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Mantan Moments - Indefinite Talk (1945/46) | Mantan Moreland and Ben Carter

Published on 26 May 2020 / In Film & Animation

Mantan Moreland (September 3, 1902 – September 28, 1973) was an American actor and comedian most popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

During the 1940s, he teamed up with Ben Carter as his straight man, touring America in vaudeville and making personal appearances in the nation's movie theaters. Moreland and Carter performed comedy routines the former learned when he became Flournoy Miller's understudy in the 1930s[7][5], including the famous "indefinite talk" routine, in which they would speak to one another, start a sentence only to be interrupted by the other, yet they understand each other perfectly.[8] They had developed an excellent rapport and impeccable timing. Their version of "indefinite talk" routine can be seen in two Charlie Chan pictures, The Scarlet Clue[note 1] and Dark Alibi.[note 2][9] The partnership lasted until Carter died in 1946.[10] Moreland and Nipsey Russell would performed this routine in two all-black variety films in 1955.

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