Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free. They are soon chased by horsemen from The Charge of the Light Brigade and Under Two Flags and beset by the cannons of All Quiet on the Western Front. All this disturbs the sleep of Rip Van Winkle, who opens Hurricane so that everyone is (all together now) Gone with the Wind.
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Did You Know?
Among the many entertainment personalities caricatured in relation to book titles are: Bill Robinson
/The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greta Garbo
/So Big, Cab Calloway
, Fats Waller
, The Mills Brothers
/The Green Pastures, William Powell
/The Thin Man, Clark Gable
/The House of the Seven Gables, Paul Muni
/The Story of Louis Pasteur, Charles Laughton
/Mutiny on the Bounty, Victor McLaglen
/The Informer, W.C. Fields
/So Red the Nose [sic], and Ned Sparks
/Rip Van Winkle. See more
Dr. Jekyll is spelled Dr. Jekyl in the opening. See more
Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. Tonight the muses sing and we harken to Pan as with sweetly piping lute, he winds up through a delightful phantasmagoria with the deathless heroes of legend and history and the entrancing figures of fiction and fantasy. And, first among our illustrious hosts, we want you to meet...
This is your town crier again. the music fades and the departing celebrants bid us adieu, happy with the memories of the book land frolic. All is well. All is well.
References Varsity Show
Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played when the audience first cheers and claps and at the end
Sung by the Three Musketeers and others See more