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WILL MAHONEY and EVIE HAYES Long Daybill Movie poster 1940 Rare Vaudeville Australian TIVOLI THEATRE

Price: AUD $2,500.00
 
 
Original Australian long daybill approx 15" x 40" folded as issued good condition for its age, edge wear with tiny edge tears, creases thoughout and some small holes, primarily in the top credits area.
 
This is a very rare poster for one of the most successful shows of the era. This could well be the only poster to have survived (it is most certainly the only one I have ever heard of) and is an important historical record of the era. The poster would benefit from linen backing and this would not be a difficult job for a restorer.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
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OPERA HOUSE - Palmerston North New Zealand (1940)
The show that shatterred all Box Office records at the Tivoli Theatre in Melbourne and Sydney.
Featuring: The Imp Eternel WILL MAHONEY

Supported by an international cavalcade of stars including;

Evie Hayes, The Four Florays, The Lampinis, Johnny Hyman, Les and Mavis Ritchie, Margaret Kelly, John Dobbie, Cusko's Animal Circus, Bob Geraghty.

Will Mahoney was said to be the highest-paid variety star in America, allegedly earning $5500 per week by the early 1930s. He and his partner Bob Geraghty worked in Britain in 1934-38. Their shows, Radio New York, Why Be Serious and Bats in the Belfry, featured an American artiste, Vina Evelyn (Evie) Hayes. She was aged 25 when Will married her on 26 March 1938 at the register office, Westminster, London. That year Frank Neil, managing director of the Tivoli vaudeville circuit in Australia, brought Mahoney, Hayes and Geraghty to Melbourne.

Their first performance at the Tivoli Theatre on 22 August 1938 marked the beginning of seventeen successful tours of Australasia. As part of their contract, they appeared in Cinesound Productions Pty Ltd's 1939 film, Come Up Smiling (renamed Ants in his Pants).

In January 1943 Mahoney joined Geraghty in the management of the Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane. Popular with American and Australian servicemen, the theatre attracted entertainers from overseas, among them Mahoney's friends Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Gary Cooper, Larry Adler and Artie Shaw. Following the end of World War II, variety shows attracted smaller audiences and the Cremorne began to lose money.

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