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That's My Baby (September 14, 1944)

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Minor Watson in That's My Baby!
 

Released on September 14, 1944:(running time 1 hour and 7 minutes) This comedy is a wonderful look at vaudeville music and dancing, with many cameo appearances by the comic stars of the day.

Produced by Walter Colmes and Dave Fleischer

Directed by William Berke

The Actors: Richard Arlen (Tim Jones), Ellen Drew (Betty Moody), Leonid Kinskey (Doctor Svwatzky), Minor Watson (R.P. Moody), Richard Bailey (Hilton Payne), Marjorie Manners (Miss Wilson, Moody's secretary), Madeline Grey (Hattie Moody), Alex Callam (Doctor Calloway), P.J. Kelly (Henry Austin, the barber), William 'Billy' Benedict (office boy), Jack Chefe (Pierre, the waiter), Mike Riley (Himself - Mike Reilly and His Musical Maniacs), Freddie Fisher (Himself - Freddie Fisher and His Schnikelfritz Orchestra), Lita Baron (Herself - Isabelita), The Guadalajara Trio (themselves), Gene Rodgers (Gene Rodgers Boogie-Woogie Piano Player), Peanuts (herself - Peppy and Peanuts, screwball jitterbug team), Peppy (himself - Peppy and Peanuts), Alphonse Berge (himself), Doris Duane (herself), Adia Kuznetzoff (himself, Russian singer), Chuy Reyes (himself - Chuy Reyes and His Orchestra), Al Mardo (himself - butler with bulldog), Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham (Pigmeat the butler), Frank Austin (watchman), Sam Harris (cartoonist), George Frederick McKay (composer), Al Murphy (Murph the bartender at the Artists Club), Doodles Weaver (butler)

 

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The Man with the Broken Funny-Bone, or Grumpy Gets his Groove Back

From 1900 into the 1930’s, the most popular form of stage entertainment was Vaudeville. It wasn't high-brow entertainment, but it was immensely popular entertainment. Every town of any size had a theater that would host traveling performers, and when they arrived in your town, it was a must-see performance. You would see a variety show that included singing, acrobats, jugglers, comedy skits, stand-up comedy, and yes, a bit of female flesh in the form of Burlesque.

Unfortunately, we are in 1944, and motion pictures are quickly taking the place of the fast-paced, live, variety Vaudeville shows. In an effort to re-light the dim flame of Vaudeville, this motion picture is about a grumpy old millionaire who has no joy in his life. Sure, he made his millions from his company that created cartoons that are shown before movie features, but something very traumatic happened to him twenty years ago and he hasn’t smiled since. He orders his secretary to cut the comic strips out of the newspaper before delivering it to him. The grumpy man refuses to look at a comic strip. His daughter and her boyfriend decide to bring several of the best Vaudeville acts to the millionaire’s home as a surprise. If these comedians can’t put a smile on the grumpy man’s face, probably nothing will.

This time-capsule of Vaudeville will preserve some of the best acts of the era, including Mike Riley and his Musical Maniacs, . . . and Peanut and Peppy, a jitterbug comedy dance act, . . . and legendary boogie woogie piano player Gene Rodgers, . . . and comedian Al Mardo with his trained bulldog, . . . and stand-up comedy team Mitchell and Lytell, . . . and Lita Baron with her Guadalajra Trio, . . . and break-dancing before it was break-dancing by Dewey ‘Pigmeat’ Markham, . . . . and Freddie Fischer’s Schicklefritz Bandand, . . . an amazing reverse-strip-tease by Alphonse Berge and Doris Duane, . . . and even more. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn drizzled with plenty of warm melted butter and enjoy the show.

Adia Kuznetzoff
Adia Kuznetzoff
Adia Kuznetzoff
Adia Kuznetzoff
That's My Baby cartoon
That's My Baby cartoon
Al Mardo and his Bulldog
Al Mardo and his Bulldog
Al Mardo
Al Mardo
Alex Callam and Leonid Kinskey
Alex Callam and Leonid Kinskey
Alphonse Berge and Doris Duane
Alphonse Berge and Doris Duane
Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts and Mike Riley
Bob Roberts and Mike Riley
Chuy Reyes and his Trocadero Band
Chuy Reyes and his Trocadero Band
Dewey Markham and Ellen Drew
Dewey Markham and Ellen Drew
Doris Duane
Doris Duane
Doris Duane and Alphonse Berge
Doris Duane and Alphonse Berge
Dotty and Phillip Cohen
Dotty and Phillip Cohen
Ellen Drew
Ellen Drew
Ellen Drew, Alex Callam, Leonid Kinskey, Richard Arlen
Ellen Drew, Alex Callam, Leonid Kinskey, Richard Arlen
Ellen Drew and Richard Arlen
Ellen Drew and Richard Arlen
Freddie Fisher
Freddie Fisher
Freddie Fisher and his Schnicklefritz Band
Freddie Fisher and his Schnicklefritz Band
Gene Rogers
Gene Rogers
Gene Rogers
Gene Rogers
George McKay
George McKay
George McKay and Minor Watson
George McKay and Minor Watson
George McKay
George McKay
Leonid Kinskey and Alex Callam
Leonid Kinskey and Alex Callam
Lita Baron
Lita Baron
Lita Baron and the Guadalajara Boys
Lita Baron and the Guadalajara Boys
Lita Baron
Lita Baron
Lyle Latell and Frank Mitchell
Lyle Latell and Frank Mitchell
Madeline Grey
Madeline Grey
Madeline Grey, Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew
Madeline Grey, Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew
Madeline Grey and the baby
Madeline Grey and the baby
Marjorie Manners
Marjorie Manners
Mike Riley
Mike Riley
Minor Watson
Minor Watson
Minor Watson and Ellen Drew
Minor Watson and Ellen Drew
Minor Watson and Madeline Grey
Minor Watson and Madeline Grey
Minor Watson
Minor Watson
Peanuts and Peppy
Peanut and Peppy
Peanut and Peppy
Peanut and Peppy
Peppy and Peanut
Peppy and Peanut
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Richard Bailey
Richard Bailey
Richard Bailey and Leonid Kinskey
Richard Bailey and Leonid Kinskey
Richard Bailey and Richard Arlen
Richard Bailey and Richard Arlen
The Guadalajara Trio
The Guadalajara Trio
Willliam 'Billy' Benedict
Willliam 'Billy' Benedict