Narrated travelogue covering the Andes Mountains portion of Bolivia, and three very different areas of Peru, the traditional cities of the Andes Mountains, the modern cities of the coastal plains, and the upper Amazon jungle.
While working in Mexico, model Bette Ford---yes, that one---and her girl friends attend a bull fight. They also visit a matador's ranch, where Ford braves the charges of a week-old bull...... See full summary »
A vaudeville act. Trixie Friganza performs first a story and then a song. For the story, she wears a wide-brimmed had and a matching diaphanous shawl. She tells of a visit to a friend who ... See full summary »
Cliff Edwards and his musical cowhands run a dude ranch that isn't doing too well. When they hear a few easterners are coming out, they spruce up everything to make a good impression. When a pretty girl arrives, Cliff and his boys serenade her, and Cliff thinks he has finally met an heiress. Written by
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This is one of the later Vitaphone shorts--known as a "Melody Master". These later musical shorts generally were more straight forward and had simpler sets and no real story to tie it all together--just a famous band of the day doing their stuff.
This short features Cliff Edwards and his band. Although Cliff isn't a name people would recognize today, he was quite famous as the first voice for Disney's Jiminy Cricket--a job taken over after Edwards' death by Hal Smith ('Otis the Drunk' from "The Andy Griffith Show").
Unlike most of the shorts in the set, this one isn't really Swing, Jazz or Big Band--at least not as obviously. Instead, Edwards and his gang play and sing country western ditties--the sort you might expect to hear in a Gene Autry or Roy Rogers film. I was surprised that I actually liked this and found it to be a nice change from the norm for this series. Edwards' voice was very pleasant and seeing them on on what looks like a dude ranch dressed in VERY Hollywood-like western outfits was cute. All in all, one of the better films and one that's worth seeing and hearing--especially since the songs do sound as if they are being sung by the cricket since Edwards' real voice is exactly that of his alter-ego.
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