Louise Dresser

February 11, 2013

Louise Dresser (1878-1965),
American stage and screen actress and singer
(photo: White, New York, 1914/15)

George M. Cohan, Willie Collier, Louise Dresser, Rozsika Dolly, Tom Dingle, Lawrence Wheat, Belle Blanche and others in the revue Hello Broadway, Astor Theatre, New York, 25 December 1914 ‘New York, Jan. 9 [1915]. – Speed seems to be the newest ingredient in all musical comedy of today. There was a time when a show could make good with tuneful music or with clever lines. And many a hit managed to get across by having pretty and shapely girls in the chorus and even then some of them did not need to be pretty. But this season it is different. In addition to all the foregoing, mind you, there must be speed. The acts must move with celerity, the principals must grab their cues on the wing or from the wings, if you like, and the whole performance must end at eleven o’clock. A show that lasts longer than that each night will not last longer than a fortnight on Broadway.
‘The latest of the musical comedies is Hello Broadway, characterized as a ”musical crazy quilt, patched and threaded together with words and music by Mr. George [M.] Cohan.” Like Chin Chin, Dancing Around and Watch Your Step the action is never halted for an instant from beginning to end. Cohen, despite the predictions of the critics that he would never again appear on the stage in a musical comedy, is the same old George Yankee Doodle days. Playing opposite him is another old favorite, Willie Collier. The team is an excellent one. Collier summed it up pretty well when he said: ”With your nerve and my ability we out to get this thing over.”
‘for those who like to know about those things as a matter of historical record, Hello Broadway is a revue intended to burlesque the leading Broadway ”hits.” The piece gets its name from a duet sung by Cohan and Collier. Outside these two facts, not much more can be said. A thousand bright lights, a medley of syncopated music with such alluring titles as ”The Carriage Starters’ Glide,” ”Broadway Tipperary,” ”Hippodrome Folks” and ”Down On the Erie,” countless wonderfully handsome girls and the hundreds of quips and cranks from the clever C’s cannot be set down in mere black and white.
Louise Dresser, Rozsika Dolly, Tom Dingle, Lawrence Wheat and Belle Blanche helped out in the general effect but the two big starts, Cohan and Collier, make the show go – with speed.’
(The Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, Indiana, Monday, 11 January 1915, p. 6b)


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