Dr. Shrinker

Today is the birthday of Star of Vaudeville #251: Billy Barty (for a complete squib on him go here).  In honor of the day (and in honor of the Halloween season) we present a clip from a favorite show of my youth, on which Barty was a regular, the 1976 Kroft program Dr. Shrinker, starring Jay Robinson:

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.

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