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Smoked Hams (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 20 October 1934 (USA)
A vaudeville team convinces an agent to book their new act, which uses a Civil War theme.


Lloyd French


Jack Henley (story), Dolph Singer (story)


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Cast overview:
Daphne Pollard ... Emma Pollard
Shemp Howard ... Henry Howard
Lionel Stander ... Mr. Ivanitch
Harry Shannon ... The Landlord
The Model Bakers The Model Bakers ... Jolly Bakers


A vaudeville team convinces an agent to book their new act, which uses a Civil War theme.

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Vitaphone Reel Numbers 1720-1721. Big V Comedies Series (1934-1935) (#4). See more »


Honeymoon Hotel
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the landlord knocks at the door
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Painfully unfunny
28 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am sure there are worst comedy shorts out there than "Smoked Hams"....but I think you'd be hard pressed to find many. Despite having an interesting cast, this Vitaphone short manages to be unfunny...painfully unfunny as well as tedious and tough to watch.

Daphne Pollard and Shemp Howard play a husband-wife vaudeville-style comedy act. Sadly, their Civil War act is supposed to be bad...and that's the joke...but it's just bad!!! Seeing them performing it is an exercise in masochism.

The only interesting thing about the film is the cast. Daphne Pollard is the Australian silent comic Snub Pollard's sister...and only occasionally can you catch a glimmer if her Down Under accent. She was herself a silent comic as well....but you'd never guess it here!! As for Shemp, we all know he went on to better things...because they certainly couldn't have gotten any worse. A mind-bogglingly bad film. Among Vitaphone's lowest points in the history of comedy. Add to that the racially offensive ending and you have a recipe for a lousy short.

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