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GEORGE JESSEL'S SHOWBUSINESS
Syndicated. 1957. George Jessel 1898 - May 23, 1981) was a U.S. actor, singer, songwriter, and Academy Award-winning movie producer. He was famous in his lifetime as a multitalented comedic entertainer, achieving a level of recognition that transcended his limited roles in movies. He was widely known by his nickname, the "Toastmaster General of the United States" (a parody of Postmaster General) for his frequent role as the master of ceremonies at political and entertainment gatherings. For more info on George Jessel go to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For this series archival material from Paramount Pictures short subject library vintage 1929-1948.
Guest star, Eddie Cantor. Sequences featuring Jack Benny in Cab Waiting. Ethel Merman in Believe In Me. And Gus Edwards from a Max Fleisher Screen Song. Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, This is the pilot which includes Jessel's pitch to potential sponsors.
Guest star, George Burns. O'Donnell and Blair in The Plasterers, Smith and Dale in S/S Malaria, Lillian Roth in Putting It Over, Burns and Allen in 100% Service and Eddie Peabody in Hula Honeymoon.
Guest star, John Shawlee as Genie. Ruth Etting in Favorite Melodies, Rubinoff and his Violin, Ina Ray Hutton, Ritz Brothers, Milton Berle and Harry Armstrong from Paramount Pictorials. The Mills Brothers, Donald Novis and Vincent Lopez in Little Broadcast.
HOW THEY GOT THEIR START Guest star, Portland Mason. Carry Grant in Singapore Sue, Dorothy Lamour's screen test from Star Reporter, Cornel Wilde and Sigmund Spaeth in Tune Detective, A Night In Manhattan with Glenn Ford, Betty Hutton with Vincent Lopez's Orchestra from Queens Of The Air.
GENIE IN HOLLYWOOD
Guest star, Joan Shawlee as Genie. Jack Oakie, Lyda Roberts, Mack Gordon and Harry Revel from Hollywood Rhythm. Cecil B. deMille from Hollywood Extra Girl. Phil Ohman, Betty Grable, Shirley Ross, Ann Miller, George Raft, Ken Dolan, Gloria Dixon, and Ralph Murphy from Hedda Hopper's Hollywood. Plus segments from Macademy Awards.
BONUS A clip from George Jessel's Yesterday and Today
133 minutes, b/w
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