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 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')


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 <>

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A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!


Animation | Music





Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The King of Jazz Revue  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


A notable flop for Universal in 1930. See more »


Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.35 (1954) See more »


So the Bluebirds and the Blackbirds Got Together
Music by Harry Barris
Lyrics by Billy Moll
Performed by The Rhythm Boys
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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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