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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

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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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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')
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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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$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

Delbert Cobain sings a few songs in the film. His great-nephew was Kurt Cobain. 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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Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Nola
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Arndt
Performed by Roy Bargy (piano), Chester Hazlett (clarinet) and Wilbur Hall (trombone) during the "Meet the Boys" segment
c. 1915 Sam Fox Publishing Co.
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Paul Whiteman and Company
14 April 2007 | by 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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