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Kitty Doner’s Mystery Admirer

April 16, 2010 |  4:03 am

Kitty Doner Mystery Guy 
Los Angeles Times file photo

July 19, 1925, Lady Be Good

July 19, 1925: “Lady Be Good” at the Mason.

Several people asked whether this fellow with Kitty Doner in “Lady Be Good” might be Bing Crosby. I had the same question, so I thought I’d dig into it a bit.

“Lady Be Good,” which opened in Los Angeles on July 7, 1925, at the Mason Theater (formerly the Mason Opera House/Operahouse) was an instant sensation, a smash hit on a par with “No, No, Nanette,” The Times said.

The show continued at the Mason until Oct. 24, when it was replaced by a brief run of “All for You,” Charles Grapewin's adaptation of a George V. Hobart script, which The Times cites as "Up the Line John Henry" but appears to be “It’s Up to You, John Henry.” 

However, based on Gary Giddins’ “Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams,” Crosby was in Spokane, Wash., during the entire run of “Lady Be Good.” Unfortunately for theater historians, The Times didn’t publish an entire cast list, just the names of the leads. A program would probably be the only way to confirm the chorus members’ names. Maybe one will turn up on EBay!