A visit to a barbershop, the place where men go to relax, gossip, and trade old stories and jokes. It's a place of the latest gadgets too. Then, using a photo on the wall as a taking-off point, the film hearkens back to a turn-of-the century tonsorial parlor. There, a shave and a haircut are two bits. Beards and sideburns are trimmed, special brushes help keep hair from falling out, and for 30 minutes, a man can relax in a mohair chair that cost the barber $20 installed. In the back, a traveler can take a bath for 20 cents. The stories and jokes seem to be the same - only the prices have changed. Written by
This is a 'Passing Parade' short from MGM. Like other films in the series, this one looks back nostalgically to the good 'ol days--back to the late 19th century when barbershops were quite the rage. You'll see barbers in action, a brief look at some barbershop quartet, cuspidors and the rest of the stuff you might find in such a place. It's interesting that the narrator and tone are so reverent and excited about a time and place that don't seem all that wonderful today. In other words, they seem really excited about a bygone time which really wasn't THAT wonderful--as diseases were difficult to treat, life expectancy was short and work was very, very hard. Now I am not saying it's a bad film--but one that didn't spark any interest in my as I watched.
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