Eddie Cantor Story

Eddie Cantor Story

Keefe Brasselle
Director: Alfred E. Green Cast: Keefe Brasselle
Keefe Brasselle
, Marilyn Erskine
Marilyn Erskine
, Aline MacMahon
Aline MacMahon
Alfred E. Green

DVD (Full Frame)



Eddie Cantor, beloved "banjo eyed" entertainer who conquered stage, films, radio and television, is given the Hollywood biopic treatment in this largely uninvolving film. Cantor is portrayed by Keefe Brasselle, a minor nightclub performer of the 1950s who couldn't hope to come within shouting distance of Cantor's appeal. The storyline charts Cantor's professional progress, from the lower East Side boyhood to his ascendancy as star of The Ziegfeld Follies. It also chronicles his enduring marriage to wife Ida (Marilyn Erskine). Surprisingly shortchanged in the film was Cantor's humanitarian work (primarily on behalf of the March of Dimes and various Jewish causes); instead, screen time is wasted on Aline MacMahon, as lachrymose as possible in the role of Eddie's grandmother, and Jackie Barnett, giving a gosh-awful performance as Jimmy Durante. At the beginning and end of the film, the real Eddie and Ida Cantor appear, ostensibly to watch the unspooling of The Eddie Cantor Story in a Warner Bros. screening room. At the fade-out, Eddie turns to Ida and says "I've never been so happy in my life." Now that was great acting!

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2010
UPC: 0883316236192
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:56:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keefe Brasselle Eddie Cantor
Marilyn Erskine Ida
Aline MacMahon Grandma Esther
Arthur Franz Harry Harris
Marie Windsor Cleo Abbott
Jackie Barnett Durante
Alex Gerry David Tobias
Greta Granstedt Rachel Tobias
Gerald Mohr Rocky
William Forrest Florenz Ziegfeld
Richard Monda Eddie (Age 13)
Douglas Evans Leo Raymond
Ann Doran Lillian Edwards
Hal March Gus Edwards
Susan Odin Ida at Age I I
Owen Pritchard Boy Harris
Will Rogers Will Rogers
Steffi Sidney Edna Cantor

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Charles H. Clarke Art Director
Edwin DuPar Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Ted Sherdeman Screenwriter
Sidney Skolsky Producer,Screenwriter
Jerome Weidman Screenwriter
William H. Ziegler Editor

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