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Cast overview:
Max Davidson ...
Papa Ginsberg
Officer Ed Kennedy
Nellie V. Nichols ...
Mrs. Nellie Kennedy
Mr. Schnitzmeyer
Eddie Dunn ...
Ice Man
Mama Ginsberg
Aileen Carlyle ...
Mrs. Schnitzmeyer
May Milloy ...
Italian Neighbor
Tony Campanaro ...
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Kennedy's Daughter (as Gertie Messinger)


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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

11 May 1929 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was the first sound short from the Hal Roach Studio. See more »

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First Roach Sound Short
10 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first Hal Roach sound short, "Hurdy-Gurdy", has been restored by the Vitaphone Restoration Project. The soundtrack was originally on disc, but soon the short will be available on digital media. The film features a number of Roach stars, including Edgar Kennedy, Thelma Todd, and Max Davidson. Thelma is as lovely as ever, Kennedy is his expected blustery self, and it is a treat to see Max playing his Jewish character with sound. Thelma keeps getting ice delivered to her apartment multiple times during the day, and her neighbors, including Officer Kennedy and Max, think this is suspicious. That's the plot. Besides it's historical value, the film, written and directed by Leo McCarey, is quite humorous. It is filled with ethnic stereotypes; if you find this kind of humor offensive, it is best to stay away from this film. The Irish, Jewish, and Italian stereotypes are played to the hilt. The camera moves more than expected for a very early sound film. Thelma and Eddie Dunn sing a couple of songs to take advantage of the sound. For background music, Roach uses an organ playing some popular songs of the period. LeRoy Shield's infectious background music had not yet been written.

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