Monday, April 23, 2012


Billed as America’s Latest Novelty Revue, GLAD RAGS entertained Melbourne at the Tivoli in December 1942 . The eight panel fold out theatre programme lists the New Yorkers who provided acrobatic burlesque . Star of the show was George Wallace , whose Ocker-like humour was popular ; Clem Dawe and Eric Edgley, well known in Australian showbiz, also performed ; Elsa Stenning, known as the Australian nightingale, who had performed at the Royal Opera House, London, not only wowed the audience with her voice but gave a lunch hour recital in Collins Street during an Austerity Loan Rally .Comedy sequences were provided by Fred Parsons who wrote scripts for the radio personality Roy ReneMo McCackie of McCackie Mansions. Also on the card were the Tivoli glamour girls and famous ballet dancers. For the tenth year in a row, the Christmas pantomime MOTHER GOOSE , with 150 artists, was staged . Advertisements included " the world’s greatest counter lunch" at the City Club Hotel and there was no shortage of stockings at that stage of the war as Mignon hosiery , in all the newest and most glamorous shades- a thrill to touch , a joy to wear- were available from a penny less then six shillings (60c). (From Little Darwin Ephemera Collection.)