Posts Tagged ‘Hale Hamilton’


February 2, 2013

May Leslie Stuart (fl. early 20th Century)
English actress and singer,
as she appeared in A Waltz Dream,
Daly’s Theatre, London, 7 January 1911
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1911)

‘In the course of an interesting chat with an Era representative recently Miss May Leslie Stuart, the charming daughter of Mr. Leslie Stuart, said: –
‘“Following some chorus work at Daly’s in The Count of Luxembourg [20 May 1911] and A Country Girl [probably on tour], Mr. Arthur Collins offered me the part of an Italian girl in The Hope at the [Theatre Royal, Drury] Lane [14 September 1911]. My next engagement was with Mr. Hale Hamilton in Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford at the Queen’s [14 January 1913] – when, you may remember, I played the part of the ingénue, Dorothy. I recall that this was a somewhat strenuous rôle, in that much kissing was a rather prominent feature. The run ended, I paid a most pleasant visit with my husband, Mr. Cecil Cameron, to the United States. Mr. Cameron is, by the way, playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Granville Barker in New York.
‘“I appeared with my husband at the Alhambra in a sketch entitled The Girl Next Door. I am afraid I am guilty of writing the ‘book.’ Edward Royce produced the sketch, and it was so successful that it ran for six weeks at the Alhambra, and then for a good while in the provinces.
‘“As I think you will be aware, it was originally arranged that clever and charming Ada Reeve should take up her old part of Lady Holyrood in Florodora [revival, Lyric, London, 20 February 1915], but for reasons of health this was eventually found to be impossible. And so – here I am! I am quite delighted to have the opportunity of playing the part, also to sing the rather “catchy,” in more senses than one, number ‘Jack and Jill,’ which my father has written for me.’
(The Era, London, Wednesday, 24 March 1915, p.7d)

Florodora revived, Lyric Theatre, London, 20 February 1915
‘Miss Evie Greene, the original Dolores, got a most enthusiastic reception on her first appearance, and her beautiful singing and fine acting enraptured her audience. The years that have elapsed since Miss Greene first played this part seem merely to have strengthened the magnetism of her personality. She has never sung “Queen of the Philippine Islands” better than she did on Saturday night; indeed, her performance has lost none of the sprit and charm of the original impersonation… As Lady Holyrood, Miss Ada Reeve’s original part, Miss May Leslie Stuart displays a fresh sense of humour and gives a very natural performance, clever and full of piquancy. She sings “Tact” excellently, and also a song, “Jack and Jill,” of which the words and music have been specially written by [her father] Leslie Stuart for this revival, and which wins hearty applause … In response to great enthusiasm Miss Evie Greene made a little speech at the end of the evening, acknowledging herself to be an old friend, but trusting that she did not “look the part.”’
(The Era, London, Wednesday, 24 February 1915, p.11b)

May Leslie Stuart, accompanied by her father Leslie Stuart on the piano, made four gramophone recordings in London during 1915 for the HMV label. These were ‘Jack and Jill’ from the 1915 revival of Florodora (03430) and ‘Don’t Blame Eve’ (03431), both re-issued on C590; and ‘Is That You, Mr. O’Reilly?’ and ‘Heligoland’ from the revue, 5064 Gerrard (Alhambra, Leicester Square, London, 19 March 1915. In 1916, Miss Stuart appeared as Lady Orreyd in Sir George Alexander’s film production of The Second Mrs Tanqueray


January 13, 2013

music sheet cover for Louis Maurice’s ‘The Fortune Hunter’ waltzes,
published by Leo Feist, New York, 1910,
‘as played in Cohan and Harris’ production of Winchell Smith’s successful
play of the same name.’ The photograph is a scene from The Fortune Hunter,
which opened at the Gaiety Theatre, New York, on 4 September 1909,
with John Barrymore (1882-1942) and Mary Ryan (1885-1948)
in the leading roles of Nathaniel Duncan and Betty Graham.
(photo: unknown, New York, 1909)

The pre-New York run of The Fortune Hunter began in Atlantic City on 15 March 1909, with Thomas W. Ross and Mary Ryan in the leading roles.

The Fortune Hunter.
‘Hardly a new story or a new treatment of it is the theme of The Fortune Hunter, which had its first performance here at the Gaiety Theatre last night. Winchell Smith’s latest piece of stage literature, despite its title, took the first night audience away from Wall Street and problems of more or less complex finance and brought them back to an old setting, but one ever popular with American audiences.
‘The play took the young college graduate, Nathaniel Duncan, born above the need of making a pretence at work, away from work to which he had been forced by a not unusual but no less provoking habit that parents have of losing their money, to a country town with the prospect of getting money by the only way suitable to his temperament – annexing it in large quantity with a wife. Of course he does not, though the opportunity is cast at him.
‘He learns to work and also to love – another, the poor girl of the village. Not a startlingly original story, but it gives the author an opportunity to show his talent at depicting those types of country persons whom the American audience loves and laughs at and sympathizes with as presented on the stage.
‘The city bred young man, as played in the characteristic way of John Barrymore, and his urban clothes and manners, thrown into the inevitable contrast with the country persons with whom he cast his lot and found his salvation – in work, opens the way for the playwright to introduce situations embellished with touches of humor and tender sentiments that make a good entertainment.
‘The trials of Mr. Barrymore, as Duncan, were of course the centre of main interest. The theatre housed many of his friends, who were pleasantly surprised at the happy tailoring of the part cut out for him. Forrest Robinson, as Sam Graham, one of those lovable old inventors who go on inventing and gaining sweetness of character as they lose their money, played the part in an even key and with a workman’s knowledge of his craft. Mary Ryan, as the young daughter of the inventor, who cannot help an outbreak of bitterness at her lack of clothes and creature comforts, gave a capable performance, while smaller bits of the familiar local color of other such plays were well painted by Edgar Nelson and Josie Lockwood.

Nathaniel Duncan … John Barrymore
Henry Kellogg … Hale Hamilton
George Burnham … Walter Horton
James Long … John Charles Brownell
Lawrence Miller … George Loane Tucker
Willie Bartlett … James Montgomery
Robbins … John Sutherland
Newsboy … David Rosenthal
Sam Graham … Forrest Robinson
Mr. Lockwood … Charles Fisher
Roland Barnett … Sydney Ainsworth
Tracey Tanner … Edgar Nelson
Pete Willing … Edward Ellis
Charles Sperry … Charles H. Crosby
”Hi” … George Loane Tucker
”Watty” … John Charles Brownell
Herman … George Spelvin
Betty Graham … Mary Ryan
Josie Lockwood … Edna [i.e. Eda] Bruna
Angie Tucker … Kathryn Marshall

(New-York Daily Tribune, Sunday, 5 September 1909, p. 7e)