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Transcript: Weber Fields Vaudeville Sketch A complete comedy sketch developed in the 1880s by vaudeville's most popular comedy team. By the late 1920s, most vaudeville shows included a healthy selection of cinema.

A History of The Musical by John Kenrick (Copyright ) (The images below are thumbnails click on them to see larger versions.). "The Keith/Albee Collection: The Vaudeville Industry, 18941935".

Vaudeville incorporated these various itinerant amusements into a stable, institutionalized form centered in America's growing urban hubs. Already displayed a mixture of "ersatz German romanticism" ( Gerald Bordman ) and burlesque elements inherited from the Dutch character shows. 24 No single event is more reflective of its gradual withering.