Hold On to Your Hats

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Hold On To Your Hats
Music Burton Lane
Lyrics E. Y. Harburg

Hold On To Your Hats is a musical comedy in two acts by Guy Bolton, Matt Brooks, and Eddie Davis, with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and music by Burton Lane. The show was lavishly[1] staged by Edgar MacGregor, with dances by Catherine Littlefield, musical direction by Al Goodman, and colorful[1] settings and costumes by Raoul Pene Du Bois. It was produced by Al Jolson and George Hale at the Shubert Theatre on September 11, 1940. [2] It ran for 158 performances, closing on February 1, 1941.[3] The cast included Martha Raye, Jinx Falkenburg, Arnold Moss, Al Jolson, and John Randolph. It was the last show in which Al Jolson would appear.[4]


With scenes in Route 66, Sunshine Valley Rancho, New York City, and Mexico, a posse of cowboys come in from the West looking for The Lone Rider (Al Jolson) of the radio drama, to go West and round up the notorious bandit, Fernando (Arnold Moss). He finally sings his way out of trouble after several narrow escapes.



  1. ^ a b Mantle, Burns, Editor, "The Best Plays of 1940-1941", Dodd, Mead & Company, p. 15
  2. ^ Mantle, Burns, Editor, "The Best Plays of 1940-1941", Dodd, Mead & Company, p. 378
  3. ^ The Broadway League. "Hold on to Your Hats | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  4. ^ Snider, Lee, Editor, "The Best of Burton Lane", Chappell, p. 3 (unnumbered)