Category Archives: Theater

Charles S. Gilpin as “The Emperor Jones”

DescriptionEnglish: Charles S. Gilpin in his role as “The Emperor Jones,” photographed by James Abbe. “Eugene O’Neill’s remarkable playlet, ‘The Emperor Jones’ done by the ambitious Provincetown Players in Greenwich Village, brought forward a splendid negro actor, Charles S. Gilpin. From printers’ devil to barnstorming, Gilpin fought his way to the New York stage, arriving as the faithful slave in ‘Abraham Lincoln.’ The Provincetown Players had the courage to give him his opportunity in the O’Neill study in primitive fear, revolving around a Pullman porter who becomes emperor of a South Sea isle.”
SourceShadowland (
AuthorJames Abbe

The Marx Brothers in I’ll Say She Is!

“THOSE FOUR FUNNY FELLOWS IN ‘I’LL SAY SHE IS!’ The four Marx Brothers who have conquered New York without a single casualty. Left to right they are Chico, Groucho, Beppo [sic], Harpo, Leonard, Julius, Herbert and Arthur respectively”
DescriptionEnglish: The four Marx Brothers in “I’ll Say She Is!”—caricatures by John Decker
SourceMotion Picture Classic (
AuthorJohn Decker