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"Vas you dere, Charley?" - Jack Pearl as Baron Munchausen

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Uploaded on Jan 17, 2012

The catchphrase "Vas you dere, Charley?" swept the United States in late 1932 due to the brief popularity of radio comedian Jack Pearl. As the character Baron Munchausen, Pearl would tell increasingly fanciful stories of his travels and exploits to his sidekick "Charley" (originally played by Cliff Hall), who at some point would express disbelief. The Baron would then retort using this catchphrase. His popularity quickly faded as the character was perceived as one-dimensional. (Joe Penner would enjoy similar fleeting fame the following year with his solitary catchphrase "Wanna buy a duck?")

This clip is from the 1933 film "Meet the Baron" and features Ben Bard as "Charley." The film also included Jimmy Durante as well as Ted Healy and his Three Stooges. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. This clip is posted for purposes of historical documentation and research, not for commercial purposes. No infringement is intended but only fair use. Please buy the DVD of this film available from Warner Home Video.

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