After reading this, I thought it best to ignore Eddie Foy’s version of The Strange Adventures of Miss Brown. Later, when I was adding some more material to the ‘Miss Brown’ pages, I thought I’d have another look at the Eddie Foy version to see if I could find any reviews which mentioned the ‘janitor impersonating a kidnapped socialite’ plot. What I found were reviews of Eddie Foy playing Captain Courtenay and ‘Miss Brown’ as written by Buchanan and ‘Marlowe’. An item in The New York Clipper of 29th February, 1896, stated that William A. Brady had secured the ‘Western rights’ of The Strange Adventures of Miss Brown and had arranged for Eddie Foy to star, opening in St. Louis on March 16th, 1896. The mention in the Foy biography of an opening performance at Hooley’s theatre in Chicago in March, is incorrect. The play was performed at that theatre on 1st March, but it was the regular touring company (presumably with the Eastern rights) featuring R. E. Graham as Capt. Courtenay. So it would seem that Eddie Foy’s version of The Strange Adventures of Miss Brown was not some pirated copy, but was the original version (perhaps altered a little to suit Eddie Foy’s talents), and so I added the reviews from Saint Paul (Minnesota), Lincoln (Nebraska) and San Francisco to the ‘Miss Brown’ pages. However, just in case I’ve missed something, I thought I should also add this page with Armond Fields’ version of events.
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