Variety (March 1921)

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• • 32 VARIETY Friday, March 4, 1921 popular "contest nights." which are drawing capacity business. George Kohn. local manager for Universal, has Just returned from a honeymoon. CLEVELAND By J. WILSON ROY. 'Dab.' "Up in OHIO.—Helen Hayes In SH I'RKRT-COLONIAL. Mabel's Room." PROSPECT.—"Very Go^d Eddie" (stock). Vaudeville at Keith's, Liberty, Priscilla, Miles, and Grand. BURLESQUE.—Star, "Jingle Jin- gle"; Empire, Pat White and his Gaiety Girls. FILMS. — Opera House, "Way Down East" (fourth week); Still- man—"Without Limit"; State. "The Love Light"; Orpheum, "The Truth About Husbands"; Euclid. "Forbid- den Fruit"; Gaiety, "Sky Fire"; Metropolitan. "The County Fair"; Standard, "Outside the Law." WITHIN ONE SEASON 3 DA OE NOT MY HOME TOWN, BUT WELL KNOWN IN MY NEW ACT c Carl Snyder, formerly of the Win- ton Hotel, opened the Carltcn Ter- race—the final word in cabaret here —Monday evening. About 750 guests gave the venture a royal send-off. The new Hanna will open March 28 with William Faversham in "The Prince and the Pauper." Sept. 19 EMPRESS, CHICAGO—3 days unrecognized Jan. 31 EMPRESS, CKCAGO-full week-featured Feb. 21 EMPRESS, CHICAGO-FULL WEEK-HEADLINED Re-engaged FX>UR WEEKS Next Season First time in the history of Vaudeville in Chicago The Manager, Fred Mitchell, tells me the attendance was unprecedented SCORED One of the Biggest Individual Hits Over the Interstate Circuit Stepped Every Show in Number 2 Spot at Palace, Chicago The Creole Fashion Plate and the Santos and Hayes Revue split hon- ors at Keith's this week. Both of- ferings held up the show at Mon- day's matinee. Chicago Grand Opera Co. (Mary Garden's aggregation) are scheduled for four evening performances— March 14 to 17 inclusive—at Keith's at $7 top, plus tax. Mrs. E. C. T. Miller, prominent club woman here, has taken hold of the reins at the prospect in real earnest, and the new management made a good start on Monday eve- ning. DENVER the BY T. H. FERRILL. BROADWAY—"The sign on Door." Marjorie Rembeau. . DENHAM—"If I Were King,' Wilkes players. ORPHEUM—Vaudeville, headed by Lightner sisters, and Alexander. AMERICA—"Bunty Pulls the Strings." _ PRINCESS—"The Price of Pos- session." Ethel Clayton. RIALTO—"The Passionate Pil- grim." Rubye De Remer. RIVOLI—"19 and Fhyllls, Charles Ray. AUDITORIUM—Pa vlowa and Ballet Russc; Friday evening, Schumann-Heink. Announcement was made today by Ben Ketcham, manager of the Denham theatre, that Eileen •Robin- »on will be the new leading woman of the Wilkes players. will Wednesday record for March 6 in "The Song of Song George Barnes, leading man. celebrate his 1.000th performance with the company afternoon. This is a leading men in Denver. "Three Wise Fools" this week at the Broadway has proved one of the most popular plays of the season. Robert Slack has started an in- for the Chicago which will tensive campaign Grand Opera company appear here for a week at the end of April. DES MOINES. By DON CLARK. The Pantages Circuit has secured the Des Moines Empress and will run the place as a t™'*-f™ vaudeville, commencing Sntnn.i.v. March 5. The theatre is closed this week for repairs. Prior to last June the Empress was on the Western Circuit, under the local management of'Elbert & Getchell. The Adams Theatres Co. took control June l and ran the house first for vode- nictures and then continuous 1 villc on the Gus Sun Circuit, for the Res Moines house. Will be called Pantages. cents top at night and L' the afternoon. ' Theodore WarlfeUt ha«i «-«ie.