“The Gabby Glide of Vaudeville” — tells stories for ten minutes; works in one; went fair.
Garfield and Smith could have gone further on the bill for better results, through this pair went big as any in the show. They have bright talk, putting it over with good delivery, and their early position didn’t make much difference with their being the applause hit.
10 min. in 1. Spl. Two men in tramp make up doing a routine of talk and parodies. Went fair.
[New Act] Talk, 19 mins; one (special) full. Opening with both in a ‘phone booth, getting the same number and stalling as to where each is going to spend the evening, the matrimonial argument starts upon their meeting outside and carries on through another “drop” depicting the car ride home, and finally into “full” for the parlor, where most of the action takes place. Plentiful as to laughs, provided by the husband, getting able assistance from his partner. They ate it up at the 23d [sic] Street Monday night, and the act is no doubt “set” for the smaller houses.
These boys have a good line of rapid fire talk which they put over in good style; received many laughs and closed to a good hand. 20 min. in 1.
15 Mins.; One. Sidney Barcy and Frank Farrington are the two leading male players in “The Million Dollar Mystery.” The pair have had little experience on the vaudeville stage, as their present turn shows. They are picture actors and it is to their disadvantage that they have sought vaudeville. Anyone upon seeing them on the boards will never give them the credit they should get for their work in pictures. The act opens with a reel showing the men as they appear in the serial. They receive a note from the management stating they will be cancelled if they do not put in an immediate appearance as the audience is waiting. Some trick photography is used in the dressing of the two men. Their clothes spring to them from places around the room. The picture shows them rushing to the theatre. At this point they appear n the stage and the few real picture fans present on the roof Monday night (not many, or they would have been downstairs) let forth some applause. The two men stood upon the stage in an assumed dazed manner and questioned each other what they should do. Bracy told Farrington nearly lost his life in one of the last episodes. Then both threw bouquets at themselves with Bracy finally going into a sob recitation, the best thing done. Farrington follows with a burlesque story on his job of villain. This failed to amuse as did many of his antics. Frank may be able to do a number of things before the camera that won’t go over in vaudeville. For the finale the two sing about the “Mystery” and they make a hasty exit, to return for a last attempt at comedy by Farrington. It is a freak act and the names should bring business in the houses where the picture has been playing. The turn is running too long, opening.
Full Stage (17); One (4). “Pick” – Act. 21 Mins. Act will not do in present shape. Bradly put together and entirely too talky. Robinson Brooks does a female impersonation of a “wrench” and “bawls out” her “husband” throughout the turn. Four picks try for singing and dancing. They are very bad in the former department and do not pull anything unusual in the latter.
9 Mins.; One. Sam Soder has adapted Harry Breen’s idea to suit himself and his talents and is presenting a rhyming stunt on the small time which he works straight. He is very bad on English, and this, with his poor personal appearance, makes it rather hard going for him at first. After the audience gets what he is doing, he passes nicely. His offering is one that is essentially small time.
22 Mins.; One. George T. Stallings, the miracle man of baseball, came to bat at the Palace Monday night with nothing but a prayer and a few pieces of note paper. The marvellous smile, of which page after page has been written was a very nervous person when he appeared before the Palace audience, so nervous a mere sneeze from the gallery would have sent him right through the roof. But nobody sneezed and nobody wheezed and George went right through his little task of earning that $1,500 like a major, once he wound up, and finished the expected hit amid loving cups, floral pieces, and the usual introductions that go along with the engagement. Stallings formally apologized for his presence and after announcing he was totally unprepared for the ordeal, proceed to tell of his troubles with the Boston Braves and his fun with the Athletics. He delivered his little talk in a nice even tone, continually pacing up and down the stage. A fine looking type of athlete, he is brimful of personality and with a few more shows should overcome the nervousness and proceed to develop into an attraction. Always remaining, of course, in the classification of freak acts. Occasionally he provoked a rousing hand during the little spiel, but threw a damp chill over the assembled fans when he rebuked them for their fickleness. Needless to say the house was packed to the rafters. Johnny Evers, the utility man for vaudevilling baseball players, was introduced, and at the finale, Bozeman Bulger presented Stallings with a loving cup. Stallings makes a good pulling card and while he is a bit wild in control just now he will undoubtedly become accustomed to the glare of the footlights and soon be able to get them over the plate quite as well as Mike Donlin, Rube Marquard or even “King” Cole.
10 Mins.; One. Stories in dialect, told with considerable unction, Miss Hight is a local product, lacking vaudeville experience. She has a fund of pretty fair stories, beginning with Irish tales and then German, also darky folk stories. Her voice lacks carrying power, and she needs stage training Monday afternoon the house was pretty well filled with friends. As a lyceum attraction who would do much better.