Samaroff & Sonia

16 millimeter footage from 1929, filmed backstage from stage-right, of vaudevillians Samaroff and Sonia (Donat Butowick 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
Donat Butowick and Ella Butowick, the vaudeville act billed as “Samaroff and Sonia.”

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…

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