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Hollywood Boulevard intersects Broadway in this lively collection of classic shorts from the Paramount Studios. In the late 1920s and early '30s - when the movie industry was just learning to talk - Paramount wisely turned to the New York stage for a new crop of entertainers who had already mastered the nuances of verbal comedy. This anthology serves as a laugh-filled time capsule of the brightest lights of vaudeville, showcasing the early works of such American legends as Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen, Eddie Cantor, and George Jessel (who originated the lead role of The Jazz Singer on stage). It also provides a fascinating historical record of some of the stage legends who have begun to fade from memory, including Lulu McConnell, Tom Howard and Smith and Dale (the inspiration for Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys). Also included are Lighthouse Love and Cleaning Up, a pair of Mack Sennett comedies that disprove the myth that sound technology destroyed the slapstick tradition. This DVD reveals three incarnations of a popular subgenre of slapstick, the home-builder's nightmare: The Plasterers, Plastered and A Put Up Job. Watching the three films together (made in 1929, 1930 and 1931), one can follow the evolution of vaudeville slapstick to its own truly cinematic form.
Presented In Black & White.
|Starring:||Bing Crosby, Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, George Jessel, Eddie Cantor|
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|DVD Release Date:||06/01/2010|
|Run Time (in minutes):||216 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.24|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4|
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