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Variety Time (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 21 August 1948 (USA)


Hal Yates


Leo Solomon (Jack Paar material), Hal Yates (Edgar Kennedy screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Frankie Carle Frankie Carle ... Orchestra Leader
Hans Conried ... Rudy La Paix
Leon Errol ... Leon Errol (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Dot Farley ... Edgar's Mother-in-Law (from "I'll Build It Myself") (archive footage)
Dorothy Granger ... Dorothy Errol (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage)
Florence Lake ... Florence Kennedy (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage)
Lynn Royce & Vanya Lynn Royce & Vanya ... Speciality dancers
Jack Norton ... Mr. Drinkwater (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Jack Paar ... Master of Ceremonies
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Edgar's Brother-in-Law (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage)
Minerva Urecal ... Aunt Jessie (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Miguelito Valdés Miguelito Valdés ... Miguelita


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Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

21 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City Monday 11 June 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2); it first aired in Altoona Tuesday 3 July 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia Wednesday 25 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco Saturday 28 July 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Columbus Sunday 2 September 1956 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Detroit Wednesday 17 October 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Pittsburgh Monday 31 December 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2). See more »


References The Finishing Touch (1928) See more »

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Worth watching for a glimpse into the time capsule
20 January 2010 | by diamonddogSee all my reviews

Some very unamusing bits by modern comedic standards, but well worth watching for its nostalgic and historical value. Jack Paar isn't at his best in this film, but you can see the infancy of his style minus the emotional outbursts. And it will probably make you want to see more of the Errol and Kennedy shorts.

One thing I found most interesting was that the bits with Paar - specifically the one with Paar and Conried - appeared to be filmed with three cameras, which would later become a common television production practice. (Maybe Desi Arnaz wasn't so original after all.) I give it a 6/10 just because I'm a nostalgia buff.

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