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The Ham What Am (1928)



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Cast overview:
Jay C. Flippen


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Short | Comedy | Music







Release Date:

30 June 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jay C. Flippen in 'The Ham What Am' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #2581. See more »


Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Performed by Jay C. Flippen
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Nice Vitaphone Short
19 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Ham What Am (1928)

*** (out of 4)

Jay C. Flippen is the star of this Vitaphone short that clocks in at just 7-minutes. In the film he's basically just standing right close to the camera where he does two songs as well as a variety of jokes. On a technical level this thing is pretty dry as the camera basically just stands still as Flippen does his routine, which I'm sure he performed on a stage countless times. For the most part I thought he had quite a bit of energy even if the overall act was rather bizarre. He's constantly playing around with a cigar that he has throughout the picture and often times he appears to be talking like someone would in a blackface role. I was a little surprised that he wasn't in blackface because the entire act seemed like something someone would do under the make-up. The routine was pretty good as we got a couple nice jokes along the way and the highlight was clearly the singing of "Magnolia," which featured a nice line about mixing Clara Bow and Lillian Gish.

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