Eddie Foy Jr. as Eddie Foy Sr.
Today is the birthday of Star of Vaudeville #130: Eddie Foy (for more on this major show business figure see my earlier post). In 1964 Bob Hope, who’d played Foy in the classic 1955 film The Seven Little Foys remade that film for television on his show Bob Hope Presents the Chrystler Theatre (1963-1967), casting the Osmonds as the 7 Little Foys, Mickey Rooney as George M. Cohan, and the actual Eddie Foy, Jr. playing his father. Here’s part one of that show; you’ll find the rest of the show on Youtube as well.
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
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