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Down Memory Lane (1949)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, History, Music  |  2 August 1949 (USA)
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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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Bing Crosby singing the songs he made famous! W.C. Fields - King of the clowns! (Poster). See more »


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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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Edited from The Dentist (1932) See more »


Daughter of Peggy O'Neill
Written by Charles Kisco and Harry Tobias
Sung by Bing Crosby
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24 January 2011 | by (Las Vegas, Nv.) – See all my reviews

I concur with the 2 previous reviewers who lament the unavailability of this film. When I was a kid in New York City it was a staple on WOR TV for many years. I've not seen it or been able to locate a copy since. In 1992 Steve Allen (the film's nominal star who was at the time this film was made a radio personality in L.A.) was a guest on the old Tom Snyder radio program. I was fortunate enough to call in and get through and when I mentioned this film to him he was at once astonished at my not only having remembered it but also with the detail with which I was able to recall certain portions thereof. He very graciously offered to check his personal archive and send me any copy (either in 16mm, VHS or any other gauge or format) he may have had. Sadly, 2 letters later neither he nor his staff could unearth one. Somewhat parenthetically, a gentleman with whom I spoke just a couple of years ago and who is a direct descendant of the person who ran Eagle-Lion studios (the company that produced DOWN MEMORY LANE) had never even heard of the film. This film's unavailability is mystifying to me given how ubiquitous it was back in the 1960s and '70s. Why??? I'm sure it hasn't decomposed. While it's no masterpiece it is nonetheless a great deal of fun to watch a youthful Steve Allen interviewing Mack Sennett, Franklin Pangborn and the wonderful Frank Nelson. If anyone knows where I can acquire a copy of this film either in 16mm, VHS or DVD please let me know here. It would be greatly appreciated. I would love to see it again and take my own personal trip back down memory lane.

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