Quote and Credit

Quote and Credit

Roly - Poly Carnival Sideshow Sign and Tommy Duncan Throttles Bob Wills


I never did find out what sideshow game Roly-Poly was, but if they really did award a prize to every player you can be sure it was from under the counter, not from the wall display in back.

I will, however, take the slightest excuse to share Bob Wills, especially when it is a number performed by the great Tommy Duncan. Tommy was smooth as the expensive whiskey Bob was able to drink to excess every day, but what made the pair work so well was the suppressed, seething tension in Tommy's voice every time the lovable drunk buffoon stepped on his lines with a patented "Aaah Haah" aside. You can tell Tommy wanted to throttle Bob, the biggest country ham in the state of Texas, but it was a good gig.

He finally left...and as the clip below shows, he should have stayed. Still, you have to see a real roly poly play the Bob Wills part. Gnaw on a biscuit.

Roly-Poly Carnival Sideshow Sign. Circa 1930 Collection Jim Linderman

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2 comments:

  1. Oh man, as a sideshow performer in Amarillo, TX (only an hour or so from Turkey, Bob's home town) you just posted the best of both worlds for me. Your loving insults cracked me up, and the video of the "roly poly" playing Bob was just too much. Nice find!

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