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The Happy Hottentots (1930)

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Two desperate singers take a job as the singing act in a movie theater between shows. They soon regret their decision.



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Frisco ...
Joe / Reese Brother


Joe and his friend Bob want to break into show business so they take on fake names - the Reece Brothers - and get a job performing at a movie theater between features. Turns out to be the job from hell: they're the only act, the proprietor has them doing more than 15 shows a day, the ham sandwiches he provides have bugs, and the audience and applause are scant. Their act consists of light singing and dancing. Is there a silver lining anywhere? They repair to a hotel for the night, where the there's a rude awakening, which they take in stride. Written by <>

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Written by William Hargreaves (as William J. McKenna)
Performed by Joe Frisco and Bob Callahan
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Funny...I think not.
23 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

'Hottentots' is a negative term used to describe black African natives. Oddly, this seems to have absolutely nothing to do with this short film from Vitaphone (Warner Brothers).

The film involves two not particularly funny or talented guys who form a vaudeville-style routine. They get a booking at a theater and there is a funny(?) bit about them being called again and again and again to perform. Sadly, however, this isn't the least bit funny. The only positive I can think of is that unlike most Vitaphone shorts, this one has some plot.

While Vitaphone brought many stage acts to appear in their early sound shorts, it seems that the Reese Brothers (which were not brothers) were saved for the end--probably because they were not particularly good! Compared to other comics of the day, their antics are pretty dreadful and they weren't about to challenge Laurel & Hardy, Wheeler & Woolsey or even Boris Karloff in the comedy department!!

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