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Footlight Varieties

Footlight Varieties(1951)

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From a theater stage, master of ceremonies Jack Paar greets the audience, then introduces radio quartet The Sportsmen, who sing three numbers. Next, Paar discusses the growing influence of television on popular culture, as scenes featuring unusual visual effects are shown on two television sets situated on the stage. Posing as a radio contest emcee, Paar then introduces comedian Red Buttons, who performs a routine about his public school days.
       An excerpt from the short film He Forgot to Remember is next: When his wife Vivian catches him jitterbugging with a young woman in a nightclub, Leon Errol, who is supposed to be on a fishing trip, feigns amnesia. The next day, a seemingly concerned Vivian insists that Leon be seen at home by Dr. Twitcham. After the doctor concludes that Leon is actually suffering from dementia, a seductive woman named Barbara arrives and informs a startled Leon that she is his wife. Vivian soon discovers Barbara hiding behind her couch, and the two women start to argue, then Vivian suddenly offers to sacrifice Leon to Barbara. Unknown to Leon, Barbara is Dr. Twitcham's nurse, and both she and the doctor are helping Vivian teach Leon a lesson. Their ruse climaxes when Barbara pretends to shoot Vivian, and two policemen storm in to question Leon. Believing that Vivian is on her deathbed, a contrite Leon finally confesses his deception. Vivian responds by hitting Leon over the head, which results in a genuine case of amnesia.
       Back in the theater, dancer Inesita performs a flamenco number. Paar then provides humorous offscreen commentary as excerpts from a 1909 silent film, titled Confidence, or Beautiful Romance of a Nurse , are screened. Next Paar introduces pianist Liberace, who plays a classical piece as well as a boogie number. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats perform next and are followed by a comic rumba routine featuring Paar and dancer Grace Romanos. In a film excerpt, Buster West, Melissa Mason and several pairs of black jitterbuggers perform a hillbilly-themed dance number. After The Sportsmen sing a final number, Paar bids the audience good night.