Dave Apollon

Dave Apollon * One of the most successful Mandolin Players in the World * 1927 - 1932

I have compiled newspaper clippings about Dave Apollon from New York newspapers from  the archive at Old Fulton NY Post Cards: Old Fulton NY Post Cards

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1927, Oct. 23

"Underworld," Ben Hecht's story of gangster life, will have its Brooklyn premiere at the E. F. Albee Theater this week. Josef Von Sternberg directed it, and the cast is headed by Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, George Bancroft and Larry Semon.

Dave Apollon, mandolinist, heads his own orchestra at the top of the vaudeville bill. In adition to his mandolin and banjo playing and band direction, Apollon plays the piano and performs Russian dances in the most vigorous Cossack manner.



Dave Apollon, Brighton favorite of many seasons, will appear in the 1927 edition of "The Apollonian Revue," a melange of songs, dances and steps culled from a dozen nations. Apollon is not only an instrumentalist of  unusual versatility but is regarded in musical circles as one of the foremost mandolin virtuosi extant. He is assisted by a polyglot aggregation featuring Dorothy Charles, Marjorie Lane and the Manila Orchestra.


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 15, 1929



1929, Sept. 15

Dave Apollon, Russian showman, comedian, musician and producer, with his latest offering, a kaleidoscopic review, heads the program at the E. F. Albee Theater this week

Apollon has with him his Royal Philippino orchestra and is assisted by Miss Danzi Goodell and Mlle. Neva, acrobatic dancers. Apollon and his review were recently held over three successive weeks at the Palace, New York.

Apollon plays a variety of musical instruments, sings, dances and carries on a rapid fire of patter.



Dave Apollon And His Revue At the Willard

Commencing today and continuing until Wednesday, Dave Apollon. the fa«mous Russian dancer, with Danzi Goodell, Irene Smith and the Manila orchestra come, to the Loew's Williard theatre. This is admitted to be one of the most versatile and entertaining acts in vaudeville. It consists of a company of ten people and comes to the Williard following its success at Loew's State theatre on Broadway. The State has become the star house of Broadway among the vaudeville actors and actresses. They say if you played the State then you made Broadway and your act must be a success. Marty May, in "Just Suppose," will occupy a prominent place on the program, also while France and La Pell in their own original acrobatic act entitled "In the Air" complete the vaudeville.


Rochester Democrat and Chroicle, Sunday, September 29, 1929


Dave Apollon and Co, at the R. K. O. Palace


Palace Stage Offers Three Headline Acts

'Isle of Lost Ships,' with Robards and Valli, Is Film

Three Headliners from last week's bill at the largest R. K. O. house in New York City, the Palace, are featured in the .... at the Kelch Albee Palace here this week. Barlanova, a Russian screen actress; Dave Apollon another Russain entertainer, and Buck and Bubbles, colored comedians and dancers were engaged in the Palace here directly after their appearence in the metropolis, it is announced.

Virginia Valli and Jason Robards are the stars of  "The Isle of Lost Ships," the current screen feature. It is a First National Vitaphone picture.

Baclanova played in such films as "The Wolf of Wall Street," "A Dangerous Woman," "The Man Who Laughs," "Forgotten Faces," "The Street of Sin," "Three Sinners" and "Avalanche". It is said that she ha a soprano voice of quality and that her debut in vaudeville this season has earned her favorable comments.

Ten supporting performers appear with Dave Apollon in his review offering. The act was held over four weeks in New York, during which time it was kept as the bill-topper. His Royal Philippino Orchestra provides the music for songs and dancer. Danzi Godell and Mlle. Neva are a dancing team in the act.


Schenectady NY Gazette - December 17, 1930


AND Co. OF 12

In a Mirthful and Melodious RKO


A Master Entertainer and All-Star Company
Featuring Apollon's International Orchestra.



Patrons of RKO-Proctor's Theater are to have a rare treat this week when for the first time in several months a unit show comes to town. The idea of a unit show alone is good news but with the added information that it is the Russian comedian, Dave Apollon and his unit who is coming, it is extraordinary news.

Apollon has been seen in most of the big celluloid revues put out by the larger film companies and has made a name for himself as a comedian and talented and versatile musician. He Is beading a company  of 11 in this unit and has surrounded himself with a company of artists who are in the top notch class.

This unit has been held over for the past four weeks at the Palace in New York city and that in itself constitutes a record of some kind or other. At any rate it is a tribute to the ability and cleverness of  Apollon and his company which by the way consists of Apollon's International Orchestra of eight pieces, a dance team called Agnes and Adeline and a dashingly beautiful and talented Russian disseuse Danzi Goodell.

Robert Armstrong, popular stage and screen player, who studied law but won fame on the stage instead is featured with Eddie Quillian. James Gleason, Miriam Seegar and Margaret Livingston oin "Big Money," new comedy drama which will be on the bill with Dave Apollon. Mr. Armstrong's career is most interesting.


