Sunday, September 21, 2008

Uke Goes to the Movies

Another list for your amusement today—scenes from films featuring the ukulele. There are a few surprises here.

Buster Keaton: The Balloonatic (1923-silent)
Buster Keaton: Steamboat Bill, Jr (1928-silent)
Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards: Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929- a number of other films too)
Oliver Hardy: Sons of the Desert (1933)

Ginger Rogers: Stage Door (1937)
Irene Dunne: Love Affair (1939)

Gracie Allen: Honolulu (1939)
Alice Faye & Betty Grable: Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Bing Crosby: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)
Marilyn Monroe: Some Like It Hot (1959)
Elvis Presley: Blue Hawaii (1961)

Jason Robards: A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Steve Martin: The Jerk (1979-actua
lly played by Lyle Ritz—Martin is faking it)
Steve Martin: Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Mia Farrow: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Tom Hanks: Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

There are ukes in other movies—& oddly, even more in publicity pix & posters—Bob Hope & Bing Crosby are shown playing the uke in publicity shots for The Road to Singapore (1940) & The Road to Zanzibar (1941), though they don’t play ukes in the film. Crosby also was pictured playing the uke in publicity stills for Waikiki Wedding (1937).So be on the lookout—you never know where the uke will turn up….

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