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1. Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra (1938)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music

6.0
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In a nightclub setting, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with two of his vocalists, perform four of the group's best known songs. For the complete list of songs, check the soundtrack listing.

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Bob Eberly, Evelyn Oaks, Jimmy Dorsey

Votes: 79

2. Jammin' the Blues (1944)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

7.9
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Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young.

Director: Gjon Mili | Stars: Lester Young, George 'Red' Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris

Votes: 621

3. Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra (1946)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

6.0
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After a career in his native Cuba as a singing orchestra leader, and a few film roles in the USA as both, this Melody Master short has him once again as a singing orchestra leader. This ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Scholl | Stars: Desi Arnaz, Amanda Lane, Searles & Galian, Geri Galian

Votes: 64

4. Frances Carroll & 'The Coquettes' (1940)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Music

7.2
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Bandleader Carroll leads The Coquettes, an all-female band, in several swing tunes.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Frances Carroll, Eunice Healey, Viola Smith

Votes: 35

5. Eddie Duchin & Orchestra (1933)

10 min | Short, Music

6.5
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In a nightclub setting, pianist Eddy Duchin and his orchestra play several popular tunes of the day. Sylvia Froos joins them for two songs. The novelty skating team of Earl, Jack, and Betty... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Eddy Duchin, Sylvia Froos, Earl, Jack

Votes: 37

6. Six Hits and a Miss (1942)

9 min | Short, Music

5.8
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A musical which begins with six men and a woman singing; then a dance number; finally, the six men and woman sing again.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Six Hits and a Miss, The Dancing Colleens, Rudolph Friml Jr. and His Band, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 73

7. Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals (1935)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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A Warner Bros.-Vitaphone Melody Master: The harmonica band is offered a radio gig... by their landlord! Their imaginations take them to various settings: aboard a train with a porter who ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Borrah Minevitch, Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals, Jack Goldie, Charles Olcott

8. Hi De Ho (1937)

Approved | 11 min | Musical, Short

6.6
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Young Cab Calloway's mother is concerned, because Cab spends his days listening to the radio, pretending to lead a miniature orchestra. A deacon passing by the apartment hears him singing ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Cab Calloway

Votes: 101

9. Woody Herman & His Orchestra (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music

6.5
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Woody Herman's orchestra plays five tunes, and guest performers sing and dance.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Woody Herman, Woody Herman and His Orchestra, Lee Wiley, Hal Abbott

Votes: 51

10. Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies (1936)

10 min | Short, Music

6.6
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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Red Nichols, The Five Pennies, The Wallace Sisters, Bob Carter

Votes: 19

11. Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra (1943)

Passed | 9 min | Short, Music

6.4
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Ozzie Nelson leads his orchestra in two standard numbers, and Ozzie performs two novelty songs.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson

Votes: 58

12. Minstrel Days (1941)

19 min | Musical, Short

6.0
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This Vitaphone musical featurette features a minstrel show, with traditional interlocutor and Mr. Bones, doing many old time songs (mostly Stephen Foster) with Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor in... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Connolly | Stars: Bud Jamison, Al Herman, Billy Elliott, Willie Best

Votes: 5

13. Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music

7.0
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The popular dance band plays four songs. For the complete list, check the Soundtrack listing.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Glen Gray, Casa Loma Orchestra, Dean Collins, Jewel McGowan

Votes: 34

14. Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music, Musical

6.2
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In Hell, Satan appears to tell us that rhythm is coming to life again, then we're taken to a sound stage where Jimmie Lunceford conducts his dance orchestra. He's in black tie and a tuxedo ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Jimmie Lunceford, Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, The Three Brown Jacks, Myra Taylor

Votes: 99

15. The Audition (1933)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music

5.4
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Phil Emerton and his band play tunes and accompany guest performers, including acrobatic tap dancers Larry & Larry.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hannah Williams, Three X Sisters, Larry & Larry, Phil Emerton

Votes: 55

16. Barber Shop Blues (1933)

10 min | Short, Musical

6.9
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An elderly barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and uses the winnings to elaborately remodel his run-down shop. For in-house entertainment he hires his musician friends as the jazz orchestra and the four shoeshiners are skilled tap dancers.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Claude Hopkins, Claude Hopkins & Orchestra, Orlando Roberson, The Four Step Brothers

Votes: 55

17. Forty Boys and a Song (1941)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Music, Documentary

5.6
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A tribute to the Robert Mitchell Choir School of Hollywood, which trains talented young boys in the musical arts in addition to regular academic studies.

