The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on May 16, 1948 · Page 24
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Z4 BROOKLYN fAWJf, SW ., MAY IS, 1948 s&8 mm Joe Brady Answers Budget of Questions Editor Old Timers: Mail has been piling up on me, and I wish you would help me get rid of some of it by letting me u.se some of your valuable space, to answer the old timers who send me so many questions regarding show business in general. What a kick I get out of hear ing from them and many whom 1 have forgotten, or who I thought had passed on, 1 am happy to say are still going strong. But I would never know about them were it not for my little articles which you so kindly let me Insert everv now and then in the Sunday Eagle's Old Timers' page. Thanks. I would also like to thank Clarence Edward Heller (the Bard of Brooklyn and a prolific writer). His interesting letters and helpful suggestions have given me much Inspiration, and helped me remember many an old timer who n I had forgotten. Dan Harrington also tells me of many of the old acts and Dan should know, as he is still booking some of them. Well, I'll start by answering Thomas Leonard, whose query appeared in the Eagle recently Yes, Tom, there was an act known as Musical Huehn, and a good act it was. By a strange coincidence I just received a card from Billy Huehn. He lives in Ozone Park and is still going strong. Here are some answers to other questions: Fred Allen's real name is John Sullivan. He started as a jug gler, and at that time called himself Freddy James. He is ric relation to Graeie Allen Gracte was originally one of the three Allen Sisters. They worked in an act with Larry Reilly. Larry is now a director in pictures, and Grade is with George Burns who, before he learned how to talk, was a hoofer. No, Grade was not the first to do a Dumb Dora char acter. Before her came Grade Deagon. Another act which also did it was Walton and Brandt. Sorry I cannot settle that ar gument for Al Langen, I never saw a triple sommersault done from the floor. 1 did hear of it being done by one Charles Seigrist, with the old Barnum and Bailey Circus. But I did see it clone by one of the Mazetti troupe, from a Teeter board, The boy who did it was afterwards known as Richard Talmaclge, who became Doug las Fairbanks Sr. s double m the movies. Billy nines, the old minstrel, is still going strong, although Bill must be nigh onto 80. He recently was on a Talent Scout broadcast, and won himself a hundred smackers. More power to you, Bill. Another great black face comedian, Bill (Tin Whistle) Browning, has laid his burnt cork and tin whistle aside and is now working in white face at the 43d Street Theatre in Woodside. I hear from Bill every week. George (Elbows) Macfadden Edwards, formerly of the team Lawrence and Edwards, is now recuperating at the Tri-boro Hospital, and would be pleased to hear from his old friends. Joe Laurie Jr., one of the funny story tellers on the "Can You Top This" broadcast, is also a clever writer. He was headliner for many years on the big time, and the act was known as Laurie and Bronson. George (Gabby) Hayes, who now appears in Westerns with Roy Rogers, was at one time in vaudeville. He also worked in burlesque. Yes, his whiskers are real. Charles Middleton, who also appears in Western pictures, Is another former vaudeville ac tor: the act was known a Middleton and Spellmier 'successful is Hugh Herbert: he was a great Jewish comedian and played in many of his own sketches. Walter Pidgeon was also in vaudeville. 1 played on the same bill with him at Henderson's, Coney Island but in those clavs he called him self Walter Miller. Another actor who also did a sketch in vaudeville was Walter Huston. The act was called Huston- Whipple and Co. Cary Grant was a stilt, walker in an act called the Loomis- Troupe, but m those days Cary s name was Archibald Leach. Ed Wynn, who has lately made a great comeback, wsrs at one time a millinery salesman in Philadelphia. His name was then Leopold. The Keenan in his son's name comes from that great actor, Frank Keenan, who was Ed. Wynn's father-in-law. The only pictures 1 can re call with an all female cast are "The Women" and "Maedchen in Uniform." Clark Gable played in the road company' of "The Last Mile" and worked for peanuts. Albert Sharpe (the original Finian), is back from his trip to Ireland, and quite busy in Hollywood. His old partner. Joe Carney, is busy on the B. M. T. and still lives in Flatbush. Joe is a great cartoonist, also a great guy. W. C. Fields was also a great cartoonist before he became a juggler. Loew's State opened in 1922, and was the second largest vaudeville house in