A vaudeville act. Trixie Friganza performs first a story and then a song. For the story, she wears a wide-brimmed had and a matching diaphanous shawl. She tells of a visit to a friend who ... See full summary »
A vaudeville act. Trixie Friganza performs first a story and then a song. For the story, she wears a wide-brimmed had and a matching diaphanous shawl. She tells of a visit to a friend who has a five-year old son. The mother tells Trixie a tale of stepping out on her husband, and to conceal the story from the boy, spells out key words. By the story's end, mom is in for a surprise and Trixie has a moral for us. Then, the hat and shawl come off, a base fiddle comes out, and Trixie sings us a comic song about her first two husbands. Written by
Trixie Friganza was a great vaudeville star during the first two decades of the twentieth century. A large, buxom woman, she suggests a slightly older and decidedly more worldly Kate Smith. For some reason she never made it big in talkies. Buster Keaton fans may remember her as Anita Page's mother in Free and Easy, Keaton's first talkie. Despite a winning performance, the rest of her MGM career consisted of bits and walk-ons.
Ms. Friganza's talents as comedienne, singer, and bass player (!)are on display in this restored Vitaphone short, which serves as a reminder of one artist's gifts as well as of a nearly-forgotten era in American show business. Highly recommended.
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