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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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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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(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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Al Shaw & Sam Lee were deadpan funny in The Beau Brummels
30 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This was another of the Vitaphone shorts made in the late 20s that happened to be on The Jazz Singer DVD. It's basically the comedy team of Al Shaw & Sam Lee staring into the camera most of the time, looking deadpan during it, while singing and telling various jokes that mostly make a little sense in the absurd way and the entire thing just made me laugh and laugh! Really, this has to be seen to be believed. Okay, since this review has to be ten lines in order to be submitted, I'll just ask what happened to this now-forgotten comedy team in the ensuing years and is there any more films of them? Maybe they were too unusual to really last long but I really liked them here so on that note, I highly recommend The Beau Brummels.

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