A Pictorial History of the American Theatre: 1860-1970

A Pictorial History of the American Theatre: 1860-1970

A Pictorial History of the American Theatre: 1860-1970

A Pictorial History of the American Theatre: 1860-1970

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There has been no book up to now which will be as valuable to actors and theatre lovers in years to come as this pictorial history of the American stage by Daniel Blum. Here is a permanent record of all the great plays and players of the last one hundred years.

The camera as it has been used by many masters of the photographic art has an ability which is almost uncanny in capturing mood and Interpretation as well as likeness. Only the camera was able to capture the grace of Ethel Barrymore in Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, the charm of Maude Adams in Peter Pan, and the sheer beauty of John Barrymore's Hamlet. The camera has provided Mr. Blum with more than a complete and moving history of our stage. It is also a history of acting, its growth and its development which should be an invaluable aid to young performers and students of the theatre.

Very often I am asked by young people interested in the theatre as a career, to explain my life in the theatre in terms which would help them on their careers. It is impossible to do so. All you can say is, "I interpreted the role in this or that fashion because this way or that is the way I felt." But this collection of pictures — and I am very happy that I am so well represented — makes it easy. The camera understands and can adequately explain how things were done and very often why. I wish that when I had been young that there had been such a picture book. I might have had an easier time understanding when I was told, "You should have seen her. She was an actress! . . ."

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