Friday, May 11, 2018

Kim Loo Sisters, 1938–1939

New York Post
January 29, 1938
American Chinese Help War on Japan
Here’s more help for China from America and Americans.

A band of Chinese, more than half of them native born, is rehearsing here for the road and will begin a tour of the country early next month. Everything taken in, with the exception of expenses and meagre salaries for the players, will be put into a fund to provide ambulances, doctors and medicines for Chinese wounded in the war against the invading Japanese.

Included in the sixty performers are the four Kim Loo sisters, three of whom ere pictured here. The girls are natives and residents of Minneapolis. The troupe includes a Chinese swing band—of all things!—all of them native Americans. A number of the troupe recently arrived here from Shanghai.

Peter Tim, six, is one of the arrivals and the youngest member of the company. He sends back to Shanghai $2 weekly for the feeding of relatives. He estimates his $2 provides food for ten people.


















Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Wisconsin)
April 7, 1938
Plan Chinese Revue on Stage Here Soon
An innovation in stage entertainment will take place starting Friday at the Riverside when the “Frisco Follies,” an all-Chinese revue produced in America, is presented.

“Frisco Follies” offers an all-Chinese swing band playing popular American swing tunes.

The four Kim-Loo sisters, who prepared for the stage in Hollywood, present dances and swing songs.

Toy and Wing also are dancing stylists. They have been in several motion pictures. Ming and Chan offer comedy and songs.

Joe Wong is called the Chinese Rudy Vallee and Lai-Tei is billed as China’s Rin Tin Tin.




















Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Wisconsin)
April 9, 1938
Chinese Invade Milwaukee
The Chinese Follies are in town, 40 Chinese in a modern swing, sing and dance revue. The company is made up of family groups. One, the Fung Chun family, a Shanghai wing troupe, [illegible]. One of the sons, Koon, is a midget, 18 years old, 40 inches tall, weighing only 45 pounds. He is the only member of this family who still wears a cue [sic]. He doesn’t wear it because it is an old Chinese custom but because in the acrobatic part of the act as staged in circuses his brothers throw him around by his pigtail. He is shown here just before being lifted off the floor by the company manager. [Historical note: The cue was imposed on all Chinese men in the twelfth century by the conquering Manchus, who ordered its wearing as a symbol of loyalty to the rulers. The pigtail went out in 1912 when the Manchu dynasty fell and the republic was proclaimed.] Koon has been in America only six months but speaks English very well. The four beautiful Kim-loo sisters shown speak better English than Chinese. There of them are graduates of the University of Minnesota. The youngest will enroll in Minnesota next September.































New York Post
July 21, 1938
Ralph Cooper at Apollo
Ralph Cooper is appearing on both stage and screen at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre this week. He is the featured player in “The Duke is Tops” and also appears in the stage revue which includes Edgar Hayes and his band, Honi Coles and Bert Howell, Three Peppers, Julie Hunter and Pigmeat. The new Apollo show, beginning tomorrow, will be a World’s Fair Revue. The music will be played by Hartley Toots and his band. The Kim Loo Sisters, Chinese dancers, and Paul Robinson and his Harmonica Champions are included in the cast….

…Others in the show well worth mentioning' are The Six Scotchmen who stop every performance, The Kim Loo Sisters, Mason LaRue and Virgil and Vivian Harris.

The New York Age
July 23, 1938































Pittsburgh Courier
(Pennsylvania)
July 30, 1938
Hartley Toots Pleases Blase Harlemites
New York City, July 28—The South’s greatest swing attraction, Hartley Toots and his Rhythm Rascals after more than a year of expectation, invaded the big Apple for a seven days fling at the Apollo Theatre....

...…Others in the show well worth mentioning are The Six Scotchmen who stop every performance, The Kim Loo Sisters, Mason LaRue and Virgil and Vivian Harris.

Nassau Daily Review
(Freeport, New York)
September 28, 1938
Lambert Heads Vaudeville Bill
From his well-known dialect and enormous feet all movie fans will at once recognize Eddie Lambert, popular screen star who appears in parson on the Freeport theatre stage starting today and continuing through Friday.

Another flap array of vaudeville acts will include Dorothy Martin and company in a dance fantasy entitled “The Heart of Spam”. The four Kim Loo Sisters, China’s wonder dancers in an unusual offering, plus Cliff Crane in comedy eccentricities and the Virginia Melford Trio in a thrilling acrobatic offering will complete one of the best stage shows presented at this theatre for the season….

