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also known as Chinese Laundry Scene

Robetta and Doretto no.21894

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Robetta and Doretto were known as "the Chinese comiques" and appeared regularly in vaudeville throughout the 1890s. They appeared in three different scenes for Thomas Edison cameras though only one survives. In this, one performer plays a Chinaman and the other plays an Irish cop. Certainly the comedy duo were playing with ethnic stereotypes. Their Italian last names were, in fact, stage monikers. Phil Doretto was actually Phil Lauter.

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