This is an ORIGINAL PLAYBILL from the Studebaker Theatre, Chicago Illinois, dated December 1945. It is 70 YEARS OLD!!! It measures 7" x 9" with 24 pages.

This CHICAGO STAGEBILL was to promote the EDDIE DOWLING and LOUIS J SINGER Broadway Play,


A disturbing tale of events that happened in a small Canadian province years ago. We open upon the pharmacy of Jean and his wife Louise Jean, it develops, has been infatuated by a dancing girl who has moved on to the big city of Montreal. The separation makes Jean nervous and irritable, and he longs to go to her. He therefore announces that the town is too small for one of his education, and that he has decided to sell his pharmacy and move. Both his helper and his wife pack to leave him. Whereupon an old lady, just off the train, enters. We see her in flashback as the wife of Jean's father - the mother he never knew, and who was killed running away on a train. The old lady persuades Louise to fight for her husband; and so she does, stripping the hussy bare in the town square. Jean is frightened, and shocked to his senses. He returns, and life goes on as usual. Produced in Montreal and Chicago by Eddie Dowling, with Miriam Hopkins, Fridolin and Gratien Gelinas starred.

It's complete with front and back wear. Inside there are old classic advertisements for some of Chicago's famous places including: Marshall Field & Company, OLD FORESTER Whiskey, LORD CALVERT, WILLIAM H. HOOPS and COMPANY, FLEXAIRE BRAS, TRADE WINDS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, STEVENS HOTEL, RICKETTS, CAPPER and CAPPER, OLSEN & JOHNSON at the NEW SHUBERT THEATRE, TIP TOP TAP A TOP the ALLERTON, Back cover features an ad for SCHENLEY RESERVE

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MORE INFO ON MIRIAM HOPKINS: Ellen Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972) was an American film and TV actress known for her versatility. She first signed with Paramount in 1930, working with Ernst Lubitsch and Joel McCrea, among many others. Her long-running feud with Bette Davis was publicised for effect. Later she became a pioneer of TV drama. Hopkins was a distinguished Hollywood hostess, who moved in intellectual and creative circles.

Hopkins was born in Savannah, Georgia, and raised in Bainbridge, near the Alabama border. She attended Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont (which later became Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont) and Syracuse University (in New York), where her uncle, Thomas Cramer Hopkins, was head of the Geology Department.

At age 20, Hopkins became a chorus girl in New York City. In 1930, she signed with Paramount Pictures, and made her official film debut in Fast and Loose. Her first great success was in the 1931 horror drama film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which she portrayed the character Ivy Pearson, a prostitute who becomes entangled with Jekyll and Hyde. Hopkins received rave reviews, but because of the potential controversy of the film and her character, many of her scenes were cut before the official release. This reduced Hopkins' screen time to approximately five minutes.

Nevertheless her career ascended swiftly thereafter and in 1932 she scored her breakthrough in Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise, where she proved her charm and wit as a beautiful and jealous pickpocket. During the pre-code Hollywood of the early 1930s, she appeared in The Smiling Lieutenant, The Story of Temple Drake and Design for Living, all of which were box office successes and critically acclaimed Her pre-code films were also considered risqué for their time, with The Story of Temple Drake depicting a rape scene and Design for Living featuring a ménage à trois with Fredric March and Gary Cooper. Hopkins also had great success during the remainder of the decade with the romantic screwball comedy The Richest Girl in the World (1934), the historical drama Becky Sharp (1935), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, Barbary Coast (1935), These Three (1936) (the first of four films with director William Wyler) and The Old Maid (1939). Hopkins was one of the first actresses approached to play the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934). However, she famously rejected the part. She auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, having one advantage none of the other candidates had: she was a native Georgian. But the part went to Vivien Leigh.

Hopkins had well-publicized fights with her arch-enemy Bette Davis (Hopkins believed Davis was having an affair with Hopkins' husband at the time, Anatole Litvak), when they co-starred in their two films The Old Maid (1939) and Old Acquaintance (1943). Davis admitted to enjoying very much a scene in Old Acquaintance in which she shakes Hopkins forcefully during a scene where Hopkins' character makes unfounded allegations against Davis's. There were even press photos taken with both divas in a boxing ring with gloves up and director Vincent Sherman between the two.

After Old Acquaintance, Hopkins did not work again in films until The Heiress (1949), where she played the lead character's aunt. In Mitchell Leisen's 1951's screwball comedy The Mating Season, she gave a comic performance as Gene Tierney's character's mother. She also acted in The Children's Hour, which is the theatrical basis of her film These Three (1936). In the remake, she played the aunt to Shirley MacLaine, who took Hopkins' original role.

Hopkins was a television pioneer, performing in teleplays in three decades, spanning the late 1940s through the late 1960s, in such programs as The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1949), Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1951), Lux Video Theatre (1951–1955), The Outer Limits (1964) and even an episode of The Flying Nun in 1969.

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures at 1701 Vine Street, and one for television at 1708 Vine Street.

Hopkins was married and divorced four times: first to actor Brandon Peters, second to aviator, screenwriter Austin Parker, third to the director Anatole Litvak, and fourth to war correspondent Raymond B. Brock. In 1932, Hopkins adopted a son, Michael T. Hopkins (March 29, 1932 – October 5, 2010).

Witty and intellectual, she was known for hosting elegant parties. John O'Hara, a frequent guest, noted that, "most of her guests were chosen from the world of the intellect ... Miriam knew them all, had read their work, had listened to their music, had bought their paintings. They were not there because a secretary had given her a list of highbrows."

Hopkins died in New York City from a heart attack nine days before her 70th birthday.

Hopkins was a staunch Democrat who strongly supported the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Hopkins maternal great-grandfather, the fourth mayor of Bainbridge, helped establish the community's Episcopal Church, where Miriam sang in the choir

MORE INFO ON FRIDOLIN: Gratien Gélinas, CC CQ FRSC (December 8, 1909 – March 16, 1999) was a Canadian author, playwright, actor, director, producer and administrator who is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film.

His major works include Tit-Coq (1948), Bousille et les Justes (1959), and Hier, les enfants dansaient (1968). He also wrote a series of satirical revues known as the Fridolinades.

The Fridolinades revues, consisting of comic sketches, songs, and monologues, were named for the often-featured character Fridolin. A poor boy from Montreal, he wore a tri-colour Canadiens hockey jersey, knee socks, and suspenders. While not quite joual, the French he spoke was reflective of what a person would hear on the streets of Montreal, which made it stand out in sharp contrast to the continental French being spoken in most other theatres. Fridolin's boundless optimism in the face of constant disappointment came to emblemize the Quebec spirit of "survivance", and made him one of the first distinctly Canadian heroes of the stage. His success was considerable: Gélinas was declared by an adoring public to be the first playwright "de chez nous" (from our place).

Gélinas' play Hier, les enfants dansaient (Yesterday the Children were Dancing) takes place entirely in one night. Based in 1966, it revolves around the tumultuous politics in Quebec around that time though its characters are entirely fictitious. Pierre Gravel is debating whether or not to accept a prominent position within the Liberal party. Throughout the course of the play, Gravel's sons, André and Larry, admit that they are active members of the separatist party and responsible for the bombs that had been threatening the city and destroying historical landmarks.

Gélinas also founded the Comédie-Canadienne, which was active until 1972.

In 1967, Gélinas was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1989. In 1985, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. He received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada in St-Jean in 1989.

He married Huguette Oligny in 1973 and is the grandfather of actress and pop singer Mitsou Gélinas.

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