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Vitaphone Varieties: Volume Two

The greatest variety acts of the past—humorists, bands, vaudevillians, dramatists, dancers and more—return for a second collection of the earliest of the venerable Vitaphone sound shorts.

Entertainers from coast to coast, from stage and screen, from the heights of Brooklyn to the valleys of Hollywood, all shared the spotlight as cinema learned to play with sound. Nestled in among 35 Jazz Age gems to be found on this two-disc collection are appearances by Edgar Bergen, Fred Allen, Fred Waring, Blanche Sweet, Bert Lahr, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown and a (very) young Natalie Schafer—the future Mrs. Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island.

Genre: ComedyMusic/Musicals