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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Stooge Hunt Among Musicals


Moe, Larry, Curly Pep Up Time Out For Rhythm (1941)

I learn from B musicals. This one introduced me to "Brenda and Cobina," a femme team that's said to have livened Bob Hope's radio program (I must listen to more OTR, but where's the time?). B&C were in ways a distaff counterpart to strongest Rhythm guests The Three Stooges, the boys not limited to peek-in, but used throughout and to considerable benefit of all. Guess their being here enabled DVD release via Columbia's On-Demand label, wherein quality shines off original elements (oh, for those years Stooge fans coped with boot discs and VHS). Time Out For Rhythm has music by Eddie Durant's Rhumba Band, Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, and Six Hits and A Miss, none amounting to boo beside slap-and-poke boys, but to see/hear these acts is nice whatever terms of their visit. Rudy Vallee is called wooden by some, but I admire his restraint, coming off here as a guy just trying to keep head above show biz waves (must have been Rudy's own secret to success --- look at years he lasted). I spent some of Time Out For Rhythm trying to imagine him at home with Jane Greer.  Almost wish I hadn't read about Ann Miller at IMDB after watching this --- what a hard life --- had rickets as a child, but ended up dancing like she did ... incredible. As to primary concern of buyers: yes, the Stooges have terrific bits and they're salted from beginning to end. I'm surprised Columbia didn't get Rhythm out long before now.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jeff Hitz said...

John
Coincidentally, I recently saw this clip of the Stooges in Atlantic City in color in 1938. Have you ever seen this? http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YbN9nwrAbFs&sns=em&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYbN9nwrAbFs%26sns%3Dem

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Blogger rnigma said...

The "Brenda and Cobina" characters on Bob Hope's show took their names from socialites Brenda Frazier and Cobina Wright Jr. (the latter could be called the Kim Kardashian of the '30s). Like many radio characters, they would be name-dropped and imitated in cartoons (such as Walter Lantz's "Hysterical High Spots in American History").
Jack Benny would soon have his own versions of the characters: telephone operators Mabel and Gertrude.

9:29 PM  

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