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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 6, 1909)

Moreland, Charles
Moreland takes dip into ancient history,   pp. 31-32

Page 31

1C    idsThat Moving    Picture    C
Problems of th
is a peculiar thing that in show
i  s aswell as other lines of en-
aioshistory repeats itself.  Years
ago the mu-
seums   were
the    work
houses      of
4?             variety where
the performer
was made to
or I  grind out six
to twenty
shows     each
day.     Th e
carc ity   of
freaks and the
lavs   passed
p ro0Ilbiting
the exhibition
of    physical
m onstrosities,
made the mu-
seum manager
revert to the
performer   as
h is   ch ie f
means of en-
tertaining the
reblic. hhe pficture show has entered
ir   eldto folov the fast waning
useum of other days. In the filthy
guro halls of those times, where
snakes, aaimals, vermin   and  human
Iii reaks literally worked side by side the
former had to do his or her stunt,
erlaps play in an after piece andblike
s not boost or cap for a gambling
- evice.
The first museum opened in Chicago
assowed by Kohl and Middleton and
as located on the west side on Madi-
set Stee, opposite Union Street, in
'eryear of 1102, Aman named Braden-
berg managed the place.  Fourteen or
iteen eshows on Sunday was the aver-
ge. All head line variety acts of that
aay played these houses and lots of
performers who are now feature acts
iorked the museums. Jumbo Davis in-
Trduced the Old Maid shows, Beauty
conests and voting contests into show
usiness at the museums.  The South
Side place operated by these same peo-
iPle was opened at 150 South   Clark
street. In 1183 Charley Bell, the lec-
trer, was the fluent tongued talker.
The Clark Street place opened at 10
O'clock in the morning. Performers had
their meals sent in and ate between
shows. On Sundays "Muldoon's Pic-
ic," and other pieces of this character
were put on and played in thirty min-
utes. This I think is the first of the
lplays condensed commonly called after
pieces and now known as curtain rais-
ers. I have known museums to play
"Muldoon's Picnic" twenty-four times
in one day. About this time Louis
Epstein opened a museum on Randolph
Street where the Union Restaurant is
now located. I first saw  Johnny Ray
doing a blackface turn at Epstein's.
Kohl and Middleton opened another mu-
seum on State Street where the Troc-
adero now  stands.  This place  was
hold to Tom Miaco and converted into
saburlesque house. Such performers as
J. T. Kelly, Filson and Errol, Burt Swor,
John King, Clark and Williams and
others, headliners now on the top wave
of success, got their tratning through
e Kohl and Middleton and Sackett and
iggins museums. As the museum was
hework house of the business a de-
rdeago, so the picture house is today.
Crain picture houses that run vaude-
mills acts open at 11 O'clock in the
aorniag and run continuously until 11
atnight. Other picture houses make
lat act show every thirty minutes on
A long asthe Picture man and film
exchange find new subjects for film so
ig willthe picturehouse exist, making
soeost grind out his or her many
tews per day. But at the rate films
iJre being produced it remains to he
'sen how long the ingenuity of the
nriters ll enable them  to turn out
1PY for film, so fast is the field being
The houses are changing film each
1ar, thus using every available sub-
lect. So fast is the field being covered
that the producing managers are plan-
ring to give out but two pictures per
eek so that the field will not become
The artist may always find something
lew to do, a new song, a different dance.
lounger blood amongst the   acrobats
alke it possible for the artists to last
First the concert hall followed by the
owvariety, then the museum, the high
-lat vaudeville, now the Picture show.
What will be the new entertainment?
Moreland Notes.
Lillian Le Roy and company opened
Appleto   Wis., last Monday over the
.aphell-Dmnforth time.
IceRoberts, of Roberts, Hays  and
Rihecto. returned  to  the  city  from
Richester, N. Y., where he buried his
Max Millian has returned to the city
ThImproved in health, after a sum-
nditions Parallel the Museum
e Early Times
mer's sojourn at Muskegon, Mich., and
will soon be back in the business.
Eldredge and Dee, black face singing
and talking comedians, are at Joliet this
Billy Windom, the sweet singer, ar-
rived in the city after playing the Sul-
livan-Considine time.
Giullard and Hyams, singing and talk-
ing comedians, are in the city looking
for dates.
Murray K. Hill left for New    York
Wednesday to sing "records" for the
Victor Phonograph Company. Returns
to open over the western time next
Caldwell and Henry, colored singing
anddancing comedians, are meeting with
much success.
The Leavy's, comedy sketch artists,
are playing the Western VaudevilleAs-
sociation time in and around Chicago.
Martine, singing and talking sou-
brette,is havingmuchsuccess over the
Western Vaudeville Association time.
James Rome, of Rome and Ferguson,
was compelled to close at the Garfield
theater last week on account of rheu-
matism, but is again working.
Devereo and Malcolm, comedy acro-
bats, open at St. Joe, Mo., five weeks
to follow,
George Lavender, notwithstanding his
recent trouble, is still playing the West-
ern Vaudeville Association time.
