Donna at The Lindo, Freeport, IL – August 2-5, 1926

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

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


This week from the Freeport Journal (Freeport, Ill.) newspaper dated August 4, 1926, I learned that Donna played at the Lindo Theatre 

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Pages 5 and 14 of the paper had clippings showing the Donna Darling Revue was at the Lindo “Tonight and Tomorrow.” It looks like she may have been the only vaudeville show along with a 50-minute silent comedy thriller, “The Savage,” starring Ben Lyon and May McAvoy.

Further research showed she played at the Lindo on August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th (See Donna Darling Collection – Part 44)


Endnotes

My thanks to Newspapers.Com for their making this clipping available.

Donna at the Lindo, Freeport, IL, Dec 28, 1924

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

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


This week from the Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, IL) newspaper dated Friday, December 26, 1924, I learned that Donna Darling and her Bathing Girls Review played at the Lindo Theatre in Freeport on Sunday, December 28, 1924.

Freeport Journal-Standard Fri, Dec 26, 1924.

This was an advertisement only. I looked at other ads and articles during the days before and after this ad but wasn’t able to find any additional information in the Freeport Journal-Standard. This ad also mentions there were “Nine Girlies” in the show, and they were “From the Studios.”

Because of those newly available online articles, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s exciting vaudeville career.

New information added to her career list:

December 28, 1924 – Freeport, IL – The Lindo Theatre – Donna Darling and her Bathing Girls Review in “A Beach Promenade.”


Endnotes

My thanks to Newspapers.com for providing this service.

 

 

 

 

Donna Darling Collection – Part 44

The Lindo Theatre

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

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.

Clipping of Donna Darling & The Savage at the Lindo Theatre
Clipping – Donna Darling & The Savage at the Lindo Theatre

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.”

A clipping of an ad of the Donna Darling Review playing at the Lindo Theatre
Ad showing the Donna Darling Review playing at the Lindo Theatre

I have cropped, edited, and sized the photos for the web.

Key features:

  • The venue is the Lindo Theatre.
  • The show is the “Donna Darling Revue.”
  • Also on the bill
    • Ben Lyon and May McAvoy in “The Savage”

Sources

Internet: IMDb – Entry for “The Savage” (1926) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017348/