Vaudeville Wars


How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big Time and Its Performers
written by Arthur Frank Wertheim, published by Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of Contents

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Part One
From Farm Boy to Museum Owner
Keith's Right-Hand Man
San Francisco's Orpheum

Part Two
The Great Orpheum Circuit
Upstaging Tony Pastor
Gentrifying Keith's Quadruple Circuit

Part Three
Consolidation and Revolt
Streamlining the Booking Process
The White Rats Strike

Part Four
Vaudeville Battles
The Combine and the UBO
Morris Challenges the Combine
Part Five
Vaudevillians vs. The Combine
The Vaudeville Machine
A Host of Grievances
Broadway Sime and the British Lion

Part Six
Albee Takes Control
How Albee Stole the Palace
Growing Discord
Mountford Strikes Back

Part Seven
The Demise of the Big Time
The Threat of the Big Small Time
"The Toboggan Slide"
Kennedy's Takeover