Rose Marie, aged five or six, sings three numbers in the Vitaphone sound stage decorated as an elegant drawing room. "Heigh Ho, Everybody, Heigh Ho," "Who Wouldn't Be Jealous of You," and "... See full summary »
George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their ... See full summary »
The curtain opens; behind it are two pianos where Charles Bourne and Phil Ellis, billed as the Music Boxes, are seated playing. After a few bars, Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields enter - ... See full summary »
A vaudeville act. Trixie Friganza performs first a story and then a song. For the story, she wears a wide-brimmed had and a matching diaphanous shawl. She tells of a visit to a friend who ... See full summary »
Returns from a party and states that he's still hungry. He eats the cigar he was smoking and then does some shimmying around the room. He then proceeds to light and eat his matches and then... See full summary »
I'm kind of proud of my knowledge of past performers even a generation or two before I was born, but I have to confess that the subject of this Vitagraph Short was one I had never heard of. Hazel Green was a poor man's version of Kate Smith, not that she lacked in talent, but only in reputation.
She was a large woman in the manner of Kate, but had an upbeat jazzy style of singing. The ballads of Kate Smith didn't seem to be in Hazel's repertoire or at least she chose not to include them in her one filmed record of her singing. She did an up tempo version of Ain't She Sweet and also Just a Bird's Eye View Of My Old Kentucky Home. In the second Hazel danced a bit with tap dancer Joe Lacurta, also someone I made the acquaintance of.
No doubt about it, the woman could move in a way Kate Smith never did. Here's to you Hazel for a grand performance.
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