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Sunday, March 24, 2024

The Arbuckle Archive: A Fatty Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

For the birthday of slapstick screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, a little aid to navigating his posts on Travalanche: People Main Biographical Post on Arbuckle Minta Durfee (wife) …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:32PM

For His 150th Birthday: A Houdini Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

Born 150 years ago today: the great Harry Houdini! Houdini’s the only magician to whom I’ve devoted an entire section on Travalanche. We thought we would observe this benchmark birthday …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:18AM

Charlotte Mineau: From Michigan to “Monkey Business” by Trav S.D.

Thanks, Matthew Coniam, of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast and The Annotated Marx Brothers, who made me aware of Charlotte Mineau (1886-1979). I’d noticed her in Monkey Business (1931) a…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:18AM
Saturday, March 23, 2024

For World Bear Day: The Bears of Travalanche by Trav S.D.

We celebrate World Bear Day by bestowing upon the ursines similar attention to that which we have directed toward dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, mules, birds, ducks, lions, tigers, elephants, …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:32AM

Paul Valentine: Of “Love Happy” and Lili St. Cyr by Trav S.D.

Paul Valentine (William Daixel, 1919-2006) comes to our attention (just barely) because he plays one of the principals in the late Marx Brothers movie Love Happy (1950). Unfortunately, after…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:32AM
Friday, March 22, 2024

A Chico Marx Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

What with today being Chico Marx’s birthday, and Marxfest looming (less than two months away), we thought we would get all our chicks in a row to assist your investigation of this intrigui…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:48AM

For International Taxi Driver’s Day: On “The Taxi Boys” by Trav S.D.

March 22, by some mysterious decree, has been designated International Taxi Drivers Day, the ideal time, it would appear, to introduce Hal Roach’s “Taxi Boys” comedies. The Taxi Boys w…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:48AM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Four More Activities This Weekend for the Discerning Variety Lover by Trav S.D.

The word “more” appears in our title on account of the previous post, which promoted an April 13 burlesque tribute to Flo Ziegfeld. Here are four other related events happening prior to …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:18PM

Ziegfeld, A-Z (And a New Tribute Show) by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of the great showman Flo Ziegfeld — seemed like the proper time to let you know about The Ziegfeld Girls Revue, playing at the The Green Room 42 (and livestreaming) o…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:12AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Odds and Ends on Ibsen by Trav S.D.

#botd Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), who, as depicted above, could easily have been cast as a member of The Three Keatons. Ibsen’s name is often paired with Chekhov’s but…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:02PM

Of Gelding, Gilding, and Edmund Goulding by Trav S.D.

Only recently did I conclude that I was a fan of director Edmund Goulding (1891-1959), having passed that crucial moment when I was realized that several movies I like had a key artist in co…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:42AM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

50 Years Ago Today: The Suicide of Edward Platt by Trav S.D.

March 19, 1974 marked the endpoint of the lifespan of character actor Edward Platt (b. 1916). Readers of a certain age know Platt primarily from one particular role, so much so that they are…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:06AM
Monday, March 18, 2024

Who Are the Stars of Marxfest? by Trav S.D.

Who are the stars of Marxfest, the Marx Brothers festival taking place in NYC just two months from now? Well, I’ll tell yer! And in my patented, condensed, prioritized way, for the conveni…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:42PM

Tomorrow Night: A Salute to Molly Picon by Trav S.D.

Concert Lecture: A Salute to the Remarkable Molly Piconat the Museum at Eldridge StreetTuesday, March 19 | 6PM ET In conjunction with the exhibition On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Rema…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:12AM
Sunday, March 17, 2024

Slán, Mr. McCourt by Trav S.D.

Malachy McCourt (1931-2024) passed away just a week ago; it made sense to me save a little send-off to him for today, St. Patrick’s Day. Malachy was not as well known internationally as hi…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:54PM

The Lovin’ Spoonful (Happy 80th Birthday, John Sebastian) by Trav S.D.

