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 »
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 »
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 »
On a set resembling a yacht, Roger Wolfe Kahn leads his orchestra in several popular tunes of the day. Billed and un-billed guest acts also perform. At the end, Kahn thrills his guests by piloting a biplane.
Roger Wolfe Kahn,
Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra,
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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