-er-dVd Ann MaeDonald as loading woman with the Princess Players, Miss MacDonald has returned to New York and will organize n summer ntork company. Frances Laughton has also joined the Princess com- pany as ingenue, succeed In n Nellie Barnes. Philip Lord, playing char- acters, has retired from the com- pany, but no successor has been named. EMPRESS, CHICAGO. Chicago, Feb. 9. Jammed to the car-tracks, the Englewoodera went wild Friday night over six Orphe im turns, head- ed by Sophio Tucker and her Jazz- ers. The bill for the week must have cost upward of $3,500. Miss Tucker and Joe Darcey, the second feature, played the full week. It is scarcely necessary to review Miss Tucker again in this column; her record-breaking tour of Chicago theatres, whose records she is breaking, has been a succession of triumphal receptions, shamelessly tumultuous audiences and violently vociferous encores. The Empress outfit always was hearty—f<jr Sophie they made the chandeliers dance. She "broke in" two new numbers. But what matters? Everything ran riotously. She was cheered like Pershing. And she talked back to her fans in their own language—• that easy lingo of gocd fellowship and plain United States. Joe Darcey scored probably the biggest one-man hit in the history of this theatre. Next-to-closing, this serious songster in blackface did 29 minutes, with the common people storming for more. Darcey has a powerful yet sympathetic voice, deep, mellow, melodious. He puts his every fibre behind a lyric and his panting soul into a quaver. He has a touch for comedy and is a wizard with an audience, equaled probably by Eddie Leonard alone at the system (it's professionally known as "showmanship") of mak- ing the patrons think they are be~- ging him to do more. They certainly begged. He left them exhausted- meaning he was and the audier.-e was. He will never be forgotten around those corners. Kennedy and Rooney. one of the oldest but one of the surest bing- bang comedy a( ts. drew the doubly hard spot of closing and following Tucker and Darcey. They gave the mob all they had from both barrels and laid them low. What Tucker had been in enthusiasm and enter- tainment, and what Darcey had been in Impressiveness and appeal. Ken* nedy and Rooney succeeded in be- ing in guffaws and screams of hys- terica] laughter. Preceding the headliner, Kane and Herman had. by the way, slapped in a show-stopper with their neat and nifty two-man patter and harmonies, holding the house in their hands every moment and going to two encores and a speech. Watiska and 1'nderstudy. a seal act that ran safety mateh any opening act In the business for THEY SAY YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME BUT YOU CANT FOOL ANYBODY ALL THE TIME laughs sent in and speed, a knockout had opened and l.alt. I'M EITHER GOOD OR I FOOL THEM ALL THE TIME PALACE, CHICAGO. H Chicago, Jan. 26. Roode and France opened the show with slack wire tricks. Va- riety's hired hand missed most of them, but his seat neighbor reported It waa corking opening turn. Joe Darcey led little casino, made up for a spade, and tangled the show up so tightly that it took the whole next act to unravel it again. Darcey has a voice that is beyond resisting. It quivers and it grabs the heart and wrings it. He also knows how to put power into His climaxes with clenched hands, dra- matic crouches and a gasping earnestness of delivery. He teased many a bow out of that mob, but he couldn't escape without doing his full duty. He stopped the show and held it stopped, scoring one of the biggest hits in months in an early spot. Florence Roberts and Fredrlk Vogedint; in "Blindfolded" came next and did a polite flop. Miss Roberts strained and used every change of pace and every spark of personality of the veteran artiste she is, but never woke up any one. Kellam and O'Dare tore it wide open again for another panic, going to three or four speeches. Harry Langdon has played his tin car act here a lot of times. It ran for a whizz again up to the finish, ■when the electrical effects went bad for a moment, long enough to hurt the explosion. But it was well taken and the laughs were thick. The Four Mortons then came on and cleaned up, and Johannes Joseffson and his Icelandic tricks held in the crowd well, although this show ran overtime. Elsie Pilcer and Dudley Douglas did well, but not brilliantly. Miss Pilcer does not dance as much as she used to. in truth attempts no steps worthy of her former work. She appears in a series of wondrous gowns, reminiscent if not memorial of Gaby, Douglas followed Kellam in somewhat similar