A claustrophobic stage revue where McNaughton comes out to introduce the numbers with Thelma white and chorines, but is interrupted by Wills and Carney with painful gags, and some ... See full summary »
A claustrophobic stage revue where McNaughton comes out to introduce the numbers with Thelma white and chorines, but is interrupted by Wills and Carney with painful gags, and some clothes-tearing horseplay. For a costume number with the boys, McNaughton is replaced by McKay. Written by
The sad circumstances of the filming of this short outweigh any of the qualities of the entertainment offered, but even without them, this is really bad, and even in it's day it was too. It's a plot less revue, showing British emcee Harry McNaughton sharing banter with alleged comedians Si Wills and Bob Carney who join him on stage and heckle him with imbecilic jokes, between intermittent cut aways to a chorus line, lead by blonde Thelma White, minor Broadway star. The jokes that are tossed out are mainly centered on death, like some morbid in-joke. On 10 December 1929, at the Pathé studio in the Bronx, N.Y., a huge curtain above the sound stage caught fire and fell on the set and the people working below. Ten people died, most of them dancing girls. They are still in the completed film. So is the huge black curtain that would kill them within the hour. What Pathé did seems unconscionable, they took the shot footage and re-staged another chorus segment days later in Fort Lee, N.J., and blended it in.(At Ft. Lee they noticeably have a white curtain.) They shot the McNaughton & co. footage separately, and as he doesn't actually introduce Miss White or any of the numbers, it would seem they filmed it without being sure of what they would do with it. When the funny men put on a costume song and dance, McNaughton has suddenly been replaced, as though they couldn't wait another day for filming, and just wanted to get this project over, sloppy or not. One could say it's literally a deadly film, and actually more people died making this dreary bit of trivia than any other American film.
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