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King of Jazz (1930)

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This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Whiteman ...
Paul Whiteman
John Boles ...
Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey')
...
Editor ('Ladies of the Press') / Stenographer ('In Conference') / Quartet Member, 'Nellie'
Jeanette Loff ...
Vocalist ('It Happened in Monterey' / 'Bridal Veil' / 'A Bench in the Park')
Glenn Tryon ...
Executive ('In Conference') / Unmarried Husband
William Kent ...
General ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Goldfish Owner ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Unmarried Couple's Offspring / Vocal ('Do Things For You')
...
Automobile Owner ('Springtime') / Rear End of Horse / Charles
The Rhythm Boys ...
Vocal Group
Kathryn Crawford ...
Fourth Reporter ('Ladies of the Press')
Carla Laemmle ...
Chorine (as Beth Laemmle)
Stanley Smith ...
Bridegroom ('Bridal Veil' / 'A Bench in the Park')
Charles Irwin ...
Himself, Announcer / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front')
George Chiles ...
Dancer ('It Happened in Monterey' / Vocalist 'A Bench in the Park' / 'Ragamuffin Romeo')
Jack White ...
Jack White
Frank Leslie ...
Quartet Lead Singer ('Nellie')
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This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music, called Jazz. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzkönig  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Whiteman insisted on the entire soundtrack being pre-recorded, so as to allow for optimal sound quality and to avoid acoustical problems with recording live sound on set. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.35 (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Semper Fidelis
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by Paul Whiteman and Orchestra (as "Paul Whiteman Orchestra") briefly during Jack White's act
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Staggeringly impressive, hypnotically beautiful and uniquely priceless old rubbish
1 January 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've always been fascinated by and mesmerised whenever watching the King of Jazz, and I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I wanted to check whether a DVD (remastered or not) has been released yet as I taped my copy off TV in 1987 and am in danger of wearing it out. The copy I've got would need some heavy visual remastering too! Although ironically the sound quality generally was good and the lip-sync nearly always spot-on. A good 2nd feature on a DVD release would be the UK's lesser copy from 1930 "Elstree Calling".

I'm glad most everything good and bad appears to have been commented on

  • especially by lugonian! I love the music throughout, and some of the


visuals, costumes and sets are dazzlingly striking even today - but it really is a roller-coaster ride for the viewer with so much crap to wade through as well. The music and/or the acting can change from good to bad, impressive to cloying, realistic to embarrassing, sublime to ridiculous and back again in a couple of seconds. All subjective however! Paul Whiteman had a good band (wasn't he in Below Zero this year?? Hem.) but he could afford the best musicians. Crosby wouldn't have a had such an easy ride if he hadn't joined, and the Orchestra was a safe harbour for many of the "true" jazz musicians of the period. If only Bix had been well enough ... But Secrest sounded fine in the cornet snatches heard and we have a few splendid seconds of Venuti and Lang anyhow.

My personal favourite segment: "Ragamuffin Romeo", the song and the dance; I probably could've done without "D'ye ken John Peel" etc however, although I wouldn't really want KOJ any other way.


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