'Miss Blanche Ring, who recently severed her connection with the Joe Weber company, is nothing if not original and progressive. This talented actress has built her reputation mainly upon singing Irish songs, so it behoved her when going into vaudeville to secure suitable new material to uphold her reputation as the foremost singer of these songs.
'After a thorough search of the suitable publishing world, Miss Ring has at last secured two new songs that have scored the hit of her career. One, an Irish song, is called ''Murphy,'' and the other a Scotch number called ''When Hop Scotch Mary Took Her First Scotch Highball,'' both with words by A. Seymour Brown and music by Nat D. Ayer, these two young men having recently made an enviable reputation writing the majority of the lyrics and music for The Newlyweds and Their Baby.'
'Miss Ring was easily the favorite of a large and pretentious vaudeville bill at the Alhambra Theater, New York city, last week, her two new songs scoring the biggest hit of her act.'
(Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Montana, Sunday, 7 March 1909, Part Two, Editorial Section, p. 2d)
'Nat D. Ayer, the handsome young composer, has been getting column ''write ups'' on the road where he and his partner, A. Seymour Brown, are appearing in vaudeville. One paper said, ''The most remarkable thing about Ayer is that he is only twenty-one.'' We thought the most remarkable thing was that he never writes us and says he was a ''knockout.'' Modest boy.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 29 January 1910, p. 20d)
'Eva Tanguay, one of the highest salaried artists in vaudeville, prepared New Yorkers to look forward to the return of Theodore Roosevelt with pleasure in her rendering of one of the most novel of popular hits entitled ''Moving Day in Jungle Town,'' by Seymour Brown and Nat Ayer.
'During the rendition of this song all the different animals of the jungle are introduced to the audience. Miss Tanguay herself rising an elephant who ''don't care'' and seems to enjoy the frolic of carrying the exuberant and never-attest comedienne around the stage as she sings:
It's moving day in Jungle Town,
all the natives wear a worried frown.
All the monkeys and the chimpanzees
Moving 'way from their banyan trees.
Hear the rattle of the pots and pans,
Getting ready for the caravans.
Run you lions and tigers, run, run, run;
Here comes Teddy with his gun, gun, gum.
(Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, New Jersey, Tuesday, 9 August 1910, p. 5d)
'The Newlyweds and Their Baby, which will appear at the City Opera House [Frederick, Maryland], Wednesday, September 7 , is the latest addition to the class of cartoon comedies, and it may be truthfully termed one of last season's biggest successes. The company is a large one, compose of 60 1-2 people. The ''half,'' of course, being the baby. The show is in two acts and four scenes, the finale of the first act proving a distinct innovation.
'The credit for the book goes to Aaron Hoffman and Paul West, and the dialogue, extra characters and situations they have applied to help make The Newlyweds and Their Baby into a play, constitute a combination which has proven satisfactory to theatre-goers where the play has been seen.
'The music is by Seymour Brown, Nat D. Ayer and John W. Bratton. There are sixteen musical numbers, counting the finale of the second act, all of which will obtain whistleable popularity; but the one to attain distinctive hits are ''Boogie Boo,'' ''Love Time,'' ''Every Baby is a Sweet Bouquet,'' and ''Can't You See, I Love You.'' ''Boogie Boo'' is given by Mr. Newlywed, assisted by ''The Eight Pouter Pigeons.'' The pony pallet of young girls is without a doubt a most entertaining feature of the show.
'The scenic embellishments of both acts are entirely adequate and the costuming of the company is worthy of special mention. The gowns of Mrs. Newlywed and the thirty-two Newlywed girls are of the stunning variety. Leo Hayes and the Countess Olga von Hatzfeldt carefully and cleverly portray Mr. and Mrs. Newlywed, while Jimmy Rosen makes an individual hit as Napoleon Newlywed, the baby, George P. Murphy makes a great hit as the German waiter, while the entire cast and chorus are entirely adequate.'
(The Daily News, Frederick, Maryland, Friday, 2 September 1910, p. 3c-e)
'The Newlyweds and Their Baby, the bright comedy founded on the famous cartoons of Geo. McManus, by Aaron Hoffman and Paul West, with music and lyrics by Seymour Brown, Nat D. Ayer and John W. Bratton, which has gained the record as being one of the prettiest, laughter creating, and catchiest musical attractions on tour, is the pleasing announced for the City Opera House [Frederick, Maryland] on Wednesday, September 7 .
'This jolly musical melange has gained its reputation principally for the quality of its music and legitimate comedy. The musical hits in the lay are many and are whistled the country over. There is a certain effervescence, snap and go to the piece, and a consistent and pleasing story running through The Newslyweds that is seldom found in this class of entertainment. A company of 60 and half people [sic] participate in the fun-making, including James Rosen, as the baby; Countess von Hatzfeldt in the role of Mrs. Newlywed; Leo Hayes, as Mr. Newlywed; Geo. P. Murphy, as the German waiter; May Emory, as Napoleon's nurse, and many other well known artists of equal prominence.'
(The Daily News, Frederick, Maryland, Tuesday, 6 September 1910, p. 3c-e)
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Ina Claire in the film
Polly With a Past, USA, 1920