Donna Darling Collection – Part 65

Treasure Chest Thursday

By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at five clippings from three pages of the Donna Darling Collection that all relate to Donna’s playing at the Pantheon Theatre in Vincennes, Indiana.

Luckily, one of the clippings has a newspaper title and date with it. With that information, I was able to find the exact newspaper online at the Knox County Public Library’s Advantage Preservation site.

The article was clipped from the Vincennes, (Ind.) Morning Commercial dated April 28, 1925.


“Just hang your clothes upon a limb, but don’t go near the water.” This winding-up or finish of a poem perhaps fitted through the minds of more than one person who witnessed Donna Darling and her Bathing Girl Revue at the Pantheon theatre last night. The bathing beach scenes were excellent—all except the bathing beach.

From the Donna Darling Collection

There were girls, with their latest creation of bathing suits gorgeous, but conspicuous in their scantiness. There were lifeguards—two of them—but the beauty of the bathing girls, it must be confessed, distracted from the attention given the guards.

The show opened with a display of bathing suits of the days of 1860, in the days when modesty was more prevalent than in 1925. Then came the bathing girls of 1890, a little more daring in the style of their bathing suits; the girls of 1900, still more daring and finally, a modern girl, strutting proudly in the latest fashion creation in bathing suits.

In lieu of water in which to swim the girls displayed some rare talent at dancing. The Honolulu bathing girl, with her abbreviated suit consisting principally of seaweeds, and her exceptional ability at dancing, drew hearty applause. The Dutch bathing girl also proved a good dancer and was generously applauded. Each number pleased the audience, a fact evidenced by the hearty applause.

The feature picture, “Cheaper to Marry,” with Lewis Stone, Conrad Nagel, Marguerite De LaMotte and other stars, was an added feature to one of the best bills that has been presented at the Pantheon for some time. The show will be given tonight and tomorrow….

From the Donna Darling Collection.

Along with the article, there is a clipping that came from the April 29th newspaper. It showed Donna and her Bathing Girl Revue. Through the articles and advertisements in the paper that I found I learned of a new venue for Donna

Key features:

  • The venue is the Pantheon Theatre.
  • The show is the “Donna Darling and her Bathing Girl Revue.”
  • Also on the bill
    • The movie “Cheaper to Marry.”
  • Played Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, April 27-29, 1925.

The other clippings, although interesting, do not add any new information regarding the show or the venue.

New Venue added:

April 27-29, 1925 – Pantheon Theatre – Vincennes, IN – Donna Darling and her Bathing Girl Revue.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 64

Treasure Chest Thursday
Donna Montran

The National Theater, Chico, California, Oct or November 1926.

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at two clippings from the Donna Darling Collection. Both relate to the National Theater. The same movie and the same last act mentioned are the same. Other than this entry, I haven’t seen the “Ko-Ko Kwartette” singing “Sweet Adeline” before. That makes this show unique.

Luckily, one of the clips indicates that it comes from “The Chico Record,” so we know that the show played there. The “Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark” occurred in 1926. The show entered Southern California in early October 1926 and traveled north. On October 30th, the show played at the Modesto Theater and on November 3rd, the show had moved up the coast and played in Medford, Oregon. As such, it is clear this show occurred sometime between October 30th and November 3rd.


National—The headline on to- vaudeville program at the National Theater is The Donna Darling Revue headed by Miss Darling, who won the title of “Musical Comedy Beauty,” in Madison Square Garden’s show and there’s Sammy Clark, known as the Juvenile Komik. Princess Winona, and Indian prima donna, sings modern and Indian songs. Billy Curtis and Lou Lawrence have a laughing skit called “Is that the Custom?” in which a lady traveler appears to claim her trunk from a hard boiled official. Zuhn & Dreis are a couple of “nut” comedians who, believing they are an amusement exhibit, adopt a placard billing called “Dementus Americanos,” habitat North America. Morel & Elynor introduce beauty, grace, and speed doing the “Charleston on Rollers.” The film feature is “The Road to Glory,” starring May McAvoy and Ford Stirling. The Ko-Ko-Kwartette sings “Sweet Adeline” for a real feast of humor.