work, which crabbed his style somewhat. He is a good straight man, but no comic, and might whittle down his talk and songs. , ImU. Prices which will be 50 and "> in Eastern Representatives, MORRIS AND FEIL Western Representatives, BEEHLER AND JACOBS Have been away from New York since June BUT Coming East. Look for Me. break the house Will certainly record. "Kissing Time" at troit. "Listen Lester" at J Next, "Tho A£4UlUal At the Photoplays; "Outside the Law," at Washington: "Life of the Parly," at P. road -Strand; "The Woman in His House." at Madison; 'The Devil's Garden/ 1 at Adams; "The Kid," playing a week at the Regent and Orpheum; "The Greater Claim," at Colonial. Shttbert De- Xew Detroit. t "but bide "Life of NEW musical LYRIC—Photoplays and features. Berchel this week. Walthall (Himself) in Next "Passing Show." Henry B. Taken In." At film houses. "Old RwlmmhY Hole" at Des Moines; "Hush" at Des Moines; "Love" at lliallo. and "Are All Men Alike?" at Garden. DETROIT, MICH. By JACOB SMITH. ♦•Tien'" here for two week* ni Garrick. Ucii.g absolutely capacity. W. s Rutterfleld has definitely set April 1 as the opening time Of his new Strand theatre. Lansing. Angell & Codd, operating four theatres In Michigan, plan to upend $30,000 on remodelling the CrotweU, Adrian. DULUTH By JAMES WATTS. OUIMir.r.M— Vaudeville. NRW OKAND — Marcus Loew \aude\ 111c and photopluv s. > RW GARRICK, — Photoplay! and stagi specialty s. Manager Chester Sutton of the New Grand has completely revised the entc^tftInmewt <a that bousci He has augmented the orchestra under Director Roy I'laaten, offering musi- cal specialties twice weekly, and offers a five-reel feature picture as an added attraction. Owing to the lull in certain industries, bigger shows are required to draw the crowds. Manager J. II. Kennedy of the New Lyric has also added to his musical programs by featuring In- strumental and vocal arlidis. These new features are making a big hit with the public. Mine. Louise Homer ar.d her daughter Louise, Jr., gave the m<>«,t successful concert of the season here Thursda., night. house was sold out singers arrived and a turnaway. The opening of the Lyceum is scheduled for Raster Sunday. Re- tucen $300,000 and $400,000 has been spent In remodeling tlu» building, and the opening will be an event 0 wide interest. The Governor of the state and prominent people from all over the northwest will be present, and the audience will be made up through invitations for the ww •! -part. ' A subject that is beginning to attract considerable attention in Duluth at present is the need of an Auditorium, on a standard of those M Minneapolis and St. Paul, for the purpose r providing a suitable home for symphony concerts and traveling opera artists. bcth" for the first time ia his pro- fessional career Wednesday n.ght. His illne s permitting, he will be here the week of March 21. For one of the Tew'times since th* perennial production started its road jaunts the Shuberts will put up some real opposition to the "Follies" at the Klaw & Erlanger house. The "Follies" at English's the week of March 14 and the Murat has booked Al Jolson for the last half of the week. The entire before the there was INDIANAPOLIS. By VOLNEY B. FOWLER. MPRAT.—Dark. The film. "Way Down Bait," went for two weeks at hitherto unheard of top for a movie here of $2. R N G L I S tlS. — "The Storm.' Thurston next. "Follies" coming week of March 14, with top price advertised at $4.40, a local record. Allen Holubars film. "Man-Worn- .in-Marriage," was given its pre- miere at the Circle this week. Waiter Hampden's Illness in. the Bast caused the cancellation of his engagement at the Murat this week. Hampden had planned to play "Mac- Louise Groody sprained an ankle early last week at English's and had to omit several of her dance num- bers la "The Night Roat" until late in the wrek. She appeared then with bandages showing through her stocking. The legislative fight to establish film censorship and clamp the blue! laws tighter on Sunday shows in Indiana narrowed down late last week to an uttempt of the reformers