Nassau Daily Review
(Freeport, New York)
September 29, 1938































(Washington, DC)
October 6, 1938
Bamboo Gardens goes Oriental even onto it show next week; the Kim Loo sisters to be starred.

Evening Star
(Washington, DC)
January 20, 1939




















Evening Star
(Washington, DC)
January 21, 1939
Zaza’s Old and Tragic Love Recounted in Earle Film
…The can-can dance which was eliminated from the picture turns out to be one of the high lights of the stage show with which the feature is nicely supplemented. It is danced by the Roxyettes as their opening number and done with quite the right touch….Apart from the Roxyettes, the dancing is taken care of—and adequately—by the Kim Loo sisters….

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
February 9, 1939
Stage-Screen Show at Boston Friday
Another combination stage and screen show will open at the RKO Boston Theater this Friday. The chief attraction on the stage will be Dr. “Think-a-Drink” Hoffman, one of vaudeville’s most unusual novelty performers, who specialty consists in furnishing members of the audience with any drink they call for. Also heading the vaudeville bill is Gil Lamb, dancing comedian, assisted by Tommy Sanford. Other players are Gine, Duffen and Lewis, a comic dancing team; the Four Kim Loo Sisters; and the athletic Gilbert Brothers….

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
February 11, 1939
The Screen
RKO-Boston
Previously we had been treated to acrobatic stunts and dancing by the Gilbert Brothers and the Kim Loo Sisters and Gine, Duffen and Lewis. It is only fair to add that, however expert these acts were, Dr. Hoffman ran away with the popular horns.

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
February 12, 1939
RKO-Boston
The stage show is headed this week by Dr. “Think-a-Drink” Hoffman, who furnishes audiences with all manner of drinks on requests; Gill Lamb and Tommy Sanford, dancing comedians; Duffey and Lewis; the Four Kim Sisters; and the athletic Gilbert Brothers are also in the show;. On the screen are “Newboys’ Home,” with Jackie Cooper and Edmund Love; and “There’s That Woman Again,” with Melvyn Douglas and Virginia Bruce.

Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
February 16, 1939
‘Silks and Sirens’ On Fays Stage Today
June St. Clair, dancer, and her own revue, “Silks and Sirens,” with a cast of 35, is the stage attraction at Fays Theatre beginning today. Her revue features the double-talk comedian, Harry Savoy; Bob Flinch and his marionette novelty; the Four Kim Loo Sisters, China’s daughters of song and dance; the Fourt Vespers, gymnasts, and a chorus of 16 dancing “Sirens in Silk.”

On the screen are Ralph Bellamy, Fay Wray, Regis Toomey and Ann Doran in “Smashing the Spy Ring.”

There are three special nights at Fays. Monday is Amateur Night with cash prizes and extra sets, and Tuesday and Friday Jitterbug Contests are held.

Illinois State Journal
(Illinois)
April 16, 1939
Orpheum to Have Variety Program
That ton of fun, Tommy Perkins, ropy poly riot of songs and stories and master of ceremonies, will present another star filled, talent packed seven act variety revue next Friday and Saturday at the Orpheum theatre.

Perkins will come direct from Florida, where he has been working out with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team to present such acts as the three Murtah sisters, the female Ritz Brothers in “Songs and Laugher;” Tyler, Thorn and Post’ the four Kim Loo sisters in “Swingtette from Shanghai;” Helen McFarland, the queen of sing’ Ward and Fan, the off-key comedians; and the famous trampoline gymnasts, the Reddingtons.

All in all, it’s a perfect variety program of sizzling swing, melody, hilarious comedy and snappy stepping combined into one of the season’s most entertaining stage productions.

The accompanying screen attraction will be the new thriller, “King of Chinatown,” with Anna May Wong, Adam Tamiroff and J. Carrol Naish.

Virden Recorder
(Illinois)
April 20, 1939
Variety Revue at Orpheum April 21 & 22
Johnny Perkins, roly-poly riot of songs and stories and master of ceremonies, will represent another star-filled, talent-packed seven-act variety revue Friday and Saturday April 21 and 22 at the Orpheum theatre in Springfield. He comes direct from Florida where he has been working out with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team to present such acts as the Three Murtah Sisters, the Female Ritz brothers in “Songs and Laughter”; “Tyler, Thorn and Post”; the Four Kim Loo Sisters in “Swingtette from Shanghai”: Helen McFarland, the Queen of Swing; Ward and Van, the off-key comedians; and the famous trampoline gymnasts, The Reddingtons.

