I didn't know Esther well. She was a friend of friends. After she passed away, there was a box filled with snapshots she'd taken. Many were recognizable theatre celebs of long ago. Other photos were of her and others. Some photos had inscriptions on the reverse, which I've noted. Others had nothing. This box was destined for the trash bin. I saved it.

21 September 2009

"Crazy With the Heat" "Shubert 1941"

Taken outside the Shubert Theatre, Boston while the revue, "Crazy With The Heat" was in the house. (It's time in New York was fleeting.) Is "Foreign Legion Dude" signing an autograph? Once again, Esther labeled the show & location, but no names. Grrr...

If Anonymous is correct, the first two visible folks in the photo below are pictured here....Luella Gear & Willie Howard.

And here are two more from "CWTH". I have to presume that these are from the first incarnation of the show (the Boston tryouts) which went to Broadway & played a whopping 7 performances. After closing, it was then taken over by Ed Sullivan, restaged and played for 92 performances. Missing from this new production was Richard Kollmar, (Mr. Dorothy Killgallen) both his person & song writing credit gonzo. Ouch. If only Esther had managed to get a snapshot of Dickie!


askthecoolcookie said...


BUt hell if I know who he is. Maybe he's one third of Tip Tap and Toe.

Anonymous said...

In the first CWTH photo, I believe the first two (visible) folks from our left are Luella Gear, the comedienne, and Willie Howard, the vaudeville "dialect comedian."

normadesmond said...

hey anonymous, you're absolutely terrific! thank you so much! i imagine luella & willie are just as thrilled as i am.