The New York Clipper (December 1919)

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THE NEW YORK CLIPPER December 3, 1919 SEGUIN MAKING DEAL WITH PANTAGES WANTS BOOKING ARRANGEMENT Negotiations by which a booking ar- rangement would be established be- tween Alexander Pontages and the South American Tour, Ltd., through which acta would be booked both ways from New York, were started last weak. The proposed arrangement provides for the sending of Fantasies' acta to South America after they have com- pleted their North American tour while, on the other hand, other Ameri- can acts will start in South Amreica and work Northward. The South American Tour, Ltd., will be give* a financial interest in the Fantagea* houses, and in exchange, Pantagea will be given an interest in the South American bouses. In this way, it will be possible to give vaudeville acts a year of solid booking. Performers will be paid ia American money whether playing in North or South America and their salary will be the same in the latter as In playing the United States. All acts, of course, will not receive a Sooth American Bonto; many will still play only the Pantagea' time. But acta that will appeal to South American au- diences will receive the full booking. It to punned to work moat of the acts from New Xork to the Pacific Coast, after which they will be shipped to South America, the new combine pay- ing their fare for'tale Jump, Official announcement of* the plans are awaiting .the arrival of Charles Seguln In the United States. Seguia, head of the South American Tour, Ltd., who is now in Paris. Henry Bach, who recently arrived from Argentine to take care of Segnln'a interest here, would neither confirm nor deny the report of the South Ameri- can combine. It is known, however, that Bach has come here to establish offices for the South American Tour. South America has a fruitful vaude- ville circuit financially and has shown a marked liking for American novelty acts and Yankee music. More and more American acts have been playing South American theatres and have secured long bookings there. The South American Tour Lt, owns the following vaudeville houses in South America: In Buenos Ay res; Ca- sino ; Esmeralda; Majestic, Florida, Hippodrome, Royal and Fotrero. At the Pabellon de las Bosas, a summer garden, vaudeville la also played! In Montevideo, there is the Casino and the Royal- The Phoenix Theatre in Bio de Janeiro and the San Paulo and Casino au Tautica theatres, also In Brazil, complete the chain. . All of these theatres play the same bill for several weeks. The South Ameriacn Tour, Ltd., also owns the Apollo Theatre in Paris, France, and the Constanza Theatre in Rome, Italy. The following Opera houses are also the property of the South American Tour, Ltd.: The Urgenzn, in Monte- video, the Municipal in Bio de Janeiro, and the Coliseo, Opera and Odeon in Buenos Ayres. "LITTLE JIM" BITES TRAINER Saw Francisco. CaL, Nov. 29.— George Stevens, owner of "Little Jim", the trained bear, was attacked and bitten by the animal while playing the Hippodrome, San Jose, this week. The bear bit Stevens about the hands, aloer- atlng his fingers. BASEBALL STARS ENTER VAUDE Saw Fkajicjbco, Cal. Nov. 28.—A quartette of baseball players, who, be- sides being ball stars, have good sing- ing voices, have been organised and trained by H. O. Johnson, manager of Feist's professional rooms here, and have been routed over the A & H time. The members of the act are, Phil EJeonor,r, of The eSals, baritone, Harry ■Krouse, of The Oaks, bass, Scotty Al- eock, Vernons, tenor soloist, and Ira ColweU, former Oaks, second tenor. SHEEDY HELPING BOOK SELWYN it. M Sheedy is now associated with Abe Feinberg in booking the Sunday night concerts at the Selwyn Theatre. These concerts have been enlarged from eight to twelve acts, at an aver- age cost of $1,000 weekly. The first of these twelve act concrts, given last .Sunday, consisted of Welling- ton Cross, The Morin Sisters, Clark and McCollough, The Alexander Twins, [Myers Syncopaters, Marvel, Mercedes, The Versatile Sextette, Florence Ring, Dave Harris, Johnny Slagerand Dolls, and Bernard Freeman. FORM BOWLING TEAMS The bowling bee has made its bun heard around the Palace Theatre Build- ing and a team representing the Or- pheum office has challenged a team of booking agenta to a series of bowling games which are sow taking place every Friday night at the 96th Street alleys. N. JO. Man warring baa declared that he will emerge from the contest as an undisputed champion, but those wo seem to know whisper that Tom O'DonneU is the dark horse that will bear watching. The Orpheum team consists of T. K. Letendre, Bay Myers and ii. C. Grant Those who represent the five-perceneters are N. E. Man- warring, Jack Henry, Tom O'DonneU and Lee Muckenfuse. ENGAGED FOR CAPITAL The Ignatz Jazz Band has been en- gaged by Bay Walker for Ned Way- burns new revue at the Capital. TOM BRYMM GETS ROUTE Lieutenant Tim Brymm and his "Black Devil" Jazz Band, heard at the Shelbourne Hotel, Brighton Beach, last Summer, have been routed over the Loew circuit. It will open December 1st, and receive a salary of $1,500. ACCUSE BURLESQUE ACT Moss and Frey have charged Nelson and Bose, playing in Rose SydeU's "London Belles," with appropriating some of their act and have brought the matter to the attention of the N. V. A., with the request that Nelson and Bose be asked to stop using the material. DOING AVON FOUR'S OLD ACT Jack Casey and a company of three men are now doing the act formerly presented by the Avon Comedy Four, called "The New Teacher." The tenor of the quartette was * formerly a member of "The Three