N. Y. I think the Hippodrome was the largest. The Doris Museum was located on 8th Ave., near 27th St. There one could see the freaks and a vaudeville show all for one dime, ten cents. Miner's on 8th Ave. was the first house to run amateur nights. "Get the Hook" orig inated there. Tom Howard of It Pays to Be Ignorant" broatiU cast was originally a burlesque actor. His straight man was George Shelton and he is still with him. Lulu McConnell did a sketch in vaudeville with her husband act was known as McConnell" and Simpson. Jack Oakie was a stooge in their act George Raft was a kid hoofer in the act of Pilcer and Douglass he became famous by tossing a coin up and down in a picture called "Scartace.' Now for some real names of movie stars which readers have asked me to tell them: Edw. G. Robinson's real name is Emanuel Goldenherger he's Roumanian. Paul Muni's name is Weisenfreudin I don't know what he is. Ray Milland is Reginald Jones. Merle Oberon is Estelle Thompson. Jack Benny is Jake Zubelsky. Danny Kaye is Daniel Kaminsky. Veronica Lake was known in Flatbush as Connie Ocklemann, and Barbara Stanwyck was known at Erasmus Hall as Ruby Stevens. Penny (Blondie) Singleton's right name is Mc- Nulty. Thats all till you ask me to name some more. JOE BRADY. College Theater. Says Wfflie Hoppe Learned Billiards From His Father tditor, Old Tim era: It is 'rather nice to see people like Mr. Fred Gauss and also Mr. Dominge send in their write-ups about the old neighborhoods. For instance, Mr. Gaus on lower Broadway, he sure missed up on one factory who manufactured one of the finest five cent cigars in the city, named Xatural Aroma, mentioning- the fact about our great billiard player who when a small boy was taught by his bather the game of pocket billiards at the old Empire Bil liard Academy. That wasWillie Hoppe. He should remember the old Amphion Theater, which at that time was considered one of our classiest theaters, Peter Lugers and Tonys still there. On Mr. Dominges write-up he does not mention the old Ewen St. Court where good old Magistrate Higginbotham reigned pretty strong, and although Knipes' Drug Store is mentioned occasionally, what about good old Tonv Dahl- bender whose saloon had that large score board and some of the fellows were more than pleased to get the job writing up the scores, and Old Man Kittay who was one of the first large w holesale toy stores on Grand near Leonard. Metro politan Tobacco on Powers and Graham Ave. who had a real good bowling team. Freddy Lenz. a real good fellow who had the cigar on Lorimer and Grand. It sure mould be nice to see some of these fellows open upand keep on writing on this Old Timers Page, as I do know that a few of the boys that are out in California just wait until they receive the Eagle with the Sunday page. FLATBUSH AYE. Genial Sam Reich Gels a History Of Native Street Editor, Old Timert: Genial Sam Reich of 4.7) E. 4Cih St., an ardent reader of the Old Timers Column, would ike to read a bit of the historv of the street In Williamsburg upon which he was born about nj)t'three-quarters of a century ago. uere n. is, rsam. rjwen m., now known as Manhattan Ave., was, named after Daniel Ewen, a city surveyor, residing in the County of New York. It was opened in the vear 1850, start ing at Broadway and ending at Bayard St. Sam was born in the build ing a No. 26, which building also housed the business of his father, Louis Reich's Son, maker of matches. This was quite a business street more than a half century ago. and many well-known firms started there. Kessel Brothers, William Batterman, Frederick Feldblum, Frederick Krauss, John Knochel, Joseph Pfeffer, Martin Heinrich, United States Notion Company, George Gembs, B. Monneuse & Com pany, Louis Glackent. Charles Hutwelker & Co., Michael Stephens, Solomon Levy, Conrad Wehrly. Browns Dancing Acad emy, Otto Langstorf, Flegen heimer Brothers, Gottlieb UI- rich, Zendel & Co., Jacob Stadt- muller, George A. Schreiter, J V. Muehlfeld, Dahlbender and Greiner and numerous others including the very first groc ery store of Henry C. Bohack, in 1888, at the corner of Boerum St. Amusement halls were Capitol Hall, Vanderbilt Hall, Lied- derkrantz Hall, Germania Hall and others. JACK SPIEGEL. 