Donna in the News – Scenic Theatre – Whittier, CA – 30 June 1924

“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and aka Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.

From The Whittier News, (Whittier, California) newspaper dated 30 June 1924.

The Whittier News – 28 June 1924

Rare Beauty?

Advertisement for “Donna Darling & Company” headlining at the Scenic Theatre on 30 June 1924.

“Headlining is that rare beauty of the stage world, Miss Donna Darling, the young lady who recently took the beauty prize at the Hippodrome in New York. The lady is appearing in a charming little song and dance revue called ‘As You Like It’, and it is said that the singer wears a wonderfully exquisite gown, containing some 20,000+ pearls. In her support will be Jack Lewis, a comedian and pianist of note. Miss Darling’s clothes are particularly charming creations. She wears a colonial costume of gold cloth in which she sings some old favorites. The settings for this act are gorgeous and most expensive.”

Because of the newly available online article & advertising, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s “As You Like It” tour.

June 30, 1924 – Whittier, CA – Scenic Theatre – Donna Darling and Company presenting “As You Like It.”

Sources

  • The_Whittier_News_Sat__Jun_28__1924, Page 2, Column 4, “Things Theatrical” via Newspapers.Com.
  • The_Whittier_News_Mon__Jun_30__1924_, Page 15, Column 1, “Scenic Theatre” via Newspapers.Com.

Donna in the News – 21 June 1923

Donna Darling & Her Boys at the Globe Theatre, Kansas City, MO on June 21, 1924.

I recently discovered articles that ran in the Kansas City Times from June 16th through June 21st.  Donna “topped” the program at the Globe theater in Kansas City

The Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Missouri, June 21, 1923 – Page 5 – Via newspapers.Com.

On stage with Donna and Her Boys (Murray Earle & Tod Watson)  were:

  • Keith and Parker
  • Mons Herbert
  • Robb and Whitman in “Sweethearts,”
  • Great Abdiz

Plus the Jane Novak,  photoplay “The Snowshoe Trail”

Donna in the News – 4 June 1924

Donna Darling & Co. at the Hippodrome, Sacramento, CA, 4 through 7 June 1924.

I recently found four ads that ran in the Sacramento Bee from June 4th through June 7th.  Donna was the headliner “Donna Darling & Co. | Madison Square Beauty” at the Hippodrome Vaudeville.

Ad showing Donna Playing at the Hippodrome, Sacramento, on 4 June 1924.
Hippodrome ad in The Sacramento Bee Wed, Jun 4, 1924, via Newspapers.Com

On stage with Donna were:

  • Parks & Clayton–“Laugh Producers”
  • Mascot–“The Human Mind Pony”
  • Valente Bros.–“Accordionists”
  • Harte & Helene–“Another One”

Plus the Katherine McDonald photoplay “White Shoulders”

 

Donna in the News – 10 March 1927

Donna Darling Revue. at the Carolina Theatre, Charlotte, SC, March 10 & 11, 1927.

I recently found two ads that ran in the Charlotte Observer on March 10 & 11, 1927. The “Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark” was mentioned as playing at the Carolina Theatre. Donna was the second act.

Ad for acts playing at the Carolina Theatre, 10 March 1927 includes the Donna Darling Revue.
Ad for the Carolina Theater, Charlotte, SC, on 10 March 1924 showing the Donna Darling Revue. Image via Newspapers.com

On stage with Donna were:

  • Baldwin & Blair in “Hay! Hay” (the headline act)
  • Donia and Dunlevy — The Italian Sheik and Southern Gentleman
  • Corinne Arbuckle
  • Lamont Four

Plus the Film Version of Belasco stage success “The Music Master.”