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American Eagles - 1943 - 01
American Eagles - 1943 - 01
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George Jessel
George Jessel

            

George Jessel
Description: George Jessel (comedian, emcee). Photo reads: Radio Follies, CBS, 9/26/1930, Fridays. The kid vaudeville show was a fad in the 1910 to 1920 years and Gus Edwards was its best impressario. He was a well-known songwriter and a clever talent scout, having little to lose, as these acts were cheap to produce. The skit that spawned many stars was "School Days," with an ever varying case as the kids grew up and were replaced, but some of them were Georgie Price, Lila ("Cuddles") Lee, Eleanor Powell, The Duncan Sisters, Ray Bolger, Helen Menken, Hildegarde, Jack Pearl, Groucho Marx, W. Winchell and Georgie Jessel. Jessel at nine was an imitator of Bert Williams and Eddie Foy. Graduating to Broadway he starred in a play, "The Jazz Singer," but refused to do it as a musical movie for Warner Brothers, for which Al Jolson was doubtless ever greatful. Jeslsel remained in vaudeville singing "My Mother's Eyes," played in The Passing Show, guested on many of the other variety radio shows, drifted into the Toastmaster-Generalship of the United States.

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