Walter and Joe at Club Madrio; New Chummy Club

This first item is a portion of an undated, unidentified article that includes a paragraph or two about Walter and his uncle Joe opening a new club.  Unfortunately, the first part of this article was removed, likely in the process of cutting out the article on the opposite page, and the last part was not preserved.  I’ll only transcribe the parts about Walter, Billy, and Joe.  

The second item is the announcement of the opening of the new club.

The third item is an undated article about the (re)opening of Billy’s Chummy Club.  I believe all of these are from the summer of 1926, based on the reference to Eddie Elkins’ show “Americana” appearing at the Belmont Theater.


-1926 Walter and Uncle Joe Club MadrioWilliam Arnold, producer for William J. Gallagher, one of the most popular restaurant men on Broadway, announced yesterday that when they Monte Carlo reopens a week from Monday that smart establishment will have another new show, including a completely new cast of principals.  There is a likelihood, too, that there will be many new faces in the chorus.  Mr. Arnold has refurbished the revue in the Chummy Club, No. 711 Seventh avenue.  It is one of the most scintillating little bits of entertainment on the “street.”

Walter and “Uncle Joe” Gallagher have been busy night and day for the last week in rehabilitating the Club Madrid, No. 131 West Fifty-second street, which they have renamed Club Madrio and which will be formally opened at half-past ten o’clock Monday night and at eleven o’clock every night thereafter.

The new proprietors are negotiating for the services of Billy Kent, the comedian of “Rose-Marie,” to double in the Madrio.  Another entertainer, who has been on a vaudeville tour for months and who is also to be featured, is Artie Leeman.  The Madrio will have six singing hostesses.

Other names appearing in this article:

Earl Lindsay
Eva Dowling
Fawn Gray
Gilda Gray
Charles Dillingham
Mignon Laird
Lucretia Craig
Virginia Franck
August Janssen
Lee Simonson
John F. Lenigan
A. W. Kramer

-1928 Walter working at Club Madrio with Joe Gallagh26



Billy Gallagher, Aided by His Son Joe and Ben Levy, Put on Good Show — Tex Guinan Back From Atlantic City, Welcomed Home


1926 00 Chummy Club Opening Becomes a Night for All Old TimersIt was a regular old home week at the formal opening of Billy Gallagher’s Chummy Club.  Many parties were made up of old-timers who were regular visitors years back when the place was known as Gallagher’s.

Billy has his son Joe and Ben Levy, former owner of the Hi-Hat Club, taking charge of affairs for him while he is running back and forth between Rockaway and New York.  Billy’s newly acquired cafe at Holland station will be ready to open July 1.

There is a corking good show down at the Chummy, headed by the Wallace Brothers, Frank and Lew, harmony songsters, and the latter acting as master of ceremonies.

The others include Flo Hauser, the tiny queen of syncopation ; Julia Morgan, a blues singer ; Rose Schall, prima donna ; Lillian Craig, a red-hot mistress of song and dance, and Irving Bloom and his radio recording orchestra.

The Chummy is opening at a rather unsettled time, with Summer here and the 3 o’clock curfew law in effect, but with business good for its first three days it looks like Billy knew what he was doing in opening now.

There were several big parties of “out-of-towners” down for the opening.  Harry Lieberman and party of nine from Philadelphia and Dave Brown and party of six from Buffalo.

Other names in this article:

Richy Craig, Jr.
Texas Guinan
Colonel Vaughn
Sophie Tucker
Eddie Elkins
Willie Collier
Connie Lutz
William Schwind


Christmas and Relief Fund Benefit

This is another undated, unidentified article from the scrapbook. I estimate it was published around December 1928.

-1928 Deauville membership donation driveMISS LILLIAN RANDALL, hostess and Walter Gallagher, son of Billy, received at Monte Carlo.  Charley Hanson, Harry Keller, George Metzger, Jimmy Miller and Charley Farrell received and assisted the Deauville membership, and at the Broadway Gardens everybody received magnificently.


WALTER GALLAGHER gave $100 at Monte Carlo.  Mr. Hanson gave the same amount at Deauville.  So did Miss Ona Munson, Keith headliner, and at the Broadway Gardens old Billy Gallagher was persuaded to sing a song for the first time in twenty years — for $331 given by the members of the yacht club who had labored long and furiously, and by the waiters, the girls in the show there, the orchestra, even the cigarette girl, Mr. Gallagher’s son and Mrs. Gallagher, who gave $100.  And Mr. Gallagher gave another $100.

And Miss Corinne Barber, attended by Mrs. A. C. Riely, both of whom had previously contributed, gave $50 more.

It was a fine, human and remarkable demonstration — one of the finest incidents in the long and happy career of the Christmas and Relief Fund — the song and the manner in which everybody responded to the suggestion that Mr. Gallagher sing.

