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Down Memory Lane (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, History, Music | 2 August 1949 (USA)
This film is a compilation, with narration by Steve Allen, of comedies from the old Mack Sennett silent studio. Sennett, himself, appears in a cameo at the end of the film.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writer:

Steve Allen (narration)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Allen ... Himself
Bing Crosby ... Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
W.C. Fields ... The dentist (archive footage)
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Sennett's Representative / Gilbert Sinclair
Frank Nelson ... Mr. Jefferds, Steve's boss
Ben Turpin ... Poker player (archive footage)
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Lake (archive footage)
Donald Novis Donald Novis ... Danny, the singing boxer (archive footage)
Mack Sennett ... Himself
James Finlayson ... Target instructor (archive footage)
Marjorie Kane ... Fields's Daughter / Crosby's Girlfriend / Novis's Girlfriend (archive footage)
Mabel Normand ... Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
Dorothy Granger ... Dental patient (archive footage)
Yvonne Peattie Yvonne Peattie ... Miss Ryan
Bud Jamison ... Frobisher / Policeman Holding Stakes (archive footage)
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Storyline

With Steve Allen doing the weaving, four Mack Sennett shorts are woven together in this Sennett compilation; two are complete and the other two have only minor deletions. The shorts used were: "Sing, Bing, Sing" and "In the Blue of the Night", both starring Bing Crosby; "The Dentist" with W.C.Fields; and "The Singing Boxer" with Donald Novis. There were also ten songs, many that became hits (in their time) and one that later became Crosby's theme song. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

The All Time...Old Time Festival of Fun! (Poster). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | History | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Tempo do Pastelão See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Allen was 28 years old in his film debut. Although he never wore his famous glasses during the film, they can be seen on his desk in several scenes. See more »

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Edited from The Dentist (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Always Be in Love with You
Written by Herman Ruby, Bud Green and Sam H. Stept
Sung by Donald Novis
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24 January 2011 | by MexicaliRickSee all my reviews

I concur with the 2 previous reviewers who lament the unavailability of this film. When I was a kid in New York City it was a staple on WOR TV for many years. I've not seen it or been able to locate a copy since. In 1992 Steve Allen (the film's nominal star who was at the time this film was made a radio personality in L.A.) was a guest on the old Tom Snyder radio program. I was fortunate enough to call in and get through and when I mentioned this film to him he was at once astonished at my not only having remembered it but also with the detail with which I was able to recall certain portions thereof. He very graciously offered to check his personal archive and send me any copy (either in 16mm, VHS or any other gauge or format) he may have had. Sadly, 2 letters later neither he nor his staff could unearth one. Somewhat parenthetically, a gentleman with whom I spoke just a couple of years ago and who is a direct descendant of the person who ran Eagle-Lion studios (the company that produced DOWN MEMORY LANE) had never even heard of the film. This film's unavailability is mystifying to me given how ubiquitous it was back in the 1960s and '70s. Why??? I'm sure it hasn't decomposed. While it's no masterpiece it is nonetheless a great deal of fun to watch a youthful Steve Allen interviewing Mack Sennett, Franklin Pangborn and the wonderful Frank Nelson. If anyone knows where I can acquire a copy of this film either in 16mm, VHS or DVD please let me know here. It would be greatly appreciated. I would love to see it again and take my own personal trip back down memory lane.


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