Variety (December 1912)

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VARIITY m RIETY Published Weakly by VARIETY PUBLISHING CO. Times Square. New York. BDfB SILTKBMAN Proprietor. CHICAGO Majestic Theatre Bid*. JOHN J. O'CONNOR LONDON I Green St, Leicester Sq. W. BUCHANAN TAYLOR PARIS fl bis. Rue Saint Dldler KDWARD G. KENDRBW BERLIN IS Karl St E. A. LBTT ADVERTISEMENT& Advertising copy for current Issue rnunt reach New York office by 6 p. m. Wednesday Advertisements by mall should be sccora pooled by remittance. SUBSCRIPTION RATES. ~~ * Annual $4 Foreign I Single copies, 10 cents Entered as second-class matter at New Tork. Vol. XXIX. December 6, 1912. No. 1. The "Broadway Jones** road show opens Dec. 16. "Get-Rich-Qiiick-Wallingford" now on tour is playing the Stair & Havlin Circuit. Gladis Corriell (Gilroy and Corn- ell) after an illness, will resume her stage work at Allentown, Pa., Deo. 9. Mrs. Sig Wachter, wife of the agent, was taken to a hospital last week to undergo a serious operation. The other night in Hammerstein's lobby twenty-five "regulars" were pres- ent at one time. The Western Company of "Walling- ford" closes in Dallas, Tex., the com- ing Saturday night. Sydney Jarvis is back in his old role with Cohan & Harris' "The Little Mil- lionaire," now playing in Chicago. Mrs. Leslie Carter resumes her stage work the last of the month under John Cort's direction in a repertory of plays. Joe Boganny's "China" troupe, now playing in England, has been booked to open on the Sullivan-Considine Cir- cuit Feb. 2. Mason Peters, the promoter of the Wilson Theatrical League, will spend Christmas with home folks in Kansas City. Hart and Johnson sail for Europe the end of the month, opening in Liv- erpool Jan. 6, to be followed by a run at the London Hippodrome. Jack Belgrave, on the Coast for sev- eral years, has come to New York. He may accept an offer to play with one of Oliver Morosco's new pieces. Mrs. Frank Jones, formerly Grace Begar, of the Begar sisters, presented her husband with a nine pound boy Nov/ 26. Carrie Grmnell (Grinnell and Henry) is the mother of a girl. Josephine Davis, after eight months abroad, has returned to New York, She will open in a fortnight in a new single act. Robert Lee Allen, featured as Bob Blake for fifteen weeks with "The Traveling Salesman" on the road, has returned to New York. A talking-moving picture device is being promoted by officers of the United Booking Offices, who have been working upon the scheme for some time. The debut of "The Graphaphone Girl" at the Union Square this week, was announced by the sending out of cards through the mails to managers and agents. Inez Ragan, reputed the prettiest in- genue on the Pacific Coast is in New York. She has her choice between sev- eral legitimate offers and a stock com- pany lead. Edna Archer Crawford, with the Ed- die Foy show, "Over the River," for two weeks, is leaving because she does not claim to be a musical comedy ac- tress. The new Greenwood (Miss.) theatre will be opened Jan. 16 with Adelaide Thurston in "The Love Affair" as the first attraction booked in by the J. J. Coleman Circuit. R. G. Knowles, under R. E. John- ston's direction and by arrangement with the Shuberts l .._gave the first of five travel talks at the Casino Sunday night. The subject was "China." Edwin Milton Royle is at the Harry H. Frazee office daily now engaging people for the latter's production of his play, "The Unwritten Law," which comes out in about a month. Dan Hennessy returned to the chief's desk in the Family Department of the United Booking Offices Tuesday. He has been in French Lick for a month or so, returning in fine fettle. Harrison Hunter was signed this week as Mrs. Leslie Carter's lead- ing man in her forthcoming tour in repertory under John Cort's manage- ment. "The Deceiver," a dramatization of O. Henry's short story by Donald C. Stuart, was tried out at Grand Papids successfully last week by Norman Hackett and company. Ben Toy, manager of Ben Toy's musical comedy company, wishes to to deny the report his show is to be condensed for vaudeville. The com- pany is now playing in Pennsylvania. John T. Murray, who played one of the leads in the John Cort production of "C. O. D.." accompanied by his wife, has gone to California to.join the Vitagraph picture company. Mary E. Cunard left for Chicago Tuesday, where she will join "The Gamblers," playing the principal fem- inine role until the show strikes the one-nighters. Next week it is at St. Louis and then goes to Kansas City. Dainty Marie, a feature with T. W. Dinkins' "Yankee Doodle Girls," was taken ill last week and forced to retire temporarily from the company. Willette Whittaker is preparing a singing act for herself