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"BACK TO THE FARM,'! SAYS GEO, M. COHAN,
BUT BROADWAY ASKS, "'CAN HE?"
"The dear old alley is all right, if
you know when, to stop galloping up
and down it!"
.Thus George M. Cohan, who is
playing at Cohan's Grand in "Broad-
way Jones," insists and persists that
after one more season as an actor he
is going to retire to a farm, read
books, write plays and get acquainted
with his family,
As for the "dear old alley," by
which Cohan means Broadway, its
frequenters have their doubts as to
whether Cohan can .make good. Can
a man who has spent all his life- on
Broadway and the stage cut himself
loose from both, at the age of 35, and
drop into bucolic desuetude?
Well, not all at one fell swoop!
There's nothing to stop Cohan
from buying a farm and giving up all
thoughts, of the stage, if he chooses.
He's got the money. He intends buy
ing a piece of land in Rfcode Island.
He could purchase ;a good bit pf the
state with his theatrical profits, in
deed! In 1888, at the age of ,10, Cohan
began to appear with his father,
mother and sister, in vaudeville, in
the famous "Four Cohans" combina
tion, which held together for many
years. In 1893 he began to write
songs; in 1896 he started to turn out
one-act plays. y
In 1899 his first three-act musical
play, "The Governor's Son," was pro
duced, the "Four Cohans" appearing
in it Then -he wrote and starred in
"Running for Office." In 1903 he
formed- the partnership with Sam,
H. Harris which still endures. The
firm's "first production was "Little
Johnny Jones," which Cohan wrote
and composed and in whichl he ap
peared for two years.
Next came "Forty-five Minutes
from Broadway," which was played
by four companies, and which is said
to have made in royalties and profits
over a million dollars. There followed
from -the peiTof this prolific young -man
"Fifty Miles from Boston," "The
Tallc of I New York," "The Yankee .
Prince," ""The American Idea," "The
Man Who Owns JBroadway," "The
Little 'Miilionaire,""Broadway Jones"
Mrs. Cohan and Two Little Cohans.
and he dramatization of "Get-Rich-Quick
Cohan can quit, if he wants to.
But, canhe stay quit? . 3
. He thinks so, at any rate.