Tuesday, January 20, 2009

No Rats Allowed

Awash in exuberance here in Inaugural Washington, I am reminded of an artifact from an earlier era, Jimmy Durante's fight talk on behalf of the National Recovery Administration, "Give a Man a Job" (1933). An anonymous reviewer on Internet Archive (my source for the video) claims that "a Stooge-less Moe Howard"--that is, one of the "Three Stooges" from a bygone era of American television--appears as "the exterminator guy." Here it is, fwiw:

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1 comment:

Shag from Brookline said...

It was a treat to watch Jimmy Durante, whom I fondly remember from radio days in the late 1930s and 1940s ("I've got a million of dem!). Just this past Sunday, on a Boston local TV station, "Cradle Will Rock" was shown, focusing upon the arts in 1936 and the efforts to curtail its funding. This 1999 movie is available on DVD and contains a lot of history in a snapshot. Thanks for the post.