Rose Marie, aged five or six, sings three numbers in the Vitaphone sound stage decorated as an elegant drawing room. "Heigh Ho, Everybody, Heigh Ho," "Who Wouldn't Be Jealous of You," and "... See full summary »
Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers,... See full summary »
The Nicholas Brothers,
The 3 Whippets
Returns from a party and states that he's still hungry. He eats the cigar he was smoking and then does some shimmying around the room. He then proceeds to light and eat his matches and then... See full summary »
The curtain opens; behind it are two pianos where Charles Bourne and Phil Ellis, billed as the Music Boxes, are seated playing. After a few bars, Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields enter - ... See full summary »
Ben Bernie, Bandleader:
Frances is going to sing a song that she wrote herself, which she has dedicated to me. She's a lovely girl. The title of this song is, "I'd Love To Be The Widow Of A Guy Like You".
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Ben Bernie and his orchestra play a few songs in the standard medium-long shot showing all the musicians; wrangles briefly with with the members of the band and tells a couple of canned jokes fairly well. Frances McCoy sings in a baby-doll voice.
Musically, it's a fairly standard musical short for the era; Ben Bernie was a very popular band leader of the era, who billed himself as "The Old Maestro" but the style of music has not aged well; it comes off as wet, polished soap.
Visually, this is a very advanced picture. While many of the Vitaphone shorts of the era still set up with medium-long shot and never varied it, this one is edited more creatively, with close-ups of instruments at the beginning and cuts to show performers as it goes along. Although the camera never moves, the editor spins the image to end the short. My guess is that an optical printer showed up at the studio in Brooklyn.
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