(circa) November 1, 1926 – Chico, California – National Theater – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark – DDC-64.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 63

Temple Theatre, Orpheum Vaudeville & a Photo

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a page (DSCN1427) from the Donna Darling Collection. This page includes four clippings and a photo.

Fox Washington – Detroit

Two of the clippings relate to Donna’s playing at the Fox Washington in Detroit. I wrote about that show previously in Part 36 of this series.

Temple Theatre – Unknown

Next, there is a clipping “Temple,” featuring Richard Talmadge in “The Wall Street Whiz.” For the first time, I wasn’t able to find the movie on IMDB. I was able to find it on Wikipedia, where I learned the film was released on September 29, 1925[i]. I also learned that the film was renamed “The New Butler.” It is unclear if when it was released on September 29 if it was titled “The Wall Street Whiz” or if it was titled “The New Butler.” Based upon the movie, it appears that she and Sammy played at the Temple in 1925 or 1926.

I have never seen “Darling Clarke Review” before. I have seen “Donna Clark Revue” (without the “e” in Clarke). The earliest date I’ve seen show name is May 3, 1926. As such, I’m sure she played at the Temple Theatre sometime in 1926.

Cinema Treasures indicates that there were 27 theaters named Temple in the US, with most of them between Chicago and New York and Bay City, Michigan, and Newport, Kentucky.[ii] That show, with five people, played from New York to Wisconsin. Eighteen of them are in the states Donna & Sammy played in during that time (NY, PA, OH, MI, IN IL, & WI.) and could be this particular Temple Theater. Until I can find another source (Newspaper) showing Donna playing at the Temple Theatre with the same other shows, I won’t be able to identify this clipping.

New Item: 1926 – May or later – Temple Theatre, Unknown City/State. DDC-63

Orpheum Vaudeville—2 Days

This clipping possibly provides a clue to a key event in Donna’s life. It shows “Donna Darling Revue” playing the same time and place as “Sammy Clark & Girlie.”  Could this be the show/place that Donna and Sammy met or maybe decided to join shows? Either way, it could be a key point. That said, “Orpheum Vaudeville” doesn’t necessarily mean Orpheum Theater. It might have been any theater that was on the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit.

Sammy had his own show in July 1925 and Sammy and Donna were one show by July 1926. The key will be to find a venue where Donna, Sammy, and Paul Braden played the same theater.

I took a look at the venues that Paul Braden played at. I found none on; however, I found two on GenealogyBank.Com. They were:

      1. In November 1925, Paul was appearing as the “Humorous Card Wizard” in Bismarck, ND.
      2. In January 1926, Paul Braden was billed as a “humorous card wizard” and had a comedy show in Portland, Oregon.

    Then I looked at NewspaperArchive.Com and found five more venues that Paul Braden played between August 1925 and 1926.

          1. In December 1925, Paul Braden played the Liberty Theatre in Sedalia, Missouri.
          2. In January 1926, Paul Braden played the Nile Theatre in Bakersfield, California.
          3. In February 1926, Paul Braden played “The West Coast Walker” in Santa Ana, California.
          4. In March 1926, Paul Braden played the Orpheum Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT.
          5. In August 1926, Paul Braden played the Jefferson Theatre in Jefferson City, MO.

    I found no results for “Paul Braden” on (which includes Chronicling America) from 1920 to 1929.

    So, once again, I am unable to identify the clipping as anything more than “Aug 1925 to Aug 1926 – Unknown Theatre in Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit, Unknown City/State with Paul Braden – DDC-63.

    “Backs of Three Men”

    Finally, there was a photo of “Three Men leaning overboard.” I’m quite sure the middle person in this photo is Sammy and I believe the three of them are joking that they are throwing-up over the side of the boat. I am yet to identify the two other men in the photo, but I’m sure I’ve seen the three of them (same suits) in other photos. I think that Donna’s fun-loving nature is exhibited by her keeping the photo and putting it in an album.


    Search in greater depth for venues that Paul Braden played in 1925 & 1926.


    [i] Wikipedia – “The Wall Street Whiz” accessed 15 Apr 2020.

