Vaudeville Performer

Al Shean

  • May 12, 1868 - Aug 12, 1949 (age 81)
  • 5' 6" (1.68 m)
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1949
Al Shean
PersonalAugust 1949

Al Shean

Al Shean passed away.
1948
We the People
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TV ShowJun 1, 1948

We the People

The hosts on this interview program chatted with celebrities, …
The hosts on this interview program chatted with celebrities, politicians and regular Americans with interesting lives. People who had overcome some sort of adversity or faced a challenge were often featured. We, The People began on radio in 1936 and continued to be heard there; this was the first series to be simulcast on television and radio. (This simulcast situation continued through the summer of 1950.) The original host was voice-over announcer Dwight Weist before actor Dan Seymour took over the job in 1949. The information here has been gleaned from magazines and newspapers of the era, as well as the personal papers of the show's director, Preston Wood. (Those papers are part of the Belknap Collection at University of Florida in Gainesville.)
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1943
Hitler's Madman
MovieJun 10, 1943

Hitler's Madman

Somewhat fictionalized account of the destruction of the village …
Somewhat fictionalized account of the destruction of the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia and the events leading up to it. In 1942, the Allies parachuted a Czech resistance fighter into the area. He quickly reunites with his former girlfriend and many of the villagers who knew him from before the war. The Nazis are evil however and under the command of Reinhardt Heydrich rule the country with an iron fist, arbitrarily arresting innocents and charging them with fictitious crimes. When Heydrich is severely wounded in a roadside attack - he dies three days later - Henrich Himmler orders the destruction of Lidice. The men are herded into a churchyard where they sing defiantly as they are shot down, the village is set aflame and the women are sent to concentration camps. The town itself is leveled.
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1942
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
MovieJul 4, 1942

The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady

The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady released.
1941
Love in Gloom
MovieAug 15, 1941

Love in Gloom

Henny Youngman, Efficiency Expert (good role for a one …
Henny Youngman, Efficiency Expert (good role for a one-liner specialist), takes over the "Meet A Mate" agency and immediately begins to revamp the operations in order to increase business. Comedy and music bits contributed by Al Shean and the Radio Rogues.
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Ziegfeld Girl
MovieApr 25, 1941

Ziegfeld Girl

Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily …
Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind her ageing vaudevillian father; vulnerable Sheila, the working girl pursued both by a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend from Flatbush; and the mysterious European beauty Sandra, whose concert violinist husband cannot endure the thought of their escaping from poverty by promenading her glamor in skimpy costumes.
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1940
Friendly Neighbors
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MovieNov 17, 1940

Friendly Neighbors

Friendly Neighbors is a 1940 American comedy film …
Friendly Neighbors is a 1940 American comedy film directed by Nick Grinde and written by Dorrell McGowan and Stuart E. McGowan. The film stars Leon Weaver, Frank Weaver, June Weaver, Lois Ranson, Spencer Charters and Cliff Edwards. The film was released on November 17, 1940, by Republic Pictures.
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The Blue Bird
MovieJan 15, 1940

The Blue Bird

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are …
Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.
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1939
Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President
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MovieDec 1, 1939

Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President

Brooklyn residents Joe Turp …
Brooklyn residents Joe Turp (William Gargan) and his wife, Ethel (Ann Sothern), travel to Washington D. C. to call on the US President (Lewis Stone)to make a pleas on the behalf of their mailman, Jim (Walter Brennan), is who about to be sacked for illegally opening and destroying a letter.
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Broadway Serenade
MovieApr 7, 1939

Broadway Serenade

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), …
Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ...
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1938
The Great Waltz
MovieNov 4, 1938

The Great Waltz

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would …
In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. After he is fired from his clerical bank job because of his preoccupation with composing, he decides to follow his passion and form an orchestra. After some famed opera singers, including Carla Donner, hear his music, they expose Schani's music to the masses, to royalty and to music publisher Julius Hofbauer. As such, Schani becomes the toast of Vienna. With his new found musical fame, Schani's life, which includes his work in the European Revolutions, changes. He becomes torn for his love for his loving and faithful wife Poldi Vogelhuber and his more emotionally passionate but somewhat destructive love for Carla Donner, who herself is involved with Count Anton Hohenfried.
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Too Hot to Handle
MovieSep 16, 1938

Too Hot to Handle

Chris Hunter is a sly newsreel reporter. While in Shanghai …
Chris Hunter is a sly newsreel reporter. While in Shanghai doing reports on the Chinese-Japanese war, he meets pilot Alma Harding. At first she doesn't trust him, but by a trick he manages to get her hired as his assistant. During an adventurous expedition through the jungles of South America he manages to change her view of him.
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1937
Tim Tyler's Luck
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MovieDec 27, 1937

