...And Also Selected Shorts

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  • 100% Service

    Movie

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic short starring George Burns and Gracie Allen.

  • The Antique Shop

    George Burns, wanting to buy a statue, encounters an obnoxious sales clerk. Once the man is thrown out, George thinks he's okay, but the proprietor introduces him to Gracie Allen and their conversation together only remotely resembles human communication!

  • Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

    A band short of one of the most popular swing orchestras of the 1930's. After a brief introduction of Shaw's theme song, "Nightmare," the band plays "Free Wheeling" as it is assembled. Helen Forest sings "I Have Eyes"and the band jams with "Shoot the Likker to Me, John Boy."

  • Babbling Book

    Movie

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic comedy short starring George Burns and Gracie Allen

  • The Barber Shop

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic comedy short starring W.C. Fields

  • Black and Tan

    Duke Ellington’s first filmed appearance. Trumpet player Arthur Whetsol and dancer Fredi Washington play Duke’s friends who help him save his piano from bill collectors. A glittering Harlem nightclub show is an authentic treat from the 1920’s. The Ellington Orchestra plays: “The Duke Steps Out,” ...

  • A Bundle of Blues

    Duke presents Ivie Anderson (1904-1949) in the first of her two film appearances: many believe her to be his best featured vocalist and was with the Ellington Orchestra between 1931 and 1942. Musical numbers: "Lightnin," "Rockin' in Rhythm," "Stormy Weather" (vocal by Ivie Anderson), "Bugle Call ...

  • Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho

    Cab Calloway stars as a ladies’ man dating the wife of a train porter who is frequently absent from home. In addition to this tongue-in-cheek plot, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra perform “Harlem Camp Meeting,” and Calloway has two vocals, “Zaz-zuh-zaz” and “The Lady with the Fan.”

  • Crime Control

    Movie

    Normal folk need never fear inanimate objects. Simply hide your real intentions from them, and this will prevent them from getting the upper hand regardless of the circumstances.

  • The Fatal Glass of Beer

    W.C. Fields’ prodigal son returns home to his parents’ snowbound cabin in the Yukon where he is welcomed with open arms. It’s comedy par excellence from whence comes the immortal line “… and it ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast.”

  • Fit to be Tied

    Movie

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic short staring George Burns and Gracie Allen.

  • The Forgotten Man

    Movie

    In this sequel to Waiting for Baby, Benchley explains in hilarious detail why the expectant father is the forgotten man.

  • Emak Bakia

    Man Ray said he made this short in strick conformity with Surrealist principles.

  • The Golf Specialist

    Cohen Film Collection presents this classic comedy short starring W.C. Fields.

  • Hoagy Carmichael

    A song-filled short featuring composer and piano player Carmichael. Songs include “I’m Wrong,” “Washboard Blues,” “Old Rockin’ Chair” and “Stardust.”

  • How to Take a Vacation

    Movie

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic comedy short starring Robert Benchley.

  • I Surrender Dear

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic short starring Bing Crosby. Marion Sayers is about to be married to a phony marquis (Luis Alberni), but Bing manages to catch her for himself after a humorous mix-up in several hotel rooms. Bing sings: “I Surrender Dear,” “Out of Nowhere,” “At Your C...

  • Jazz a la Cuba

    This short film featuring Don Aspiazu and his orchestra presents an excellent example of Cubano jazz from the 1920's and 1930's.

  • Keeping in Shape

    Movie

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic comedy short starring Robert Benchley

  • L'Etoile de Mer

    A more integrated and consciously "surrealistic" work by Man Ray, inspired by Robert Desnos' poem, with a love affair that unites the whole film.

  • Les Mystères du Château de Dé

    Man Ray and J.A. Boiffard explore an art connoisseur's modern chateau, and construct a number of visual jokes around it.

  • The Man's Angle

    Movie

    In his continuing examination of the battle of the sexes, Benchley concludes that it's not the husbands, but the wives who are at fault!

  • Nothing But Nerves

    Movie

    Feeling jumpy and out of sorts? You won't be after laughing at Benchley's hilarious explanation of why you've been that way and what you can do about it.

  • Oh, My Operation

    George is taken to the hospital mistaken for an accident victim. After his needless operation, he meets Nurse Gracie, who adds insanity to injury.