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1. Alexander Gray

Actor | The Song of the Flame

Alexander Gray called himself "a bashful man with a stutter." A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gray attended primary and grammar school in Baltimore, Maryland. His summers were spent milking his uncle's cows in Lancaster County, PA. No one would have dreamed that this cow-milking boy would become a ...

2. Art Gentry

Actor | A Great Idea

The Four Eton Boys were educated in small towns near St. Louis, where they all gained dramatic experience in amateur productions. Charlie and Jack Day toured the country for nine years as acrobats, playing the Palace Theatre on Broadway nine times in a single year. In 1923 the introduction of their...

3. Arthur Jarrett

Actor | Dancing Lady

The son of stage actor/playwright Arthur L. Jarrett (1884-1960), Arthur Jarrett was a prominent singer in the 1930s and 1940s. Near the end of the 1920s he recorded for Victor and Brunswick with dance orchestras of Ted Weems, Earl Burtnett, Red Nichols, Jimmie Noone and 'Frankie Trumbauer' . He was ...

4. Arthur L. Jarrett

Writer | Moonlight and Pretzels

Arthur L. Jarrett was a stage actor and writer. He was the father of singer Arthur Jarrett and the brother of Daniel Jarrett, Broadway playwright. He played in stock companies all over the US from the 1890s, and appeared in 1955 in the play "The Bad Seed." In 1952, he was seen in "The Shrike" with ...

5. Bernice Claire

Actress | Kiss Me Again

As a singer of light opera, Bernice Claire could be called the trailblazer for Jeanette MacDonald. In the year 1930, Claire and Alexander Gray were "the" operetta duo of talking pictures.

Bernice Claire Jahnigen was born March 22, 1909 in Oakland, California, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph ...

6. Bernice Petkere

Soundtrack | The Jacket

Bernice Petkere (pronounced "pet care") was born in Chicago to Canadian parents. She began as a performer in vaudeville. In a 1998 interview she said: "My mother started my aunt and me (I was five) as an act called 'Baby Dolls'...on the Pantages Circuit." As a teenager, Petkere sang with a dance ...

7. Bob Grimes

Self | Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis

Bob Grimes heard the song, "All My Life" on the radio when he was fourteen. It became his favorite song. All his school friends knew this, and would tease him by singing the song outside his window. So Bob told me: "I just had to have this song. The price of sheet music was 35 cents in those days."...

8. Bobette Christine

Actress | The Flame Song

Born Elizabeth Louise Cristini in Nice, France, Bobette entered New York Harbor June 15, 1931. She performed in Manhattan night clubs, radio, and did a turn on Broadway as "Angele, the Assistant" in the musical "Roberta" (1933). During the run of "Roberta" she accepted engagements (with pianist ...

9. Bria Skonberg

Soundtrack | Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past

Bria Skonberg is a vocalist/trumpeter, and a specialist in classic American Hot Jazz who expands the vocabulary and traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet with worldly rhythms and modern jazz variance. She has been awarded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing! Award (2015) and DownBeat ...

10. Bud Linn

Actor | Honolulu

A lifelong singer, Bud Linn's association with the King's Men quartet was his primary profession, beginning in 1930. From 1934 to 1937 The King's Men (Ken Darby, Arranger & Bass; Rad Robinson Baritone; Jon Dodson, Lead Tenor; Bud Linn, Top Tenor) were a feature of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on RCA...

11. Carroll Gibbons

Soundtrack | Carol

Carroll Gibbons, the composer/bandleader/arranger, was originally from Clinton, Massachusetts. He had worked extensively on the London music scene since his arrival in 1924 with the brassless Boston Orchestra that played at the Hotel Savoy. Gibbons later became the co-leader of the Savoy Orpheans ...

12. Casper Reardon

Actor | You're a Sweetheart

Casper Reardon was born to a vaudeville family in Little Falls, New York. At the age of five he trouped with his parents. His father, who was of Irish descent, presented him with a small Irish harp on his eighth birthday. His début as soloist was with the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction...

