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I've Got Rings on My Fingers (1929)

by Nicholas Sammond

In this Screen Songs animated short, a traffic cop who manages traffic in the sky angers a driver when he gives the driver a ticket. The driver then pulls the cop along in the sky in revenge, and drops him on an island in the East Indes. The rest of the cartoon illustrates a popular song about a castaway Irish man named Jim O'Shea, who has been accepted/crowned by "Indians" and so writes home to his love to come join him and revel in his high status. The main segment of this illustrated song, and the following word-by-word illustrated singalong, features black dancers performing onstage,resembling a minstrel act. Although in Indian dress, the dancers perform a comical minstrel-styled act, clapping and dancing wordlessly to the music, not even embodying the voice of the song. Thus the animation shows an interesting collapsing of stereotype and performance, combining the unseen all-vocal Irishman through his song-narrative, and the only-seen voicelessness of the performers.

I've Got Rings on My Fingers (1929)

A traffic cop who manages traffic in the sky angers a driver, who then pulls the cop along in the sky and drops him on an island in the East Indes. The rest of the cartoon is a pop song about a castaway Irish man writing to his love to come to him.

from Screen Songs - I've Got Rings on My Fingers (1929)
Creator: Dave Fleischer
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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