Donna Montran – Vaudeville
Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor
For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at three clippings from the Donna Darling Collection, all relating to the State Theatre, Beacon, New York.
D. W. Griffith’s “The Love Flower,” which opened at the State Theatre last night for three days, lives up to the Griffith standard. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A rattling good vaudeville bill wins the appreciation of all.
Dolly Montran, the singing comedienne, with a million dollar personality, gives the patrons a treat in song offerings She more than pleases.
“The Girlie Review,” introducing….
With the article was an advertisement for Beacon’s State Theatre. The show “Dolly Montrose” is number 6 on the bill. Also, my grandmother highlighted the item. Beneath that is another ad showing the motion picture “The Love Flower” and Dolly Montran, a Singing Comedienne. The prima donna with a million-dollar personality. My grandmother also highlighted that clipping.
The last clipping was a short one:
The good news is I had seen the short clip before. It ran in The New York Clipper, dated 6 July 1921, on – page 15, column 3. From other documents, I knew that Donna was “breaking in” the new single in 1921.
- The venue is the State Theatre. It is “Beacon’s Pride – Theatre Beautiful.”
- The show is the “Dolly Montran” A singing comedienne. The prima donna with a million-dollar personality.
- Also on the bill:
- David Wark [D.W.] Griffith’s picture, “The Love Flower.”
- “The Girlie Review” – Vaudeville’s greatest dancing novelty
- Hall and Fenton – A corking skit
- Robertio – Novelty contortionist
Interestingly, the theatre program called her “Dolly Montrose,” and the theatre’s advertising called her Dolly Montran. I have not seen her going by the name of “Dolly” before. I suspect that “Montrose” was a typo, but I should look at that closer.
July 3rd was a Sunday and playbills of the period typically ran Monday through Wednesday and Thursday through Sunday, so those shows were probably the dates for Red Bank, NJ, and the Stroudsburg, PA, shows.
I was able to update my previous schedule with the following:
- June 30 – July 2, 1921 – Beacon, New York, State Theatre, “As You Like It” with Donna Montran.
- July 4-6, 1921 – Red Bank, New Jersey, _____ Theatre, Donna Montran (probable)
- July 7-9, 1921 – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, _____ Theatre, Donna Montran (probable)
Search for any other examples of “Dolly Montrose” or “Dolly Montran” during 1921.
Donna Darling Collection – SCAN0080 – Don Taylor’s Private Collection.