13. Charles Pierce

Actor | Torch Song Trilogy

The career of actor and night club nightclub performer Charles Pierce, "Male Actress," Stand-Up Comic in a Dress, and the "Master and Mistress of Surprise or Disguise" included acting and radio announcing, but as a female impressionist, Pierce has left his audiences weak with laughter, and ...

14. Charlie Day

Actor | A Great Idea

The Four Eton Boys were educated in small towns near St. Louis, where they all gained dramatic experience in amateur productions. Charlie and Jack Day toured the country for nine years as acrobats, playing the Palace Theatre on Broadway nine times in a single year. In 1923 the introduction of their...

15. Dana Suesse

Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Nadine Dana Suesse (pronounced Sweese) was born into a lively era in music and entertainment in Kansas City, Missouri on December 3, 1909. When Dana grew too tall for ballet, piano lessons were begun with Kansas City teacher Gertrude Concannon. Her first concert was in Drexel Hall, Kansas City on ...

16. David Fowler

Music Department | Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

David Fowler was an authority on early San Francisco broadcasting history and well known as broadcast journalist and media consultant. Fowler was the Editor of the book by Gladys Hansen and Emmet Condit, "Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire ...

17. Dennis Nyback

American Masters

Dennis Nyback operates the Dennis Nyback Film Archive. It is comprised of over 13,000 short films, from 1895 onward, mostly in 16mm. It is located in Portland, Oregon. Working from his archive he has created over 300 found footage film programs; that he has shown extensively in Europe, Great ...

18. Don Zelaya

Actor | San Francisco Docks

Named after the King of Spain, pianist Don Alfonso Zelaya was the son of José Santos Zelaya, President of Nicaragua from 1893-1909. He was educated in Europe before his father sent him to America to be a general. He was a graduate of West Point, 1910, and served four years in the U.S. Army during ...

19. Dwight Fiske

Self | Showtime, U.S.A.

Dwight Fiske was given his start in Paris, playing a benefit for Marie Dressler. He decided to eschew a musical education to be a performer. Dwight Fiske was unrivaled as singer of risqué songs, entirely by himself except for a few with lyrics by Dawn Powell. A collection of his lyrics, entitled "...

20. Eddie Vogt

Actor | The Missionary

John Edward (Eddie) Vogt had a long career in vaudeville, on stage and in films, mostly silent. His earliest films were made in at the Wharton Studios in Ithaca, New York. He was the son of John Christian Vogt and Mary Gertrude Trunk. Around 1922, while living at 564 Riverside Drive in New York ...

21. Edward Duke

Actor | The French Lieutenant's Woman

Edward Duke was educated at British private schools, Balcombe Place and Stonyhurst College. His expulsion from Stonyhurst was in the tradition of other luminaries Charles Laughton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When his father was posted in Japan as a cultural diplomat, Duke studied Kabuki Theatre, ...

22. Edward Eliscu

Soundtrack | The Producers

Edward Eliscu was primarily known as a songwriter, son of author Edward Eliscu. Educated at City College, New York, he acted in plays. And subsequently became a lyricist of high caliber and authored libretti for shows and later films. His lyric writing credits include Broadway shows Great Day, The ...

23. Edwin C. Hill

Writer | The Fighting President

After his graduation from University of Indiana, Mr. Hill became a newsman. As one of the New York Sun's star reporters he covered centers of interest around the world. He became a director of newsreels and wrote syndicated newspaper columns. He was fond of riding, golf and his bull terrier. His ...

24. Eton Boys

Actor | Moonlight and Pretzels

The Four Eton Boys were educated in small towns near St. Louis, where they all gained dramatic experience in amateur productions. Charlie and Jack Day toured the country for nine years as acrobats, playing the Palace Theatre on Broadway nine times in a single year. In 1923 the introduction of their...

25. Eugene von Grona

Actor | Story Conference

As a child Eugene von Grona (born in Berlin, 1908) was fascinated with "cakewalk" music (ragtime) and dreamed about traveling to the country that spawned the new music. In the 1920s von Grona and his wife, Leni, came to the U.S. with a very open mind for modern music. He and his wife, also a dancer...

