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||Now Available Online! 55 minutes of audio (MP3 format) from the Testimonial dinner the Masquers Club held for Judy Garland in 1958, with guests including George Jessel, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Louella Parsons, and Sammy Davis Jr.
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The Masquers Club archives are not yet online. Until the archives are digitized and made available at masquersclub.org, a list of many of the items of historical value currently owned by the Club is provided below:
- Original prints of the famous "first official Club photographs," including two alternate versions, donated to the Club by Carl Abendroth
- Little Billy Rhodes personal possessions: including many documents, photographs, original lyrics, and much more. Purchased at auction on eBay
- Audio Recording of 1958 Judy Garland dinner, given to the Club by our own Arnold Sheldon
- Original George Spelvin Award statuette given to Ida Lupino in 1956
- Letter (and autographed matchbook cover) from actor Pat O'Brien on Club stationery, May 10, 1940
- Original 8X10 photograph from Club (ostensibly a dinner for actor Joe E. Brown) event, 1950s
- Full program from Annual Public Revel event (Saturday May 25th, 1929). 60 pages
- Full program from 1973 Mae West Testimonial Dinner, autographed by Mae West. 16 pages
- Full program from 1979 Ginger Rogers Testimonial Dinner. 22 pages
- Large poster from makeup-man Ben Lane's Testimonial Lunch, 1974. Signed by all attendees.
- Original application for membership (March 19, 1928) for writer Wm. F. Dugan. Signed by member Ralph Ince, and, then President, Sam Hardy
- Complete set of documents from the Los Angeles Bldg and Safety Department, showing all permitted construction work done on Sycamore Clubhouse from 1927 through 1941, approximately 30 pages
- Original program from Walter Winchell Testimonial Dinner (December 5th, 1956) 4 pages
- 30 copies of the Masquers Club 50th Anniversary book
- 1 copy of the Masquers Club 50th Anniversary book autographed by Joe Pasternak, Allan Hersholt, Henry King, Jack Mulhall, Edith Head, Leon Ames, Jack Warner, Fifi D'Orsay, Pat O'Brien, Isabel Sanford ("Weezy"), Beulah Bondi, Glenn Ford, George Burns, Joan Blondell, Tay Garnett, Walter Pidgeon, Ken Murray, Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Jack Lemmon, Gene Kelly, Walter Matthau, and Fred Astaire. (book donated to the Club by William T. Woodson.
- 1 CD audio of Mae West Testimonial Dinner (1973)
- 1 8X10 picture of Fred Astaire autographed to the Masquers in 1975, on the occasion of the Club's 50th Birthday
- MGM Film-star Virginia O'Brien's "Comeback" album (from vinyl record) recorded live at the Maquers Clunhouse in 1983
- Original 1927 membership application of actor, and female impersonator, Julian Eltinge (application reflects original Yuuca St. address of first clubhouse)
- Program from Masquer's 1949 Production of "What Price Glory" (supervised by John Ford) autographed by Ford, and most of the illustrious cast: John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Pat O'Brien, Maureen O'Hara, George O'Brien, Oliver Hardy, Harry Carey Jr., Robert Armstrong, William Lundigan, Wallace Ford, Jimmy Lydon, Henry O'Neill, Charles Kemper, Herbert Rawlinson, Ed Begley, Ward Bond, Rod Cameron, Forrest Tucker, and many others.
- Original Masquers Club caricatures, drawn by member Don Barclay, of Judy Garland, Adolph Menjou, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Frank McHugh, and others.
- Original program from a Masquers "Servicemen's Morale Corps" dinner event (April 21, 1945), autographed by Fred Niblo (a pioneer Masquers member), Joan Leslie, Charles Coburn, Jeanne Crain, and many others.
- Original 1931 "Endorsement of Applicant for Membership" form, endorsing William Crawford as a member, signed by Masquer and screen legend, Antonio Moreno.
- Program from George Gobel dinner (Roastmaster Art Linkletter), Monday, April 18, 1955, with cover drawing of Gobel by famed Brown Derby artist, Jack Lane.