Broadway Broadcastings: Walter Gallagher Back

Another undated, unidentified article.  This one is probably from around 1928. 


by Alex Sullivan


Everyone is glad to see Walter Gallagher, handsome son of the famous Billy, back on the job as manager of the Monte Carlo.  Walter, who was a great athlete in his day, had been on a sic-months’ trip around the country.

“There’s only one Broadway — and one New York,” says Walter.

“I’ve been in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Frisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and many other high spots in the country — and just as Americans say about the United States as a whole when they return from tours abroad I say about trips throughout our country — away from New York.  The fellow who wrote the song, ‘When you leave New York, you’re only camping out,’ sure hit the nail on the head.”

-1928 Broadway Broadcastings - after Walter's 6 month tripOTHER NAMES IN THE ARTICLE:

Dan McKetrick
Gene Sennett
Charlie Henderson
Milton Wallace
John L. Sullivan
Andrew Mack
Jim Corbett

Monte Carlo by the Sea Opens!

This undated, unidentified article is likely from around July 1926. (See the ad I found in the Brooklyn newspaper at the bottom of this post)

1926 Monte Carlo by the Sea openingEverybody who is anybody in Yonkers was present at the Monte Carlo last night when 150 social and political lights of upper New York had a dinner there.

Billy Gallagher was in a real good mood with the big crowd present, so he took time to tell us all about his activities.

Sunday night, this week, Billy will open up his new place at Hollands Station, L. I., which will be knokn [sic] as Monte Carlo by the Sea.  It is right by the intersection of the new Cross Bay road and Beach Ninety-second street and Beach Channel, the busiest corner in the resort.

The place is all newly done over and has a seating capacity of 750 and a dance floor space enough for 300 couples.

He will take his whole crew down from the Monte Carlo, New York, which closes for the season this Saturday night.  “Big Tim” Reardon and Walter Gallagher will be in charge.

The entire Ed Hutchison revue, “That’s That,” the Four Diamonds and the Buffalodians Orchestra go down, too, and Billy expects to make it the smartest place on Long Island, as no other resort down there has as pretentious a revue as his.

Ad for Monte Carlo by the Sea - 11 Jul 1926
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 11, 1926, p. 3F below the fold


When Good Fellows Get Together

This is another undated, unidentified article from Pop’s scrapbook.  With the references to Jack Dempsey’s new nose and the mention of the new Monte Carlo restaurant, I’ve narrowed the time frame to around September/October 1924.

1925 10 When Good Fellows Get Together at Gallagher's

1925 10 When Good Fellows Get Together at Gallagher's caption

A couple of things caught my eye in this one.

First, the artist got Pop’s name wrong – and wrote it as “John J Gallagher” (which has been corrected in pencil to “Walt”).  Oops.

Second, the artist is identified as “the Inimitable Sketchist” Ving Fuller of the Morning Telegraph.  I think that might be kind of a big deal.  He started out as a gag cartoonist for the Daily Graphic in the early 1920s.  After that, he became an animator and then went back to cartooning .  He eventually became the editor for New York Daily Mirror in the 1930s.  You can see more of his work here.

This cartoon pokes fun at Jack Dempsey when he had plastic surgery to repair his nose after so many beatings in the ring.  It was supposedly to fix a deformity in order to help his breathing, but he took some good-natured ribbing because he had also been appearing in several films to that point, which called into question his true motivation for having plastic surgery – either for the screen or to please his second wife, Estelle Taylor, a silent movie actress who played Miriam in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments in 1923.


Steamship China Sets Precedent

I think this unidentified, undated article is from around 1924.  Also, I’m pretty sure the author, David, has a last name, but it wasn’t preserved in the scrapbook.


1924+ Steamship ChinaThe steamship China, which leaves this port on September 15 for the Orient, is to establish a precedent along lines of entertainment for its passengers, one which will open up another field for thespians, singers and dancers.  The ship will have its own revue aboard, a revue now in rehearsal at the Restaurant-Theatres, Inc., studios, which was recently incorporated, with W. J. Gallagher, owner of the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, as president and Ted Riley as managing director, to provide a national cabaret circuit.  With the sailing of the China, however, the organization becomes international in character.  Other vessels of the line, which leave fortnightly, are to have their own performers also.  Performances are to be given every afternoon and evening, as well as in theatres at all ports of call, which include Havana, Honolulu, Yokohama, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hongkong and Australian cities.  The revues are being written by Mr. Riley, with Frank Gillen taking care of the score.  Joe Mann will personally direct the first tour . . . The Marcellis Four, a quartet of dancers from France, have been put on at the Monte Carlo during the week, and it is doubtful if such versatility in the terpsichorean art has ever been seen in a Broadway restaurant.  They are equally at home in soft shoe, buck, waltzing, Russian, acrobatic and Apache dances.  The work of Edouard Burdy and Jenny Burdy stands out most prominent in the acrobatic whirls, while Andrew and Madeleine Bekkers excel in ballroom dances.  Mr. Gallagher and John Kennedy, his business representative, are very much pleased at the increasing amount of the Monte Carlo’s business.  Walter Gallagher, son of the former, who is following in his father’s footsteps, has been made floor manager of the restaurant.


