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Clarice Mayne

Clarice Mayne (1886-1966),
English music hall star
and
pantomime principal boy

(photo: Dobson, Liverpool, circa 1917)

Footlight Notes no. 432

contents
for the week ending
31 December 2005

Home - Christmas and New Year Greetings, 2005/2006

Celebrity of the Week - Lillian Russell (1861-1922), American beauty and former star of comic opera, delights audiences by declining post-performance speeches in favour of singing songs, on tour in the United States, 1907

Postcard of the week - Rotary Photographic Series 'Christmas Greetings' Rotary XS205 real photograph postcard, London, 1905

Cigarette Card of the week - Edward Lauri (d. 9 January 1919), English actor, as the Squire in the pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood, Grand Theatre, Fulham, London, Christmas 1900, with Gracie Grahame, Alice Nixon, Vera Vere, Sva Sandford, Victor Stevens, et al

Minor Player / Variety Act of the week - Don A. Meeley and Dulcie Laing (fl. early 20th Century), 'The Dancer and the Tramp,' music hall entertainers, 'Premier Comedy Acrobats, Singing and Dancing Duo.'

Press Clippings of the week - Bertha Kalich (1874-1939), Polish-born American actress, at the time of her appearance in The Witch, New Theatre, New York, 14 February 1910

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Ella Retford

Ella Retford (1886-1962)
English music hall comedienne
and
pantomime principal girl
(photo: G. Langfier, Glasgow, circa 1907)

Sound file (RealAudio, 349kb) - Ella Retford here sings a popular ditty called ‘Over a Cup of Tea,’ a song also featured on the music hall stage by Ruby Verdi. Miss Retford’s version was recorded for Sterling (cylinder no.443) in London about April 1906. This recording is featured here by kind permission of Norman Bruderhofer whose Web site, The Cylinder Archive, includes information on cylinders, as well as an interesting archive of such recordings made between about 1900 and 1924.

Phyllis Dare

Phyllis Dare (1890-1975)
English musical comedy actress and singer
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, circa 1913)

Sound file (RealAudio, 161kb) - An extract of Phyllis Dare’s recording (HMV C-634, Hayes, Middlesex, 30 December 1915) of ‘I Come from Holland’ by Paul Rubens, who accompanies on celeste, from the musical play Tina that opened at the Adelphi, London, on 2 November 1915 and ran for 278 performances.

Grace La Rue

Grace La Rue (1882-1956)
American vocalist and actress
(photo: E.O. Hoppé, London, 1913/14)

Sound file (RealAudio, 422kb) - Grace La Rue singing the extraordinary ‘A Tango Dream,’ with words and music by Elsa Maxwell. Recorded 6 February 1914 for The Gramophone Company Ltd, Hayes, Middlesex, for its His Master’s Voice label (catalogue no.03373, issued April 1914). Miss La Rue featured this song as an interpolated number in the musical, The Girl Who Didn’t at the Lyric Theatre, London, which opened for a run of sixty-eight performances on 18 December 1913.

Lee White

Lee White (1886-1927)
American vocalist and actress
(photo: Wrather & Buys, London, 1915)

Sound file (RealAudio, 165kb) - An extract of Lee White’s recording (Columbia F-1021, London, 5 November 1919) of the delightfully silly song ‘The Wedding in Dollyland,’ featured by her in the ‘song show’ Back Again that opened at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, on 2 September 1919 and ran for 129 performances. The words are as follows:

Listen, children, in the follyland
Most bewild’ring known as Dollyland
The Glad-Eye doll, what do you think she did?
Went and gave the ‘glad’ to the Thumbs-Up Kid.
Master Thumbs was full of impudence.
Didn’t stop to woo:
He put his thumbs up twice times
Then put the banns up, too.

There’s to be a wedding down in Dollyland,
In Dollyland;
And the dolls will all be dolled up mighty grand,
In Dollyland.
When the little Glad-Eye doll
Comes to take a life control
Of the Thumbs-Up dolly,
Oh, golly!
Dollyland will be a jolly land.
Four wooden horses to church to carry them there;
A teddy bear growling a prayer will safely marry them.
Oh! You must be there
To see the Thumbs-Up baby with the thumbs-up smile
Lead that Glad-Eye dolly up the aisle
For the Thumbs-Up wedding down in Dollyland.


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