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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 »


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Cripes! No wonder RKO went under
24 October 2005 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Gruesome collection of RKO cast-offs, with a few variety acts bolstered, if that's the word, by large swatches of two shorts with Leon Errol and Edgar Kennedy. These last two play like prehistoric versions of UPN or WB sitcoms, all obvious slapstick and cross-eyed slow burns. Interspersed are some negligible specialty dancing, big bands, and silent shorts with "comic" sub-MST3K commentary. Jack Paar, in his screen debut, does maintain some Bob Hope aplomb, even though his jokes about Hollywood circa 1947 aren't funny. There are two lovely minutes of the great vaudevillian Pat Rooney clog-tapping to "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady," and a slapstick dancing threesome are noteworthy if only for their sheer bizarreness. The rest can be fast-forwarded through.

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