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Here’s a little bonus treat for those of you who have read this far. The above-mentioned Jack Osterman is largley forgotten today, but he had a successful stretch in the 1920s and early ’30s before dying prematurely of pneumonia in 1939.
In 1929, Osterman made a Vitaphone short called Talking It Over. The film is lost, alas (barring a lucky discovery at some future date), but the audio is extant, and we’re sharing it with you below to give you an idea of Osterman’s act. We especially liked the line about his two weeks in Paris, but we won’t spoil it for you—give a listen.
If you enjoyed this clip, don’t forget to pay a visit to our friends at The Vitaphone Project. They’re a non-profit group that is working hard to make sure that all Vitaphone materials, visual and aural, are preserved (they also reunite and restore the disparate parts whenever possible). Visit their web site and show your appreciation with a contribution; anything you can spare will be appreciated.
And tell ’em Cladrite Radio sent you.