Devil’s Night

I grew up in Detroit, MI and the night before Halloween was referred to as ‘Devil’s Night’ and was a night for pranks and mischief.  But when I moved south, and would mention Devil’s Night, no one knew what I was talking about.   So for those imps that celebrate it, here are some Devilishly Delightful burlesque act in honor of Devil’s Night…Enjoy….and don’t call me for bail money!!!

Dagmar: vintage 7x9 photo of Dagmar and the Devil. This is a classic half and half routine, where the dancer plays two characters, with a costume split down the middle. Sometimes the head of the other character was a puppet, or in the case of Zorita's Bride and groom routine it was just a split costume, complete with top hat on one side and veil on the other of her head.
Dagmar and the Devil in a classic half and half routine, where the dancer plays two characters, with a costume split down the middle. Sometimes the head of the other character was a puppet, or in the case of Zorita’s Bride and groom routine it was just a split costume, complete with top hat on one side and veil on the other of her head.
Pat-Z and the Devil, were another classic 1/2 and 1/2 act.  It must have been very popular, because Pat-z went 3 at least 3 renditions of her horned-companion.
Pat-Z and the Devil was another classic 1/2 and 1/2 act. It must have been very popular, because Pat-z went through  at least 3 renditions of her horned-companion.

 

Diane De Lys's act the Devil and the Virgin - again, a 1/2 and 1/2 act.  This image is scanned from the cover of her promotional flyer.
Diane De Lys’s act the Devil and the Virgin – again, a 1/2 and 1/2 act. This image is scanned from the cover of her promotional flyer.

 

Gene Gemay in her costume for her Devil Dance routine.  Based on the costume, I am guessing it as a dance interpretation of Good vs. Evil.
Gene Gemay in her costume for her Devil Dance routine. Based on the costume, I am guessing it as a dance interpretation of Good vs. Evil.

 

Patti Wayne as 'The Devil's Mistress'.
Patti Wayne as ‘The Devil’s Mistress’.

 

Marcia Edgington looking Devilishly good on the cover of Sizzle magazine.
Marcia Edgington looking Devilishly good on the cover of Sizzle magazine.

 

Satan's Angel from the 1950s.  This is not Angel Walker, of fire tassel fame.  This woman was based out of Chicago and was using the stage name Satan's Angel in the 1950s.
Satan’s Angel from the 1950s. This is not Angel Walker, of fire tassel fame. This woman was based out of Chicago and was using the stage name Satan’s Angel in the mid-1950s.
Lillian Roth (right), and friends, dressed up and looking for trouble!  Lillian is now best remembered as an actress, but before making it big in Hollywood she appeared in 3 renditions of Earl Carroll Vanities and Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolics.
Lillian Roth (right), and friends, dressed up and looking for trouble! Lillian is now best remembered as an actress, but before making it big in Hollywood she appeared in 3 renditions of Earl Carroll Vanities and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolics.

1 comment

  1. my friend, JILL HUNTLEY also did the half woman/hale devil costume.

    jill was/is a very good singer and she sang to her “devil”

    ‘waking my baby back home” I WISH I COULD CONGTACT HER. SHE HAS BEEN IN THE SHADOWS FOR YEARS NOW.

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