Director: Irving Allen | Stars: The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir, Robert Mitchell, Ken Carpenter

Votes: 87

18. Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

7.2
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In this 1939 short in the Melody Master series, that was re-released in 1948 and 1955, Artie Shaw) leads his orchestra in "Begin the Beguine","Nightmare", "Non-Stop Flight", "Let's Stop the... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Artie Shaw, Helen Forrest, Tony Pastor, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra

Votes: 64

19. Mirrors (1934)

12 min | Musical, Short

7.2
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Freddie Rich and His Orchestra perform popular songs and accompany guest performers.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Vera Van, Eton Boys, Bunny Berigan

Votes: 59

20. Harry Reser and His Eskimos (1936)

9 min | Short, Music

6.4
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Harry Reser and his orchestra perform popular songs of the day and accompany guest performers.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Harry Reser, The Three Yates Sisters, The Modernaires, Lynn Gordon

Votes: 42

21. Symphony of Swing (1939)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music

7.1
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Artie Shaw and his orchestra perform popular songs with guest stars.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Artie Shaw, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Helen Forrest, Tony Pastor

Votes: 57

22. Freddie Rich and His Orchestra (1938)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Music

6.8
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A musical short subject in which bandleader Freddie Rich conducts three musical numbers with his orchestra, with solos by Nan Wynn. In the midst of the radio broadcast on which the band is ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Freddie Rich, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Nan Wynn, Joe Sodja

Votes: 111

23. The Wishing Stone (1935)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.3
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A commercial passenger jet has gone missing on its flight from Mexico to New York. In reality, the plane did crash, but everyone aboard is physically unhurt. One of the passengers, musician ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Dave Apollon, Paul Perry, Zeni Vatori

Votes: 11

24. Mills Blue Rhythm Band (1934)

11 min | Short, Music

6.7
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Musical and dance acts perform, first at a night club, then at a "rent party."

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Sally Gooding, Fredi Washington, Hamtree Harrington

Votes: 38

25. Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (1939)

10 min | Short, Music

7.6
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This musical short begins with Vincent Lopez leading his orchestra in "Nola", the group's theme song. Suddenly, various musicians tell Lopez that they are tired of the theme song and refuse... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Vincent Lopez, Betty Hutton, Vincent Lopez Orchestra, Fred Lowery

Votes: 72

26. Rita Rio and Her Orchestra (1939)

9 min | Short, Music

6.5
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The first and only female leader in the Big Band era. Lots and swing and dancing.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Dona Drake, Emily Adrien, Bill Furrow, Rita Rio's All Girl Orchestra

Votes: 33

27. Those Good Old Days (1941)

Approved | 10 min | Musical, Short

5.6
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Young Gloria's father and mother go out for the evening to see a television broadcast (yes, there was television in 1941!). Gloria's grandfather entertains her with stories about his days ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: William T. Orr, Jan Clayton, Janet Chapman, Lucia Carroll

Votes: 68

28. Sin-copation (1938)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.9
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Hades is cooling off, so the Devil imports Leon Navara and his Orchestra to put on some heat using their music instruments. Navara does some piano solos, while the dance team of Honey & ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Leon Navara, Leon Navara's Orchestra, Ruth Brent, Detmar Poppen

Votes: 18

29. The United States Marine Band (1942)

10 min | Short, Music, War

6.3
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The US Marine Corps Band and chorus perform several songs associated with the Marines and the Navy. As the songs are played, we see monuments in Washington, DC, various battle scenes, ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: William F. Santelmann, Thomas Holcomb

Votes: 57

30. Don Redman & His Orchestra (1934)

10 min | Short, Music

6.1
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In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Don Redman, Red & Struggie, Red, Struggie

Votes: 57

31. George Hall and His Orchestra (1937)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Music

4.9
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George Hall and his orchestra couldn't find a hotel in the city where they are scheduled to appear, so they break into the basement of the theater in which they will perform the next day. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: George Hall, George Hall and His Orchestra, Dolly Dawn, Johnny McKeever

Votes: 55

32. Larry Clinton and His Orchestra (1938)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Music

5.8
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Larry Clinton & His Orchestra and two guest vocalists perform several songs popularized by Clinton and his group.

