Lon Chaney in "The Unknown"
Next up tomorrow at 1:30 is the Cecil B. DeMille Russian revolution schmaltz-fest The Volga Boatman. I will have to play the "Song of the Volga Boatman", even though it's one of those Warner Bros. cartoon-sounding references, because if I don't some nut will ask why I didn't. Lee Erwin used to say he'd play the infamous Bach Toccata and Fugue before a show of "Phantom", as the lights were going down, to get it out of the way. The audience expects it but using it will just come off corny. The scenes in Boatman where the boatmen are pulling a boat up the river and singing don't fit the "Song of the Volga Boatman", which a slow and heavy piece, and what the men seem to be singing is more of an energetic work song. The lyrics, shown onscreen at one point, (see scren grab at left) aren't from the song anyway.