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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sid Caesar's silent film "Who's Profile"

A day after 1930's child icon Shirley Temple died, one of televisions first comic stars of the 1950's, Sid Caesar, passed away. Both born in the 1920s, Shirley's stardom started early, and ended at the time Caesar was just getting started.

His break came with 'Your Show of Shows.' A live television variety show in the early 1950s. While a huge hit, it didn't last, as his career went on a wave of ups and downs.

Most kids growing up in the 1960s, would remember him being a guest on a variety of television programs, or starring in 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.'  

In the 1960's, Caesar appeared in 'Hollywood Palace' hosted by Bing Crosby. Caesar was a huge fan of the silent film stars, like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. In this silent film sketch with Dorothy Lamour, he plays a man who is discovered by his great profile.

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