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Bubbles (1930)

Unrated | | Short, Fantasy, Musical | August 1930 (USA)
A Vitaphone Varieties short. Features costumed children in a cavern-like land of 'make believe' where they sing and tap dance. Marjorie Kane sings an introductory song.

Director:

Roy Mack
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Vitaphone Kiddies The Vitaphone Kiddies ... Children's Ensemble
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A Vitaphone Varieties short. Features costumed children in a cavern-like land of 'make believe' where they sing and tap dance. Marjorie Kane sings an introductory song.

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Short | Fantasy | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1930 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

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Black and White (DVD)| Color (2-strip Technicolor) (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of a series of 2-Strip Technicolor one-reel shorts featuring an ensemble of children known as The Vitaphone Kiddies. The Three Gumm Sisters (Mary Jane Gumm, Virginia Gumm and Frances Gumm - aka Judy Garland) were featured performers in the group. The film is only known to have survived in B&W. See more »

Connections

Featured in American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Go Find Somebody to Love
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Michael Cleary
Lyrics by Herb Magidson and Ned Washington
Sung by an unidentified female Vitaphone Kiddie
Published by Remick Music Corp
Originally composed for the First National picture Little Johnny Jones (1929)
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Creepy Pre-Code Curio
16 April 2016 | by polaire2005See all my reviews

I didn't realize until after deleting the program that Judy Garland was in this. I'll have to look through the other reviews to find out where she makes an appearance.

It's an ensemble seemingly of all girls who are dressed in highly-sexualized costumes for the era and who use the gestures of tarty adult women. The "Hot Little Comet," was particularly sleazy, a 10- to-12 year old girl gyrating and scatting.

They dance well, but there is a feeling that they're dancing their little hearts out to avoid being fired. The enthusiasm is forced. I think that tap dancing in ballet toe shoes is tacky.

The little girl at the end is an amazing gymnast, but the performance goes on too long. It's also weird how instead of ending with a close-up or some kind of frame shot the camera just pulls away. I seldom consciously note camera shots so if I did it's because it was done particularly ineptly.

I agree that the Moon Man emcee is disturbing. The set-up at the start that takes them to the moon is also weird. The song the girl sings is not pleasing to the ear.

It's fascinatingly awful and repellent.


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