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> Lend An Ear, 1948 Premiere, At The Las Palmas Theatre
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meganmarilyn
post Sep 2 2007, 11:00 AM
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Not much is known about this photo of Marilyn attending the play LEND AN EAR in 1948. The Las Palmas Theatre is located around the corner from the Egyptian Theatre and Vogue and Newview theaters. Located at 1642 North Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, CA, this has been in entertainment use since the 1930's. It became a strip club and then in the early 1960's it was screening gay porn movies. The seating capacity was 600 on one floor.

In the mid-1970's it began screening more mainstream movies and the Los Angeles premier of John Walters "Female Trouble" was held here, Divine made a personal appearance. By the mid-1980's it had become a popular legitimate 'fringe' theatre and a big hit was Richard Dreyfuss & Bruce Davison in a production of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart". It closed as a theatre in 1999 and has had several operators use the space as a nightclub (in 2002 it was called 'Blue').


The guy on the left is Bill Eythe. He made a bunch of movies at 20th Century Fox beginning in the early 1940's. In the post-war years, Fox began to lose interest and Eythe was seen with less frequency. To compensate for the waning of interest, he formed his own production company and appeared on stage in such fare as "The Glass Menagerie" in the showy role of son Tom. He also enjoyed seeing one of his early revues, "Lend an Ear", revamped by Charles Gaynor and given a Broadway run in 1948. Eythe was one of the show's producers and singing stars. The musical is best remembered for putting co-star Carol Channing on the map.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0264278/bio
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Eythe

The guy on the right is Bill Callahan. I couldn't find any info on him.

LEND AN EAR also opened up in Broadway, December 16, 1948.

And here is a Times Magazine review article from December 27.

New Revue in Manhattan
Monday, Dec. 27, 1948


Lend an Ear blossoms out, after a long, wintry start, into a really gay intimate revue. Hailing from the West Coast, it often has a rough-diamond, loud-check sense of fun about it; and can be strenuously youthful as well as unpolished. But it has the greatest of assets for an intimate revue—a satiric eye and sassy tongue; and when it manages to be deft and daft at once, is thoroughly hilarious.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/...promoid=googlep

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post Sep 2 2007, 12:11 PM
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Thanks Megan (IMG:style_emoticons/default/clapping.gif) !
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post Sep 2 2007, 02:08 PM
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Thank you Megan!
I always love finding out more about "mysterious" early Marilyn pics.
I think Bill Callahan might have been a Broadway actor.
I did a search and found a picture of someone by that name performing on Broadway in 1948:
sounds possible.
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post Sep 2 2007, 02:56 PM
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Molly, do you have the link for that? Interesting, thanxs. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/throb.gif)

Anyone know what flowers Marilyn is being presented with?


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Thank you Megan!I always love finding out more about "mysterious" early Marilyn pics.I think Bill Callahan might have been a Broadway actor. I did a search and found a picture of someone by that name performing on Broadway in 1948:sounds possible. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/balloon.gif)


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QUOTE(meganmarilyn @ Sep 2 2007, 02:56 PM) *
Molly, do you have the link for that? Interesting, thanxs. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/throb.gif)

Anyone know what flowers Marilyn is being presented with?


I think it was gettyimages,
just type in his name and the picture should come up.
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post Sep 2 2007, 04:12 PM
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Yes, I think that is him.

Here's the info...

Dancers Kathryn Lee & Bill Callahan in scene from Broadway show As the Girls Go. 01 Jan 1948.

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post Sep 2 2007, 06:33 PM
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Megan, you are such a great researcher!!!! Thanks for the info!!! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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Couldn't resist trying to see what it said on the cover of the folder on the table I got this.

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Can anyone make out what it says at the top? To me it looks like " [The] Plung..." or something.
(I think it says "The Las Palmas Theatre" at the bottom.)

Here are also a few notes on the production:

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post Jul 14 2008, 03:01 PM
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Good stuff Lasse. You have a great eye, never thought about looking at the cover. I'm guessing that is a restaraunt menu? Or playbill? I have no clue.

More playbill's from Dec 6, 1948, at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. May 30, 1949, at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC. October 3, 1949, at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC.

