Word came to me from Ron Hutchinson over at the Vitaphone Project early last year from a couple of reliable sources that Fox had decided to borrow the print which was housed at UCLA to make a copy for their own archive, but was blown away with the news they also made theatrical prints which would be made available to festivals.
I previously wrote about "Mr. Lemon..." HERE and I am excited to see El in this dual role as it is his only known filmed performance where he speaks in anything other than the usual Swedish dialect!
It looks like it's going to be a good year for El in 2013!
Fifi D'orsay & El Brendel in "Mr. Lemon of Orange"
I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish all my readers a very happy and healthy 2013! I will try to post more in the coming year and share with you all the great El Brendel photos and information I have accumulated so stay tuned and thanks for hanging around!
here we have Father Time (El Brendel) being given the boot by Baby New Year (Marjorie White), circa early 30's.
HEY! Yes, the El Brendel website is alive and well, I just haven't had a whole lot of time to post in a while as I have been going back to school! I am on break now so perhaps I can squeeze a few posts in before we start up again in mid-January.
This post is perfect for the holiday season. A couple of years ago I was able to acquire a number of recordings El Brendel and his wife Flo Bert made either at home on a recording machine or in studios where you could make your own discs. These records are fascinating as they feature El working on comedy routines which I've never heard before, Flo practicing songs (she made a number of recordings in the 20's, if you didn't know), and records of them just goofing around.
Some of these recordings are in very rough shape due to the nature of the sources. The records were recorded, or pressed, on paperboard stock and the available acetates were WELL played, so pops, clicks and some skips are evident. It's a wonder these things survive at all. In future posts, I'll share these with everybody. There are even a couple where El speaks in his normal voice, something he NEVER did on film!
This recording starts off with Flo singing, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and El comes in as Santa. They then go into a routine where Flo plays a little girl and Santa starts questioning her about how good she's been and the dialog gets a bit racy! The recording dates from 1942 and it appears they were making a record to send back to family back East but for some reason remained in their collection in California.