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Television Highlights (1936)

A Mentone Brevity short that features an early-day Henny Youngman (billed as Henry Youngman). Gogo DeLys (the correct version of her name), old-timer Lew Hearn and Powers' Prom Girls also ... See full summary »

Director:

Milton Schwarzwald
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Gogo De Lys Gogo De Lys ... Radio Singer (as Gogo DeLys)
Henny Youngman ... Television Salesman / M.C. (as Henry Youngman)
Lew Hearn ... Buyer
Roy Smeck ... Musician
May Wynn May Wynn ... Vaudeville Act
Patsy Wynn Patsy Wynn ... Singer
Powell's Twelve Prom Girls Powell's Twelve Prom Girls ... Dancers
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A Mentone Brevity short that features an early-day Henny Youngman (billed as Henry Youngman). Gogo DeLys (the correct version of her name), old-timer Lew Hearn and Powers' Prom Girls also take a turn. Youngman is the emcee at the Yacht Club nightclub who is also trying to get Lew Hearn to buy a television set...on which unbooked vaudeville acts are performing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mentone Brevity: Television Highlights See more »

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Mentone Productions See more »
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Mono
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Soundtracks

Bugle Call Rag
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel
Performed by Roy Smeck
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Take My Movie... Please
7 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

From the middle to the late 1930s, Mentone produced about eighty musical shorts. These were distributed by Universal Studios, and were usually directed by Milton Schwartzwald. After Mentone ceased production, Schwartzwald went to work directly for Universal, in their music department.

This is one of their efforts: it's a quick variety show, an offering of several acts. That was a common product from most major studios. The Mentone product often tried to wrap these shows in a story or other framing device. Here it's Henny Youngman, trying to sell an investor on an investment in the coming thing: television. The acts, which are competent, are shown in a box.

The most interesting aspect for me is the presence of Youngman, whom I remember from my youth as a cigar-chomping comic, who offered quick, snappy jokes in rapid-fire succession.


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