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The Opry House (1929)

The Mound City Blue Blowers and Doris Walker perform popular songs of the day.




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Credited cast:
Opera House Manager
Doris Walker ...
Emma Perkins
The Mound City Blue Blowers ...
Music Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Billings ...
Pecussionist (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
Jack Bland ...
Banjo player (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
Carl Kress ...
Guitar player (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
Red McKenzie ...
Comb player (as Mound City Blue Blowers)


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

20 August 1929 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #834 See more »

Crazy Credits

Vocalist 'Emma Perkins' is identified by a member of 'The Mound City Blue Blowers'. See more »


My Gal Sal
Written by Paul Dresser
Performed by The Mound City Blue Blowers
Sung by Red McKenzie
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Fun short
12 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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