The Theatre: Gilbert on Vaudeville

When Manhattan's Palace Theater (most famed two-a-day house in the U.S.) started to show pictures in 1932, U. S. vaudeville was through. Last week, vaudeville got its first full-length biography, by Feature Writer Douglas Gilbert of the New York World-Telegram. His book, American Vaudeville, Its Life and Times —though sometimes more of a catalogue than a history, gives a detailed account of the variety show from its rough beer-hall days through its great era when Italian Singer Tony Pastor purified it, to its death. It is a must book for rememberers of such vaudeville...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!