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A husband who listens to jazz instead of mopping the floor is brained with a mop by his wife; he dreams he's King of Jazzmania, a land of soapsuds where Louis Armstrong performs 'I'll Be ... See full summary »

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A husband who listens to jazz instead of mopping the floor is brained with a mop by his wife; he dreams he's King of Jazzmania, a land of soapsuds where Louis Armstrong performs 'I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You' and 'Shine'. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Wife: All you *have* got is an ear for music, and a nose for pork chops!
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Shine
Music by Ford Dabney
Lyrics by Cecil Mack and Lew Brown
Performed by Louis Armstrong and band
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The King Of Jazz(mania)
21 June 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This inventive musical short obviously based on a play on words regarding Paul Whiteman's self proclaimed title and title of the all star revue he did two years earlier, spotlights the talent and unique charisma of Louis Armstrong.

Armstrong and his wife played by Fanny Belle DeKnight are just Mr.&Mrs. average black Americans with him just loving to listen to the hot jazz platters that one Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong is putting out. When he falls asleep listening to a record, Armstrong dreams he's himself and has been chosen the King of Jazzmania.

A lot of jazz purists to this day would more properly regard Louis Armstrong than Paul Whiteman as the correct person to have the title King of Jazz. Whiteman certainly did more than any other person to popularize jazz as an art form among white audiences, but Armstrong was certainly around in New Orleans where it was invented and refined. In this film we get to see Satchmo doing Shine and I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You.

Of course the short is marked by the unforgettable personality and joy of living that characterized Louis Armstrong. That's one style that cannot and will never be duplicated. If you're not a fan before watching A Rhapsody In Black And Blue before, you will be after you see this Paramount short subject.


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