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Chips of the Old Block (1928)

The Foy Family performs a vaudeville act.




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Taking after their father, six of the seven offspring of Eddie Foy - who collectively are known as the Seven Little Foys - perform numbers from their vaudeville act. Accompanied by brother Richard on guitar, Madeline and Mary perform a song and dance number, "I Just Roll Along". Moderated by Irving, all six perform a comedy routine, which includes a dance number by Eddie Jr. They all sing "Bye, Bye Pretty Baby" with a few interruptions by Eddie Jr. Accompanied by off screen musicians, they conclude with a dance routine to "Smile" which features solos steps by five of the six. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Music






Release Date:

1 July 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Foy Family in Chips of the Old Block  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #2580. See more »


Featured in The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007) See more »


I Just Roll Along
Music by Peter De Rose
Lyrics by Jo Trent
Performed by Mary Foy and Madeline Foy (vocals); Richard Foy (guitar)
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Pretty Bad Short
16 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Chips of the Old Block (1928)

* (out of 4)

The Foy Family was a highly respected group of people inside the entertainment world and they even managed to get a movie done on their life story with James Cagney. CHIPS OF THE OLD BLOCK was the first film I had actually seen them in and I guess the best thing I can say is that watching it was certainly better than having acid poured into my eyes while being kicked in the gut repeatedly. This is a pretty bad movie that features the family standing on a stand doing a couple song and dance numbers as well as a comedy act. Now, I understand that a lot of stage performers struggled when they were brought into a studio and placed in front of a camera and had to perform. Perhaps the family was just having an off day because this thing is pretty bad and thankfully it only lasts 7-minutes or else it would have been pure torture. The dance and singing performances are rather forgettable and the so-called comedy is incredibly weak and annoying.

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