John Sebastian (b.1944) turns 80 years old today. Sebastian grew up in Greenwich Village — what was it like having a birthday there on St. Patrick’s Day, I’d like to know? Well, this i…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:36PM
Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Travalanche Finding Aid for Posts About Jerry Lewis by Trav S.D.

Be prepared, readers! The Jerry Lewis centennial approaches; there will be many more posts about the divisive comedian over the next couple of years. I have even been telling friends that I�…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:24AM

On Keaton’s Sound Shorts (1934-41) by Trav S.D.

90 years ago today (March 16, 1934) saw the release of The Gold Ghost, the first of Buster Keaton’s sixteen short subject comedies for Educational Pictures. The years of Keaton’s talkie …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:24AM
Friday, March 15, 2024

For Shoe the World Day: Show Business Looks at Shoe Business by Trav S.D.

Know thou of the Giant Shoe Museum at Pike Place Market in Seattle? Its mandate is not shoes as big as houses (although that’s entirely possible), but shoes worn by pituitary giants, inclu…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:54PM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Ben Dova: The Vaudevillian Who Survived The Hindenburg by Trav S.D.

March 14 was the birthday of Joseph Anthony Spah (1905-86), professionally known as “Ben Dova”. Spah was 17 when he immigrated to the U.S. from his native Alsace-Lorraine in 1922. A circ…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:54AM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Dig Yerself a “Dead Outlaw” by Trav S.D.

Here’s a crazy yarn about a crazier yarn! In 2006, Broadway brilliantine David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Tootsie), having read my book No Applause and learning that …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:12AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

In Which We Scrutinize “Scooby Doo” by Trav S.D.

Ken Spears and Joe Ruby had a lot in common: both born in March (Spears #otd), both died in 2020, both born in Los Angeles, both served in the Navy. Oh, and both were co-creators of Scooby D…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:12PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

The Tragedy of Albert Salmi by Trav S.D.

We begin our look at the life of character Albert Salmi (1928-1990) in the middle rather than the beginning or the shocking end, for it is the part that will orient you. Like 99.99% of you I…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:12PM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

Richard Haydn: The Carp Who Crossed the Atlantic by Trav S.D.

What an amazing life and career was the portion of British-American comedy character actor Richard Haydn (1905-1985), a creature of live theatre, film, radio, television, and the printed pag…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:32AM
Saturday, March 9, 2024

Lloyd Price: Mr. Personality by Trav S.D.

March 9 was the birthday of an important figure in rock and roll history whose name and contributions have never been well-known enough to satisfy justice, Lloyd Price (1933-2021). Price cam…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:24AM
Friday, March 8, 2024

Clarifying Claire Trevor by Trav S.D.

I’ve always found Claire Trevor (Claire Wemlinger, 1910-2000) enigmatic, and Hollywood’s use of her confounding, which is to say the same thing, I guess. She was normally cast as hard, b…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:32AM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Now Available to Pre-Order: “Zeppo, The Reluctant Marx Brother” — and More! by Trav S.D.

We awoke to exciting news this morning — Robert S. Bader has just announced his new book Zeppo: The Reluctant Marx Brother, published by Applause, will be on shelves as of October 15, and …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:32AM

Heads Up! Live Screenings of Vintage Comedy Shorts Coming Your Way in NYC by Trav S.D.

Great news for lovers of vintage comedy shorts in NYC — there are many live screenings coming up in your near future! It starts today (March 7, 2024, for those of you who don’t look at t…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Lewis Gilbert: From the Music Hall to Moonraker by Trav S.D.

Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018) was a successful British film director, but it was his trad show biz origins that tipped the balance toward his inclusion in these annals. Gilbert’s parents had a…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:32AM
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The Other Sheila Terry by Trav S.D.

A few words on the breif career of B movie actress Sheila Terry (Kathleen “Kay” Mulhern, 1910-1957). The title of this post is to clarify a confusion that could only happen to the kind o…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:24AM

Clémentine Delait and the Cafe of the Bearded Woman by Trav S.D.

Today we throw a few crumbs to Clémentine Delait (1865-1939), the Most Celebrated Bearded Lady in France! Delait was born and raised in Lorraine, France, near the German and Swiss borders.…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 07:18AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards