A happy and hilarious couple (also known as "The Beau Brummels") perform "While Strolling Through the Park" and "Don't Forget to Breathe or Else You'll Die."




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Complete credited cast:
Al Shaw ...
(as Shaw)
Sam Lee ...
(as Lee)


Vaudevillians Al Shaw and Sam Lee take to the stage in identical ill-fitting suits with bowlers and bow ties. Standing shoulder to shoulder facing the camera, they begin and end with comic songs; between the songs is a string of jokes and quips. The first song is a parody of "In the merry, merry month of May" and the concluding song is a song about a song. At the end, they throw in a bit of tap dancing. The camera doesn't move. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

22 September 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shaw and Lee, the Beau Brummels  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #2686. See more »


Featured in The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007) See more »


The Guy Who Wrote This Song Was Deaf
Written and Performed by Al Shaw and Sam Lee
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Rib Tickling Ineptitude
11 May 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One is Shaw and one is Lee and I'm sure they knew which was which, but I don't and I don't care. These two vaudeville performers have that wonderful one-on-one timing that is very rare today, a timing born of talent and experience. Abbott and Costello had it in spades, Martin & Lewis had it in their live shows, although it doesn't show so clearly in their movies and the four Marx Brothers had it. After that the list grows short and the evidence is hard to find. Weber and Fields? Probably, but have you ever seen Weber and Fields or known someone who has? But Shaw & Lee have it, and you can see it in the way they do their close harmony, idiotic lyrics, the way they gape at each other when they flub a line and the way they end the show.

These early Vitaphone shorts are a mixed lot, but this is among the best. A definite 10.

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