The Courier from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 17, 1912 · Page 6
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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PAGE SIX SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1912. THE CODEIEB SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1912. Gus Edwards at the Orpheum; New Bill at the Colonial GELEBRATED SONG WRITER WITH HIS MERRY THRONG Song Revue Always Means Record Crowds At Pop ular Vaudeville House Gus Edwards, the man who writes songs that ging themselves, has arrived. Also, more songs. "On a Beautiful Night With a Beautiful Girl," is one. And an old favorite, "If I Was a Millionaire," is revied and prettily introduced in his new "Song Revue." We are glad Mr. Edwards Jsn't a millionaire. Ii" he were, he would not be at the Orpheum this week with his musical newsboys, captivating Juliets and Romeos, his pretty burglars and the cutest pair of youngsters that ever came down the New York Central pike. That act of Edwards' is a musical comedy in it- - self, in fact there are more clever surprises and more action during the sixty minutes of this act than there is in most musical comedies stretched out for a whole evening's entertainment. In "Song Revue" vaudeville has .what might be termed its most elaborate production. This act without a doubt is the largest offering from a scenic view point that variety holds. Its nearest approach is that of Ger trude Honmann s. ine company almost thirty including Gus Edwards, a host in himself. He can write and render a popular song with as great effect as anyone the stage boasts of, ,when it comes to striking the popular fancv. "The Song Revue" is a review of more than a dozen numbers which Edwards has composed. Pour of his latest successes are enumerated among them. The act is in five scenes the first in "one," that section of the Bright Light District in front of the Putnam Building. At the curtain's rise seven newsboys are shooting "craps" in front of the building, and singing "Dear Old East Side." The opening number "If I Were a Millionaire," in which Edwards is as- slsrted by the boys and Irene Martin. The second scene is supposed to be an Italian street, to give a local touch to the "Rosa Rigoleto" song sung by Edwards, assisted by a dozen charming looking "broilers" as Italian boys and girls. The number is started by Gertrude McCoy walking across the stage clad in what is more of a Spanish costume of the Carmen type than "Italian. At the opening Lillian Board-man's voice is heard singing a few bars of "Rigoletto" off stage, then comes the number proper. At its con clusion Edwards does a very good imitation of a 'cello solo. "Look Out for Jimmy Valentine" is a travesty on the drama now playing at Wallacks For this, Edwards has used an idea originally intended for "The Merry-Oo-Ronnd" when it was produced two 'years ago. Since that time the idea of having girls walk down the aisle has grown common, though well worked here. The number in itself is a good one. The fourth scene is in eleven tableaux, each illustrating one of Edwards' songs of former years. A bluish velvet curtain bears Edwards crest in gold. The song writer sings J At A an introductory verse ana uie im picture that is unfolded when the curtains part illustrates "By the Light of the Silvery Moon." This is followed by others in rapid turn, the refrain of each being sung by someone in the picture. The fifth scene, and the most elaborate, "On the Levee," not unlike a minstrel plantation number, with the exception that the company appear in white face. Edwards sinsrs "Lucy Anna Lou" to Miss Boardman. who replies. Gus Edwards Makes Music Because He Can't Help It Interesting as Gus Edwards is on the stage with his Musical Revue, in which pretty girls and clever children appear in the numerous familiar catchy songs everybody knows, but few realize have all been written by Mr. Edwards, he is a great deal more interesting off the stage. There you see the real man and understand the magnetism that floats out over the footlights; see why it is that the songs he writes are picked up and sung and whistled all over the land. He is musical to the core and when he sits down at the piano with some idea he wants to put into music, time rolls along, he forgets his meals, he forgets everything, except what he is trying to ex- ' press. And the sincerity he puts into music is infectious; people recognize it. Over at the Orpheum theatre early yesterday afternoon before the matinee Mr. Edwards might have been found behind the scenes at the grand piano, with a little group of folk from the theatre, some writer people, and some of the pretty young girls he has in his act. Mr. Edwards wasn't exploiting himself, but because somebody expressed a particular liking for one of the songs of his revue he without the slightest self consciousness sat at the piano and sang one after another, while the stage hands busied themselves with setting the scene for another act. While the hammer interfered now and then, Mr. Edwards went on. Standing close by was Will D. Cobb, who for years has been associated with Gus Edwards, Mr. Cobb writing the lyrics and Mr. Edwards giving them musical setting, both men working in the harmony that comes from two perfectly understanding temperaments. "It's a queer thing," said Mr. Cobb, "sometimes people think because a fellow writes all this sentiment that he must know a lot of girls and get his inspiration from real life. Often though, it's very impersonal. I've known of a fellow who wrote songs to girls' eyes, and another chap