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Chicago Bar Association Annual Musical Revue





Who knew that Chicago lawyers and judges and other legal folks have been doing a theatrical production for nearly 100 years?

Their home page.

The origin story is told in the 1954 review below.

The videos reveal that none of these folks should leave their day jobs.



Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 22, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Entertainment, Law, 1920s

Mystery Illustration 38

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These three performers had a stage act. They even appeared on Milton Berle's TV show. What was their shtick?

Answer after the jump.







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Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 04, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Entertainment, 1940s

Lord Littlebrook, RIP





Obituary here.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 14, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Entertainment, Human Marvels, Wrestling, 1980s, 1990s

Strip Polka



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 20, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Entertainment, Dance, Music, Public Indecency, 1940s, Nudism, Skin and Skin Conditions

Chicago’s Acro-Theater

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Plays that also featured acrobatic & gymnastic stunts. I'm thinking Shakespeare should be performed this way. Hamlet's soliloquy delivered on a trampoline.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 05, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Entertainment, Exercise and Fitness, Regionalism, Sports, Performance Art, 1940s, 1950s

Shirley Dinsdale and Judy Splinters

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Female ventriloquists are pretty rare. So it's always weird to find a forgotten one, especially one who might be remembered for garnering the first Emmy award ever given. Shirley Dinsdale might have been talented, but Judy Splinters was surely ugly as all get-out.



This 1945 radio show (not embeddable) features her act in its prime, starting after the 3-minute mark.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Entertainment, Puppets and Automatons, 1940s

Balloon Girl

1947: The entertainment at gunmaker Melvin Johnson's dinner party was a balloon-clad model whom guests (apparently a bunch of old men) shot at with a pellet gun between courses. To the guests' great frustration, the balloons failed to break.


Source: Life - June 30, 1947

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 31, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Entertainment, 1940s

Sitting in a pool

Rudi Carrell was a popular entertainer in Germany, host of the long-running Rudi Carrell Show. Here he sits in a pool and sings in German as women swim around him.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Entertainment, 1970s

Rev. Hansen’s Bible Birds

In 1940, Rev. Hansen started touring around the U.S. with his family, putting on a show in which he used trained birds to demonstrate lessons from the Bible. Newsweek (Dec. 10, 1951) offered this description of the act:

A typical show opens with a six-canary choir accompanying Mrs. Hansen (on the vibra-harp) in "The Star-Spangled Banner," while an oriole pulls a string that hoists a flag on a tiny pole and a parakeet shinnies to the pole top to pose as an American eagle.

Other birds ride on a tiny electric train, eat at tables, and climb ladders while the Hansens appropriately quote the Bible. For example, when Tiger the canary sits on Catnip the cat while daughter Sylvia watches (see picture), Mr. Hansen quotes Isaiah 11:6, "... the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the faitling together; and a little child shall lead them."

Mr. Hansen feels that the whole act is "a demonstration of faith. Pete is not afraid of the flaming hoop because he knows I am holding it. Muggs has to stretch out his neck to swallow a sword that's as long as he is, but he has faith in us."

Amazingly, Hansen was able to continue putting on his Bible Birds show for 60 years, until he died in 2002. See Roadside America for some more info.


Hansen makes Boom-Boom eat at a table


Tiger, Catnip, and Sylvia play

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 07, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Entertainment, Religion, 1950s

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