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The Backyard Broadcast (1936)

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A boy calling himself Major Bones holds a talent show called Major Bones Amateurs, the show performed in his back yard by and for his adolescent friends. Among the acts are singers, dancers... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Barry ...
Major Bones
Joan Donnenwirth ...
Polly Wolly Doodle singer
Madison Square Club Boys ...
Vocal Group
Miriam Alpher ...
'Bubbles' Girl
Arnold Stone ...
Nightclub Master of Ceremonies
Marion Loveridge ...
Nightclub Singer
Joe Korn ...
Cowboy
Orin Hill ...
Cowboy
The Hill Sisters ...
Gymnasts
Janet Dempsey ...
'Here Comes Cookie' singer
Jerry Schussler ...
Spanish Singer
Josefina Mendez ...
Spanish Dancer
Yuyita Concheiro ...
Spanish Dancer
Betty Ann Nyman ...
Raggedy Doll Act
The Moylan Sisters ...
Gypsy Tea Room Singers
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A boy calling himself Major Bones holds a talent show called Major Bones Amateurs, the show performed in his back yard by and for his adolescent friends. Among the acts are singers, dancers, gymnasts, and an impersonator. Being the emcee, Major Bones has the power to pull acts that just don't make the grade. But he also gets an offer for his acts to turn professional, and another offer to go into a joint venture in having the show play in a nightclub type venue. Written by Huggo

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26 September 1936 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1936-1937 Season) (#3): The Backyard Broadcast  »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Traditional
Performed by Joan Donnenwirth
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Cute
5 August 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Joseph Henabery who, along with Roy Mack, kept up the production of short subjects at the old Vitagraph studios in Brooklyn through the 1930s, here presents a talent show of little kids, none of whom seem to have been in anything except this short. The whole show is structured as "Major Bones' Amateur Hour", a joke based on the then-popular Major Bowes show on radio, which presented some real talent in nascent form.

There is plenty of singing and dancing, including a rather elaborate tap chorus. The whole effect is pretty cute. The dancing includes an emphasis on tap and a gymnastic act. It's not great movie-making, but must have been a pleasant little one-reeler hidden among the short subjects of a show.


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