Dangers of Ragtime

Report in Punch (Melbourne) from an American paper 1913. In scenes reminiscent of a Marx Bros movie, Bert describes dining in New York. Twenty years later Bert would sketch two scenes for Paramount Pictures for the launch of their new movie, Duck Soup in 1933. The Marx Bros were a New York Jewish family who started out in Vaudeville around the same time as Bert in 1907. The two elder brothers Groucho & Gummo were joined on stage by performer Mabel O’Donell for a singing trio known as ‘The Three Nightingales’ managed by the boy’s mother Minnie Marx. I’m yet to discover whether Bert & the Marx Bros. ever performed on the same bill.

Paramount Pictures sketch by Bert Levy Jun 1933

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