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From "Club House Party"


In this excerpt from the 1932 film short "Club House Party" Roy Smeck performs his famous Hawaiian guitar.

At the time of this film's release Roy Smeck had already starred in a number of "talkie" shorts beginning at New York's Rivoli Theater in 1923 with the revolutionary Lee DeForest Phono-film "Stringed Harmony". Later in August of 1926 Roy also appeared in "His Pastimes" a short subject utilizing Warner Brothers' new Vitaphone sound-on-disc system.

After starring in this 1932 film with Russ Columbo, Roy Smeck would go on to appear in "That Goes Double" (1933) with the popular singing star. The groundbreaking film would feature Roy on a divided screen playing tenor banjo, ukulele, six-string guitar, and Hawaiian steel guitar simultaneously ! -That year Smeck also played at Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential inauguration.

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