While his roommates want to study, college student Freddy Hayden instead wants to practice to become a singing star on the radio. His roommates believe Freddy's is a foolhardy dream, until Freddy starts to tell them about his family background. He comes from a show business family. His mother, Grace Hayden, was a featured actress/singer in the Continental Follies of 1933. She, who would rather Freddy focus on his studies, currently is working as a maid on Long Island. Freddy thinks he's got his big break when, using an old contact of his mother's, gets a part in a benefit show on Long Island. That show becomes an illuminating experience for the snooty Mrs. Skinner, one of the benefit's organizers who thinks herself above "the common folk". Written by
For those who remember Peter and his wife Mary Healy, it's interesting to see Peter so young and performing with his mother. The acts in this short are very strange. The black face number has big pictures on the curtain of blacks eating watermelon slices and the song is about a wandering husband on old man river--nothing complementary. There is a novelty tap dance number that features a long string of cigarettes produced by the fellow to a song about smoking lovers. And the act with Peter and his mother is no less odd. I have trouble describing it so see for yourself. I guarantee it's unique. His mother has a lovely voice but doesn't act to the same standard. Peter's talents on display are comedic rather than musical. The plot was really just to string the musical acts together. On the whole, this is one of the more eccentric shorts I've ever seen. In many ways, I found it unpleasant and hard to watch but I'm glad I stuck with it to the end.
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