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Don't Be Nervous (1929)

Escaped gangster "Nick the Shiek" (Lloyd Hamilton) is a dead ringer for Vernon Snodgrass, (Lloyd Hamilton). Vernon realizes it from seeing a newspaper the same time the police do, and chase... See full summary »

Director:

William Watson

Writer:

Gilbert Pratt (story)
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Cast

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Lloyd Hamilton ... Vernon Snodgrass / Nick the Sheik
Rita La Roy ... The Girl (as Rita LaRoy)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Smoky O'Brien
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Escaped gangster "Nick the Shiek" (Lloyd Hamilton) is a dead ringer for Vernon Snodgrass, (Lloyd Hamilton). Vernon realizes it from seeing a newspaper the same time the police do, and chase him down a street where he ducks into a window that happens to be where Nick's gang is holed up. He tries to fool them that he's their leader, until the real thing shows up. At first he proposes they "Take Him For a Ride", but after seeing a threatening message from rival crime boss "Smokey O'Brien", they turn him loose. Before O'Brien or the cops grab him, Vernon is whisked off by Nick's moll to her apartment, she believing he's Nick. Soon, Nick and his men also show up, and Smokey and his just after that. They have a full scale battle in the apartment, though they seem to be armed exclusively with blackjacks. Vernon finds a box of tear gas bombs and sets them off. The police arrive to break up the fight, and all are reduced to blubbering their lines. Written by WesternOne1

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The Talkies First Duel Role! (Print Ad- St. Joseph Gazette, ((St. Joseph, Mo.)) 8 September 1929)

Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1929 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.20 : 1
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Introducing Georgie Price
16 October 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This early Warner Brothers short subject was by way of introducing one of vaudeville's best known song and dance men of the day, Georgie Price. He was quite the headliner on stage though he never did make a mark on the screen.

Price had a nice bravura style in the tradition of Al Jolson and Harry Richman. He started out as a child performer and since he never grew past 5'4" he played children well into adulthood. His theme song was Bye Bye Blackbirds.

On this short subject one of the songs he sings is Hello Sunshine Hello which I have a contemporary Al Jolson recording of. Since I had never seen or heard Price perform before contrasting him to Jolson was interesting.

I'm glad TCM showed this film tonight to give me and others a chance to see one of our forgotten vaudeville greats.


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