February 28, 1935
Cliffside, February 26 — Ragged Ends: Nothing brings the joy that an accordion act does. The lilting, swinging pep of the accordion gets me… Andre Kostelanetz and his 40-piece orchestra are one of the best musical radio units I know… The trend of three common priced automobiles has certainly something lacking. The average car lacks a few things one has in mind for the “good taste” transportation… Recent shows. “The Case Of The Howling Dog” with Warren William as Perry Mason, the brilliant criminal lawyer. The show is fair. Many, I believe, like “Forsaking All Others,” the Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Bob Montgomery picture. Stray question: why isn’t that delightful tune, “Orchids In The Moonlight, played more? Get thee behind me—a great temptation when no one is looking to spurt antiseptic mouth wash in an open fire to see the flash. (For goodness sake.)
The Ted Hammerstein program with Abe Lyman’s hand for Sunday afternoons is a radio high spot. For sake of old times entertainment Gus Edwards is doing his singing acts of the old days. Those were the days of Hammerstein’s Theatre in New York: young Hammerstein’s grandfather operated the house then. Those were the days before Eddie Cantor, Walter Winchell and George Jessel became ushers. At that time they were newsboys in a Gus Edwards singing act—the song: If I Were a Millionaire. Henry Burbig, on this program, throws me in a W. C. Fields fit with his mixed up talk. Is there a funnier fellow on the air?
Bill Allhands, local cartoonist, has been performing his sketching act before clubs from time to time in this state. From time to time he stages this cartooning work. It was our pleasure to drive Allhands last week to the Booster’s Club at Kings Mountain. Here Allhands, with every stroke held the attention of his audience. He was generally commended for his work there by the townsmen. This meeting was held at the new Woman’s Club House, a modern structure of brick. It is hoped on the part of this observer that Allhands will perform for future club meetings in this county.
The Phil-Harmonic Society of New York is presenting the sixth season of their symphony music programs. It is a radio feature of CBS. The distinguished Arturo Toscanini, conducting, has been directing for several weeks a cycle of works by the composer Johann Sebastion Brahms. P. S. to tell the truth I listened to only a part of the program. And you would guess that.
Arval Alcock: Those lines in last issue concerning this observer read like they were equipped with floating power dynamic knee action and syncro-mesh whatsitsname. Thanks. Close readers of The Courier have by now chosen their most popular writer of The Courier. A very popular and handsome young fellow as well as a very able young writer, Arval Alcock is riding along with “Smooth Sailing.” Our idea is Arval Alcock is No. 1 man among young journalist of this section.
I’m hurrying to see Rudy Vallee’s “Sweet Music”….