Ebay mystery



Los Angeles Times file photo

Pat Collins, left, Edward G. Robinson and Julian Eltinge for a performance by the Dominos Club, Nov. 25, 1935.

Well, that explains it.

Yes, I was trolling EBay again in my continual search for reasonably
priced items from the Mason Operahouse. What should I find but a
program from a 1917 benefit performance for the family of Maitland
, featuring our old friend Julian Eltinge. Plus Charlie Chaplin,
Leo Carrillo, William S. Hart, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and an audience
that without exaggeration was an array of the era’s stage and screen

A little research reveals that Davies was a dramatic critic for one of
The Times’ competing papers. But having been a critic at one point in
my career, it is difficult to imagine such an outpouring of goodwill
for someone who reviewed the performing arts.

Aha! Further research reveals that before going to the dark side,
Davies was a singer and actor of some renown, although given the
sketchy resource material in the early online newspapers, it’s
difficult to tell whether he was particularly prominent.

Although he died in Los Angeles, he apparently wasn’t worth an obituary
in The Times, but Davies received a few lines in the New York Times, which
noted that he died during an operation "at his home." His obituary in
the Chicago Tribune says that Davies was a well-known singer before
becoming a dramatic critic for the Los Angeles Evening Express and the Los Angeles Tribune. The
Chicago paper also noted that Davies was the brother of the late Acton
Davies, for many years the dramatic critic of the New York Sun.

Another EBay mystery solved.

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1 Response to Ebay mystery

  1. noodleman says:

    The photo with Edward G. Robinson sure looks doctored. Or was there a light source from his back?
    –The original print looked as if someone had scratched a line around Robinson’s head and shoulders. Painting out backgrounds was very typical in the old days. In this case somebody just scratched a line instead.
    –This is a typical example:


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