Schenectady Gazette - December 18, 1930



The Master Entertainer



Renowned Russian Star &

CO. OF 12

Including Apollon's
International Orchestra
In a Smashing



Three Comedians, Quillian,
Gleason and Armstrong,
Are Amusing

Dave Apollon opened at RKO Proctor's Theater yesterday with his unit show, the first unit to play the Schenectady house in several months. The orchestra, which Is 'an eight-piece stringed affair, is called international because it is composed of Hawaiians dressed in Scotch kilts and introduced as Russians.

Apollon acts as master of ceremonies and soloist and his specialties include everything from singing popular songs in broken English to playing a mandolin and a piano simultaneously.

Besides his orchestra, his jokes and his own "talent," he has a blond Russian, Danzi Goodell, who dances rings around the stage. A pair of ballet dancers, Agnes and Adeline, are also in the company, and their stepping to fast popular music is a revelation. The orchestra helpsalong with a symphonic arrangement of "The Dance of the Hours," from La Gioconda. Several of the boys also step out of line for specialties and four of them form a quartet.

Apollon finishes the act in person with an arrangement of a Russian peasant dance which sends his audiences away wondering if he painted the scenery and made the costumes.

The feature presentation is "Big Money," starring three comedians, Eddie Quillan, Jimmy Gleason and, Bob Armstrong. These three cracking comedians never smile themselves.




Dave Apollon, noted Russian star, and his International Orchestra headlines the stage program at the Palace. With him are Danzi Goodell and Agnes and Adeline who help him in his "Mirth. Melody, Dance, and Humor"




Mr. Apollon

From America

FOREIGNERS, especially Americans, coming over here to act in any branch of the show business, but mores especially in variety, must be very tasteful and very winning, and careful when ad-libbing, or they may affend the galleries. A good, smashing sot, needless to remark, helps a lot.

Dave Apollon and his troupe of entertainers, who were seen at the Palace not so very long ago, are the latest visiters to make good here at the Palladium, London's leading variety house. Once an act from America goes over, it's over, apparently, to stay, but the first appearance is a nerve-wracking occasion for all concerned. Mr. Apollon, who has the advantage of a Russian name - so we heard a cynic remak - was introduced on his debut by a British entertainer on the same bill who regaled the audience with glowing tales of the Apollon  prowess and popularity in America, and also stressed the fact that when British artists visited America Mr. Apollon had invariably treated them like dear old pals. Suspicion lurked in the air even after this, but when the act went on and turned out to be good variety stuff, the tide turned suddenly and Apollon and his crew became favorites overnight.



Apollon's Start

Hind Legs

Of House


That American debut of Dave Apollon, star of the current stage show at Loew's, was hardly an auspicious one. For Dave first appeared on an American stage as the rear half of a burlesque horse just like the famous oldtimer, Henry P. Dixey. It sounds like a joke, but it really happened in Balieff's "Chauve Souris," and Dave acted as the hind legs. He still claims that his half of the horse was the funniest.

It takes a resilient youth like Dave to remain cheerful and ambitious through that sort of submergence. But Dave had an early experience with adaptability when he was a boy in Russia, for he was conscripted for the czar's army in 1915, when he was barely of age. During the flood of revolutions that swept Russia he served under the banners of 12 different "causes" before he deserted and fled across Siberia to China. He wasn't anxious to participate in that mad parade of rebellions, but in those days he had to be either with or against the powers that were in the saddle at the moment, and if he had been against them—well, his method worked.

One day in New York Dave stepped out of the horse's makeup and was given his first opportunity to demonstrate his musical, dancing and comedy genius. He never suffered an aching back from the "horse stunt" again, for he started climbing, and within a short time was playing monthlong engagements at the Palace, New York.



SYRACUSE JOURNAL, Saturday April 3, 1932

Old Friend


Among the vaudeville "ambassadors of joy," as they call themselves, there is Dave Apollon, who is back on the Loew stage. His act is called "Surprises of 1932." With the Mexican string orchestra and several versatile stunt soloists, the title is well chosen.


SYRACUSE JOURNAL, Saturday April 3, 1932


Dave Apollon

and his



Danzi Goodell

1932_syracuse_journal_april_9_1932_01_england.jpgTHE NEW YORK SUN, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1932

In the Provinces

Dave Apollon, nearing the close of a highly successful fifteen-week engagement in English music halls will return to the United States the latter part of the month, bringing with him a number of European novelties which he will use in his act here.

In a cable to Bernard Burke, his manager, Apollon tells of the marked gains vaudevillle is making in the British Isles. "The visiting American artist is accorded every courtesy." says Apollon. "and it is with keen regret that I approach the end of my engagement, but R.-K.-O. contracts that cannot be postponed make it necessary for me to return this month."

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