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Going Places (1930)

Two bums manage to get into a restaurant. They admit that they are a couple of self made men. A couple of comics they are.


Murray Roth (uncredited)


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Credited cast:
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... (as Shaw and Lee)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... (as Shaw and Lee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Clements Joan Clements
Frank McNellis Frank McNellis


Two bums manage to get into a restaurant. They admit that they are a couple of self made men. A couple of comics they are.

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

9 June 1930 (USA) See more »

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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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Vitaphone production reel #1027. See more »


Al ShawSam Lee: [singing] We're a couple of self-made gentlemen, Just to look at us and it shows it. Our pants come from Pantsylvania. Our coats from the coatst of Brazil. We stopped and bought a cane in Canetucky. In Canetucky were the moon shines still. We then got these shoes in Shoecago. A vest in Vest Virginia by the sea. We bought a pair of socks in Sockramento and we had them washed in Washington, DC...
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We're a Couple of Self Made Men
Written by Al Shaw and Sam Lee
Performed by Al Shaw and Sam Lee
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I sure would have loved to have seen Al Shaw and Sam Lee in feature films.
24 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Among the very best of all the Vitaphone shorts I've seen is Al Shaw and Sam Lee in "The Beau Brummels". That film is simply hilarious and I enjoyed watching this Vaudeville comedy team in action. So, when "Going Places" was being shown on TCM, I was thrilled as it starred these same two bizarre comedians. While it's not even close to being as good as "The Beau Brummels"...it still is quite enjoyable. In fact, both these two films are so enjoyable that I really wish they'd make features. Their appearances, however, were limited to shorts like this as well as supporting roles in a few features.

The story begins with Al and Sam trying to get into a swanky restaurant despite being dressed a bit shabbily. Somehow they manages to get inside at which point they naturally get into trouble and then inexplicably break into dance before ultimately being lead out.

Very little of what they did in this film was brilliant or extremely funny...but it was always fun and their goofy act is something you just have to see to believe. It's akin to fusing the Marx Brothers with robots! Very unique and worth seeing.

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