The accompanying screen attractions is the new thriller, “King of Chinatown” with Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff and J. Carrol Naish.

Illinois State Journal
(Illinois)
April 21, 1939































Illinois State Journal
(Illinois)
April 22, 1939
Bring together the three Murtah sisters, the four Kim Loo sisters, Ward and Van, and the Reddingtons, with several others, and one has a stage production full of fun, rhythm, grace and skill. Such is true at the Orpheum theatre this weekend, where seven headline acts of vaudeville opened yesterday. The same program will continue through today, with stage shows at 1:30, 4:15, 6:50 and 9:30 p.m.

With Johnny Perkins acting as master of ceremonies (a gentleman with a joke for all occasions), the bill is excellent throughout, including the screen attraction, “King of Chinatown,” starring Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff and J. Carroll Naish.

The three Murtah sisters, the female Ritz Brothers, are a frenzy of funny faces and mad melodies. They were called back again and again lat night. The four Chinese girls, the Kim Loo sisters, were equally popular with their dancing, songs and acrobatics. Ward and Van are two old-timers who offer some off-key as well as sweet harmonies on the harp and violin. The Reddingtons have been here before with their trampoline act, and are just as enjoyable as the last time.

Other acts of merit are those of Helen McFarland, who swings it with songs and marimba music, and Tyler, Thorn & Post, masters of both comic and artistic dancing.

Illinois State Journal
(Illinois)
April 23, 1939































New York Post
May 26, 1939
“Scandals” Goes Oriental
The Kim Loo sisters, two sets of Chinese twins, will have featured roles in the new George White’s “Scandals.”

New York Sun
June 3, 1939
Television Programs for the Coming Week
The usual schedules of film presentations will be followed next week by station W2XBS. These periods intended for demonstrations by dealers and for visitors »t the World’s Fair take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 A. M. to 4 P. M.; on Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 8:30 P. M. and on Saturday from 4 to 9 P. M.

On Wednesday evening from 8:30 to 9:30 P. M. the studio variety show will present Bert Lytell and supporting cast In “The Valiant;” the Kim Loo Sisters, singers and dancers, and the first of a series of debut programs with Allen Prescott as master of ceremonies.

The Friday show will include the first television cabaret featuring Ella Logan, singer; Buck and Bubbles, dancing comedians; Billy Daniels and Mary Parker' with Joseph Pines orchestra, and Bob Neller, ventriloquist with his dummy “Raggie.”

The New York Times
June 4, 1939
Notes on Television
The television program schedule of W2XBS, New York, for the week follows: 
…Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 P.M.—Bert Lytell in a dramatic sketch, “The Valiant”; the Kim Loo Sisters, singers and dancers, and Allen Prescott, master of ceremonies. In addition, performers in other fields of entertainment will be seen in their initial efforts before the electric cameras. 

New York Sun
June 7, 1939
Television
W2XBS 45.25 m. c.; 49.75 m c.
9:00—Kim Loo Sisters, songs and dances.

The New York Times
June 7, 1939
Television
(Pictures, 45.25 megacycles; sound, 49.75.)
8:30–9:30 P.M.—W2XBS—Variety Show, Allen Prescott, Master of Ceremonies; Kim Loo Sisters, Songs and Dances; Sketch: The Valiant, With Bert Lytell.

Brooklyn Eagle
(New York)
June 8, 1939
George White to Bring ‘Scandals’ to Alvin
George White announced yesterday that the Alvin Theater will be the home of the newest edition of the “Scandals” when it comes to Broadway following a preliminary road tour in July. With the announced closing on Saturday of “The Boys from Syracuse,” the Alvin Theater will be completely renovated. Work on the installation of a modern air conditioning plant will be begun next week.

The cast of “Scandals” thus far includes Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Collette Lyons and the Kim Loo Sisters, The score is by Allle Wrubel, Herb Magidson, Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain. The sketches are the collaborative work of Eddie Davis, Matt Brooks and George White.

Long Island Daily Press
(Jamaica, New York)
June 10, 1939
Alvin Theatre Set For New ‘Scandals’
George White announces that the Alvin Theatre, Manhattan, will be the home of the newest edition of the “Scandels” [sic] when it comes to Broadway following a preliminary road tour next month. The Alvin Theatre will be completely renovated. Work on the installation of a modern air conditioning plant will be begun next week.

