...And Also Selected Shorts

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Once Over, Light

    Movie

    Gracie plays fun and games with George when he comes into the barber shop for a manicure.

  • The Pharmacist

    W.C. Fields plays a henpecked but stoic pharmacist who tries to maintain his precarious balance while dealing with demanding customers and his dysfunctional family.

  • Pool Sharks

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this short silent classic W.C. Fields short, in which two romantic rivals play pool for the hand of their lady love.

  • Pulling a Bone

    Movie

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

  • Retour à la Raison

    The surviving fragment of Man Ray's first "underground" film produced in France.

  • Rhapsody in Black and Blue

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic jazz short starring Louis Armstrong. A husband who listens to jazz instead of mopping the floor is brained with a mop by his wife. He dreams he's King of Jazzmania, a land of soapsuds where Louis Armstrong performs “I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You ...