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20 April 1930 (USA) 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)

Florence Turner ... Extra (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 (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

The production costs for the film included 24 cars that were purchased for members of the Paul Whiteman and 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chasing Rainbows (1930)See more »
There's a Long, Long TrailSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic early example of 2-strip Technicolor, 21 August 2004
Author: David Alp ( from United Kingdom

"The King Of Jazz" 1930, is a wonderful example of just what the movies could do in the late 20's early 30's if they put their mind to it. The technical achievement is extremely high, for a film of this period, and one wonders at how cinema audiences of 1930 must have been amazed by this picture. It is photographed in a system called "Two Strip Technicolor". (Full 3-strip Technicolor would not be invented until 1932). The 2-strip Technicolor system managed to capture Red and Green, but not blue. To get around this they would use dyes that were a kind of orange/red and aqua-marine/green to trick audiences into thinking there was blue on screen.

In this movie the "Rhapsody in Blue" number is very convincing.

There is no plot to "The King Of Jazz", it is just one mammoth musical number after another, and that adds to its unique charm. My three favourite numbers are "Ragamuffin Romeo", "It Happened In Monterey", and "My Bridal Veil".

The "Bridal Veil" number utilizes one of the biggest indoor sets I have ever seen. A lot of money was spent on this picture, and it shows. The Bridal Veil itself looks to be about 100 feet long and the bride needs about 40 bridesmaids to help hold it up.

The print that is currently in circulation of "The King Of Jazz" is sadly not in 100% excellent condition. It seems to be made up of pristine sections of print, and battered and scratched dupes. Its a real patchwork version that is probably in need of some restoration work. The title sequence, (with vocals over the titles by Bing Crosby singing "Music Hath Charms") is very clear and in good shape, but then halfway through cuts to an extremely battered dupe copy? The same occurrence happens during the "It Happened In Monterey" number, and also "Bench In The Park", we are given a beautiful print with rich colours and rock steady picture stability, only to cut variously to scratched beaten dupes. I cannot understand why certain sections of the film were preserved but others were not.

I am eagerly awaiting the DVD release of this unique and wonderful film and hope it wont be too long before it gets its well deserved release. There don't seem to be any plans as yet and the only way to see this movie is on television or VHS. This is a true lost opportunity to DVD producers because the film has many wonderful Bing Crosby numbers in it and would be very popular with Bing's fans.

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