The cast of “Scandals” thus far Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Collette Lyons and the Kim Loo Sisters. The score is by Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson, Jack  Yellen and Sammy Fain. The sketches are the collaborative work of Eddie Davis, Matt Brooks and George White.

The New York Times
June 25, 1939
Notes on the Stage
The Atlantic City opening of George White’s “Scandals,” previously announced with a flourish of trumpets for July 4, has now been deferred until July 17. Meanwhile the maestro is leisurely assembling his company. The Kim Loo Sisters, described as “two sets of Chinese twins,” are the latest additions.

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
June 26, 1939
Amusements
George White’s “Scandals” have been postponed again and will open in Atlantic City July 31, instead of July 24. Willie and Eugene Howard head the list of principals, which also include Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Collette Lyons, the Kim Loo sisters and Billy Reyes.

Brooklyn Eagle
(New York)
July 6, 1939
The newest edition of George White’s “Scandals,” the first in more than three years, went into rehearsal at the Alvin Theater yesterday. Jack Yellen and Sammy Pain have written the lyrics and music. The skits are the collaborative work of Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and Mr.White.

The cast is headed by Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Collette Lyons, the Kim Loo Sisters and Billy Reyes.

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
July 22, 1939
“Scandals” Postponed
At this rate, George White’s new “Scandals” will have had as many postponements as Billy Rose’s “Jumbo,” of colossal memory. Mr. White has agin put off the opening date of his big musical show and announces its premiere for Aug. 7 in Atlantic city. The cast now includes in addition to Willie and Eugene Howard, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Collette Lyons, the Kim Loo Sisters, Ben Blue, Billy Rayes, Harry Stockwell, the Knight Sisters, Christine Forsyth, Harold Whale, Ross Wyse, Jr., June Mann, Renee DeJarnette, Betty Allen, Martha Burnett, Frederick Manatt, Lois Andrew, and 50 redheads, blondes and brunettes.

Brooklyn Eagle
(New York)
July 29, 1939
‘Scandals’ Cast Is Complete
With the signing of Raymond Middleton, seen last with Walter Huston in “Knickerbocker Holiday,” for one of the leading singing roles in the newest edition of “Scandals.” George White has completed the cast of principals for his extravaganza due next month at the Alvin Theater. The premiere occurs in Atlantic City on Monday evening, Aug. 7.

The company of 100 includes Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton. Ross Wyse Jr., June Mann, Billy Rayes, Jack Williams, Collette Lyons, Harry Stockwell, Knight Sisters, Kim Loo Sisters, Christine Forsyth, Frederick Manatt, Betty Allen, Martha Burnett, Lois Andrew, Harold Whalen, Renee De Jarnette and Truly McGee, Victor Arden and his orchestra will be a musical highlight. Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain have respectively written the words and music. The dialogue is by Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and George White.

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
August 4, 1939
White’s “Scandals” at Shubert Aug. 14
George White’s new edition of the celebrated “Scandals” will open Monday night, Aug. 14, at the Shubert Theater for a two week engagement prior to a run on Broadway. This is the first new “Scandals” since 1935. Words and music are by Jack Yellen and Sammy Pain [sic].

The cast of 100 includes the following stars: Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges (Moe, Curly and Larry), Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, the Knight Sisters, the Kim Loo Sisters and many others. Victor Arden will preside over the orchestra. A feature of the new revue, as of former “Scandals,” will be the chorus of 50. In addition to the evening performances, there will be popular-priced matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
August 6, 1939
Geo. White’s ‘Scandals’ at Shoe Tomorrow
The world premiere of the latest edition of George White’s “Scandals” will take place at the Garden Pier Theatre, Atlantic City, tomorrow evening. Many celebrities will attend the opening.

In two acts and thirty scenes, and with a cast of 100, the “Scandals” words and music are the handiwork respectively of Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain. The dialogue was written by Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and George White. Albert Johnson and Charles LeMaire designed the settings and costumes.

The company of 100 includes Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, the Three Stooges, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton. Ross Wyse Jr., June Mann, Billy Rayes, Jack Williams, Collette Lyons, Harry Stockwell, the Knight Sisters, the Kim Loo Sisters, Christine Forsyth, Fred Manatt, Betty Allen, Martha Burnett, Lois Andrew.