whose name is synonomous with beautiful girls, he paints, and these two chaps have walked Broadway for hours, and finally gone into a cafe together just to kill time, because they didn't know a girl to call on." Plenty of nice things Gus Edwards' friends say about him, and first of all they speak of his generosity and his warm heart. He's never happier than when he is making other people happy He doesn't like money well enough to hang onto it, so Mrs. Edwards while he makes melody and friends, acts as financial manager. All the time the little coterie behind the scenes was visiting the stage carpenters were at work. Some girls were practicing with dumb bells, and a stretch of green canvas to represent a tennis court was being tacked down. Suddenly the stage manager called "curtain." Pretty soon the orchestra struck up, the company dispersed, the players to their dressing rooms and the visitors to the exits, footlights flared, the curtain went up and the play was on. "Gus Edwards" in big print on a sheet of music is always going to mean a great deal more than it ever has before to those who visited with him for the first time yesterday. Gus Edwards is to them now an interesting personality instead of a mere name. And An Unusual Supportinq Bill Heretofore when Mr. Edwards brought his finest act to the Orpheum, ' ' ' t ' " ? v v patrons will remember that only six acts were presented owing to the length of time required by this big act. But fro this engagement the management has surrounded him with the usual number of attractions and they include some of the best known and most celebrated artists to be found in the Keith Booking Offices. Chief of the mirth producers surrounding this act are no less than Billy "Swede" Hall and Company, offering a comedy without words that is said to keep their audiences in constant tumultuous laughter. The situations are novel and exceedingly laughable and in the hands of comedy artists of the calibre of Mr. Hall and his assistants, these incidents are made the most of. Van & Schenk in Comedy Songs and Piano Playing One of thoge spirited and clean cut turns of lively, catchy song hits, good comedy and rattling ipiano playing that have scored time and again at the Orpheum is a description in part of the turn that is to be offered on this same bill by a team known as Van & Schenck, who have been creat ing a small sensation everywhere they have been appearing along the Keith circuit. The boys make a neat, natty appearance and there is life and go to everything -they do while they are on view. Art Bowen Sinqing Cartoonist It is one accomplishment to be a cartoonist and another to be a vocal ist, but Art Bowen, who is booked to appear on this week's bill is both. He can draw more clever and laugh able things in about the fifteen min utes he is on view than most of his rivals and all the whiel entertains with his good baritone voice, which Is heard In numbers that correspond In some respects to the subjects he is drawing. Art Bowen is sure to make a strong bid for favor on the Orpheum bill. Mueller & Stanley Versatile Girl and Fellow There is fifteen minutes of the most delightil entertainment imaginable in the turn offered bv Mueller & Stanley, a pretty and charming girl and the other a comedian of some consequence. They will add another variety of entertainment to the splendid roster to be presented this week. Several other attractions of merit and widely diversified will comnlete the usual program of seven big Keith acts. The usual interesting motion pictures will as usual be included in the Derformance. Despite the unusual lavout of talent the prices at the Orpheum will remain poular and within the reach of all. HARRISBURG'S POPULAR THEATRES MANAGEMENT OF wiLMER fie WINCE M T THPFE REEL VITAGRAPH SPECIAL AT THE PHOTOPLAY TO-MORROW General Derimond with his wife and daughter, Mathilde, are captured by nirates. The pirate captain claims Mrs. Derimond as his property. She resists. She Is forced to "walk the plank." and drowned. Mathilde Is struck dumb bv the sight. The General and Mathilde are sold as slaves to the Moors. Mathilde escapes and acconiDlishes her father's rescue. Colonel Birnell, a French officer, marries Mathilda. He starts to the front at the head of his regiment. Disguised as a French lancer, she accompanies him. Mohammed, the Arab chief, is captured bv the French. He attempts to shoot the colonel and Is prevented by Mathilde piercing the Arab's arm with her sabre. She volunteers to go as a French spv. She reaches the enemy's fortress, disguised as a harmless Arab box, and allowed to remain with them. In battle, the Arabs take Colonel Birnell prisoner. He is placed in the fortress. He suffers tortures rather than betray the French armv. Mathilda, as previously instructed, shoots a flaming arrow high in th ealr. It Is the signal for attack. The French forces burst into the fortress, routing the Arabs with great slaughter, saving Mathilde and her husband. Adv. The House of Beauty On the Busy Corner COME WHEN YOU LIKE. STAY AS LONG AS YOU PLEASE ii to 1.30) First Run 4.30 to 6.30 notion Pictures FIVE CENTS Colonial Pictures are Changed Daily "The Picture Without the Glare" 1.30 to 4.30) Moving Pictures 6.30 to 11 J and Vaudeville TEN CENTS BOXES 25c This week's program will include Dave Wellington, Comedy Juggler; Tan-ean and Slasta in their comedy Musical act and Edwards Lindsley & Co. in the sketch "It Pays to Be Polite." The Biggest Show in the Country For a Dime Two Shows Every Afternoon Two Every Evening. A Scientific Traveler Dr. A. D. Mott. who made a thorough tour of Eumne