For over 50 years, Steve Crum has written reviews and features for newspapers, magazines and websites, and appeared on radio and TV shows regarding entertainment media. In addition to his years of service on the Governing Board of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, his Crum on Film weekly column was awarded 1st Place in Kansas and Missouri newspapers via Kansas City Press Club/Heart of America journalism awards. Nearly 2,000 of his film reviews have been posted on Rotten Tomatoes.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Capitalizing on 'the worst' to make some bucks...
By Steve Crum
The Cherry Sisters had an act in the early 1900's that toured in vaudeville for 10 years before hitting Broadway at Hammerstein's Victoria. While billed at Hammerstein's as "America's Worst Act," a net was spread in front of the stage to catch the vegetables and hen fruit tossed from the audience. It's a show biz tradition to this day to term a nadir act "a road company of the Cherry Sisters." (from Show Biz from Vaude to Video...1951) -------------------- No known footage of The Cherry Sisters exists, but here is vaudeville singer Trixie Fraganza, doing her thing in 1929:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svf4ToesTvI