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post Jul 14 2008, 03:25 PM
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I struck gold!

Lend An Ear ad for October 1948 in the Los Angeles Times.

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post Jul 14 2008, 03:48 PM
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And a TIME magazine review of the show hitting Broadway...


New Revue in Manhattan
Dec. 27, 1948



Lend an Ear (sketches, lyrics & music by Charles Gaynor; produced by William R. Katzell, Franklin Gilbert & William Eythe) blossoms out, after a long, wintry start, into a really gay intimate revue. Hailing from the West Coast, it often has a rough-diamond, loud-check sense of fun about it; and can be strenuously youthful as well as unpolished. But it has the greatest of assets for an intimate revue—a satiric eye and sassy tongue; and when it manages to be deft and daft at once, is thoroughly hilarious.

Its best jokes are family jokes, jabbing aspects of the entertainment world that age has withered or custom staled. There is a lush spoof of a road-company opera that the unpaid musicians have walked out on; and opera done without music can be flayed without mercy. There is a tearful but cheerful lament by three washed-up queens of the silent films; above all, there is "The Gladiola Girl," a wonderfully funny, insanely accurate burlesque of a routine musical of the '20s (see cut).

Lend an Ear attempts other targets with varying aim: those squalid Latin American tourist villages where hot sex and heavy gunfire are hourly occurrences in the public square; a bandleader and his wife sweating to live up to the lurid—and contradictory—bulletins the columnists issue about them; an old-fashioned Friday afternoon dancing class, in which the Penrod motif loses out to the pretty-pretty. There are the usual—all-too-usual—dance numbers in Lend an Ear, and some pleasantly forgettable tunes.

As is pretty much the rule with intimate revues, Lend an Ear is almost completely new faces and unknown names. But a number of these—as is pretty much the rule, too, when the revues are any good—may before long be pleasantly familiar. Among the others: Yvonne Adair, George Hall and Carol Channing, a large doll-eyed blonde who can be almost spectacularly funny.

. . .

It took seven years for Lend an Ear to get to Broadway. It took Author Charles Gaynor 19. Ever since Dartmouth he had wanted to write big-time musicals. While he was sparring for an opening, he did such odd jobs as playing the piano at weddings and writing college songs for a Fred Waring radio program. Having now performed the rare feat of writing the music, lyrics and sketches for a hit revue (almost always a collaborators' patchwork), he is planning a musical comedy.

Lend an Ear was written for the Pittsburgh Playhouse just before the war. One version lasted two weeks in a summer theater in 1941; another opened this June in Los Angeles, where it is now entering its 26th week. The 18 numbers in the Broadway version include only four from the 1941 original. It had incubated so long that a straight-faced Latin number had to be rewritten as a parody of itself.

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post Jul 14 2008, 04:39 PM
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QUOTE(meganmarilyn @ Jul 14 2008, 03:25 PM) *
I struck gold!

Lend An Ear ad for October 1948 in the Los Angeles Times. I"m guessing that is approximately when Marilyn went. Neat!


Nice find!

Regarding the date of the Marilyn picture, I don't know if you noticed this thread, Megan:

http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/ind...?showtopic=9900


Although I have no confirmation or a source for the date, I have so far assumed that the photo of Marilyn was taken at the premiere of Lend An Ear in Hollywood. The premiere at The Las Palmas Theatre, as mentioned in the TIME review, was some time in June 1948. (As shown above they were rehearsing it in mid-May.) The play obvioulsy - as your ad shows - got a long run in Hollywood, all the while it also was being prepared for a New York set up.

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thanx so much for this new information for me!!
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QUOTE(meganmarilyn @ Sep 2 2007, 08:56 AM) *
Molly, do you have the link for that? Interesting, thanxs. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/throb.gif)

Anyone know what flowers Marilyn is being presented with?


The flower looks like a gladiolus to me.

I found this information on the premiere on June 14, 1948:
http://books.google.com/books?id=3hJOmDGWn...2&ct=result
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yeah! great information!
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More sheet music & playbill with inside pages.
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the program in our Marilyn photo
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