62 Hart St., Brookyn 6. t , i ' Who Remembers? Editor, Old Timers: How many people remember where 1 Union Place is located, and know it-; past history? It is now being torn down. JOSEPH LONGO -o2 Union St., Brooklyn 31, N. Y. t fit v r Liked Picture Editor Old Timers: The picture of Harold Editor Old Timers: So the correspondent "from the other side of the tracks" wishes to hear more about F'ather Malone, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul's R. C. Church at S. 2d and Wythe Ave.? Well, it would be some 40-odd years now that Father Malone's group of young soldiers named a iter Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" were in the picture. This was after the Spanish-American War. Father Malone had great admiration for Colonel Roosevelt and his Roiu?h Riders who captured San Juan Hill. This admiration was reciprocated by the colonel, later President. Some of those shown in the William Murphy, Stephen Hug. picture with Father Malone 'gard, Reginald Kelly, Frank: became real soldiers in World War I, and some of their off spring took part In World War II. Recognized in the group are Richard Walsh, commander of the troop; John P. Harden, .lames O'Brien, James Lyons, Boland, Frank Kelly, James J, McMahon. John J. McCabe. Wil- liam Lynch, William Gillen, Frank Higgins, and Edward J, Farrell. Regretfully the writer's recol. lection of others in the ranks is rather hazv. E. J. F. Recalls Halsey Theater's Halcyon Days of Vaudeville and Films Editor, Old Timers: Much has been written about the old-time vaudeville theaters of Brooklyn, and yet I don't believe that anyone has ever mentioned the Halsey theater Carl- at Halsey St. and Broadway. sons Erasmus Hall brought back fond memories, of yesteryear. Hoping to see mote of these old recollections of the past. PETER LAMASSA, 218 York St. This theater was one among the many that gave up vaudeville in the early thirties, in favor of motion pictures. Some people still say that vaudeville died out, and yet the Halsey with its 2.262-seat capacity really packed 'em in. This theater sure gave you your money's worth. They gave you eight acts of vaudeville, (five shortly before they gave up vaudeville), a double feature, and they always had eight short subjects on the screen. The motion pictures they offered weren't exactly the cream of the crop. The thing a lot of people got a kick out of was that finite a few of the films that they had were made wheni sound first came into exist-ance, and it wasn't at all unusual to sit through half a picture in silence while the last half of the film would suddenly spring into sound. Yes, vaudeville has long since left the Halsey and yet the motion picture didn't seem to help the problem any, for this theater has long been closed up. Could it be that this particular section of Rrooklyn was vaude ville minded? I gue we'll never know, unless some tycoon comes along and tries to prove it. Right before Hobart Bos-worth, silent screen star retired, he made a personal ap-pearance at the Halsey. Can any others recall the names of those who "played" the Halsey. Let's hear from some of you other readers who remember the old Halsey and the big shows thev put on there. EUGENE A. FAVREAU 711 Foster Ave, o' My Heart," the song which has made such a terrific comeback, was written by the late Fred Fisher and Al Bryan. Emma Francis is still alive and kicking. I don't know what became of her Arabs. Watson Sisters are also still in the ring and doing well. The act called "A High Toned Burglar" was played by Jim Dolan and Ida Lenharr. The comedian who used a phonograph as a straight man was Richy Craig Jr. Horace Goldin was the first magician (in this country) to saw a woman in half. The act that used a stage full of musical instruments but never played one of them was Johnnie Neff ...Jack Benny also used to come out with his violin but instead of playing it told Jokes ...Lou Lubin, who was one of the funniest black faced come dians in show business, is now playing gangster parts in pic tures. Other former vaudevll-ians who are doing well in Hollywood are Jimmy Conlin (Conlin, Steele and Carr), Frank Orth (Orth and Codec), Bill Demerest (Demerest and Colette), George McKay (McKay and Arclinei. Clarence Kolb (Kolb and Dill), and Harry Tyler (Tyler and Crolinusi. About the best known and most Sally Seeks News Of Her Teachers And Classmates Editor, Old Timers: I am writing to your most in teresting column in hopes of obtaining information as to where some of mv old classmates and school teachers are today. During the year 1928 I was graduated from Public School 122, Heywood St. and Harrison Ave. I often wondered about my former classmates, pupils of George W. Wright. He was my favorite teacher at that time. Peg' Mr. Simmons was principal of the school. 