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Variety Time (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 21 August 1948 (USA)


Hal Yates


Leo Solomon (Jack Paar material), Hal Yates (Edgar Kennedy screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Frankie Carle Frankie Carle ... Orchestra Leader
Hans Conried ... Rudy La Paix
Leon Errol ... Leon Errol (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Dot Farley ... Edgar's Mother-in-Law (from "I'll Build It Myself") (archive footage)
Dorothy Granger ... Dorothy Errol (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage)
Florence Lake ... Florence Kennedy (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage)
Lynn Royce & Vanya Lynn Royce & Vanya ... Speciality dancers
Jack Norton ... Mr. Drinkwater (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Jack Paar ... Master of Ceremonies
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Edgar's Brother-in-Law (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage)
Minerva Urecal ... Aunt Jessie (footage from 'Hired Husband') (archive footage)
Miguelito Valdés Miguelito Valdés ... Miguelita


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Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

21 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City Monday 11 June 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2); it first aired in Altoona Tuesday 3 July 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia Wednesday 25 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco Saturday 28 July 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Columbus Sunday 2 September 1956 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Detroit Wednesday 17 October 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Pittsburgh Monday 31 December 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2). See more »


Edited from The Two Paths (1911) See more »

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Variety Time? More like wasted time.
26 January 2006 | by vandino1See all my reviews

Well, this IS a hodgepodge, so it's bound to be hit and miss, but the misses far outweigh the hits. Jack Paar makes his first appearance on screen (and he tells you that at the beginning) as the host of this film/vaudeville collection. He already has his inimitable casual delivery down pat and delivers self-deprecating material, but it's forced and he seems uncomfortable with it. Film features two shorts, one with Edgar Kennedy that's okay and another with Leon Errol that's frantic farce but not particularly funny. The hodgepodge includes Jesse & James, a Nicholas Brothers-like acrobatic dance team that is quite good; as is an evocative "Babalu" dance number. Hans Conreid comes on to do a comic mis-translated French singing number that is humdrum, and Paar does jokey commentaries over some old silent movie footage. In fact, Paar is a dead weight throughout, flatly reciting patter that is stale to begin with, but could have been given some lift if a brighter, snappier personality had delivered it. More or less a curio.

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