Walter and Joe Buy Supper Club

In 1923, Billy’s sons Walter and Joe jumped into the “biz” with both feet and purchased the Exclusive Supper Club in New York City.  Meanwhile, Billy’s getting some attention with renovations at the Broadway Gardens …

-1923 Walter Buys Supper Club with brother Joe Buy Supper Club.

Walter Gallagher, floor manager of the Monte Carlo restaurant, owned by his father, William J. Gallagher, has branched out as a proprietor in partnership with his brother, Joseph M. Gallagher, of Broadway Gardens, in the Exclusive Supper Club, 117 West Forth-eighth street.  They bought out the interest of John Mulligan.  The two are planning to make it one of the best clubs of its kind in the city.  The club is attractively furnished and, despite its futuristic designs, presents a cozy, intimate appearance.  It has an ample dancing floor and a talented orchestra.  Walter Gallagher will remain at the Monte Carlo, however.

Panel Paintings Attractive.

Coincident with the unveiling of panel paintings in the rehabilitated and redecorated Broadway Gardens, 711 Seventh avenue, this week, Mrs. Oscar Bergstrom, of San Antonio, Texas, entertained a large number of friends after a swimming party in her Riverside Drive home, where there is a tank of no mean proportions.  At the same time, Mrs. John Brandeis and a party of friends from Omaha were guests of W. J. Gallagher, owner of the Gardens, which now presents a beautiful and distinctive appearance.  The paintings have red-headed nymphs for their subject and the artist has succeeded in bringing to the eye all the superlatives of facial beauty, figure and coloring.  Skillful manipulation of electric lights give the pictures an almost etheral [sic] look.

William J. Gallagher, of the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, entertained six Pacific Coast restaurateurs, here for a “look at what’s going on,” Friday night.  They were in search of innovations for their own establishments and, although the visit was planned as nothing more than a short visit or courtesy call, they stayed through the entire performance of Ted Reily’s new revue, “Livin’ High,” and watched carefully the work of Will Morrisey, popular producer and comedian, who now heads the revue, and who is the official host of the Monte Carlo.  The visitors congratulated both Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Reilly on the production.  Next to Mr. Morrisey, Evelyn Martin, the sensational dancer, came in for the most praise, with Donald Roberts.  Ottilie Corday, Lewis and Brown running her a close second.  The show has resulted in the “no more room” sign being displayed a short time after the theatres have ebeen [sic] emptied.  The dinners also have increased proportionately.


This is an announcement for the opening of Walter and Joe’s club.  Better get there early, they can only seat 150 people!

1923 09 20 Exclusive Supper Club invitation



Billy Named President of Stage Craft Restaurant Theatres, Inc.

Yet another unidentified, untitled, and undated article from Pop’s scrapbook.  I’ve narrowed the time frame down to sometime after 1924, since that’s when Billy borrowed the money to purchase the Monte Carlo on W. 51st Street.  I attempted to find a date of incorporation, but the Secretary of State’s online search didn’t recognize the name of the corporation, and the Secretary of State’s office was unable to locate the business when I called.  Unfortunately, they can only search for the exact spelling of the name of the business, and not by the name of the officers or any other search criteria.

1924+ Billy named president of Restaurant Theaters IncW. J. Gallagher, owner of the Monte Carlo Restaurant Theater, Broadway at Fifty-first street, has been elected president of a new corporation that has been formed to provide a national circuit of restaurant and theater revues as well as entertainers for banquets and other public functions.  Papers of incorporation which have just been signed by the Secretary of State show that the other officers are Ted Reily, vice president and general manager; J. M. Anderson, secretary and treasurer; Frank Gillen, director of the music department, and Harry Walker, casting director.  The majority of the stock is held by Mr. Gallagher.

The organization is called Stage Craft Restaurant Theatres, Inc., and will be very similar in its operations to circuits like that of B. F. Keith.  Restaurateurs, including many of the most important from Boston to Kansas City and from Montreal to New Orleans, were sounded out on the proposition and the response assures a wheel of at least sixteen spokes.  Four New York restaurants have already signed up, and there is a possibility of several more being added.  The circuit will begin operating the first week in September, rehearsals for several of the shows having already been started. … Frank Bleyler, whose voice has earned for him a place on par with John Steele, has joined the Monte Carlo comedy as juvenile.  Mr. Bleyler was with the “Blushing Bride” during its entire run at the Astor Theatre.  Several other new faces are being seen nightly at that popular resort, among them being Miss Lillian Randall as hostess.  Miss Randall was formerly of Rector’s and the Little Club.  Acting with her and in the same capacity is Miss Marian Taylor, late of the Winter Garden show, and others equally important.


