June 21, 1934
Cliffside, June 20 — Taking a glance at the current shows on Broadway: The Ziegfield Follies made its first three runs at the Winter Garden, Broadway and 50th, on Saturday, June 9th …”Dodsworth,” the Sinclair Lewis story dramatized by Sidney Howard, runs until June 30 and reopens August 20. This is a Max Goldon presentation at the Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street. Seats are $1.10…”As Thousands Cheers” with Clifton Webb, Helen Broderick, Marilyn Miller, is running at the Music Box on West 45th. Ethel Waters, the Harlem singer, is raptured???… At the New Amsterdam on that famous 42nd Street, of course, is running Jerome Kern’s and Otto Harbach’s “Roberta.” Tamera, black-eyed young Russian beauty, sings “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” this production which is another Max Gordon job with seats to $3.00. Lyda Roberti occupies a favorite spot in the show…”Sailors, Beware,” known as the side-splitting jovial comedy is running in its ninth month at the Lyceum Theatre on West 45th Street, east of Broadway…Probably the greatest attraction to visitors is the Bobby Sanford “Showboat Revue???” in conjunction with a night cruise on the Hudson River Line’s Buccaneer.” This moonlight cruise on the river leaves West 42nd Street at 8:30 and returns at 1:00 A. M.
Though the younger of this section avow themselves to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (and I don’t blame them) we note that they cater well also to Jan Garber. In Charlotte for the conniption were: ??m Dorsey, Jack Rudisill, George Harris?? Madison Moss, Susie Wilkie, Catherine McBrayer and Billee Chesson (Forest City) Mary Miller (Rutherford) Ted Frye (Avondale) Andy Love (Cliffside) George Wary (Shelby) and Charles Carpenter, Cliffside boy, now of Charlotte. ??? and those two Gents from Shelby whose names get by the old typewriter right now.
Unaffected, unassuming and far from conceited. Shirley White, of Cliffside, is what one might call a grand fellow.” Shirley treats his fellowman as he would be treated. He is the likeable sort who has many friends in town. Always fortified with a jovial disposition, he has plenty of wit of his own style. The outstanding??? impression Shirley gives me is??? the policy: Always say something good about your fellowman since there are plenty to keep him down when he has tough luck. This is a policy which he follows… And also he is tall and handsome. His contagious laugh gets him into and out of more jams than can he imagined. His friends always join in a jovial mood due to his presence. He carries a line the girls “just can’t ___???” is a most careful driver, and if you ask me “he can be had.”
Miss Billee Chesson, Forest City and Lake Lure, tells us of the opening of the Rhododendron Festival on first Wednesday in Asheville. It is pleasing to note Miss Chesson’s selection as “Miss Lake Lure” for the Parade on the opening day. Miss Chessson’s float consists of a boat and aquaplane rigged on wheels which gave the effect of the great outboard sport.
Two Cliffside children won the American Legion’s contest for a drawing of the “Poppy Day” poster. First prize was taken by Lester Thrift, age 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burleigh Thrift, of River Street, and the second prize was won by young Miss Grace McCurry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCurry, Main Street. This contest, we are advised, was conducted by the Rutherfordton unit of the Legion. Though the prize money was a small sum, the Cliffside youngsters are quite excited because of this accomplishment. It is said that the drawing ability of these two Cliffside hopefuls is exceptionally good. Thanks, Clyde Edwards.
We wonder if song writers are of the same annoying family of insects as are columnists, for instance, who crop up from small towns. Their new popular songs forever keep the columnist worried, maybe. “Bogey Man” for instance is a late one and “Ain’t Lazy, Just Dreaming.” And this one:
All my troubles are mended
You’re my needle and thread
My hat’s on the side of my head.
To Jiggs Goforth of the Soda Shop: Thanks, old man, for the kind words in regard to my attempt at writing about such a great fellow as Lawrence “Jack” Blanton.