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Release Date:
20 April 1930 (USA) See more »
A NEW ERA in sound and color entertainment!
This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman

John Boles ... Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey')

Laura La Plante ... 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 / 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')

Slim Summerville ... Automobile Owner ('Springtime') / Rear End of Horse / Charles
The Rhythm Boys ... Vocal Group

Kathryn Crawford ... Fourth Reporter ('Ladies of the Press') / Wife ('A Dash of Spice')
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')

Walter Brennan ... Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Front End of Horse / Quartet Member ('Nellie')
Churchill Ross ... Quartet Member ('Nellie')

John Arledge ... First Pianist at Giant Piano ('Rhapsody in Blue') / Quartet Member ('Nellie') (as Johnson Arledge)
Al Norman ... Rubber Legs Dancer ('Happy Feet')
Jacques Cartier ... Voodoo Dancer ("Rhapsody in Blue")

Nell O'Day ... Dancer with Tommy Atkins Sextette
Marion Stadler ... Specialty Dancer 'Ragamuffin Romeo' / 'Melting Pot' (as Marion Stattler)
Don Rose ... Specialty Dancer 'Ragamuffin Romeo'

The Radio City Rockettes ... Dancing Ensemble (as the Russell Markert Girls)
Thomas Atkins ... Thomas Atkins Sextette Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harry Barris ... One of the Rhythm Boys (as The Rhythm Boys)

Brox Sisters ... Brox Sisters
Bobbe Brox ... Bobbe Brox (as The Brox Sisters)
Kathlyn Brox ... Kathlyn Brox (as The Brox Sisters)
Lorayne Brox ... Lorraine Brox (as The Brox Sisters)
Delbert Cobain ... Singer

Bing Crosby ... One of the Rhythm Boys) (as The Rhythm Boys)

Jack Fulton ... Vocalist with Paul Whiteman
The Sisters G. ... The G Sisters
Eleanor Gutöhrlein ... Dance Specialty (as Sisters G)
Karla Gutöhrlein ... Dance Specialty (as Sisters G)
Wilbur Hall ... Trombonist / Violin / Air Pump (as Willie Hall)

Otis Harlan ... Charles's Intended Father-in-Law

Grace Hayes ... Third Reporter ('Ladies of the Press') / Rough Wife ('Do Things for You')
Paul Howard ... Paul Howard
Merna Kennedy ... Second Reporter ('Ladies of the Press') / Wife ('In Conference') / Unmarried Wife
Jeanie Lang ... First Reporter ('Ladies of the Press') / Vocalist ('My Bridal Veil' / 'Ragamuffin Romeo' / 'Do Things for You')

Charles Murray ... Comic Specialty (scenes deleted)
Al Rinker ... One of the Rhythm Boys (as The Rhythm Boys)
George Sidney ... Comic Specialty (scenes deleted)
Paul Small ... Whiteman Impersonator
Ted Bacon ... Violin Sextet (uncredited)

Joan Barclay ... Chorine (uncredited)

Roy Bargy ... Pianist ('Rhapsody in Blue') (uncredited)

Richard Cromwell ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Automobile Owner's Wife ("Springtime") / Marie ("All Noisy on the Eastern Front") (uncredited)

Geraldine Dvorak ... Blonde Mannequin ('Rhapsody in Blue') (uncredited)
Arthur Gardner ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Child ('Bridal Veil') (uncredited)
Charlie Greco ... Pianist (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Announcer / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') (uncredited)

Marcia Mae Jones ... Child ('Bridal Veil') (uncredited)
Otto Landau ... Violin Sextet (uncredited)
Eddie Lang ... Guitar Player (uncredited)

Bela Lugosi ... Emcee - Hungarian Version (uncredited)
Roy Maier ... Piccolo Player / Whiteman Boys (uncredited)
Matty Malneck ... Violin Sextet (uncredited)

Joan Marsh ... Blonde ("A Bench in the Park") (uncredited)

Sunny Jim McKeen ... Child ('A Bench in the Park') / Child ('A Dash of Spice') (uncredited)

Cecilia Parker ... Chorine (uncredited)
Mike Pingatore ... Banjo Player The Whiteman Boys (uncredited)
John Peel Quartet ... Quartet in English Number ('Melting Pot') (uncredited)
Snowdrop ... Little Girl with Paul Whiteman ('Bench In the Park') (uncredited)
Nancy Torres ... Solist ("It Happened in Monterey") (uncredited)
Renee Torres ... Chorine (uncredited)
Joe Venuti ... Violinist / Violin Sextet (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner ... Page-Turner Hands (uncredited)

Directed by
John Murray Anderson 
Writing credits
Harry Ruskin (comedy sketches)

Edward T. Lowe Jr.  uncredited
Charles MacArthur  uncredited

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Cinematography by
Jerome Ash 
Hal Mohr 
Ray Rennahan 
Film Editing by
Robert Carlisle 
Art Direction by
Herman Rosse 
Costume Design by
Herman Rosse 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Ross .... assistant director
Ansel Friedberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas F. O'Neill .... assistant art director
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
Harold I. Smith .... monitor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Walter Lantz .... animator
William Nolan .... animator
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor
Music Department
Milton Ager .... music: songs
James Dietrich .... additional musical numbers
George Gershwin .... additional musical numbers
Ferde Grofé Sr. .... orchestrations (as Ferde Grofé)
Billy Rose .... additional musical numbers
Mabel Wayne .... additional musical numbers
Jack Yellen .... lyrics: songs
Other crew
Russell Markert .... dance director

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Additional Details

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USA:98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Paul Whiteman's dance double was Paul Small (1909-1954), an acrobatic dancer, and long-time Whiteman imitator, not to be confused with the singer of the same name.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Essential for two-strip Technicolor and Oscar winning sets, 13 August 2004

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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