Interview with George Shelton about Bobby Clark: Interview with Maurice Barrett about Bobby Clark, 1961-06-06Additional title: Interview with Maurice Barrett about Bobby Clark
NamesShelton, George (Interviewee)Barrett, Maurice, 1874-1963 (Interviewee)Lipton, Bill, 1926- (Interviewer)
Collection of audio interviews about Bobby Clark, 1961-1964
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1961-06-06
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *L(Special) 93-36Shelf locator: *LT-7-A 3808
TopicsClark, Bobby, 1888-1960Shelton, George -- InterviewsBarrett, Maurice, 1874-1963 -- InterviewsActors -- United StatesComedians -- United StatesRabbis -- United States
NotesSource note: Title from collection record; credits and date from the original container.Venue: Recorded at the Lambs Club New York 1961 June 6.Acquisition: Gift; Bill Lipton, 1984.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 56 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips., two track mono ; 7 in.
DescriptionTwo interviews taken on the same date at the same place. 1st interview (25 min.) with George Shelton, a fellow comedian and vaudeville actor, refers to his colleague Bobby Clark with great affection and respect and recounts his first work as a beginning comedian with the team Clark & McCullough in Monkey Shines, a burlesque revue produced by Clark. He stresses the talent of early comedians and Clark's in particular to write their own material unlike the comedians of later years that have writers working for them. Shelton talks about the functions of two organizations that ensured steady employment for burlesque performers and a regular supply of new shows: The Columbia Amusement Company, also called the Columbia Wheel, and American Wheel. The 2nd interview (31 min.) with Maurice Barrett (aged 87 at the time of the interview), a former actor and director on Broadway turned a rabbi at the age of 77, and a resident of the Lambs Club who met Bobby Clark over 42 years ago. With open admiration for Clark, whom he regards as a wonderful actor and a superb human being (Barrett composed and delivered Clark's eulogy) he speaks about traits they had in common (self-education, desire to be in the legitimate theater), Clark's truly charitable nature (he never revealed his acts of philanthropy), and his utmost seriousness, dedication, and respect for his occupation.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18147582RLIN/OCLC: 910632006NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20635364Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b86179d0-b8c4-0133-a52c-60f81dd2b63c
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