The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 8, 1936 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 8, 1936
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^SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1936 Kenny Fields Tell His Own Story of His 'Stage Comeback I'liis Is one of a rrrlrs of slu- .',7\ w /!^ ftl aboul themselves liy "v m:\xy minis! Broadway can be cold--or ti can welcome you with effusive witp !.!id a bllruhii; i;hue of neons and nmtlas. ' recall Brcadwiy fifteen year.? "80. lllcssoni Scclcy. who is .Mrs. Benny Holds in private life, would acccmpaiii' me as wo walked >.:]) Eroadway, returning for frequent. Bbmij.scs at tlie Mari;iipr of ilu I'alace theatre, which eirrird ;!!•• IcSi'Ild: "NOW W-AYING--BLC3- KOM SEELEY , AND DFNUY I : II-:LDS—IN PERSON." We took-i ai Hint elcctiic Fisii many limcj I*tween shows. In ihcsa days i; "Hesented the lights—the' at- ni'.at in aeliievenu'iil. Every r:u'{- ir. dancer or coim-dhii then had an ambition .to "play the Palace." Our salary was well in th.e four fifiiire class. Brcnil'.viy ):ne'.v in as headlincis. uiul (rcjlccl us accordingly. Hcinl .w.iiters would) IKY: oU>:pf|iiit)US]y, raul usher u; to line tables. "Sons; Hlnuijws," (boa crs, would come over (3 oi'ir liib!> uitli an ecstatic, "Hello >i|uwo'n aiul Benny! Hew are .vuii! !rs good lo EM; you again. Say ! mil di'island that you'ie kiraf-kln" them dead al (he I'alace ilave you heard our new tune? it's right ni, your alley. I cstn just picture you and Blossom s[n°iiv H. Oh Iwy, would t| ln t Iji' -tl sock!" . 'I My friends-Jack Benny, uuthj Etlnig. Jack Pearl. Ocovge Burns Oracle Allen. Abe Lyman and « few others-wont;! (ell lls i, 0 t to 1'ay loo much attention to this Broadway homage, that it was synthetic and "phcncy."' We did well, juclBinj ) )y om . nnanclai s(a t lls . For years. Bios-1 som and I toured In vaudevill" commanilinB headline sain with occasional appearances Ercachvays lowtimate alh,,H in felt ii lat wc ll;ui (0 , Thjs i last forever. We saved money I llenny Fields, nne-ttine vaudeville hciillilier, diionu'll to olilivinil for (ive yruiN, Is hailcil liy ISroartWay for hts coniebavlt to the heights a:; screen, nidiu and iii.^ht t-fiill slur. anil invested it all in "gilt-edged slocks.'- 'I'heiv ivcrai'l going lo be any benefits for Blossom Sceley and nennv Fields! On the Tobofj^an Then came the debacle. Octo- ter, 1923. saw our small world ccnic crashing down around our cars. The "gilt, edged slock" ivns one in which many theatre people had invested. Lou HolUs and Eddie Cantor were bat two others. We felt sick as we .saw our "nest egg." our provider against poverty in old age. disappear like a bubble. Uut we tried our best to chc'er up one another, and said that wc would work all the harder to make it up. ' Losing oiu 1 money In the market was only the beginning of cm- misfortunes. Vaudeville, went inlo a rapid decline. Where there I BLYTHEVILLR, (ARK.) COURIER NKWS had once been sixty weeks o( steady work. It noiv decreased to elglil or less. There was no work. The tlltle funds Blossom and I had salvaged from Die wreck ot our financial structure wns rapidly dwindling. New 1 lenmccl about (lie hand side of Broadway. The Main Stein, tlie Great White Way ttal had been glorified In song mid story, suddenly became the Pain Stem to inc. Managers and agents who wculd once, stop and chat with us pleasantly, now luirrfcd by with u inumbled "hello" or didn't deign to notice us nt nil. Head Millers hi restaurants, who sfcm to have (heir ears to the grcuml, shunted us to n back tr.ble. Seng pluggers nvolilnl us. We cci;ld do them no good. Cidlliijf Ar.otlier Chance There were live years ot hardship. For five years we struggled mid fought Broadway,, the street that said, "Go nwny. You are through. You don't fcclcng here. You're all washed up." Then, ns n solo performer, came the "break" In Chicago llinl was. to bring nit back to Broadway. It was a ecod friend—Abe Ly- iiuin—ulio fliinlty gave me the chance tit redemption by bringing me to Hroadway. Hroadway wasn't particularly /riendly when I arrived from Clil- caso. They still remembered "washed up" Benny Fields, They came to the Hollywood restaurant lo "sll In on a woke." Then Broadway decided to take me back. It said, "You belong.' Stay here with us." Tlie Kouy pluggers slap my back again. The Pain Stem Is -igaln inc Main Stem. Managers and agents ask, "Why haven't you com* to sw us all this time?": Head waiters are obsequious once aeain. ' . • Elcsscm and I We're glad hi our hearts to be back en Broadway. But we know the lights which seem so bright tcday, can be frosty ' and <\iM again tomorrow. NEXT: Major Bowes becomes amateur columnist. One-ton sirloin steaks can be cut from a humpback whflle. BRUCE IVY FOR L, , ' 'PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Experienced Courageous PAGE THRBBh essive » Sensible • Trustworthy County's Candidate n ™«cWnh-f, a man .-,cck,n ff the of , Prosecuting 'Attorney of (he S*conrt ludicial District must |,c measured. Durinif M yea «™«l ,.,o « pn(n , fan or heinK onc \ r t Kansas ,, c IlilS| [)t , vnm , Ql ,, s(i()11> lhc ab Iv h««t -. sound judgment .„ nil .his important office with hono to th s'distTi ,nd W home cninily of nlississippi. S aihtnct <lntl hli! Craighcad cnunly.has Iwo candidates and Cray county one The m-cs.nt o^ctitor-seek,,,, a lhird term-lives in Craighead 'coitv • hc lhc next VOTEFORAHOMECOUNTYMAN HALE JACKSON DESERVES PROMOTION ELECT HIM YOUR SHERIFF A youn?: man, born and reared in Mississippi county, Hale Jackson has won tlie right to promotion through six years of faithful service as chief deputy sheriff. He has the advantage of knowing the duties of the office and has already PROVED his ability as a good officer and a good citizen. He asks for t.he office because he is already trained .for (:ho work and can assure an efficient administration, with personal consideration for the people of every community, large or small. Ho has conducted his campaign honorably and with respect toward his opponent and asks the friendship and help of every citizen in getting his well- deserved promotion., nr* ELECT HALE JACKSON YOUR SHERIFF This ud paid for by heal friends of Hale Jackson

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