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Sherlock Jr. (1924) starring Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane

Sherlock Jr. [Buster Keaton]

Sherlock Jr. (1924) starring Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane

In Sherlock Jr., Buster Keaton stars as a movie theater projectionist who dreams of becoming a super-sleuth. In one sequence, he literally steps into the screen and brings his fantasies to life.

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Midwest Clown Association 2019 roundup

We were fortunate to be able to attend the 2019 Midwest Clown Association Roundup in Grand Rapids, Michigan this year. This is effectively a photo gallery — time permitting, I’ll add separate articles on some of the classes and competitions later on.

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National Clown Week 2019 – day 4

National Clown Week 2019 day 4 - Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, 1930
For Day 4 of National Clown Week, what better than the four funny Marx Brothers? Go out and make somebody smile today!
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National Clown Week 2019 day 3

For Day 3 of National Clown Week - what's better than the three Fratellini Brothers?
For Day 3 of National Clown Week – what’s better than the three Fratellini Brothers?

Go out & bump a nose! Make somebody smile today …
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Lucy and Ethel read through in Lucy Writes a Play

Lucy Writes a Play

Lucy Writes a Play – I Love Lucy episode 17, originally aired 2/4/1952

Lucy writes a play for her woman’s club, but when Ricky won’t perform it, she changes it from the Cuban setting A Tree Grows in Havana to an English setting, The Perils of Pamela with Fred as the lead. Ricky later changes his mind when he learns that a Hollywood talent scout will be in the audience, but he’s using the original script while everyone else uses the new version.

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Independence Day 2019

Birthday Cake - with Coco and Bobby Kaye
Happy birthday to the United States of America!
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The Publicity Agent - I Love Lucy episode 31, originally aired 5/12/1952

The Publicity Agent

The Publicity Agent – I Love Lucy episode 31, originally aired 5/12/1952

When Ricky becomes insecure about his lack of publicity, Lucy decides to come to the rescue.  Especially after she learns how much money she could make as the publicity agent!  Lucy, with Ethel’s help, decides on the mother of all publicity stunts.  

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First Stop

First Stop – I Love Lucy season 4, episode 111 – originally aired 1/17/1955

Starting out on their trip to California, Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) wants to log as many miles as possible, while the others complain of hunger.  Eventually, they stop at the One Oak Cafe and Cabins, where they meet the proprietor, Mr. Skinner.  After a humorous menu routine, they all get the ‘house special’ – stale cheese sandwiches.  Paying the outrageously high fee of $4.80.  Including 80 cents ‘entertainment tax’ as Mr. Skinner plays the banjo and sings worse than Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball).  Upset with the ‘service’ the group leaves, vowing to never return.

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The Charm School [I Love Lucy]

The Charm SchoolI Love Lucy season 3, originally aired January 25, 1954

The Charm School begins at a dinner party at the Ricardos’ apartment. Lucy gets upset that the men are gathered in the kitchen, while the women are talking in the living room.  Lucy tries to get them all together, but in a funny moment, they quickly separate back into separate groups.  Until a latecomer arrives with his beautiful girlfriend, a model.  Naturally enough, the wives are soon jealous.

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Ringling Brothers clowns in the 1970's

The colors of my life – song lyrics

Song lyric to The Colors of My Life, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman, from the musical Barnum

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