Archive for Max Baer

Max Baer & Lou Costello

Posted in German, Hollywood (History), Sport & Recreation, Television, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , , on February 11, 2012 by travsd

Today is the birthday of boxer Max Baer. Read about his vaudeville and show biz connection here.

And here’s Baer and Joe Louis being interviewed by that famous sports journalist Lou Costello:

To find out more about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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Slapsie Maxie

Posted in Comedy, Hollywood (History), Jews/ Show Biz, Sport & Recreation with tags , on November 1, 2011 by travsd

Today is the birthday of Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, previously profiled here. In honor of the day, we attached the Columbia Comedy Short below, co-starring Max Baer, also previously profiled here.  The film also stars Emil Sitka, whom you will recognize from many Three Stooges films:

 

To find out more about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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Stars of Vaudeville #295: Max Baer

Posted in Hollywood (History), Sport & Recreation, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by travsd

Heavyweight champ Max Baer, whose heyday was the 1930s, made appearances in late vaudeville as well as Hollywood films, including The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) with Myrna Loy and Walter Huston, and (alongside his boxer brother Buddy) in the 1949 Abbott and Costello film Africa Screams. Half Jewish, he was much loved (along with Joe Louis) for being a foil to the Nazi boxer Max Schmeling. But his best remembered legacy today is probably his son Max Baer, Jr. who played “Jethro” on the Beverly Hillbillies with Buddy Ebsen. The elder Baer would not live long enough to see that come to pass. He passed away in 1959.

Now here’s Baer and Joe Louis being interviewed by that famous sports journalist Lou Costello:

To find out more about the history of vaudeville, please consult my critically acclaimed book No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other fine establishments.

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And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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