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Vaudeville Wars How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big-Time and Its Performers

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ISBN-10: 1403968268

ISBN-13: 9781403968265

Edition: 2006

Authors: Arthur Frank Wertheim

List price: $84.99
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Vaudeville Wars illuminates the exciting and intriguing story about how the tycoons of the two most powerful circuits, Keith-Albee in the East and the Orpheum in the West, conspired to control the big time. To create their national network of hundreds of vaudeville theaters, B. F. Keith and Edward Albee and the Orpheum's Morris Meyerfeld and Martin Beck, used cutthroat tactics to suppress rival owners and to squash performers' rights and the White Rats union through strikebreaking and blacklisting. After the two circuits merged, Joseph P. Kennedy masterminded its takover through clever stock transactions and then linked the company to RCA to form Radio Keith Orpheum. When the big-time…    
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Book details

List price: $84.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Origins
From Farm Boy to Museum Owner
Keith's Right-Hand Man
San Francisco's Orpheum
Evolution
The Great Orpheum Circuit
Upstaging Tony Pastor
Gentrifying Keith's Quadruple Circuit
Consolidation and Revolt
Streamlining the Booking Process
The White Rats Strike
Vaudeville Battles
The Combine and the UBO
Morris Challenges the Combine
Vaudevillians vs. The Combine
The Vaudeville Machine
A Host of Grievances
Broadway Sime and the British Lion
Albee Takes Control
How Albee Stole the Palace
Growing Discord
Mountford Strikes Back
The Demise of the Big Time
The Threat of the Big Small Time
"The Toboggan Slide"
Kennedy's Takeover
Epilogue