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SATURDAY STOOGE-FEST

‘We Want Our Mummy’ (1939) was the 37th short subject made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, November 4, 1938 and released on Friday, Feb 24, 1939. It’s one of the best, most assured and fastest paced prime Curly-era shorts

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1939 PANORAM SOUNDIES MACHINE

A gentleman named Jon Torrence made the above home video of a beautifully restored machine from 1939 called a Mills Company Panoram. This was a period jukebox with a screen that permitted the viewing of soundies–short films of bands and singers performing popular songs of the day. Mr. Torrence is

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THE BEATLES ON ‘SHINDIG’

Here’s the complete ‘Shindig’ from October 7, 1964 which features The Beatles bookending the show. They begin with ‘Kansas City’ which features a rocking (though barely audible) McCartney vocal and then everyone has to wait twenty minutes for their return. Meanwhile another seven performers take the stage, possibly feeling the

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BARRIE CHASE IN PLAYBOY?

Well, no, not exactly. But she did guest on ‘Playboy After Dark’ in 1970 and do this weird and groovy dance in what looks to be her green pajamas. I like digging around the margins of Barrie–everyone knows her as Fred Astaire’s partner, but clearly an appearance like this one

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BARRIE CHASE MEETS…PREACHER MAN?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCOmlwDTVxA As a piece of material, ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkens is pretty much indestructible. When I first stumbled upon this clip from a 1969 ‘Hollywood Palace’, featuring a Barrie Chase dance set to the song, I had high hopes. Alas, they seem to

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SATURDAY STOOGEFEST

‘No Census, No Feeling’ (1940) was the fiftieth short subject made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Saturday, May 25th through Wednesday, May 29th, 1940 and was released on Friday, November 4th of that year. The film begins with the inadvertent destruction of a shopkeepers

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PENNSYLVANIA STATION, NEW YORK CITY, 6/12/45

The above reel shows some of the most beautiful shots ever made of the late, great Penn Station. It was apparently shot (according to the Internet Archive where it was found listed under ‘dailies’ for films–i.e. uncut footage) for a movie called ‘Young Widow’ starring Jane Russell, released in 1946.

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JERRY LEWIS–ECCENTRIC DANCER?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Vc3S0X5tA The words ‘restraint’ and ‘Jerry Lewis’ (and I consider his name a word, not a name) don’t usually go together. But one of the most striking things about this famous clip from ‘The Nutty Professor’ is how this dance manages to be out-of-control but in exactly the way that

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THE ART OF ECCENTRIC DANCE PT. DUEX–AL ‘RUBBERLEGS’ NORMAN

Here’s a production number from the 1930 version of ‘Good News’, adapted from the hit 1927 Broadway musical of the same name by DeSylva, Brown and Henderson. The lead singer/dancer is Penny Singelton who later played ‘Blondie’ in the Columbia Pictures series of that iconic comic strip. Here she does

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