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Show Kids (1935)

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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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5 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1934-1935 season) #11: Show Kids  »

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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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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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Early Technicolor short is easy on the eyes, hard on the ears...
22 November 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The "6" rating is for the color alone, although a young chap named Tad Alexander is good as the juvenile lead. When his father decides to close the theater because of dwindling business, he persuades him to let him put on a "kiddie show" that will lure patrons.

Tiny tots who were wannabee dancers and singers get to strut their stuff on the stage of a large Palace theater that has hit hard times during the Depression. Actually, these kids are the "Meglin Kiddies," trained at the Meglin studio like so many other show biz kids (including Judy Garland, Shirley Temple and many others). Too bad some of the best are not featured here.

The best feature about this short is the Technicolor photography which is excellent, obviously being "tried out" by Warner Bros. with their Vitaphone shorts. Unfortunately, this can't be said about the primitive sound quality of the songs and the high-pitched wailing of the numbers by kids who were obviously below the talent standards of those who made it big after such training.

Enjoyable only as an example of how good color photography was at the Warner studio in 1935. This means they could easily have filmed such features as "Captain Blood" in the new color process and gotten fine results, if not for the expense of shooting any feature film in color at that time.

Summing up: Worth watching as an antique, but some of these acts would have killed vaudeville.

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