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Down Memory Lane (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, History, Music | 2 August 1949 (USA)
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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Himself
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Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
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The dentist (archive footage)
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Mr. Sennett's Representative / Gilbert Sinclair
Frank Nelson ...
Mr. Jefferds, Steve's boss
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Poker player (archive footage)
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Mr. Lake (archive footage)
Donald Novis ...
Danny, the singing boxer (archive footage)
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Himself
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Target instructor (archive footage)
Marjorie Kane ...
Fields's Daughter / Crosby's Girlfriend / Novis's Girlfriend (archive footage)
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Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
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Dental patient (archive footage)
Yvonne Peattie ...
Miss Ryan
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Frobisher / Policeman Holding Stakes (archive footage)
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Bing Crosby singing the songs he made famous! W.C. Fields - King of the clowns! (Poster). See more »

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Comedy | History | Music

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Passed | See all certifications »
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2 August 1949 (USA)  »

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No Tempo do Pastelão  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The clip featuring Gloria Swanson and Mack Swain is from The Pullman Bride (1917). This short film still exists. See more »

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Edited from The Singing Boxer (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bit of Heaven
Written by Ernest Ball and J. Keirn Brennan
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Great moments from Sennett pix, framed by clever Steve Allen footage
3 November 2000 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This is a clever compilation of old Mack Sennett comedies, and it boasts two "firsts." It's the first feature-length comedy compilation, and it features the first screen appearance (1949) of the late Steve Allen, then a popular late-night disc jockey. Allen (sans glasses) appears as himself, a disc jockey on a live TV broadcast showcasing Mack Sennett comedies. Everything goes wrong -- Sennett doesn't show up on time, the film jumps from silent to sound and back again, the live commercials go haywire, etc. The framing device effectively introduces Sennett's favorite clips with W. C. Fields, Bing Crosby, Ben Turpin, Donald Novis, and Mabel Normand. DOWN MEMORY LANE is infrequently shown today, but if it comes your way, don't let the opportunity escape.


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