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 »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writer:

(comedy sketches)
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a seance at the spooky old family mansion. However, throughout the night members of the family are being killed off one by one.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Sally Blane
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A producer decides to reopen a theater, that had been closed five years previously when one of the actors was murdered during a performance, by staging a production of the same play with ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Leni
Stars: Laura La Plante, Montagu Love, Roy D'Arcy
Air Mail (1932)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Level headed Mike Miller runs Desert Airport, an air mail base full of daring young pilots risking their lives to get the mail through-regardless of the weather. Following the death of one ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy, Gloria Stuart
Crime | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West
Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge
Bad Girl (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Minna Gombell
Broadway (1929)
Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A naive young dancer in a Broadway show innocently gets involved in backstage bootlegging and murder.

Director: Pál Fejös
Stars: Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Merna Kennedy
Law and Order (1932)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Raymond Hatton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An Englishman sought for murder escapes to South Seas island.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Patricia Ellis, Ralph Bellamy
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband.

Director: George Melford
Stars: Rose Hobart, Charles Bickford, Georges Renavent
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young Sherlock Holmes seeks to bring down the criminal mastermind Moriarty as he solves a crime involving a blackmailed prince.

Director: Albert Parker
Stars: John Barrymore, Roland Young, Carol Dempster
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A businessman's daughter runs away from an arranged marriage, only to find herself penniless and suspected of theft after she becomes the victim of a bag thief in the train. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Albert de Courville
Stars: Jessie Matthews, Owen Nares, Carol Goodner
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a crooked businessman is fatally shot, a hotshot New York newspaper reporter specializing in murder stories narrows in on the dead man's associate.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Whiteman ...
...
Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey')
...
Editor ('Ladies of the Press') / Stenographer ('In Conference') / Quartet Member, 'Nellie'
...
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')
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')
...
Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Front End of Horse / Quartet Member ('Nellie')
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!

Genres:

Animation | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The King of Jazz Revue  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

New York Times, 3 May 1930, erroneously credits composer George Gershwin as the on-screen pianist playing 'Rhapsody in Blue;' actually, Roy Bargy is the pianist. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Universal Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Lips
(uncredited)
Written by Henry Busse, Henry Lange and Lou Davis
Performed by Harry Goldfield (trumpet) during the "Meet the Boys" segment
c. 1922 Leo. Feist Inc
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mankind's Memory would Be all the Poorer without this Film
24 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is in two-tone Technicolor. It is rather like a vaudeville brought onto the stage with music, short sketches, and variety turns.

From the perspective of today, the glaring omission is that the American Negro influence is not given any acknowledgement whatever. In the melting pot scene at the end the American Negro influence is glaring conspicuous by its absence. Although there is certainly a European influence in American jazz music, it is less of an influence than African music or - don't forget - Mexican music. But the film was of its time, and at that time, the Amrican Negro playing jazz was not officially referred to, and it would be some time before black artists could be spoken of as musical heroes. Funnily enough Paul Whiteman's star singer Bing Crosby, who appears in this film with the Rhythmn Boys, would have a huge role to play here by his collaborations with black artists like the Mills Brothers.

In spite of all this, we must regard this film in the context of the period it was made, regret the Negro omissions and enjoy the film for its own sake.

Other impressive acts are the trick violinist playing "Pop Goes the Weasel", bel canto singer John Boles and that amazing rubber-legged dancer Al Norman. (Eat your heart out, John Travolta)

Although I was not born till a quarter of a century after the release of this film, I cannot but help a feeling of nostalgia. We will certainly never see the like of these acts again. But for this film, the magic of Boles and Norman and the Whiteman orchestra would be gone for good.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Being Restored for DVD rfman45
The King of Jazz, (1930) DUKEEVERTS
the Rockettes NewtonFigg
Restoration completed! jknuttel-2
World premiere of KOJ restoration skyvue
Discuss King of Jazz (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?