[Vaudeville Footage]

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0:13 Color bars. Audio starts. 

0:25 Video begins. Raw footage of Will Clinger interviewing Sam Lessner in his office at the Hyde Park Harold. They talk about what Vaudeville was, and how he became involved. They talk about the celebrity of being a performer, and the transition when Vaudeville ended. 

4:48 Clinger asks what distinguished Burlesque and Vaudeville. They then talk about theaters in Chicago.

9:10 Clinger asks about the offstage personalities of the performers. Lessner explains some of their eccentricities. He talks about being a reviewer. 

14:05 They talk about the lifestyles that the performers lived. They talk about the atmosphere of shows, and candy vendors at burlesque shows. 

17:27 The talk about the split between black and white Vaudeville shows. 

20:10 Video pauses. Color bars. 

20:39 Video returns. Clinger asks who some of his favorite performers were. They talk about the end of Vaudeville as the popularity of movies increased. He talks about the transition of different performers. Lessner says that the World War II was the real end of this kind of performance. They continue to talk about the transition.

34:50 They talk about how Vaudeville performers did not use microphones. They talk about the theft of material in shows. They talk about Hollywood stars that performed in Vaudeville. He talks about witnessing the development of night entertainment.

40:38 Video pauses. Reopens on the interview. Clinger asks about some specific performers. They talk about the recent deaths of many big Vaudeville performers. Lessner talks about his feelings towards Vaudeville, and the way the performances affected him.

45:52 Clinger asks about the use of black face, and how black performers felt about it. Lessner talks about a debate he had with a performer about the lack of changes in his performance. They talk about a couple Chicago based stars. 

50:40 They talk about Joe Frisco, Joey Louis, and several other comedians. Lessner gives a definition of Vaudeville. They talk about competition between performers. Lessner describes his time as a child performer, and they talk about what made life hard for performers. 

59:12 Clinger asks if he misses the Vaudeville and Burlesque times, and he says that he misses how personal the performances were. 

1:00:32 Video pauses. 

1:01:19 Historical photo slideshow of performers. Inaudible voices in the background. 

1:10:20 Footage of Lessner’s office. Footage of Lessner doing office work. 

1:14:15 Footage of Clinger asking questions. 

1:18:30 Footage of the office space around the Hyde Park Herald. 

1:19:48 Color bars. Footage of the Chicago Theater. Clinger interviews Roland Lowe. He starts by asking him about performing in the Chicago Theater. They talk about his start in show business at age 13. They talk about different circuits. 

1:25:00 Clinger asks him to describe a typical day as a performer. They describe some of the different acts in a Vaudeville show. They talk about reports that were created for Vaudeville troupes to be sent to different theaters and booking agencies.

1:31:24 They talk about the first acts that he was in. They describe an act he was in with a giant and a midget. They talk about the prices for seeing a show. Lowe describes animal acts.

1:38:55 Clinger asks about the main elements of a Vaudeville show, and Lowe describes different kinds.

1:40:51 Tape change. They discuss Lowe’s role as a performer. They talk about hang out spots that performers had in Chicago.

1:49:40 They talk about some of the other stars that Lowe worked with. 

1:56:05 They talk about using black face in performances. They move to talking about black Vaudeville performances.

1:59:50 They talk about theft of material. Clinger asks about his biggest moments in show business.

2:03:00 Video cuts. Tape ends.



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