Highlights include Buster Keaton recreating his battle with molasses from his 1917 film "The Butcher Boy" and Ed performing in a ballet sequence.

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Highlights include Buster Keaton recreating his battle with molasses from his 1917 film "The Butcher Boy" and Ed performing in a ballet sequence.

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8 December 1949 (USA)  »

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This episode was originally aired live on the West Coast on 8 December 1949. It was re-aired via kinescope to the eastern part of U.S. on 22 December 1949. See more »

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Virginia O'Brien: Why, Ed, what are you doing here?
Ed Wynn: What are you doing here?
Virginia O'Brien: Well, what are you doing here?
Ed Wynn: What are *you* doing here?
Virginia O'Brien: Well, what are you doing here?
Ed Wynn: [to audience] I guess she forgot her line, too.
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References The Butcher Boy (1917) See more »

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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
Written by Harry von Tilzer
Performed by Virginia O'Brien
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The sketch that I saw on this episode of "The Ed Wynn Show" was a pretty good recreation with Buster Keaton of a segment of Keaton's first film with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
27 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

When Buster Keaton was first picked by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle to appear in his shorts, the initial offering was The Butcher Boy. In that one, Buster is trying to buy molasses from Roscoe at his store. The quarter used to pay for the item is in the bucket Buster brought with him. You can probably guess what happens there. When live television became a popular medium for the public during the late '40s, vaudeville comedians like Ed Wynn became weekly regulars for the initial home viewing audience. Buster also got some good exposure for new fans here. So one of the things Keaton did with Wynn was to recreate that molasses sketch. It was much the same as the original Arbuckle one except when we need to know what is being said-since it's presented with no talking-we see Buster and Ed take written cue cards to express them. I liked the one where Wynn put one that said "Hey!" which causes Keaton to turn around as if he was being shouted at! Other additions include a large cash register drawer having a small piggy bank and seeing Buster fall after putting both feet on the counter and the aftermath I won't reveal here. Much of the material still worked and the audience seemed to enjoy it enough for respectful applause. So on that note, this segment that I watched on the "Industrial Strength Keaton" DVD collection made me want to watch the rest of what this episode of "The Ed Wynn Show" contained. Maybe if I searched YouTube...


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