Category Archives: Vaudeville

The vaudeville career of Madonna Montran, aka Donna Montran, aka Donna Darling.

 

Al Ringling Theatre – Bathing Beauty Revue

Donna Darling Collection – Part 10 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection Bathing Beauty Revue Al Ringling Theatre Key features: The venue is the … Continue reading

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Donna Darling Revue

Donna Darling Collection – Part 9 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor This week on the Donna Darling “Treasure Chest” I have pulled three photos. Again, they were badly damaged. I have cropped and touched them up using Photoshop Elements … Continue reading

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Not all Google Searches are the Same

Donna Darling Collection – Part 8 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor When I first saw this clipping, I was immediately excited. This flyer not only showed the venue, and date but also the individual program.  I knew I didn’t … Continue reading

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Donna at the Bijou – New Haven, CT

Donna Darling Collection – Part 8 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor This week’s Treasure Chest Thursday is clipping regarding Donna and her Bathing Beauties playing at the Bijou. The accompanying clipping indicates that the article was in “THE NEW … Continue reading

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Donna in a Roland West sketch at Keeney’s

February, March, and April, 1919. Records about Donna’s early vaudeville years are sparse. For example, I know that the January 31,, 1919, issue of Variety, under New Acts mentions, “Donna Montran and Trixie Bressler in a new sketch by Roland … Continue reading

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Donna Darling at B.F. Keith’s Greenpoint

Donna Darling Collection – Part 6 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor This photo of Donna Darling up in lights had no accompanying descriptions in the Donna Darling Collection. So, let the detective process begin.             … Continue reading

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Donna and the Balalaika – 1926

Donna Darling Collection – Part 5 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor Item #5 of the Donna Darling Collection is a photograph. Actually, it is two photographs of Donna with a stringed instrument that I consider one item. One of … Continue reading

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Carlisle Opera House, 23 April 1920

Donna Montran and “Chin Chin” play the Carlisle Opera House on 23 April 1920  Finishing their one-night show On April 22nd at the Frederick City Opera House, the cast and crew of “Chin Chin” packed up and rolled the 65 … Continue reading

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Donna Darling and Earle

Donna Darling Collection – Part 3 We know that Donna had a show advertised as “Donna Darling and Earle in a Song and Dance Romance” in 1924. The Standiford Studio in Louisville, Kentucky took this photo entitled, “Donna Darling and Earle.” … Continue reading

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The Donna Darling Collection – Part 2

  Donna Montran Vaudeville By Don Taylor The first newspaper clipping in the collection is one that screams in big print, “DONNA MONTRAN.” It then speaks of her as “BROADWAY’S NEWEST FIND – Under Personal Direction of Tom Rooney.” The … Continue reading

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