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TWIN PIANOS OF 1927

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irSFb-DTeIs Yesterday I posted a lovely video mash-up of images (still and live) reconstructing the 1927 Ziegfeld Follies, accompanied by a twin piano arrangement of some 20s tunes taken from an Ampico piano roll. I mentioned that the twin piano act was a popular featured act in Vaudeville of the

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ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1927 (SORT OF)

Here’s a very well done made-for-YouTube concoction in which the style/feel/materials of Ziegfeld’s 1927 edition of his legendary ‘Follies’ show is reproduced, using stills, footage culled from various Vitaphone shorts of the era (and other musical films which I can’t identify), all set to a recording of an Ampico Piano

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‘MR. BROADWAY’–AN ED SULLIVAN JOINT

Here’s a remarkable piece of film. It’s the surviving five minutes from an otherwise lost 1933 film called ‘Mr. Broadway’, featuring a very young Ed Sullivan (you can see him in a couple of cutaways sitting at a table with Bert Lahr). The film is essential viewing for any devotee

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AT HOME WITH THE STOOGES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bBG3R_ex60https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2nPoSWtv-k Though the weekend wouldn’t be complete without some Three Stooges action, I thought I’d mix things up a bit today and, instead of offering a short comedy, offer a fascinating short reel of home movies featuring the boys. These were shot at some point in the early-to- mid 30s

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POKER WITH ERNIE K

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdNDRDsFdk0 Let’s tie together this weeks poker on film theme with our now regular Friday’s-with-Ernie Kovacs feature with this little poker-themed nugget from a 1961 Kovacs special. Let me be honest; it’s not very good. But its important to remember that visionaries like Kovacs often are more process-oriented than result-driven

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POKER ON FILM PT. 3–PAUL NEWMAN EDITION

There is simply no more entertaining poker scene ever filmed than the above match-up between Paul Newman and Robert Shaw in ‘The Sting’ (1973). Newman commands the scene from the moment before he enters the room–he takes a beat, exhales and preps himself to go on stage like any good

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POKER ON FILM PT.2–STOOGE EDITION

Yesterday I posted a poker game featuring a cheating W.C. Fields. Today it’s the Three Stooges turn. This is from ‘Goofs and Saddles’ (1937) and features Curly singing that inane little soprano humming song (the lyrics are: ‘lo-lee-lo…la lee la…lo-lee-lo…la lee la…) that always indicates his faux innocence or distractedness.

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POKER ON FILM (PT. 1)

I must admit to a complete lack of interest in the annoyingly retro-cool game of Poker. For me Poker belongs to the same crowd that reads Cigar Aficionado, professes to like small-batch Bourbon and Scotch and makes a big deal about betting on the Kentucky Derby. Having gotten that off

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A LITTLE HOLLYWOOD DRIVE IN 1964

To commemorate the year of my birth (my 60th b’day is coming up in a fast 27 days) I’m posting a few minutes of excellently restored home movie footage taken from a car driving around Hollywood in that banner year of 1964. In addition to this being particularly high quality

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ERNIE KOVACS 101

Continuing our Friday Ernie Kovacs posts, here’s Kovacs most famous routine–The Nairobi Trio performing ‘Solfeggio’. Even if you’ve seen this before–and chances are that you have–it remains weirdly delightful and beyond definition. As always with Kovacs, the ‘meta’ of it all is also fascinating–how did he describe this routine to

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