AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE Its Life and Times by Douglas Gilbert

AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE Its Life and Times

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a natural, for all the fans of vaudeville the country over. It has the earmarks of the kind of sale The Good Old Times has achieved, nostalgic yearnings based on sound research into personalities, features and facts of this typically American development. An exhaustive study of vaudeville, from the socially unacceptable shows of early days to the nation's leading entertainment. Who were the artists, what their fame and why. Who helped clean up the shows. Practically everything is here:- theaters, managers, booking agents the country over, comics, dancers, singers, tumblers, critics, etc., etc. It even includes the songs, the dialog and routine of some of the acts -- and a few of the almost extant text for the impromptu shows staged by the principals themselves. There are histories, descriptions, estimates of headliners the importance of the contributions made by Albee, Keith, William Morris and others, the stranglehold of the U.B.O., the entering poison of talkies and radio, and the killing effect of five shows a day, culminating with the demise of the Palace. There are sidelights on stars, plenty of anecdotes. New York theatrical fans will love it, but the interest in vaudeville far eclipsed the interest in straight drama in the sticks, so this should fi a market, particularly among oldsters, the country over. Fully illustrated. The author was for years a dramatic critic; he knows his stuff. Today he does special feature and rewrite work on the World Telegram.

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1940
Publisher: Whittlesey