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
August 13, 1939
Opening
Tomorrow evening at the Shubert, George White presents the latest of his celebrated “Scandals,” a musical review in two acts and 30 scenes, starring Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges, Ben Blue and Ella Words and music by Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain and the sketches are the collaborative efforts of Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and Mr. White. The review opens a two week engagement here, following a successful premiere at Atlantic City and prior to the Broadway run. Other veterans and newcomers promised in the current edition of “Scandals”—the first in almost four years— are Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton, Ross Wyse, Jr., June Mann, Billy Raya [sic], Jack Williams, Collette Lyons, Craig Mathues, the Knight Sisters, Kim Loo Sisters, Carol Bruce, Fred Manatt, Betty Allen, Martha Burnett, Harold Whalen and Harry Stockwell. A feature of the production is the new terpsichorean novelty, “The Mexiconga,” created by the same George White, who introduced “The Black Bottom” and “The Charleston.” Victor Arden conducts the orchestra; settings are by Albert Johnson, and Charles LeMaire did the costumes.

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
August 14, 1939
White’s “Scandals” at Shubert Tonight
Expertly cut and trimmed since its premiere in Atlantic City last week, where it was acclaimed [illegible] of the best in the George White series, “Scandals” opens an engagement of two weeks at the Shubert Theater to night. The curtain for tonight’s performance will rise promptly at 8:30.

The new “Scandals” is on two acts, and 30 scenes, has lyrics and music by Jack Yellen and Sammy Fein, dialogue by Matt Brooks, Eddie Dabis [sic] and Mr. White, settings by Albert Johnson and costumes by Charles LeMaire. The producer has staged the dance ensembles himself.

Included in the cast of more than one hundred are Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton, Ross Wyse, Jr., June Mann, Billy Rayes, Jack Williams, Collette Lyons, Craig Mathues, Knight Sisters, Kim Loo Sisters, Carol Bruce, Fred Manatt, Betty Allen, Martha Burnett, Renee DeJarnette, Harold Whalen, Harry Stockwell, Christine Forsythe and Lois Andrew.

The New York Times
August 20, 1939
Boston Sees ‘Scandals’The first new “Scandals” that George White has done since 1935 follows the pattern of the last and of the first. Except in the field of dance designing, Mr. White is hardly as innovator. What was good enough for the Tired Business Man is good enough for his successors. The ’39 “Scandals,” in other words, is a compound of hard and fast dancing, low and broad comedy, soft and sweet melodies, all presented against a background of pretty girls and settings that are occasionally dazzling, but rarely overwhelming.

…Closest to Mr. White’s heart among the dance numbers is the Mexiconga, which is done to a tune of the same name by the girls and later by Ann Miller. Miss Miller’s Mexiconga is accompanied by finger-tapping on tom-tom drums by four Chinese girls, the Kim-Loo sisters. The Kim-Loos, who are delicately pretty and graceful of manner, serve most of the entertainment as chorus. The Mexiconga is part African and part Spanish-American in origin….

Brooklyn Eagle
(New York)
August 21, 1939
Seats for the latest edition of George White’s “Scandals,” which has its premiere on next Monday evening, will be placed on sale at the box office of the Alvin Theater today. A special matinee of the revue is announced also for Labor Day. The cast of more than one hundred in “Scandals” includes Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton, Ross Wyse Jr., June Mann, Billy Rayes, Jack Williams, Collette Lyons, Kim Loo Sisters, Knight Sisters, Betty Allen, Craig Mathues, Lois Andrew, Harold Whalen, Frederick Manatt and Christine Forsyth. Victor Arden and his orchestra will be a musical feature of the revue.

Long Island Daily Press
(Jamaica, New York)
August 26, 1939
White’s ‘Scandals’ Opens at Alvin Monday Evening
With a cast of more than 100, and set in two acts and 30 scenes, the latest edition of George White’s “Scandals” will make its bow to Broadway playgoers at the Alvin Theatre, Manhattan, on Monday evening.

Marking, as it does, the first new “Scandals” to reach the Times Square footlights since 1935, Producer White has aimed to make this  the most pretentious in point of costumes and scenic investiture in the entire series that has preceded it.

The words and music are the handiwork, respectively, of Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain. The dialogue was written by Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and White. Albert Johnson and Charles LeMaire are respectively credited with designing the settings and costumes. Producer White has himself contrived the many original dance steps for the ensemble, a task he has not undertaken since he created the now memorable “Black Bottom” and “The Charleston” for previous editions of ”Scandals.”