- Masquers Silver Edition Yearbook signed by G. Pat Collins (character actor in 100+ films including White Heat 1949)
- LP Record containing excerpts from Masquers Roasts of Jack Benny, Art Linkletter, George Jessel and George Burns
- Panoramic B&W photograph measuring 19" x 9" of Masquers 14th "Seidel Night" (May, 1940), attended by Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bob Cummings, Joe E. Brown, John Hamilton (later 'Perry' White in the "Superman" TV series), Kay Kayser, Vince Barnett, and producer Joe Pasternak (serving as Seidelmeister).
Additionally, The Masquers Club is pleased to have received the complete personal archives of several members, and prominent actors of Hollywood's Golden Age. Digital versions of the entirety of their documents, photos, and other significant objects will also be made available at masquersclub.org in the future:
- The Harry Joe Brown collection: an enormous, comprehensive collection of literally thousands of photographs, contracts, scripts, posters, theatre programs dating back to the mid-1800s, 3-D objects (including a model ship from HJB's 1935 film "Captain Blood") + much, much more. These items on loan to the Club through the kindness and generosity of James Sicignano, and the Brown organization.
- Archive of 50-year Masquer, Kay Kuter, character actor best known for his countrified roles (namely 60s sitcoms "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres" as neighborly farmer Newt Kiley)
- Archive of Internationally famous dance team, and long-time Masquers, Andy and Dolores Albin
- Archive of silent film comedian, writer, producer (and Masquer President #2!), Douglas MacLean
- Archive of Broadway star ("Boy Meets Girl" 1936 and "Arsenic & Old Lace" 1942), character film actor, and Masquers member, Allyn Joslyn
- Archive of 50-year bartender, and General Manager of the Masquers Club, Arthur Neale. Archive consists of 100+ theatre programs, many photos from Club events between 1959 and 1979, and other priceless materials such as eight color cartoons drawn by Walter Catlett. (Archive on loan from Ted Neale, son of Arthur).
Hollywood Entertainment Museum (click to visit the museum Website)
7021 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
On Permanent Display
Masquers Club Artifacts
In the Museum gift shop, see fixtures from the Masquers Clubhouse: the bar and its mirror, two original oil murals by Henry Clive, and the George Spelvin Award plaque. In the museum itself, see the famous Little Red Piano.
RECOMMENDED NEW BOOK!
"A Gallery Of Stars; The Story Of The Hollywood Brown Derby's Wall Of Fame" by Jack Lane
Published by Midnight Marquee Press
For you Masquers Club seeking some fun and memorabilia of Masquers Alumni, check out this new book written by Jack Lane, the Hollywood Brown Derby "in house" artist for 45 years. It features caricatures of the original movie stars we all knew and admired whose sketches hung on the Derby's Wall Of Fame. Many old Masquers were among those. The book also includes humorous stories that came about when Jack would visit with the celebrities while he drew them.
Lane had his own taste of show business when he performed as a stand-up comedian in vaudeville all over the U.S. and Australia. He was on the bill with many stars such as Doris Day, Jack Carson, and Donald O'Connor and later drew their caricature for the Derby. He puts his sense of timing and humor from the stage and TV to work in the book titled "A GALLERY OF STARS; THE STORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD BROWN DERBY'S WALL OF FAME". The book is available at Amazon.com, Los Angeles Barnes & Noble stores, Mystery & Imagination book store in Glendale CA (and other fine independent book sellers nation-wide), and at the Orlando Florida H'wd Brown Derby Restaurant on the grounds of the MGM-Disney Theme Park.
"All Things Thurl"
A comprehensive, labor-of-love Website honoring the memory of one of the most recognizable voices of the 20th century: Thurl Ravenscroft. Created and maintained by Brian Jacob, the site features a mini-biography of Ravenscroft, extensive information about his work on Radio, Film, Television, and Commercials, as well as over 100 different sound clips (including Ravenscroft's immortal rendition of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch") ranging from the early 1940s to the present in Real Audio format.