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jbm
12-14-2011, 08:03 AM
Tweet from Steve Martin.

SteveMartinToGo: Trivia: In the Jerk, after we sing "Tonight, You Belong to Me," when I stand up you can hear a crack as I step on the ukulele.

hoosierhiver
12-14-2011, 08:24 AM
You can hear it at 4:33
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI8NuFAETMQ

mds725
12-14-2011, 08:27 AM
I would have thought that they'd have used a stand-in for a dangerous stunt like stepping on an ukulele. :)

UkeLad
12-14-2011, 08:30 AM
Standing on a uke?

I'm shuddering here - I won't sleep tonight!!!

I mean bagpipes... no probs - but NOT a uke!!!

:D

fritzcharleston
12-14-2011, 08:32 AM
Ouch! That was a lot more than a "crack."

hoosierhiver
12-14-2011, 08:33 AM
Still probably the best ukulele scene in any movie.

emmaemme
12-14-2011, 09:06 AM
At least we'll know how to identify it the day it turns up on ebay. :D

bigchiz
12-14-2011, 09:26 AM
That's great. I still have the soft back version of this book, ordered through Scholastic.

31044

UncleElvis
12-14-2011, 09:31 AM
wasn't it an old Martin, too?

coolkayaker1
12-14-2011, 10:27 AM
Steve Martin's a kutz. And a jerk.

OldePhart
12-14-2011, 11:33 AM
Stepping on a uke! Wow, that movie was well named! LOL (It was also hilarious.)

rem50
12-14-2011, 11:36 AM
one of my all time favorite movies, that and young frankenstein :)

Gillian
12-14-2011, 12:43 PM
A little off topic, but here is a good tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLP9GBf6r94) of how Martin played "Tonight You Belong to Me".

Raygf
12-14-2011, 02:36 PM
Lyle Ritz (http://www.ukulele.org/?Inductees:2004-2007:Lyle_Ritz) played the ukulele on this tune.

Nickie
12-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Steve Martin's a kutz. And a jerk.

Sir, I beg to differ, have you ever heard him play banjo?

chindog
12-14-2011, 05:23 PM
Not the first Hollywood type to crunch a uke, though.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4FUFABKqoA

Ambient Doughnut
12-14-2011, 11:26 PM
I did a little demo of how to play this the other day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gJgV5LUqsc

Well, how I play it anyway! :)

Ingrate
12-15-2011, 06:47 AM
Funny, but I was not aware of any ukulele or "Steve" in this scene. Just Bernadette and her...um..well, you know..

Gmoney
12-15-2011, 07:02 AM
Funny, but I was not aware of any ukulele or "Steve" in this scene. Just Bernadette and her...um..well, you know..

Her trumpet?!

ukuhippo
12-15-2011, 07:33 AM
Funny, but I was not aware of any ukulele or "Steve" in this scene. Just Bernadette and her...um..well, you know..

Her friend Steve playing the ukulele?

Ingrate
12-15-2011, 10:07 AM
Her trumpet?!

Yeah! Her size 36D trumpet!
:p

OldePhart
12-15-2011, 10:43 AM
A little off topic, but here is a good tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLP9GBf6r94) of how Martin played "Tonight You Belong to Me".

Well, he certainly wasn't playing it in the movie. Watch closely - I doubt he's touching the strings at all - if he is, he certainly isn't playing the triplets that are somehow magically in the soundtrack... :)

I know he's a pretty good banjo player, and he may play uke, but he was "air-ukin'" the filming of that scene.

John

Gillian
12-15-2011, 02:19 PM
Well, he certainly wasn't playing it in the movie. Watch closely - I doubt he's touching the strings at all - if he is, he certainly isn't playing the triplets that are somehow magically in the soundtrack... :)

I know he's a pretty good banjo player, and he may play uke, but he was "air-ukin'" the filming of that scene.

John

Not playing for real? Then that makes his crunching that Martin uke doubly-distressing!:eek:

Chris Tarman
12-15-2011, 02:38 PM
I've always read that Lyle Ritz played the actual part, although I imagine Steve could have certainly managed it, since he is a fantastic banjo player. As far as not seeing the triplets, that's one of the really cool things about ukulele strumming... watch someone like Roy Smeck, George Formby or James Hill play triplets. It's hard to tell that they ARE playing triplets from watching them. As James Hill said in "Mighty Uke" (paraphrasing here), the magic comes when your ears hear more than your eyes are seeing.

rook
12-15-2011, 02:42 PM
It was also performed by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in the 1979 movie The Jerk. Jazz ukulele player Lyle Ritz actually played the ukulele accompaniment for the scene.

That's from wiki

Very cool thread

haolejohn
12-15-2011, 03:48 PM
wasn't it an old Martin, too?

Today it would be an old martin...back then, just a few years old I bet:)

Chris Tarman
12-15-2011, 06:29 PM
Today it would be an old martin...back then, just a few years old I bet:)
I bet it was still 25 years old or more even back then.

UncleElvis
12-15-2011, 07:24 PM
Today it would be an old martin...back then, just a few years old I bet:)

HEY! You watch it, youngster! It wasn't THAT long ago!

Pippin
12-15-2011, 09:33 PM
When Peters picked up the coronet I almost fell over laughing.

Ambient Doughnut
12-15-2011, 11:01 PM
I rewatched the Jerk recently - I think I must have been much younger the first time as I don't remember being quite so impressed by Bernadette Peters...talents the first time around. A quick google reveals her to be 63 now but still in very fine fettle!

Ukulele JJ
12-16-2011, 01:52 AM
wasn't it an old Martin, too?

No, Steve was pretty young when he did that film.

JJ

Plainsong
12-16-2011, 02:09 AM
No, Steve was pretty young when he did that film.

JJ

I see what you did there.

Ambient Doughnut
12-16-2011, 02:28 AM
He discusses the incident here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JSJ44HKx1E

(at about 4:40 for the impatient)

Plainsong
12-16-2011, 02:36 AM
That should ease any people who might be hurp derping about him intentionally trashing a nice uke.

OldePhart
12-16-2011, 08:13 AM
As far as not seeing the triplets, that's one of the really cool things about ukulele strumming... watch someone like Roy Smeck, George Formby or James Hill play triplets. It's hard to tell that they ARE playing triplets from watching them. As James Hill said in "Mighty Uke" (paraphrasing here), the magic comes when your ears hear more than your eyes are seeing.

You can see 'em if you're watching close, at least on slow songs like the one in question. Even on faster songs if you're watching the hand and not the arm. In the movie it almost looks like Steve is playing more of a "chunk" than the strum - lots more arm motion than typically happens when you're really playing. His strum in the movie is kind of like the old time silent movies where they way overplayed everything for the camera.

Gee...are we uke nerds or what...talking about what Steve did in a movie 30 years ago just because there's a uke involved... :)

JOhn

Ernie
01-28-2012, 07:42 PM
According to Lyle Ritz, the top had to be replaced by a man, in order to shoot the song. The top you see in the scene was fashioned from the back of someone's clipboard!