Ray Kinney and His Royal Hawaiian ORchestra (1938)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Another in the long-running Vitaphone series that takes a look at (then) hot bands. This one, as the title would suggest, has a Hawaiian flavor as orchestra leader Ray Kinney plays a few different tunes while we look at a couple women doing a special dance to them. I've always enjoyed this series as we get to view some music that I'm sure most can't remember. This here isn't the most impressive I've seen but if you're curious about the type of music people were listening to in 1938 then that's enough of a reason to check this out. The film didn't feature a single song that I was familiar with but their arrangements weren't too bad even if none of them really jumped out at me. The sets are extremely fake looking as it's obvious they're on a soundstage but this isn't too distracting. The highlight is certainly the "Aloha Maids" and their dances.
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