26. Frank Britton

Actor | Moonlight and Pretzels

In 1917, Frank Wenzel changed his name to "Frank Britton" to form a double act (trombone and cornet) with Milt Britton. Originators of the "slapstick" orchestra, Britton's Orchestra became known in Europe and the USA as "America's Craziest Orchestra" and "The Mad Musical Maniacs".

The band's routine...

27. Hal Le Roy

Actor | Harold Teen

Hal Le Roy's first professional job was in "Hoboken Heroes" at the Lyric Theater, Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1928. He was young, tall, thin as a pole and had a distinctive, dazzling, eccentric style that was acclaimed by audiences and dancers alike. In 1931 he attracted the attention of Broadway ...

28. Harold Spina

Music Department | Little Miss Broadway

Wrote first song words at age ten. At 16 had own orchestra, playing Catskills, Adirondacks, Poconos, also local New York jobs. At 18 started with Witmark & Sons Music Publishers, in Minstrel Department, "producing" shows for fraternal, religious and other organizations, supplying them with songs, ...

29. Harry M. Woods

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Harry MacGregor Woods' contributions to popular music in the early 20th century are significant and often ignored by scholars. Few composers could boast that their songs lived far beyond the age of most tunes. He could have retired from just his first few hits, but he kept composing successful ...

30. Henry Souvaine

Soundtrack | Queen High

Henry Souvaine was a composer and radio producer. As a child prodigy, he took his first professional bow as violinist with a symphony orchestra in San Francisco. He later switched to the piano. In the early 1920s he lectured about music in public schools. As composer he collaborated with EY Harburg...

31. Jack Day

Actor | A Great Idea

The Four Eton Boys were educated in small towns near St. Louis, where they all gained dramatic experience in amateur productions. Charlie and Jack Day toured the country for nine years as acrobats, playing the Palace Theatre on Broadway nine times in a single year. In 1923 the introduction of their...

32. Jack Denny

Actor | Moonlight and Pretzels

Jack Denny started his musical career in Montreal, Quebec in 1920. His career as leader of his dance orchestra lasted for many years and was especially popular in the early 1930s. He retired from the band business about six years before his death, and worked as salesman for the Baldwin Piano ...

33. Joan Castle

Actress | Young Sinners

A native New Yorker, Joan Castle was attracted to the stage as a child, and the famous talent scout Gus Edwards became her agent in the 1920s. Although Hollywood beckoned in the 1930s, her true love was the stage, and she always gravitated back to Manhattan. In 1930 she was sent to Hollywood to ...

34. Joey Rardin

Actor | The Star Reporter in Hollywood No. 1

Known professionally as Joey Rardin, Joseph Herman Rardin's career began after graduating Ohio University. He worked extensively in vaudeville in the mid-1930s and was featured in theatres and on radio with famous dance bands in the big band era. In vaudeville he played alongside stars such as ...

35. John Hundley

Actor | Moonlight and Pretzels

John Hundley appeared on musical stages beginning in the 1920s. "Polly" (1928), "Heads Up" (1929) and "Spring is Here" (1929) were some of the musicals in which he performed. In 1932 he was signed by producer Courtney Burr for a Vernon Duke-E.Y. Harburg musical, "Walk a Little Faster," starring ...

36. John Rothermel

Actor | Tricia's Wedding

John Rothermel was known as a historical design specialist, researching and documenting furniture and industrial design. An interest in music, acting and public speaking began in grade school. After graduation from West High School in Minneapolis he won a scholarship to the Minneapolis School of ...

37. Johnny Green

Music Department | West Side Story

Composer-pianist-arranger Johnny Green was born in Far Rockaway, New York. The son of musical parents, Green was accepted by Harvard at the age of 15, and entered the University in 1924. Between semesters, bandleader Guy Lombardo heard his Harvard Gold Coast Orchestra and hired him to create dance ...

