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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Vanities (1946)


Charles Keith is the Master of Ceremonies in this nightclub performance film. Before he introduces other acts, he confesses that he is an out-of-work actor whose idol is Bette Davis. He does a masterful impersonation of her role in The Letter in which he first sounds remarkably like the actress, then even begins to look like her. The next act is Joesfred Portee, who sings. Then, Keith introduces "Little Audrey" Armstrong, who demonstrates her remarkable muscle control and persistence in a gyrating dance. For a finale, Ms. Portee comes back and sings.

Citation: G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, Southern Methodist University