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When the Stars Came to Moodus

No other area resort came close to the level of entertainment offered to Banner Lodge guests. During the 1940s, 50s and 60s the entertainment roster included popular bands, singers, comedians and dancers. On Fridays and Saturdays, the playhouse would host popular performers who traveled the country's resort and nightclub circuits and later appeared on comedy, variety and talk television programs. In the 40s and 50s, the Banner staff also provided entertainment, in the form of goofy skits, sing-alongs and comedy.

There were three stages at Banner Lodge. The large playhouse, which was built in the 1940s, could seat about 500 people. This main stage was bracketed by a coffee shop, a den-like card room, a ping-pong room and an arcade space with games and pinball machines. In the 1950s, a nightclub was built in the basement, which extended the typical Banner day into the wee hours. A small stage was also situated at one end of the Olympic-size swimming pool, where bands and other entertainers would entertain.

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Irv-Jaffee-Quartet.jpg (17542 bytes) Irv Jeffries and his band entertained guests nearly every night in the nightclub and during shows in the Playhouse. BL Nightclub-Table.jpg (28713 bytes) Late nights after the 1950s took on a new style when the the low-ceiling basement nightclub was built.
A view from the back of the knotty-pine playhouse. Song and dance acts were a staple of Banner big-stage entertainment.
Zero Mostel, a first cousin of Jack Banner, made regular appearances at the playhouse through the years. In 1959, Mostel, a popular Broadway and Hollywood star, returned to Moodus for another show.
Charlie Callas was a wild comedian whose repertoire included strange sounds and mimicry. Now 77, he appeared in "High Anxiety" and a number of TV shows. Another Banner favorite was Morey Amsterdam, who played "Buddy" on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Amsterdam died in 1996 at the age of 87.
Before he played the Emcee in "Cabaret," Joel Grey, now in his early 70s, was a big headliner at Banner Lodge. The Hines Bros., Gregory and Maurice, made several appearances at Banner's. They went on to great success on TV, stage and in the movies.
Jack Gilford, who died in 1990, might be best known for his Cracker Jack commercials, but he also appeared in "Cocoon" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Corbett Monica, a Banner headliner, opened for Frank Sinatra and other big name acts. Monica, who died in 1998, appeared often on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and many other programs.
Guests often would be able to  meet the performers. Here Joe E. Ross, who gained fame as Gunther Toody on "Car 54, Where Are You?" poses with two Banner guests. He died in 1982. Larry Storch, now 82, co-starred in television's "F-Troop" and provided voices for many cartoons.
This accordion player is really happy. ...We think that he might be Marty Allen, of the comedy team Allen & Rossi. That could be Rossi on the left. Pat Cooper. built his act around his Italian-American heritage.
Comedienne Pearl Bower "struts her stuff' for Banner guests," on the Playhouse stage.    

MORE CLASSIC PHOTOS FROM BACK IN THE DAY OF BANNER LODGE 

Here's Jack! The main man at Banner Lodge
The Banner Staff
Work, play and a great summer tan
Country Cabins A comfy knotty pine experience
Food, So Much Food
No hunger allowed
The Social Scene
Mixing it up in Moodus 
Good Sports for All From bocce to baseball and more
The Main Stage
The stars came out at night

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