If you’re like me, a Marx Brothers perfectionist, you hate with a passion what happened to their careers after they left Paramount. My pal Noah Diamond is a fellow traveler in that regard (and in a couple of other regards, too — pow! zing! …only two people got that). He did a wonderful job of restoring (or re-imagining) Groucho’s entrance in A Day at the Races, now including the song that was originally written by genius songwriters Kalmar and Ruby for him to sing at that moment but cut by the rocket scientists at MGM. (Groucho used to perform the song in later years–that’s where the audio comes from). Today is Bert Kalmar’s birthday, that’s why I post this today. Learn more Kalmar and Ruby here.
To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.