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All-Star Vaudeville (1935)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 27 April 1935 (USA)

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A miniature vaudeville show, complete with a title card introducing each act, is presented. First up is The On-Wah Troupe, an East Asian group of contortionists. Next, Blossom Seeley and ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Pat Rooney ...
Himself
Pat Rooney Jr. ...
Himself
...
Herself
Benny Fields ...
Himself
The On-Wah Troupe ...
Themselves
The Runaway Four ...
Themselves
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A miniature vaudeville show, complete with a title card introducing each act, is presented. First up is The On-Wah Troupe, an East Asian group of contortionists. Next, Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields sing a duet of the song, "Why Don't You Practice What You Preach". Third up, father and son Pat Rooney and Pat Rooney Jr. perform a recitation and dance musing about if they will ever be as clever as their dad. And the last act on the bill is The Runaway Four, a group of comic acrobats. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Music

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27 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Pepper Pot (1934-1935 season) (#16): All Star Vaudeville  »

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A film in the series known as "Vitaphone Pepper Pot". See more »

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The 2 credited group performers are identified by name cards held by stage assistants. See more »

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A Vision of Salome
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Music by J. Bodewalt Lampe
Played briefly at the end of the Runaway Four's act
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A Nice Show
2 June 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When motion pictures started out, they often played as part of a vaudeville show. By the time this short came out, the roles had been reversed and the bigger movie houses in the major cities would have variety acts to class up their shows. This one shows some good acts, including Chinese acrobats, singers, dancers and sailor-suited comedy acrobats.

No comics, no animal acts, no musical soloists, though. The genre would dead-end in television variety shows like Ed Sullivan's long-running program and die out in the 1980s with the final fracturing of much of what had been mass-standardized American culture. It survived a bit longer in Great Britain. Here, though, it's still pretty lively and this one-reel effort helps fill a movie program nicely.


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