Dear Collective Wisdom,

I have been trying to determine (for a researcher) whether there are any
surviving recordings of the singing of vaudeville performer and female
impersonator Julian Eltinge (c1883-1941).  Although he was very popular
in his day, it doesn't appear that there are any recordings.  I only
found mention of two test pressings in Sam Brylawski's RCA discography.

Can anyone out there enlighten me about this?  Many thanks!

Hi Carol,

Funny you should ask about Eltinge - I was recently watching a sound film
short he appears in, dancing and talking, and asked for information about it
on another group:

The information you provided is echoed in

<i>The Voice of Hollywood
(1929) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by (unknown)

Cast: Reginald Denny [himself], Bobby Vernon [himself], Julian Eltinge
[himself], Anita Page [herself], Julia Faye [herself], Marion Mack
[herself], Frank Yaconelli [himself], Paul Whiteman [himself], Mack Sennett

[?] Tec-Art and/or Tiffany Productions? production. / Photophone 35mm
spherical 1.20:1 format. RCA Photophone sound-on-film sound system. / The
third film in the "Voice of Hollywood" series. [?] Existing prints of the
film list the producing company as Tec-Art and the presenting company as
Wardour Films, Limited, indicating a British market print. / Full-sound


Survival Status: Print exists.</i>

The short is listed in IMDB with the following review.

<i>The old Voice of Hollywood newsreels are fun to watch. They were radio
shows which were filmed and shown in theater circuits before the main
features. Each episode was hosted by a different star and featured currently
popular stars of stage and screen doing little comedy skits or dance

Number 3 Voice of Hollywood was hosted by dapper Reginald Denny and features
Bobby Vernon on different instruments doing comedy bits, female impersonator
Julian Eltinge doing a dance routine with fancy dress and feathers and then
talking about the latest fashions, Anita Page discussing current fashions
with Julia Faye, Paul Whiteman being initiated into a breakfast club by
being blindfolded and having his hand smashed into a plate of ham and eggs,
while people like Mack Sennett stood by and watched, Frank Yaconelli doing
an accordion routine, etc.<</i>