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Amalia Aguila: Afro Mood

1940's

Amalia Aguila: Afro Mood

Amalia Aguila: Afro Mood - 1940's

Exotic burlesque dancer short from the forties, with a faux-Arabian theme. Perhaps something you would have seen in Havana after losing at the casino, pre-Castro. Starring Amalia Aguilar. Saucy.

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A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor

1920's

A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor

A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor

Stage, radio and film star Eddie Cantor puts on a classic vaudeville routine including a few jokes in between breaking into song. One of the biggest entertainers of the early 20th century, the type self-deprecating humor he helped define can still has influence today with comedians such as Letterman, Conan, and Jon Stewart. Lately, Cantor […]

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A Jazz Etude

1930

A Jazz Etude

A Jazz Etude - Serendipitously Surreal

In this serendipitously surreal short “A Jazz Etude,” tap dance extraordinaire Billy Burt dances up a storm in top hat, tuxedo tail and cane. Is he floating? And that screwy soundtrack … a mishmash of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee,’ ragtime fills, and 1930’s jazz cliches, is remeniscent of Carl Stalling or Raymond Scott. Still, I […]

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Tica Ti – Tica Ta

1940's

Tica Ti – Tica Ta

Tica Ti - Tica Ta - 1942

Tica Ti Tica Ta, produced in 1942, stars “dynamite swing singer” Ginger Harmon and vaudeville dancing team the Mercer Brothers. On April 18, 1942 Billboard’s Movie Machine Reviews writes, “Ginger Harmon and the Mercer Brothers don South American garb for Tica Ti – Tica Ta. Ginger sings well and the nimble Mercer boys contribute a […]

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Amazing Tap Dancing with Little Buck

1950's

Amazing Tap Dancing with Little Buck

Amazing Tap Dancing with Little Buck - 1955

Tap dancer Conrad “Little Buck” Buckner was most know for his appearances on television variety shows in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Little Buck is noted for a 1965 challenge performance with Peg Leg Bates on the Ed Sullivan show, upon which he performed at least six times. Billie Mahoney, who Buck was often booked with […]

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Cumberland Ridge Runners: Goofus

1930's

Cumberland Ridge Runners: Goofus

Cumberland Ridge Runners: Goofus - 1930's

In this clip form the 1930s, the Cumberland Ridge Runners perform “Goofus,” a request from a member of the audience of children from a hospital ward that sit beside them. The Cumberland Ridge Runners were a popular radio act in the 1930s, known for their musical virtuosity as much as their on stage antics, as seen here […]

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Art Is …

1970's

Art Is …

Art Is ... - 1971

“Art is … ” produced in 1971 by the Associated Councils of the Arts is a documentary that delves into the real meaning of art. What is art? There are many ways to express it, many ways to define it, and no single answer. Ask the artist or a person on the street. We each […]

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Frank Westphal’s Orchestra: Sing You Sinners

1920's

Frank Westphal’s Orchestra: Sing You Sinners

Frank Westphal's Orchestra: Sing You Sinners - 1930's

In this soundie from the early 1930’s, Frank Westphal’s Orchestra performs Sing You Sinners live on WENR Chicago. Westphal, a native to Chicago, began his career as a pianist-for-hire in vaudeville around 1910. It was during his time on the circuit that the up-and-coming performer met the great singer Sophie Tucker who hired him as […]

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