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Main Street Follies (1935)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 11 May 1935 (USA)
A New york producer sends a spy to a nightclub to report back on the musical acts.



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Joan Martin ...
Miss Wilson
Arthur Petley Troupe ...
Trampoline / Trapeze Artists
Burley & Recco ...
Pantomime Horse Act
The Cavaliers ...
Singing Group
George Anderson ...
Max Brock, Producer
Jack Usher ...
Freddie McGuire


Much to the chagrin of stage show producer Max Brock, dancer Hal LeRoy has signed to do a show for Brock's rival. Brock sends Freddie McGuire to find out what special numbers will be in the show. As McGuire tells Brock about the various acts, we see the performers rehearsing their numbers. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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11 May 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1934-1935 season) #24: Main Street Follies  »

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1.37 : 1
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Please Go 'way and Let Me Sleep
Music by James T. Brymn
Played briefly after the pantomime horse lies down
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Hot feet and more in an entertaining revue
26 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a 21-minute short, this little film is packed with talent. Sure, it's not the A-listed performers here, but there's enough variety in this Warner Brothers "extra" to entertain anyone. The screenplay or plot shouldn't even figure in here. As with some feature length old- time musicals, it's more of a revues with various song and dance, comedy and other routines. And that's entertainment.

The main plus for "Main Street Follies" is the dancing of Hal Le Roy. The guy could move his feet faster than anyone alive – and he did it in some whirlwind dance scenarios. The film has some decent comedy in a couple of clowns in a horse costume, and some good singing from a quartet known as "The Cavaliers" back in the 1930s.

The final good bit of entertainment in this is the acrobatics of the Arthur Petley Troupe. This group combined trampoline and trapeze for some entertaining routines. The film even included a song and dance number with some of the chorus girls running the trampoline.

It's a nicely done short that reminds me of the variety shows we saw on television decades ago (Ed Sullivan and others). Just an assemblage of various acts and routines with song and dance and animals and comedy. Hey! Sounds a little like vaudeville, doesn't it?

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