“A Courtship on the Bowery” — man and woman; character comedy act, including Chinese and Irish characterizations. All comedy, with change of costumes for each song; 15 min. in one; went over big.
37 min. “A Pest House.” A low comedy sketch of old style with Imhof in his well known Irish character as the principal. Very well played and a laughing hit from start to finish.
Sully and Mack did all right. The “wop” comic got powerful laughs and remained consistently in character throughout, piling up an impression. The straight man was wonderfully straight, and used “Do you mean to tell me?” and “Let me understand you clearly,” and wore perfectly fitted clothes, and sang a mother ballad, playing it according to Hoyle. Not that it wasn’t what the act required – it certainly was. It as a strong team, the work is fast, and the finish was a wallop.
16 Mins.; One. … Opening with a song solo Norton is interrupted from the aisle by Hilton. Both are in evening attire with Hilton wearing the large ear enveloping derby he uses for comedy purposes. The comic got some laughs at the Alhambra by crossfiring with people he knew in the audience. He is a fave in the neighborhood. Hilton mounts the stage for some comedy song titles and a parody with patter chorus preceded by an Al Herman announcement about the acts on the bill being jealous, using almost the same phrasing as used by Herman and Mel Klee, the latter claiming permission. Following the get-back dialog an imitation of Harry Lauder by Norton in Scotch attire with Hilton joining him in comedy get-up with hot water bottle, whisk broom, etc., for a song double and burlesque Scotch dance. The team got laughs in abundance all through in the fourth spot, taking several legitimate bows and a speech at the finish.
23 min. In “Little Cherry Blossom,” This is a new Japanese comedy with just a little sentiment in it and gives Miss Bergere an excellent opportunity for a delightful bit of character work along the same line that she did in “His Japanese Wife.” She is very well supported by a company of five and the sketch registered a solid hit, closing to a very warm applause.
In a Scotch comedy called, “The Concealed Bed,” with a cast of five, three women and two men. As a New York feature, this man’s name is great, being the author of “Bunty Pulls the Strings” and “A Scrape o’ the Pen,” and I presume it would be a novelty all over the circuit, as the players are genuine Scots from Glasgow. Like “Bunty,” “The Concealed Bed” deals with Scotch life. The bed is not an unusual feature of tenement house in Glasgow. Only insofar as it is used as a place of concealment during the course of the play, is it of importance in the amusing situations and development of the plot. The real humor of the story is in the lines and the antics of a couple of comedy characters. The offering is novel and worthy of booking. Twenty-eight minutes, full stage.
“Just Landed.” They have some pretty good lines and Mr. Lawrence, too, sings some Irish songs quite well and the act pleased. Our strongest criticism is that miss Fitzgerald does not dress as befits the character she is portraying. Their own drop in one.