The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on October 3, 1954 · 96
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 96

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Sunday, October 3, 1954
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T7TJ5 BOSTON SUNDAY GLOnK-OCTORER S. 134 1S-A X When Bert Lytell Was a Boston Star Bt ELIZABETII WATTS iwanted to sit in n orchestra'stock companir but the ladieaj Shakespeare cost a quartrr'seat. loved to go to the Bowdoin Ihen r rnavh SO rents if voul Boston was rich in theatricaliSauare Theatre early in the : I A WJUl SJ r r LI3 If yy n RUQS PARTIAL LIST IN STOCK Her Karma lentiii Kizm Ashler - Ashler Ashler Ashler Ashler 11x22 , 24x11 23H2 22111 179(101 1J.U10.I 17.(110.7 ' 15i1M 17.10(10.1 1900' and see the handsome juvenile Bert Lytell, one of the vouncest leading men ever to expose handsome profile. Bert Lytell died last week and his death made one' more gap in the ranks of theatre people whose lifetime had spanned the ereatest chance in the enter- ta.nment field since the first .Greek drama. ; Born" in Nett York in 1895 into a theatrical family, Bert made his P. rst trip onto a stage at the age of six months when he was carried before an audience in "The Lights of London." His great-grandfather, J. K. Mortimer, was a matinee idol in Queen Victorians gentle times and his grandfather. J. K. Mortimer Jr,, headed the old , Boston Museum Company. Bert's father, William H. Lytell, was actor, producer and author and his mother, Blanche Mortimer, was well on her way to theatre stardom when she married William Lytell. : . At 16 Bert ran awav from Can ada College in . Toronto. He Mirk- Dswbi Cm, 000 Worth of Stick REAL BARGAIN All Sizes, All Types Don? fttfund Outran-tari In 10 Dava Very fim and lustrous et: Now ! Sirouk 4i7 M $85 Sirouk 3.6x5 (60 139 ' Sen 3 SiS " M S32 f Kermsp 3.6x5 171 $41 W lijar 3.6i5 195 $53 iireuk 2U 5(2 527 Kermis 2x4 US 321 Hi. 4x7 571 $33 I n Boners Ji2 542 52 1 ' AT 4- 'BROAbUOOM. 0M100M CONTRACTS SOL.C.TlO TiUHHiBi $5i50 . . . ui.-i t cuali BUDGET IF DESIRED A deposit will hold purehastt for futuri delivtry (On Hay market Squart) . ' 28-30 CANAL STREET, BOSTON PHONE LA 3-2923-2924-2925 Courejy, Qualify tnd Savings hav been our motto for last half century Opon Daily I to 5, IncludTni Saturday Open Monday and Wednesday Eve. Till 8:30. 50 YEARS ON CANAL STREET BERT LYTELL It used to be a matinee every day and you could buy an orchestra seat for 50 cents. ation, told why he thought stock companies died. "Why can't stock go today?" wanted to be an actor and he answered the man who was one served his apprenticeship in the 0f the heroes of the American Quettion$ Answered authority and photo for Globe Reader t I authoron the subject. magazine deposits in a photographic print iTiie process enjoyed great popu ..D..-.;i i . . lnntv a aenrration aeo. DUl W8i ., , control process m : ydropped for less artistia photography in which oil plgmentit,,, mnr technically perfect direct his death. We assume that he had,' ub:;tltuted for the usual silver I printing. a fully insured status under So-i Social Security Widow and Son's Benefits Te the r.ditor I am a widow, aged 75. My son, a bachelor who lived with me, recently died. Am I entitled to any benefits from his Social Security such as funeral expenses, lump sum payment or monthly payments. E. H. Fhil- Ups, Me. cial Security. Whether or notouif are entitled to monthly benefits, you may be entitled to sum payment not to exceed you pbid for burial expenses. Yourf claim for a lump-sum payment lencflts, y lump-k. J $2M if I Answer i ou may oe enuuro (snouin ne accompanied by a te-to monthly benefit If you were celoted burial bill. Your Soi-ial - - - ...... H , t,wv , viohil, WIlllC A!) IULVICU . than hall of your 'support prior to at 125 Main at.. Lewiston. Me. it Working Widow . , Two Best Years To the Editor Can a working! To the Editor Since the start widow, who has reached 65, col- 0' Social Security I had made lect her Social Security and her $25,000 up to 1949. Since then: deceased husband's half at the'Sig 'M-$26M 19 , r, j i u- H0.t5. 19a3 $3129, 1954 $3129. I same time? Reader, North Abing-jam 62 years old and if I stop work ton. , now what will mv Dension be at Answer No. You cannot re- e5 H I continue working with an ceive the full amount cf bothil"come or jiuv xor ine next a your own and your husband's years what will my pension be'5 benefit. If you are yourself fully insured, you receive your own benefit payment at 65 based on the stock companies. "Of course I remember him," said one Natick resident who used to make the trip in by street car to see a matinee. "There were matinees every day then, so the stock company actors had two performances a day. On Tuesday each week they had to start learning the part for the next play as well, andthey were faced with audiences who were watch ng their performances from week to week." "Those were the days when there were a lot of plays to chose from," she reminisced. "There was the Grand Opera' House down near -Dover street. They didn't give grand opera but they had real stock company days. "Another thing, a shortage of new plays. . . . You'd run out of hits." Only once was Boston Inhospitable to Bert Lytell. And it wasn't at that. In 1930, Boston turned thumbs down on a production of the Herbert Ash-ton play "Brothers" because one of the lead characters (Lytell played both brothers ( was a dope addict. Boston didn't raise an eyebrow though when he appeared In the movie version which was shown here. '., In 1935 he played at the Plym outh Theatre in "The First Legion' melodramas. Then there was the and Boston produced a few bliz-Columbia Theatre, a little furtherjards during the engagement. Bert up on Washington st, and the cheerfully waded home through Park Theatre where William! the storms from the theatre to Hodges played for 38 weeks in his hotel, and once a group of The Man from Home.' That was icelebra tors unofficially adopted around 1910. There were stock! him as trailmaker. He reminded companies at the Boston Theatrelhimself of his tart-tongued grand-right next to the Keith Vaudeville j father's adage, "The test of an Theatre and the Bijou and ; the 'actor's popularity is his ability to Selwyn Theatre in Park Square." (let himself be bored a great deal of the time." "Yoneould go to the Tremont Theatre and hear "The Prince of ! Pilsen" or "King Dodo" and the I Globe Theatre and the Old Howard had stock companies, too." -i ' ' ! These were the times when Don-' aid Meek and E. E. Clive were at ithe eld Castle Square Theatre, Donald Meek as a handsome young juvenile. Prices for an evening performance ran to, 75. cents but .the women loved the matinees. Some companies offered two matinee seats- for the price of one. I In subsequent years Bert Lytell : came back to Boston via the stage and the screen but he kept a warm affection for the stock companies that presented new fare to eager audiences each' week, j In an interview with Ward i Morehouse in 1943, Bert, then president of the Actors Equity Associ- then? W. H. Brighton. I Answer Whether or not vnnlfc amount of wages you have earr,ed!contin"e to work at the $.1100 an- f in covered employment. How-inual salary until you are 65, your ever, if ihe amount of the widow's; monthly Security benefit payment based on your husband's1 will be about $90.50. Ordinarily,! employment is greater, your owniyears of no earnings would reduce check will be increased to eive your benefit, but the new pro- you a total payment equal to thejvisions oi ine aociai security Act widow's amount. The widow'sjaiiow lor cropping up to iour, benefit, incidentally, is . equal to years of lowest or no earnings in three-fourths the amount of the your case. Therefore, using yount husband's payment, not one-hall Recomputation To the Editor I am 79 years old. I am drawing $39.20 Social Security. I have been working six months during the Summer during each of the following years with the following salary: $1200 in 1951; $1500 in 1952; $1500 in 1953 and $1800 in 1954. Could I have my Social Security increased? Sam, Aubutn, Me. Answer There is some question as to whether you would qualify for a recomputation of your benefit right now. However, we can say definitely that you would be eligible to file for a recomputation in July, 1955. Your benefit would then be about $65.90 a month, and would be retroactive to January, 11955. I We suggest that you call at the Social Security office, 125 Main St., Lewiston, Me., to discuss your particular case. two best years, earning in 1953 and 1954, your benefit is $90.50. You could increase this amount by increasing your average earn ings over the $) 129.00 you earned in 1953 and 1954. 1 III AV AJJ- If 1 r it a . j i $099 MB . -I Hobby Exhibition to Feature Bromoils A revival of the bromoil process Is evident in the forthcoming hobby exhibition of photographic work all next week at Filene's. Members of the Boston Young : Men's Christian Union Camera Club contributed the pictures foe this exhibition, the first of a series of hobby shows at Filene's. Raymond E. Hanson, internationally known photographer.! heads the Union Club's bromoil $ enthusiasts and he has a number of his recent works in the ahow.'i His bromoils have been hung in I almost every international salon and he is an acknowledged , , Our famous, imported Velours "BUMPER BERET" an outstanding beret "Aristocrat." tha ageleu Bumper Beret that looks so smart on everyone and fits all headsizei . . . wear it plain cr.trim with crest, veil or feathers . . . Remember, Buy the Hat, Buy the trim and we will trim FREE OF CHARGEl Mail or Phone Orders Filled , LI 2-1600. No C. O. D.'s 26 Temple Place through to Tremont Street It's Here! A NEW SPINET PIANO for Only HO Per Month ! -co IV ' ) s. - - ---' -I ICa 4W, Keyed to the trend with a low silhouette and clean, light design., After years of careful designing, IT'S HERE! The Spinet piano shown I here combines beauty with resonant tone quality and instantly respon-.. sive action. 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