For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at page “DSCN1452” from the Donna Darling Collection, which consists of two newspaper clippings and one photograph.
The first clipping is an ad for
VAUDEVILLE A Dazzling Dance Fantasy. “THE DONNA DARLING REVUE” in 5—Scenes—5 With Donna Darling, Sammy Clark and three stars. In a super song and dance revue with a dash of comedy.
Luckily, Donna wrote on the upper left corner, “La Cross | Dec 4-5.” From Newspaper Archive, I had previously learned that Donna had played at the Majestic Theater in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on December 4 & 5, 1926.
The second clipping is a bit more problematic. It has a nice photo of Donna and says:
Donna began doing the “Donna Darling Review” with Sammy in April 1926, so the show must have taken place after then. The problem is that the two of them played:
The Grand Theater in Great Falls, Montana on Nov 26-27, 1926.
The Grand Theater in Macon, Georgia, on March 14-18, 1927.
The Grand Theater in Montgomery, Alabama, on April 1-3, 1927.
Plus, I have many open dates that she could have played at a “Grand Theater.”
For the clipping in question, other acts on the bill include:
Zehn and Dreis in “Dementus Americanos Habitat North America.”
Billy Curtis and Lou Lawrence in “Is That the Custom.”
Morell and Elynor (roller skating)
The Reginald Denny picture “Rolling Home.”
Luckily this bill was short-lived, only about two months. At every showing there was a different picture show. On November 26 & 27, the bill of these vaudeville acts played at the Grand Theater in Great Falls Montana along with the picture “Rolling Home.” I am confident that this clipping comes from this date and place.
Finally, there is a new photograph of Donna with Russell. Russell appears, to me, to be about two years old. Russell was born in 1927, so I’m fairly sure that the photo come from 1929 or so. This is a case where I wish I knew how to fix photos with Photoshop. I’d love to pluck out the white and have a nicer photo.
For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at two clippings from the Donna Darling Collection where she played at the Lindo Theater. The first is a newspaper clipping which advertises The Donna Darling Revue playing for 4 days at the Lido. at the same time as “The Savage” a comedy novelty movie. According to IMDB, the film was released on 18 July 1926. Sadly, the film is apparently lost, with no known copies left. From the ad, it looks like a really funky movie. “One wild man—many wild animals—a naughty dinosaur—and a society deb looking for a thrill. Oh, spare us—we can’t mention it without laughing.” It is hard to think of the film’s story without laughing. Ben Lyon went on to star in the 1930 version of “Hell’s Angels.” May McAvoy went on to be in “The Jazz Singer” with Al Jolson.
I had previously seen articles in Newspaper Archives and Newspapers.com indicating that the Donna Darling Review played at the Lindo Theatre in Freeport, IL on August 3, 1926. The clipping clarified the dates as being August 2nd through the 5th. Donna’s show was “One of those big acts that seldom gets to small towns” and “Missing this [show] is like losing one of life’s treats.”
I have cropped, edited, and sized the photos for the web.
I recently came across a copy of the Vaudeville News and New York Star that mentioned Donna and Sammy. The December 18th, 1926, issue, Page 10, has a short article which says:
Donna Darling and Sammy Clark are in Chicago doing their Christmas shopping and attending to some business relative to the Donna Darling Review. They have had a splendid season up to date for 1926 and 1927 looks very promising to them. Why not? They are a clever people with good material and pleasing individuality.
On December 12th Donna & Sammy played in Dubuque, Iowa and on the 19th, they opened at the Colonial Theatre in Detroit. So they were probably in Chicago between the 13th and 18th.
For this week’s Treasure Chest Thursday, I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection
I love Google Search. A quick search for “ *stnut “Opera House” *nbury “ quickly found the Chestnut Street Opera House in Sunbury, PA. The clipping from Donna’s collection provides the other information.
The venue is the Chestnut St. Opera House in Sunbury, PA
The date was February 6, 7, & 8, 1922.
The show is “Miss Donna Darling”
Also on bill
Lane & Whelan
Coogan & Casey
Jones & Crumley
The theater was part of the B. F. Keith’s Vaudeville.
Added another new venue for Donna – February (6, 7, & 8) 1924 – “Donna Darling Presenting Her Newest Vaudeville Revue,” at the Chestnut Street Opera House in Sunbury, PA.
For Treasure Chest Thursday, I looked at three clippings from the Donna Darling Collection which mention The Burns Theater. I love it when there are handwritten notes with photos and Donna’s notes made analyzing these clippings quite easy. One clipping mentions “Colorado Springs” and the other says Barnes Theatre – Colo. Springs Sept 17-18.
I have cropped, edited, and sized these images for the web.
The venue is the Barnes Theatre, Colorado Springs, Co. The theatre was part of the Western Vaudeville Managers’ Association.
The show is the “Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark”
Seven other acts were on the bill and also had three shows daily.
Billy Curtis and Lou Lawrence in “Is That The Custom?”
Bozo Fox & Company – Vaudeville’s Latest Surprise
Morrell and Blynor – Beauty, Grace, Speed
Nick Pallizi – The Wizard of the Accordeon [sic]
O’Brien Sisters and Mack – Bits of Musical Comedy Hits
Princess Winona – Indian Prima Donna
Zuhn and Dreis – Dementus Americanos Habitat North America
From other research, I know that the “Donna Darling Review [sic] with Sammy Clark” was a 1926 show. On September 7th, 1926, the show played in Alton, IL and on October 9, 1926, the show played in Santa Ana, California so its playing in Colorado Springs on September 17 and 18 makes sense.
Sept 17, 18, 1926 – Colorado Springs, CO – Burns Theatre – Donna Darling Review