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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 ...
John Boles ...
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')
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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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>

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A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!

Genres:

Animation | Music

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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Bing Crosby was originally slated to be the solo singer for "The Song of the Dawn." However, he was nabbed for drunk driving shortly before shooting, and John Boles was hastily substituted. See more »


Soundtracks

Rhapsody in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played briefly during the opening credits
Played by Paul Whiteman and Orchestra (as "The Paul Whiteman Orchestra") during the production number
Performed by Roy Bargy (piano)
Danced by Jacques Cartier with clarinet, along with the Russell Markert Girls and The Sisters G.
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Essential for two-strip Technicolor and Oscar winning sets

Please refer to the superbly written and extensive reviews by "lugonian" and "jz1360" on this site. Between them they don't miss a bit of this elaborate musical review. There are 18 musical numbers and a half dozen brief comedy skits (prominently featuring Walter Brennan and Slim Summerville)- all squeezed into 93 minutes. The comedy is poor and the production numbers vary from merely okay to spectacular.

The two main reasons why this is an important film to preserve are the two-strip Technicolor and its Oscar for Art Direction. Over 120 films were produced with two-strip Technicolor between 1923 and 1933. Only about 55 of these were completely filmed in the process, the others having only Technicolor inserts. Of these 55 or so, only a dozen survive. This is one of them. The predominance here of red and blue (as in the Fairbanks silent 1926 color classic - THE BLACK PIRATE) is accentuated by true brown, orange and a brownish attempt at yellow. All colors register as quite pale. The special effects are outstanding for the time. Whiteman reminds one of Oliver Hardy- facial resemblance is quite striking.

The enormous and stylish sets deservedly won an Art Direction Oscar.

As a document of follies-type vaudevillian entertainment of the time, it is of value. Add to that the two-strip Technicolor and the sets and you do have a visual treat - a bit of time capsule musical performance history.


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