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George Jessel and His Russian Art Choir (1931)

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Entertainer George Jessel introduces a choir he discovered during a trip to Russia.

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Veteran vaudevillian regales the audience with highlights from his comedy travel monologue and introduces "His Modern Art Choir," A Russian group he met while traveling in the Soviet Union who sing a traditional Russian song and an American standard. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Released as part of Warners' Gangters Vol. 3 Collection on the same disc as "Smart Money." See more »


George Jessel: Then I came across the idea of taking talking pictures of the natives. The natives are indeed a remarkable people. You see they live on chocolate ice cream and old umbrellas. Hmmm, you see, they toast the ice cream and they fry the umbrella, and it evidently makes a very wonderful dish.
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19 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

George Jessel and His Russian Art Choir (1931)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Jessel's name probably won't be recognized by many but if you look him up you'll see that he actually had quite a few credits to his name but I certainly hope this here is the worst thing he did in his career. He pretty much stands in front of the camera, makes a few smart remarks and introduces his "band" that he says he brought over from Russia. At just 8-minutes this film is too short to really kill you while watching it but at the same time there's really nothing here. It's not that this short is bad per say but it's just rather lifeless as there's no laughs, no energy or anything else in it. The entire time while watching it I kept wondering what the entire point of it was. I'm going to guess that Jessel just couldn't act to the camera the same way he would to a live audience so perhaps that's why he just seems stiff here. Either way, this here is certainly for film buffs only.

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