Musketeers." PROCTOR HOUSES INCREASE CAPITAL WILL SIMPLIFY BUSINESS In creases incapitalization of a num- ber of F. F. Proctor corporations and the combining of operating and hold-' ing companies into one company where, heretofore, they were separate corpo- rations, were effected this week. The purpose of combining all the in- terests in each city, respectively, into oje operating and holding coirip<tny r is to simplify the running of the business and, probably, also to cut down the in- come tax. Heretofore, some of the Proctor property 'has had separate operating and holding companies, which causes a double tax. The in- crease of capitalization makes the per- centage of dividends lower and. in this way to, the amount of income taxation is decreased. The F. F. Proctor Albany Theatre Company has Increased in capital from $1000 to $600,000. This company is tb» one that operates Proctor's three Al- bany theatres, the Grand, Leland and Harmauus Bleeher llali. The F. F. Proctor New Xork Theatre Company 'has its capital Increased from $1000 to $700,000, and the Proctor Mt Vernon Realty Company has increased its capital from $1000 $600,000. Last week, the Newark Realty Cor- poration, of which F. F. Proctor la the head, increased its capital from $200,- 000 to $800,000. W. F. S. Hart la at- torney for the F. F. Proctor interests. NEW ACTS Jean Adair is rehearsing a new act with a company of three. It will have Its breakin next week. Bert LaMont opened a new act last week, called "The Cottage Inn", which featured Joe Howard. The act has a cast of five, George Leonard, formerly, of "The Royal Vagabond", is going into vaude- ville in a new act which Herman Becker will produce, called "Never Again". He will be supported by bene Cheslelgh, Marlon Stillman and eight girls. Bay Tuk and Lew Bean will appear on the big time soon in a new act writ- ten for them by Billy De Rose. Tad Bonn, known on the vaudeville stage as 'The Komikal Knut" will open in Chicago soon in a new monologue. Maimy MoGehrne and a company of six people opened the first half of this week in a new sketch called "June", written by Edmond Day, author of "The Rounder'. The act will be booked by Jimmy James. The Strand Comedy Four, In a new singing and comedy act, composed of four men, Springer, Gilpin, Davis and Clemens, the act being baked by Cle- mens, will .open shortly. Blllle Darling, sister of Pearl Regay, at the Capitol Theatre, is rehearsing a new dance act with Dick Dooley. formerly with one of Billy Seabury'a acts. Miss Darling formerly appeared with her father's act, the Flying Fishers. The new act, which opens the last half of tto week, wUl be handled by Rosalie Stewart DROP CURTAIN ATTACHED A special drop curtain used by Jones and Jones, colored comodians was at- tached last Saturday by City Marshal McGonigle, at Loew's Lincoln Square Theatre, under a writ of replevin sued out of the Third District Municipal Court by H. A. Berg, who claims he holds a two-year booking contract with the act. In his suit for. the recovery of the curtain, on which he claims he spent $116, Berg, through his attorney Ben- jamin Welssman, alleges that Jones and Jones breached the contract early last month. Under the terms of the alleged contract, Jones and 1 Jones were guaranteed thirty-five weeks a year for a period of two years. They were - to be paid a weekly salary of $160 dur- ing the first and $176 the second year. . However, Berg claims that, last Fri- day, be discovered the act went behind his back and had themselves booked through Bob Baker's office for two weeks over the Loew circuit, beginning last Monday. Berg says he discovered the Loew booking after he had booked the act for two weeks over 'the Fox Circuit, beginning Monday and aa a re- sult of the action of Jones and Jones Berg had to cancel It Without' further ado Berg than in- structed his attorney to bring a suit against the act and after Judge Young signed the writ of replevin last Satur- day morning the City Marshal exe- cuted it at the Lincoln Square, where- the act was playing. CUTS OUT A SHOW Batonne, N. J., Nov. 29.—The Ly- ceum Theatre, this d'ty, under tho management of Jack Home, has again changed Its policy, going from three shows a day to two. HAMILTON RESERVING SEATS B v . S. Moss' Hamilton Theatre will change its policy of "first come, first served," for, beginning December 16th, reserved seats will be sold for all per- formances. In the evening, all seats- save rear balcony seats, will be re- served. For the matinees, reserved- seats will he sold for the front half of' the orchestra. WESTON LEFT BBBB According to May Weston, widow of Willie Weston, who died on Nov. 11, the comedian left $825 in personal property and no will. This statement was made in her application for letters of administration, filed tost week in the Surrogate's Court Weston's right name was Levy, and, in addition to his widow, he is sur- vived by a father and mother, seven brothers and sisters. One of bis sisters is in vaudeville under the name of Cecil Weston. DUNCAN DANCERS IN CONCERTS Los Anoeixs, Nov. 29.—The Isadora- Duncan Dancers and George Copeland, the concert pianist are giving a series of concerts along the coast They are scheduled to appear here to-night with: seats selling from 75 cents to $2 top. ROXBURY HOUSE CHANGES Roxbury, Mass., Nov. . 29.—-Papers have gone to record at the Suffolk Re- gistery of Deeds, whereby the Orients- Theatre Property, on Washington Street passes to the ownership of Thomas P. HaUorah. The title la given by the Mechanics Savings Bank of Lowell. The assessors' value is $80,000, of which amount $50,300 la on the land covered by the building.