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Picture Palace (1934)

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Hal and Dawn work at the same vaudeville theater (he's an usher; she's a chorus girl). When they both get fired, they form an act and vow to get back to their old theater--as performers.

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In trying to pick her up when they meet for the first time on the beach, Hal Le Roy tells Dawn O'Day that he works in management at the Grand Majestic Theater. She, in turn, says that she knows important people in theater. In reality, he is one of the Grand Majestic's lowly ushers, who likes to dance in his spare time, but who does have management aspirations. She, on the other hand, is a chorus girl in the latest show at that theater, she who is having problems learning the routines as she feels confined by chorus work. Hal and Dawn recognizing each other at the theater at the most inopportune time leads to both of them being fired. Commiserating in their new-found joint unemployment, they decide to join forces in a vaudeville dance act. With a little help from the Grand Majestic's headliner Jack Hollis, they become a success. When they learn that "Le Roy & O'Day" are booked at the Grand Majestic, Hal thinks he knows a way to get back at Mr. Simkins, the theater's manager, for firing... Written by Huggo

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10 February 1934 (USA)  »

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If It's Love
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Written by Cliff Hess
Played during the opening credits and during the opening scene
Performed by Jack Fulton (vocal)
Also played during Hal and Dawn's vaudeville montage
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A Sign that Prohibition Ended
30 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone had to have been somewhat intoxicated to come up with this Warner Brothers short.

I usually enjoy short films from the 30s, but this is not one of the better ones. It starts out on a fake beach with Hal LeRoy as "Hal" trying to get to know Dawn O'Day as "Dawn", who apparently takes a phonograph to the beach. As a general rule of thumb, when actors' character names are the same as their own is often a sign that you're not going to see great acting.

Hal's an usher, Dawn's a chorus girl and they both get fired from the Grand Majestic theater when they see each other while working. Dawn gets fired because she stops dancing in the middle of a number. Hal, while working as an usher stands in front of the stage in slack- jawed amazement.

No wonder vaudeville died.


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