Hurdy Gurdy
 
Series: All Stars Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  Director: Hal Roach Cinematography: George Stevens
Production: S-21 Type: Sound short Producer: Hal Roach Editor: Richard C. Currier
Released: 11 May 1929 Length: 2-reels Dialogue: H.M. Walker Sound recording: Elmer Raguse

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A heat wave sends the residents of a New York City tenement to their fire escapes for whatever breeze is stirring.  The tenants are a cross section of melting-pot culture: Irish, Jewish, German, and Italian dialetcs create a rich aural mix on the sound track.  As small talk is exchanged among the residents of different floors, an off-camera hurdy-gurdy supplies an often ironic counter-point to the action.  While the characters swelter, the street organ provides a jaunty rendition of "In the Good Old Summertime."  The same song would be used to equally ironic effect in the Laurel and Hardy film Below Zero (1930).  This time, the boys are street musicians in the middle of a raging snowstorm.  The one and only song in their repertoire is - "In the Good Old Summertime."  Later in Hurdy Gurdy, Officer Kennedy tries to catch a nap between shifts, an impossibility because of the neighborhood chatter, to the accompaniment of "Please Go Away and Let Me Sleep."

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Facts
Production S-21 - All Star series.
Copyrighted June 5, 1929.

Filming dates
April 2-6, 1929.

Trivia
This was the second Hal Roach "talkie" to be released.
The balconies where most of the 'action' takes place during the film don't look exactly safe.  The flooring is made of wood and the support rails are low, warped and breathtakingly dangerous to any child that would dare to venture out there.

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Papa Ginsberg
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Officer Ed Kennedy
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Blondie
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Mrs. Nellie Kennedy
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Mr. Schnitzmeyer
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Ice man
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Mama Ginsberg
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Mrs. Schnitzmeyer
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Italian neighbor
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Hurdy Gurdy man
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Kennedy's daughter
   

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SHOT ON THE LOT
The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR


Acknowledgements:
excerpt from "A History Of The Hal Roach Studios" (page 79) by Richard Lewis Ward.
Ed Watz (poster)
Jorge Finkielman (cleaning poster)
Richard Finegan (4 images)
Peter Mikkelsen (help)
Jim Dallape & Robert Winslow (Tour)

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