For today's blog, I would like to share with you quite a fun little clip, titled "Come in the Water, the Water is Fine", from the film, Tanned Legs (1929)
This is a great little clip with a beach beauties theme, even though certainly, some of the chorus girl moves are pretty silly & quite comical.
This clip features singer/actress June Clyde. Here's a little info on June from Wikipedia:
June Clyde (December 2, 1909 in St. Joseph, Missouri – October 1, 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was an American actress, singer and dancer.
Clyde's career began at age seven on the vaudeville stage, billed as Baby Tetrazini. She progressed to a modest career in Hollywood films before marrying English film director Thornton Freeland. Clyde moved to England with her husband and appeared in several British films and stage productions starting in 1934, as well as returning to the United States periodically for both stage and film work.
According to IMDB.com, between 1929 and 1957, June was in 63 movies/tv episodes! That's quite an impressive (almost) 30-year career, even though there is not much information to be found about her online.
Here is a quick little bio about June, written by Hal Erickson, of All Movie Guide (NY Times):
June Clyde was a vaudeville star at age seven, billed under her family name as "Baby Tetrazini." After a thriving stage career, Clyde made her talking-picture debut in RKO's Tanned Legs (1929). While she had a pleasing personality and above-average dancing and singing skills, she was seldom seen to best advantage in her Hollywood films, playing second (or even third) fiddle to such bombastic performers as Wheeler and Woolsey (The Cuckoos 1930) and Jimmy Durante (Hollywood Party 1934). Upon her marriage to British director Thornton Freeland, Clyde relocated to England, where she showed up in such films as the 1935 Richard Tauber vehicle Forbidden Music and in many West End stage productions. She periodically returned to Hollywood in the 1940s, where once again she was consigned to secondary roles. Back in England in the late 1940s, June Clyde remained there until her death at age 77; her last film was the British-produced, Hollywood-financed The Story of Esther Costello (1957).
I could find no information on the chorus girls featured in the clip, except for TWO names:
1. Claire Rochelle
2. Polly Ann Young
I feel it's also notable that this film stars the famous Ann Pennington, who has been mentioned in an earlier blog (Snake Hips).
The most comical parts of this routine for me are at around 1:00 into the clip. One of the things the chorus girls do is link arms and swing their right legs over the handholds, but the immediately let go and begin hopping backwards as the back girl crawls between their legs to the front of the line.... umm... what's the point of all that?
Another funny spot is directly afterwards, at around 1:18. The girls proceed to do somersaults down their line, landing like a snow angel, one after the other. I can only imagine when the girls were first shown the choreography for this film... they must have thought the dance choreographer was crazy and playing a joke on them...
This routine is certainly energetic - lots and lots of hopping for the lovely dancin' ladies, and June is just so damn adorable in her little late 20's swimsuit and headband! What really makes this clip are the scenes were the chorus girls all lean back and kick their legs straight and high - the visual effect is hypnotizing and with the catchy tune of June's cute voice, it's pretty hard not to smile when you see this clip.
So now, for your viewing pleasure, I'd like to present, "Come in the Water, the Water is Fine", from the film, Tanned Legs (1929)