38. Jon Dodson

Actor | Honolulu

Jon Dodson's association with The King's Men quartet was his primary profession, beginning in 1930. From 1934 to 1937 The King's Men ('Ken Darby', Arranger & Bass; Rad Robinson, Baritone; Jon Dodson, Lead Tenor; Bud Linn, Top Tenor) were a feature of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on RCA records and ...

39. Jon-Erik Kellso

Actor | Revolutionary Road

Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around his home town of Detroit, Michigan. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide ...

40. June MacCloy

Actress | June Moon

June Mary MacCloy was born in Sturgis, Michigan on June 2, 1909. When she was a child her family moved to Toledo, Ohio. With her radiant smile, her tall, blonde, good looks and unusual voice, she brightened many a film and stage with her talent. After 1940 she became an obscure part of Hollywood ...

41. Kurt Kasznar

Actor | Lili

As a young man, Kurt Kasznar enrolled in Max Reinhardt's seminars. He came to the US in the mid-30s in "The Eternal Road," in which he played at least 12 roles. In 1941, he produced the New York show, "Crazy with the Heat." That same year, he was drafted into the army, where he was trained as a ...

42. Mabel Wayne

Soundtrack | The Devil's Advocate

Mabel Wayne was described by a newspaper as a "...red-haired lass from Brooklyn who wrote Spanish songs." Like many other composers, she spent some time in vaudeville before becoming a writer. Few native New Yorkers can boast such a catalog of Latin-influenced songs, which began in 1926 with "In A ...

43. Marguerite & Le Roy

Self | Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer

A popular dance team in vaudeville, Marguerite and LeRoy (first names needed) played in many theaters and cabarets in the early 1930s. They peppered their act with jazz, tap, and even Latin-American rhythms. At the Great Lakes Theatre in Buffalo (March, 1931) they shared the bill with Buddy Ebsen ...

44. Mike Ponella

Actor | Celebrity

Mike Ponella, trumpeter, received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. For over twenty five years he has been the lead trumpeter with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, as well as previous lead trumpet/ soloist work for the United Nation Orchestra...

45. Milt Britton

Actor | Moonlight and Pretzels

Milt Britton started playing vaudeville around 1914. In 1917 he formed a double act (trombone and cornet) with Frank Wetzel, who then changed his name to Frank Britton. Originator of the "slapstick" orchestra, Britton's Orchestra became known in Europe and the USA as "America's Craziest Orchestra" ...

46. Milton Miron

Producer | Luminous Procuress

After receiving a Masters degree in Business, Milton Miron adopted the name "Sebastian" (inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach). From 1967 to 1971 he was an accountant for legendary rock impresario Bill Graham in San Francisco. In 1970 he was screening independent and vintage movies in San Francisco's ...

47. Peter Mintun

Music Department | Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

A fourth generation Californian, Peter Mintun is one of four children of a Berkeley physician and nurse. On the piano he has played by ear since the age of three. Piano lessons were taken from age seven to fourteen. A steady job as accompanist to Berkeley social dancing club Claremont Teens lasted ...

48. Peter Yarin

Actor | Hungry Years

Peter Yarin is a New York-based pianist and composer involved with both jazz and classical music, and a frequent performer and composer of musical theater. He is the full-time pianist for Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra. As composer, Yarin is collaborating on two original musicals in ...

49. Polly Adler

Writer | A House Is Not a Home

Owned and operated New York's best-known bordello in the years preceding World War II. Adler later had best selling book entitled 'A House Is Not a Home' (Rinehart & Co., 1953), ghost-written by Virginia Faulkner. Adler used fictitious names to chronicle her years as a 'madam' to gangsters, police,...

50. Rad Robinson

Actor | The Light of Western Stars

Rad Robinson's association with The King's Men quartet was his primary profession, beginning in 1930. From 1934 to 1937 The King's Men (Ken Darby, Arranger & Bass; Rad Robinson, Baritone; Jon Dodson, Lead Tenor; Bud Linn, Top Tenor, were a feature of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on RCA records and ...


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