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King of Jazz (1930)

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:
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Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey')
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Editor ('Ladies of the Press') / Stenographer ('In Conference') / Quartet Member, 'Nellie'
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Vocalist ('It Happened in Monterey' / 'Bridal Veil' / 'A Bench in the Park')
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Executive ('In Conference') / Unmarried Husband / Husband ('A Dash of Spice')
William Kent ...
General ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Goldfish Owner ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Unmarried Couple's Offspring / Meek Husband ('Do Things For You') / Man in Closet ('A Dash of Spice')
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Automobile Owner ('Springtime') / Rear End of Horse / Charles
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Fourth Reporter ('Ladies of the Press') / Wife ('A Dash of Spice')
Carla Laemmle ...
Chorine (as Beth Laemmle)
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Bridegroom ('Bridal Veil' / 'A Bench in the Park')
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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Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Front End of Horse / Quartet Member ('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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A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!


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20 April 1930 (USA)  »

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The King of Jazz Revue  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Considered to be the film that put an unofficial moratorium on movie musical productions. It was released in mid-1930 to a film market that was highly saturated with musicals, and its financial losses were attributed to the film-going public being burned out on films of this type. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: You don't mean to tell me that you are well-versed in the intricacies of the art of Terpsichore?
Paul Whiteman: No, but I can dance.
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Referenced in Chasing Rainbows (1930) See more »

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Sung by an Irish tenor during the Melting Pot of Music production number
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A terrific early technicolor musical!
21 September 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film, I was amazed at some parts and extremely disappointed at others. To be sure, the comedy acts are absolutely abysmal. (Audiences in 1930 didn't find them any funnier than audiences today, so don't feel too bad about hating them.) Also, a lot of the vocalists are grating and painful to listen to. Of course, the parts where the film really shines are the parts that feature the magnificent Paul Whiteman orchestra. This band has been unfairly maligned because although Paul Whiteman was titled "The King of Jazz", his orchestra was not a jazz band per se. But man, were they ever good musicians! Just get a load of the "Meet the Boys" segment towards the beginning...Harry Goldfield doing his best Henry Busse impersonation, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang playing "Wildcat" in one of their few film appearances, the entire violin section playing a lovely rendition of Caprice Viennois, Chester Hazlett and Roy Bargy doing a pretty rendition of Nola, followed by Wilbur Hall's trombone virtuosity display on the same number. (And let's not forget little Mike Pingitore on "Linger Awhile"!)

Oh yes, and did I mention it has Bing Crosby's first appearance in a feature film? He's with the Rhythm Boys, and man, those guys are HOT! Just get a load of them on "Happy Feet". And check out eccentric dancer Al Norman if you want to see something really crazy.

Last but not least, I would like to mention Wilbur Hall's wonderful trick violin act, and, might I add, the most unique rendition of a Sousa march you'll ever hear in your lifetime. (You haven't heard "The Stars and Stripes Forever" until you've heard it on a bicycle pump!)

Go get yourself a copy and have fun!


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