The impressive contingent of principals is headed by the inimitable Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton, Ross Wyse Jr., June Mann, Billy Raves, Jack Williams. Collette Lyons, Kim Loo Sisters, Knight Sisters, Betty Allen, Craig Mathues, Lois Andrew, Harold Whalen, Frederick Manatt and Christine Forsyth. A musical Arden and
highlight will be Victor Arden and his orchestra.

A feature of the new revue, as of the “Scandals” of old, of course, will be the line of 50 redheads, blondes and brunettes who will ornament the ensemble. Selected from more than 3.000 applicants, the beauties in the current edition come from virtually every state in the union and appear to be by far the prettiest chorus yet conjured up by Impresario White for one of his extravaganzas.

Brooklyn Eagle
(New York)
August 29, 1939
George White’s ‘Scandals’ Opens New Theater Season
George White, who has been pretty scarce in these parts for some years now, came back to Broadway last night with a new “Scandals,” presenting it at the Alvin Theater as the first production of the season. Mr. White’s latest “Scandals” is as scandalous as anything he has ever done. He was never one to hide double meanings, or even single, under a bushel, his shows having invariably been agile, fast and rough. Probably on the occasion the “George White Girls,” as the program describes the young ladles of the show, are prettier than the girls he chose used to be. Ziegfeld and Earl Carroll snapped up the comeliest in those days. If the fresh “Scandals” cannot compare with the suavest and supplest of revue seen in New York since Mr. White’s last visit, it does manage to be the sort of thing Broadway takes a shine to….

…One of the pleasanter things in the early moments of the show is the number called “Theater Quiz,” in which the audience is asked to guess the names of the plays represented by bits of action on the stage. Stooges in the audience actually do the guessing, so the answers are funny, the whole affair fresh and Inspiring. Then Ella Logan sings “Are You Having Any Fun?” with the four engaging Kim
Loo Slaters, who talk like Californian Chinese…

The New York Times
August 29, 1939
George White Throws Out the First ‘Scandals’ of the Season at the Alvin
In case business men get tired this year, George White has thoughtfully provided a haven for them with a new “Scandals,” which opened at the Alvin last evening. According to the formula that served him in the gilded age, he has assembled the usual virtues and vices in a swiftly paced revue….

…Mr. White likes his girls sleekly designed and smiling. They are up to his standards in the new “Scandals.” Charles LeMaire has dressed them attractively, and Mr. White has set them in motion. For exoticism, which is a part of the formula, there are the four Kim Loo Sisters, who serve as glorified announcers, shifting obligingly from Chinese to a sort of South Sea island Mexican when Ann Miller is tapping in that part of the compass….

Boston Herald
(Massachusetts)
August 30, 1939
Continuing for the second and final week at the Shubert Theater, George White presents the latest of his celebrated “Scandals,” a musical review in two acts and 30 scenes, starring Willie and Eugene Howard, the Three Stooges, Ben Blue and Ella Logan. Words and music are by Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain and the sketches are the collaborative efforts of Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and Mr. White. The review opens a two weeks engagement here, following a successful premiere at Atlantic City and prior to the Broadway run. Other veterans and newcomers in the current edition of the “Scandals”—the first in almost four years—are Ann Miller, Raymond Middleton, Ross Wyse, Jr., June Mann, Billy Raya [sic], Jack Williams, Collette Lyons, Craig Mathues, the Knight Sisters, Kim Loo Sisters, Carol Bruce, Fred Manatt, Betty Allen, Martin Burnett, Harold Whalen and Harry Stockwell. A feature of the production is the new terpsichorean novelty, “The Mexiconga,” created by the same George White, who introduced “The Black Bottom” and “The Charleston.” Victor Arden conducts the orchestra; settings are by Albert Johnson, and Charles LeMaire did the costumes.

Daily Worker
(New York, New York)
August 30, 1939
White’s Bawdy Scandals Is Still Vintage of ’35
Unconscious that there have been both right and left wing revues during the four years since he deserted Broadway, George White is offering another old-fashioned edition of his “Scandals” at the Alvin. It is bountiful, beautiful boresome and bawdy….

…Ann Miller is an undisciplined exotic dancer, who varies from crude bumping to the sly suggestions of the Brazilian Carmen Miranda. The Knight Sisters are tops as adagio dancers, the juggling Billy Rayes burlesques movie stars while Ben Blue revives two of his old rowdy numbers, funny but previously used on both the screen and stage. The four lively Kim Loo Sisters brighten up numerous scenes and sweeten what otherwise might be a too smelly show.

Buffalo Courier-Express
(New York)
September 16, 1939
Chinese playboys waiting at the stage door of the Alvin to flirt with the Kim Loo honeys.

Houston Chronicle
(Texas)
September 18, 1939
Chinese playboys waiting at the stage door of the Alvin to flirt with the Kim Loo honeys.

New York Sun
October 7, 1939
Television Programs for the Week
Tuesday.
2:30–3:30—Kitty Carlisle, Prof. Wei Chung–Loh and the Kim Loo Sisters in Chinese Independence Day ceremonies at the New York World’s Fair.

The New York Times
October 8, 1939
Telecasts for the Week
The television program schedule of station W2XBS, New York, operating on 45.25 and 49.75 megacycles for sight and sound, respectively, for the week, follows:
Tuesday: 2:30–3:30—Kitty Carlisle, Prof. Wei Chung–loh and the Kim Loo sisters in Chinese Independence Day ceremonies at World’s Fair.

Brooklyn Eagle
(New York)
October 10, 1939
Today at the Fair
12;30 P.M.—China Day: World’s Fair greetings to Dr. Hu Shih, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, and review, of United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps units in Court of Peace; (2:30 p.m.) program in Court of Sports, with addresses by Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Dr. Tsune-chi Yu; entertainment by Chinese acrobats, singers; musical selections by Kim Loo sisters; Lion Dance; (3:30 p.m.) cross-country telephone conversation between Colonel Roosevelt and Paul C. Smith opening nation-wide Bowl of Rice Party campaign of United Council for Civilian Relief in China; (4 p.m) China Day program in Court of Peace with addresses by Dr. Hu Shih, Colonel Roosevelt and Franklin Wong; singing of national anthems and rice-bowl ceremony, gymnastics, music and lion dance; (6:30 p.m.) lantern parade from Court of Peace up Constitution Mall; (9:20 p.m.) World’s Fair salute to China, fountains at Lagoon of Nations will be illuminated with Chinese national colors and the Trytons will play the national anthem.

The New York Times
October 10, 1939
Telecasts
W2XBS 45.25 and 49.75 Megacycles
2:30–3:30—Kitty Carlisle, Professor Wei Chung–loh and the Kim Loo sisters in Chinese Independence Day Ceremonies at World’s Fair.

The Fair Today
12;30 P.M.—China Day: World’s Fair greetings to Dr. Hu Shih, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, and review, of United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps units in Court of Peace; (2:30 P.M.) program in Court of Sport, with addresses by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Dr. Tsune-chi Yu; entertainment by Chinese acrobats, singers; musical selections by Kim Loo Sisters; Lion Dance; (3:30 P.M.) cross-country telephone conversation between Colonel Roosevelt and Paul C. Smith opening nation-wide Bowl of Rice Party campaign of United Council for Civilian Relief in China; (4 P.M) China Day program in Court of Peace, with addresses by Dr. Hu Shih, Colonel Roosevelt and Franklin Wong; singing of national anthems and rice-bowl ceremony; gymnastics, music and lion dance; (6:30 P.M.) lantern parade from Court of Peace up Constitution Mall; (9:20 P.M.) World’s Fair salute to China, fountains at Lagoon of Nations will be illuminated with Chinese national colors and the Trytons will play the national anthem.

Little Falls Herald
(New Jersey)
November 23, 1939
New Stars Add to “Scandals’
George White, who has in the past brought such luminaries to the stage as Bert Lahr, Rudy Vallee, Alice Faye and Eleanor Powell, is once again being applauded by critics and playgoers alike for discovering two such scintillating stars as Ella Logan and Ann Miller who currently grace his latest edition of the “Scandals” at the Hollywood Theatre, Broadway at Fifty-first Street. Miss Logan has been acclaimed “the queen of song,” and Miss Miller “the peer of American dancers.”…

…White’s new extravaganza incidentally, features in addition to the Misses Logan and Miller, Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Collette Lyons, Billy Rayes, Craig Mathues, Kim Loo Sisters, Ross Wyse, Jr., and Knight Sisters. Of its many tuneful melodies, one of them, “Are You Having Any Fun?” is now on the hit parade. 

