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3 Classic Vaudeville Features: CBS's 1950 Phenomenal THE BEN BLUE SHOW; HOLLYWOOD ON PARADE: HALL OF FAME With Comedian Eddie Borden, Mae Questel Of Betty Boop Fame, Bela Lugosi And More; And Jay Ward's Pioneering 1963 TV Pilot THE NUT HOUSE! 2 Hours Of The Rarest Early Televisual Entertainment, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #Vaudeville #BenBlue #HollywoodOnParade #JayWard #NutHouse #BettyBoop #BelaLugosi #VarietyShows #VarietyPerformers #Stage #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
THE BEN BLUE SHOW (Black/White, 1950, 28:35)
Another time capsule of this often overlooked font of American entertainment tradition, here mixing it up with the kind of entertainment format one saw fractionalized into everything from "The Ed Sullivan Show" to "The Ernie Kovacs Show", then finishing up with a preposterous situation worthy of the best of Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners".
HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD: HOLLYWOOD ON PARADE: HALL OF FAME (Black/White, 1933, 40:12 With Commercials And Added Attractions)
A televisual historic artifact on a few accounts: first, it's a time capsule of Vaudeville comedy in 1933 in "Hollywood Parade", one of a series of short films advertising Paramount Studio's actors and actresses that became standard broadcasting fare shown early on during the golden age of television, with this installment starring the great vaudeville comedian Eddie Borden as himself searching for his lost companion, vaudevillian Mae Questel who was best known as the voice of "Betty Boop" and "Olive Oyl", who was spirited away from the maze of a wax museum by Bela Lugosi as a wax figure Dracula; second; the title comes from the well-loved 1985 syndicated TV series "Haunted Hollywood"; complete with their vintage commercial and added attractions segues; and third, the source media for the entire broadcast is from the venerable "7 Late Movie" of WABC-TV Channel 7 New York City, circa 1989, complete with the original vintage commercials throughout. Added attractions: "Take It Or Leave It", a comedy short where a professor muses over life's improbabilities; Chico and Harpo Marx Ad For Prom Shampoo; "Hollywood Beauty Tips" on how starlets of the 1930s made themselves cosmetically beautiful; and musically scored highlights of Georges Melies iconic "A Trip to the Moon".
THE NUT HOUSE (Black/White, 1963, 33:39)
Rowan and Martin, roll over! The Nut House has taken over! This attempt by Jay Ward and crew to capitalize on the success of Rocky & Bullwinkle & bring straight-up vaudeville humor to live action tv ultimately failed, but it's a magnificent failure, for one can see clearly foreshadowed Laugh-In, Monty Python's Flying Circus and more of the television of the future!
Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment born in France at the end of the 19th century. A vaudeville was originally a comedy without psychological or moral intentions, based on a comical situation: a dramatic composition or light poetry, interspersed with songs or ballets. It became popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s, but the idea of vaudeville's theatre changed radically from its French antecedent. In some ways analogous to music hall from Victorian Britain, a typical North American vaudeville performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Types of acts have included popular and classical musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, ventriloquists, strongmen, female and male impersonators, acrobats, clowns, illustrated songs, jugglers, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and movies. A vaudeville performer is often referred to as a "vaudevillian". Vaudeville developed from many sources, also including the concert saloon, minstrelsy, freak shows, dime museums, and literary American burlesque. Called "the heart of American show business", vaudeville was one of the most popular types of entertainment in North America for several decades. The origin of the term "Vaudeville" is obscure but often explained as being derived from the French expression voix de ville ("voice of the city"). A second speculation is that it comes from the 15th-century songs on satire by poet Olivier Basselin, "Vau de Vire". In his Connections television series, science historian James Burke argues that the term is a corruption of the French "Vau de Vire" ("Vire River Valley", in English), an area known for its bawdy drinking songs and where Basselin lived; around 1610, Jean le Houx collected these works as "Le Livre des Chants nouveaux de Vaudevire", which is probably the direct origin of the word. Some, however, preferred the earlier term "variety" to what manager Tony Pastor called its "sissy and Frenchified" successor. Thus, vaudeville marketed itself as "variety" well into the 20th century.