02-02-1980 (13) Mary Lou Metzger, Jack Imel - Ballin'The Jack & The Old Soft Shoe
Great entertainment and they are joined by Kathie the "Librarian." This clip is from an episode of the "Lawrence Welk Show."
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[scene opens inside a public library, as Jack Imel walks up to Mary Lou Metzger, who is sitting at the table reading a book]
JACK: Hey Mary Lou, whatcha readin'?
[cut to the young (but still stereotypical-looking) female librarian sitting at the front desk]
LIBRARIAN: Quiet, please!
[cut back to Jack and Mary Lou, as he lowers his voice]
JACK: [whispers] Whatcha readin'?
MARY LOU: This is a book on how to dance.
JACK: Aw, come on! You know how to dance!
MARY LOU: Yeah, but I'm learning a new one. It's called "Ballin' the Jack" ...
JACK: [loudly] "Ballin' the Jack?!"
[a group of patrons sitting at the table near them look up and tell them to "Quiet, please!"]
MARY LOU: Do you know how to do "Ballin' the Jack?"
JACK: Sure ...
MARY LOU: Really?
[they both walk to the middle of the library, where they start singing and dancing]
JACK AND MARY LOU: First you put your two knees close up tight. Sway 'em to the left, sway 'em to the right. Step around the floor, kinda nice and light. Twist around, twist around, with all your might.
[the other patrons are watching them and nodding in approval]
JACK AND MARY LOU: Spread your lovin' arms way out in space, do the Eagle Rock with style and grace. Swing your foot way round, bring it back, that's what I call Ballin' the Jack!
[they start tap dancing, as the librarian comes over with her hands on her hips and a stern look on her face]
LIBRARIAN: Quiet, please!
[she walks back to the front desk and starts looking over her books, but they continue to tap dance, so she once again comes over (as they climb up onto the table)]
LIBRARIAN: Softer, please!
[they climb down from the table, then start dancing and singing around the librarian]
JACK AND MARY LOU: Give me that old soft shoe, I said that old soft shoe!
[the librarian slowly starts dancing along with them]
JACK AND MARY LOU: Doo do, doo do, doo do do do!
[the librarian smiles and starts singing along]
ALL: Put your foot way round, bring it back, that's what I call Ballin' the Jack!
LIBRARIAN: [loudly] Yee haw!
[the librarian quickly covers her mouth in embarrassment, so the patrons and Jack and Mary Lou gather around to "shush" her, as the screen goes to black]
The Lawrence Welk Show Season 25 Episode 21 :: "Rhythm is Our Business"
Original Airdate: Saturday February 02nd, 1980
medley: Ballin' The Jack/The Old Soft Shoe: sung and danced by Mary Lou Metzger & Jack Imel joined by Kathie Sullivan