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The Eccentric Entertainer (1929)

Popular composer-vaudeville star Sol Violinsky plays a piano and violin simultaneously.


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The setting is a well-appointed drawing room. Sol Violinsky sits at a Baldwin piano playing. The first number is fast-paced, allowing Violinsky to shine. Then he plays a piece in the manner of musical accompaniment to a silent movie - with extra sound effects and sudden changes in mood. "The March of the Wooden Soldiers" follows that, and he concludes with a tour de force, playing piano with one hand and fretting a violin with the other. He's attached the bow to his right leg enabling him to play the instruments simultaneously. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musical | Short







Release Date:

28 September 1929 (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 #709 See more »


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Music by Sol Violinsky
Performed by Sol Violinsky
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Sol Violinsky in The Eccentric Entertainer was another enjoyable Vitaphone musical short
30 November 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was another of the Vitaphone musical shorts made by Warner Brothers in the late 20s that's now on The Jazz Singer DVD. It stars Sal Violinsky as his pianist self. His second number was his tribute to the piano accompaniment of silent pictures that was quite humorous the way he performed it. But the topper was when he then took his violin, put it on his knee, and then did both instruments at the same time! Really has to be seen to be believed! Okay, since there's supposed to be ten lines in order for this review to be submitted, I'll just say this was quite a very enjoyable musical short despite some derogatory words concerning some African-Ameericans in special lyrics for "March of the Wooden Soldiers". So on that note, The Eccentric Entertainer is highly recommended

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