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The Ham What Am (1928)

 -  Short | Comedy | Music  -  30 June 1928 (USA)
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30 June 1928 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone production reel #2581. See more »

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Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs off the Moon
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Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Performed by Jay C. Flippen
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Not the Doctor Seuss Version
18 July 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Jay C. Flippen finished out his career as a major supporting actor, particularly in westerns, playing the big, bluff hail-fellow-well-met sort of character who turned out to be a bully and a coward in the final reel. But before that he had a long career in vaudeville, and this is a record of his act.

It may be a bit of a shock to see this piece as his roots were clearly in the minstrel show and his pacing clearly reflects this, rolling a cigar back and forth in his fingers, taking the occasional puff -- in mannerism much like George Burns, but in highly mannered language. His timing and jokes are also a bit old-fashioned, but spot on for the era. An excellent record but for specialists only.


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