Film: 316

Feature Comedy | 1930 | Sound | B/W


Short film showing three acts at the "Café Rendezvous", Latin Dancing, Comedic tap dancing and Stand-up comedy acts 1930's

Host in a black suit and wearing a white flower on his left chest welcomes everyone and hopes they will enjoy the show, behind him are men and women sat at small 2 or 3 person tables, all the men are wearing black suits and the women are wearing fancy dresses and hats. Front on shot of the host, behind him you can see some of the orchestra ready to play, the host introduces the first act: “Senorita Armida”. Armida enters the room through a large door on the right, she is wearing a long Spanish-style ball gown with pleats and frills, she enters onto the dance floor in front of guests at tables who are clapping for her, as she gets into the middle of the dance floor she starts singing with backing music from the orchestra. Front on shot of her singing, you can see the orchestra playing in the background, she is singing in Spanish?, the camera follows her as she moves to the left, she is turning as singing to different parts of the audience in time with the music, she is now singing in English, camera follows her as she moves around and sings, she lifts up the pleats of her dress as swings them along with the music. Wide shot of her, more guests are visible at their tables, backing song breaks into a more upbeat, faster tempo and Armida stops singing and breaks into a Latin dance routine, lots of spins, holding and spinning her dress, arm movements. Different angle, she is still doing the same style of dance, as she claps in time with the music the audience clap with her. Another front on shot, you can see the orchestra again. Further out shot showing the audience clapping with her, the song ends, audience all clap and she exits off to the right as the host walks on from the left. Closer up shot of the host, he introduces the next act: “the Samuels brothers and Edith Fleming”. Wider shot of the room again, host calls “Attention”, orchestra starts playing a military marching drum beat, as the three enter, they are all wearing American revolutionary-style uniforms and have tiny wooden rifles, but the brothers are wearing tall Buckingham palace guard wigs and Edith is wearing a French officer kepi hat, they march on in a single file line with Edith in front, the brother at the back does an elaborate slip and knocks into the others before standing up, all three now face the camera. Edith calls for them to turn right but one brother turns left before correcting himself, they then do an about face but the brothers keep turning the wrong way, audience start to laugh at the gags, the three start to march on the spot but end up kicking each other before the brother in the middle pushes the other two away. The two brothers stand shoulder to shoulder as Edith tries to squeeze in between them, the manage to organise in a line, Edith calls “Present arms”, the brothers give with their rifles, she calls for them to take them back and the brothers both grab the same one, they both push it up before dropping it and eventually one gets it and Edith gives the other brother a rifle, they then start to do a tap dancing routing in a side by side line. Wider shot of the routine, “Yankee Doodle” is being played by the orchestra. Wide shot of the dance floor, the three are now swinging their rifles from left to right while holding them horizontal with both hands, they do this for a short while before going back to just tap dancing. Close up of them tap dancing, they move to the left side of the dance floor before turning and going back to the right, they then move sideways across to the left, in front of the orchestra, and raise their rifles towards the camera and “fire” them, the brother on the left’s rifle “misfires” and makes no noise and he stands dumbfounded looking at the rifle for a few seconds before joining back in the routine with the other two, they dance towards the camera in a sideways line before turning about. Wider shot from a similar angle, the three dance away from the camera and turn back around and swing their rifles from side to side again for a few seconds, then dance on the spot before turning anticlockwise while dancing, they turn a full circle and a quarter so they are facing to the right, they then dance backwards into the corner of the dance floor, Edith then marches out forward in front of the brothers. Wide side on shot of the dance floor, the three dance to the right, Edith then dances on the spot as the brothers move past her and out of an open door to the right, Edith then follows them, accompanied by applause by the audience, as they leave the doors close and the host can be seen walking onto the dance floor from the left of the screen, clapping as he enters and making a small bow. Close up of the host, he introduces a comedy act: “Oshins and Lessy”, as he says their names he points at them out of shot. Side view of the dance floor, the host walks out of shot to the left as the two comedians walk on, one from the right and one from the left, they are wearing black suits and are holding white hats, they walk up to each other in the middle of the shot and turn to face the camera and thank the host. Close up of the two comedians, some quiet back music with a fast tempo starts to play, they state they are going to perform an act they did in a movie that they earnt a lot of money for – a few dollars – which they say was “quite a sum” the audience laughs to this, they then put on their hats which you can see are French Legion kepi hats. Wider, front-on shot of the comedians, they begin to sing and rhyme about being Legionnaires in time with the music, they sing about their hats and why they are still in the legion despite nearly everyone else running away. Close up of the duo, one talks about wooing other girls while the other replies “woo, woo” sarcastically, the music now starts to get slower and louder with a stronger beat and sounds “sinister”, the man on the right puts his left arm on the other’s shoulder as he points to the audience and talks about being “down in the desert”, “down in the muck and in the mire” and then turns to the other man and says “how are you mire” as the audience laughs, the man on the right they explains they will die of thirst and shouts out to the audience “Are we afraid to die?”, they both then nod their heads and continue with some other jokes. Wider shot of the duo, one makes a joke about the audience being off, the other then says “they’re off!” and they look towards and to the left of the camera as the orchestra starts playing a fast beat, the pair start describing the off screen “horse race”, making gags such as “What a beautiful track” to which the other replies “So beautiful it’s a pleasure to lose some money here”, they carry on with other gags. Close up of the pair, they make more jokes about the horses’ names and others such as “that horse looks like a yearling” to which the other replies “It looks more like a duckling”, one of the men then announces the end of the race, and the music stops. Wider shot of the pair, the one on the left lights a cigarette in his right hand before putting it out as the other man asks “Who lit a cigarette?” and looks around. Close up of the two, the man on the right points to the audience and asks “Who killed Cock Robin?”, the other confesses and triumphantly exclaims how he shot him dead with a bow and arrow, the first man then says to the other if you won’t talk I’ll put a rope around your neck “then you’ll talk, you’ll want to say two words”, the other replies “swing it”. Wide shot of them performing silly over-the-top dancing to swinging jazz music. Close up of them, they both salute and start another legion song before removing their hats with their right hands and holding them up in the air before bowing as the audience begins to applaud. Screen fades to black as the “The End” appears in a circle in the centre of the screen.

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