Clara Bow and Ruth Etting, on the same marquee?

1928 Chicago Theater by Atwell

Clara Bow and Ruth Etting, on the same marquee? It appears that Hollywood’s “It Girl” and “America’s Sweetheart of Song” made for an interesting evening at the landmark Chicago Theatre, back in March of 1928.

Ruth, fresh off a run on Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1927, was live and in person, singing. And Miss Bow? She was on the big screen in Paramount’s silent film, “Red Hair.” Silent films were often paired with other entertainment, especially music – so perhaps it’s not such an unusual pairing? Miss Bow was at the peak of her popularity – she was the #1 box office star for 1928. And Ruth Etting had multiple Billboard Top Ten Hits in 1927 and 1928. It must have been a fun show!

Unfortunately for Clara Bow fans, the film “Red Hair” is now considered partially lost, since only three minutes of footage are known to still exist.

The photo was shot by H.A. Atwell, a Chicago photographer who made most of the early images of Ruth Etting.

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