A ventriloquist's relationship with his dummy is strained after they lose their job with a traveling vaudeville act.



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Cast overview:
Chester / Magician
Frank Noel ...
Farmer Jenssen
Shawnna Youngquist ...
Daniel Browning Smith ...
Rubber Boy


Jay, a recently fired ventriloquist, and his ventriloquist dummy, Chester, must survive during the Dust Bowl. When Jay decides to scam a farmer out of his money, Chester warns him of the danger of taking advantage of the less fortunate. Not heeding his dummy's good advice, Jay continues the scam. Realizing that he and Chester cannot coexist morally, Jay leaves him on the side of the road so that he will not have to acknowledge his bad behavior. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama



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21 June 2007 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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What a Short Film is Supposed to Be!
25 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Vaudevillian is a wonderful little piece that reminds me of why I'm in film school in the first place. As they say...STORY, STORY, STORY! This film doesn't go for cheap thrills but rather it maintains a kind of honest simplicity that lets the characters work their magic. The script is funny, sad, witty, and poignant all at once. The characters are, for the most part, well cast, and the cinematography is above-par. On the surface, "The Vaudevillian" is about a single man's inner conflict played out as a dialogue between himself and his dummy, but on another level the film is about the universal struggle between what is good for the self and what is good for others, and the character-defining moments of when one must exclude the other.

A well conceived and well executed film that deserves to be seen. 9/10.

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