Tim Tyler's Luck

Kind-hearted boy with sturdy character visits Africa to …
Kind-hearted boy with sturdy character visits Africa to search for his missing father and finds adventures against hard-core criminals and wild animals.
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52nd Street
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MovieNov 19, 1937

52nd Street

Story of how 52nd Street became New York City's "Nightclub …
Story of how 52nd Street became New York City's "Nightclub Row" in the 1930s.
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Live, Love and Learn
MovieOct 29, 1937

Live, Love and Learn

Bob is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Julie …
Bob is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Julie is a rich society girl. When they meet, it is cute and they are soon married. Living in a small apartment with the constant company of close friend Oscar, they are poor, but happy. When the papers run the story about his riot in the park, Bob is suddenly news. With his private showing he becomes the society's newest sensation. Bob becomes serious, devoid of fun and adventure. Money becomes his prime concern and all the introductions are handled by Lilly. But this is not the life that either Julie or Oscar want.
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It Could Happen to You
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MovieJun 28, 1937

It Could Happen to You

It Could Happen to You is a …
It Could Happen to You is a 1937 American drama film directed by Phil Rosen and written by Samuel Ornitz and Nathanael West. The film stars Alan Baxter, Andrea Leeds, Owen Davis Jr., Astrid Allwyn, Walter Kingsford and Al Shean. The film was released on June 28, 1937, by Republic Pictures.
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The Road Back
MovieJun 1, 1937

The Road Back

At the end of the world war, several German soldiers return home …
At the end of the world war, several German soldiers return home to their city to find the social fabric and civil order disintegrating as communist gangs roam the streets and food and jobs become scarce. Riots and massacres lead the erstwhile average men to become cynical and desperate.
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1936
San Francisco
MovieJun 26, 1936

San Francisco

Mary Blake arrives at Blackie Norton's Paradise gambling …
Mary Blake arrives at Blackie Norton's Paradise gambling hall and beer garden looking for work as a singer. Blackie embarrasses her by asking to see her legs, but does hire her. She faints from hunger. Nob Hill Socialite Jack Burley and Maestro Baldini of the Tivoli Opera House see her singing and offer her a chance to do opera, but Blackie has her under a two-year contract which she sorrowfully stands by. Later, when he makes up posters featuring Mary in tights, she does leave for the Tivoli. Blackie gets an injunction against Burley, but knocks out the process server when he hears Mary's performance as Marguerite in "Faust". She asks her to marry him and she agrees to go back to the Paradise as his kind of singer, but Blackie's childhood chum Father Tim intervenes. After Blackie slugs the priest, Mary leaves. She is soon the star of the Tivoli and Blackie's place is closed down. She sings a rousing "San Francisco" on behalf of the Paradise at the annual "Chicken Ball" and wins the $10,000 prize which Blackie throws to the floor. As she storms out of the hall a terrible rumble betokens the famous San Francisco earthquake. Buildings collapse, streets split wide open, the city burns, the army dynamites whole sections of town. After staggering around in a stupor Blackie finds Father Tim and the two of them find Mary at a Salvation Army camp. Backed by hundreds of others, they look out over the ruins which are gradually replaced by the shining new city with a reprise of the title song.
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The Law in Her Hands
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MovieMay 16, 1936

The Law in Her Hands

Novice attorneys Mary and 'Dot' open their own practice, …
Novice attorneys Mary and 'Dot' open their own practice, confident that their futures looks bright. But after months of rising debt and falling income, Mary stumbles into the employ of racketeer Frank Gordon. Financial worries behind them, Mary and 'Dot' start representing the dregs of Morgan's society. But will Mary's conscience--not to mention the intervention of her D.A. boyfriend--allow her to continue?
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At Sea Ashore
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MovieApr 4, 1936

At Sea Ashore

Patsy's working at Rumplemeyer's Donut Shop in Brooklyn. By …
Patsy's working at Rumplemeyer's Donut Shop in Brooklyn. By accident she catches Mr. Rumplemeyer's trousers in the donut machine as he's leaving to pick his niece who's arriving from the old country, so he gives Patsy cab fare and sends her. She forgets her purse, so when she arrives at the immigration office, she can't pay the cabbie, who tells her he'll wait while the meter runs. Inside, Patsy finally finds the high-spirited Lyda, but by then, Patsy has sneaked into the holding area and may need a passport to get out. She hides in Lyda's trunk, but with the cabbie, a suspicious immigration officer, and a traffic cop buzzing around will uncle and niece ever connect?
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Hitch Hike to Heaven
MovieMar 12, 1936

Hitch Hike to Heaven

A stage actor finds success in Hollywood, but it goes to his …
A stage actor finds success in Hollywood, but it goes to his head and jeopardizes his relationship with his wife and son.
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Slide, Nellie, Slide
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MovieFeb 1, 1936

