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A Breath of Broadway (1928)



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Cast overview:
Jack Waldron ... Himself


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Release Date:

5 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Waldron in 'A Breath of Broadway' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone production reel #2691. See more »


Jack Waldron, Himself: Now ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to give you my impression of a colored man taking his morning exercise.
[Starts dancing - including his own version of the moonwalk]
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Back in Your Own Back Yard
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Billy Rose and Al Jolson
Sung as "Back in Her Own Back Yard" with comic lyrics
Performed by Jack Waldron
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Nice Vitaphone Short
28 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Breath of Broadway (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Jack Waldron is the star of this Vitaphone short, which was his only appearance in a film. Waldron was a well-known star on vaudeville and he brings his act to this 9-minute movie where he sings, dances and does a comedy bit. When it's time to sing he warns up that it takes a while to get used to his voice but once you do you'll hate it. Actually, all the jokes aside, his singing was actually quite good and he managed to do a couple nice numbers that helped keep the film going. His comedy was a bit laid-back but I actually thought he was good at the delivery and certainly helped push some of the weaker jokes. The highlight of the film comes at the very end when he does a good dance, although one should be warned that it comes with a racially insensitive jokes saying this is how a colored man gets his exercise. Overall I found the short to be quite entertaining and it's clear that Waldron had a good style for the movies so it was a little bit surprising that this here was his only short.

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