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This documentary traces the late-19th-century and early-20th-century origins of vaudeville (English music halls, Yiddish theater, minstrel shows) with fast-paced film clips of vaudeville vocalists, acrobats, ethnic comedians, dancers, ukulele players, contortionists, performing animals, and other acts of the period. Interspersed throughout this compilation of clips are contemporary interviews, including Studs Terkel (on the magic of live performances), John Lahr (on his father, Bert Lahr), June Havoc (with numerous personal anecdotes), Fayard Nicholas (on racist attitudes), comedy magician… More