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Issue Details: First known date: 1925... 1925 The Bailiffs
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Revusical.

Stiffy and Mo (Stiffy and 'Erb in 1927) play bailiffs 'who attempt all sorts of subterfuge and disguises to affect entry into a house, but the occupier (Daisy Merritt) is too astute for them' (Brisbane Courier 17 January 1927, p.16).

Among the songs presented in the 1925 Melbourne production were Queenie Paul's composition 'A Smile in Everybody' (sung by Paul and Mike Connors), 'Star of the East', and 'Pyjama Blues'.

Notes

  • This revusical was possibly shorter in duration than the typical one-act musical comedies staged by Nat Phillips, and may have comprised a smaller number of characters.

Production Details

  • 1925: Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 9-15 May.

    • Director Nat Phillips; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd; Music Director Frank Wilson.
    • Troupe Nat Phillips' Stiffy and Mo Company.
    • Cast incl. Nat Phillips (Stiffy), Roy Rene (Mo), Dan M. Dunbar, Mike Connors, Queenie Paul, Daisy Merritt, Dot Davis [aka Mrs Roy Rene], Keith Connolly (clerk/butler), Gladys Shaw, Rene Albert, David Lyle, and the Dandy Six.

    1925: Majestic Theatre, Adelaide; 27 June - 3 July.

    • Director Nat Phillips; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd.
    • Troupe: Nat Phillips' Stiffy and Mo Company.
    • Cast incl. Nat Phillips (Stiffy), Roy Rene (Mo), Dan M. Dunbar, Dot Davis, Queenie Paul, Mike Connors, Leonard Rich, June Mills (Cissy Boniface), William Innes, Bess Bent, Allan Walsh, Ivy Moore; and the Radio Six.

    1927: Empire Theatre, Brisbane, 15-21 January.

    • Director Nat Phillips; Producer Fullers' Theatres Ltd; Music Director Frank Wilson.
    • Troupe Nat Phillips' Whirligigs [aka Stiffy and 'Erb].
    • Cast incl. Nat Phillips, Jack Kellaway ('Erb), Daisy Merritt, Dan M. Dunbar, Harry Cash, Hilda Laurence, Dan Weldon, Dorothy Manning, May Laurence, Polly Power, and the Radio Six.
    • Musicians Charleston Super Six Symphonists, incl. Frank Wilson (trombone/accordion), 'Tiny' Douglas (violin), Art Dewar (banjo), Frank Morton (banjo), Les Clements (piano).
    • The Bailiffs was staged as a first-part entertainment, with In the Hospital as the second half of the programme (along with several sketches and vaudeville turns). It is possible, too, that The Bailifffs premiered in Australia prior to the Whirligigs 1926-1927 Brisbane season.

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Fun at the Empire 1927 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 17 January 1927; (p. 16)

— Review of In the Hospital Nat Phillips , 1918 single work musical theatre ; The Bailiffs Nat Phillips , 1925 single work musical theatre
Fun at the Empire 1927 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 17 January 1927; (p. 16)

— Review of In the Hospital Nat Phillips , 1918 single work musical theatre ; The Bailiffs Nat Phillips , 1925 single work musical theatre

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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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