Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Very Short Christmas in Paducah

Who can forget Christmas, 1927? That was the year Bettelhiem's Acrobatic Babies -- probably the most notorious little people act in American vaudeville -- shot up the boarding house in Paducah. "I never had trouble from Show People," said the landlady, Mrs. Emma Thrush, "exception being Ernie Bettelhiem and his damned tumblers." She went on to tell the local paper, "He wasn't good to 'em, that's true, so when they got into my peach brandy, why, next thing you know, the boy's got my late husband's deer riffle, and all Hell broke loose."  The act broke up shortly thereafter.

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