When Joe Doakes listens to a quiz show on the radio and knows all the answers, his wife encourages him to go on a quiz show himself. He appears on a new show called "Why Daddy?", where a ... See full summary »
In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack... See full summary »
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Using Arthur Murray's teaching techniques, Pete Smith's narration, and demonstrations by Pollard and Alvarez, we get a detailed lesson in the rumba and a quick lesson in the conga. Interspersed with useful illustrations are comic ones of dancers making errors. The rumba lesson consists of how to stand, head, hip, and knee action, the box step and the box turn, the walking step, various under the hand turns, and the drag step. The conga demonstration includes various couples from cultures around the world (Scots, Eskimo, Russians, Swiss, and others) dancing the conga. Cuban music plays throughout. Written by
Pete Smith short demonstrates the twist and turns of Cuban dancing. Professional dancers Madeline Pollard and Mickey Alvarez show us various moves to do and shows what type of stuff not to do. We get to see how you should move her first, where to place your hands and so on. After this we get to see some average joe's stepping up and doing the moves and needless to say things aren't as smooth. This is a fairly entertaining short that works as a documentary on the dancing but only a few of the laughs from Smith come through. One large guy trying to do the dance gets a pretty good laugh. The Conga dancing is certainly the highlight.
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