[Vanishing Act: The Vaudeville Era in Chicago]

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Rough cut of Will Clinger's documentary about Vaudeville in Chicago.

0:08 Color bars.

0:23 Historical Vaudeville footage. An offscreen voice describes what Vaudeville was. Will Clinger narrates the history of Vaudeville. Clinger talks about Chicago theaters that offered Vaudeville performances. Title screen.

2:15 Clinger sits at a restaurant with four older men who were Vaudeville performers who settled in Chicago when their careers ended. Clinger introduces each of them, and they talk about their experiences. Interspersed historical footage. Clinger narrates more information about the way that Vaudeville worked. 

7:20 Clinger talks with a few different people about children employed in Vaudeville. They begin talking about Roland Lowe, and Clinger narrates his performance history. Clinger interviews him in the Chicago Theater. Audio cuts out. 

11:32 Audio returns. Historical footage. Audio cuts out again. Clinger continues to talk with the men at the restaurant, Lowe, and Maceo Anderson.

14:12 Audio returns. Interview with Anderson. Footage of the Four Step Brothers tap dancing. Clinger talks about Chicago as a part of the Vaudeville circuit with all the men. The audio cuts out again during the interviews. The only audio is music during old Vaudeville footage. 

24:19 Video ends. 

24:49 Tape ends.

 

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