A married couple who have a song-and-dance act in vaudeville are in trouble. Their struggling act is going nowhere, they're almost broke and they have to do something to get them back on top or they'll really be in trouble. They decide to put their young son in the act in hopes of attracting some new attention. The boy turns out to be a major talent, audiences love him and the act is on its way to the top. That's when an organization whose purpose is to stop children from performing on stage shows up, and they're dead set on breaking up the act. Written by
MUSICAL COMEDY OF THE VAUDEVILLE DAYS! (original ad - all caps)
Did You Know?
When Barnes tells June and Joe that Buster can't be in the act in New York because of the "Gerry Society", he is referring to the informal name of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It was founded in 1874 and one of it's co-founders was Elbridge T. Gerry. As of 2017, the organization is still very much active and the state of New York has granted agents of the NYSPCC "peace officer" status - meaning they can conduct law enforcement investigations, make arrests and carry firearms if properly trained. See more
Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
Music by Karl Hoschna
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach See more