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A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, Star of 'Kid Boots' (1923)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short, Music | 15 April 1923 (USA)

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This experimental talking short shows Cantor in his vaudeville act.






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In one of the earliest experiments with synchronized sound, Eddie Cantor does his vaudeville act (stand-up comedy and songs) against a plain backdrop. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Short | Music


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15 April 1923 (USA)  »

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(De Forest Phonofilm)
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One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress (AFI/Maurice Zouary collection) and has a running time of 7 minutes. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie Cantor: Hello. Oh, no. No, lady, no you're wrong. I'm not Tommy Meehan. Funny how everybody takes me for Tommy Meehan. No, Tommy hasn't got that certain... you know, that I have.
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Referenced in Boardwalk Empire: New York Sour (2013) See more »


Oh, Gee, Georgie!
Written by Jack Meskill, William Raskin and Al Sherman
Performed by Eddie Cantor
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Pure corn,...but AMAZINGLY important corn!
9 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

When I found this film, I was shocked at the date. That's because this little experimental film starring comedian Eddie Cantor was made in 1923--and yet it had sound! This was four years before THE JAZZ SINGER, plus the quality of the print and sound was superb. So often, sound films made in the late 1920s had such major sound problems they are practically unwatchable. Now this ISN'T to say that this was a great film--Cantor's act was pure corn (i.e., very old fashioned and not especially funny humor), though his songs were a lot better than his awful jokes. The first song, believe it or not, is about the benefits of dating dumb girls! It's far from politically correct and pretty racy, but also pretty funny as is the final song on this short. It's watchable, but far from the quality of some of his later work, such as GETTING A TICKET--a very agreeable short from 1930. As far as recommending the film goes, the average person will probably find it dull, but to historians and film buffs, it's an important must-see.

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