Howard and Esher, comedy sketch ar-
tists, are playing Saginaw, Mich., this
Wal Brooks and company, in the "Ra-
jah's Favorite," was tried out at Sitt-
ner's theater and went big. The comedy
parts played by Wal Brooks and Sedar
Grant were the knockouts of the piece.
"The Rajah's Favorite" bids fair to be-
come a public favorite and play the big
time. The chorus was well drilled and
the costumes pretty and new. In short
the piece is a tinkley whistly little
Lawrence and Carroll, the singers,
leave for an extended trip through the
Warren and Francis, novelty acrobats,
arrived from Denver last week and are
negotiating for time.
McCauley and Cornwell, black face
comedians, play Madison, Wis., this
De Hollis and Van Olla novelty ar-
rived in the city preparatory to opening
over the western time November 15.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Monroe are in
Rube Childers and his rube girlclosed
eight weeks over the Paul Goudron time
and is in the city before going out on
the Interstate circuit.
Frank Rice, of the old team of Mon-
creiffe and Rice, arrived in the city last
week and at once procured time over
the western wheel.
Leonard and Drake, that act in one,
left for Saginaw, Mich., where they
show this week.
The Orchard theater, a new house,
opened its doors to the public Sunday
last. Moving pictures and vaudeville
will be the features here.
Benton and Mackenzie, the special
feature at the Bijou Dream, are too good
for that class of house and should be
on the big circuit.
Billy Brewster, eccentric comedian,
closed at the Trocadero theater Sunday.
Opened at Sheboygan, Wis., Monday.
Fond dlu Lac to follow.
The Diamond Comedy Four are at the
Americus theater this week and the
folks over there like them.
Young andPhelps, comedy sketch,are
playin one of the local houses and are
going fine.
The Quaker City Quartette is the
headline at the Bush Temple this week.
Among the other acts are: The DeFaye
Sisters, Ed Foster and his dog, "Wise
Mike," and George W. Day.
Dan Sherman and company, of Jay's
Circus fame, arrived in the city to open
at the Star and Garter theater as an
added attraction. Dan tells me the east
is fairly glutted with acts out of work.
Charles Nelson, lately with Lasky's
Hoboes, has joined with Charles Leigh
in a new act. The boys opened at El-
gin, Ill., last week, and from press re-
ports were more than favorably re-
W. J. Conlan, of the World's Comedy
Four, arrived from the east to play the
western time. The act Is piloted by
Pat Casey and opened at Waukegan
Monday. Racine to follow.
George Bartlett, the Hebrew  imper-
sonator, arrived from Sterling, Ill., and
"Oh" Doctor says he pulled them from
their seats.
Bert Hudson, of the team known as
the Hudeons, spent afew hoursIn Chi-
cago Monday visiting friends, among
whom was Mr. McCarty of the Actors'
Union, of which he was one of the first
members. He reports a very good sea-
son on the road with the Gilbert and
Watson shows.
The Great Loraine, female imperson-
ator, was in the city last week visiting
friends,  He is also a member of th
Gilbert and Watson Show company.
"Ita" Child, mentalist under the man-
agementofDr. R. H. Rinaldo, isin the
city negotiating for time with the Frank
Doyle agency.
Harry Hilgert has recovered from his
late illness and sends regards to his
many friends.
Billy Morris and the Sherwood Sisters
arrived in the city last week after a
successful  tour  over  the  Western
Vaudeville time. They will probably be
taken care of by Jake Sternad in the
near future.
Johnson and Fletcher arrived in the
city Monday and are negotiating for
time with different agencies.
The Lombard Brothers left Monday
to open on the Ted Sparks time for
twenty-five weeks.
The Boston Trio just closed a suc-
cessful season of twenty-five weeks over
the Orpheum time and are In the city
working for the Western Vaudeville As-
Professor P. J. Higgins, after finish-
ing a fifty-two weeks' engagement with
Frank Cloud's concert company, has re-
turned to the city and will be booked
exclusively by Washburne and Irving.
Seaman and Sartell, sketch artists,
are still in the city and have several
weeks booked over Frank Doyle's time.
James Dalton and Clara Boyle, com-
edy sketch artists, are still in the city
playing the local houses.
Room 7
164 E. Randolph Street
Carroll and Baker have dissolved part-
nership and Mr. Carroll Is now working
with his wife.
Harry Bambard, of the six flying
Bambards, is resting In the city and
will open with the act Nov. 15 over the
S. & C. time.
Leo and Sulkey, comedy sketch ar-
tists, arrived from Galesburg Monday
and were immediately booked over the
United time.
La Vigne Sisters, after playingMish-
awaka and Goshen, Ind., last week, are
resting In the city.
John Takahira, wire act, writes me
that he is meeting with great success
at the Irwin Opera house, Goshen, Ind.,
this week.
