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The Song Writers' Revue (1930)

 -  Short | Music  -  6 January 1930 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Gus Edwards ...
Dave Dreyer ...
Fred E. Ahlert ...
Himself (as Fred A. Ahlert)
Roy Turk ...
Ray Heindorf ...
Nacio Herb Brown ...
Arthur Freed ...
Ray Egan ...
Fred Fisher ...
David Snell ...
Himself (as Dave Snell)
Babe Click ...


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 <>

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Babe Click is identified by Jack Benny during an interview. See more »


Music by Felix Bernard and Johnny Black
Lyrics by Fred Fisher
Performed by Fred Fisher (piano) and orchestra
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The Men Who Made The Music
29 September 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM Short Subject.

Melody masters get to briefly shine in front of the cameras for THE SONG WRITERS' REVUE.

Jack Benny--his humor definitely a matter of taste--introduces eight of the famous composers working for mighty MGM Studios at the dawn of the talkie age. Some of their tunes are presented to give an extra punch to the proceedings:

Fred Fisher ('Peg 'O My Heart') performs his 'Dardanella.'

Ray Egan ('Till We Meet Again,' 'Ain't We Got Fun,' 'Sleepy Time Gal') plays his hit 'Japanese Sandman.'

Gus Edwards ('By The Light Of The Silvery Moon,' 'In My Merry Oldsmobile') sings his 'School Days.'

Russian immigrant Dave Dreyer ('Back In Your Own Backyard,' 'There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder') plays his 'Me And My Shadow.'

Fred Ahlert & Roy Turk ('I'll Get By') present their 'Mean To Me.'

Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed ('Broadway Melody,' 'You Were Meant For Me,' 'The Pagan Love Song') perform their 'Wedding Of The Painted Doll.'


Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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