13 Mins.; Full Stage. Besides the seals, Captain Betts has two monkeys and a fighting cock which contribute their share to the entertainment. A girl works the seals, and Captain Betts takes care of the monks and fighting cock. There is some little novelty to the combination, and also in the fact that the animals work together. One trick in which a seal goes up and down a flight of stairs, balancing a pole upon which the cock is perched, pleased the audience immensely. The monks work well and several very good laughs are gained with them. One of the monks plays ball with the seals and also throws them fish. This is the sort of stuff that Captain Betts should work up to, for it is meat for an audience. The seals, four of them, go through the regulation tricks. The act is a pleasing and entertaining one of its kind and where, an act of this description is needed, will fill the bill very nicely.
10 Mins.; One. If she was not nervous then there is little to say excepting that her offering will not do for vaudeville. She does all her material without leaving the stage. Most of the time is taken up with a bride song in which she introduces pictures of her five husbands, delivering a monolog on each one. The pictures are of a comic variety and the material might not be bad if properly done. For a finish she strips a trick dress appearing in Turkish garb for a burlesque dance which, like the rest, seems forced and awkward, rather than funny. It may all have been due to newness and nervousness as before mentioned. In that case Miss Kane should go out and work the sticks not for ten days, but for tan weeks until she gets the points and rids herself of the trying to be funny air which is now there.
Magic. Seen around as La Folette this musician works in evening clothes, showing a couple of good “switch” tricks, one being accomplished with the aid of a “black art” table. His best illusion is a card trick, which he works up for good laughs by going into the audience, having a spectator tear up a card, retaining a piece. Putting the pieces in a piece of paper he requests a fat lady to sit on them while he borrows a cigarette from a spectator and returns to the stage to reproduce the card in the cigarette. The lady delivers her paper, which contains the missing tobacco of the smoke.
12 Mins. followed by muscular posing and deep breathing exercises, showing unusual development for his years. White-face comic in baggy pants joins him in some contortion stunts and pantomime. Straight features a leap over a table and chair from a short standing take-off, also high kicks, touching a basket at 10 feet…
7 Mins., Full Stage Surrounded by a set of the servants’ quarters on a plantation and having sunflowers on the three bars, the two men, in blackface, go through the usual swings, turns and twists, except there is some talk spaced in before each takes his turn on the cross pieces.
O. H. Bob La Salle was half of the Krantz and La Salle act, and is using a male pianist in his “single” offering. The new turn resembles the double, with the pianist singing the introductory lyrics leading up to La Salle’s dancing finish. The finish Is the dancing Imitations, each introduced by the pianist in the same lyrics as in the double turn.
15 Min., Full Stage (Special). The appearance will probably assist to a great extent. There is nothing lavish. Miss Hanbury, the singer, has for accompanists two girls (Claire Rivers and Enid Alexander), both of pleasant looks, taking their turn at soloing upon a piano and violin, thence combining for singing. In the Intermediate houses the set should prove acceptable if kept down to the stated running time. Anything beyond that might be tedious.
14 Min., One. Possibly a new combination at present depending upon the soloing of a duo of ballads delivered by the “straight.”‘ Both are men. In sack suits the comic, who also whistles, is minus anything to concentrate upon except the Hebrew dialect employed and with the present material both are incapable of upholding the other. The accent is unnecessary, the conversation needs bolstering for comedy and 14 minutes is too much time for the act to run— though the two slow melodies are probably responsible for that.
10 Mins Three girls, one of whom, Miss Marr, has a very pleasing personality, grace and an ability to put over a song, she appears in the final number in a mans evening dress and leads in a trio dance with the other two girls which gives the ad a nice finish and sends them off to applause.
14 Mins.; One. The Princess is introduced in the usual “pitch” by an assistant. Both are garbed in Hindu or Indian attire. She is seated upon the stage while he works through the house, using a telephone like contrivance to get questions from people seated at a distance from him. The answers are usual stock remits, and come in quick succession to the male’s verbal requests which (——) ‘ cueing. If this is the method it is cleverly handled. No coin reading or describing articles in the routine.