Screen Snapshots: Laguna U.S.A. (1947)

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The correct and full name of this short is "Screen Snapshots: Laguna,U.S.A." (Columbia production number 9852), in which director/producer Ralph Staub is out touring Laguna Beach. While ... See full summary »


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28 August 2009 | tavm
| Screen Snapshots: Laguna, U.S.A. was another interesting short that showcased some movie actors of the time
Just watched this Columbia Screen Snapshots short on YouTube. This was a look at the cast of a local theatrical production of "Of Mice and Men" as they relax at nearby Laguna Beach. Besides Lon Chaney, Jr., reprising his role as Lenny that he previously played in the movie version, there's also Brian Aherne, Dane Clark, and Eddie Bracken all in their trunks just playing along having fun at the beach with Bracken doing the lion's share of the tomfoolery that was pretty amusing. Also along were some of the play's female players (Boy, did they look good in their swimsuits!) as well as Mrs. Bracken not to mention fellow actors Fred Clark (the third Harry Morton on the "Burns and Allen" TV show) and Benay Venuta who Fred would eventually marry. The whole thing was silent except for score and narration by Ralph Staub (who was born in the same place I was, Chicago, Ill.) Worth a look for anyone interested in these rarities.


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9 October 1947



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