Harry Propper's second stage revue since his return to Mayfair Casino as
manager tops his first one by a mile for slick professionalism and
novelties. Both qualities can be traced directly to neat efforts of
Valentine Vox and Emily Walters, veteran ventriloquists, who jumped from
vaude bill at RKO Palace into nitery tour starting at Mayfair this week.
Team has been doing their
double-voice stuff for about 28 years in variety houses, but this is their
bow in a theatre-cabaret. Nitery customers here have seen nearly every type
of act except ventriloquists, which is one reason why they seem fresh and
such a socko-hit.
Another is because Vox and Walters who rate as the only mixed duo of its
kind, have revamped their material. It's now more sophisticated, wise-cracky
and timed faster. Closeness of their patented mike-stand for puppets to the
diners also gives it an intimate air. Vox in tais opens with his Buttons
flipping out nifties about his nitery debut. Water drinking and cig-smoking
bits by Valentine go over stronger here than they did in vaude. Blonde wife
comes out with doll for more repartee, which builds up her baby crying stunt
as final wow.
Variety Feb. 24, 1937