This short showcases composers and lyricists of songs that are now considered standards of American popular music. For the complete list of songs performed, check the soundtrack listing. ...
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This short showcases composers and lyricists of songs that are now considered standards of American popular music. For the complete list of songs performed, check the soundtrack listing. For several of these song writers, this is their only known appearance in a theatrically released film. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This short subject that MGM did was to celebrate in 1930 what was still regarded with some wonder, the fact that now that the movies could speak they could also sing and dance. A new genre was introduced to film, the musical.
I have to say it was nice to see some faces and voices put to some of the songwriters whose melodies and words are so familiar to us. All eight of the men here, Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed, Raymond Egan, Fred Fisher, Gus Edwards. Fred Ahlert, and Roy Turk get to perform their work and it's also danced by some of the MGM chorus girls.
Jack Benny is the emcee of the occasion and it's not the Jack Benny who eventually became the beloved tightwad we all grew up with. Jack hadn't developed that character yet, it would take several more years for that to happen. Here he's adequate as an emcee, nothing more.
The Song Writer's Revue is a curiosity and if you're a fan of the men who wrote America's songs as I am, a must to see.
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