This clip from the 1937 film Artists & Models is a puppet production number created by the famous illustrator, scenic designer and puppeteer Russell Patterson. He dubbed the tandem strung marionettes that he created for the film “Personettes” and they’re one of the earliest examples of puppetry being used prominently in a feature-length Hollywood film.
Patterson’s puppets were performed by a veritable who’s-who of 1930s California-based puppeteers, including Bob Bromley, Bob Jones, Velma Dawson, Frank Paris, and Bob Baker. A little more information about the film can be gleaned from a 1937 article in Modern Mechanix Magazine.
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Special thanks to the all-knowing Alan Cook for providing some of the background information on this film!