some yeirs ago, gave particular attention to the studv of fine wines. On returning to this country he became acouainted with Sneer's Port Grape Wine, while Pro-fesor of Survv ln Bellevne Medical Col'ege. New York. He wrote a personal letter to the Soppr Wine Co.. saviner he found the Americnn product eonal in everv respect to the finest wines of Europe and unsurpassed for medical purposes. Carolyn Waide, one of the youthful beauties gelonging to the "Long Revue.' SaveYour Eyes To those who use their eyes hard we want to urge caution. The strain will tell, then you'll hunt an oculist. Better be on the safe side, and have us give your eyes a thorough test, fit you with lenses suited to the condition of your eyes. Then you can stand the strain and your eyes will be preserved. Think it over before too late, and at any rate, let us tell you your trouble. L. A. FAUNCE Eye Specialist and JewsUr 1314 North Third Street HARRISBURG, PA. ' Bell Phone EVERYBODY'S DO'IN IT Doing What ? Sending their suits to be sterilized and pressed Gent's Salts 50c Ladies' $ 1 .00 Gloves Cleaned 5c. The sure method for killing moth 33 N. SECOND STREET 802 N. THIRD STREET All work called for and delivered Don't Be Deceived On Lumber Prices There is a big difference in buying just lumber and In buying the kind we sell. Your contractor or carpenter will tell you that some lumber can be nailed right into a house without a plane touching it Come to our yard, examine our stock, and see the difference. "No lumber order too large or too small for us to handle promptly." United Ice & Coal Co. Main Office Porster and Cowden Streets COLONIAL CONTINUES TO DRAW CROWDS THAT FILL HOUSE Pretty Theatre With New Pictures Each Day Sets a Pace Hard to Follow To say that Harrisburg has taken a strong grip on the new Colonial as a delighuSil place to spend a few hours is about as mildly as matters could be put. For the rattling little vaudeville bill the management offers there is not only an inducement for folks to make a special trip to that playhouse, but the splendid moving pictures that are changed completely every day offer many inducements for a daily visit there. During the hours from 11 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon and in the evening from 5 to 7 the Colonial runs a picture show only. Accordingly during these hours the price of admission iis but five cents. Between the hours of 2 in the afternoon until 5 and then again from 7 to 11 the Colonial offers: a vaudeville and picture performance two complete shows both afternopn and evening. Patrons who enter the Colonial anytime during the first vaudeville performance are privileged to remain over into the second performance until they have seen all the Colonial offers for one show. "At the very- outset of the opening of the new Colonial," says Manager Hopkins, "we want the people of Harrisburg to know that the films that are to be exhibited at the Colonial each day are positively pictures that have not been shown is this city anywhere before they are BUown here. We have purchased the right to have the best and latest films procurable and the makes or calibre ot the plays are not to be surpassed anywhere in the city. These subjects are to be changed completely each day. During the hours that pictures only ar run the admission will be five cent, the same as It is in any other picture house. During the hours that both vaudeville and pictures are shown, the price is ten cents. Beginning with to-morrow the Colonial installs a new vaudeville bill, one that seems to be equally as meritorious If not better than any they have offered in ttieRr new theatre thus far. The feature act is a rattling comedy sketch that serves to Introduce to local playgoers Mr. Edward Lindsey and company in a playlet entitled "It Pays to be Polite." On the same offering a clever musical comedy couple, Tanean and Claxton will offer a hodge-podge of fun and songs and Dave Welington, a comedy juggler, in eccentric iin and clever juggling will round out the roster for the new week. A resolution calling on English workingmen to imitate the continental European custom of observing May 1 as Labor day, was adopted by the Trades Union congress at Newport, Wales, the other day. The Big Week is Here Again WAR ID (HinSELF) With His Big Company In the Superb Musical Act The Song Revue of 1912 New Songs New Girls New Everything No increase in price, bat bay seats early MUELLER and STANLEY In Their Comedy Singing- and Talking Novelty ART BOWEN The Singing Cartoonist BILLY (Swede) HALL & CO. Presenting Their Pantomimic Comedy Success "MADE GOOD" VAN and SCHENCK With the Piano and the Voice GREELY TRIO A Big Vaudeville Novelty The Biggest Show of the Entire Season Seats ordered by Telephone held until 1:30 and 7.30 Only 't- 4"H"fr ! .. ,, 4, 4.4. t 111 THEATRE The House of Big Features I t A good place to spend the evening, afternoon or morning. You are sure f of a good clear picture always. I Out Monday Special will be MEMORY'S TRAGIC LEAP Others: A Temperamental Husband, The Mary of the Mines, Land O'Cotton. Deacon'c Troubles, Victoria Theatre Admission Always 5c 5c Three Reel Vitagraph Feature Monday at the Photoplay "THE FRENCH SPY" Thrilling experiences of a young French girl, as a spy among the belligerent tribes of Arabs, Moors and Turks. War scenes of countless numbers of French troops in deeds of daring and Interrible combat with the allied hosts on the Plains of Algiers. MONDAY Arthur Johnson in a Lubin dramatic comedy. The Substitute Heiress The Dynamiters 5elig Drama

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