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Down Memory Lane (1949)

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This film is a compilation, with narration by Steve Allen, of comedies from the old Mack Sennett silent studio. Sennett, himself, appears in a cameo at the end of the film.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
The dentist (archive footage)
Mr. Sennett's Representative / Gilbert Sinclair
Frank Nelson ...
Mr. Jefferds, Steve's boss
Poker player (archive footage)
Irving Bacon ...
Mr. Lake (archive footage)
Donald Novis ...
Danny, the singing boxer (archive footage)
James Finlayson ...
Target instructor (archive footage)
Marjorie Kane ...
Fields's Daughter / Crosby's Girlfriend / Novis's Girlfriend (archive footage)
Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
Dorothy Granger ...
Dental patient (archive footage)
Yvonne Peattie ...
Miss Ryan
Bud Jamison ...
Frobisher / Policeman Holding Stakes (archive footage)


With Steve Allen doing the weaving, four Mack Sennett shorts are woven together in this Sennett compilation; two are complete and the other two have only minor deletions. The shorts used were: "Sing, Bing, Sing" and "In the Blue of the Night", both starring Bing Crosby; "The Dentist" with W.C.Fields; and "The Singing Boxer" with Donald Novis. There were also ten songs, many that became hits (in their time) and one that later became Crosby's theme song. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

2 August 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Tempo do Pastelão  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Steverino's First Motion Picture--No Glasses!!
8 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Allen's first motion picture is rarely seen or shown on TV in most markets (I have *never* seen it in Los Angeles, for example, but did see it originally in Phoenix, AZ eons ago. Released in 1949 (black and white), Steverino is his young, wacky self but, as I recall, without even his glasses back then.

He basically introduces a bunch of old Mack Sennett shorts (thus, a great primer and intro for those who have never seen such fare before)-- the best by far is "The Dentist" with W.C. Fields. Also continuing running gag with Ben Turpin about ever-expanding boiler about to burst. Mabel Normand, even Mack Sennett at the end. What with all these classic gems and really young Steve Allen to boot, don't miss it if comes your way or shows up on late, late nite TV. I don't believe it's available on videotape, either. Too bad.

Definitely worth your time.

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