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Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy
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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Gus Visser's Visionary Work
11 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pre-dating sound itself the forgettable Gus Visser with a duck cradled in his arm stands before a microphone and warbles the chart topping "Ma,he's making eyes at me" ably assisted by the duck in this piece of minimalist musical theatre.

While the duck is not all he's quacked up to be (it only sings chorus)he holds his own with the song hogging Visser. After all, no duck no show. Visser's insight lay in his promotional skills, realizing the duck's marketability and giving it equal billing. Alas, they did not turn out to be a Nelson and Jeanette and Visser was never heard of again but one of the duck's ancestors with a slight nuance to his delivery went on to become one of the most famous pitchmen on television with basically the same act.


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