Appeared (as "Robert Lincoln") in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Robert E. Sherwood
. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner
. Directed by Elmer Rice
. Plymouth Theatre: 15 Oct 1938-Dec 1939 (closing date unknown/472 performances). Cast: Raymond Massey
(as "Abraham Lincoln"), Ora Alexander, Dorothy Allan, Frank ...
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John Howard Payne
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Did You Know?
Back in 1937 while I was under contract to Paramount, I sang on a five-minute radio program with another contract player from Paramount. A girl who's done rather well since -- Betty Grable
. Betty and I didn't do so well then, though. We couldn't find a sponsor and finally gave up the program. I sang low tenor -- or, should I say, high baritone.
Writer France Ingram, in her article on John for Classic Images, March 2011, states that John's first acting break was while he was working as a radio singer in the mid-1930s. The Shubert Organization discovered him and offered him a part touring with one of their road companies at $40 a week.