Dangerous Dan single work   musical theatre   revue/revusical   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1925 1925
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Possibly adapted from Money and Matrimony (1925), this cowboy musical drama saw George Wallace appear as one of his most popular characters, Dangerous Dan McGrew. The Brisbane Courier records that Dangerous Dan

'has been holding up the peaceful residents in the mountainous country of the west, where the cowboys flourish, and his unlawful aptitudes furnish the material for an hour of fun and frolic. The sheriff is after him and enlists the aid of the company at the Golden West Hotel - a company whose members prove to be not quite so innocent as the surface indications would lead one to believe... In the wild and whirling incidents connected with the pursuit of dangerous Dan, in the mountain roads [the audience is presented] in the intervals with pistol shots and songs such as "Bring a Friend for Me" (Fanning), "Gimme Me Hat and Coat" (Wallace), "Somewhere in the World" (Nyman) and "Roaring Days of '60" (Crosby)' (18 January 1926, p.10).

A 1930 Age review further indicates that 'most of the action takes place at 'Peaceful Pete's Saloon, where revolver shooting, dancing, songs, music and comic situations contribute to a crowded, laughter-provoking show' (3 March 1930, p.10).

Musical numbers known to have been incorporated in the 1928 production are 'Get Out and Get Under the Moon' (Jones and chorus) and 'Dear Little Irish Mother' (Crosby).

Production Details

  • 1925: Empire Theatre, Brisbane, 31 October - 6 November (return season: 16-22 January 1926).

    • Director George Wallace; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd.
    • Troupe George Wallace Revue Company.
    • Cast incl. George Wallace, Marshall Crosby, Marie Nyman, Nellie Dean, Lulla Fanning, Ada Scaddan, Jack White, Frank Haining, Frederick 'Check' Hayes, Tom Lincoln, and the Six Rascals (Alma Stewart, Eileen Smith, Hilary Salmon, Phyllis Lough, Doris Whimp, Isobel Broadfoot).

    1926: Empire Theatre, Brisbane, 16-22 January.

    • Director George Wallace; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd
    • Troupe George Wallace Revue Company.
    • Cast incl. George Wallace, Marshall Crosby, Marie Nyman, Nellie Dean, Lulla Fanning, Ada Scaddan, Tom White Frank Haining, Frederick 'Check' Hayes, Tom Lincoln, and the Six Rascals (Alma Stewart, Eileen Smith, Hilary Salmon, Phyllis Lough, Doris Whimp, Isobel Broadfoot).

    1927: New Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 1-7 January.

    • Director George Wallace; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd.
    • Troupe George Wallace Revue Company.
    • Cast incl. George Wallace, Marshall Crosby, Marie Nyman, Ada Scaddan, Frank Haining, Tom Lincoln, and the Six Rascals.

    1928: Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 1-7 December.

    • Director George Wallace; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd.
    • Troupe George Wallace Revue Company.
    • Cast incl. George Wallace, Marshall Crosby, Marie Nyman, Maida Jones, Ada Scaddan, Frank Haining, Tom Lincoln, and the Six Rascals ; Musicians Five Flaming Youths.
    • Although Dangerous Dan was the last revusical of the Bijou season, a final night, comprising highlights from the past few months, was staged on 8 December.
    • The production was advertised in the Age as 'the most screamingly funny of revues... [Wallace's] Six-Shooter Gun Spoke and Seven Indians Bit the Dust... Yes George is Dangerous' (1 December 1928, p.32).

    1930: Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, 1-7 March.

    • Director George Wallace; Producer Tivoli Celebrity Vaudeville Pty Ltd; Chorus Maurice Diamond.
    • Troupe George Wallace Revue Company.
    • Cast incl. George Wallace, Marshall Crosby, Keith Connelly, Bert Dudley, Tup Dudley, Jim Romaine, Irene Shamrock, Bebe Scott, Leonard Rich, John V. Dobbie, Jack Grant, and the Eight Rascals.
    • Musicians Five Flaming Youths Jazz Band.
    • NB: The alternative spellings of Ada Scaddan's surname are Scadden and Scaddon.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Tivoli Theatre 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 March 1930; (p. 10)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
Bijou Theatre 1928 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 December 1928; (p. 15)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
The Empire 1926 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 18 January 1926; (p. 10)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
Empire Theatre 1925 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 2 November 1925; (p. 21)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
Bijou Theatre 1928 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 December 1928; (p. 15)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
The Empire 1926 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 18 January 1926; (p. 10)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
Empire Theatre 1925 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 2 November 1925; (p. 21)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre
Tivoli Theatre 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 March 1930; (p. 10)

— Review of Dangerous Dan George Wallace 1925 single work musical theatre

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Note:
This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre (ca. 1850-1930). See also the Australian Variety Theatre Archive
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