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Footlight Varieties

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Footlight Varieties
Directed byHal Yates
Doran Cox (assistant)
Screenplay byHal Yates
Felix Adler
Produced byGeorge Bilson
StarringJack Paar
Leon Errol
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Frank Redman
Jack MacKenzie
G. W. Bitzer
Arthur Marvin
Edited byEdward W. Williams
Jay Whittredge
Music byConstantin Bakaleinikoff
Release date
  • March 21, 1951 (1951-03-21) (US)[1]
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

Footlight Varieties is the third of four titles in the RKO series of variety films, combining previously filmed shorts with new musical numbers, plus monologues by master of ceremonies Jack Paar. The new footage was directed by Hal Yates and written by Yates and Felix Adler.

In addition to Paar, the new footage includes performances by The Sportsmen quartet, Liberace, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats, Red Buttons, Grace Hartman, and flamenco dancer Inesita. The older sequences are taken from a Leon Errol two-reel comedy, a Flicker Flashbacks silent-movie revival, and a Frankie Carle musical short.

Footlight Varieties was followed by the fourth and final film in the variety-show series, Merry Mirthquakes, which received a limited release in 1953. Liberace appeared in new footage showcasing his piano performances, and he introduced three RKO comedy shorts.


  1. ^ "Footlight Varieties: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
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