The Messenger
(Smithtown, New York)
November 24, 1939
Two New Stars Add Sparkle to Newest Edition of Geo. White’s “Scandals”
George White, who has in the past brought such luminaries to the stage as Bert Lahr, Rudy Vallee, Alice Faye and Eleanor Powell, is once again being applauded by critics and playgoers alike for discovering two such scintillating stars as Ella Logan and Ann Miller who currently grace his latest edition of the “Scandals” at the Hollywood theatre, Broadway at Fifty-first Street. Miss Logan has been acclaimed “the queen of song,” and Miss Miller “the peer of American dancers.”…

…White’s new extravaganza incidentally, features in addition to the Misses Logan and Miller, Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Collette Lyons, Billy Rayes, Craig Mathues, Kim Loo Sisters, Ross Wyse, Jr., and Knight Sisters. Of its many tuneful melodies, one of them, “Are You Having Any Fun?” is now on the hit parade. 

Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
December 3, 1939
‘Scandals’ Here Dec. 11
George White’s ”Scandals” opens a two-week engagement at the Forrest on Dec. 11, with its Broadway cast intact. Songs are by Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen, scenery by Albert Johnson, and the cast of nearly 100 (including 50 beauties) includes Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Ann Miller, Collette Lyons, Billy Rayes, Craig Mathues, the Kim Loo Sisters, Ross Wyse, Jr., the Knight Sisters, Harold Whalen, Martha Burnett, Fred Manatt, June Mann, Christine Forsyth, Fran English.

Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
December 4, 1939
Beauty Barrage Heading for City
Headed by what the press agent calls a “barrage of blondes and brunettes,” George White’s Scandals will come to, the Forrest Theatre, Monday, Dec. 11, for a two-week run.

The ticket sale opens at the theatre’s box office today. The cast includes Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Ella Logan, Collette Lyons, Billy Rayes. Craig Mathues and the Kim Loo Sisters.

Ridgewood Times
(New York)
December 8, 1939
Two New Stars Sparkle in George White’s “Scandals”
George White, who has in the past brought such luminaries to the stage as Bert Lahr, Rudy Vallee, Alice Faye and Eleanor Powell, is once again being applauded by critics and playgoers alike for discovering two such scintillating stars as Ella Logan and Ann Miller who currently grace his latest edition of the “Scandals” at the Hollywood Theatre, Broadway at Fifty-first Street. Miss Logan has been acclaimed “the queen of song,” and Miss Miller “the peer of American dancers.”…

…White’s new extravaganza incidentally, features in addition to the Misses Logan and Miller, Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Collette Lyons, Billy Rayes, Craig Mathues, Kim Loo Sisters, Ross Wyse, Jr., and Knight Sisters. Of its many tuneful melodies, one of them, “Are You Having Any Fun?” is now on the hit parade. 

Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
December 10, 1939
George White’s “Scandals” open a two-week engagement at the Forrest tomorrow, direct from more  than three months on Broadway. The company includes more than 100 principals and chorus beauties, and there are 30 scenes. Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Ella Logan and Ann Miller are featured. Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain did the book and lyrics; sketches are by Matt Brooks, Eddie Davis and George White, and the producer also staged the dances. Albert Johnson designed the sets. Among other performers are Collette Lyons, Billy Rayes, Craig Matthues, the Kim Loo Sisters, Ross Wyse. Jr., the Knight Sisters, Harold Whalen, Martha Burnett, Fred Manatt, June Mann, Christine Forsyth, Fran English.















Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
December 11, 1939
George White’s ‘Scandals’ Opens at Forrest Tonight
Producer Interviewed 3000 Girls Before Choosing 50 for Chorus
Virtually every State in the Nation Is represented in the parade of pulchritude which is an important asset of George White’s new “Scandals,” opening at the Forrest Theatre tonight. Producer White declares he interviewed more than 3000 girls before he found the 50 that now comprise the chorus of his latest revue….

Many Headliners

“I made up my mind to have the finest set of girls ever seen in on show,” said White recently. “And, call it good fortune if you will, I think I have achieved my goal. Every girl in the aggregation, in my opinion, represents a distinct type of beauty.”

Headlining the new “Scandals,” are Willie and Eugene Howard, Ben Blue, Ella Logan and Ann Miller. In adition [sic] are such song and dance and other entertainers as Collette Lyons, Billy Rayesm [sic], Craig Matthues, Kim Loo Sisters, Ross Wyse, Jr., Knight Sisters, Harold Whelan, Martha Burnett, Fred Manatt, June Mann, Christine Forsyth, Fran English, Shirley Kilduff, Vera Shea and others….

Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
December 12, 1939
George White’s ‘Scandals of 1939’ Opens at Forrest
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Philadelphia Inquirer
(Pennsylvania)
December 17, 1939














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