May 24, 2010

Monday Serenade: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925)

This early sound short is also known as Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and his Singing Duck (named after the director). Case made the test, and several others, while he was in the process of perfecting a new sound on film process. The short was added to the National Registry of Film on 2002 as a historically important American movie.

Visser is singing Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me, with a few embellishments by the duck. I don't know exactly how he got the duck to quack on cue, but I'm sure it has something to do with the location of his right hand. This appears to be the extent of vaudeville performer Visser's career in film.

Check out Wikepedia and Silent Era has a little more information about the man and his duck.


  1. LOL. I was concerned because I can't see what's happening with the other hand, but the duck looks happy. Quack.

  2. Yeah, it doesn't look like the duck is trying to get away--haha.