Country singing star Jimmie Rodgers sings three songs in this short: "Waiting for a Train", "Daddy and Home", and "T for Texas", all his own compositions.
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Jimmie Rodgers ...
The Singing Brakeman
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Country singing star Jimmie Rodgers sings three songs in this short: "Waiting for a Train", "Daddy and Home", and "T for Texas", all his own compositions.

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31 December 1929 (USA)  »

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This short is included in its entirety on the DVD "Times Ain't Like They Used to Be: Early Rural & Popular American Music", by Yazoo Records. The copy was made from the from the only original 35-mm film print. See more »

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Jimmie Rogers is supposed to be a railroad brakeman, wearing his work shirt, overalls, a bandanna, and a railroad hat. But when he crosses his leg, he is clearly wearing dress shoes and silk socks. See more »

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Featured in The Beatles Anthology: July '40 to March '63 (1995) See more »

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T for Texas
Written and Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
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Two Directors, Two Versions -- Watch BOTH!
12 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

As others have noted, this short film was made TWICE on the same set. The rough version with poor sound quality was directed by Jasper Ewing Brady. The cleaner version, with better sound quality and, frankly, better cinematic direction, was directed by Basil Smith.

If you watch one, you MUST watch the other! They are both currently on Youtube. Line up the two frames side-by side on your screen and get past the opening credits (the Brady version has a longer intro credit, with the Columbia gal at the beginning) and set them to where the jazz band music stops and the short begins. Run one or two lines from each version, back and forth. The result is MIND-BLOWING! First, we see what a huge difference good direction makes. There is better framing of each shot, and better use of the two women bit-players, especially the one brewing the coffee and cleaning up the kitchen, who can be seen standing in the screen door and also smiling and laughing in the Smith version and is almost absent in the Brady version. (And boy, she really does crack a happy smile at the line, "I'm gonna shoot poor Thelma, just to see her jump and fall!") But most importantly, we see Jimmie Rodgers, the finely-honed stage performer, producing two almost -- but not quite! -- identical performances. Watch his moves, his ad libs, his extended bars and grace note additions. Notice his habit of looking at his left hand, his way of singing out of the side of his mouth. I cannot begin to tell you have much sheer INFORMATION about the man is packed into the fact that there are TWO VERSIONS of this film!!! Being able to watch and compare the two entirely different takes of this under-ten-minute short, which happens to contain two of my favourite Jimmie Rodgers compositions ("Waiting for a Train" and "Blue Yodel No. 1 - T For Texas") has made this day, November 12, 2011, one of the most exciting days of my 64-year-old life! I am not kidding! It simply does not get much more musically exciting than this. Thank you, Youtube! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jimmie Rodgers! And thank you, Misters Brady and Smith!


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