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The Opry House (1929)

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




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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(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 »


My Gal Sal
Written by Paul Dresser
Performed by The Mound City Blue Blowers
Sung by Red McKenzie
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Nothing fancy but well done.
31 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Like many of the Vitaphone musical shorts of the era, this is one that might not appeal too much to modern audiences because the style of the songs are old fashioned. However, they also are wonderful historical treasures--showing acts that might never have been seen again had it not been for the Vitaphone folks who featured them in their short films. In this case, The Mound City Blue Blowers and Doris Walker perform.

As to the plot, there really isn't any other than the MC of the opera house announcing that the road wash out prevented the acts from being there and they have replaced them with local talent....and their are no refunds. Other than that, it's pretty typical except for one thing--there is an audience. Now it could have really been a few stage hands clapping and cheering, but this was very atypical. As far as the Mound city Blues Blowers go, I liked their music quite a bit--it was very charming. Doris Walker had a very nice voice and sang on the third tune. Nothing fancy here--just a nice typical Vitaphone short.

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