1 remember some of my pet school teachers (these I liked very much) Miss Dilloh for sewing, reading and English; Miss McCaffrey for sing ing; Miss Malone, Miss Jehle and Mr. Hayes. Well I can go on quite a bit but, anyway, I surely would love to hear from these teachers and schoolmates of that year. MRS. SALLY PARIS. Care of Kanter, 4219 ISth Ave., Brooklyn, 18. More on Breweries Editor Old Timers: I noticed Andrew Goetz's challenge, covering breweries, was pretty thoroughly answered by August Morris but he muffed a few which I will enumerate: WlUUtnsbuft Brawwr, Humboldt nd BoholM 81 Joim-iA rtUnrt, Mmcrol and Lortmw Streets. Ernwt Och. Bushvlok Art. tnd Soholes St. AMKtt ft Kttt, BUShwlCK AY. ftBS Mestrolt St. Welz & Zsrvlck, Mrrtlt An, rx! Wyckoff Av Chirlea Prie. Schole St. tnl Busfc-wlck Ave. Oeorse Ortuer. Cypre Ave. and Hancock St. Conrrs Brewerj, Maultr St. near Union Ave. Frhnk Ibert. Kvrareen Ave. aud R:oh Street. Joseph Eppit. Kverireen Ave naar LinfJen St. BxceLriOr Brewerr. H:t St. and Tompkins Ave S Lirbman'a Bona. Forest St. and Bramaa Aa. G. K. Tie Imwrtmce of Here is the story of a new principle of design that has rocked the industry and given Hudson unique beauty not possible in any other type of car. The recessed floor in the new Hudson now widely known as the "step-down" feature is the talk of the automobile world. And rightly so! This interesting development is the hey to a new kind of motor-car beauty to riding and perform-ancead vantages never before obtainable. Everyone agree that Hudson's new, low, streamlined silhouette bespeaks road-hugging stability. People everywhere are attracted by Hudson's clean, free-flow ing lines and generous width; for here, plainly, is a new measure of grace and security. But what's causing the most talk is the fact that only Hudson, because of its exclusive recessed floor that you step down onto, is able to offer streamlined low-built, beauty without asking you to give up interior head room. Left take a frank look at the motor-car designer's problem. Since streamlining an automobile reduces available head room for rear-seat passengers, to achieve a low silhouette and maintain adequate head room, both floor and seats must he lowered to compensate for the lowered roof. The recused floor is d necessity. But it is difficult to lower floors and seals, because in all cars, except Hudson, they are built on fop of a frame. Only Hudson has a new, all steel Monobilt body-and-frame, part of which is a rugged base structure that permits lowering floors and seats down within the frame. These sketches illustrate how Hudson's rtv cessed floor provides a low streamlined silhouette, yet preserves head room. OTHIR CARS 01 court, it it possibl 10 adopt frtt-flouing Untt without rtc tiling the floor, 01 iketcttd in tbt cmr tkm t, hut over-alt blight must be raited, and this destroys the possibility of m low silhouette, u-bicb is the snrk of the modem motor csr. NIW HUOSON Here it the long, lou; grmcefully streamlined HuJson-nly the feet from ground to top. You can iee Aon the streamlined roof comes dou m sharply or the rear-teal portion of the car, at compared to the other types of roof lines shou n in sketches above. But Hudson floort are recessed dou n uiihin the frame, seats are lou-ered, to you gel more than ample bead room. The "step-down" principle requires years of engineering work, the development of new production techniques and equipment, and millions of dollars of highly specialized new plant investment. Perhaps this explains why Hudson alone offers this vital new design principle today. You'll probably expect the motor car that is the talk of the nation to offer you even more than beauty and comfort. And it does! Your nearby Hudson dealer will show you The Importance of "Stepping Down" its results not only in beauty and comfort, but also in riding and driving ease, performance and safety. Hudson Motor Car Company, Detroit 14. o Tro mark oni patar.li pan1! 7JMs time Ys OTHER CARS for htofd rttnm mhm th rim tttt which i$ hmlt 99 top 0 frmmt) mmktt H impoinbl to iov tr tht roof. the full Come in and get story of The Importance of "Stepping Down1' AUTOCRAFT-HUDSON, INC. 6406 4th Ar.nu., Brooklyn 20, N. Y. BOCK MOTORS, INC. 359-371 Flotbuih Avtnuo, Brooklyn 17, N. Y. FLATBUSH HUDSON SALES & SERVICE CO. 1881 Flotbuih Avtnut, Brooklyn 10, N. Y. GEM MOTORS, INC. 1175 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn 30, N. Y. KINGS HUDSON SALES & SERVICE, INC. 1854 86th Strott, Brooklyn 14, N. Y. MILLER'S HUDSON SALES, INC. 861 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. TRIAD MOTOR SALES, INC. S3 1 3 18rh Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. MURMAC AUTO SALES, INC. 1374 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. PUTNAM MOTORS 1600 Buihwick Avenue, Brooklyn 7, N. Y. STONE-WALL HUDSON CORP. 398 4th Avenue, Brooklyn 1 5. N. Y. VON KAMPEN MOTOR CO. 1313 Roger Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.

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