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The Beau Brummels (1928)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  September 1928 (USA)
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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 ...
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Sam Lee ...
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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 <>

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Short | Comedy







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September 1928 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #2686 See more »


Featured in Secrets of New York: Cinema (2011) See more »


Don't Forget to Breathe or Else You'll Die
Written and performed by Al Shaw and Sam Lee
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Unlike Anything Else You're Going to See
8 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Beau Brummels (1928)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

When sound came into play nearly everyone working on the stage was thrown in front of the camera in hopes that they could at least do something. I've probably seen at least a hundred of these early talkies and this one here has to be one of the best and strangest. Al Shaw and Sam Lee perform a song, then a comedy routine and then a song and dance number. Now, if you're looking for a voice like Sinatra and dancing like Kelly then you're going to be disappointed. What makes this film so special isn't the "greatness" of the duo in a normal sense. What makes this film worth watching is how utterly bizarre it is from start to finish. Both men come out on the stage and what really caught my attention was their eyes because I wasn't sure if they really looked like that or if they were just pretended to be tired. As strange as their eyes are you could make a strong argument that this here was the first zombie movie ever made! The comedy routine featured some really bizarre jokes and the dead-faced pair really make them funny. Fans of the bizarre will certainly want to add this to their must-see list as you're not going to find anything else like it.

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