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Follies Girl (June 26, 1943)

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Follies Girl
 

Released on June 26, 1943: (running time 57 minutes) A sampling of some of the best burlesque comedy, music and dance at the Broadway Bijou Theater Follies Burlesque.

Directed by William Rowland

The Actors: Wendy Barrie (Anne Merriday), Doris Nolan (Francine La Rue), Gordon Oliver (Private Jerry Hamlin), Anne Barrett (Bunny), Arthur Pierson (Sergeant Bill Perkins), J.C. Nugent (J.B. Hamlin), Cora Witherspoon (Mrs. J.B. Hamlin), William Harrigan (Jimmy Dobson, owner of Bijou Follies Burlesque), Jay Brennan (Andre Duval), Lew Hearn (Lew), Cliff Hall (Cliff), Marion McGuire (Trixie), Pat C. Flick (Patsy), Anthony Blair (Somers, Hamlin butler), Jerri Blanchard (Jerri), Sergei Radamsky (Scarini, opera director), G. Swayne Gordon (doorman), Ray Heatherton (himself, bandleader), Johnny Long (himself, bandleader), Bobby Byrne (himself, bandleader), Ernie Holst (himself, bandleader), Charles Weidman (himself, specialty), Fritzi Scheff (Fritzi), Claire and Arene (specialty act), Lazare and Castellanos (specialty act), The Song Spinners (singers), The Heat Waves (specialty act), Jack Lambert (unknown), Virginia Mayo (Chorine/chorus girl), Winston Churchill (montage newsreel footage during Fritzi Scheff song), Joseph Stalin (montage newsreel footage during Fritzi Scheff song), General John J. Pershing (montage newsreel footage during Fritzi Scheff song)

 

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Burlesque G-Strings, Gags and Gals, Streamlined

I would have loved to watch William Shakespeare and his hand-picked actors performing one of his amazing plays. It would be amazing to hear a recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performing one of his creations. Of course, the machines that could preserve voice and picture for future generations had not been invented yet, so their performances, and everyone that had personally witnessed them have passed silently into history.

Now, I am not saying that the performers in this movie are of the caliber of Shakespeare or Mozart, but they are some of the amazing stage performers from the great days of Burlesque that made their living by entertaining small audiences around the U.S. and the world. Thanks to the inventions of photos, motion pictures and sound recording they have not passed silently into the night.

In 1943, with America and much of the world at war, this movie put together a couple of glamour girls of the day, and presented us with a marvelous buffet of talent from the days of Burlesque in the Roaring Twenties. We not only get to experience some of the talent from the burlesque stage, but even a glimpse of the legendary Prima Dona of the Imperial Opera in Vienna, the great Fritzi Scheff

Frizi Scheff was a prima donna with the Imperial Opera in Vienna in the late 1800’s, and even sang for Queen Victoria at Covent Garden as a youngster! She soon came to the New York Opera, and during World War One she toured military camps to entertain the troops. In this movie, at the age of 64, she reminds the young soldiers that she and the troops from World War One are too old to help in this war, and it is up to them to win the Second World War. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anne Barrett as Bunny
Anne Barrett as Bunny
Anne Barrett
Anne Barrett
Anne Barrett
Anne Barrett
Arthur Pierson and Gordon Oliver
Arthur Pierson and Gordon Oliver
Cora Witherspoon
Cora Witherspoon
Doris Nolan as Francine La Rue
Doris Nolan as Francine La Rue
Doris Nolan and William Harrigan
Doris Nolan and William Harrigan
Doris Nolan
Doris Nolan
Fritzi Scheff
Fritzi Scheff
General John J. Pershing
General John J. Pershing
Gordon Oliver
Gordon Oliver
Gordon Oliver and Cora Witherspoon
Gordon Oliver and Cora Witherspoon
J.C. Nugent
J.C. Nugent
J.C. Nugent and Jay Brennan
J.C. Nugent and Jay Brennan
J.C. Nugent
J.C. Nugent
Jay Brennan
Jay Brennan
Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin
Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin
Jay Brennan and Wendy Barrie
Jay Brennan and Wendy Barrie
Jerri Blanchard
Jerri Blanchard
Jerri Blanchard
Jerri Blanchard
Lew Hearn
Lew Hearn
Lew Hearn and Anne Barrett
Lew Hearn and Anne Barrett
Lew Hearn and Cliff Hall
Lew Hearn and Cliff Hall
Lew Hearn and Cliff Hall
Lew Hearn and Cliff Hall
Lew Hearn and Anne Barrett
Lew Hearn and Anne Barrett
Lew Hearn
Lew Hearn
Marion McGUire, William Harrigan, Doris Nolan
Marion McGUire, William Harrigan, Doris Nolan
Ray Heatherton and Fritzi Scheff
Ray Heatherton and Fritzi Scheff
Sergei Radamsky looks at Cora Witherspoon
Sergei Radamsky looks at Cora Witherspoon
Virginia Mayo and Lew Hearn
Virginia Mayo and Lew Hearn
Wendy Barrie
Wendy Barrie
Wendy Barrie and Jay Brennan
Wendy Barrie and Jay Brennan
Wendy Barrie and Marion McGuire
Wendy Barrie and Marion McGuire
William Harrigan and Doris Nolan
William Harrigan and Doris Nolan
William Harrigan and J.C. Nugent
William Harrigan and J.C. Nugent
William Harrigan and Wendy Barrie
William Harrigan and Wendy Barrie
William Harrigan and J.C. Nugent
William Harrigan and J.C. Nugent