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Les Poupees de Paris

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It's showtime at the Moulin Rouge!

Also included is an AUDIO file of much of the performance (10:57). The show is emceed by a voice that claims to be Charles Boyer. (Could be.)

 

 

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The signs were pretty beat up; I gave them a touch-up paint job.

 

 

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The old bait-and-switch, for those who didn't know what 'Poupees' meant.

 

 

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A closer look in the window revealed the nature of the show. The two string puppets are Maurice Chevalier and (perhaps) Mistinguett.

 

 

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Le Poupee Philharmonique strikes up the overture.

 

 

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Chorus girls cavort in front of the Red Mill image.

 

 

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An Indian girl waltzes with an Asian elephant. What looks like pagodas are presumably Buddhist stupas.

 

 

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This performer may be an Indian deity; I can't be sure.

 

 

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Liberace makes a surprise appearance.

 

 

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Maurice in his glory.

 

 

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This lady sits high above the audience.

 

 

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Pearl Bailey is one of the stars of the show.

 

 

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Pearl offers some steamy advice to the ladies.

 

 

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The black-haired trumpeter is not looking at his music.

 

 

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Dracula and Frankenstein bemoan the fact that monster-ing isn't what it used to be. Drac sings 'Let's be frank, Mr. Frankenstein.'

 

 

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The show ends as another monster (probably a zombie) roams around the stage laughing and snarling. Eventually he climbs down from the stage and attacks the audience as the curtain falls. In my panic to escape I failed to capture his picture, but I was overjoyed to escape with my life! 

 

Les Poupees de Paris.mp3

 

 

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Did this pavilion survive the 1964 season?  Did it close mid-way through the first year?

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That is definitely Paul Frees, the man who narrated "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" doing the Charles Boyer imitation.

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My mistake too, Eric. I should have recognized your word 'narrator' as opposed to speaker. I didn't include Mr. Frees in the audio file, and sort of forgot about him. His was an excellent voice for the part. Somewhere over the years I misplaced his part of the program. I recall it began "Illinois, land of Lincoln. It was here in Galesburg . . .

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Disney did release archival audio of all of their Fair attractions ten years ago on CD.       It's still in print and it has the complete Illinois pre-show as well as "Great Moments" plus all of the audio from Ford and GE (and a 20 minute music mix of Small World).

https://www.amazon.com/Walt-Disney-1964-Worlds-Fair/dp/B001EQUESC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497220504&sr=8-1&keywords=Disney+World's+Fair+CD

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Thanks for posting the link. I had points sitting on my Amazon card, and ordered it. It arrived today, and I just finished listening to CD 1 (Carousel of Progress). I closed my eyes and imagined being back there!  

Warning: I think this will be boring for anyone who's not a nostalgic fair fan. Will be working my way through the other four CDs.

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I did not realize that Les Poupees de Paris ended up at Hemisfair 68.  I just saw a photograph of the attraction on a site called History of Hemisfair.

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