VIDEO: Samaroff & Sonia, Pepito the Spanish Clown & Ron Pesch (2008)

Friday, December 5, 2008

by Melani Carty

This was a first for me:  the first time my blog has been blogged upon by another blogger!  “An e-mail arrived the other day from Melani Carty with a subject line that immediately caught my attention. It said, “Samaroff and Sonia & Pepito the Clown.”  I knew instantly the connection between the performers.  Within the body of the e-mail, Melani noted that she blogged on Pepito, and his wife, Joanne … “  Read the rest of Ron Pesch’s blog article.

Ron Pesch

Read more about Samaroff & Sonia, and Pepito the Spanish Clown, in my article The Ballyhoo’ of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Circus’ (1928).

16 millimeter footage from 1929, filmed backstage from stage-right, of vaudevillians Samaroff and Sonia (Donat and Ella Butowick) onstage, performing their Russian dancing and trained acrobatic dogs act on the Orpheum theater circuit. From the home movie collection of fellow vaudevillian, Pepito the Spanish Clown, and his wife Joanne Perez. Courtesy of Visit… for more.

Be sure to visit Ron Pesch’s fabulous website, Actor’s Colony at Bluffton 1908-1938:  Buster Keaton and the Muskegon Connection and read his Actors Colony blog.

Ron Pesch’s detailed history of Samaroff and Sonia and his touching blog series, Samaroff and Sonia – A Love Story in Postcards are a great behind-the-scenes look at a vaudeville marriage.

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