in vaudeville. Miss Whittaker may discard the harp playing. She was formerly of Hill and Whittaker. Wilber Hill will repre- sent the new act. <<* The New Sin," which has been do- ing poor business since taking to the road, closed Saturday night in Schen- ectady. The show may be reorgan- ied and sent back on the road after Christmas. Frank Robbins has taken up his win- ter home at the St. James Hotel, St. Louis. The Robbins circus is winter- ing in that town. The elephants and camels are working indoor engage- vents. At Colomba, ten miles north of Ben- ton Harbor, Mich., an explosion in a picture show Nov. 26 destroyed a block of buildings and injured a number of persons. Joseph Humphrey, ic- ture operator, suffered serious burns. The loss is estimated at $25,000. Joseph P. Donegan, manager of the Century theatre, Kansas City, and Charles Finberg, advance man for "The Big Review," were injured in a colli- sion between a street car and an au- tomobile. They were thrown from the machine. Both will recover. Katherine Silver (Mrs. William Gray, of Silver and Gray) was seri- ously injured a few days ago at Johns- town, Pa., by falling down an elevator shaft in 1 the Globe theatre building. She was removed to her home in Mun- cie, Ind. Reine Davies, who is temporarily playing the leading role in the "No. 1" "Madame Sherry," has received a route from the U. B. O. for her single act, opening at the Orphcum, Brooklyn, Jan. 13, with the Colonial, Alhambra and Bronx to follow. Vaudevillians playing at Seattle last week got together at the (Jermania Cafe and had an International Supper Party. Galetti Picchiani and ("easer Rivoli represented Italy; Mignonette Kokin and Lillie Rivoli, England; Gav- in and Piatt. America; Lind. Sweden, and Stcpphcna Lind, France. The W. S. Harkins company, which is playing some former New York successes on its West indies tour, left Hamilton. Bermuda. Dec. 1 for an eight-day boat ride to Barbadocs, 1,200 miles south of Hamilton. Fred B. Lorraine is doing the advance work for Harkins. Nat Nasarro is not going to accept time at the Winter Garden, Berlin, as his present Orpheum tour treatment has made this side of the pond lok too good for another season. "The Earl and the Girl," book by William Le Barron, lyrics by Gene Buck, and music by Dave Sampter, is a new girl act Jesse Lasky will put in vaudeville, opening next week in Wor- cester. There will be eight girls and two "imported" English Johnnies in support of Jeanette Childs and a juven- ile lead. The manager of a large combination theatre in Brooklyn found it expedi- ent last week to peremptorily discharge his assistant treasurer, gallery ticket seller and both the orchestra and gal- lery ticket takers. He is not desirous of proving theft for fear that he might be held liable by the various attrac- tions that have played his house. The Billy (Swede) Hall company was in a wreck on the New York Cen- tral at Hoffman, N. Y., last Sunday morning. Hod Weston, the Halls and Jennie Colborn were thrown from their berths. Mrs. Hall was slightly in- jured. The N. Y. Central agent set- tled with her before the train reached its next stop. "A Good Little Devil," the fairy play David Belasco is producing, will have its first performance Dec. 12, at the Broad Street theatre, Philadelphia. It opens Jan. 8 at the Republic, New York. Christmas night at the Belasco theatre Belasco will present his new comedy, "Years of Discretion," now playing at Powers', Chicago. Marie Pettis, who was engaged for the road production of "The Grey- hound," abandoned by Wagenhals & Kemper before sent on tour, is con- fined to her apartments in the Hotel Bristol with a broken toe. Miss Pet- tis was moving around in the dark when she encountered a piece of fur- niture which fractured a bone in her right foot. Hamilton, Gregory ft Freeman, at- torneys, 100 Broadway, New York, are making an effort to locate Mrs. Viola Bancroft, who was a witness at the time the late John T. Burke's will was filed. Burke (who died Nov. 9) and Mrs. Bancroft played together in the same company. Harwood Walsh, of "Under Southern Skies," was also a witness of the will. The lawyers are arranging to settle tho estate. James L. Barry, the labor union hooking agent, organized a Thanksgiv- ing show for the inmates of Reforma- tory and Penitentiary on Hart's Isl- and last week. The same show was re- peated in both places. Lew Morton and Barry acted as stage managers. In the hill were John J. Sheppard, Johnny and Billy Burke, Ambrose Jefferies, Trainor and Hunt, Miss Gibson, Kim- ball and Lewis, George W. Reynolds. Frank and Sadie Harrigan and Co.. Baby Kimball, John Donovan, Francis Elliott, Tom Kelly and Keene. Su perintendent Moore entertained the art- ists.