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    In the happy days double episode "The Graduation" where the Fonz is taking night-school classes, Big Al plays a ukulele up front with the band at the Graduation ceremony...

    looks like a tenor but near impossible to tell what brand...

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    Buster Keaton plays a Jazz Age college kid with a uke at the beginning of "Steamboat Bill, Jr" (1928). He doesn't play it, and it gets stomped on by his dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich T View Post
    Buster Keaton plays a Jazz Age college kid with a uke at the beginning of "Steamboat Bill, Jr" (1928). He doesn't play it, and it gets stomped on by his dad.
    Keaton also has a uke in the film "College". He eventually falls on it and smashes it. I'm sensing a theme here...

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    Buster Keaton apparently DID actually play though. I've seen a clip from some movie (I have no idea what it is), where he, Cliff Edwards and some other guy are in WWI uniforms. Keaton is fingering the chords on a Martin Taropatch, while Edwards drums on the strings with drumsticks and does one of his mouth-trumpet things, and the third guy is plucking a rifle like an upright bass while he sings a bass line.
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    I watched "Some Like It Hot" again last night. The ukulele Marilyn Monroe is playing is a Martin Style 3... Painted WHITE!!! Yikes!
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    Millions of ukuleles were sold during the decade, and Tin Pan Alley ... His film company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired Edwards to appear in early sound movies. ...

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    'Mister Roberts' was on the other day... a trio of sailors were on deck singing "The Yellow Stain Blues" while one played a uke, maybe a Harmony?
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    "The Giant Gila Monster" - 1959

    The hero, Chase (Don Sullivan), plays the banjo uke and sings for a couple (frankly horrible) musical numbers. Best to watch the MST3K version, to preserve your sanity.
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    circa 1979. Starring Roy Scheider as an FBI man trying to come back from a nervous breakdown. Actor George Hillman plays the role of "ukulele player" and does a great job of it in a single scene, about 20 minutes in. He plucks out a great tune that I would love to play but have no idea what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Tarman View Post
    Buster Keaton apparently DID actually play though. I've seen a clip from some movie (I have no idea what it is), where he, Cliff Edwards and some other guy are in WWI uniforms. Keaton is fingering the chords on a Martin Taropatch, while Edwards drums on the strings with drumsticks and does one of his mouth-trumpet things, and the third guy is plucking a rifle like an upright bass while he sings a bass line.
    I recently picked up a book about Harold LLoyd and there is a picture of an informal band that a group of actors put together, and there's Buster Keaton sitting in the front with a banjo uke on his lap.

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