High-Class Vaudeville at the Monte Carlo: Bobbie Adams

1922 Bobby Adams Vaudeville photo

Another unidentified and undated article from the scrapbook.  This one is likely from the early 1920s.

The Monte Carlo, with its California Ramblers, an orchestra second to none, its several high-class vaudeville acts, including Bobbie Adams, is doing its share to cheer up Manhattan’s floating population.  Walter Gallagher sees to it that the show is run off like clockwork.

1921+ California Ramblers at Monte Carlo

November 1923: The Bean Scoffers

I was hesitant to put a date on this article.  It is clearly published in the Daily Mirror – which I can only assume is a New York newspaper – but the first issue of the Daily Mirror in New York was not published until 1924.  However, the date that is written in the scrapbook is 1923, so that’s what we’ll go with for now.

At the very least, we can be sure that our ancestors did indeed have a sense of humor.


1923 11 00 - The Bean Scoffers p1The Bean Scoffers

By Gene Fowler

Knives are trumps tonight at Billy Gallagher’s milk and honey depot, the Monte Carlo.  Champion Jack Dempsey is entertaining there.  His guests of honor include Luis Angel Firpo, champion prune and been demolisher of the Andes, and Tex Rickard, the charlotte russe magnate of Madison Square.

There will be speeches, and will you please excuse Firpo for talking with his mouth full?  Once Firpo and Dempsey were enemies.  Now they are thick.  But we don’t mean the kind of “thick” that one might infer from this observation.

Sporting writers and their grandsons will be there in droves.  Chauncey DePew has sent his regrets.  The famous after-dinner speaker is quoted as having failed to [sic]

“I am strictly a Marquis of Queensberry after-dinner speaker.  From where I sit, it looks as though I wouldn’t get any dinner.  There will be entirely too much competition when the Blue Plate Special steams into the station.  No eat, no speak!  That’s the motto of the DePews.”

1923 11 00 - The Bean Scoffers p2

Say, What’s Eating on Firpo, Anyway?

Wall Street is laying heavy odds on Firpo to win the Billy Gallagher championship belt.  This belt is inlaid with Bermuda onions and Florida grapefruit.  It must be won three times in succession before it becomes the permanent property of any one food-destroyer.  Inside advices have it that Firpo will solve this question of perennial ownership by eating the belt once he has won it.

Dempsey, the host, will enter the lists himself.  He is said to be in great gastronomical form.  The fact that $90,000 income tax had to be paid made it necessary for the Champ to starve a month.  This was a lucky thing, as it will make the Dempsey-Firpo nosebag futurity a real race.

Joe Bannon Spurns the Victual Watch

Billy Gallagher is referee.  Joe Bannon, the Duke of William Street, would have been timekeeper.  But Joe was afraid it would be too brutal.  Hence, he sailed on the S. S. Berengaria.  Commissioner Enright will act as Club Physician.  Anyone caught cheating in such manner as hiding a side of beef under the table will be automatically disqualified.  Contestants who drop gravy on the necktie instead of in the proper receptacle will be warned.

At the command of the referee, which shall consist of a gentle rap with a meat cleaver on the neck, a scoffer and his steak shall break cleanly.  Fighting trunks shall consist of a napkin knotted under either ear.  Celery and lettuce is barred, as it makes too much noise.  Give Firpo ten heads of lettuce and a cluster of celery and it sounds as if he is half-soling a pair of Epinard’s shoes.

Referee Gallagher has issued explicit orders that no contestant shall eat the pictures on the wall.  Anybody detected gnawing upholstery on the chairs will be set back two yards.  The wrinkle-crowding classic makes it look like a year of famine for the boys on Broadway.  Nothing will be left when those Dempsey guests get through with their rations.


Luis Angel Firpo (aka “The Wild Bull of the Pampas”) was the first Argentinian to challenge the world heavyweight title.  Even though he lost to Dempsey in a controversial match in September 1923, he returned to Argentina a hero.  After a few uneventful comebacks, he retired in 1936 and became a car dealer for Stutz and by 1940 had a successful ranching business.  Firpo and Jack Dempsey teamed up to manage amateur boxer Abel Cestac, who later became the heavyweight champion of South America.

Chauncey DePew was a senator from New York, and a lot of other things.  Here is a brief biography.

I’m pretty sure Joe Bannon was a muckety-muck of some sort, but it was difficult to find any information on him or his title “Duke of William Street.”  However, this is a history of the S.S. Berengeria (aka RMS Imperator), in case you wondered.

Commissioner Enright could quite possibly be Police Commissioner (1918-1925) Richard Enright.  His wikipedia page is here.