Lenny Ziff - Is It Your Love I'm Buying? (1927) by Tom Hogan published on 2012-04-09T14:03:32Z Taken from Tom Hogan's Obscure Music History (www.obscuremusichistory.com) --- Lenny Ziff (born Leonard Zaphf) was the son of watchmaker Alfred Zaphf and psychic Regina Gallows. A confusing and ever changing career, Lenny Ziff was continually plagued with bad timing, as he was famously late for almost every casting session and unprepared for every audition. Despite this, he managed to achieve minor success in the local musical scenes, crooning simple and sweet melodies. "Man About Town" was Ziff’s first feature film, and was the second film in history to have audio synchronised with visuals. It would have been the first, but its opening night was delayed for 24 hours when the brothel that had agreed to screen the film was raided by police and zookeepers hunting for an escaped black bear. This recording of “Is It Your Love I’m Buying?” is the only recorded trace of the film, telling the story of a businessman attempting to woo an amputee prostitute. The rest of the film stock was destroyed, lost in an accident when the thirteen year old projectionist mistook a black bear that had been sleeping in the projector room cupboard as a rug, and attempted to put out a fire he had accidentally started. The place burned to the ground and the film was lost. Interesting Fact: The bear survived the fire. According to the captors, when the bear was found, it was “strangely, not hungry”.