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Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925)

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Gus Visser performs part of his vaudeville act, appearing on the stage holding a white duck. Gus sings the song, "Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)", and soon the duck begins to accompany him by quacking.

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Vaudevillian Gus Visser (1894-1967) enters from our right, walking toward a white duck standing on an elaborate small table. Gus is comically dressed, with hair parted in the middle and slicked down, wearing a three-piece suit and extra-long shoes. He and the duck share a small treat Gus has taken from his pocket, then he picks up the duck, holding his legs in the right hand as he faces the audience and sings "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me." At key moments of the song, the duck joins in with a squawk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film has a running time of 90 seconds and is preserved by the George Eastman House. See more »

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Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me
(1921) (uncredited)
(also known as "Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)" and "Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me")
Music by Con Conrad
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Gus Visser and his singing duck
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How Did He Get It to Quack?
6 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925)

*** (out of 4)

Gus Visser has pretty much been forgotten over the years but film buffs will know him for this experimental sound film, which eventually got selected for the National Film Registry in 2002. At just under two minutes we see Visser singing a song while holding a duck and very few seconds he will much the duck quack. Yes, that's pretty much all there is and I'm sure some people today would just see it as something silly but it was in fact quite important considering there were many, if any, sound films from this era. It's important to remember that we were still two years away from THE JAZZ SINGER and I'd argue that the sound quality here is actually better than that Al Jolson film. Still, I can't imagine what they were thinking using this as something to show off sound. Yes, it's charming but I'm still curious what Vissor was doing to make the duck quack on queue. It's certainly nothing fabulous but as a part of film history is very important.


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