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Show Kids (1935)

 -  Short | Musical  -  5 January 1935 (USA)
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It's the Depression, and the vaudeville house, the Palace Theater, is not able to stay afloat. The proprietor, Mr. Jenkins, grudgingly let's his 12-year-old son stage a kiddie show that draws in the crowds.



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Complete credited cast:
Tad Alexander ...
William Jenkins Jr.
Arthur Aylesworth ...
William Jenkins Sr.
Florence Fair ...
Miss Marlow - Dance School Owner
The Meglin Kiddies ...
The Marlow Kiddies (as The Famous Meglin Kiddies)


William Jenkins' Palace Theater has fallen upon hard times since the public no longer seems interested in attending what are now considered his old fashioned musical and comedy revue shows. He's contemplating closing down the theater. His son, William Jenkins Jr., believes he knows how to revive the theater, and convinces his father to at least let him try his idea without elaborating on what that idea is. It is to put on a kiddie revue. He has the support of Ms. Marlow, the owner of the dance school where the kids are students. Junior believes the show will have a built in audience of the kids' large families. The kids being the performers and advertisers and Junior being emcee may mark a new generation and life for the Palace. Written by Huggo

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Short | Musical





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5 January 1935 (USA)  »

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This film preceded 6 Day Bike Rider (1934) in some theaters during its original theatrical release. See more »


William Jenkins Sr.: I'm tired of running an empty theatre. Why only last week we shot a deer up in the balcony.
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Untitled Original
Music by Leo F. Forbstein and M.K. Jerome
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Excellent Early Technicolor Picture
15 September 2006 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This movie is an excellent example of an early Technicolor picture from Warner Brothers in 1934. Even the plot was good. It's all about a movie theater that is on the verge of closing down, but the young son of the owner decides to take matters into his own hands and puts on a show starring talented youngsters. The show is a success and the theater stays open.

Tad Alexander was an excellent young actor and it's a shame he didn't continue to do more films in the 1930's. Not much has been said about him, whether he left the business to live a normal childhood or whether he died young. However, I felt as though if he stayed around he would have given other young men as Frankie Darro, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper, and even the late Freddie Bartholomew a run for their money.

If this film ever shows up again on Turner Classic Movies, please check it out and especially check out the performance of young Tad Alexander.

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