All that can presently (November 2015) be gleaned about by internet searching is that Gus Van is the one-off composer of Crash!!!
(1914) subtitled Some Rag
and published by Will Rossiter
, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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According to the Internet source (found in March 2018) given below, Gus Van was a Vaudvillian comedian and actor. With his partner, Joe Schenck, they made up the comedy duo, Van & Schenck. They were together for 18 years and appeared on Broadway and in the Ziegfeld Follies. Schenck died in 1930 and Van went onto appear in films. His roles include, Atlantic City
(1944), Rainbow's End
(1938), Gus Van's Garden Party
(1936), Gus Van And His Neighbors
(1934), They Learned About Women
(1930) and Metro Movietone Revue
||Brief biography by www.findagrave.com