Foolish Hearts (November 27, 1935)

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Tony Martin singing Foolish Hearts
 

Released on November 27, 1935: An 18 minute promo short for Tony Martin and Phyllis Brooks, featuring Lucille Ball as the blonde hat check girl before she became famous.

Produced by Lee S. Marcus

Directed by Ben Holmes

The Actors: Tony Martin (singer Tommy), Phyllis Brooks (Gloria Seabury and Jeanette Hardwick), Jack Norton (Jimmy), Jack Rice (McKenzie), Harrison Greene (movie producer Schuster), Edith Craig (actress Phyllis Gregory), Ray Ellis (Alex, Maitre D'), Lucille Ball (hat check girl), Frank Mills (bartender Al), William Irving (the chef)

 

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A Star is Born . . . Unnoticed by all

So the studio has a bunch of new talent that is eager to become the next big movie star, and the studio produces a nice little 18 minute story with some of these wanna-be movie stars in it to see how they impress the movie audience. This little story features singer Tony Martin and actress Phyllis Brooks with plenty of close-up shots and great story lines to see how they will do on the big screen. Around them are veteran actors like Jack Rice, Jack Norton and Harrison Greene, but the surprise for the ages is this: The mega-super-legendary star of future years is neither the singer Tony Martin or the blonde bombshell Phyllis Brooks, but rather the hat check girl, in about 8 seconds of screen time, without a close-up or a decent line, but with a prescient comedy gag as she crushes a gentleman's top hat. You probably didn't recognize her without her trademark red hair, but the undisputed Queen of Comedy Lucille Ball is the blonde hat check girl in the nightclub who would eventually have more face time on both the big screen and the little television screen than all of the other actors in this flick combined. As I write this in 2013, I can still find a movie or television show on cable television featuring Lucille Ball almost every day, at almost any time of the day or night. You would be hard pressed to name any other actor in the history of motion pictures and television up to this day that has had, and continues to have, a greater impact on the acting craft. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

bartender Frank Mills
bartender Frank Mills
Harrison Greene and Phyllis Brooks
Harrison Greene and Phyllis Brooks
Harrison Greene as movie producer McKenzie
Harrison Greene as movie producer McKenzie
Harrison Greene
Harrison Greene
Jack Norton and Jack Rice
Jack Norton and Jack Rice
Jack Norton
Jack Norton
Jack Rice and Harrison Greene
Jack Rice and Harrison Greene
Jack Rice and Phyllis Brooks
Jack Rice and Phyllis Brooks
Jack Rice and Phyllis Brooks
Jack Rice and Phyllis Brooks
Jack Rice
Jack Rice
hat check girl Lucille Ball
hat check girl Lucille Ball
Phyllis Brooks and Jack Rice
Phyllis Brooks and Jack Rice
Phyllis Brooks and Lucille Ball and another gal
Phyllis Brooks and Lucille Ball and another gal
Phyllis Brooks and Ray Ellis
Phyllis Brooks and Ray Ellis
Phyllis Brooks as a cigarette girl
Phyllis Brooks as a cigarette girl
Phyllis Brooks
Phyllis Brooks
Ray Ellis
Ray Ellis
Tony Martin and Phyllis Brooks
Tony Martin and Phyllis Brooks
Tony Martin sings
Tony Martin sings
Tony Martin singing at the nightclub
Tony Martin singing at the nightclub
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
William Irving
William Irving