Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 24 May 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Hedges Brothers & Jacobson
in Syracuse, New York, 1910

Hedges Brothers & Jacobson

Hedges Brothers & Jacobson
(left to right, Freddie Hedges, Jesse Jacobson and Elven Hedges)

(photo: unknown, probably UK, circa 1917)

'Vaudeville Features.
'A new feature in this city [Syracuse] will be the act of the Hedges Brothers and Jacobson, sings of ragtime selections. Their number is said to differ entirely from the usual rathskeller acts on the vaudeville stage, the feature being the singing of the trio, which is sandwiched with selections on the piano and other musical instruments.'
(The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York, Saturday, 5 November 1910, p.13d)

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Joseph Coyne returning to New York
after successful engagements in London, 1913

Joseph Coyne

Joseph Coyne (1867–1941),
American actor and singer,
as he appeared in Irving Berlin's revue,
Watch Your Step, Empire, Leicester Square, London, 4 May 1915

(photo: unknown, London, 1915)

'A cable dispatch from London announced that when the reigning comedy success of the present London season, General John Regan, is produced in America in the fall, Joseph Coyne is to enact its principal role. Mr. Coyne is an American actor who, years ago, won much popularity through his delightfully droll charaxterizations of ''silly ass'' parts in musical comedy. In 1907 he went to London and since has become an actor of considerabl distinction, both in musical and legitimate comedy. He created the chief roles in the London productions of The Merry Widow, The Dollar Princess and The Quaker Girl and in 1908 Charles Frohman reimported him for a short season to play the role originated by Sir Charles Wyndham in The Mollusc. In General John Regan Mr. Coyne is to play the part first acted by Charles Hawtrey.'
(Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Montana, Sunday, 29 June 1913, p.12c)

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Percy Hutchison visits the
United States for the first time, 1919

Percy Hutchison

Percy Hutchison (1875-1945),
English actor

(photo: Madame Pestel, Eastbourne, England, circa 1910)

'In connection with the forthcoming appearance of Percy Hutchison, the eminent English actor, in The Luck of the Navy at Poli's Theater, beginning Monday, it is interested to note that Mr. Hutchison, who is now paying his first visit to America, is a nephew of the late Bronson Howard, one of the greatest of American playwrights, whose Shenandoah was the great drama which followed the civil war just as Mr. Hutchison's production, The Luck of the Navy, follows the European war.
'Mr. Hutchison's father, Percy Hutchison, sr., and Bronson Howard married sisters - the former married Emma Culverwell, of England, while Bronson Howard married her sister, Alice Culverwell. Both ladies were sisters of the late Sir Charles Wyndham, whose family name was Culverwell, but which he changed for professional reasons to Wyndham more than 30 years ago. This makes Mr. Hutchison not only a nephew by marriage of the late Bronson Howard, the mast dramatist of America, but also the nephew of Sir Charles Wyndham, who at the time of his death, less than a year ago, was regarded as England's foremost actor manager.
'Mr. Hutchison in coming to America, however, disclaims any desire to attract particular attention because of his relationship to these two distinguished gentlemen of the theater, from opposite sides of the Atlantic, but asks the America public to judge him purely and simply upon his own merits as an actor. His career in London during the past eighteen years, when he produced many notable success[es] and won signal honors as an actor, entitle him to the belief that here in America he may hope for similar favor at the hands of American audiences.
'In The Luck of the Navy Mr. Hutchison appears as a young sub-lieutenant of the British royal navy, and by special permission of the British admiralty he is permitted to wear the correct uniform, for the reason that in private life he holds a commission of similar rank in the British royal naval reserves.
'The Luck of the Navy is a stirring romance of the closing days of the war, and is a tribute not only to the British navy, but to the American navy, ''the comrades of the mist,'' who so ably did their share to preserve the blockade and maintain the supremacy of the seas for the allies.'
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 5 October 1919, Amusements Features, p.3d)

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