette Della Fox (1870-1913) was born this day. She was the daughter of noted St. Louis theatrical photographer A.J. Fox. Her amateur theatrical debut was in a production of H.…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cinematic Satanism in the 60s and Early 70s by Trav S.D.

October 12 is the birthday of His Unholiness Aleister Crowley. I don’t know that I “celebrate” the date; let us rather say that I “note” it or “mark”…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sig Ruman: A Touchy Teutonic by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Hollywood’s favorite go-to Teutonic foil Sig Ruman (Siegfried Albon Rumann, 1884-1967). Ruman moved to the U.S. from his native Hamburg in 1924, and five years…

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Anna Laughlin: Oz’s First Dorothy and Her Sad Suicide by Trav S.D.

October 11 is the birthday of early stage and screen star Anna Laughlin (1885-1937). Originally from Sacramento, Laughlin started out as a child performer in vaudeville and variety, minstrel…

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Frederick Kerr: Frankenstein’s Father by Trav S.D.

English actor Frederick Kerr (Frederick Keen, 1858-1933) was born this day. Kerr had a long theatrical career, but only appeared in 19 films, with one performance so iconic and memorable we …

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Arthur Housman: Pro Inebriate by Trav S.D.

Comic character actor Arthur Housman (1889-1942) was born on October 10. These days Housman is best remembered for the last decade of his career, during which he was a bit player who special…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Some Unauthorized Aids in Appreciating “Androboros” by Trav S.D.

With each passing go-round I get an enhanced appreciation for the wonderful job Ralph Lewis has done with Androboros. The natural question (“Why has no one tackled it before now?”…

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Hope Dare Davis: Follies Girl and Gun Moll by Trav S.D.

On October 9 was born Hope Dare (Rose Luetszinger, 1909-1999). Dare’s offstage life was arguably more colorful than her brief theatrical career. Born in Iowa and raised in Las Vegas, N…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Where the Hell is James Olson??? by Trav S.D.

It’s actor James Olson’s birthday (born 1930). As it is with so many, the face is far better known than the name. Olson may have received his most widespread attention as the Fa…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Andy Devine: The Man with Two Voices by Trav S.D.

October 7 is the birthday of Hollywood character actor Andy Devine (1905-1977). Several facets of Devine’s successful career compel us to include him on Travalanche, chiefly, his ident…

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Bronson Howard: Seminal 19th Century American Playwright by Trav S.D.

The name Bronson Howard (1842-1908) may be unknown to you, but in the 19th century it packed American theatres. His widest known property today may be his 1887 play The Henrietta, for it was…

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On the Creation of June Allyson by Trav S.D.

Born this day, June Allyson (Eleanor Geisman, 1917-2006). Allyson came along too late for vaudeville but there is little doubt she would have gone that route had it been available to her. I …

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On an Entirely Different Martha Stewart by Trav S.D.

Born today in 1922 (and still with us at this writing) big band era singer and actress Martha Stewart. Unlike the more famous domestic science maven, whose actual last name is Kostyra, there…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Ben Stoloff: Journeyman Director by Trav S.D.

Movie director Benjamin Stoloff (1895-1960), born on this day. He’s a minor figure, to be sure, and he didn’t only direct comedies, but he was associated with some notable projec…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Warner Oland: The “Asian” from Stockholm by Trav S.D.

Warner Oland (1879-1938) was an October 3 baby. Swedish by birth, Oland is most famous today for playing the stereotypical detective character Charlie Chan in a series of films, as well as t…

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My Amazing Shows and Events in October! by Trav S.D.

For some reason, after many months of relative quiet, my October is really hopping. I hope you can come to some or all of these swinging events! Androboros: Fraunces Tavern, Every Friday/ S…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Barton Yarborough: One Man’s Career by Trav S.D.

Barton Yarborough (1900-1951) was a star of radio and B movies, well known to audiences of his day, now forgotten to all but the very few. Originally from Goldthwaite, Texas, Yarborough acte…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Buddy McDonald: Rascal in Recovery by Trav S.D.

Thomas “Buddy” McDonald (1922-2008) was born on this day. McDonald is an example of how the “Our Gang Curse”, if you believe in such things, could take effect on some…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jack Wild: Lived Up To His Name by Trav S.D.

Jack Wild (1952-2006) was born on the last day of September. Wild was probably the first star I was ever aware of, seeing as how he was the Artful Dodger in Oliver! (1968), one of the few mu…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Marcelle Earle: First Among Chorus Girls by Trav S.D.

Broadway chorus girl and model Marcelle Earle (1895-1955) was born on this day. Earle is particularly interesting for having gotten as famous and successful as a chorus girl could get withou…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

With a Name Like “Gladys Feldman” She HAD to Be Good by Trav S.D.

Broadway performer Gladys Feldman (1886-1974) was born on this day. Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Feldman had spent some time in vaudeville. The earliest reference to her I can find to…

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