Martin, W L Windy 1978-07-12

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W. L. Martin reminisces about his show business career as a performer with the Brunk’s Comedians troupe.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W.L. "Windy" Martin

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 12, 1978

Location: Grand Junction, Colorado

Interviewer: Daily Sentinel

Length: 45 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Brunk’s Comedians (1931-1932), Fred Brunk, "Railroad Show", Plays performed by the company, In town procedure, Setting up, Getting a crowd, Experience in the show, Trade Master, Drummer, Part-time dance man, Stage Manager, Small parts, Dressing rooms, Concessions, The Company, 40 members, Second in size only to the Harley Sadler Tent Show, Sickness, Lordsburg, New Mexico, "Straw House", Grand Junction, Colorado, Performance, Vaudeville in the show, Leadville, Colorado, Baby Doe Tabor, Description of tents, Quarter poles, Pay for actors, Married, Single, Leading man, Season travel, Bonnie Brunk (Fred’s wife), Barrymores (New York City), Storms, Wind, Rain, Difficulties on stage, Profanity, Brunk Brothers, Territories, Moving out of town, Packing, Children from the town, Set up and knock down times, Winslow, Arizona, Sponsorship, Charlie Brunk, Doc Adams.

Tape 1, Side 2: Changing names of plays, Bonnie Brunk, Memorization, Seven plays at a time, Ad lib, Cues, Cold weather, Stoves in tents, Hot weather cross ventilation, Brunk Brothers, Fading out business, Talking pictures, Scarcity of lots to set up in, Different crowds, Season, Newcomers—"first of May", After the tent show, Dance bands (1937), Vaudeville (band), Why Brunk?, Old troopers, Ed Evans, Homer Oldfield, Joe Applegate, Changing play names (again), "Pull Up Your Pants".

Range Dates: 1931-1978

Bulk Dates: 1931-1937


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