Horn and Horn, the German contract-
ors, are again united and are booked
for twenty-six weeks over the Bert Levy
time, commencing the first week In De-
Mille Yetta La Velle and her Metro-
politan Ballet Troupe were compelled to
lay off this week, owing to her having
sprained her ankle at the Thalia thea-
ter last week. She expects to be able
to resume her engagements next week.
Tony Ross, of the "Eight Comical
Kids," reports that the act has been
a big success everywhere they have
played. They are playing this week
at the new Erie theater, North Clark
George Van's minstrels, after a suc-
cessful season on the road, are playing
the first half of the week at the Ked-
zie theater, last half South Chicago.
Barr and Evans, that funny sketch
team, have ten weeks booked over the
S. & C. time, commencing Nov. 8.
Woods and Woods Trio arrived Inthe
city Monday, after playing the Colum-
bia theater, St. Louis, and are nego-
tiating with the Western VaudevilleAs-
sociation for future time.
Marie Sparrow, singing and talking
comedienne, Is playing East St. Louis
this week.
LeemEarth, theman ofmany dialects,
Informs me that he has fifty weeks
booked throughout the west, and will
open on time at St. Joe, Mo., Nov. 8.
Stevens and Washburn just arrived
from the west after playing sixteen
weeks over the S. & C. time.
Princeton and Yale, "The College Boy
and the Chorus Girl," are resting in
the city prior to commencing their time
over the Western Vaudeville Associa-
tion time.
Cogan and Bancroft, roller comedians,
just arrived in the city after playing
twenty-five weeks over the S. & C. time.
De Vaney and fay, Dutch comedy act,
are playing local time in and around
Edmunds and Healey will present a
new act In vaudeville by Van Avery,
entitled "A Day at the County Fair,"
with special scenery and paper. They
opened on the Western Vaudeville As-
sociation time Nov. 22.
Billy Baker will present Mr. Harry
Boyle in a new comedy skit, entitled
"Disobeying Orders," with special scen-
ery and railroad effects.
Harry Crawford just arrived in the
city Monday after playing several weeks
on the Paul Goudron time. Heh as ac-
cepted several weeks in the city and
opens at the American this week.
Dan Martin, of the firm of Martin &
Emery, has gonento KansasCity to wit-
ness a performance of "The Red Mill."
Mrs. Ralph T. Rettering has been
near death for some time. She under-
went an operation for appendicitis and
later had a relapse.
Cheque Signed by P. T. Barnum,in
first-class condition. Offerswanted
for same. Address J. C. Chamberlin,
New Westminster, B. C., Can.
Moving Picture Parlor on Market
Street, Philadelphia, best location,
low rent, doing good business, for sale
or will take a partner; other business
reason for selling. Address J. Kahn,
2421 Clifford St., Philadelphia, Pa.
FOR SALE: Edison Ex. Model $60; Universal $40; Edi.
son, Power's, Lubin machines, new 8100; new Motio
graphs $125; Model B gas outfit $25; odd song slides 5c
sets5$1.50; 1000ft. reels slightly used film ietft. FOR,setsslides,oneshipt$12;1,000
$20.Willbuymachinesfilm.H.Davis,Watertown, is.
Mountford Has Warm Session with S.
and C.
(Continued from page 3.)
reason why it was not complying with
certain sections of the laws.
Duke Darrow on Stand.
Duke Darrow, president of Actor's
Union No. 4, was called to the stand
and he made various statements regard-
ing contracts with the Sullivan & Con-
sidine office and testified that Agent
DuVries had solicited him for his act.
He commented on his trip to Water-
town, Wis., and subsequent failure to
have more time sent him by the S. & C.
office and how he had demanded con-
tracts before leaving Chicago on an-
other engagement with the result that
DuVries ordered him never to come in
the S. & C. office again. After other
statements had been made, the matter
was tabled until Friday of this week.
Immediately after the conference with
the commission, Harry Mountford left
for New York City where he spent sev-
eral days on business.
Artists Must Display Cards Before
They Are Permitted to Play in the
Indiana Town.
Nothing but union acts will be al-
lowed to play the theaters of Gary, Ind.,
hereafter, since the combined action of
the unions of that city has brought
about such a crisis.   Beginning next
Monday, each artist, working by himself
or with a partner, will have to show a
union card or there will be nothing do-
Several strong union organizations
met at Gary, and after discussing the
situation decided that the houses must
become unionized, and the union cards
will prevail after next Monday. Union
artists now playing Gary are elated over
the announcement that the houses have
agreed on unionization, and they are
urging their brother artists who do not
pos~sess union cards to get in line, so
no further trouble will be anticipated.
Since Gary is the first outside thea-
ter town to show such a strong hand
in favor of unionism, it is believed in
Chicago that other smaller citie  will
rapidly follow suit.
From the action of the Gary unions,
it means a bad season for any manager
that will persist in playing nonunion
actIs. This support of the Gary unions
tothe movementoof the ChicagoActors'
Union, No. 4, proves conclusively that
the fight of the latter for the union
scale of salary has not been in vain,
and that the unionization idea is mak-
ing progress elsewhere.
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