Movietone Melodies: Red Ingle and His Gang (June 16, 1948)
Released on June 16, 1948: A short burlesque stage show featuring musical and dance comedy.
Produced by Will Cowan
Directed by Will Cowan
The Actors: Red Ingle (himself, comedic musician), Karen Tedder (herself, singer), Red Ingle's Natural Seven Band (themselves, musicians), The Albins (Dolores and Andy Albin, the nutmost in dancing), Hayden Causey (guitar player for the Natural Seven Band)
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The Best of Burlesque
I used to think that Burlesque was a 'code word' for scantily clad ladies on stage, but the heart of burlesque is actually comedy. In America, Burlesque ruled the 'low-brow' stage from the late 1800's until the late 1940's, bringing comedy entertainment, and yes, some scantily clad girls, to theaters large and small around the country. When this movie short was produced in 1950 most of the stage burlesque shows had been replaced in theaters with motion picture entertainment, but for a short period some of the last burlesque comedians were featured in short motion pictures to be shown between feature movies, and this is one example that brought a taste of burlesque to the big screen. When this was shown in movie theaters in 1950 older movie patrons would watch and remember the 'old days' when they went to stage shows featuring acts like this, and younger movie fans would get a peek at entertainment from their parents day. Now, so many years later, we can also get a sample of the comedy and musical entertainment from the great days of stage burlesque. Our burlesque show opens with Red Ingle, a comedy musician famous for spoofing current hit songs, like his famous song 'Tim Tay Shun,' a song parody of the Perry Como hit 'Temptation.' He performs comedy antics as Karen Teddy sings 'The Man with the Big Sombrero.' We also get a sample of The Albins, the 'nutmost' in dancing comedy, with Dolores and Andy Albin. Throughout the show music is provided by The Natural Seven Band, a group of musicians that worked with Red Ingle in nightclub gigs. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Dolores and Andy Albin
Hayden Causey, member of the Natural Seven Band
Karen Tedder and Red Ingle
Red Ingle in 1950
Newspaper advertisment for The Albins
The Albins on stage