Dan Mason

From Vaudeville to Broadway to the Silent Screen

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About the Book

In a career that spanned 57 years, Dan Mason (1853–1929) went from performing German dialect routines in variety halls to appearing in Broadway musicals to playing character roles in silent films. Along the way he also wrote, produced, directed and starred in his own plays. Best remembered for his role as the irascible “Skipper” in the Toonerville Trolley silent comedies, Mason created dozens of unique and colorful characters on stage and screen. This first-ever biography of the American comedian explores the roots of his craft and the challenges he faced navigating the rapidly changing world of popular entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

About the Author(s)

Joseph P. Eckhardt is a retired college professor of history. His previous works include biographies of film pioneer, Siegmund Lubin; nineteenth century artist, William T. Trego; and Woodstock artists, Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph P. Eckhardt
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: Ca. 45 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8341-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4181-2
Imprint: McFarland