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Don't Get Nervous (1929)

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Georgie Price tells Bryan Foy, who is to direct his short film, that he is nervous about performing to a camera and microphone instead of an audience. He then sings a couple songs, in an Al Jolson/Eddie Cantor style.


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Georgie Price ...


This short begins with dialogue between Georgie Price and the film's director on the Vitaphone set. Georgie is reluctant to make the short because working on a film set makes him nervous - there's no audience and too much distraction. Frank provides him with an audience in the form of the all-male crew. Georgie then asks the crew what song he should perform, and one of them yells out, "Give Me Your Hand, Madam." To which Georgie replies, "I knew I shouldn't have worn a red tie today!" (A reference to the common practice at the time of gay men wearing red ties to signal their intentions.) Georgie then sings two songs to close out the short. Written by Anonymous

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Vitaphone Studios use the Baldwin exclusively


Short | Comedy | Musical






Release Date:

20 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Georgie Price in Don't Get Nervous  »

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Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #841 See more »


Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


Hello, Sunshine, Hello
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Henry H. Tobias
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Jack Murphy
Performed by Georgie Price
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24 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Don't Get Nervous (1929)

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This isn't a masterpiece of any sort but I think film buffs should really get a kick out of this short. Georgie Price shows up on a film set and asks to talk to the director because he's afraid of performing to a microphone and not an actual audience. The director puts his nerves at ease and they go about filming a musical short for Vitaphone. If you've seen enough of these early shorts then you know that a lot of the first talkies featured famous names from radio and stage. Studios put them in front of a camera and if you've seen as many as I have then you know that most of them did very poorly. Something was clearly lost from the radio or stage to the screen so I thought this film was rather interesting in showing that. I thought Price did pretty good with the musical numbers and he did appear at ease performing. There were some other interesting things including showing us the sound box where the sound recording was going. We also get to see the production crew working as they filmed the short.

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