Gems of M-G-M (1930)

 |  Short, Music  |  19 May 1930 (USA)
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Benny Rubin performs vaudeville routines between singing and dancing acts.

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Complete credited cast:
Marion Harris ...
Benny Rubin ...
Brox Sisters ...
Brox Sisters
Belchers Kiddie Ballet ...


A musical comedy revue is presented. A Russian Cossack character performs a song before introducing Marion Harris who sings a love song, he hopes to him. Then a man in black face does a comic recitation and tap dance on an incident in the life of Christopher Columbus. He then does an impersonation of all three of the Brox Sisters, who then come out themselves to conclude the revue by performing a couple of ballads. Written by Huggo

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19 May 1930 (USA)  »

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(TCM print)

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1.20 : 1
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Just You, Just Me
Music by Jesse Greer
Lyrics by Raymond Klages
Performed by the Brox Sisters
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Not a Good Film But Worth Watching for Film Buffs
21 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Gems of M-G-M (1930)

** (out of 4)

This short from MGM isn't what one would consider a "good" movie but I think film buffs will want to check it out. Benny Rubin first comes out playing an embarrassing Russian Jew with some rather unfunny remarks, which will probably insult some. Then he introduces Marion Harris who does a couple musical numbers. Rubin then comes back out, this time in blackface, and yikes is the performance bad. He then introduces The Brox Sisters who perform two music numbers. GEMS OF M-G-M certainly doesn't contain any gems but it's worth viewing for a couple reasons. One is Harris who does a nice job with a couple of her numbers and some might remember her name for a variety of reasons that can be found online. The second reason to watch the film is due to Rubin, not because he's good but because he's just so strange. Watching blackface acts today is a lot different than if we were in a theater back in 1930. This type of comedy no longer works today and usually when viewed today it's just for a shock value. The shock value is here but I found Rubin to be incredible boring and bland with his jokes. The dancing wasn't too bad but he's certainly a long way from Jolson.

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