Slide, Nellie, Slide

Herman Bing, the Hot Dog King bets his social rival Al Shean, …
Herman Bing, the Hot Dog King bets his social rival Al Shean, the Mustard Manufacturer, $5,000 dollars that his all-girl (and then some) softball team can beat his all-girl (and some more) softball team. Marie Wilson, as Nellie, provides the and-then-some attributes for the Hot Dog Team.
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1935
It's in the Air
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MovieOct 11, 1935

It's in the Air

Calvin Churchill, a confidence-man, and his sidekick/stooge, …
Calvin Churchill, a confidence-man, and his sidekick/stooge, "Clip" McGurk, are being pursued by an Internal Revenue agent, Henry Potke, for their failure to file an income-tax on the advice of a shyster lawyer. They are hiding out at the Desert Springs Hotel-Resort, where Calvin is working a scam by posing as a stratosphere-flyer who is looking at making Desert Springs the base of his operations. A rich airplane manufacturer sees a chance to get rid of a stratosphere balloon that he built for an unsuccessful expedition at a great loss. Calvin intends to take the money and run but his estranged wife, Alice, now a tennis instructor at the resort promises to come back to him if he will reform. Alas, reformation does not come easy for Calvin, especially when "Clip" is around, and Henry is closing in.
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Page Miss Glory
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MovieAug 30, 1935

Page Miss Glory

Loretta Dalrymple, a homely young country girl comes to New …
Loretta Dalrymple, a homely young country girl comes to New York City and gets a job as a chambermaid in a large hotel. She meets Ed Olson, a photographer out of work, and Dan Riley, a promoter with nothing to promote. When an advertiser offers a reward for a photograph of 'America's Prettiest Girl,", Ed makes a composite photo of all the famous movie stars and society belles and calls the girl in his picture "Dawn Glory." A Dawn-Glory craze sweeps the country, and Loretta, with makeup and new clothes, turns out to be the reincarnation of the picture. Loretta has fallen in love with a newspaper picture of "Bingo" Russell, a famous aviator, and when Dan and Ed ask her to pose as Dawn Glory, she readily agrees, hoping she will get to meet Russell. She does meet him and, then, complications arise.
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Traveling Saleslady
MovieMar 28, 1935

Traveling Saleslady

Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, …
Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin to cut into his sales. Angela wants to enter the business but he thinks women have no place in a man's world. Inventor, Elmer Niles, tries to interest Mr. Twitchell in his line of toothpaste with various cocktail flavors, but is shown the door. Angela sees the possibilities in the idea; while retaining ownership she licenses it to one of her father's business rivals under the stipulation she will go on the road for a year and sell the product. She steals her father's customers right out from under the nose of her father's best salesman, Pat O,Connor, whom she falls in love with. It's whoopee at night and all-business during the day. Claudette Ruggles, a drug-store owner, also has designs on O'Connor.
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Sweet Music
MovieFeb 20, 1935

Sweet Music

College band-leader "Skip" Houston keeps his band …
College band-leader "Skip" Houston keeps his band together after graduation, they turn professional, and they are a big hit on the radio and in nightclubs. He falls in love with Bonnie Haydon, a dancer who hates him because he is constantly taunting her about her act and offering suggestions for improvements. She slowly learns that any engagements or work she has is because of Houston.
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Symphony of Living
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MovieJan 20, 1935

Symphony of Living

There is this old concertmaster of the Cosmopolitian Orchestra …
There is this old concertmaster of the Cosmopolitian Orchestra and he is about to realize his life-long ambition of appearing as a soloist with the orchestra, when an accident robs him of use of his right hand. His children, upon learning of his misfortune, immediately desert him knowing he will no longer provide them with money. So Adolph Greig sinks lower and lower and becomes a street beggar, too proud to ask for help from his friends and unable to find his son or daughter. One night, standing in front of the concert hall, he sinks to the street from hunger and fatigue. He is picked up by two men associated with the orchestra, Mancini and Rozzini, and they take him to Rozzini's and they develop a plan whereby they will set up Greig in a next-door studio where he can give violin lessons. A young violin genius named Carl Rupert shows up and, with the aid of Mancini and Rozzini, Greig starts the boy off on a brilliant career. Or, what promised to be a brilliant career until his long-lost mother shows up.
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1934
Music in the Air
MovieDec 13, 1934

Music in the Air

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy …
Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.
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1931
Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean
MovieAug 29, 1931

Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean

Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean released.
1930
Chills and Fever
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MovieApr 27, 1930

Chills and Fever

An amateur theatrical society rehearses in a deserted …
An amateur theatrical society rehearses in a deserted house which is believed to be haunted by two travelers who have lost their way in the rain.
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1868
Al Shean
BirthMay 1868

Al Shean

Al Shean was born.
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