Robert Carrolton Jinks and his companions form a marching club to boost the presidential campaign for General Grant. They design fantastic costumes and set the club in an uproar when they appear in them. Jinks is made captain of the marching club and dubbed "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines." While discussing plans for the campaign Jinks sees a bill poster pasting up a great placard announcing the coming of Madame Trentoni, a famous opera singer. Jinks and his two friends decide to go to the boat to meet her dressed in their marching uniforms and accompanied by a band, just for a joke. Jinks bets $1,000 with his friends that he can make love to her. The boat is an hour late in docking and the band leader discovers that he has been playing his music for nothing. He becomes angry and the entire band adjourns to a nearby saloon for drinks. Jinks and his friends go with them. Reporters who have gone to the boat to meet Madame Trentoni fear that if Jinks and his band are present at the ... Written by
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Based on the hit play of the same name, the comedy, starring H. Reeves Smith as "Jinks" and Ethel Barrymore
as "Madam Trentoni," debuted at the Garrick Theatre on Broadway on 4 Feb 1901 and ran for a respectable 168 performances before closing the following June. It reopened briefly in that fall and enjoyed two less successful revivals in 1907 and 1938. The play was originally produced by Charles Frohman
, a legendary figure on Broadway who had died in the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915 at age 64. See more