    [ii] Cinema Treasures – Search for “Temple Theater” with ALL displayed. accessed 15 Aug 2020.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 62

Mission Court Theater, Fullerton, CA &
Yost Broadway Theater, Santa Ana, CA

Donna Montran
Treasure Chest Thursday
Donna Darling Music Review
Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a page from the Donna Darling Collection. Scan #1437 consists of three clippings. One clipping is generic and doesn’t include the theater name. The other two are the Mission Court Theater and the Yost Broadway.

Mission Court Theater

Clipping - Mission Court Theater - Vaudeville - Donna Darling
Clipping – Mission Court Theater – Vaudeville – Donna Darling Collection

The Donna Darling Music Review played at the Mission Court Theater, Fullerton, Cal., on one Thursday night. Donna’s show was in Northern California in the early part of June and made it to San Bernardino, CA, by June 28th. It is possible that she played in Fullerton on Thursday, June 26th, however, it is more likely she played in Fullerton on Thursday, July 3rd. Donna played in Whittier on June 30th and in Santa Ana on July 5th, so playing her playing at a theatre between those to venues on July 3rd, makes sense. As such, I’ve added the following venue to Donna’s Career Listing.

July 3, 1924 – (Probable) – Fullerton, CA – Mission Court Theater – Donna Darling Music Revue – DDC-62

Key features:

  • The venue is the Mission Court Theater, Fullerton, CA. She headlined the five acts at the theater that night.

Yost Broadway Theater

Clipping - Yost Broadway - Donna Darling Revue
Clipping – Yost Broadway – Donna Darling Revue – 8 October 1926

The second clipping has “Oct 8-9 Santa Ana” written above the clipping in the scrapbook. That coincides with articles found at Newspapers.Com which indicated that Donna and Sammy played at the Yost Broadway Theater on October 7-9.

October 7-9, 1926 – Santa Ana – Yost Broadway Theater – Donna Darling Revue – Newspaper Archives. – DDC-62.

Key features:

  • The venue is the Yost Broadway Theater, Santa Ana, CA. She headlined the five live acts at the theater.
  • With Donna were:
    • Zuhn and Dreis “Nuts”
    • Morrell and Elynor “Beauty and Grace”
    • Princess Winona “Indian Prima Donna”
    • Curtis and Lawrence “Customs”
  • Movie: The Campus Flirt starring Bebe Daniels.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 61

Rivoli Theater

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at clippings from the Donna Darling Collection that talk about the Rivoli Theater.

The first item is a newspaper clipping from the Rivoli Theatre where F. L. Koppelberger was manager. It says Donna played there January 7, 8, 9, &10 January 1925. Previous research found that Donna played at the Rivoli theater in La Cross, Wisconsin on those dates. So that is a clear add-in clipping for.

January 7-10, 1925 – La Cross, Wisconsin – Rivoli – California Bathing Beauties Revue.

This is a particularly interesting clipping. It shows the two-dozen vignettes that comprised of Donna’s 1925 Bathing Beauty Show.

  • Clarice Allyn
  • Betty Bryant
  • Katheryn Carlson
  • Donna Darling
  • Murry Earl
  • FNU Flaherty
  • Alice Louise
  • Mildred O’Brien
  • Al Ross

Donna was “Miss Prolog” and “Miss 1860.” She starred in “The Globe Trotter,” “Donna” (herself), “You Bet Your Life,” “The Jazzbo Bathers,” and in the closing review.

Other shows on the bill included “Douglas MacLean in “Never Say Die” and Larry Semon giving the news and in “Trouble Brewing.” That will help confirm the other clippings. In 1925, two years before the first “talkies” theaters often provided a news segment that was narrated by a local individual. In this case, Larry Semon was the narrator. His name on other advertising shows which Rivoli theater would be correct. Other clippings show that his Rivoli theater had unique rivets in the theater logo.

The ads use different names for two of the cast – Miss Katheryn Kolleen and Miss Myrtle Carlson are identified as members of the show.

Also, the clippings include two advertisements from the Rivoli. One shows a woman diving, but the other shows a woman sitting in a shell. I’ve not seen that image before in Donna’s advertising.


There is another set of “Rivoli” Theatre clipping that appears to relate to Donna and Sammy playing at the Rivoli in Portland, Oregon.  I’ll look at those closer next time.