Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 26 July 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Willie Edouin in A Bunch of Keys,
with Alice Atherton,
Carrie Godfrey and Anna Brevoor,
New York and on tour in the United States, 1883

Anna (sometimes Anne) Brevoor,
(fl. 1880s), American burlesque actress

(photo: Mora, New York, early 1880s)

'Messrs. Birch and Backus having vacated their opera house to go on their usual Spring tour, Willie Edouin's Sparks company took possession of that place last evening and presented to the New-York public A Bunch of Keys; or, The Hotel. As the play-bills truthfully said, A Bunch of Keys is a ''collection of incidents intended to teach no moral in particular.'' Most of these incidents proved to be very entertaining to the audience, which filled the house. The performance was not entirely free from hitches sometimes noticed on a first night, and a few of the ''incidents'' failed to gain the applause the actors tried hard to deserve. The songs with which the piece abounds were well rendered, and in more than one case the audience insisted on repetitions. One or two of the musical numbers were new, but most of them were very familiar to New-York play-goers. The stage setting was excellent, especially to the second and third acts, in which a hotel interior was represented with a careful attention to the detail. Willie Edouin as Landlord Littleton Snaggs, Alice Atherton, Miss Carrie Godfrey, and Miss Anna Brevoor as Teddy, Rose, and May Keys, Julian Mitchell as Gilly Spooner, and James T. Powers as Jonas Grimes kept the audience in a merry mood during all the evening.'
(The New York Times, New York, Tuesday, 27 March 1883, p. 5c)

'Willie Edouin seems to have made a hit with A Bunch of Keys. In Dreams he burlesqued the photographers, and new he burlesques the hotel-keepers and their guests. The Bunch of Keys are three sisters, played by handsome Alice Atherton, Carrie Godfrey and Annie Brevoor, and Willie Edouin impersonates Littleton Snagg, a lawyer, who thinks he knows how to keep a hotel.'
(Fort Wayne Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sunday, 8 April 1883, p. 3f)

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Maud Granger tours the
United States in Inherited, 1891

Maud Granger

Maud Granger (1851?-1928), American actress

(photo: Mora, New York, circa 1880)

'Attractions For the Week
'The attractions for the present week at the Tremont give promise of being of unusual interest, embracing as they do Miss Maude Granger, the emotional star, the Primrose & West minstrels and Fred Warde and Mrs. D.P. Bowers in tragedy. All of these attractions are reputable and first class.
'Maude Granger.
'The theatre goers of Galveston will have an opportunity of seeing for the first time to-morrow evening Miss Maude Granger in her new play, Inherited. Miss Granger is a very popular New York favorite, but during the past three seasons her tours have not extended very far west or south. The name of Maude Granger, even though she has not been seen here, is as familiar to theater goers as are those of Clara Morris, Fanny Davenport, Rose Coghlan or any other of the prominent stage favorites of to-day.
'Miss Granger while in Europe bought the play Inherited, which was produced under the title L'Heritage d'Helene. She re-christened it Inherited, and it was given its first production in this country at the Madison Square theatre, New York, Mr. A.M. Palmer's company assisting in its presentation. Miss Granger's regular tour opened at the New National theater, Washington, the 5th day of last May and has continued all through the summer, including engagements in the principal cities of the north and south west and a three weeks' engagement at the Bush street theatre, San Francisco, which was like that of Mr. Crane in The Senator, one of the most brilliant of the year. Inherited offers Miss Granger the strongest emotional role she has ever appeared in. Taking into consideration her success in such well known plays as Camille, The Creole, Frou Frou and Claire and the Forge Master, this is certainly saying a great deal. Miss Granger is now on her initial tour of Texas, and the receptions that have been given her in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio have been among the most brilliant of the season. The enthusiasm with which she had been received is proof positive of the appreciation of the theater goers of the south for the higher form of dramatic presentation.'
(The Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Sunday, 11 January 1891, p. 16b)

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Teddie Gerard stars in the film,
The Cave Girl, 1921

Teddie Gerard

Teddie Gerard (1892-1942),
Argentinian-born American actress and singer

(press photograph, 1928)

'The Cave Girl Ends Tonight
'Powerful Attraction Comes to Orpheum Screen Tomorrow
'The Cave Girl, the remarkable film attraction at the Orpheum theater, which closes a three-day engagement tonight, continues to attract large audiences and the work of Teddie Gerard in the title role is making a deep impression. Miss Gerard, who was the successor to Gaby Deslys, as dancing partner of Harry Pilcer in Paris, and introducer of Yankee ragtime in London, makers her film debut in The Cave Girl, and as a result of her work there are many who are predicting a great future for her on the American screen.
'Miss Gerard, who is an American, comes back to her native country after having swept London off its feet with her talented acting, winding up her whirlwind success on the stage by being starred in Phillips Oppenheim's famous London success, The Eclipse [Garrick Theatre, 12 November 1919]. In addition to achieving fame on the stage she was acclaimed in Paris as the ''best dressed' woman on the continent.'' her performance indicates that she is one of the screen's most promising and talented artists. Many of the beautiful scenes in the picture were taken in Yosemite, California, in the dead of winter. Thrills and adventure abound in this out-of-the-ordinary attraction. It is the story of red-blooded youth gone wild.'
(The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Saturday, 10 September 1921, p. 11g)

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