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    Song of Love (Columbia, 1929). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    You won't know the true significance of Belle Baker as a performer unless you've access to a time machine and catch one of vaudeville's true "red hot mamas" at her best, belting out "Blue Skies" or Berlin's "International Rag." She sang in the streets of New York for pennies as a child and would share the bill with Sarah Bernhardt at the Palace a little later, with stops at the Ziegfeld Follies along the way. But the motion picture camera is an unforgiving mechanical device, and what appears dynamic and wildly entertaining on stage doesn't always translate to a cinematic closeup. But you get a glimpse of her greatness in the film when she's allowed to "show her stuff." She auditions separately for two nightclub owners, one Jewish, the other Italian. She does the same song twice, once in perfect Yiddish dialect, and once with a totally believable thick Italian accent. This would be the only star vehicle for Baker, and the poster is a dandy. It's a stone lithograph with a handsome co-star, and a wonderfully drawn chorus line being whipped along by the orchestra conductor. The film is also notable for being the first screen appearance of a bright and witty young actress, Eunice Quedens...(Eve Arden). The poster features that very desirable land-mark tagline..."All Talking...Singing...Dancing..." Excellent restoration has done away with tackholes in the corners and image, small right border tears, and a small chip in the lower right border. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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    November, 2010
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