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The Opry House (1929)

The Mound City Blue Blowers and Doris Walker perform popular songs of the day.


Murray Roth (uncredited)


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Credited cast:
Lew Hearn ... Opera House Manager
Doris Walker Doris Walker ... Emma Perkins
The Mound City Blue Blowers The Mound City Blue Blowers ... Music Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Billings Josh Billings ... Pecussionist (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
Jack Bland Jack Bland ... Banjo player (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
Carl Kress Carl Kress ... Guitar player (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
Red McKenzie Red McKenzie ... Comb player (as Mound City Blue Blowers)


The curtain opens and the opry house manager announces, in his high-pitched voice, that a road has washed out and the scheduled act is being replaced by local talent: no refunds, so enjoy the show. A four-man combo of banjo, guitar, comb, and percussion perform "Nobody Cares For Me" and "My Gal Sal. The comb player doubles as the singer, and the one who keeps time with whisk brooms on a suitcase does an akimbo dance. They are joined by a young woman who sings "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." An unseen audience supplies applause. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Musical







Release Date:

20 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Vitaphone Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #834 See more »

Crazy Credits

Vocalist 'Emma Perkins' is identified by a member of 'The Mound City Blue Blowers'. See more »


I Ain't Got Nobody Much (and Nobody Cares for Me)
Music by Spencer Williams
Lyrics by Roger Graham
Performed by The Mound City Blue Blowers
Sung by Red McKenzie
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Possibly the best variety short ever
5 August 2003 | by brausaholSee all my reviews

Superb music, great guitar & banjo playing, beautiful singing, and a quirly little dance number at the finale make for 9 brilliant musical minutes. Released in 1929, "The Opry House" is more hip and modern than anything made today for MTV or VH1. Yet, it has an unpretentious, nostalgic charm that only adds to its luster. A masterwork.

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