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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Among the production costs for the film included 24 cars cars that were purchased for members of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra for use while the band was in Los Angeles. Each vehicle (which cost up to $900) featured a custom canvas spare tire cover emblazoned with Paul Whiteman's image. The cars sat idle in storage for two months between the first and second trips the band made out to California for filming. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.35 (1954) 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
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Paul Whiteman and Company
14 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paul Whiteman was a huge star in the 20s with his terrific jazz band. He might have been the original star band leader. In "The King of Jazz" he also shows himself to be a decent comic actor as well. He's best remembered for his recording of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," which is featured in this early revue film.

"King of Jazz" is solid entertainment with some lavish and grand-scale production numbers that boast Bing Crosby, John Boles, Laura LaPlante, the Brox Sisters, Jeanie Lang, and of course Whiteman's band.

Best songs are "Happy Feet," "A Bench in the Park," "The Song of the Dawn," and a jazzy "Bluebirds and Blackbirds" number with Crosby as one of the Rhythm Boys (with Harry Barris and Al Rinker).

Al Norman does an amazing dance number to "Happy Feet." Jeanette Loff is rather bland in the "bridal veil" number. The Sisters G in their Louise Brooks hairdos are OK in their dance numbers. And there's a lot of short comedy bits that feature Walter Brennan, Slim Summerville, Grace Hayes, Merna Kennedy, William Kent, and others.

Although I still prefer "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" this revue is also excellent in its use of lavish production numbers, color, and special effects. For fans of early musicals this one is not to be missed.

Whiteman, Crosby, and Boles are all great.


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