A still photo of Tony Hart and Edward Harrigan from this early comedy Mulligan's Guard March is analyzed in four pages. Three other sources are cited in the bibliography.
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photographs become invaluable for truly comprehending the time period. The valuable nature of such photographs takes on an even more potent position when we are talking about stage productions where,
for the most part, we can only read about the productions through historical examination. With that in mind the following paper examines a picture of Edward (Ned) Harrigan and Tony
Hart in "Mulligans Guard March" which is one of the first known musical comedies. The picture is from anywhere between the years 1879 and 1884. Mulligans Guard March
Without any understanding of what this production is about, we can look at the picture and see that the two men, portrayed by Harrrigan and Hart, are slovenly and clearly
not up to par with the stature and dress of a guard. Their clothes are wrinkled, with one wearing clothes that are obviously too small. In addition, their stance and
their attention level seemed to be less than that which would be desired from guards. In short, these men do not appear to be very good guards! This offers us
a simple foundation for understanding that the production is clearly a comedy. When we delve deeper, and examine the story or the production itself, we see that these two men
in the picture clearly represent the intended slovenly guards. First of all we note that the two men, Harrigan and Hart, "met the mid-1870s, when both were touring the Midwest.
Harrigan was a variety comic who had made his name in the variety melodeons of San Francisco, and Hart was a stage-struck reform school escapee with a rare gift for
stage comedy" (Kenrick (1)). Hart was also loved for his ability to impersonate women incredibly well. "Harts drag performances were so accurate that some questioned his sexual orientation, and his