A small boy in a tuxedo, using a comic voice imitating Jack Benny, introduces several numbers performed by children. The curtain parts for each act, the stage behind the curtain is deep and narrow: a couple doing an adagio dance, with touches of ballet; three girls singing and tap dancing; a soprano singing light opera; an acrobatic tap dancer; and, a parade of preschoolers. Gus Edwards wrote most of the music; Waggner and Cobb wrote the lyrics. Written by
WE KNOW THAT the big studios used their short subjects departments in order to try out some new ideas, players, directors or anything that would be considered Avant Gaade. In this manner, the studio honchos could at once recoup some of the $$$$ expended while at the same time assure that the short would be screened by the public as part of the regular playbill at their local movie house.
WELL, WE SURELY hope that this is so.
THIS SHORT IS one done to showcase the talents of a group of young would-be performers, most of which were gifted in either song or dance. It was sort of like an early version of the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB, sans the MOUSKETEER EARS. We can only surmise these assertions, but we'd be glad to wager that there was a whole slough of Stage Mothers on hand, waiting in the wings. You wanna bet, Schultz!
ALTHOUGH THIS WAS filmed in that early 2 Strip Technicolor process, the color, such as it is, seems to have run together and blurred into a pinkish coral look. And we all know how painful that can be! For what survives, that old practice of using Sepia tone on B & W film would have done just as well or even better.
THIS PRIMORDIAL SOUND track is faint, scratchy in sometimes nearly inaudible; which is how my family says I have become in my "Middle Age."
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