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.
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





Release Date:

5 January 1935 (USA)  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Show Kids was an interesting Technicolor musical short
17 January 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Just watched this on The Gay Divorcée DVD. Shot in Technicolor, this was basically a revue of The Meglin Kiddies doing several song-and-dance numbers surrounded by a plot of the young son of the theater's manager attempting to bring business back to the house. The whole thing was pretty interesting to watch with some passably entertaining numbers though one does pause when one realizes these are basically children acting like adults when you see them in some skimpy clothing in public view. Still, no real harm is done and it passes the time enough that it's all over before you know it. So on that note, Show Kids is worth a look.

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