The curtain opens and the opry house manager announces, in his high-pitched voice, that a road has washed out and the scheduled act is being replaced by local talent: no refunds, so enjoy the show. A four-man combo of banjo, guitar, comb, and percussion perform "Nobody Cares For Me" and "My Gal Sal. The comb player doubles as the singer, and the one who keeps time with whisk brooms on a suitcase does an akimbo dance. They are joined by a young woman who sings "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." An unseen audience supplies applause. Written by
This enjoyable short features the Mound City Blue Blowers and Doris Walker (performers I had never heard of). Lew Hearn as the small town Opera House manager makes an introduction telling the audience that the scheduled performers couldn't make it because the road was washed out. He then tells them "It's our policy not to refund money so enjoy the show as best as you can." I especially enjoyed the numbers "I ain't go nobody" and "Let me call you sweetheart." The short ends with a quirky and fun dance number. Many decades ago, I was in a very small town in Nebraska that still had a well preserved Opera House (no longer used as that, though); it was a grand old and small building. I can easily imagine performances such as those in this short being held there. A by-gone era that this short wonderfully captures.
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