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Sharps and Flats (1928)



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Cast overview:
Jimmy Conlin ... Himself
Myrtle Glass ... Herself


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Release Date:

24 July 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conlin and Glass in Sharps and Flats  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jimmy Conlin, Himself: Will you marry me?
Myrtle Glass, Herself: No, I won't marry you.
Jimmy Conlin, Himself: No?
Myrtle Glass, Herself: No.
Jimmy Conlin, Himself: Do you know anybody that will marry me?
Myrtle Glass, Herself: I can ask father.
Jimmy Conlin, Himself: You think your father will marry me?
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You'll Never Be
Performed by Jimmy Conlin and Myrtle Glass
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Bizarre...and NOT in a good way!
10 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Many of the old Vitaphone sound shorts have been recently restored and they are a great collection of old musical and vaudeville numbers. In many cases the only examples of these acts you could ever see and hear. However, in a few cases, perhaps it would have been better had they not restored a few of them--or perhaps saved them for last. This is definitely the case with "Conlin & Glass in Sharps and Flats". It's an incredibly bad act--one that makes you wonder how the pair managed to find employment doing this act!

To give you a bit of background, Jimmy Conlin and Myrtle Glass were a married couple who traveled the country doing musical comedy. I have no idea how much Myrtle actually got to sing, as Jimmy pretty much bumbled around on the piano--a bit like Victor Borge decades later. Unfortunately, Myrtle died in her 40s and Jimmy went on to a long career playing bit characters--particularly in Preston Sturges films. He died almost two decades later.

As far as the film goes, Myrtle is mostly trying to sing a song entitled "Morning, Noon and Night" and Jimmy keeps bumbling about the piano in a random and seemingly unfunny manner. Perhaps they were a laugh riot on stage---here they just seemed to make up for the lack of humor and singing by being loud.

By the way, Jimmy sports a pair of large spectacles and looks a lot like Robert Woolsey (of Wheeler and Woolsey fame). I've actually seen several clients with a similar getup and assume that must have been a popular type of character on the vaudeville circuit.

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