April 26, 1934
Cliffside, April 25 — With John Tinkler, Spud Crawford, Shirley White and Obe Padgett, I saw the premiere stage presentation last week at The Romina. We liked the show. We want to see more stage prologues and have learned, unofficially, that the “Broadway Vanities” troupe will again be in town on May 10th, offering a complete new program. We hope that future bookings will be made. Congratulations to the management of The Romina for the show you brought us last week. The tap dancing of Larry Forbes, the team dancing of Sis and Bud McCall and the systematic duo—Neville and Day— received the approval of the five bachelors “from the village.” In fact, we came to town “just trying to get along,” and enjoyed the theatre evening which included the very good picture, “The Ninth Guest,” with Genevieve Toblin, Donald Cook and Hardie Albright. This was a gripping story, and as Spud Crawford says, “Yeah, the audience didn’t move.” Among the enthusiastic attenders of this performance, as we noticed in the lobby and at the street entrance, who seemed, interestingly, pleased with the show, were: Mr. and Mrs. Myles Haynes, Dr. and Mrs. Oscar J. Mooneyham, Mr. Martin Mauney, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Smith, Miss Billy Chesson. To the theatre of “Luxury Without Extravagance” we say “We’ve gotta have jig-time all the rest of our days” so when possible give us more stage prologues.
A note to “youse guys”: Do not precede your lady down the aisle when an usher is in attendance… If no usher, do precede her. Hold your overcoat on your lap… Stand, if someone enters your row of seats… Save your “dirty” laughter for home use; no one needs it.
The Twentieth Century pictures radio programs are the best I have heard recently. Rupert Hughes announced. Jack Oakie did his funny sayings. The Twentieth Century orchestra played, “Coffee In the Morning and Kisses in the Night” from the picture “Moulin Rouge” which is a story about the Parisian Montmarte, the comparative district in Paris to New York’s Bowery. Tullio Carmanati sang. Ronald Coleman spoke from London. Constance Bennett and Frederic March did a sketch from their new picture. Armida sang. Mr. George Arliss spoke about his picture “The House of Rothschild.”