A grab-bag of singers and dancers featuring, at the time, New York-based performers such as Rae Sanuels, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the four Mullen Sisters and the team of Evans & Mayer. ... See full summary »

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Rae Samuels ...
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Ann Seymour ...
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Edith Evans ...
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A grab-bag of singers and dancers featuring, at the time, New York-based performers such as Rae Sanuels, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the four Mullen Sisters and the team of Evans & Mayer. Dancers Pops & Louie (Albert Whitman and Louis Williams), later to be seen in Republic's "Hit Parade of 1943", are also along. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Mentone #3: The Big Benefit  »

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Happy As the Day Is Long
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Bill Robinson
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Half a Great Short Subject
7 May 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The grafting mayor of the town has starting charging money for the public swimming pool, so about eighty kids get together to throw on an imitation of the benefit show they saw last week to raise money to buy tools and dig their own pool on a vacant lot.

I don't like the trope of kids putting on a show.It was common, particularly for short subjects, but early exposure to Carl Switzer's singing in OUR GANG shorts turned me off early; the point of such movies is how bad the kids are at performing, which strikes me as ill-natured and pointless.

Some of the kids are actually pretty good in their efforts, but then the movie-makers substitute the performers they are imitating... and they are great. So we get to see halves of great vaudeville acts and wish we had the wholes.

Take a look at that cast list: unless you're a vaudeville historian, the only one you might recognize is Bill Robinson, the great Black tap dancer. His all-too-brief appearance here shows his enormous charisma, and is misshot for his dancing. Other acts are shot better, and they are very enjoyable. However, they should have forgotten the framing device and just offered us the real acts.


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