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Rollo Treadway

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Flapperette

PostTue Jan 10, 2012 6:34 am

I had been searching for this song for ages, wanting to find out the title and composer after hearing the familiar theme used in compiled scores for Sunrise Silents DVDs and suchlike. A likely candidate, I thought, was Zez "Kitten on the Keys" Confrey, but it turns out that the composer is Jesse Greer ("Just You, Just Me" etc).

Here's the 1927 hit recording of the tune by Nat Shilkret & The Victor Orchestra. Flap, you flappers, to this delightful ditty:

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Re: Flapperette

PostTue Jan 10, 2012 9:04 am

Rollo Treadway wrote:I had been searching for this song for ages....

Here's the 1927 hit recording of the tune by Nat Shilkret & The Victor Orchestra. Flap, you flappers, to this delightful ditty:



That's always been a favorite of mine, too. I have the Shilkret Victor 78 plus a few versions by others. Some other versions, such as banjo solos are also on YouTube.

"Flapperette" is also used very memorably in the score for the 1929 Our Gang short WIGGLE YOUR EARS, to accompany the scene in which Mary Ann Jackson transforms herself into a flapper.

By the way, in the YouTube video above, could that be Edna Marion at 2:55?
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Re: Flapperette

PostTue Jan 10, 2012 9:49 am

Thanks for your comments and tips. Some time I really must get better acquainted with the Our Gang series.
Richard Finegan wrote:By the way, in the YouTube video above, could that be Edna Marion at 2:55?

After pausing the video at that point and comparing the lady with images of Edna, I would say probably not. Yet there seems to be something familiar about her.

For good measure, here's a banjo version by Harry Reser. Images include Clara Bow ploinking the instrument in Love Among the Millionaires (1930)


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Re: Flapperette

PostTue Jan 10, 2012 10:50 pm

:o Great stuff, but the early part of this sounds just like DANCING WITH SHADOWS? That's what I thought it was. Disappointed that there wasn't more Colleen Moore, and no Laura La Plante, among others included in the Slide shows.
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Re: Flapperette

PostThu Jan 12, 2012 9:38 am

Gagman 66 wrote:Disappointed that there wasn't more Colleen Moore

Ask and ye shall receive! If Clara can play (or pose with) the banjo, so can Colleen. From Happiness Ahead (1928):
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Re: Flapperette

PostThu Jan 12, 2012 10:26 pm

:? Thanks, but the image and the link isn't here?
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Re: Flapperette

PostFri Jan 13, 2012 7:39 am

I've occasionally had problems with embedding images and videos here - the links work fine at first, then mysteriously vanish. Probably some "simple" technical explanation for that...?

Anyway, I see Silentfilm has adjusted the link. If you still can't see the image, here's a url:

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1987614720/nm0601067
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Re: Flapperette

PostSat Jan 14, 2012 1:35 pm

:o OK, thanks. I have the same trouble frequently. Wish I could save several of the Colleen Moore stills that I do not have. IMDB apparently won''t let you save anything now?
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Re: Flapperette

PostSat Jan 14, 2012 10:32 pm

Sure you can, you just have to know how...

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