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All-Star Vaudeville (1935)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 27 April 1935 (USA)
A miniature vaudeville show, complete with a title card introducing each act, is presented. First up is The On-Wah Troupe, an East Asian group of contortionists. Next, Blossom Seeley and ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Mack (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat Rooney ... Himself
Pat Rooney Jr. Pat Rooney Jr. ... Himself
Blossom Seeley ... Herself
Benny Fields Benny Fields ... Himself
The On-Wah Troupe The On-Wah Troupe ... Themselves
The Runaway Four ... Themselves
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Storyline

A miniature vaudeville show, complete with a title card introducing each act, is presented. First up is The On-Wah Troupe, an East Asian group of contortionists. Next, Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields sing a duet of the song, "Why Don't You Practice What You Preach". Third up, father and son Pat Rooney and Pat Rooney Jr. perform a recitation and dance musing about if they will ever be as clever as their dad. And the last act on the bill is The Runaway Four, a group of comic acrobats. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vaudeville Reel #4 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #1791. See more »

Crazy Credits

The 2 credited group performers are identified by name cards held by stage assistants. See more »

Soundtracks

Row, Row, Row
(uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Played during the Runaway Four's act
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Glad to get the work
15 March 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure that the Vaudeville performers who are featured in this short subject from Warner Brothers were grateful for the work. It was in fact the advent of motion pictures that killed live vaudeville shows. The day that Al Jolson spoke and sang on screen was finis for vaudeville.

Acts like Pat Rooney Sr. and Jr. and Benny Fields and Blossom Seeley would do hundreds of dates a year in lots of tank towns and bigger venues like Shea's in my town of Buffalo or the fabled Palace in New York City. We should be grateful that their art is preserved even if it is just in these short films. Fields and Seeley were both prominent single performers who married and became a double act. Pat Rooney Sr. is probably best known today for introducing the song More I Cannot Wish You from Guys And Dolls.

No Vaudeville bill would be complete without acts like the contortionists and the dance troupe that opened and closed this Vitagraph short.

My only complaint, we never got to see Fink's Mules who were a trained animal act who George Burns made famous by referring to them constantly when he talked about his days in Vaudeville.


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