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Larry Clinton, Carol Bruce, Bob Robinson, Virginia Martin

Votes: 32

33. Off the Record (1936)

Unrated | 11 min | Short, Music

5.2
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Bandleader B. A. Rolfe is saluted with a party on his 40th anniversary in show business.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: B.A. Rolfe, The Music Hall Boys, The Sinclair Twins

Votes: 10

34. All Star Melody Masters (1943)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Music

7.2
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Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hal Kemp, Emil Coleman, Skinnay Ennis, David Rubinoff

Votes: 6

35. Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

5.9
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Ozzie and his orchestra play a few tunes. For the list of songs, check the Soundtrack listing.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra, Ozzie Nelson

Votes: 50

36. Little Jack Little & Orchestra (1936)

11 min | Short, Music

5.5
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Little Jack Little and members of his orchestra are sailors on board the USS Atlantic. They go ashore to a night club and perform popular songs of the day. The specialty act Dot, Donna & ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Jack Little, Mildred Fenton, Jack Smith, Dot Donna & Teddy

Votes: 19

37. Lennie Hayton and His Orchestra (1937)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Lennie Hayton and His Orchestra, Lennie Hayton, Paul Barry, Bobby Gilbert

38. Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra (1936)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Clyde McCoy, Bill Hawley, Gloria Faye, Ruth Ambrose

39. The All American Bands (1943)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Jean Negulesco | Star: Knox Manning

40. Freddie Martin & His Orchestra (1935)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Freddy Martin, Freddy Martin Orchestra, Eva Reyes, Raul Reyes

41. Special Arrangements (1937)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Peter Van Steeden, Harold Richards, Hazel Geary

42. The Dipsy Doodler (1940)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Music

7.1
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Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, Bea Wain, Ford Leary, Gower Champion

Votes: 18

43. Headline Bands (1946)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

6.7
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This Melody Masters Bands musical short (production number 2605) is a mixture of cuts from earlier shorts featuring various bands, including footage taken from 1939's short "Vincent Lopez ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Scholl | Stars: Carol Bruce, Larry Clinton, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman

Votes: 36

44. Ray Kinney and His Royal Hawaiian Orchestra (1938)

11 min | Short, Music

6.0
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In this 'Vitaphone Melody Master,' orchestra leader Ray Kinney sings Hawaiian songs while The Aloha Maids perform native dances.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Ray Kinney and His Orchestra, The Aloha Maids, Pualani Mossman

Votes: 20

45. Isham Jones & His Orchestra (1934)

11 min | Short, Music

5.8
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Isham Jones and His Orchestra, with other cast members, perform some of the orchestra's biggest hits.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Isham Jones, Gypsy Nina, The Boylans, Eddie Stone

Votes: 13

46. Rimac's Rhumba Orchestra (1935)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Ciro Rimac, The Rimac Rhumba Orchestra

47. Blue Barron and His Orchestra (1939)

10 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Blue Barron, Russ Carlyle, Anita Boyer, 'Tiny' Wolf

48. Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (1934)

9 min | Short, Music

6.5
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Ben Pollack and His Orchestra are joined by a guest vocalist in performing popular songs.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Ben Pollack, Doris Robbins, Ray Bauduc, Ben Pollack's Orchestra

Votes: 26

49. Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra (1944)

Short, Music

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Director: Arnold Albert | Stars: Sonny Dunham, Betty Phares

50. Big Time Revue (1947)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Stars: Chaz Chase, Tess Gardella, Nick Lucas, Eddie Peabody